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Last updated 26th April 2021

What are we doing next term? What’s the plan?

We’re planning to have four concerts (three programmes spread across four events) in the second half of the year:

  1. July 24th 2021 Faure Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria at St Andrews, Surbiton (Joint concert with Blackheath and Bramley Choral Society [BBCS]).
  2. July 31st 2021  Faure Requiem and Vivaldi Gloria at HOly Trinity Guildford (Joint concert with BBCS)
  3. Late September 2021 Handel’s Samson at St Andrews, Surbiton (exact date to be confirmed)
  4. Early December 2021 Handel’s Messiah at St Andrews, Surbiton (exact date to be confirmed)

We will be focussing our rehearsals this term on 1,2, and 3, and will then turn our attention to 4 in September. 

Our July concerts are shared with BBCS  and we’re planning to do our September Samson concert accompanied on the Organ, rather than a full orchestra.  We are hoping that we can have an orchestra for the Messiah – but that means that we all need to do a really good job of selling tickets and generating some revenue.  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).

Why are we still doing virtual rehearsals?  When can we get back to normal rehearsals?

With more and more people being vaccinated, and the risk from Covid hopefully reducing daily, we’ve been trying to get clarity on exactly what is/is not allowed, and when it might be safe enough to return to normal rehearsals.  Based on, The DCMS website, The association of British Choral Directors, and – most helpful IMHO – Making Music it appears that:

  • Despite the shops and community centres reopening on April 12th (= Step 2 of the Government’s Covid Road Map), we are NOT currently allowed to have live rehearsals – even if they are socially distanced.  Only professional musicians and choirs are currently allowed to have physical rehearsals.
  • When we reach Step 3 of the Government’s Covid Road Map, hopefully on May 17thwe expect that we WILL be able to return to socially distanced rehearsals at St John’s (masks when not singing, distancing, no chatting, signing into track&trace etc…).  We also expect that we will be able to accommodate the entire choir for these rehearsals, as the church has proven itself big enough to easily accommodate over 50 people when social distancing is required.
  • When we reach Step 4 of the Road Map – hopefully on 24th June 2021– all restrictions should be lifted.  Hurrah!  So we should be able to get back to normal rehearsals – a bit of singing, plus some serious nattering, and maybe even a cup of tea and a slice of cake thrown in as well.

If you would like to join us, 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.

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