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I just called to play “I love you.”  

It’s Father’s Day… tell him you love him with a live music recital. 

• Top musicians perform Father’s Day music live on family video conference calls • Families gift fathers personalized recitals in classical, jazz, opera, pop and rock • All profits go towards supporting the charities Mind, Age UK and Refuge 

(London, June 2020): Lockdown Presents, the platform that connects professional  musicians and singers to private audiences everywhere for live mini-concerts via video conference call, has a special surprise in store for much-loved dads on Father’s Day. 

The interactive online gift experience offers families the chance to book a personalised live  performance of dad’s favourite piece of music during the family video-call this Sunday (21  June). 

“The thrill and pop-up surprise of a dedicated live mini-concert makes for a unique last minute gift that fathers will always remember,” said co-founder Simone Girardeau. 

“We created Lockdown Presents to provide new ways for people to enjoy live music and  share the experience with friends and family during the coronavirus outbreak. Father’s Day  is a great opportunity. If there is a particular piece of opera or jazz, or a song your father’s  always enjoyed, here’s a chance for him to hear it live and talk to the professional artist,” she  said. 

Simone and partner Steffen Hoyemsvoll, both 30, first developed the idea after calling on musician friends to give a special recital via Zoom for Simone’s 83-year-old grandmother  Mags Garel, as she shielded from the COVID-19 pandemic at her home in South Wales. 

Artists available to book include flute player Chloë Vincent who has performed with The Who and Madonna, as well as playing for the Queen; English National Opera Harewood Artist Elgan Thomas; and international saxophonist Greg Sinclair who has performed at the  legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s and the O2 Arena. 

Sophie Dicks, who has performed with the Welsh National Opera and Opera Holland Park,  said: “Lockdown Presents is a great concept because it gives singers like myself an  opportunity to keep performing when venues are closed and shows have been cancelled. It's  lovely to have a reason to perform again. I enjoy being able to interact with my audiences on  a more personal level and see the smiles on their faces.” 

Lockdown Presents makes a donation from each booking to the charities Mind, Age UK and  Refuge to support the work they do helping vulnerable people affected by the pandemic. 

If you are looking for a thoughtful gift for Father's Day, or you have another special occasion  coming up, visit to find out more and book a performer. 


Lockdown Presents wants to help the arts flourish throughout lockdown with unique, feel good experiences of music and live performance to lift 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 events while concerts are cancelled, venues are closed and  people struggle with the disruption and separation from loved ones caused by the  coronavirus pandemic. We transform popular video-conferencing technology into new and  intimate stages for live recitals that connect, entertain and bring joy to people at this socially  distanced time. We are committed to creating new opportunities for paid performances via  the Lockdown Presents platform so artists can flourish, not just survive. Now more than  ever, Lockdown Presents believes in the power of music. 

Lockdown Presents supports the charities Mind, Age UK and Refuge. 

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. 


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