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The COVID-19 crisis is changing the landscape of the 21st century in every aspect. As such, it breaks my heart not to know exactly when I will next stand on stage and sing. But this is the reality of living in a world in crisis. Our most important task for the moment is to step back and support those whose role in this fight is crucial- the doctors, nurses, teachers, parents, carers and those who advocate for the most vulnerable members of our society. The arts remain relevant at a time like this because of the profound emotional chord that good music, singing, fine arts, writing, dance and all other artistic media can strike with people at both the best and worst of times. That is something that will never change, and it is the reason why I am proud to be an artist. But for now the task is simply to be quiet, to think, and to have faith in a not too distant future in which we will all meet at the theatre once again.

In the meantime, I leave this recording of the great Gerald Moore here, in honour of everyone who is doing what they can to get us out of this strange and scary situation, and as a reminder that there is music at the end of the tunnel. 

 

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