Breaking: Mirga has coronavirus

Breaking: Mirga has coronavirus


norman lebrecht

March 14, 2020

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra has let it be known that its music director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, has tested positive for COVID-19. Mirga, who is pregnanet with her second child, is now in self-isolation at home.

We send her our warmest good wishes and prayers.

She is the first international conductor to test positive for COVID-19.

Here’s the CBSO statement:

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the restrictions on large-scale events in countries right across Europe, all ten concerts on the CBSO’s European tour this month have been cancelled by the venues we were due to visit.

In line with UK government advice, there are currently no changes planned for the orchestra’s UK concerts.  CBSO Centre will also remain open.  We will of course continue to follow UK government, NHS and WHO advice, and will react to any changing situations as required.

We have also recently been informed that our Music Director, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, has just tested positive for COVID-19. Mirga is recovering in self-isolation at home. The CBSO are following advice from Public Health England and all staff and orchestra members have been informed.  We would like to wish Mirga a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her when she is next with us in May.


  • James says:

    Best wishes to Ms. Grazinyte-Tyla in what must be an extremely difficult time.

  • Gaffney Feskoe says:

    Terrible news. I pray that it does not adversely affect her pregnancy.

  • Greta. Beigel says:

    Please get well. The world needs your light.

  • E says:

    prayers and all my best wishes to you

  • E says:

    and who the fuck downvotes worries about her pregnancy. who are you people.

    • Ellingtonia says:

      Staggering the number of misogynists who begin to crawl out of the woodwork and give a thumbs down on someones health and wellbeing. Here is a challenge to them, post your real names so that we know who you are!

  • Robert Rÿker says:

    I can think of no lady I admire more. I wish her a complete recovery from this scourge that is so devastating our world, so that in this, too, she can remain an inspiration for us all.