An evening at the symphony (and the theatre!)

Front row seat. My computer is linked to my TV with an HDMI cable; the computer has a much better screen, but it’s not as large. I also run the computer’s audio through the hi-fi, which has better quality sound.

You may have read how arts venues around the world have shut their doors in line with attempts to contain covid19, and that many venues are making productions free to view online.

The Sydney Opera House has a program called “From our house to yours” in which you can watch performances at 6pm (Sydney time). I don’t think they’re available on-demand, but since most of us are at home anyway these days that’s less of an issue. Last evening I watched Beethoven’s 9th Symphony by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (plus choir and soloists), recorded in the Concert Hall in October 2018.

Da dum dum! Lots of big drums in the 9th.

Soloists and choir in the ‘Ode to Joy’.

Standing ovation.

Then, as they say, it was time for something completely different! From Sydney to London (well, virtually). Over to the YouTube channel of the National Theatre, where you can watch various plays — one each week or so. (If you’re interested, check out the details here.) I watched One Man, Two Guvnors with James Corden, filmed live on-stage in 2011. It was a marvellous way to forget the world’s troubles for a couple of hours.

Silliness afoot.

Lots of audience interaction.

Re-united lovers at Brighton Pier.

Another standing ovation.

My hat (if I wore one) would be off to all these venues and companies that are keeping the arts alive, and accessible, in these troubled times.