Churchill Music

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Music for Lockdown 17

Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul” – Plato.  This week we have a terrific new opportunity to put a plethora of rhythm and harmony into the inward places of our souls. 

(This blog was originally sent out via email to anyone who wanted to sign up to them. It occurred to us that this dreaded C19 word would not go away for many months.) With this in mind and needing to support both our followers and musicians who are in such dire straights, we wanted to introduce our followers who are isolating in their own homes to embrace the relatively simple, (but frightening to many people), technology of Live-Streaming. This email/blog is dedicated to the opportunity that live music in the comfort of your own home in front of your TV brings, until the CM trustees feel confident about holding our live concerts safely. Normal email/blog will resume next week.

In the meantime……….You can listen to some of the world’s finest choral music, live-streamed, direct to you through the ‘Live from London Festival’.  You may have heard about it on Classic FM.  Ten world class choral concerts, performed by 9 of the world’s greatest vocal ensembles straight to your living room/lounge/kitchen/bathroom/patio at incredibly discounted prices. A season ticket for all ten concerts to watch whenever you like up to 31 October (just £8 per family per concert (normal price £12.50/concert). You do not need to be a Champion of Churchill Music to take up this offer.  
It is a brilliant idea and goes like this….During lock-down we have been able to access superb operas/ballets/concerts/theatre from archived films.  These are coming to an end.  (Don’t miss National Theatre’s last one – Amadeus streaming until 23rd July). 

Musicians are desperate to perform to us and we, to listen to them – they need to earn their living.  Some genius brains have come up with ‘Live from London festival’ – the series of 10 vocal concerts comprising music of every genre, so something for everyone, sung by world renowned choral ensembles such as The Sixteen, The Swingles, Stile Antico, Gesualdo Six, i Fagiolini – the list goes (see the poster below) and of course two of them have performed for Churchill Music!    The award-winning ensembles will bring you their favourite works, singing repertoire from the Renaissance to contemporary A Cappella – a veritable ’transport of delight’ to take you into another stratosphere!   While we can’t give you live performances you can watch/listen to these in the comfort of your own home.  
The vocal groups will each perform their own concert.   Details are now on the festival website.  Each concert is approx one hour so pause for your own interval drinks/meals/ice creams!!  You could even hold a ‘Concert in Our Bubble’ evening!

The Voces8 (pronounced ‘Voches 8’) Foundation had heard about Churchill Music’s education projects, and has approached us to become ‘partners’ of the Live from London Festival.  This gives us the advantage of being able to offer you discounted ‘ticket’ prices on ‘season tickets’ for the festival whilst at the same time they give us 10% of the ticket price for our own educational projects – its get better and better.  
These concerts will be easily accessible online as the foundation has even produced a short step-by-step-video to explain how to connect your laptop or tablet to your TV – ours is 10 years old and we can access it, so no worries there.  You do not have to watch them on the night that they are live streamed – you can watch any amount of times for that one ticket price until 31st October 2020.  
With every possible good wish

PS  If you missed the BBC’s ‘Imagine’ programme, ‘This House is Full of Music’, featuring the Kanneh-Mason family during the lockdown, you can get it on iPlayer  Highly recommend and you will recognise Isata, Sheku, Konya who have all performed for us and Braemar, who has been here too!
Jan Murray