Just in: Birmingham gets live music back

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.

 

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    • Yes, a start but a miserable one given the enormous rise of the virus in the North and in the Midlands of England, everything might start going pear-shaped as per Scotland and the other parts of the United Kingdom.

      • A larger ensemble (packed together more tightly onstage) and a larger audience (packed together more tightly in the hall) might make the rise of the virus even worse.

  • “The hope is that the orchestra can return to Symphony Hall with a larger audience next month, safety permitting.”

    There. FTFY.

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