Musicians, please think before you flymain
This week, Jordi Savall’s ensemble had to cancel a tour after seven musicians, including the maestro, contracted Covid-19 while performing in Poland.
All 100 players in the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra were sent to a Chinese quarantine camp after one musician tested positive.
Berlin’s Staatskapelle cancelled a European tour.
In Russia, Yuri Bashmet resumed conducting two weeks to the day after he contracted Covid.
The Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov tested positive.
The Peruvian violinist Norman Bernal died of Covid, as did two conductors.
And still, every day, we receive messages from musicians in airport lounges, just about to fly to the next gig.
Think about it.
Covid-19 has gone wild again.
You could catch it yourself, bring it back to your family or spread it among any number of people unknown to you, who may fall sick and die.
Think again, please.
Is that journey really necessary?