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Thursday, 23 April 2020

A message from Music in New Malden during Coronavirus.

We hope you are all coping with the national lockdown at this astonishing time.

For obvious reasons, the Music in New Malden concert on Sunday the 10th of May has been postponed.

We are in touch with the performers, Alison Bury and Maggie Cole about making an early visit to us next season to perform their Bach programme for violin and harpsichord, and we’ll keep you posted on that.

As yet, we have not made a decision on the 14th of June end-of-season concert with Original Blend, pending review of the lockdown.

We thought we’d use this mailing to update you on some news…

We recently advertised for a Secretary & Administrator for Music in New Malden to succeed Clare McEvoy, who we wish to thank for looking after this side of our operations for the last couple of years. We were absolutely delighted with the response we received to our advert, placed nationally and locally, and, following an interview process that had to take place virtually on the Zoom platform while we are all in enforced isolation, Peter Bullett, Jane Booth and John Irving have appointed Ann Richards to the post. Ann lives in Thames Ditton, and brings a wealth of experience to us from her 25 years in the Press Department at the Royal Opera House, from which she recently retired. We have begun to think about how to implement the very exciting ideas Ann has for future development of the MiNM concert series across our three established strands of professional soloists and groups; conservatoire students; and community groups. On top of that, we’ll be looking at extending our outreach work locally.

We remain proud of the diversity of our audiences. This is an evident strength that we feel helped us in recent funding applications, and which we are committed to extending further. We realise that the involvement of the large local Korean population in our concerts over the years has been slight, and are delighted to have co-opted to our Committee Min-young Bae - a very fine pianist who lives locally. Some of you may remember hearing Min-young in one of our concerts a couple of years ago; she is a graduate of Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she studied harpsichord with John Irving and piano with Deniz Gelenbe. Min-young offers us a valuable connection into the Korean musical scene and we hope to inaugurate this link positively in the coming months.

As ever, we wish to thank New Malden Methodist Church, the wonderful army of volunteer helpers at our concerts, Robert Elves and Caroline Auty (who look after our Social Media presence), and, of course you our audience and supporters. While we are understandably quiet at present, we are not forgetting our mission to bring high-quality professional music-making to this locality. Unpredictable though the present time undoubtedly is, we are aiming to start Series 13 as normal in the late summer, and will very soon be confirming the season’s programme.

In the interim, you may wish to know that a local pianist (a graduate of the Royal College of Music, and former academic student of Peter Bullett), John Paul Ekins is at present offering live-streamed Sunday afternoon concerts at 3.00pm via his Facebook Page, which is raising donations for the Association of NHS Charities. The link to the concerts can be found on his Facebook page.

Meanwhile, all of us at Music in New Malden wish all of you the very best, and look forward to seeing you as soon as possible.
Stay safe everyone!
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