We’ve just had a call from the organisers of the Brodsky Quartet’s 40th anniversary tour of Holland.
They told us that after last night’s concert in Haarlem, while the quartet were having dinner, their car was broken into and cleaned out.
The instruments, fortunately, were dining in the restaurant, but the thieves took everything else – laptops, concert clothes and, most devastating, forty years’ worth of accumulated scores. Many are in manuscript, written by leading composers for this cutting-edge quartet. Without their scores, the Brodskys have nothing to play.
We are assured that tonight’s concert in Utrecht will somehow go ahead, but what will be performed has yet to be decided. The players, needless to say, are devastated. That’s Daniel Rowland, Ian Belton, Paul Cassidy and Jacqueline Thomas.
So how can you help?
1 If you are in Holland and have a good chamber music library, or are anywhere in the world and have digitised scores, please contact the Brodkys immediately by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2 If you are a music publisher, get in first and fast.
3 If you’re one of the composers, dig out a photocopy.
4 If you’re the thief, have pity and bring back the scores.
Contact email@example.com now. And read an UPDATE here.