We want to put our musicians to work! That's why we're asking for donations towards the cost of making music videos.
Today marks one year since the start of the first lockdown that brought an abrupt halt to live concerts in the UK. Over the course of the year we have planned and prepared for a return to the concert hall several times over but, although the vaccine rollout is giving us all hope, there is still uncertainty about when things will return to normal.
For the freelance professional musicians who play regularly with the orchestra this has been particularly difficult. These musicians love their job. But it’s not just their passion - it’s also their livelihood. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic few musicians have had any paid work and, as freelancers, haven’t had the level of government support given to employees.
Like every other performing arts organisation, we have had to rethink what we do and how we do it. Inevitably, this has involved delivering music online. We've been creating videos that aim to do justice, aurally and visually, to the musicianship of the freelance professionals who play for Skipton Camerata. Last autumn it was our Lockdown Diaries project that was our main focus.
This year, we want to continue with a series of videos featuring music old and new. The video of Doug Badger playing Bach was the first of these. We have plans to record Elgar with a dozen socially-distanced string players and to make a video of a Mozart Trio for three basset horns. Indeed, next week we'll be making a recording of Ben Crick's new composition for small orchestra with words specially written and recited by broadcaster and poet IanMcMillan. The new piece was to have been premiered in concert this coming May but that will have to wait for another time.
The trouble is that without paying audiences there is no ticket income. And whilst we do receive other income in the form of sponsorship and trust funding - which in normal times helps us keep tickets affordable whilst still paying our professional musicians a fair fee - the loss of ticket sales simply means we have less to offer the players. That's why we're asking for donations from music lovers who are in a position to support our musicians.
Please see our Making Music Videos appeal page on TotalGiving. The more donations we receive, the more music videos we can make.