Home Concert Club was set up in March 2020. All around us, musicians were having concerts and tours cancelled, their working lives suddenly swept from under their feet. At the same time our friends, families and members of our community had lost opportunities to share live musical experiences.
Home Concert Club is run by four volunteers. Julie Schwarz came up with the initial idea, which she then developed with Barbara Bleiman and Adam Sharples, neighbours in Crouch End, London. Violinist Gemma Sharples agreed to be the musical force behind the project, curating the series. She was also one of the performers at our first concert.
Our aims are:
to offer audiences an experience of live music, in a world where concert halls and theatres have had to close;
to provide paid opportunities for musicians to perform live;
to provide technical support for the musicians to get the best out of an online performance.
Through April to July we also organised a series of five Family concerts especially for children and their families. As most children are now back in schools and nurseries there are no more Family concerts planned for the time being.
Home Concert Club has been able to achieve our aims through crowdfunding donations via JustGiving. We hope to continue the series and establish HCC as a sustainable idea over the whole period of music venues remaining closed or restricted.
Your donations allow us to pay a fee to the musicians and cover expenses. We have also been able to support musicians more generally by making occasional donations to Help Musicians UK, and if we wind up any funds we have left will go to them.