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Classical musicians go digital after concerts cancelled because of the coronavirus

A Sussex-based orchestra which was due to perform more than seventy classical concerts this year, had to cancel most of its performances after the coronavirus lockdown was introduced.

However the musicians in 'The Hanover Band' were not to be defeated...

They can not play music together or practice as a group because of social distancing restrictions, but they decided to keep their audiences entertained in the comfort of their own homes with a novel solution.

Every day at 10am, a video of one of the classical musicians playing ten minutes of music at home is posted online via the orchestra's website and social media accounts. The project is called Ten@10.

The Hanover Band, which is based in Arundel, was due to celebrate its fortieth anniversary on 31st March 2020, but because of the pandemic all of the orchestra's events have been postponed until later in the year.

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“Ten@10 is a series of ultra-mini online music concerts which will give both classic and baroque enthusiasts, as well as those new to the genre, access to a bite-sized chunks of classical music every day that we are on lockdown.

“We have world-class musicians in The Band who are currently at home, unable to perform as part of the orchestra ensemble because of Covid-19, but who can still play online.

“Music is wonderful for improving your mood and helping you through darker times, and at the moment we all need something to lift the spirits while social distancing is in place. “We are living through an unprecedented crisis and although we can no longer perform live, this is the next best thing for now.

“With all our musicians staying home we thought it would be a nice way to bring classical music to life for a wider audience and to still mark our 40th anniversary.”

– Stephen Neiman, Managing director, The Hanover band