I would like to begin by expressing my sincerest gratitude to all our wonderful supporters for helping us to navigate the storm brought about by the coronavirus for a large part of 2020. Our livestreamed events were watched by many around the world, and were high quality performances broadcast via our state-of-the-art equipment. We have decided to continue this method of presentation for the spring season but will also now be able to admit limited in-person audiences, subject to Government restrictions.
I am so pleased that we are able to offer this programme of concerts in 2021. We have a particular focus this season on young ensembles, born out of our desire to nurture the future of classical music: something which is more important now than ever before. We have a good helping of the core repertoire alongside several contemporary works, a premiere by Thomas Hewitt Jones, and some colourful arrangements by Solem Quartet violinist, William Newell. Later in the season, we are proud to announce the re-launch of The Clements Prize for Composers, which will appeal to young composers to write a new work for string trio and which will coincide with a special exhibition of scores from the Conway Hall Archive.
I am sure you will agree that we have a truly exciting season of music in store (in spite of the inevitable restrictions), and I look forward to welcoming you to our concerts. Please do remember to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to our mailing list.
You may not know that Conway Hall Ethical Society is an independent charity. Everything we do is dependent upon our commercial activity, such as venue hire – which is currently at a near standstill due to Covid-19 and social distancing restrictions – and the generosity of our members and supporters like you. If you feel able to make a donation towards our work, click here for more information on how to do this.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our generous supporters, without whom our series would simply be unable to continue: the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts, The London Community Foundation, the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and many private donors.
Dr Simon Callaghan
Director of Music