Pandemic Diaries: the series

Saturday 21st November 2020

Live Music Now musicians have been chronicling their pandemic experiences in our diary series.


“2020 is going to be a big year for Calan.”

2020 was looking like a promising year for us as a band. It kicked off on 1st of March with one of the most thrilling performances of my career to date; Calan in concert with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at St David’s Hall, Cardiff (photo below). Performing with the orchestra was an electrifying experience and one that I’ll never forget. Little did I know it would be my first and last performance of 2020. Read Angharad Jenkins' diary entry here.


“It felt so difficult to be motivated to work during those first scary weeks... I couldn’t see the purpose of practising without performance.

I felt so sad. I hadn’t realised how I took the vibrancy of my life for granted. Most weeks I would be interacting with thousands of people, whether passing through schools, travelling or performing, but now my world was reduced to my living room and my housemate." Read Rosie Bergonzi's diary entry here.


On March 4th 2020, I was sat on a plane on the way to Manilla, Philippines, to play for a wedding with my band Back Chat Brass.

By the time we made it back to the UK we were all relieved to have been allowed to return. Manilla locked down a few days after we left - we escaped just in time. We weren’t to know that was the closest thing to a normal live gig we would do for quite a while!" Read Tom Hawthorne's diary entry here.


“I’m coming out of this period more empowered as an artist. I’ve realised it’s no longer up to the venues - I have some responsibility to get my work out there.

In July I shared a video recording of my dance show, Windows of Displacement, by organising a watch party on Zoom and had over 100 people paying to view. This blew my mind. Before I would create a piece of work, connect with lots of theatres and then do a tour. I’ve realised that I can create a piece – connect with a theatre, do a performance and film it really well and then show it online. I already have a great online audience so why not leverage it, especially as not all of them can come to the theatre to see my work." Read Akeim Toussaint Buck's diary entry.


“I think I had the Coronavirus before the Lockdown started. I was lucky not to get it too severely.

As the pandemic started to get serious all my gigs were cancelled – I was due to play at the Vault Festival with my storytelling group The Embers Collective; lots of weddings with my function band Super Tenants;  and music festivals with my Balkan band Don Kipper." Read Tim Karp's diary entry here.

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