Leicester International Music Festival – Autumn lunchtime concert series

We are very excited to give you news of a special lunchtime concert series this Autumn being streamed by the Leicester International Music Festival.

Since the coronavirus lockdown and restrictions on live performances, our Recital Scheme artists have seen one concert after another cancelled, not only impacting disastrously on their financial situation but also leaving them with a lack of performance opportunities at a crucial time when they wish to be building their audiences and career experience.  As a Trust, we were keen to find ways to help our artists to make the most of the focus on online streaming to audiences not able to attend venues.

Leicester International Music Festival have provided us with just such an opportunity. For a start, our Recital Scheme artist, Dan Shao, took part in this year’s Festival which consisted of online concerts in September: Dan featured in a concert streamed on 17th September, performing Animal Banter for flute, cello and piano by Eleanor Alberga with Laura van der Heijden and Anna Tilbrook, and then on 18th September in a performance of Mark Simpson’s Miniatures for solo flute.  The concerts are still available to view – please visit the Festival website for access.

But excitingly, the team at Leicester Festival, led by their artistic director Nicholas Daniel (himself a former beneficiary of the Munster Trust), were able to offer further opportunities to help other Recital Scheme artists, and a collaboration between the Festival was set up whereby the recording facilities and venue used for the Festival were made available to our artists, funded by the Trust, each artist recording a full concert programme.  The recordings took place right at the beginning of September, under the difficult circumstances of the strict regulations applying to Leicester at that time.  The end result will be a series of lunchtime concerts for streaming from October through to December, each concert featuring one or more of our outstanding Recital Scheme artists – once again these will be available through the Leicester Festival website.

Here is the provisional schedule for the series:

Thursday, 15 October 2020: Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux (violin) & Ljubica Stojanovic (piano)

Thursday, 22 October 2020: Meera Maharaj (flute) and Dominic Degavino (piano)

Thursday, 29 October 2020: Emma McPhilemy (saxophone) & Philip Sharp (piano)

Thursday, 5 November 2020: Mithras Trio 

Thursday, 12 November 2020: Elizabeth Bass (Harp) and Katherine Bryer (Oboe)

Thursday, 19 November 2020: Anna Cavaliero (soprano) Sholto Kynoch (piano)

Thursday, 26 November 2020: Mark Taylor (flute) Nathan Tinker (Piano)

Thursday, 03 December 2020: Illiam Quane (trumpet) and Aaron Breeze (piano)

The concerts will be available from 1pm on the days listed and for 30 days thereafter.  If you are able to, please support this initiative with a donation – details will be available on the Festival website.