Springboard depends almost entirely on volunteers – around a hundred altogether. Some are involved year round, planning and running the different sections, and others give a few hours of their time in March to act as a door steward, or to serve in the café.


On a cold, grey weekend, you could be in a warm, bright foyer, helping to calm the nerves of parents whose children are excitedly anticipating going on stage. Or showing a flustered family the way to the strings classes, drawn by the strains of unaccompanied Bach wafting down the corridor. Or serving home-made cakes to youngsters buoyed up by the adjudicator’s inspiring comments on their performance.

All you need are empathy, tact and common sense. And in return you have the pleasure of working in a team and meeting other volunteers, the satisfaction of supporting people who are bravely putting themselves in the spotlight, and the opportunity to marvel at, and be moved by, the depth of their talent.

All volunteers are given a free season ticket, enabling them to attend any of the Festival classes.

If you would like to volunteer at Springboard during March, for as many hours as you wish, please get in touch with Jannet King