The National Concert Hall has canceled a number of concerts due to Covid-19 cases among their orchestra.
The National Symphony Orchestra has experienced a number of infections among its musicians, leading to cancellations. Three events have been canceled due to the infections – one last Friday and two this week.
Assumpta Lawless, who does communications work for the orchestra, told Today with Claire Byrne that the canceled shows came just as they were finding their feet after the lockdown. She said: “It’s particularly difficult because summer lunches always draw a big crowd and a different crowd.
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“We were actually forming well, for a really good audience having had a fairly slow comeback. You could sense the weariness in people, say a few months ago.” An opera scheduled to take place last Friday has also been canceled.
Assumpta said: “Furthermore, we had to cancel the Lurline concert last Friday. It is an opera that is not performed often and a huge amount of work has gone into it with the support of the Arts Council. “
They also had to cancel the screening of a documentary that was supposed to take place on Friday. Assumpta explained that they had no choice but to cancel shows due to musicians and their replacements catching Covid-19.
She said: “It’s basically in the orchestra team. We’ve been managing this from the start. [by] replace people. There was a natural of covid as you would expect in a pandemic and we were able to manage it throughout.
“But it’s gotten to a level where the people we would have gone to as what we call MPs also have covid. Substitutes become covid.
“We had a case where we brought in someone to replace the player and then found them and found out they had Covid.” Assumpta said the National Concert Hall plans to resume normal service next week.
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