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Covid-19 – Update (6th September)

Dear fellow music lover,

I am even more delighted than usual to be writing to you and enclosing a flier for our Autumn series. It seems a very long time since I last did this.

I hope that you are all well and have weathered the anxiety and stress of the pandemic. I know that engaging again with the outside world will feel different for each of us but hope that many of you feel confident enough to be tempted by the lovely music we have lined up and will be returning to our Afternoon Concerts. We will, of course, be providing as safe an environment as possible and will be talking to the Rook Lane Chapel team about how to present our concerts in a way that will feel safe – but is as near to normal as possible.

Many musicians have had a very hard time during the last year and a half and I know that the artists we have engaged will be looking forward with great enthusiasm to their concerts in Frome. We thought that a fanfare of brass instruments would be a good way to celebrate our return so our ‘Special’ concert is by A4 Brass, a well established and much respected ensemble who received rave reviews when they visited us before. Their concert, at 3pm on Sunday 24 October, will be a longer one with a short interval.

The other three concerts will, as usual, last about an hour each and provide opportunities for us all to hear young, highly recommended artists before they become famous!

  • Sunday 10 October 3pm.  Dramma per Musica. An exciting young ensemble with a programme of music inspired by Shakespeare, including pieces by Purcell, Locke and Morley.
  • Sunday 14 November 3pmSherry Shen & Agnese Contadini. Violin and harp duo.  Highly accomplished orchestral and chamber musicians, Sherry and Agnese offer a programme of rich contrasts – from Saint-Saen’s swan to Piazolla’s tango music.
  • Sunday 28 November 3pmEchea String Quartet  Currently Chamber Music Fellows at the Royal College of Music, the Echea Quartet will be playing a wonderful concert of Schubert, Haydn and Kurtag.

The flier gives booking details and, once again we are offering you the chance to subscribe to the whole series before we open booking for individual concerts – a significant reduction in cost.  If you are buying a subscription, we urge you to book immediately if you can, and certainly before Friday 17 September. Tickets for individual concerts will go on sale on Saturday 18 September. After that date, we cannot guarantee that subscriptions will still be available; demand for any individual concert could mean there are insufficient tickets left for would be subscribers.

Do buy your tickets online from if you can. Print them off – or bring them on your phone  – and retain your subscription tickets for admission to all concerts. Please note a change of address if you book by post; Angela remains on the committee but is taking a well earned retirement from the role that she has fulfilled so efficiently and enthusiastically for so many years. We are so pleased that Sarah is taking on this task from this season onwards.

So, check out the flier, put the dates in your diary and buy your tickets as soon as you can. I am really looking forward to seeing you all again,

With very best wishes,

Mary – and the committee, Angela, Clive, Edith, Fiona, Richard, Rhona and Sarah

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