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Dress Up To Stay In

An evening of sumptuous orchestral music, chosen by YOU!

On Saturday 6th February 2021, Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra would have been performing an exciting programme at the Great Hall, University of Reading. Instead we'll be "Dressing Up To Stay in", coming together for an online concert of our favourite recordings chosen with your help. We'd love you to dress up in you finery/concert gear (or not if you'd prefer!) and tune into our live event to share a concert experience with a wealth of music lovers and music makers whilst such things are tricky to come by. We'll be joined by some special guests along the way from some of the UKs top orchestras too, including the LSO, CBSO and the Royal Opera House.

Getting ready to perform a concert is a special time, full of anticipation of the thrills to come, satisfaction at the hard work spent in practice and rehearsal, and the prospect of sharing the music that you love with an audience (often, in Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra's case consisting mainly of family and friends). Of course, at the moment musicians are missing this experience terribly. For non-professional musicians, the impact is already significant, on an emotional, adversely affecting our mental health. For professional musicians whose livelihood depends on live performance, the consequences are obviously even more serious.

At Dress Up To Stay In we'll be doing our bit to plug the gap for musicians, many of whom have been without income since March 2020, and 38% of whom find themselves excluded from government support too. We'll be asking those who are in a position to, to donate to the Musicians For Musicians campaign, which is raising money for the charity Help Musicians, who are supporting musicians who find themselves unable to afford basic living costs due to loss of income. Or to donate to the APO crowdfunder, an initiative raising funds to pay professional musicians to join the APO for a concert which will take place once restrictions are lifted.

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