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This season’s joy need not be cancelled - pop-up concerts bring festive happiness to virtual celebrations after Boris says millions should avoid travelling to see loved ones 

  • Family traditions stay strong as online community Lockdown Presents takes the thrill of live musical performance into UK homes and residential venues 
  • Surge in private bookings for firm season’s favourites such as The Nutcracker
  • Care Home Concerts program goes nationwide

(London - 21 December 2020): Lockdown Presents, the online community for virtual concerts, is keeping traditions strong this Christmas as people rush to connect and share magical moments with loved ones in spite of latest travel restrictions. 

Professional musicians in classical, opera, jazz, and pop music, continue to showcase their world-class talents despite Tier 4 travel restrictions, with thrilling live performances on video conference from their own front rooms.

Founder Simone Girardeau said: “The lead-up to Christmas has been a reminder of how music has this extraordinary power to lift people’s spirits. We are busy keeping musical traditions alive for families who can’t be in the same place at the same time: we want to reach out to everybody, everywhere, so our amazing artists, who love to get into character, can spread more of this magic.” 

A Lockdown Presents Christmas concert co-hosted by Florence, the tech company dedicated to helping social care in the UK, was streamed to hundreds of locations around the UK on Tuesday 22 December. 

The concert featured appearances by DG Solaris, soprano Luci Briginshaw, and harpist Anna Astesano

Florence CEO Charles Armitage said: "Thank you to Lockdown Presents for a beautiful Christmas concert delivered to more than 50 care homes across the country! In a time of so many pressures on care providers, it gave some wonderful relief and got everyone looking forward to the future.”  

Simone said an event booked for 24 December typifies many of the bookings over the holiday season. “One customer, Susan, who has just booked a 30 minute Christmas concert by professional harpist Anna Astesano, told me: ‘My elderly neighbour and I have watched The Nutcracker together for the last four Christmases, but of course this year is different. She is poorly and has not left the house since March other than for short walks. She remains cheerful and I know she would love a private performance so we can continue our tradition’.” 

Lockdown Presents concerts are also a way of introducing new technology to audiences. Emily, who recently booked tenor Elgan Thomas for her grandparents, said: ‘You had them both in tears, they loved it so much! Grandad was off to Google you!’.”

Lockdown Presents creates new paid work opportunities for musicians, with 80% of booking fees and 100% of tips going to the artist. Lockdown Presents also donates from each booking to the charities Age UK, Mind and Refuge to support the work they do helping vulnerable people and affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are looking to create special moments for your video conference calls, with music personalised and performed live, visit www.lockdownpresents.com to find out more. Book a professional for the ultimate virtual experience.

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Lockdown Presents wants to help the arts flourish during and beyond the pandemic to provide unique, feel-good experiences of music and live performance that uplift people’s spirits. We bring some of the most talented musicians from today’s world of performing arts together with private audiences online for special interactive musical events. Lockdown Presents believes in the power of music now more than ever. To find out more, go to www.lockdownpresents.com. Book a performer for the ultimate live musical experience.  


Notes to editors

Lockdown Presents performers are all professional musicians and artists who would otherwise be playing in concert halls, theatres, event venues and recording studios alongside some of Britain’s renowned orchestras, ensembles, and bands. 80% of the booking fee (and 100% of all tips) goes directly to the artist, and all profit goes to charities providing vital services as part of the COVID-19 response. Share the love of music, support musicians and help the work of charities Age UK, Refuge and Mind during lockdown.

For more information, please contact press@lockdownpresents.com or see our media kit at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C8TtB7hxfY2JzhS4njbBX0G4fQ1y2kJ6F_zwlADHhpU/edit?usp=sharing, which includes images, more quotes, and FAQs.