Music Performance: Nottingham Chamber Music Festival at Nottingham Contemporary

J.S. Bach - Gigue from Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009 (arranged for viola)
Performed at Nottingham Contemporary by Carmen Flores, July 2020
Interview with Andy Batson, Nottingham Contemporary


Nottingham Stories: Separation and Serenade is a film project made in response to the cancellation of the NCMF concerts in the summer of 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Festival Director Carmen Flores joined forces with award-winning Nottingham filmmaker Tim Bassford and several Nottingham venues to film a multi-episode performance of J.S. Bach's Suite in C Major, BWV 1009 (arranged for viola), paying tribute to some of Nottingham’s most iconic spaces. Each movement of the suite is accompanied by interviews describing how these venues coped with lockdown and the uncertainty in their sectors.

At the time of filming Nottingham Stories, the gallery featured an exhibition on British artist Denzil Forrester, whose vivid paintings – “a way of seeing sound” – depict dance halls and the vibrant dub-reggae music scene in 1980s Britain.

Film by Turbine Creative:
Nottingham Chamber Music Festival:
Directed & Produced by Tim Bassford
Director of Photography: David Stewart
Sound Recordist: Craig Barlow
Editor: Tim Bassford
Post-Production Sound: Ben Davies
Colour Grade: David Stewart
Camera Assistant: Nathan Bull
Gallery Photos: Stuart Whipps
© Nottingham Chamber Music Festival 2020