Music provides solace and joy for many, and never more so than in the last year, with Bach being the composer to whom many musicians turned. This new film by Matt Belcher features interviews with musicians and composers about their creative experiences in the time of coronavirus, alongside performances of their favourite solo Bach works and the premieres of their personal musical responses.
J S Bach Violin Partita No.2 in D Minor: IV. Gigue
Joe Cutler Ghost Chorales
J S Bach Organ Sonata No.4: Andante [Adagio] (transcr. August Stradal for piano)
Philip Herbert From the embers of silence
J S Bach Cello Suite No.1 in G Major: I. Prélude
Zoë Martlew G-lude
J S Bach Violin Partita No.3 in E major: VI. Bourrée (performed on accordion)
Howard Skempton Borrow
Joe Cutler violin & piano
Philip Herbert piano
Zoe Martlew cello
Howard Skempton accordion
Supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund, and the New Music Commission Fund
We’ve been working with our wonderful friend from Thoroughly Good, Jon Jacob, on a series of podcasts for you to listen to pre (or post!) our events. We hope you enjoy listening!
Episode 1: What’s in the Spitalfields Festival 2021
Jon Jacob speaks to composers Errollyn Wallen, Edmund Finnis, Howard Goodall, and David Fennessey about their new works, including a tribute to those carers who lost their lives in the first wave of the COVID pandemic.