2020 is going to be an extraordinary year, says Grand Union Orchestra‘s Tony Haynes.
‘Whatever happens in 2020, it is surely going to be an extraordinary year. In the last few Posts, I’ve highlighted the need to reflect on our society today and the necessity of bringing people together again in some kind of harmony. This requires empathy – the capacity to imagine and understand the lives and concerns of other people, however different from your own.
‘One of the best ways to stimulate and develop empathy is through the medium of culture – by encouraging people to appreciate and share each other’s social and spiritual values. These values are most powerfully expressed through art; the most direct and emotional art-form is music; and music is the most effective means of communicating across differences in religion, language or customs.
‘We still need to challenge bigotry and intolerance, of course, and the stridency of language and the use of violence harnessed to promote them. However, now is surely the time – more than ever in this century – to present a wholly positive, imaginative and creative view of how the world, and our society, might become a better place.’