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raised of £21,000 target by 714 supporters

Weʼre raising £21,000 to pay a fee to each musician performing at one of our Home Concerts. If funds allow we also donate to HelpMusiciansUK Hardship Fund. Thank you

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Our next Home Concert is on Wednesday 17th March. We are delighted to have John Reid and Clare Connors performing for us. John has a notable career as a pianist, performing solo and with many leading ensembles. Clare is an award-winning composer and violinist. This is our 21st Home Concert. Thanks to your support we continue to guarantee a fee to each Home Concert musician.

NB We’ve been talking to our performers about social distancing and their performance practises. We have been assured that, despite the difficulties, they are following the government guidelines, and the more detailed advice from the Musicians’ Union and other representative bodies.

Home Concert Club was set up in March 2020, at the start of the coronavirus lockdown. All around us, musicians were having concerts and tours cancelled, their working lives suddenly swept from under their feet. At the same time our friends, families and members of our community had lost opportunities to share live musical experiences.

Julie Schwarz’s initial idea for concerts online, performed in musicians’ own homes and transmitted over the internet to the homes of audience members, was developed by her, along with Barbara Bleiman and Adam Sharples. Violinist, Gemma Sharples, agreed to be the musical force behind the project, curating the series for us. She was also one of the performers at our first concert.

Our aims are:

– to offer audiences an experience of live music, in a world where concert halls and theatres have had to close.

– to provide paid opportunities for musicians to perform live;

– to provide technical support for the musicians to get the best out of an online performance.

– When funds allow, to donate to Help Musicians UK Hardship Fund.

Details of the upcoming concerts, and profiles of the musicians that have played in past concerts, is on our website.

You can book to join our concerts on the website. And you can become a Home Concert Club member. (This is free!)

Home Concert Club has been able to achieve these aims through crowdfunding donations. We hope to continue the series past lockdown and establish HCC as a sustainable idea over the whole period of music venues remaining closed or restricted.

Thank you. We hope to see you at one of our concerts.

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  • Julie Schwarz9 days ago
    Julie Schwarz

    Julie Schwarz

    9 days ago

    Every Home Concert is unique and inspiring. Last night's was no exception. Sophie Westbrooke's astonishing recorder playing was followed by Ivo Neame and Ant Law's beautiful Jazz. We were so lucky to hear these 3 exceptional musicians sharing their wonderful music. Lot's of us are still smiling!

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  • Julie Schwarz13 days ago
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    Julie Schwarz

    13 days ago

    The technical run through for Wednesday's concert was a treat in itself! Such talented musicians and such excellent sound quality. Looking forward to the 2 30 minute sets from Sophie and from Ivo and Ant.

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  • Julie Schwarz1 month ago
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    Julie Schwarz

    1 month ago

    It was a huge treat to share Lucinda Cox and Tom Jesty's programme yesterday evening. Last Autumn we were heard their technical rehearsal, but had to postpone on the day of the concert due to covid. That made it especially lovely to welcome them back to share their whole performance.

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  • Linda and Peter Weber

    Linda and Peter Weber

    Feb 27, 2021

    Lovely concerts. Thank you for organising them


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    Fanny Sigler

    Feb 26, 2021

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    Jane and Henry

    Feb 25, 2021

    Fantastic to have the opportunity to listen to some great performers


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Julie Schwarz

Julie Schwarz

North London

Throughout my career as a charity finance professional I have been lucky to see the positive differences people can make in each other's lives. I am helping Gemma Sharples and her friends to share their talents with their community. We hope everyone involved will be uplifted.

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