Concerts in the West go online

LOVERS of chamber music and fans of Concerts in the West, the organisation which brings rising stars of the chamber music scene to venues in Dorset, Somerset and Devon, can enjoy a series of concerts online, from 20th August to 22nd October.

Concerts in the West founder and director Catherine Maddocks describes the project as “a small seed idea [that] has grown into a larger enterprise.” She says: “I am delighted that this wonderful group of musicians has agreed to be part of our online series. Although the concerts are primarily aimed at our Concerts in the West audience we hope that they will be viewed more widely.

“All the concerts are pre-recorded as it has been quite a feat for the musicians to get together to perform due to Covid19. They are so happy to be able to play together again even under the strict government guidelines.”

The 18 concerts, running from 20th August until 22nd October, will transmit at 6pm (UK time) and be available on YouTube, Facebook and the CinW website. They will be available for one month from the date of transmission. If you are not sure how to find and watch the concerts please contact Catherine Maddocks on concertsinthewest@nullgmail.com or Riccardo Pes on riccardopesvioloncello@nullgmail.com

The website will be updated by 19th August to show all the concerts and will contain more detail. The promotional video and eflyer will be available to download from the website as well.

The programme has some well-known names from Concerts in the West programmes, including the Consone Quartet (17th September), and the Pelleas Ensemble (28th September). And it’s not only chamber music – on 14th September, the concert features the acclaimed folk duo, the Askew Sisters. The first concert on 20th August features the trio Carmenco, playing music by Ian Clarke, Amos Coullanges, Tarrega, Bizet, Garcia ~Lorca, De Falla, Ravel and De Narvaez. On 24th August, the Solem Quartet will play works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Byrd, Schumann, Gabrieli, Bartok and Ades.

The concert series is listed on the FTR Arts Diary now.

Pictured: The Solem Quartet, performing on 24th August; Savitri Grier, 7th September; Linos Piano Trio, 10th September.