WITH measures taken worldwide to slow the spread of Covid-19, music events have been cancelled and concert halls closed.
But there are still plenty of ways to get your musical fix, from organisations far and wide who are using online platforms to share their work.
Local music charity Grayshott Concerts have been putting on concerts at St Luke’s, Grayshott, for 15 years.
Starring world-class performers including Sir Karl Jenkins, Howard Shelley, Nicola Benedetti and more, they already had a packed programme lined up for 2020.
The June concert has been cancelled, with doubt cast over those later in the year, so in the meantime the charity has pivoted its approach to spread the joy of music through virtual content.
Founder Peter Harrison has some suggestions for his favourites:
* Grayshott’s orchestra-in-residence, the London Mozart Players, have created a whole series of videos under the banner At Home with LMP featuring Mozart Mondays, Chamber Tuesdays, Thursday Thoughts, Family Fridays and Saturday Sessions. They’ve even created some personalised messages just for Grayshott fans. See www.grayshottconcerts.co.uk and www.londonmozartplayers.com/athome/
* Choir-in-residence Excelsis Choir have taken their rehearsals online and are now Zooming regularly.
* A number of virtual choirs have also sprung up – music therapy charity Nordoff Robins welcomes singers of all backgrounds and abilities for a weekly sing-a-long on Tuesdays at 4pm: www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/online-choir/
* The London Symphony Orchestra has a digital programme including twice-weekly full-length concerts, playlists and activities to keep younger music fans busy. They also have a YouTube channel packed with more than 500 videos: www.lso.co.uk
* The BBC has created ‘Culture in Quarantine’ to bring arts and culture into your home, both from the archives and fresh content from newly-formed groups like the BBC Lockdown Orchestra: www.bbc.co.uk/arts
* Several past performers are doing sterling work on their own social media channels, including the singing schoolboy Cai Thomas, from Farnham. See www.twitter.com/CaiThomasOffic1
* Making the most of Facebook and Twitter, Grayshott Concerts has also established its own new fortnightly e-news which currently goes out to more than 1,600 subscribers.
Hailed as “an excellent way to keep connected” and “really enjoyable and insightful” by readers, the mailers combine current news from the classical music world along with retrospectives of past concerts in anticipation of the time when we will once again be able to bring world-class music to Grayshott and the surrounding area.
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