During this difficult period, Chamber Music Scotland, who grant aid local music societies such as MiWK, has been hosting a Streaming Home Concerts series. CMS is paying the performers a fee, but viewers can also make a contribution via Paypal in lieu of a ticket. This series is complemented by additional concerts presented independently by chamber musicians and ensembles. This is good news for performers who are losing their bookings, as well as for home-confined concert-goers.
Even if you miss a concert first time round, several remain on You Tube. Most concerts offer the viewer an opportunity to make a donation in lieu of a ticket.
If you are able and willing to make a donation in lieu of a ticket, please click here. The suggested amount is £5 per viewer.
The final Streaming Home Concert in this first series was given by
Steven Osborne (piano) and Jean Johnson (clarinet) on Wednesday 1st July 2020, 7:30pm https://youtu.be/9hQbgk1OpDI
Pianist Steven Osborne was 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year, whilst Jean Johnson was formerly principal clarinet of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Together they performed a wonderful programme of clarinet sonatas:
Brahms | Clarinet Sonata in F minor, op. 120 no. 1 Bernstein | Clarinet Sonata Poulenc | Clarinet Sonata
As usual, CMS is accepting donations for the musicians in lieu of a concert ticket, so please consider donating if you’re able. 100% of all donations will go to the musicians involved. https://paypal.me/CMShomeconcerts
The previous concert was Fali Pavri (piano) and Naomi Pavri (cello) Wednesday 17th June 2020 https://youtu.be/7XbTUS_Ylkw
Pianist Fali Pavri and cellist Naomi Pavri broadcast live from their home in Glasgow, performing the following programme:
Martinu | Slovak Variations Brahms | Sonata no. 1 in E minor and John Mayer | Prabhanda
Please consider making a donation in lieu of a concert ticket, if you’re able – 100% of all donations go to the musicians involved: https://paypal.me/CMShomeconcerts
The previous concert was:
Emily Davis (violin) with special guest Andrew Robb (double bass) Wednesday 10th June 2020 | 7:30pm Click here to view it.
Previously holding the position of principal violin with the CBSO and associate concertmaster with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Emily Davis is now the Associate Leader of the RSNO. She was joined in this concert by her husband Andrew Robb, one of the most in-demand jazz bassists in Europe, who in 2018 won the European Society of Bassists Jazz Competition. The performance included the premiere of “In the Golden Sky the Swallows Turn,” a solo violin piece by Peter Longworth.
The full programme comprised: Ysayë Solo Sonata no.2 “Obsession”; Gershwin Medley, arranged by Andrew Robb; Tchaikovsky “Melodie” from “Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher,” arr. Andrew Robb; Peter Longworth Premiere of “In The Golden Sky the Swallows Turn”, Poem for Solo Violin; Norwegian Traditional Folk Tune “Storreguten” Arranged by Per Robberstad; Monti Csardas arr. Emily Davis
As usual, CMS will be accepting donations for the musicians in lieu of concert tickets: https://paypal.me/CMShomeconcerts
On Wednesday 3rd June Georgia Browne and friends presented a concert featuring flute, harpsichord and violin, with a repertoire including Handel, Bach, Barsanti, Couperin and Rameau.
Please click here to view it.
The previous week’s CMS concert was given by the outstanding guitarist Sasha Savaloni, a recent winner of the Seville Guitar Competition:
Sasha Savaloni, Guitar Wednesday 27th May 2020, 7:30pm https://youtu.be/eJIkIQM2xX0
The repertoire included early lute/guitar pieces by John Dowland and Robert Johnson, as well as Spanish repertoire from Albeniz and Sanz, and work by the Paraguayan composer Agustin Barrios.
On 20th May, award-winning cellist David Watkin gave a lecture:
Sei Solo (“You are alone”): Looking for Meaning in Bach’s solo cello music in quarantine
David spoke of performing the Cello Suites – like walking alone into the grandest cathedral – and explored some of the context around these works. David Watkin’s much-lauded 2015 album of Bach Cello Suites won both a Gramophone and BBC Music Award, and has been hailed as a “definitive” recording of the suites.
To access the talk, follow the link here.
As usual, donations are welcomed in lieu of concert tickets, if you feel able. To do so click here.
Remember: Donations can be made at https://www.paypal.me/CMShomeconcerts
On 29th April, Su-a Lee (cello) gave a recital with special guest Hamish Napier (flute/keys)
The concert performed on Wednesday 22nd April by Duo Primavera (Ian Watt, guitar; Kirstiina Watt, early guitars/soprano/lute) can still be found at
This husband and wife duo streamed a programme of Romantic guitar, Modern guitar and Theorbo from their home in Aberdeenshire.
The Ayoub Sisters – a fabulous multi-instrumental duo – streamed a performance on Wednesday, 15th April at 7:30pm. Their programme of classical chamber music, traditional Scottish and Arabic music, and the live debut of their single “Storm.” Click here to access the broadcast.
On Easter Sunday 12th April and Sunday 26th April Marcus Barcham Stevens (violin) and Christina Lawrie (piano) presented Concerts From Our Living Room. The first includes J.S. Bach Violin Concerto in A minor, Bach’s Gebt Mir (St Matthew Passion), and Waldesrauschen by Liszt. Follow this link http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBpkYeisI0uStetLah1rF1w
In the second they performed Cesar Franck’s Sonata for violin and piano.
In addition the Miller Violin Duo (Alison and Danny Miller) presented a concert via a link to a private YouTube channel. It can be watched at the viewer’s leisure with no additional software or advanced technological skills required. There is a suggested donation of £5.00 per household which also includes an accompanying PDF programme with full biographies of themselves alongside detailed programme notes of the pieces performed.
On Sunday 22nd March by Christina Lawrie (piano) and Marcus Barcham-Stevens (violin, SCO), including the following repertoire:
- Kreisler, Praeludium and Allegro
- Beethoven, Kreutzer Sonata
Their concerts can be viewed on Christina’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBpkYeisI0uStetLah1rF1w
On 8th April, pianist Euan Stevenson performed his “Mikrovisations.” The concert can be viewed here .
Several concerts were streamed between 19th-25th March. Click here to view the concerts. :