In this very challenging time for all, and especially those working in the arts, it is amazing the level of cooperation and generosity from artists, and one fine example of artists giving back to the community has been seen throughout the summer, and is continuing in September from the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival.

The festival organisers have been awarded national funding by Creative Ireland to deliver a programme of Covid Care Concerts in residential care homes across Waterford. Following a successful first series of concerts in June 2020, Blackwater Valley Opera Festival and Mobile Music Machine returned to 10 care home settings in Waterford, Lismore, Cappoquin and Dungarvan this week. This is a new project designed to bring classical music into the lives of the most vulnerable members of society and those most affected by the pandemic.