Norwich Chamber Music has long been keen to share its enthusiasm for music both with its concert audiences and with those in the education system.
Although the events of the past year have caused cancellations and changes, we are continuing to review the possibilities for 2021 and beyond.
In place of pre-concert presentations (either musicological talks or interviews with the visiting musicians) we have taken to Zoom, with talks from Misha Donat on Beethoven and Schubert, and from Richard Wigmore on Haydn in London. Further guest talks are planned in the coming months.
In line with NCM’s tradition of informative programme notes, regular newsletters have offered everyone on the mailing list a wide range of suggestions of other listening opportunities such as those via online streaming links.
NCM has long had an education programme aimed at enthusing, inspiring and assisting active participation in and listening to music by primary and secondary pupils – the musicians and audiences of tomorrow. Some events we have arranged directly, such as the workshops and concerts we have offered to a group of local primary schools for many years. For others we have partnered with organisations sharing our aims.
Funding for education activities has come from generous individual donors and from time to time other local trusts. We thank them for their support. We will always be grateful for any new donations, as we review the best way forward as schools return and society opens up.
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been felt by everyone, whether concertgoers, musicians or students. With so much uncertainty many activities have been on hold. We are currently putting together a ‘Next Generation Programme’ to take us forward, reviewing the most effective ways to work in the new normal, using our resources to best advantage.