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Lockdown Presents launches new interactive gift experience of live music for friends and family during COVID-19 pandemic 

● New gift experience brings live music performances to your home via video conference

● Top musicians and singers from the world of classical, jazz, opera, rock and pop have a new way to perform following cancellation of concerts and closure of venues 

● All profits go towards supporting the charities Mind, Age UK and Refuge 

(London, June 2020): Lockdown Presents has launched a new gift experience allowing friends and family to enjoy personalised musical performances from a community of professional classical, opera, singer-songwriter and jazz musicians via video conference during lockdown. 

By offering live concerts from some of Britain’s most talented musicians, this new gifting trend gives people a unique way to celebrate with a thoughtful present during lockdown, while concerts and tours are cancelled. The online platform allows users to book virtual performances from leading artists who usually perform at world-class venues and events including the Royal Albert Hall, Glastonbury and top West End musicals. 

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. 

Talking about her experience with Lockdown Presents, Sophie Dicks, who has previously 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.” 

Audiences have really enjoyed the intimate and interactive nature of the performances. Allison, who booked a gig with a professional cellist as a surprise for her family, said “That was truly incredible! My parents loved it! I was worried it might be awkward but you did such a lovely job in keeping the conversation flowing. Truly the highlight of this whole lockdown! Thank you so much for sharing your time and talents with us all.” 

Simone Girardeau and partner Steffen Hoyemsvoll, both 30, first developed the idea after calling on their musician friends to give a special recital via Zoom for her 83-year-old grandmother Mags Garel, as she shielded at her home in South Wales. They curated a set with pieces by two of Mags’ favourite classical composers - Mozart and Purcell. The private birthday concert with the whole family on Zoom was such a success it led to similar virtual events for friends, and Lockdown Presents was born. 

“Music is a source of happiness and brings people together. We created Lockdown Presents to provide a new way for people to enjoy live music and share the experience with their friends and family during this difficult time,” Girardeau says. “With thousands of professional musicians and singers unable to perform due to the coronavirus outbreak, we also saw an opportunity to create an online platform that would allow artists to earn a living and keep entertaining audiences through intimate performances.” 

Lockdown Presents makes a donation 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 for a thoughtful gift for people who love music, or you have a special occasion coming up, visit to find out more and book a performer. 


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 any 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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