The good news is that the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is resuming concerts next Friday for a real live audience.
The less good news is that the concerts are by a handful of musicians for a maximum of 52 distanced people in the CBSO Centre.
In the first two concerts, ‘Octets of the 20s’, Michael Seal will conduct music by Shostakovich and Varèse, together with a new commission by Grace Evangeline Mason. Tickets £15 from the website.
The hope is that the orchestra can return to Symphony Hall with a larger audience next month.