Enjoy the London Mozart Players at home during the coronavirus crisis

Jess Gillam and the London Mozart Players were to have been one of the highlights of this year’s Festival of Chichester.

London Mozart Players
London Mozart Players

But with the Festival cancelled and gigs everywhere pulled amid the coronavirus crisis, the London Mozart Players have come up with an innovative way of making sure you can still enjoy them. LMP have gone virtual, launching At Home with LMP in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

As spokeswoman Jo Carpenter explains, the new online video feed will keep audiences across the globe connected with their music.

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The portal will include exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews and live performances from LMP musicians and associated artists including Jess Gillam, Michael Collins and LMP’s young artist in residence Laura van der Heijden

Donations made to the At Home with LMP campaign will be used to help compensate LMP musicians who now have no income due to concert cancellations

“This dedicated web page will allow anyone to access and enjoy performances by LMP musicians and associated artists virtually from the comfort of their own home, ensuring that audiences can connect with the orchestra and experience the transformative power of classical music even whilst self-isolating.

“At Home with LMP will showcase the talent within the chamber ensemble by releasing a daily stream of pre-recorded and live performances, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes clips from LMP soloists, associates and musicians.

“Viewers will have access to a whole catalogue of musical treats to keep the music playing through the pandemic.

“From Mozart Mondays where LMP musicians and guest artists will unpack and explore a new work by Mozart each week, to Saturday Sessions where exclusive solo performances will be live-broadcast by musicians who may be self-isolating, there will be no shortage of uplifting musical relief from this internationally renowned ensemble. Expect player-recommended playlists, a window into the LMP’s educational work and exclusive video contributions from associated soloists.

“LMP has long championed projects that bring classical music to every generation, and this initiative is no different. With schools across the UK will be closed until further notice, LMP will be releasing family-friendly performances every Friday at 10am to cater for younger audiences who will now facing extended time at home with parents.

“As a charity with no core funding, the coming months of lockdown will have a huge impact on the orchestra and other arts organisations across the country. Freelance musicians and artists will struggle with no income sources for the foreseeable future. LMP’s initiative will work to combat some of the losses and help support its musicians through this difficult time. Viewers will be given the option to donate money towards the campaign so that the musicians involved are partially compensated for the loss of income they will inevitably face.”

Julia Desbruslais, executive director of LMP, said: “In this time of great uncertainty, it has never been more important to keep people connected through music.

Whilst this is an extremely difficult and worrying time for all, it is vitally important that orchestras keep going.”

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