Summer 2020




I do hope you are all well and safe and will stay that way as our countries begin to open up again. I could not have imagined how the world would change; I was in Paris with Opera Fuoco in March, working with some very talented young singers before their end-of-course concert in the Petit Palais. I came home early, on Friday 13th, the Petit Palais closed and the concert didnít happen. Iíve been home in Sussex ever since and feel very fortunate to have such a lovely place in which to self-isolate with my husband.  The garden is full of flowers and birds; I havenít spent so long here since I used to sing at Glyndebourne- but then I had to sing every other day!  The only singing Iíve done is a folksong, recorded on my iPad on the landing, for Glyndebourneís Peaceful Moments. It has been a two month holiday such as I never had before, with weather such as England has never had before, but with an underlying unease that prevents it from feeling like a holiday.

Wigmore Hall has begun a series of lunchtime concerts, broadcast live from the empty hall and streamed on the Wigmore website. The first two concerts, Stephen Hough and Lucy Crowe with Anna Tilbrook, were wonderful and so very moving. I think Andrew McGregor, the radio announcer must have found it difficult to speak after each of them. There are opportunities to donate to both Wigmore and Glyndebourne- (and indeed to all the other theatres and opera houses which are sharing their treasures with us all)- so I do hope people will be generous to these two beloved places.

Musicians have been so creative and imaginative, putting music online in all kinds of wonderful ways with choirs, orchestras, teaching: congratulations to you all. Iím full of admiration as I weed my garden and watch the baby birds trying to fly. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make these extraordinary months bearable- and of course to all the health workers having to deal with the crisis
I hope a vaccine will be found soon but until then take care, and be kind.  Felicit