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It’s a year since live concert-giving came to a shuddering halt and many freelance musicians have found their work come to a virtual standstill. The work of leading early music choir and ensemble Armonico Consort during that time has been especially valuable.
“All my solo work has just disappeared. Amateur choirs and choral societies aren't allowed to perform together right now, which is a blow for the professional singers and orchestral musicians who rely on that work alongside all their other engagements.” Elizabeth Adams, soprano.
“As a member of the King’s Singers, we usually perform over 100 concerts a year. Since touring has been impossible, we have only sung 4 concerts in the last year so our work has been drastically reduced.” Edward Button, countertenor.
Armonico Consort has been providing much-needed employment and income for its freelance singers and players by filming performances of some of its favourite early music and releasing them to watch on demand.
“I have missed playing with others. I don’t think that there’s any amount of solo practice that can replace rehearsing and performing with others.” Joanne Miller, viola
“It was such a pleasure singing wonderful programmes in person after such a long absence of singing together live. The opportunity to get together and meet others was a real treat.” Edward Button, countertenor
Bach’s Easter Cantata is the fourth of the choir’s new streamed concerts, conducted by Christopher Monks and beautifully filmed at the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa.
“The effort made by the Armonico Consort to engage musicians has been greatly appreciated.” Graham Neal, tenor.
“Music brings joy to so many people, in a way that nothing else can, and it’s important for us to continue to give that to our audiences.” Elizabeth Adams, soprano.
Other concerts available to watch include choral music by Byrd, Allegri, Victoria and Purcell. Bach’s Easter Cantata, BWV 4 Christ lag in Todesbanden, is released on Easter Saturday 3 April and can be booked now at armonico.org.uk/ondemand.
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