How things change. Only last week we were saying that concert halls were staying open in the UK and to 'keep calm and carry on'. Less than a week later, the British Prime Minister has advised that we all avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and concert halls and it seems that every event that we were due to cover has been cancelled or postponed indefinitely. The Chinese curse that we may live in interesting times, if not meant for now, seems appropriate.
So to use a phrase borrowed from theatre-land, we are going dark. We won't be posting up any new reviews though we shall continue to tweet news items that are relevant to our followers. If you wish to keep in touch, click on the blue 'Follow @ClassicalSource' link on the right of this page.
While live public concerts may be off, watching a live stream of a performance may be a very good substitute and website Van has published a list of up-coming concerts that are to be streamed. Most of the concerts are in Central European Time (CET), so an hour ahead of the UK. Van says that it will "keep adding to this list, and invite institutions and fans to send new links as they come in." The link to the VAN website is here so please take a look.
This is going to be temporary - the world of Classical music, opera and theatre will be back; it isn't going to die, it is just going to hide away for a little while until it is safe to come back into the light. When it does, the arts as a whole will need your support so please, please go to concerts, the opera, ballet, watch plays, whatever you wish - they will need your bums on their seats more than they ever have before.
As always, may I say thank you to all our regular readers. Stay safe and, if you can't get out, listen to some lovely music on the radio, on CD or online.
Managing Director - www.classicalsource.com
18th March 2020
P.S. As you may have realised, Colin Anderson, the site's editor has been away for the past six months. He is back and on 'light-duties' which doesn't include editing the site at the moment. However, you can't keep a good writer down, and he has started his own blog which he has called Colin's Column. You can find a link in the middle column (below the link to the Proms concerts) and you can also find it here: Colin's Column. Enjoy!