It was great to get the chance to go back to the Orpheus Centre to meet the whole management team properly. We discussed the funding challenges they face, as well as their plans for future expansion. I was also lucky enough to be there while final rehearsals for their performance of Songs and Lyrics were going on, and from what it sounded like the evening’s show was shaping up to be spectacular! Listening in also really reinforced the entire ethos of the place – including everyone in the community in all they do brings everyone together and makes for a fantastic atmosphere. Of course the vision and direction provided by Richard Stilgoe at the Centre is inspiring, but what really struck me was the number of volunteers there – these people selflessly giving their time is what really makes the great work there possible. Without them, I’m sure the Centre wouldn’t be as transformational as it is.