The ever-changing demands and challenges put before every one of us by the Covid-19 pandemic have been many and various, but perhaps while you’ve been chopping and changing your own plans – staying in, going out, putting your mask on, taking it off, going on holiday, not going on holiday – you have wondered what has happened to Baroque at the Edge?
 
Normally at this time of year we would have announced the whole programme to you and tickets would be on sale. This year there have simply been too many variables and uncertainties to enable us to plan with confidence that far ahead and at that level of detail.
 
But we have been busy nevertheless, looking for ways to bring you a Baroque at the Edge for 2021 that we can all recognise and enjoy, which is why we’re delighted to be able to announce that the 2021 festival will go ahead in January with just the same kind of adventurous programming you’ve come to expect, and more! While we will unfortunately not be able to invite audiences into LSO St Luke’s on this occasion, we’ve re-invented the whole event as an exciting all-online festival that will bring you a wider range of content than ever before, right in your own home.
 
So, we’ve gathered an enticing series of concerts at LSO St Luke’s to be webcast on 8-10 January 2021, with artists including violinist Rachel Podger (pictured above) working with two talented young performance poets, guitarist Sean Shibe, live synth ensemble Art of Moog, and more.
 
In addition, some of our artists will be hosting specially created live Zoom events designed to increase your involvement and bring you closer to the processes and ideas behind the music; and we are also proud to announce that we will be creating our own pop-up podcast station during the festival and in the run-up to it, presenting you with even more new Baroque at the Edge experiences to enjoy at home.
 
We’re so sorry that we won’t be able to welcome you in person at LSO St Luke’s in January, but we’re also thrilled at the thought that by going online Baroque at the Edge can have the chance to reach an audience not only far beyond the confines of the building, but pretty much anywhere in the world. We’ve always thought of ourselves as the no-rules festival – now we’re no-walls too!
 
Look out for more detailed information on the 2021 Baroque at the Edge, coming very soon.
 
In the meantime, stay safe!