YOUNG VOICE: The Quaranteens
YOUNG VOICE: The Quaranteens

THE “earth” without “art” is just “eh”.
Before lockdown, I gave a speech at school attempting to outline just how important the arts are.
As a passionate oboist, keen thespian and admirer of art, one might say I was biased to the cause.
However, in lockdown the arts have come into their own online. My talk tried to emphasise how much worse off we would be if the arts suddenly disappeared from the world.
Little did I know that soon, everything would suddenly disappear – except the arts.
My orchestra community has been strengthened, as Zoom rehearsals become the norm.
Our school music department hosts a weekly quiz and working from home has offered us a chance to get to know one another more than we would have in “normal” times.
In the wider world, organisations like the National Theatre and The Show Must Go On are releasing weekly productions that would not otherwise have been seen by the general public from our sofas.
Most importantly, in local life, places like Sage Gateshead and The Witham are sending out regular emails to keep those on their mailing lists entertained and up to date with activities going on during lockdown.
The arts are truly bringing people together - more than ever, they’re such an integral part of our lives.
A lack of the arts would likely bring a much dimmer life and with an abundance of them, comes a brighter life.
We’re therefore so lucky that lockdown has brought the opportunity to watch more television, listen to more music, and explore more creative sides.
Lockdown as it is, is frustrating, but without art, the earth right now, would most certainly be a lot more “eh”.
Evie Brenkley