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piano musicCONCERTS in the West has taken the decision to cancel the some of its scheduled 2020 tours, as it is likely that restrictive measures due to the COVID-19 crisis will still be in place.

Events affected include concerns by the Trio Klein, featuring Kamila Bydlowska, Shiry Rashkovsky and Riccardo Pes in May; the Ferio Saxophone Quartet in June; and Creating Carmen in July.

However, Concerts in the West plans to invite these musicians back to play in 2021 or 2022.

Catherine Maddocks, the founder and director of Concerts in the West, said: “As you know, like so many other arts organisations we have had to halt our concert tours due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have cancelled the April, May, June and July tours, which is very sad for all concerned – it’s the first time in 14 years that we’ve had to cancel any tours.

“We are not yet in a position to make a decision about September, October and November, but we will keep everyone updated. In the meantime we will work on planning the 2021/22 series and hope that our wonderful musicians can come and play for us again.

“We really appreciate your loyalty and look forward to welcoming you to our concerts when normal life has resumed.

“Finally, can I say, this is a frightening time for all musicians, many of whom have faced cancelled work and a crippling loss of income over the coming weeks and months. We have offered them some compensation and if you feel you can help, please donate via our website www.concertsinthewest.org

Music to listen to online

Catherine Maddocks has made the following recommendations for music you can listen to while the lockdown is in place. There are links below to various performances by some of the players who have already performed for Concerts in the West or who were due to play.

“So many musicians have been working hard to bring their music to us via the internet. They are truly inspiring with their courage to keep playing and working,” said Catherine.

“At a time when so many lives have been put on hold and much of the world is self-isolating, communication has never been more important. A daily posting of live music can help to remind us that we are not alone in facing this crisis.”

John Young is organist at Church of St John the Baptist in Wellington, Somerset, as well as director of In Ecclesia chamber choir. If you visit his Facebook page you will find music from his home – www.facebook.com/johnnotsoyoung

Maria Razumovskaya came to play for Concerts in the West several years ago. You can hear her again with a new project – Lockdown Piano Alphabet – via her blog www.mariarazumovskaya.com/blog or on Twitter @MariaPianist. There is a PayPal button on her website if you would like to donate.

Carmen Co were due to come to perform in July. However, you can listen to a trailer of some of the music they would have played, but not the whole performance youtu.be/zUj8C4Hobgs. If you would like to buy the CD of the music it is available from their website www.carmenco.co.uk for £15. Concerts in the West plans to reschedule their tour in 2021 or 2022.

Violinist Fenella Humphreys has been to Concerts in the West several times and Catherine Maddocks hopes that she will return to play again in 2021. She is giving concerts from her home and you can listen on YouTube at www.youtube.com/channel/UC_JlM05leyWyMXxUjiZBn6w

‘AndràTuttoBene – Festival di Musica Online’ – Andrà tutto bene means everything is going to be alright and this online festival was created by the cellist Riccardo Pes as a message of hope and trust.

Riccardo invited 35 musicians from all over the world to bring music to a virtual audience of classical-music lovers. Although this festival has now ended you can still listen to the performances on Facebook and Instagram – www.facebook.com/andratuttobenefestival/

The Sounds Baroque channel shares varied clips featuring the conductor and keyboard player, Julian Perkins, artistic director of Cambridge Handel Opera and founder director of Sounds Baroque – www.julianperkins.com

This crisis has decimated the arts. While some organisations have honoured their artists, there are many freelance performers who have received no compensation for lost work.

As such, donations are welcome and can be made via a link on the top right of the channel screen. Proceeds will be divided equally between the charity Help Musicians and Julian Perkins.

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