Music vs. Covid-19: the state of play in Asia, America and Oceania

Members of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in their "pilot concert" in October

Members of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra in their “pilot concert” in October © Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Last month, I reported on the state of live classical music performance in Western Europe – a situation that has, sadly, taken a turn for the worse since then. This month, I’ve turned the spotlight away from Europe and spoken to people across four other continents.


The Asian approach to classical music mirrors their approach to the pandemic generally. Most Asian governments are more authoritarian than those in the West and the continent learned how to deal with coronavirus epidemics the hard way with SARS in 2002-2004. All the countries I spoke to have clamped down hard on personal freedoms and been quick to impose test and trace regimes. Mask-wearing is the norm in Asia. Full story.

David Karlin (Bachtrack) / November 2, 2020

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