For those of you who joined us for our ABC Classic week of concerts and who logged on to our very first Online Festival - we thank you! We are so very pleased with the response from our wonderful patrons, some who have been before and some who were able to experience the Festival for the very first time. If you did manage to join us for a concert please take two minutes to complete our survey
, we'd love to know what you thought.
Below you’ll find a message from Kathy along with some news about our Theodore Kuchar Scholarship, an upcoming performance by the Goldner String Quartet and more. We hope you enjoy our newsletter!
The AFCM Team.
A message from Kathryn Stott
I hope you are all safe and well. I know many of you reading this will be caught up in the Melbourne lockdown so I’m sending all my positive vibes to those of you living with the new restrictions. Life is indeed fragile right now so it’s equally important to hold onto what makes us happy, gives us comfort and brings an inner smile to our lives while navigating the daily news.
While most of my concerts have disappeared into that unknown place in the sky, I recently had the opportunity to make a video for Guy Johnston’s festival which was sadly cancelled. This took place in beautiful Hatfield House (pictured above), the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth 1 and it was indeed a very emotional moment to perform music once again after 5 months.
I’ve also been working on a recording project with Yo-Yo Ma and we hope to be able to bring this to life in the next few months. Being creative is an integral part of my life whether it’s working at the piano, devising programmes and projects, listening to music and of course thinking about dear AFCM.
However, what I am really missing, is attending performances in person. While we can fill some of that void online, the real buzz of listening and watching in the concert hall is somehow missing. The moment before you walk out on stage and hear the audience chatting - the hush - the applause - the atmosphere of concentration - the excited exchanges between fellow listeners afterwards - the deep breath one takes after a performance - that feeling of sharing is really missing.
I hope our Online Festival gave you a small opportunity to feel part of the AFCM family, but let’s all look forward to the day when we can be back where we belong. Musicians are seriously longing for this day and can’t wait to see your faces when they look out from the stage. I can absolutely guarantee it will be smiles all round!
Image of Kathryn Stott and Katherine Broderick at Hatfield House.