During 2022-23 the music industry will celebrate the 150th birthday of British composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958).
Hardly a music genre has been left untouched or failed to be enriched by Vaughan Williams’s work, which includes nine symphonies, five operas, music for film, ballet and stage, several song cycles, church music and works for chorus and orchestra.
Comprehensive information about the composer’s life and works as well as help for promoters can be found at:
Live from London - a festival of the world’s finest vocal music, broadcast live from VOCES8’s stunning church in the heart of thecity
First-ever global online vocal festival announced: singing returns
'Live from London' is a new, paid-for online festival from the VOCES8 Foundation, featuring some of the world's finest vocal ensembles including VOCES8, I Fagiolini, Stile Antico, The Swingles, The Sixteen, Chanticleer and more
“The five step roadmap given to us last week”, Stephen Maddock tells me, “could have been written by any of us on the back of a fag packet in March. It gave no details, no timescale and no cash.” The Chief Executive of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is by no means universally critical of the authorities, praising Darren Henley at the Arts Council and saying that “the Chancellor has played a blinder in the last six months”. But his patience is beginning to run thin as he plans half a dozen different scenarios for the CBSO’s future in the next six months. It’s not just that there’s a vacuum of information: “because that implies a degree of neutrality. It’s like a sort of Pullman-esque parallel universe”.Live performance is in mortal peril. Now is the time to shout.
Read more from David Karlin at Bachtrack here
24 - 26 July 2020
"This year the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival will be streamed in real time on the Corbridge Chamber Music Festival YouTube channel. Recordings made especially for the festival, in our own homes, will be brought to you online, to enjoy in the safety and comfort of your own.
There is no charge to access these concerts but we would be hugely grateful for donations to contribute towards the cost of producing this event and to ensure a secure future for our festival."
Gould Piano Trio
Robert Plane, clarinet
Elias String Quartet
Heidi Rolfe, piano
Florence Plane, bassoon
Kate Gould, cello
David Stark, double bass
Piers Hellawell, composer-in-residence
Kenji Wilkie, dancer
Sinéad Morrissey, poet
There's not so much about the classical music world in this article from the Guardian, but keep reading...
"In the classical music world, things are just as uncertain. Outside Britain’s big “portfolio” orchestras, most musicians are precariously employed. One conductor I recently spoke to drew my attention to an awkward fact: that audiences for classical music tend to be older, and will therefore be anxious about any return to past concert-going habits. He also mentioned his work with a choir in Yorkshire that has lost two of its members to Covid-19, and how important collective singing is to so many people’s lives. That simple pleasure, he reminded me, is suddenly reducible to “people in a room where everyone’s breath is repeatedly coming out”.
Of course, to write about this in the midst of an international emergency might seem misplaced. But beyond the superstars, a lot of musicians are actually more vulnerable than people in other professions. To help them, you can buy the odd CD and record from an independent shop by mail order. Have a look at Bandcamp, the platform for independent musicians that supports them to a much greater extent than the services hosted by corporate record companies and big tech firms. The Musicians’ Union is hosting a crowdfunder for members facing hardship, offering emergency payments of up to £200. But all of us should also think about the wider context of this cultural crisis. Amazon’s share price has recently rocketed by a third. Netflix, all of whose offerings feature an ocean of music, is in the middle of a boom. Big tech, which has built so much of its power on downloading and streaming, will emerge from this period comparatively unscathed. Somewhere in those facts there may lie the key to how we keep music and musicians going, and avoid a dreadful silence that would make this crisis even harder to bear." (John Harris)
Thank you to The Telegraph for this - and you'll need a subscription to read the full article online, but...
"Music to our ears: how Britain's rallying around the classical music community
In these dark times for orchestras, Chipping Campden is showing the way. Ivan Hewett reports
Read the article here
Some potentially positive effects of the corona virus on classical music from Classic FM
- Classical music is going online and being seen by more people
-Arts funding is in the spotlight and carries an important message
- Music education is at the forefront
-People have the chance to help musicians through hard times
Thank you Classic FM!
Sadly another cancellation - but good comes out of bad once again...
