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
Blog written by Jill Davies, who runs the Severn Muses project as well as Chamber Music Plus.
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