Freelance classical musicians gathered for multiple performances in England on Tuesday, October 6, to bring attention to industry hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the BBC reported.
A 400-person ensemble played outside Parliament in London, and another group of musicians played in Centenary Square in Birmingham on Tuesday, reports said. The events were organized by the Let Music Live campaign, which supports freelancers in creative industries impacted by the pandemic.
Both groups played a segment of Mars, from Gustav Holst’s The Planets, before holding a two-minute silence.
The performances aimed to “put pressure on the government to give more support to self-employed artists,” according to the BBC.
This video shows the socially distanced performance in Centenary Square. Credit: @LetMusicLiveUK/Amy Thomas via Storyful