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The hidden harmonies of your favourite Bach Cello Suite unleashed with choir! ...
The hidden harmonies of your favourite Bach Cello Suite unleashed with choir! ...
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B2C: Bach Cello Suites Unleashed

I have always loved Bach, and as a cellist, especially his Six Suites for Solo Cello. Yet it seems that too often people feel like they don't have a "way in" to this glorious music... at first glance, it can appear too "intellectual" or "dry," especially in a busy, technology-driven world in which our attention span is so short...

Since graduating from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2009, it has been my dream to present this gorgeous music in a new context and to challenge listeners who may think they don't enjoy Bach with an alternative presentation that does allow them a "way in." My cello teachers would all tell me to "hear the implied harmonies" in the music... the idea of combining the solo cello suites with choir always seemed very natural to me... a realization of what is already there (with a little artistic license, of course, please forgive me, Johann*!). 

And so when I recorded Bach's Six Cello Suites at St. Paul's Cathedral in 2017 and had the opportunity to meet the cathedral's wonderful choir director, Martin Green, I just couldn't resist the idea of proposing my idea to him... The creation of an album of Bach's Cello Suites Nos.1 and 3 alongside an original choral arrangement --with the talented St. Paul's choristers. Luckily for me, Martin loved the idea, and here we are!

In order to help bring this project to fruition, a number of people are volunteering their time, and St. Paul's Cathedral is very generously allowing us to record in their beautiful space pro bono. We have been able to reduce or cut costs in a number of areas, but are still in need of considerable funding to bring this project to completion (our expenses are listed below in "Risks and Challenges").

This is the reason we have created this campaign... any financial support you are able to give to help bring "B2C: Bach Cello Suites Unleashed" to light would be incredibly appreciated! We hope you will take a moment to watch our campaign video and to browse our thank you gifts. This campaign is an "all or nothing campaign" which means we have to reach our funding goal or we get nothing. Any help you can give in spreading the word about our campaign would also be much appreciated.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration of support for "B2C: Bach Cello Suites Unleashed." Together, we can help bring classical music to a broader audience, both nationally and internationally, with a goal to communicate both with current classical music-lovers, and also with people who may not find classical music readily accessible today. 

We literally couldn't do it without you! <3

In gratitude,

Sophie

*It was very important to me to keep the writing minimal and uncluttered, with each notational choice stemming from Bach's original composition. 


P.S. If successfully funded, all backers of this project will receive updates about the project as it progresses, including short video and photographic documentation. 


How do you benefit from this project?

  • Help bring classical music to a wider audience
  • Support innovation in the the arts, and classical music in particular!
  • Hear Bach's Cello Suites in a totally different way
  • Pre-order a limited edition signed album (CD/download cards available)
  • Share the classical music love!
Recording the demo at St. Paul's Cathedral
Recording the demo at St. Paul's Cathedral
At Balboa Park, near St. Paul's Cathedral
At Balboa Park, near St. Paul's Cathedral
Canon Martin Green, Music Director for St. Paul's Cathedral
Canon Martin Green, Music Director for St. Paul's Cathedral

Risks and challenges

Our expenses are estimated as follows:

Location: Generously donated by St. Paul’s Cathedral

$7,200: Choir rehearsal and recording fee (8 musicians x $25/hr x 3 hours x 12 movements)

$1,700: Disc Makers (1000 CDs and 500 CD Baby Download Cards)

$1,500: Audio Engineer (inc mixing, mastering)

$1,350: Crowdfunding fees (8-10% inc Kickstarter and payment processing fee)

$1,000: Graphic Design

$800: Videography

$500: Donation to St. Paul’s Cathedral for use of their recording equipment and space

$500: Promotion (inc reaching out to reviewers, radio stations, social media posts)

$500: Photo Shoot

$500: Unexpected costs

$400: Microphone rental

$250: Reward Mailing costs

$200: Refreshments for musicians during rehearsal/recording sessions

$16,400: TOTAL

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    Attend a recording session of either the 1st or 3rd Bach Cello Suite with choir at St. Paul's Cathedral. A physical CD and download card of the album also included.

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    Your Name Listed In The Album Credits

    Be listed as one of the wonderful donors who made this album possible on every CD. One copy of completed CD and a download card included.

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    One Cover Song of Your Choosing

    Have a cover song of your choosing made for solo cello or cello and piano, arranged and performed by Sophie Webber and Martin Green. Receive an audio recording of the song dedicated to you/someone of your choosing. Physical CD of album with download card also included.

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    Full Concert at Your Home/St. Paul's

    Choose between a full concert (75 mins with intermission) of cello and piano music with Sophie Webber and Martin Green at a private event at your house (within Southern California) OR a full concert of cello and piano/organ music at St. Paul's Cathedral with a free will donation box for the charity of your choice.

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