We are extremely sad that our performances throughout Europe and the United States over the next few months have had to be cancelled. There is a glimmer of hope that a couple of concerts may proceed but the health and safety of our musicians and our audience are our overriding priority. We will not compromise them in any way.
The situation as it stands is very challenging for the arts community; our players are freelance artists and when performances are cancelled, we cannot pay them. The English Concert does not receive any public subsidy and is wholly reliant on income from ticket sales, fees from venues, donations from trusts and foundations and private individuals. Unlike venues and festivals, we cannot ask you to donate your ticket because ticket income is not disbursed to us if performances do not happen.
But there are ways you can help. If you are able to support our exceptional musicians, you can either
- Donate to our musicians’ fund. A very generous donor has agreed to match any additional donations we receive 2:1. Your support will provide them with a safety net during the difficult months ahead.
- Pre-purchase a copy of our recording of Rodelinda. Whilst most of the tour is not taking place, we are determined to proceed with our recording plans, if not in April, at a later date.
Whilst, it is clear the full repercussions of the Coronavirus for our community are yet to be known, I am certain that the human spirit will prevail and I take heart in what is already happening in Italy and Spain where they are making music from their balconies and celebrating those things that make us human.
Music-making is one of the most powerful means of bringing people together and when the dust settles, The English Concert will be with you, celebrating together the music we believe in. For now, please do consider giving us your support – we need it now more than ever.
With very best wishes from everyone at The English Concert
Alfonso Leal del Ojo
Chief Executive and Principal Viola