The Times newspaper this week has written articles on responses to being in isolation from three Ikon Arts Management artists.
In an article entitled “Clare College Choir’s Passion: the show must go online” the Times reports on the story from Graham Ross and The Choir of Clare of College, Cambridge who were supposed to be performing Bach’s St Matthew Passion over the Easter period. Not satisfied with letting all their hard work go to waste, each member of the choir performed their part of the final chorus, which was then spliced together.
” …the grand chorus Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder, with each contribution recorded in isolation, will have to act as consolation for choristers and audiences alike”
You can see the video here: https://youtu.be/8_wXbAJuihI
Meanwhile in another article “Isolation and inspiration: why these times are right for Beethoven’s 250th anniversary” by Richard Morrison, the Sacconi Quartet’s leader Ben Hancox discusses the quartet’s excellent ‘Beethoven in Dark’ project and explains that “even at home, Beethoven does help us confront our challenges. His music can help us all through”.