We’ll be giving concerts again as soon as we can (join us!), but thousands of UK arts organisations, professionals and venues may not, due to the financial impact of COVID-19 restrictions. Find out what we’re doing and how you can help the arts through this very difficult time.
What we’ve been up to
Sadly we had to cancel our March and June 2020 concerts due to coronavirus restictions.
In July 2020 we signed an open letter to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, expressing alarm at reports that an extended ban on amateur music making was being considered.
In August government guidance was updated to permit amateur music groups to meet again.
We finally began rehearsing again in COVID-secure conditions at St Paul’s Hammersmith on Monday 28 September, after a break of 7 months.
The Strad published a story about our return, written by our guest leader Matt Bain:
What does it feel like to play in a socially distanced orchestra? (The Strad)
How you can help the arts
- If you’re an amateur musician with an income, book some lessons with a professional teacher.
- Support the #SaveOurVenues campaign by Music Venue Trust to help the hundreds of music venues that are at imminent risk of being closed permanently.
- Donate to Help Musicians to support emerging, professional and retired musicians facing hardship.
- Join the Public Campaign for the Arts in support of our cultural industries.
- Support the Let Music Live campaign for freelancers in the creative industries