Doorstep recitals and bespoke gigs: how classical music is adapting to the new normal

Doorstep recitals and bespoke gigs: how classical music is adapting to the new normalAugust 7, 2020

With live shows yet to return, British performers are offering an on-demand jukebox, culture clinics and even a ‘coronasolfège’ to keep the industry going

Chris North, a keen concertgoer, was only a few minutes away when he heard the news. “I got off the motorbike at the Barbican, ready to walk up to LSO St Luke’s – then a phone message said [Boris] Johnson had cancelled everything.”

It was lunchtime on 31 July, fewer than 24 hours before the UK government’s planned move into stage four of its “roadmap” for the safe return of the performing arts in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. That move would allow indoor performances (with a socially distanced audience) for the first time since March.

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