Lockdown Presents launches new live performing arts initiative Care Home Concerts
(London, November 2020): LockdownPresents, the online platform that connects professional musicians and singers to audiences online everywhere, has launched a program for interactive live concerts broadcast directly into care homes via video conference.
Some of Britain’s leading talent in classical, opera, jazz, rock, and pop are reaching out to entertain both residents and staff of care homes that have been in strict lockdown since March this year.
“These are thrilling, interactive and magical events that help to keep families connected and isolated loved ones entertained through their shared enjoyment of live performance. We understood that care homes haven’t been able to host their usual programme of activities this year as a result of lockdown, so we are using technology safely, to bring them joy and fun without any risk of spreading the virus. Professionals getting into character and performing music in your own surroundings is always exhilarating,” said founder Simone Girardeau.
As reported on BBC Radio 4’s Today program (24 November 2020), Lockdown Presents customer Anne McCall, of Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, said: “The performance for us was a very life-affirming thing. There’s such a strong connection between mum sitting there in her care home where she’s had to sit since March and then this vibrant life affirming sound. It’s like a validity. It’s like connecting her to the outside world.”
Many Lockdown Presents performers were due to have played at leading venues this year, including the Royal Albert Hall, and Glastonbury.
Mezzo-soprano Sophie Dicks, who has performed with the Welsh National Opera and at Opera Holland Park, said: “Lockdown Presents has given singers like me the opportunity to keep on performing even as venues remain closed and shows have been cancelled. Online care home concerts are particularly special. I meet and interact with audiences who have endured more than most of us can imagine these past four months and have done so with such resilience and bravery. They deserve an uplifting experience and my aim is to put smiles on their faces.”
Lockdown Presents is the brainchild of Simone Girardeau and partner Steffen Hoyemsvoll, both 30, who 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. Mags, who was shielding at home in South Wales, enjoyed works by Mozart and Purcell performed in her own front room, and the idea for virtual concerts was born.
The fast-growing community of musicians is also busy delighting friends and family calls on Zoom with interactive, personalised musical experiences for every occasion.
“Music is a source of health and 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 friends and family, wherever they may be, and especially during this difficult time,” Girardeau says.
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.
Visit www.lockdownpresents.com for further bookings information.
Lockdown Presents wants to help the arts flourish throughout lockdown and beyond 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
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Notes to editors
Lockdown Presents performers are all professional musicians and singers 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.
Their aim is to share the love of music, support musicians and help the work of charities Age UK, Refuge and Mind during the pandemic.