Attention, newcomers: you're all invited to join Jon Jacob in a Proms Meetup
I just thought this might be a good place to mention that promenading newcomers are welcome to attend one of the Proms Meetups hosted by the talented and creative Jon Jacob, BBC producer and blogger extraordinaire:
"Are you thinking of going to a BBC Proms concert? Don’t know of anyone else who wants to go? Or maybe those people you’ve asked haven’t warmed to your persuasive tones? If you are going alone, you don’t want to and you fancy pairing up with me and a whole host of other people in similar situations, I’m proposing a #promsmeetup for selected concerts throughout the season. Equally nervous people feeling slightly self-conscious they’re going along to the Proms alone for the first time can meetup at a nominated time before the concert outside the Royal Albert Hall."
Keep checking his blog for more details...hope to see you there!
Thanks Cavatina. Very kind words.
Really hoping that we can get a bit 'oomph' behind it. I really like the idea of making some new friends via the Proms using the interweb as a starting point. On the one hand some people might be a little nervous about meeting up with strangers - in any other sphere you might be well advised to be cautious - but I figure that seeing as there are so many people there anyway, that it's somehow a less daunting prospect.
Spread the word. Thanks again for the link on here. Much appreciated.
And perhaps the nervous and slightly self-conscious thoroughlygood might spread the word (among Prommers particularly) about this forum
During the season the old BBC Proms messageboard (before people had to share the general board) was the busiest one on the Radio 3 site and we'd love to have some feedback about how people enjoyed (or didn't) the concerts.
Glad to help! I think this sounds like a marvelous way to foster a positive and welcoming atmosphere for newcomers, and hope it really takes off. Kudos!
FF: perhaps one way to promote the website would be to have someone print up a bunch of clever music-related pin badges, attach them to a colorful, hip-looking cardstock flyer with "Welcome to the Proms! Share your views at for3.org" etc. on the front, and Mr. Trueman's "Prommers Guide" in fine print on the back. Have a few of your minions snake down the day queues offering people their complimentary pin badges over opening weekend, and I'm sure you'd have lots of new posters by Monday. Oh, and for button ideas, I thought this one was particularly amusing...
And this one would be a perfect fit:
No? Oh well, that's what I'd do.
It might first be a good idea to close off the repetitive & ill-informed gibberish now displayed in the Eternal Breakast & Classical Collection threads (maybe others) - they're too visible & just won't die naturally. Like it or not FoR3 is tarnished or enhanced by this forum & any BBC observers or potential new members will likely think the forum & FoR3 to be populated by pedantic, aged amateurs who've lost the plot. Incessant moaning here is bound to put many people off & will never do any good.
Originally Posted by french frank
Sorry to interupt, Cavatina - what a good idea!
Loving the badge idea Cavatina. Your plea too French Franke. But when can wee meet face to face ? I don't think I've ever met you.
*looks all hopeful*
As it happens Osborn, I'm relatively new here (signed up a year ago but haven't delved in very much). I've chosen to ignore any of that other stuff and just keep my eyes on this thread for the time being. Will venture further afield another time.
Originally Posted by Osborn
Are you at the Proms next Friday?
Originally Posted by Osborn
Is it possible that they don't think exactly the same as you?
This season is my first at the Proms, so I'll be looking forward to any #promsmeetup. Wonderful idea! Hope I have my twitter up and running on my prospective UK mobile.
And I'll be happy to wear a button or what-have-you for the site. I came here a couple month ago in search of a lively community, and I hope I've found the right place! I will however draw the line at sandwich board.