Positive Note Autumn Sessions

by Dan Norman in Wolvercote, England, United Kingdom

£6,876

raised of £8,260 stretch target

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 8th October 2020 at 12:01pm

An online festival of classical music films, sharing the precious moments of performers coming together again for the first time in 6 months

by Dan Norman in Wolvercote, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Hitting this target will mean that all the performers involved will get a minimum fee of £180 - subsistence stuff, but nonetheless welcome in a time of little or no income.


  • The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a deeply uncertain landscape for performers and audiences alike
  • We are producing a season of online chamber music programmes - The Positive Note Autumn Sessions
  • By pledging your support today, you can help make this ambitious project a reality. All profits go to the performers

What no work?

My name is Dan Norman.1599564405_dan_norman_online_cropped.jpeg Before the pandemic hit, like many of my colleagues I was looking forward to a busy year of opera and concert performances. But as the early weeks of the lockdown passed, diaries emptied, and contracts up to spring 2021 were cancelled. Whilst there are a handful of live performances beginning to happen, this story is the same for almost all musicians and theatre professionals. (Online portrait by Fran Monks).

Staying sane

Even before we went into lockdown, it was clear to me that it would be a long time before we'd be performing together again, let alone performing for audiences, and the prospect of not making music terrified me. So I set out to produce some online performances, putting together a technical team and devising a system to combine the music-making of individuals in their own homes. And so, Positive Note was born.1599481290_positive-note_logo_a_black_rgb.png

Scaling up

Our first film, "Old Abram Brown at a distance" was premiered the day that the lockdown was announced, and before long we were planning our epic co-production with Oxford Bach Soloists, "St John Passion from Isolation", which was screened on YouTube in nine weekly episodes, starting on Good Friday, raising over £16,000 for Help Musicians UK, with 44,000 views to date.

We continue to make these kind of films, and our recent "apart/together" project with New College Choir has been featured on Radio 3 and Classic FM.


Making music together again

BUT....there is no substitute for making music in person, and as much for the mental health of the performers as the enjoyment of our audience, we decided to put together some filmed performances to make up an online festival and the concept of the Positive Note Autumn Sessions was born. 1599482199_img_20200715_140810.jpgI approached Radley College to see if they would host us and give us access to their film unit. They are always keen to share their resources with worthy causes, and were very encouraging, making the Silk Hall available to us at an affordable rate. None of this would have been possible without their generosity.

Finzi Friends also pledged their support, helping us to get the concept 1599480941_finzi_friends_logo.jpgoff the ground.Then I invited a wonderful, diverse range of performers to be involved - all of them jumped at the chance to be performing together again, resulting in stunning work from world-renowned performers and stars of the future. The overarching theme is Nature - the one thing that kept me, and I'm sure many others, sane during lockdown.

All the performers have agreed to be involved on a profit sharing basis, so once our production costs are covered, all the profits from this crowdfunder, and from subsequent ticket sales will go to them.

All the films will benefit from extra visual content - for instance the Dance Continues has shadow puppet animations incorporated with the live material, and 

Programmes

1599563380_dance_team.jpgThe Dance Continues - songs of birds and trees, performed by Anna Dennis, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Wilfred Norman, Daniel Norman, Roderick Williams and Sholto Kynoch, with shadow puppet animations by Jeremy Hamway-Bidgood

1599563417_g6.jpgBushes and Briars - The Gesualdo Six present a programme on the theme of Nature and Youth

1599563444_jonny.jpgBeethoven and Mozart - Music for violin and piano with Jonathan Stone and Sholto Kynoch

1599563485_emilyp_01042011_0195print.jpgEternity's sunrise - Vaughan Williams's Blake settings for tenor and oboe, performed by Daniel Norman and Emily Pailthorpe with Blake's original images

1599563640_diana_moore_2_-_credit_peter_everard_smith_small.jpegA voice of one's own - A collection of outstanding songs - haunting, witty, poignant - by composers who happen to be female. Performed by Diana Moore and John Reid

1599563669_helen.jpgThe truth about love - Featuring Grainger's folk song arrangements, Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock, Finzi's Bagatelles and Briten's Cabaret songs, with Helen Sherman, Claire Egan, Catriona Scott and Charlotte Brennand

Haydn and Smetana Piano Trios The Mitsu Trio1599564730_mitsu_trio.png

Rewards

If you'd like to support us, please pledge using one of the options on the right hand side of the page. There are lots of rewards avavilable, including individual or season tickets to all the concerts, early access bonuses, posters, limited edition prints and a chance to get your name in the credits! 

