After Lockdown- what next for Mountain Ash and District Choral Society – July 2020
It’s been a long time since the choir was able to get together after going into voluntary lockdown a couple of weeks before the Government set restrictions in March 2020, as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Choirs across the globe have been forced to cancel concerts and rehearsals.
The postponement of the Annual Concert in May was a great disappointment, but when so many people have been touched by illness and death since the start of the outbreak, it is a small price to pay for staying out of harm’s way. In spite of the lockdown, we have managed to stay in weekly contact with all choristers by e mail and the setting up a Private Facebook page for those choristers who wish to communicate with one another. The Choir Committee have recently experimented with Zoom for formal meetings since we cannot meet in the flesh.
Now that lockdown is easing it is time for the choir to consider what is going to happen over the coming months. As yet there has been no official guidance for choirs, but it is clear that getting a large group of over 80 people together to sing, is not going to be easy, with social distancing and the continuing vulnerability of those with underlying health issues.
So, it was with a heavy heart that the choir have decided that it is unlikely that we will be able to sing together for some time, maybe not until the end of 2020 or beginning of 2021. Many things will need careful consideration and all will depend on how easy it will be to comply with Government restrictions. Adequate space and washing facilities will be an essential requirement, for sure.
We are hoping that we will be able to get together in plenty of time to rehearse for our performance of “Messiah” on May 15th 2021 and that by then it will be possible to perform in front of a large audience with full orchestra and soloists without the use of masks or keeping a distance of 2 metres apart!
Regular updates will be added to this website, but it is unlikely that any of the planned performances for 2020 will now take place.