After losing most of the year’s performing work to Covid, a collective of UK-based freelance musicians have decided to take their talents online.
What is A Musical Advent all about?
A group of musician mums have created an online celebratory gift of Christmas music. Devastated at the thought of not being able to connect with audiences at the most joyful time of year for music-making, they hope the Musical Advent Calendar will spread some much needed seasonal joy, and an opportunity to share the beauty and happiness of Christmas music with friends and family.
With the majority of our live Christmas performances cancelled, we decided to share our music in the next best way - direct to your home.
This socially-distanced, lockdown alternative to Advent carol services and Christmas concerts features a mix of styles and instruments including an award-winning concert pianist, a West End star, a Royal Opera House soprano, instrumentalists, new and established ensembles and a few fun surprises.
A live musical advent calendar to share
You'll find breathtaking classical music to take you away from it all, original compositions, traditional tunes, old favourites and possibly some audience participation (it is Christmas after all). After a stressful year we think this is a thoughtful gift that people will want to share with friends and family who can't be nearby.
The group of freelance professional musicians began as an online community helping one another with the challenges of being a musician and mother, such as practising loud instruments with babies in the house, and organising childcare for tours. Through the challenges 2020 has brought, this strong community has come together to support each others’ artistic work through this toughest of times.
Sales of the Musical Advent Calendar will provide financial support to all the freelance musicians involved, many of whom have lost all their work for the foreseeable future. For more information, contact Joanna Sleight at firstname.lastname@example.org or preview the December 1st Advent window for free.