Clara Vale Music & Semibreve
Ball & Tertell
Internationally acclaimed Concert Cellist, Katie Tertell, and award-winning concert pianist, Annie Ball, have designed an outdoor concert series tour as an alternative to driving into towns and cities or being indoors to access world class, live music during the COVID19 pandemic. Both are highly experienced musicians and project & event coordinators.
After a hugely successful pilot of sold-out outdoor performances in the village of Clara Vale on July 11th and 12th, Katie and Annie have assessed the safety, demand and viability of these concerts. As a result, they toured the concert series around rural North East in Autumn 2020 to critical acclaim and media attention. They are planning to add more dates and locations to a Spring/Summer 2021 tour to reach more communities. The feedback so far has been that theses concerts have been audience members' first and only live music experience since lockdown restrictions began in March 2020.
With the most vulnerable in mind, these socially-distanced outdoor performances are accessible to those who are in need of arts and culture in a safe and accessible format. The concert is a set of accordion and cello music covering Jazz, classical, folk, bluegrass, old time and crossover music which will appeal to a wide audience. All the pieces are their own arrangements and the set includes pieces by renowned Irish composer Ailbhe McDonaugh and award-winning North East composer, Helen Bell. They played the world premiere of Ailbhe's piece, "Skellig", on July 11th.
The tour partners with local, independent businesses and organisations that will benefit from the audience the tour brings, by media coverage and those looking to raise their artistic profile. Outdoor spaces include village greens, church grounds and other licensed properties with facilities in easy reach.
Annie and Katie are highly-trained professional artists and offer the highest quality of musical experience. They are also experienced events and project coordinators and each event will be fully covered by product and public liability insurance and comprehensive risk assessment. Regular contact and consultation with the Council Safety Advisory Group, Theatre Space North East and The Events Industry Forum has ensured the tour has up-to-date COVID safety measures.
The tour offers a range of concerts to meet the needs of a wide demographic; either a Family Special Concert, an Afternoon Delight (older children can be welcome) and/or a Candlelit Special in the evening. Since the tour is acoustic, the gigs have no noise impact on local residents. Venues are invited to supply refreshments to generate revenue but also can be organised by the Semibreve.
An inclement weather or COVID related cancelation will result in a digital live stream concert. This was piloted on 24th September and will be made available to view shortly.
From the success of their July pilot, it became obvious that there is a tremendous need for cultural events in a setting that feels safe and responsible. This is a time of great need for live events and the power of music during challenging times.
Am Family Special
Pm Afternoon Delight
Pm Candlelit Special
Who... Each gig will have maximum 30 adults in attendance and covers a wide demographic from age 0+
When... Piloted Summer 2020 , toured large scale Autumn 2020 and plan to continue touring in Spring 2021 and Summer 2021
Where... Rural Locations in the North East
What... 1 hour long live acoustic performances. Local Folk, Jazz, Classical, Bluegrass all original arrangements. Cello and Accordion.
Covid... All outdoor and minimum 2 metres distancing unless same household or social support bubble. Detailed risk assessment on request.
Facilities... Partnering with local pubs, cafes, community centres & churches for controlled toilet access.
Parking... Minimal parking needed as most attendees will be from the immediate locality and encouraged to walk or cycle.
Food & Drink... Food and Drink either supplied by local businesses or we supply.
Tickets... Tickets will range from £8 - £15 without refreshments and will be £15- £25 with refreshments included. Children are Free.
The Ray Wind Fund has supported our concerts in West Woodburn, Kirkwhelpington, Elsdon and Ridsdale this Autumn 2020. We have received in Kind venue hire from all our venue partners.
Detailed COVID19 Risk Assessment available on Request:
07972 178 702 (Annie)
"After months of being in lockdown one of the things we had missed most as a family was attending live events. So it was lovely to not only be able to attend the open air concert, but also to be able to support the local arts. It was such a well organised and safe event. We could totally relax and just enjoy the experience knowing they were keeping everyone safe as we did so. Can't wait for the next one!!"
Clare Lee, Clara Vale Outdoor Gigs
"I spent a lovely relaxing afternoon at one of Annie's outdoor concerts ... The first concert after lockdown! It was amazing to be outside enjoying a picnic and enjoying gorgeous music... Total luxury!"
Rosanna Whitton, Clara Vale Outdoor Gigs
“Great music and great Food”
The Journal Culture Magazine
“Talented local musicians plus fabulous food”
“A winning combination”
Living North Magazine
"We couldn’t have done it without you, clearly, so thank you very much indeed. You were efficient, creative, committed and the food was outstanding, thank you so much"
Simon Preston, Newcastle EAT! Festival