At this moment we should have been taking our seats for the opening concert of the 2020 festival! Toll Gavel United Church would have been a-buzz with chatter and anticipation, and the sound of performers warming up would have been drifting through from the green room. This afternoon we would have had the chance to hear the concluding performance of our primary schools’ project, the children’s voices filling the Minster as they’ve already been filling their own school halls in rehearsals. The wonderful Katy Hamilton would have challenged us to think about how creative process and personal suffering can go hand in hand (oh how ironic at this time!). Our free rush-hour concert would have taken us to the heart of our Celtic theme, and would have been followed by a jovial meal at what is surely the best branch of Carluccio’s in the country (for whom we keep our fingers firmly crossed this week….). A glass would doubtless have been raised in the East Riding Theatre’s bar before our Poulenc concert there, and then we would have made our way back to the Minster, whose late night events have become such a treasured part of New Paths, where the day would have ended with Libby and Maria playing some of Bach's most profound music. And that would have been just Day One!
Sadly it was not to be, and we – like you – have been mourning what might have been. But one of our artists wrote to us this week, “I'm so sorry that your wonderful events can't happen this spring. But spring will come again.” How right he is! Let us all hold onto that in this strange and difficult time!
We have been absolutely overwhelmed by kind words and generous donations in the past weeks, and are enormously grateful for both, in equal measure. We have been reminded what a community New Paths is: performers, volunteers, audience and partners all come together in such a special way, and we’ve been touched by the kindness shown to us by all of those people.
Whilst nothing is the same as a festival in person, we thought at least we would offer a little reading material to fill the hours of self-isolation! We have uploaded the programme notes for a small representative sample of our concerts, along with links to YouTube performances and Spotify playlists (take your pick or listen to both and compare!). We hope you enjoy discovering some new music this way, and hope it helps alleviate the boredom.
Click here for reading materials and playlists
We wish you well at this strange time, and look forward to seeing you again once circumstances have changed.
With all best wishes
Roland and Libby
Many thanks to Bachtrack for this:
For us and for many of you, the world has gone dark. One by one, as concert halls and opera houses have closed, each has announced that they would make performances from their archive available online, free of charge. These are performances from which they would have earned royalties.
We have been adding these events – over 500 so far – into our video database in order to support everyone in this industry we care about so deeply – again, free of charge. The videos are really good quality and we think your main problem will be how to sift through them and not miss anything wonderful. So for the duration of Covid-19, we will send you a weekly update with our pick of what's on offer to watch online both when you want (on demand) or at a set time (streamed).
As you watch these performances and you mourn the cancellation of yet another event for which you had tickets, we also make a special plea: donate your ticket price to the performers who have lost their earnings. Many will have no income during this period, yet they are gifting you access to their best work. We are truly humbled by the generosity of everyone in this industry and urge you to support them in any way you can. Tweet about the performances, share your thoughts on Facebook and on Instagram so that everyone will appreciate what the arts offer us.
When this dreadful time is over, we want larger numbers of people to gravitate towards live performance to enjoy the unique thrill and wonder that it inspires.
Alison and David Karlin
Dear Friends and Leamington Music concert-goers,
It is with great sadness that we announce that, as with many other Festivals in May and beyond, the Leamington Music Festival cannot go ahead as planned – Warwick District Council has closed all its venues, including the Royal Pump Rooms, for an undetermined period, and with the country now effectively in lockdown we cannot say with any certainty that this situation will have changed in five weeks’ time.
Your health and well-being are of utmost importance to us; so, too, your cultural health and so we are currently exploring the possibility of some of the Festival going ahead in late September. We are talking to all the artists and trying to form a mini-Festival based on the May programme.
The great news to keep you going is that Tasmin Little has announced today that she will be postponing her retirement from the concert platform, and from the start has particularly wanted to come back to Leamington one last time!
In the short term, while we are still in conversation with the box office and Warwick District Council, we ask those of you who have already bought tickets to please hold on them and look out for our updates on where we go from here… we hope to have news for you very soon!
We trust that you appreciate our positive efforts to keep a cheerful note in these difficult times and to offer our wonderful audience a glimpse of the musical future ahead - please do keep in touch with us as we will with you, and stay safe and well in the meantime.
With our very best wishes,
The Leamington Music Team
Blog written by Jill Davies, who runs the Severn Muses project as well as Chamber Music Plus.
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