Friday, 19 February 2021

Until live music can once more return: Zoffanny Ensemble gives a fund-raising concert for Conway Hall

Conway Hall sign
The Zoffany Ensemble (Manon Derome, violin, Lydia Lowndes-Northcott, viola, Anthony Pleeth, cello, Karen Jones, flute, Alison Alty, oboe) will be giving a fund-raising concert for Conway Hall on 7 March 2021. The concert will streamed live from the hall, and will be introduced by Catherine Bott.

Founded in 2009 by violinist Manon Derome, the ensemble is named for the German-born artist Johann Zoffany who was a founding member of the Royal Academy. Rather appropriately the ensemble will be performing programme of late 18th century chamber music by Boccherini, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, and JC Bach consisting of trios, quartets and quintets for the line-up of flute, oboe, and strings.

Founded in the 1880s, the Conway Hall’s chamber music concert series is the longest-running of its kind in Europe (the two-thousandth concert was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1969). Conway Hall was purpose-built in 1929 by the South Place Ethical Society, and was desgined by a Society member, the architect Frederick Herbert Mansford (1871-1946). The hall's name was chosen in honour of Moncure Daniel Conway (1832-1907), an anti-slavery advocate, supporter of free thought and biographer of Thomas Paine. The hall was built to host concerts and lectures, and they have continued until the present day. The ethos of “affordable classical music for all” still remains.

This concert in March, the ensemble's fourth appearance at the hall, has been added specifically to raise funds for the Conway Hall in order to help sustain it through the current crisis, until live music can once more return.

Further details from the Conway Hall website.

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