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Gramophone hosts lockdown charity gala for musicians

The live-streamed event will feature former Gramophone Classical Music Awards winners

Gramophone has organised a lockdown charity gala featuring former Gramophone Classical Music Awards winners. 

Available to watch on Gramophone’s Facebook page and YouTube channel from 7pm on Sunday 10 May, the Gramophone Award Winners Lockdown Charity Gala will support musicians whose work has dried up due to the Covid-19 crisis and who are finding themselves in financial difficulty.

Artists will introduce and perform a short programme from their own homes and viewers will be encouraged to donate to the charity, Help Musicians.

Lockdown Charity Gala artists

The gala programme will feature:

  • Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
  • Ian & Oliver Bostridge
  • Bertrand Chamayou
  • Colin Currie
  • Lise Davidsen
  • Sabine Devieilhe & Raphäel Pichon
  • James Ehnes
  • I Fagiolini
  • Vilde Frang
  • Sol Gabetta
  • Delphine Galou & Ottavio Dantone
  • Sir James & Lady Jeanne Galway
  • Boris Giltburg
  • Pavel Haas Quartet
  • Stephen Hough
  • Víkingur Ólafsson
  • Jakub Józef Orliński & Aleksander Dębicz
  • Sir Antonio Pappano
    Rachel Podger
  • Beatrice Rana
  • Sean Shibe

In between the performances, guest musicians – also former Award winners – will talk about music and encourage viewers to donate.

The Gramophone Award Winners Lockdown Charity Gala will be available to listen to for seven days after the initial stream, coming down at 11.59pm on Sunday 17 May.

‘Music is one of the most spiritually nourishing things humans can share’

James Jolly, Editor-in-Chief, Gramophone, said:

‘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 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 for the wonderful generosity of these Award-winning artists who have given their time and talent to support our charity gala.’

£8.35m to nearly 16,700 professional musicians in six weeks – Help Musicians

James Ainscough, Chief Executive, 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. There is also growing demand for the support we offer on health and mental wellbeing, building business skills and creative development.

‘Music lovers, musicians and the music industry have already responded with generosity but we still need to raise millions more in order to meet all needs fully. That is why we are so grateful to Gramophone and all the artists involved for supporting our vital work. Thank you – we cannot do it without you.’