Updated 5th November 2020
An update from Wiltshire Music Centre about the current situation:
Following our successful reopening as a Concert Hall and Community Centre in September it is with huge regret that following the government’s recent lockdown announcement Wiltshire Music Centre must temporarily close its doors to the public once again until Wednesday 2nd December. As a result all public performances and workshop activity will be cancelled in line with lockdown restrictions.
However, we are delighted to announce that a number of our autumn winter season concerts will still be available to view online as live stream events. The revised season will begin with Tom Poster and Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective on Wednesday 11th November when the star-studded ensemble will perform a stunning Viennese programme culminating with Korngold’s sumptuous and virtuosic piano quintet. Further programme details will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.
We will be contacting all ticket holders in order to process credits, transfers to live stream events, refunds and donations for all events until 30th November in the coming weeks. Ticket holders will be informed individually once their transaction has been processed and your patience and support is greatly appreciated during this time. Some live stream events are still subject to confirmation so we will publish the details as soon as they are available.
In July the Centre launched a £60,000 Community Fundraising Appeal to help us reopen the venue and deliver our Autumn Winter programme. Funds raised through this Appeal are supporting our mini concert series with world class jazz, classical and folk artists. We were also pleased to announce in September that WMC’s recording studio had been transformed into a new state-of-the-art broadcast suite, following a major digital investment funded through a government Bounce Back loan and donations from generous benefactors.
James Slater, Artistic Director, commented: “We are very proud to be able to present live stream events from the WMC stage in the coming weeks. The opportunity to share high quality music and provide much needed work for our visiting artists at this time is vitally important in so many ways. We look forward to sharing the online season with you and to welcoming you to the WMC Virtual Stage.”
In the meantime, WMC continues to lead the second phase of the Celebrating Age Wiltshire project in partnership with Age UK, Community First and arts and cultural organisations across the county. Monthly online Zone Club creative sessions for young learning-disabled adults are also set to continue, together with progression opportunities for young musicians through the West of England Youth Orchestra, Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra and Wiltshire Jazz Academy.
You can keep in touch with us via social media (Facebook and Twitter) and our website for the latest information. Once again on behalf of the whole WMC team, thank you very much for your support and understanding, and please continue to keep music alive wherever you are!
Maud Saint-Sardos Chief Executive
James Slater Artistic Director
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