Artists involved include
Imogen Cooper, Lucy Crowe, Iestyn Davies, Benjamin Grosvenor, Angela
Hewitt, Stephen Hough, Michael Collins, Paul Lewis, Mark Padmore,
Mitsuko Uchida and Roderick Williams
. The concert series is being produced in adherence to the latest
government Coronavirus advice.
Artistic Director John Gilhooly said:
“We are very grateful to our wonderful colleagues at BBC Radio 3 for
collaborating with us on this project, as well as the private donor whose
magnificent lead gift has made the series possible, helping us to match the
BBC’s contribution. Through these concerts we will bring great live music
from our acclaimed acoustic to every corner of the nation and overseas.
“I hope this project will also provide a glimmer of light for the entire
industry, administrators and musicians alike. Arts and culture contribute
£8.5 billion to the UK economy, and this complex industry will need to be
rebuilt with public and government support, in due course. It is still
unclear exactly when we will be able to open our doors to the public again,
and although we remain cautiously optimistic about the future, we can only
react to events as they unfold.
“My aim is gradually to present a larger number of musicians in a similar
future broadcast series, possibly incorporating some of the already
advertised autumn programme, either on our website or with broadcasting
partners, as restrictions are loosened. Until then, I hope that the
concerts in June give a morale boost to live music making.”
This series of 20 newly programmed, one-hour concerts will take place at 1:00PM every weekday, beginning on Monday 1 June. Click
for a preview of what’s in store.