We are delighted you have decided to join us.
Postcards From Vienna is like going to four private recitals in four days, all with your very own expert guide, and then coming together with friends to talk about it on the fifth day. Join us, and bring a friend.
We'll steer clear of music terminology and focus on what matters: listening and watching closely, enjoying the music and seeing brilliant artists perform. We hope you enjoy it!
One postcard a day for 4 days...
And a live video discussion
On Friday 13th of November at 5-6pm UK time, you are invited to join a live video discussion with Jonathan Berman, presenter of Postcards From Vienna.
Ask questions, share your observations or make a request for next time. It's up to you. This is an informal discussion and there's no need to prepare anything in advance.
Closer to the date, a button will appear here. To join the discussion, you just need to click on it.
Just listen to the music
In each postcard (or episode):
1. Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1 by Johannes Brahms [1833-1897]
2. Um Mitternacht (At Midnight) from Rückert-Lieder by Gustav Mahler [1860-1911]
3. Piano sonata in E flat No. 59, 1st movement by Joseph Haydn [1732-1809]
4. Six Little Piano Pieces Op. 19 by Arnold Schoenberg [1874-1951]
About the artists
Jonathan Berman is a Conductor who performs with orchestras all over the world. He is known for his unique approach to communicating complex ideas with all audiences. He goes above and beyond the traditional role of a conductor, forming the trust of audiences from traditional listeners to the next generation. He is currently in the process of recording the complete symphonies and promoting the music of Franz Schmidt. At the start of lockdown, he began the website standtogethermusic.com in order to promote artists who have had cancellations.
Described by the Boston Music Intelligencer as a “heroic piano soloist” with “stunning virtuosity”, Chinese-American pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu is establishing a reputation as a captivating performer with distinctive intelligence and sensitivity.
Australian mezzo soprano Lotte Betts-Dean is a versatile and dynamic concert artist, whose performance experience encompasses opera, oratorio, contemporary music, art song recital/chamber music, early music and non-classical collaborations. She has been based in London since 2014 and works internationally, most often in the UK and Australia. Lotte is Associate Artist with Southbank Sinfonia, and is a member of London-based contemporary music group Ensemble x.y. She is also a City Music Foundation Artist for 2017-2019, recently won the 2019 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, and was selected as a 2020 Samling Young Artist. Lotte is a regular collaborator with guitarist Andrey Lebedev with whom she won the inaugural 2018 New Elizabethan Award. Lotte is one 2018 bursars with the Imogen Cooper Music Trust and in 2019 became a Yeoman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.
How does Postcards From Vienna work?
Every day for four days, you will receive access to a talk by British conductor Jonathan Berman followed by a recital by two exceptional artists. On the fifth day, you'll join everybody for a live virtual discussion.
The first installment of Postcards From Vienna will be held from the 9th to 13th of November 2020.
How do I access the episodes?
On each day, you will receive an email containing the password for your next episode. Simply type it into the relevant box, click 'watch video' and you'll be able to watch.
If you haven't bought a ticket to get access, please click here.
What happens if I miss a day?
Shhhh... we won't tell anybody. You can watch more than one video in a day. You can even watch all four videos in one day if you really want to!
But we encourage you to watch one per day so that you have time to reflect on the music, and look at the artworks.
How do I join the live discussion?
At the start of the week, we will post a link to the live discussion. All you need to do on the day is click on it! To participate in the discussion, you'll need to make sure your camera and microphone are on.
What if I can't make the live discussion on the 13th?
The live discussion is an integral part of Postcards From Vienna, but the time may not suit everybody. You can still watch the four episodes and take part in the online discussions. If you are interested in attending a live discussion at another time, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to arrange it.
I am busy on 9-13th November. Can I participate another time?
Of course you can. We will be making Postcards From Vienna available to watch on your own schedule anytime after the 14th of November. As part of this, you'll be able to sign up for your live discussion on a selection of dates and times.
How long do I have access to these films for?
You'll have unlimited access for 30 days from the first day of the course.
I've lost my password or didn't receive it. What should I do?
If you have any problems, please email email@example.com so we can help you.
What is Greengage Ventures?
Greengage is a production company and a platform that specialises in digital performances in theatre and music. We create paid work for artists and are committed to making brilliant performances more accessible to wider audiences.
You can read more about us here, join our Found Spaces festival, or browse more here.