Happy New Year to all friends, followers, musicians and fellow performers! The New Year Resolutions from BEMP? To get everyone together again as soon as possible, to pick up what we were forced to put down, to make and enjoy real live music - there is no substitute...🎶
So, here we are a whole year on from BEMP’s last event, which was Grand Baroque IV in Exeter Cathedral. Feels like a lifetime ago. Anyway, 2020 is nearly over, and frankly not too soon for many practising musicians, be they professional or dedicated amateurs who love to perform. BEMP was forced to suspend all plans for the year, deferring all our events to 2021.
COVID permitting, these events will be reinstated in 2021, so in May a choral weekend and concert with JanJoost van Elburg and a separate Viols, Lutes and Voice workshop weekend, then another choral weekend and concert with Martin Perkins featuring renaissance music from Bologna later in the year. In November look out for Grand Baroque V in Exeter Cathedral – big music for a big space!
All these together with a brand new series of monthly recitals and concerts in All Saints’ Church, Culmstock…..
The BEMP THIRD THURSDAY series is designed to offer a performing platform for some of our regular professional players, with a real audience (socially distanced if still necessary) in a lovely acoustic. In addition we are hoping that the events will also provide a means for The Friends of Culmstock Church to supplement their fund-raising activities to contribute to maintenance and essential improvements to this beautiful Church which happens to be right on our own doorstep! More information soon, to register your interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org
One for the traditional fiddle players here! Glad to see that Morag is making the best of online teaching opportunities! She played - phenomenally - for BEMP in May 2019 in Gawain Glenton's programme exploring music at the time of the Viennese Habsburgs
Try to make time to see this amazing compilation of home made performances by Gramophon magazine award winners.. an eye-opener and completely stunning. Then consider that many of them have empty diaries and no income for the forseeable future and make a donation if you can.