U.K.’s BBC Radio 3 to present live, socially distanced, solo/chamber concerts, with no audience

Posted on: May 13, 2020

“BBC Radio 3 is to resume classical music concerts, but no more than two musicians will be allowed to perform together and they will have to play to empty seats,” writes Anita Singh in Tuesday’s (5/12) Daily Telegraph (London, U.K.). “A series of 20 concerts will be broadcast live each lunchtime from London’s Wigmore Hall, made up exclusively of solo recitals and duos. They will feature some of the world’s leading musicians performing to an empty hall with only a sound engineer, presenter and one member of staff as the audience, as well as a producer backstage. The BBC said that the performances will take place ‘in strict compliance with the Government’s social distancing guidelines’ and duos will perform at least two meters apart. The hour-long concerts will be broadcast each day from June 1, at 1pm on Radio 3 and BBC Sounds, and will be streamed on video on Wigmore Hall’s website. Featured musicians include the pianists Mitsuko Uchida and Benjamin Grosvenor and the singers Lucy Crowe, Iestyn Davies and Roderick Williams.”