From November 2020 we have switched back to virtual rehearsals in response to the latest government regulations.
We do hope to be able to resume in-person rehearsals before too long.
A new sort of rehearsals - Autumn 2020
Date Posted: Sun, 27 Sep 2020
Since August our committee has focused on designing a method of meeting, which complies with regulations: COVID-19 secure, and offers a risk assessment which our venues can agree to, and is agreed to by our attendees. Currently with the wind and strings meeting in different locations, we have nonetheless started to rehearse again in person. Lots of ventilation, hand sanitiser, and even monitoring CO2 levels! Whilst rewarding to be back, we are very aware that not all of our members are able to participate at this time. We are experimenting with both rehearsing and streaming the rehearsals so that others can remain engaged,
The photo shows a recent socially-distanced rehearsal.
The orchestra will continue to respond to any further changes to national regulations or local restrictions.
Navigating these strange times - Summer 2020
Date Posted: Mon, 27 Jul 2020
Like so many music groups, we abruptly ceased rehearsals in March. A planned String Playing Day was abandoned.
We commenced rehearsals on a virtual basis in April. This has been focused on our string players, and we have been fortunate in having string coaches who helped navigate the world of playing via Zoom, whilst recording guide tracks to allow us to practise.
The string players' focus has been on Haydn's String Quartet Op 75 no 1. We recorded this in July.