I was so pleased to see recipients of the Arts Council England Culture Recovery Funding this week, vital funds to ensure the sustainability of our creative ecology for the future.

Fundraising is one of the many hats I wear for my role for Worcester Live. Larger organisations are fortunate to have dedicated teams who work tirelessly in this area, but for smaller organisations, such as Worcester Live, the job of raising money falls heavily upon the CEO.

It is one that I rather enjoy and when the response to hours of work is rewarded weeks or months later by a successful email or letter telling you the organisation will be receiving funding, the elation is immense.

Details of some of the project funding for which I have recently been successful will be revealed over the coming months; however one project which has been completed this week at the Swan, following the successful acquisition of grants from two private trusts pre covid-19, is the installation of an 7m automatic drop down screen, Dolby surround sound system, laser projector and satellite receiver.

This will allow us to receive broadcasts from venues such as the National Theatre and RSC but also the facility to present productions filmed in the West End and from around the World, alongside films, developing our programming and ensuring we can become more diverse in our offerings to our patrons. We will also be able to offer a range of opportunities to expand our ‘access for all’ programme at the Swan, so look out for relaxed, dementia and mum and baby screenings in the future. The first screening at the Swan will be on the 7th November at 7.30pm with the dazzling ‘42nd Street the Musical’ filmed live at the Theatre Royal London starring Bonnie Langford  (who coincidentally has tread the boards at the Swan Theatre) and will be followed by ‘Kinky Boots The Musical’ and ‘The King and I’.

We are thrilled to have such an advanced set of equipment at the venue and we cannot wait to share it with our fabulous patrons. See you there!