Lockdown life and Music

Lockdown Day 12. If your household is like mine, you’re finding your stride: a sense of the rhythm of what works, and real gratitude for days when the sun is shining, and the warmth from the sun is more summer than autumn. No doubt we’ve made changes, but perhaps some of us have also had the opportunity to do something new, or pick up something that had been on pause. In our neighbourhood a child has been gifted a trumpet… and I am pleased to report that the junior player is improving quite rapidly (a relief to all in earshot). Friends are taking their music lessons online and their children are continuing to connect with teachers and develop their talents. My personal list includes playing the piano, something I have not made time for of late and, to be honest, if I can’t get to it now, when will I?

But what about singing, and more specifically choir? We might not be meeting in person but can meet virtually for the next few rehearsals and possibly beyond. Barbie has suggested that we will not have a Zoom rehearsal this week, and is kindly dedicating time to planning for Zoom sectionals after Easter starting Tuesday 14 April. So we will be able to keep singing as a group during lockdown, something I know many will value.

As a choir, we’re not alone in this. Many choirs, from the Orpheus to choirs in Australia and beyond, have been experimenting with this in recent weeks. This Guardian article gives more insight. In the UK, Gareth Malone (the maestro behind the Military Wives Choir) has come up with the Great British Home Choir.

If you are looking for additional musical avenues to explore. Here are a few of the options that have come across my inbox in the past fortnight.

Christchurch’s School of Music has put together a list of activities including links to the Berlin Philharmonic’s digital library and a Semi-Conductor, a google experiment that lets you have a go at conducting. SOUNZ also has a wide range of concerts online and if you want to look further afield, the Met Opera in New York is also opening up its back catalogue.

If you want to explore the arts more broadly, the UK’s National Theatre is sharing a play online each week. If Art is more your passion, MoMa and The Louvre have opened up their virtual doors. So even if we can’t leave our bubbles, we can still experience and enjoy a wealth of treasures online.