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You don’t need us to point out that a lot has happened in the world since we were last in contact with you!   But if concert-life has been one of the areas sorely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, there’s no doubt that music itself has been one of the main consolations for many of us. The deep impact made by all those musicians who have remained determined to communicate with us – either by performing on-line, in the street or simply out of a window –  has been a powerful reminder of the emotional uplift that live music can provide, proving that it has a true and unique value for all of us. Thanks to all of those musicians for helping us through it.
Here at Baroque at the Edge we've been dismayed to see so many of our fellow festivals and promoters being forced to cancel their events this year – we can only imagine how distressing and disappointing it has been for them. We know, however, that they are all working hard to make sure they will be back in 2021, and wish them the best of luck.
As for us, there are many new challenges of course, but we are working on our next festival and are confident that we will be welcoming you to LSO St Luke’s in January for another exploration of Baroque at the Edge. We’ll have news on artists for you in due course, but we can tell you that the 2021 festival will run from Thursday 7 January to Saturday 9 January.
In the meantime, as a present to you and a reminder of festivals past, today and for the next three Saturdays we’re going to be posting excerpts from the wonderful concert given in BatE 2018 by recorder-player Tabea Debus and theorbo-player Alex McCartney. We’re very grateful to Tabea and Alex for making this footage available to us. We start today with music by Bach – a composer whose music has, we know, provided solace for many people in the strange state of being that is lockdown. To see this first concert extract, simply click here.

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If you enjoyed the amazing concert given by Francesco Tristano on the opening night of this year’s BatE (we certainly did!), you may like to know that he was the performer in a ‘Home Session’ for BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme on Thursday 30 April. You can hear that by visiting BBC Sounds and joining the programme at about 1h 24 mins.

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