If you would like a combination of rewards that is not offered (e.g. a poster and a season ticket), drop me a line - dan@positivenote.co.uk - and we will create a bespoke reward for you.

Posters

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The poster is a beautifully detailed reproduction of Paolo's Painting, 50cm x 40cm (20" x 16")  - a size compatible with ready-made mountings and frames - printed on 250gsm Silk paper.

Prints

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The print is from a limited edition of 50, numbered and signed by the artist. 50cm x 40cm (20" x 16") - a size compatible with ready-made mountings and frames. It is giclée printed on Hahnemühle Fine Art paper and is a stunning representation of the original image. Only 20 available

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£45 or more

Earlybird season ticket

We'll give you tickets to the whole lot! Access to the streams will be granted 24 hours before they are made available to the general public, and will be available for four weeks afterwards.

£5 or more

Support

A thank you on our social media channels

£10 or more

Earlybird one programme

Ticket to one programme for your household. Stream will be available for four weeks after its premiere. Access to the stream will be 24 hours before it is made available to the general public.

£15 or more

St John Passion Poster

A poster of Paolo Troilo's painting: "Saviours", from our "St John Passion from Isolation". See Overview for details of posters and prints. Incl P&P to UK address

£17 or more

Earlybird two programmes

Tickets to two programmes for your household. Streams will be available for four weeks after premiere. Access to the streams will be granted 24 hours before they are made available to the general public, and will be available for four weeks afterwards.

£25 or more

4 of 50 claimed

St John Passion poster AND one concert

Ticket to one programme and a poster of Paolo Troilo's painting: "Saviours", from our "St John Passion from Isolation". See Overview for details of posters and prints. Access to the streams will be granted 24 hours before they are made available to the general public, and will be available for four weeks afterwards. Incl P&P to a UK address

£75 or more

6 of 20 claimed

Season ticket plus

We'll give you tickets to the whole lot! Plus your name as a supporter in the credits of the film of your choice. Access to the streams will be granted 24 hours before they are made available to the general public, and will be available for four weeks afterwards.

£100 or more

9 of 20 claimed

Season ticket XL

Pledge £100 today and we'll give you a season ticket and your name as a supporter in the credits of two films. Access to the streams will be granted 24 hours before they are made available to the general public, and will be available for four weeks afterwards.

£110 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Limited Edition Print

One of 50 signed, numbered limited edition prints of Paolo Troilo's Painting, "Saviours", which emerged during our St John Passion from Isolation. The print is a beautiful reproduction of the work, giclée printed on Hahnemühle fine art paper. See Overview for details of posters and prints. Incl P&P to any UK address

£150 or more

6 of 10 claimed

Limited Edition Print AND Season Ticket

One of 50 signed, numbered limited edition prints of Paolo Troilo's Painting, "Saviours" which emerged during our St John Passion from Isolation. The print is a beautiful reproduction of the work, Giclée printed on Hahnemühle fine art paper. See Overview for details of posters and prints.Incl P&P to any UK address. And we'll give you tickets to all the films! Access to the streams will be granted 24 hours before they are made available to the gen

£250 or more

1 of 7 claimed

Executive producer

A season ticket plus a credit for you or organistaion as Executive Producer for your choice of film (one for each concert - first come first served). Plus a copy of the film for you to keep Access to the streams will be granted 24 hours before they are made available to general public

£1,000 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Associate Producer and all the trimmings

"In association with...." your, or your organisation's name in the opening credits of all the films, and a copy of each film for you to keep. Plus a season ticket and a signed, limited edition print of Paolo Troilo's "Saviours"

£65 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Superfan Estonia

Season ticket PLUS a poster of Paolo Troilo's "Saviours". Incl P&P to Estonia

Let's make 'Positive Note Autumn Sessions' happen

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