Gramophone magazine has organised on online charity gala, featuring former Gramophone Classical Music Award winners, to support musicians whose work has dried up due to the coronavirus pandemic. Each artist will introduce and perform a short programme from their own home and viewers will be encouraged to donate to Help Musicians.
Watch the charity gala on Gramophone‘s Facebook and YouTube channels on Sunday 10 May at 7.15pm (BST), 8.15pm (CET), 2.15pm (EST), 11.15am (PCT). Gramophone’s charity gala will be available to watch for seven days after the initial stream.
James Jolly, Editor in Chief of Gramophone, explained, “Music is one of the most spiritually nourishing things humans can share, and when the musical world falls silent, we feel its loss. To ensure that the music will play again when this crisis eases, we are encouraging music-lovers to dig deep and help the musicians who enrich our lives day after day. We, at Gramophone, are enormously grateful to the wonderful generosity of these Award-winning artists who have given their time and talent to support our charity gala.”
Gramophone’s charity gala will feature performances from former Gramophone Classical Music Awards winners including Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Ian Bostridge & Oliver Bostridge, Bertrand Chamayou, Colin Currie, Lise Davidsen, Sabine Devieilhe & Raphaël Pichon, James Ehnes, Fagiolini, Vilde Frang, Sol Gabetta, Delphine Galou & Ottavio Dantone, Sir James Galway & Lady Jeanne Galway, Boris Giltburg, Pavel Haas Quartet, Stephen Hough, Víkingur Ólafsson, Jakub Józef Orliński & Aleksander Dębicz, Sir Antonio Pappano, Rachel Podger, Beatrice Rana and Sean Shibe.
Please consider donating to Help Musicians and support those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. James Ainscough, Chief Executive of Help Musicians, said, “Over the past six weeks Help Musicians has responded to the coronavirus crisis by making payments totalling £8.35m to nearly 16,700 professional musicians needing immediate financial help. This is just the beginning. There are a large number of musicians who will not be protected by government safety nets and will need our financial assistance over many months.”