Thursday, 18 February 2021

The Polyphonic Concert Club: a new joint venture from St George's Bristol, The Stoller Hall, Manchester and The National Centre for Early Music, York

The Polyphonic Concert Club: a new joint venture from St George's Bristol, The Stoller Hall, Manchester and The National Centre for Early Music, York
A performance of sonatas and party pieces by Mozart, Szymanowski, Paganini and Massenet from violinist Jennifer Pike and pianist Petr Limonov at St George's Bristol launches a new online concert series, The Polyphonic Concert Club

The Polyphonic Concert Club is an initiative launched by the television production company Polyphonic Films Ltd as collective effort between venues and musicians to produce quality filmed concerts for audiences cut off from attending live performance, with artist-led programmes in a novel joint venture. The programmes are produced and promoted in association with three leading concert platforms outside London: St George's Bristol, The Stoller Hall, Manchester and The National Centre for Early Music, York.

The initial series is for six chamber concerts which premiere on Thursdays from 11 March 2021, and the full series will be available on-demand until 29 April 2021.

After Jennifer Pike's recital, subsequent programmes will include The Colin Currie Quartet in the UK premiere of Dave Maric’s Nascent Forms plus Steve Reich’s Drumming Part 1 from the Stoller Hall, Manchester; I Fagiolini in a a time-travelling road trip from London to Paris, Venice and Leipzig, with repertoire from Byrd to Bach via Monteverdi from the National Centre for Early Music, York; Red Priest presents a Baroque carnival and are joined by founder member violinist Julia Bishope; Castalian String Quartet, Royal Philharmonic Society Young Artist of 2019, in a programme of Haydn, Janačék and Thomas Adès’ The Four Quarters; Isata Kanneh-Mason in Clara Schumann, Sofia Gubaidulina and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.

Robert Hollingworth, who is a co-director of Polyphonic Films, as well as director of I Fagiolini, said: "Focusing on the filming as well as the music-making, and with a camera-crew experienced in making arts tv, we can create a strong impression of the real 'being there' feel that everyone craves. We all wanted to do something to help keep the culture of 'going to' music alive, as well as providing some much needed income for venues and artists (and independent film companies!) alike."

Full details from The Polyphonic Concert Club website.

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