Hey everyone. By now we are probably all living with the consequences of the global pandemic of coronavirus. For us over here in London, we are entering official lock down, which means we are required by law to stay at home. As artists, these measures are both terrible, and strangely familiar. The virus has effectively stopped all of our work – so much of what I do is about being with people, helping us to connect via our voices and bodies – so unfortunately all of my performances, touring, choir leading, and workshops have been cancelled. On the other hand, I’m looking at a few months of very little work and a lot of time at home, figuring stuff out – and that feels somewhat familiar. As freelancing artists, sometimes we have periods of intense busyness, and at others, we are at home, making our own schedule, hustling to create work and find opportunities. Working from home, building my own schedule, defining my own time, is something I have practice doing. So on that front, I’m well prepared.
Life is going to be strange for the next few weeks, the next few months. I’m not sure when we’ll be able to return to performing, rehearsing, sharing and making art. Financially, I have no idea how we’re going to make it. But what I do know is that I cherish this time to rest, to meditate, to exercise, to eat good food, call my family, and spend quality time connecting with my partner and my housemates. I also hope to make some headway on some of those projects that have been in the pipeline for ages, but for which I never seem to have the time! With all of that in mind, I actually feel the time will fly by and maybe we’ll all look back fondly on this enforced downtime! Who knows. For now, stay well my friends and I hope we can sing together soon. xx