It was a very special moment when we returned to live theatre after the pandemic—first out of doors, then the indoor stage. I’m currently involved in MDing and accompanying touring opera and musical theatre shows, playing for recitals and leading workshops—and some of the projects that evolved from necessity during the Covid lockdown have continued, including
online workshops and videos introducing school students to opera and operetta, and to Shakespeare’s characters.
Those who work in the arts know that they are not just about having a bit of fun (vital though that is). Music, dance, theatre, literature—these are all ways of expressing our humanity, learning to work together, enhancing physical and mental well-being, understanding life. And the amateur and professional arts worlds are meshed together: they cannot survive without each other.
Science and art together make life liveable. It’s a huge relief to get back into rehearsal rooms, theatre spaces—and even the howling gales and downpours of the outdoor performance.
Altogether, now—ready, AND …!