Many thanks to Bachtrack for this:
For us and for many of you, the world has gone dark. One by one, as concert halls and opera houses have closed, each has announced that they would make performances from their archive available online, free of charge. These are performances from which they would have earned royalties.
We have been adding these events – over 500 so far – into our video database in order to support everyone in this industry we care about so deeply – again, free of charge. The videos are really good quality and we think your main problem will be how to sift through them and not miss anything wonderful. So for the duration of Covid-19, we will send you a weekly update with our pick of what's on offer to watch online both when you want (on demand) or at a set time (streamed).
As you watch these performances and you mourn the cancellation of yet another event for which you had tickets, we also make a special plea: donate your ticket price to the performers who have lost their earnings. Many will have no income during this period, yet they are gifting you access to their best work. We are truly humbled by the generosity of everyone in this industry and urge you to support them in any way you can. Tweet about the performances, share your thoughts on Facebook and on Instagram so that everyone will appreciate what the arts offer us.
When this dreadful time is over, we want larger numbers of people to gravitate towards live performance to enjoy the unique thrill and wonder that it inspires.
Alison and David Karlin
Dear Friends and Leamington Music concert-goers,
It is with great sadness that we announce that, as with many other Festivals in May and beyond, the Leamington Music Festival cannot go ahead as planned – Warwick District Council has closed all its venues, including the Royal Pump Rooms, for an undetermined period, and with the country now effectively in lockdown we cannot say with any certainty that this situation will have changed in five weeks’ time.
Your health and well-being are of utmost importance to us; so, too, your cultural health and so we are currently exploring the possibility of some of the Festival going ahead in late September. We are talking to all the artists and trying to form a mini-Festival based on the May programme.
The great news to keep you going is that Tasmin Little has announced today that she will be postponing her retirement from the concert platform, and from the start has particularly wanted to come back to Leamington one last time!
In the short term, while we are still in conversation with the box office and Warwick District Council, we ask those of you who have already bought tickets to please hold on them and look out for our updates on where we go from here… we hope to have news for you very soon!
We trust that you appreciate our positive efforts to keep a cheerful note in these difficult times and to offer our wonderful audience a glimpse of the musical future ahead - please do keep in touch with us as we will with you, and stay safe and well in the meantime.
With our very best wishes,
The Leamington Music Team
Blog written by Jill Davies, who runs the Severn Muses project as well as Chamber Music Plus.
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