All Swedish concert organizers are now impatiently waiting for restrictions to be lifted, so that we again will be able to receive more than 50 persons at our events. Allhelgonakyrkan holds about 200 and our concerts normally attract between 70 and 130 visitors, so there is room to maintain a practice of distance. Our chamber repertoire also makes it easy for the musicians to keep a proper distance between each other, and to the nearest audience members.
With only 40 or 50 visitors every concert makes a loss, and even if we and the Katerina congregation could handle this we and the artists would mourn the fact that our excellent programmes would reach so few. Digital transmissions require resources that we can mobilize only in exceptional cases, as for our web festival which still can be reached through KVAHplay. We expect to offer the concerts that we were forced to cancel at later dates, when restrictions have been lifted. Then it will also be more reasonable to suggest that people travel on public transit to reach us, and stay to enjoy the company of friends over a coffee during breaks – as we all long to do. This also makes us wait, rather than offer smaller concerts now, maybe without interval and drinks. We do expect the situation to become more normal soon – so let us wait yet another month…
Thoughts such as these finally made us cancel the concert we had planned for September. Now we prepare for the 10 of October, when our artistic director Bengt Forsberg and two of our favourite guest artists will play piano trios for us. At least we hope so! Go to our concert listing for details and four other concerts during November and December. We sell tickets through Ticketmaster three weeks before each concert, so we will have to decide in September whether we can go ahead with October 10. And please enter our remaining Saturday concerts this autumn in your calendar!
Nils-Göran Olve, chairman