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.