A recent on-line survey of members showed that the majority would like to start singing live again, even those who are at moderate risk in terms of the coronavirus.
‘Obviously since the survey we have gone into another lock-down.’ said Chair Chris Walker ‘However, as soon as current restrictions are lifted we will have a look at re-commencing live rehearsals. We might even think about getting together just to sing rather than rehearse anything in particular’.
A Covid-secure venue would need to be selected – that’s one where the venue itself commits to taking the necessary steps to make the venue Covid-safe. The Committee would need to undertake a very comprehensive risk assessment which covered all the elements required by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
‘Other choirs had started to sing together before the current measures were introduced’ explained Chris, ‘We know of a number of suitable Covid-secure venues in Sheffield, and feel sure we can make the necessary arrangements to enable our members to sing together again. Everyone is really missing it!’
Sadly the choir had to abandon the final concert of last season and the first few of this season. This means it will not be giving it’s annual performance of Messiah at the cathedral – nor the popular ‘Come Sing Messiah with mince pies and mulled wine. The choir hopes to present Messiah in April, if the pandemic situation eases up sufficiently. See Current Season Concerts for more details.
I would very much like to sing a Messiah in April. Would we have an orchestra? Would we have an audience?
Sadly we’ve had to abandon yet another concert. It’s so very difficult to make things work under current restrictions. Let’s hope things will be better by summer 2021. Best wishes.