Martin Smith launches the first in a series of blogs for Scala Radio – An inside look at the impact lockdown is having on the lives of musicians
At Home with London Mozart Players: So now what?
It was the suddenness, I suppose.
There are three main strands to what I do: playing for the renowned London Mozart Players and other orchestras; working with amateur orchestras (I conduct two, appear as a guest conductor elsewhere, and lead two more); and teaching at a Saturday music school in West London. Three weeks ago all these things were in full swing, though there were warning signs. Within a week they had all stopped. All at once.
I find it hard to describe how that felt.
Like a lot of people, and certainly a lot of creative artists, what I do is part of who I am.
Making music is integral to me, at a level so deep now that I normally don’t think about it. This complete cessation felt as though part of my body had been removed. My right arm, perhaps, since I both draw a bow and wave a stick with it: that’s where the sound starts…