The restrictions and lockdown in Germany have lead to many concerts being cancelled. Douglas Bostock and the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra have been forced to abandon plans for concerts again from the end of November, initially though until the end of January, including the popular New Year's Eve concert and January's subscription concert in Pforzheim.
Douglas and the orchestra will, however, not remain idle. In the first week of February they will record the next volume in the CD series "British Music for Strings" for the German CPO label - the 4th in 12 months! It will include world premiere recordings of works by Thomas Pitfield, Thomas Dunhill, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs and Imogen Holst (the daughter of Gustav). Her Suite for Strings was composed in 1943 but remains completely unknown.
In January the will launch a new project under the title "Discovery", to be shown on the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra's YouTube channel. In each video Douglas Bostock will give background information and explain with musical examples a piece from the orchestra's repertoire, followed by a complete performance. The explanations will be in German with subtitles in English. The first work in the series will be Benjamin Britten's "Simple Symphony".
At home during the lockdown on the Isle of Reichenau in Lake Constance