Live performances will always remain our top priority. However, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, when it was unclear when we would be able to gather to rehearse or perform for a sizeable audience, while acknowledging that we had a responsibility not to put ourselves or our supporters at risk, Virtual VOX was our attempt to overcome some of the challenges of lockdown by providing meaningful listening experiences to our musical family.
“Recorded alone, but singing together…”
Performing artists have found themselves in a vacuum without their audiences during the Covid-19-imposed lockdown. But VOX Cape Town, created by the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr John Woodland and Kyle Paulssen, got around lockdown by launching its first virtual choral performance for Freedom Day on 27 April.
Choral music in the time of lockdown
How has South Africa’s national lockdown impacted choral music? Is it still possible to provide meaningful musical experiences for one’s singers and supporters during this time?
On Sunday 21 June 2020, John Woodland was invited to the Hermanus Fynarts Festival to discuss the lessons (and tips!) that have been learnt from the Virtual VOX projects. Watch the recorded presentation on YouTube.