The pandemic has thrown all kinds of challenges in the way of group music making. However, our member groups have found ways to rehearse or safely put on performances whether entirely online, in person, or a combination of both - all while managing to mitigate the risks of Covid infection. Read about how they have done this in their own words.
Returning to in-person rehearsals
- Brewood Singers (indoors)
- Invicta Jazz Orchestra (indoors)
- North Kingston Choir (outdoors)
- Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra (indoors)
- German Choir of London (indoors)
- Alton Concert Orchestra (indoors)
- Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra (online and in-person hybrid rehearsal)
- Cantiones Choir (outdoors)
- The film Orchestra (indoors and outdoors)
Livestreaming in-person rehearsals
Laura Mackay and Frank Althaus of Petros Singers tell us how they livestreamed their Covid-secure, in-person rehearsals to members who were unable to attend in person.
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Rehearsing and performing online
Online rehearsals from scratch
Musical director of St Helens Ladies’ Choir, Patricia Lewis, describes her journey from having very little technological knowledge to running her choral group on Zoom during the pandemic.
Collaborating with other groups to put on a virtual concert
Jennifer Bonsell from Aberdeen Chamber Music Concerts explains how her group collaborated with other local concert societies to share the work of putting on a virtual concert for their members.
Ayr Choral Union
The choir moved a performance of Handel's Messiah entirely online, fundraising for charity in the process.
Livestreaming: tips from promoter groups
Two of our member promoter groups tried out livestreaming for the first time, with some of our Philip and Dorothy Green Young Artist Award winners. Find out what they learned about livestreaming a concert.
What is it like to have a new conductor during lockdown?
Alison Martin, chair of Crieff Choral Group, outlines how choir members got to grips with a new conductor during the first Covid lockdown.
Radlett Music Club
The promoter group tell us about their experience hosting an interactive Zoom concert.
Putting on a Covid-secure performance
Promoter groups describe how they have managed to put on risk-assessed in-person performances for their audiences.
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