COVID-19

Return to rehearsals member blog: Invicta Jazz Orchestra

With Step 3 now in effect in England, David Price of Invicta Jazz Orchestra outlines how his group made a safe and long-awaited r

Corporate member blog: Club Europe

Jenny Dalton, communications and marketing manager for Club Europe, talks us through their Covid protection framework

Corporate member blog: TryBooking

Joan Lind, managing director of TryBooking, provides the lowdown on their socially distanced seating plans for any size or type o

Case study: 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.

Case study: Online rehearsals from scratch - St Helens Ladies’ Choir

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.

Background

After early retirement from running a busy school music department and working with operatic societies, in 2011 I started a daytime weekly ladies’ choir in St Helens where I live. Many of our members do not read music and were technically inexperienced. From within the big choir we have a smaller choral group which also performs separately.

Case study: 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. 

Background

Last year, all choir members attended our penultimate pre-lockdown rehearsal for our spring concert scheduled for 29 March 2020. It was going to be our last performance with our retiring conductor of 18 years, Peter Rutterford, and retiring chairman, John Drummond, who had served on the committee for 20 years. 

Finding a Covid-secure rehearsal venue

You might be thinking ahead to when your group can meet again in person, but a major issue will be finding somewhere to rehearse.

In the next 6 to 12 months your rehearsal venue probably needs to be Covid-19 secure, large enough to allow 2-metre spacing between singers or players, well-ventilated, with wifi and/or good lighting for videoing or blended rehearsals – and affordable. Below we've collected together some ideas to help you find a suitable venue.

Corporate blog: A meeting of minds

Nicky Astle from Rayburn Tours reflects on a recent virtual corporate membe