Plans for the 2021-22 season
With summer approaching fast your trustees have been working hard on putting together a programme for the 2021/22 season which, we hope, will begin in the autumn. We have been in touch with a number of musical groups, including some whose concerts had to be cancelled last year and some provisional dates have been agreed. We cannot go firm on these until some of the current uncertainties have been cleared up.
For example – we don't have control over our venues so we don't know their requirements over social distancing nor do we know what restrictions might be imposed by central government that make it difficult to host live performances.
We will provide advance notice of our programme when the situation becomes clearer and we will also put details on our website. There is, however, one exception. The Christmas concert which is given every year by Ex Cathedra has been booked for Friday 3 December at St. Chad's Church at 7.30 pm. Please put this into your diary – we will let you know as soon as tickets are on sale.
You may also like to look at (or revisit) the excellent series of programmes put together by Zoe Beyers in our Music Room project which ended in December. Videos of the talks and inspirational performances are still available on our website www.shropshiremusic trust.co.uk
Exciting new project
There's an exciting six-month digital project – The Music Room – for you to enjoy starting on Friday, 19th June, specially curated for SMT by Zoe Beyers (courtesy of Arts Council England emergency covid funds). Watch our trailer video here:
The first programme will be on 19th June 2020 from 19:30 to 20:30
Shropshire Music Trust’s online series 'The Music Room' launches its 12-episode season with fascinating insights, beguiling stories and new perspectives from the English Symphony Orchestra’s principal conductor Kenneth Woods, who is also an acclaimed cellist and writer. Tune in on Friday 19 June 2020 at 19:30 on Shropshire Music Trust’s YouTube channel or Vimeo Channel for the premiere, and afterwards on Zoom for a post-programme Q&A with Kenneth Woods.
More information on The Music Room page.
Cancellation due to Covid-19
The Shropshire Music Trust (SMT) trustees decided in mid-March, with deep regret, to cancel the remaining concerts of the 2019/20 SMT season. We looked to see if we could find a way of continuing the season, but we had to accept that this was not possible, given government advice and the potential risks involved. All SMT concerts, outreach activities and other events are cancelled or postponed until further notice.
All ticket-holders for cancelled events should now have been refunded and we are extremely grateful to those who have shown their support for SMT by donating all or some of their refunds back to the Trust.
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