Newbury Spring Festival 2020 – Week 2

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We hope you’ve been enjoying the first week of music clips and videos. Once again we’ve put together a selection of videos and links to Spotify from this year’s fantastic artists that you can watch and listen to in the comfort of your own home over the coming days.

It may not be the live programme as planned, but we hope it’ll give you a flavour of some of the spectacular work being produced by Newbury Spring Festival’s most recent selection of artists and performers.

In some cases we have the artists performing different repertoire, in some we have the repertoire, but performed by other artists. Hopefully you’ll find things in the mix that you can enjoy despite the “lockdown” we’re all experiencing.

Newbury Spring Festival 2020 – Online Week 2

Clicking on the artist name in each case will open their own website.

Week 2

Stephen Barlow 

Stephen has recorded a personal welcome to us all – please see below. He has also sent details of the  Northern Chamber Orchestra which was his orchestra for the Buxton Festival. They are streaming a concert Stephen performed with them in January, starting from 7.30 Saturday 16 May and available for a week. The concert included a piece of Stephen’s ’Nocturne, for Clarinet, Marimba and Strings’ which he conducted. The soloists were Liz Jordan, Clarinet and the fantastic Colin Currie playing the Marimba.

London Mozart Players

Stephen Barlow has recorded a personal message to the Festival audience and chorus here. The other videos here are links to where the LMP have been releasing a series of videos “At Home with LMP”.

Sheepdrove Piano Competition

Watch this space as we hopefully make plans for the competition to be staged later in the year.

Hilary Summers

Hilary has recorded a welcome message from home:

Sir Nicholas Kenyon on Beethoven

Bollywood Brass Band

Bollywood Brass Band have made a recording during lockdown – there’s even parts to play along available. 

Here are a couple of short clips of the programme which give a little taste of the concert that we’re missing, and an introduction message from two of the group:

Bounder & Cad

Never ones to take life too seriously, enjoy a lighter look at some of the recent weeks with Bounder & Cad:

The Sixteen

Harry Christophers has recorded a message to the Newbury audience from his home:

The Sixteen have been busy during lockdown with many online projects on their website. To get you started – here’s a particularly charming video they’ve recorded remotely:

Tasmin and Mark have for many years wanted to bring the ravishing Korngold Violin Concerto to Newbury, and they invite you to listen and watch this great performance by Nicola Benedetti.

Donate to the Festival

The financial implications of having to cancel the 2020 Festival in order to safeguard the health of our audiences, artists and staff due to the coronavirus pandemic, are huge. We can’t wait to get back to what we do best, bringing the best world-class music to Newbury as soon as we are able. But to do this we need your support.

So, we are asking you, and everyone we know, to make a donation to help us survive this extraordinary situation so that we can return next year with two weeks of world-class music.

If you are able, we would be delighted if you might make a one-off donation to support the future of the Newbury Spring Festival.

Audience Feedback Survey

Although this is a challenging time for us all, it is also an opportunity for us to take some time to plan for when we can reopen our doors and welcome you back, be that in the Autumn this year, or Spring 2021.

We have no past experience to draw upon for a situation like this – so we really need to hear your thoughts on the current situation and how you feel about attending events again at some point.

We have worked with our partners, Indigo to develop a short online survey, which is available here . We would be grateful if you would spare us a few minutes to complete it. Your responses are completely anonymous, and will be used to inform our own planning, as well as being added to responses from all over the UK to help produce a national picture.

Indigo will only have access to your responses for analysis purposes, and will not be able to see any of your personal information.

Many thanks for your support in the past, and we look forward to welcoming you back before too long.