Lockdown Presents is a platform connecting professional musicians and singers with private audiences for intimate virtual concerts. Our purpose is to support to arts to thrive, not just survive, during this period of change.
The first Lockdown Presents gig, before we even existed, happened by chance. We wanted to find a way to surprise Mags for her 83rd birthday but who we couldn't see in person as she was currently in lockdown.
Simone had the idea of getting in touch with her friend Abi, a professional cellist, who had recently had all of her gigs cancelled because of Lockdown, and asking if she might join a family birthday Zoom call with Mags, but as a surprise.
We arranged for Abi to join 15 minutes into our call and to play some Purcell, Mags' favourite composer, and at the appointed time, there was Abi and her partner Matt on cello and viola. The performance was warm, fun, and personal, and in Mags' words, "such a thrilling experience."
High on how well this had turned out, we started wondering if this was something we could repeat, and it dawned on us there must be plenty more people affected by lockdown, both people who miss personal and live music, and performers whose work had been cancelled.
We decided to reach out to a few more musicians and to test the concept...
Eventually word spread, mostly by word of mouth to begin with but soon after featuring in print, online newspapers and radio.
We're delighted to have brought thousands of people together through the medium of real, personal, live, music. Take a look at some of our recent reviews to hear stories of connection, joy, and love of music.