COVID-19 has changed all of our lives in a very short amount of time. The measures taken to deal with this pandemic are drastic for everyone, and in these changes, culture is missed immensely. The German Minister of Culture and Media, Monika Grütters, expressed this on March 11 saying, “We recognize the situation, but also: culture is not only a luxury that people allow themselves in good times. We now notice how we miss it if we have to go without it for a time.”
Your personal circumstances are most likely seriously disrupted. You may also have been affected financially. In that regard, the timing could not be more unfortunate to call on you for help, but because we know you are a big fan of Holland Baroque, we are sending you a request for support.
This is the situation
More than thirty of our musicians were supposed to begin playing fantastic programs this week. In the coming month, we were scheduled to perform Handel's Messiah in the breathtaking Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, as well as the now popular 'Silk Baroque' program with Wu Wei in the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf. These concerts have been cancelled. The concert during ‘Klassifest’ on April 4 has also been cancelled and the four concerts in Poland with Leszek Możdżer later in the month are at serious risk. This means a great loss of income for our musicians.
As a friend of Holland Baroque, we know you care about our musicians. That is why we are asking if you would consider making a one-off donation to Holland Baroque Society at NL46RABO0156121891, BIC code RABONL2U, with 'Support musicians' as the message. Holland Baroque guarantees that all gifts that arrive this way will be distributed equally among our musicians. If the donations exceed the lost income, Holland Baroque will donate these contributions to an emergency fund for self-employed persons. This is something that Holland Baroque is committed to creating together with other ensembles.
Help us ease the pain for the musicians and donate now! We are grateful for your solidarity and hope to see you in good health again in the near future.