Update from Annabel Green, Head of Development and Communications
This week marks our 30th newsletter since March. In this weekly update from WMC, we have had the pleasure of sharing some amazing moments with you - from our first Virtual WEYO course in April, to the songs created by our Zone Club, news of our Community Fundraising Appeal, our reopening and more.
In this milestone edition we are able to share the best news yet: that WMC has been successful in its application to the Arts Council's Culture Recovery Fund and has been awarded over £188,000. Together with support through our Community Fundraising Appeal, and the commitment and generosity of our Friends, Angels, volunteers and supporters, this funding will enable us to continue to be #HereForCulture and for our community.
We set out a bold and ambitious plan for the Centre over the next six months in our application and we start delivering on that tonight, as jazz superstars Claire Martin OBE and Nikki Iles perform in our opening concert of our Autumn Winter season and new Livestream concert series. Tickets are still available to watch both at WMC and online. Find out more about how to book below.
Head of Development and Communications
Former WMC Artist in Residence, sensational singer Claire Martin OBE is joined by multi-award-winning jazz pianist Nikki Iles to open our new mini-season, with a selection of classic songs and fresh arrangements inspired by the great jazz pianist Bill Evans. A sophisticated and classy night of music making is guaranteed!
Watch live at WMC or online as part of our new livestream series.
Tickets: £25 / £12 U18s + students
Livestream Ticket: £10
KHACHATURIAN Poem BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata in D minor Op 31 No 2 “Tempest” KHACHATURIAN Masquerade Suite
Our support for young artists continues this season, with a wonderful lunchtime concert from outstanding Jordanian-Palestinian Iyad Sughayer. Iyad has performed as soloist with many leading orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, the European Union Chamber Orchestra and Manchester Camerata. In 2019 he became a City Music Foundation Young Artist and released his critically acclaimed debut album featuring solo works by Khachaturian.
Tickets: £12 / £6 U18s + students
Livestream Ticket: £6
£43,000 raised so far towards Community Fundraising Appeal
Reopening the Centre, gradually reintroducing live events and committing to vital community projects would not be possible without donations to the Centre’s Community Fundraising Appeal and the generous support of our Friends, sponsors and supporters. Thank you!
So far we have raised almost £43,000 towards our appeal - we're over 70% of the way there! Now, we need your help to reach our £60,000 target to fulfil our plans to put the community centre stage.
After 30 weeks of 'News just in!' we will be moving to a monthly news cycle to share updates across our work as a concert hall, community centre and concert hall. Live updates and programme highlights will continue to be shared in between.
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