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    March 20 News

    This is going to be a rather different update, as halfway through March like so many others, our work had to stop and we squirrelled ourselves away to safeguard from the Covid-19 outbreak. This unsettling time of disquiet can of course be very challenging and we hope that our friends out there are managing all right. We have seen some great online offerings and some lovely chats from friends and members of the Collective from far and wide. Equally though, it throws into focus the importance and power of people gathering in a space to play and experience live music.

    48 Hours – Adès/Rennie

    Inevitably, because of Covid-19 we have had to postpone our performance and recording of 48 Hours – Adès/Rennie that was due to take place in May. The project will still have its conclusion though and we’re chomping at the bit to reschedule and present these works in public. Those 48 hours of rehearsal won’t be wasted!

    The Lowry

    We were also sad that the Lowry Young Theatre Makers won’t get to finish and perform their – incredibly prescient – work, Secret Lives of the Bunker People, which we really enjoyed helping them with. However there will be an abridged online version that we will link to when it is released.

    Shape & Colour

    Luckily, before the lock-down took hold we were able to finish our Shape and Colour project at the University of Manchester with an exciting performance at the Martin Harris Centre. Big thanks to Carl Raven, artist Laura Orton, and the postgraduate composers that created works for us.

    Spreading the Word..

    We were also featured guests on the Classical Music Now podcast that’s hosted by No Dice Collective’s Joe Chesterman-March. It’s a fairly new podcast that features artists from a variety of creative backgrounds and we really enjoyed chatting to Joe so definitely worth a listen. Our episode should be going out at the start of May, we think, but we’ll keep you posted. We were also really excited to spend the whole of March on BBC Sounds having been featured on Radio 3’s Freeness, playing and chatting about Craig Farr’s wonderful piece ‘Dead-End/Safe Haven’. If you missed it, don’t worry, you can hear the full piece (from an earlier performance a couple of years ago) here.

    We’re all getting used to a new-normal-now, gradually finding ways to connect whilst in isolation. We all hope we’ll be making music with and for our friends and audiences again very very soon. From all of us here, we hope you and yours stay safe and well.

    Things we have enjoyed and we thought you might do to:

    London Symphony Orchestra: Mahler 2

    Roscoe Mitchell Creative Orchestra

    La Fuite Swedish Jazz Trio

    Ilan Volkov’s home radio show for Radio Halas

    Albanian Vocal and Instrumental Polyphony (inspired by Volkov’s show!)

    Here is an audio version of this month’s blog: