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About the Event
We Are All in This Together
Yes, but some are doing more of the heavy lifting like performing artists. Very often their work is a collection of casual jobs, teaching, performing and perhaps hospitality to supplement their art. Yet it is exactly those industries which have been affected most severely by the lockdown.
Making music online is possible but playing together really requires physical closeness. And without listeners, there is no purpose. Only by sharing the live music with an audience in a space with good acoustics, musicians and audiences can thrive. This experience of a musical community is essential and very precious for artists and listeners alike. It is hard to elaborate on. Perhaps there are parallels with going to a footy match and living the atmosphere of the big cheering crowd versus watching an empty stadium on TV?
FCO returns in October
On 17th at the Basilica of St Patrick and 18th at the Redemptorist Monastery, FCO performs for the first time since the lockdown. It’s a celebration of live music and FCO’s 15th Anniversary with an exceptionally beautiful program incorporating works by J C Bach, Mozart, Kelly, Koželuch and Schoenberg. Performing in big venues allows for social distancing and we trust that the public will feel safe to gather.
Missing out on making music, teaching and supplementary jobs is particularly true for young and professional and freelance musicians who make up a big part of Fremantle Chamber Orchestra. With additional challenges from decreased corporate support and sharply increased venue costs, FCO has organised a series of concerts to raise funds for future performances.
A Tour of 5 Concerts
Right after FCO’s 17, 18 October concerts, Tim Chapman , the former head of music at St Hilda’s who plays organ and piano, and myself on the cello kick off a series of small scale, affordable ($20) concerts of an hour (without interval) entitled Romantic Baroque. Five Anglican and Catholic churches support our seed initiative and provide the beautiful and resonant spaces we musicians so treasure.