As lockdown steps escalate across the world, Nicola Benedetti has vented her anger at the cancellation of music events.
In the run-up to Christmas, Nicola Benedetti collaborated with the Battersea Arts Centre to stage a series of concerts that organizers now had to cancel after it was revealed that London had been put on Stage 3.
The Scottish violin virtuoso spoke on behalf of “the whole performing arts community” and shared her “heartbreak” that because of the pandemic, activities around the nation can not take place.
She said, “We’re all absolutely devastated that these concerts had to be cancelled, and that’s beyond frustrating.”
“Venues across the country have worked tirelessly to ensure they are COVID safe and have followed all government recommendations.”
She added, “Rules require people to execute those instructions with discipline, and there is no more disciplined environment than a concert hall or theater.”
“They’re there to experience music and art and would never put anyone’s health at risk in that kind of controlled environment.”
Benedetti has previously said that in the music industry, mismanagement and a lack of leadership are’ costing people their livelihoods’.
She also shared her conviction that access to the arts is a “fundamental right” – particularly useful to motivate us in the face of problems such as the one caused by the pandemic of the coronavirus.
The violinist spoke of her dissatisfaction following last week’s Tier 3 announcement that transmission risks in other situations that could proceed under Tier 3 legislation are “much, much greater” while the performing arts suffer.
“The risk to human health is far, far greater in so many other circumstances that are allowed to continue in Tier 3,” she said.
I want to share my heartbreak on behalf of the entire performing arts community that these activities will now not take place.
“These concerts were planned to provide a much-needed respite in the run-up to Christmas, and I am so sorry that we will now not be able to share these magical moments with you, but I look forward to welcoming everyone in the spring of 2021.”