The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra has announced it will start to live stream its performances after the country’s ban on large gatherings was enacted to counteract the spread of coronavirus.

The New Zealand government has banned live events of more than 500 people, meaning the NZSO, among many other artists and shows, has had to suspend public performances for at least the next six weeks.

The orchestra has now decided to conduct its usual performances for an audience listening on the radio or watching on a device.

NZSO publicist Tom Cardy said the orchestra was also working to reschedule the planned concerts to be played before audiences later this year and possibly into 2021.

Cardy said, according to Stuff: “Live streaming is definitely an important element of the future for the NZSO. It’s getting more access for everyone to the orchestra.”

The suspended concerts were scheduled to be in Christchurch and Dunedin on March 20 and 21, Wellington and Auckland on April 3 and 4 and April 18 and 21, and Tauranga, Hamilton and Napier from April 22-24.

NZSO said subscribers would be contacted to discuss ticket options, while all other ticket holders should contact the ticketing agency they bought their tickets from.

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