Next week Kathryn Williams is performing her concert Coming up for air. This concert, preoccupied with breathing and breath, is being put on to raise some money for Help Musicians UK.
Last year Kathryn was in serious risk of having to rethink her career. A long-standing sinus problem aggravated by allergy and infection was making it increasingly painful and impractical to play the flute. She required an operation and had been on an NHS waiting list for over 18 months.
Help Musicians UK acted within a fortnight of Kathryn contacting them. They were warm, understanding and completely helpful. They paid for the operation which was done within a month. I am in awe of the efficiency of their system. I’m also aware that Kathryn’s is one story amongst many. In the music profession, where even relatively minor injury or illness can prove career damaging or ending, this charity is so important. In this uncertain political climate, an efficiently run charity that prioritises the wellbeing of musicians, regardless of genre, is essential.
You can make a donation to Help Musicians UK through Kathryn’s Coming up for air JustGiving page here. Please donate; they do good things.
The concert is at 1900 on the 7th of June at Islington Mill. Info here.
Rather excitingly the concert includes new pieces by a diverse bunch of composer friends including:
Michael Baldwin, Megan Grace Beugger, CHAINES, Oliver Coates with chrysanthemum bear, Eleanor Cully, Vitalija Glovackyte, Mauricio Pauly, Michael Perrett, Jack Sheen, Laurie Tompkins, John Webb and Nina Whiteman.
She is also playing Brian Ferneyhough’s megawork Unity Capsule and Alvin Lucier’s Self portrait for flute & wind anemometer (the anemometer is pictured in the flyer).
I’ve made a text score for the concert. Here it is: