We will keep this page updated with all the latest information regarding concerts in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Last updated 10th of July 2021
With all Covid restrictions scheduled to be lifted on July 19th, our summer concert on 24th of July is going ahead. This is a joint concert with Blackheath and Bradley Choral Society (BBCS) to be repeated at Holy Trinity Church, Guildford on 31st July 2021
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are you planning to have a concert?
- Everyone is keen to sing again, when it’s reasonably safe to do so.
- Our best guess is that, despite the recent rise in Covid cases, the remaining social distancing restrictions will be lifted on July 19th. This would allow us to sing together inside the church with an audience.
Why do you think this?
- Most of the adult population of the UK has now been double vaccinated (59.8%) Daily summary | Coronavirus in the UK (data.gov.uk)
- Being vaccinated reduces both the likelihood of hospitalisation as well as how infectious people are as a result of the virus (Professor Neil Ferguson interviewed on Radio 4’s Today programme) Professor Lockdown Neil Ferguson raises hopes of lockdown ending in July | Evening Standard
What’s the plan for the rest of the year
We’re planning to have four concerts (three programmes spread across four events) in the second half of the year:
- July 24th 2021 Faure Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria at St John’s Church, Grove Lane, Kingston. (Joint concert with Blackheath and Bramley Choral Society [BBCS]).
- July 31st 2021 Faure Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria at Holy Trinity, Guildford.(Joint concert with BBCS)
- Late September 2021, programme to be confirmed, at St Andrews, Surbiton. (Exact date to be confirmed)
- Early December 2021 Handel’s Messiah at St Andrews, Surbiton. (Exact date to be confirmed).
Our July concerts are shared with BBCS. We are also planning to experiment with livestreaming the concert on a pay-per-view basis (So if you’ve a great-aunt Amanda in Amarillo, Texas who’s never been able to hear you sing – you might finally be able to sell her a ticket).
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Sounds great, but what do you want me to do?
- Let me/David/Barbara know that you’re planning to come – there is no formal maximum number, so you can all come, provided that we observe social distancing (see 4 below).
- BRING YOUR OWN CHAIR – we’ve asked the Church, but they’re not keen on us moving the indoor chairs outside. I’ll bring an extra garden chair – if one or two of you could do the same, we should be fine
- Bring something to drink – Pimms and Lemonade would be nice, water is an acceptable alternative.
- It is IMPORTANT that we socially distance – 1m apart is fine outside, but we will be very visible, and we don’t want to cause the vicar any embarrassment.
2) Don’t fancy singing outside, can I still attend online? Yes via Zoom link sent each week prior to rehearsal.
If you would like to join us as a new member, please send us your email address and we’ll send you a link to our next rehearsal . A link to the music will be made available to you as well.