Elaine talking to the Zoom audience
The 2021 Christmas Concert was held on the 2nd December at 7:45 p.m. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, we couldn't have an audience in the same building as the orchestra. After spacing out the orchestra, and keeping the audience a safe distance from the saxophones, there simply wasn't room. So we invited the audience to attend via Zoom.
Over 50 people dialled into Zoom to hear the orchestra play. It was a bit of a technological experiment, but it seemed to work, with lots of positive comments both during and after the concert. One unexpected but amazing side-effect of holding the concert via Zoom was that we had attendees from as far away as Boston and Colorado in the US.
The orchestra played many pieces, such as Sibelius Finlandia and Fauré's Fantaisie, Op. 79, which featured Máté on the flute. We also included some Christmas tunes which the audience could sing along to.
As always, we use the concert to raise money for charities that the orchestra members have some connection with. This term, we are supporting the British Liver Trust, which has supported one of our members. The concert raised £390 for this deserving cause.