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Byline: Michelle Ruane

A computer crash almost caused a crisis for the organisers of classical music concerts.

A computer used to organise the Classics at Kirkleatham concerts, held at the Sir William Turner's Almshouses near Redcar, broke down over the Christmas holidays, deleting a valuable mailing list, along with information used to promote the concerts.

Luckily, a welcome Christmas gift arrived in the form of a new computer funded by the Housing Action Trust.

Peter Sotheran, who manages the concerts from his home near Redcar, said: "We make regular back-ups of our files but, without our being aware of it, the most recent back-ups were all corrupted.

"I guess this was part of the problem leading up to the failure of the machine."

The concert organisers have managed to salvage about one fifth of the addresses on the mailing list.

For the past six years the concerts at Kirkleatham have been promoted almost exclusively by direct mail to regular members of the audience.

"Mailing to regular patrons has proved to be the most cost-effective means of announcing the forthcoming concerts, held in the chapel of the 17th Century almshouses," said Mr Sotheran.

He urged all those who regularly receive information about the concerts to contact the organisers to ensure their names and addresses are restored to the mailing list.

The next concert, with pianist Sergei Salov is on Friday, January 27.

* Information is available by e-mailing swtalmshouses@hotmail.co.uk or writing to Concerts, 1 Sir William Turner's Court, Kirkleatham, Redcar TS10 4QT.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 29, 2005
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