At this difficult time, when all the musicians of La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations and Hespèrion XXI, including myself, have been forced to interrupt our public activities, we wish to send a warm message of support to our audiences, who were expecting to attend the concerts which have had to be cancelled or postponed, and to all our fellow musicians and workers in the cultural sector.
Owing to current restrictions, the pandemic poses an enormous challenge to us all, particularly to all those in the world of culture, and to all the mechanisms by which it operates and maintains a public presence. These restrictions and measures will undoubtedly put our ensembles and all the musicians involved in a very challenging position, especially because of the difficulty of predicting what will happen over the coming months. For the International Early Music Centre (CIMA), our ensembles and academies, cancellations entail not only a major organizational and financial upheaval, but also have the consequence of sadly being unable to deliver our musical projects to you all. The cancellation of concerts poses a very serious professional and financial situation, particularly for musicians, for whom teleworking, paid leave and the other usual measures are not an option. For the sake of all concerned, we hope that the institutions, the State and Europe will be able to help to offset the consequences of the chaos we face in the coming months.
Meanwhile, we shall continue to study and prepare to resume work on our musical performance academies, recordings and concerts as soon as the public health situation permits.
We would also like to take this opportunity to express our support and gratitude to all the healthcare workers who are working so tirelessly at the present time. Without them and their sacrifice, everything would be so very much worse.
We shall continue to keep you updated via these channels about the changes to our schedule, as further information becomes available to us. Let us take care of each other, help each other and, above all, let us not lose hope; perhaps the experience of the difficult times we are living through will encourage us to think and imagine a better world in which our lives are not so dependent on economic and commercial circumstances.
Jordi Savall and the whole team at the International Early Music Centre