Who We Are
East Coast Churches and Community Festivals Association (CCMFa) Registered Charity No 1170945
The East Coast CCMFa was founded in 2008 and has grown to become a major event in the East Coast Calendar. We are a registered charity and are a community based organisation working with community and church organisations, schools, local authority music services, private music teachers, singing and choral societies to provide opportunities for public performances and to enhance life-style opportunities for all ages through the Arts and especially music making. 2017 will be our 9th year and we are expecting another great series of concerts.
We attract people from the East, West, North Ridings of Yorkshire, the cities of Hull and York and North Lincolnshire with over 300 people taking part with an age range from 8 to 80+. Our area of influence grows with each year.
Our activities are centred on Bridlington with the main venues at Christ Church, Quay Road, Bridlington and the Bridlington Spa Theatre, South Marine Drive, Bridlington with other performances in the surrounding villages.
We enjoy the support of local organisations including:
The Music Services of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the North Riding of Yorkshire Council, The City of Hull, Bridlington Town Council and the East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) Ltd, Hull Philharmonic Orchestra, Beverley Chamber Music Festival, Hornsea Music Society, Friends of the East Riding Youth Orchestras, Yorkshire Young Sinfonia, The Universities of Hull, Leeds, Leeds College of Music, Local Primary and Secondary Schools and Colleges throughout the region, First Tutors, Bridlington Rotary Club, Bridlington and East Wolds Lions Clubs, Bridlington U3A, Yorkshire Coast Festivals Association, and over 15 churches of all denominations throughout the region.
We have 11 Trustees charged with overseeing the management of the organisation. Membership of the organisation is open to all who subscribe to our objectives and payment of a small annual membership fee. Members enjoy a discount on tickets to the shows. (Contact: Festival Director for further information).
The Archbishop of York The Most Revered and Right Honourable Dr John Sentamu
An important part of the Archbishop's engagements relates to his relationship as patron or president to over 100 organisations.
In addition to national charities and institutions, Dr. Sentamu has a wide range of interests that include criminal and social justice, family and young people.
Working with organisations as Patron, the Archbishop is able to support and to help profile the work and celebrate the achievements.
The patronages that have been selected are a reflection of the Archbishop's interests in education, justice, democracy, law and order, health and well- being, and sport.
During the course of a year, the Archbishop will undertake a number of engagements directly related to this area of his work, so that he has an opportunity to meet the people directly involved. In 2013 he visited the festival with a special feature at the Bridlington Spa Theatre “An Audience with the Archbishop” when a full house where held captive with his talk and spontaneous answers to questions put my members of the audience.
To develop and advance lifestyle and leisure time enhancement opportunities, capacities, capabilities and skills, through the organisation public concerts, education and training events and social interaction and co-operation between Local Authority Music and Arts departments, Schools, community and church based groups for the benefit of the individual and social groups of all ages.
In so doing obtain the widest public interest in financial support for the Objectives of the Association.
The Charity Trustees will seek to advance the charity’s objectives in such ways as they think fit including by Promoting, organising and developing:
- An annual competition to improve the performance skills of musicians
- A festival of Choirs and Voices open to all age groups
- Public performance opportunities for schools to demonstrate the collective abilities of their students
- A community choir drawn from local church based organisations
- Training programmes including Master Classes
- Any similar events as seems fit by the management committee.