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Press release date: May 2020




City of London Sinfonia’s long-established Wellbeing Through Music programme was one of the first recipients of the BBT Communities grants inaugurated in 2019 with a view to supporting charities committed to transforming disadvantaged lives through music.

In this film we hear about the players’ interaction with their special audiences at Comfortable Classical concerts, as well psychiatric patients at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School and people in the care of St Christopher’s Hospice. In these settings, where the players’ key aim is to bring joy and respite to vulnerable people of all ages, one of the most important skills is communication and finding ways of playing music to get their attention and emotional response. Principal clarinet, Katherine ‘Waffy’ Spencer, one of the orchestra’s longest serving members, explains how honing these particular skills ultimately enriches their own performances as orchestral musicians in the concert hall.

During the course of the Covid-19 lockdown the valuable work of CLS was unfortunately put on hold but the familiar faces of CLS Wellbeing Programme musicians can be seen each week online, via Facebook, at Comfortable Classical at Home.

Press release date: May 2020


Haydn – Opus 20 Volume 2: Quartets 1, 4 & 6

Resonus Classics RES10262  Released 1 May

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Having explored the dramatic and emotional aspects of the Opus 20 string quartets in its critically acclaimed Volume I recording, the Dudok Quartet reveals Haydn’s optimism and capacity for wit and surprise in this second volume. Haydn remains the Quartet’s most beloved composer, whose works were the very first they played together, and his music continues to guide their hands and minds when exploring repertoire from before and after his time.

Press release date: May 2020

BBT NEWS #BBTathomeforawhile

We cannot ignore the fact that the world has been turned upside down by the Covid-19 pandemic and that months of global lockdown have seriously challenged the creative and working lives of musicians everywhere.  BBT has been impressed by the scope of activity, creativity and connectivity engendered by many of its alumni and created a platform to support those who want to share these initiatives with the social media community at large: #BBTathomeforawhile.

Time to slow down a little and pursue alternative activities has also led to some considered blogs on a range of topics inspired by the situation.

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Press release date: May 2020


BBT has supported several recordings that have been completed but may be subject to a revised release schedule due to the pandemic lockdown. Still planned for early Autumn are horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill’s chamber music for horn by Brahms (BIS), Trio Isimsiz’s piano trios of Schubert, Fauré and Brahms (Rubicon) and violist Eivind Ringstad‘s Correspondances (Rubicon). Cellist Alessio Pianelli’s A Sicilian Traveller (Rubicon) will be released in Spring 2021.

Violinist Tessa Lark will not be defeated by what was an already challenging recording schedule for her album Stradgrass (First Hand Records) featuring an array of jazz and bluegrass guest artists, including Edgar Meyer, Jon Batiste, Sierra Hull and Michael Cleveland. Ingenious means are at work to complete the recording for the album release in early Spring 2021, preceded by two singles released separately in Autumn 2020.