The University Music team have been busy reviewing Covid-related guidance for performers, and the updates on non-professional rehearsal activity. We will send out an official update and plan for the coming academic year via the 2019/20 mailing list and share an update on here next Friday. The key point is that our plans to focus on chamber size activity in the autumn and a selection of other medium size ensembles from January can now be implemented without the need for household bubbles. Our update will include a list of the groups that will run, and when they will take place, and how to sign up. In order to proceed we are required to work in a ‘Covid-Secure’ space and comply with the Risk Assessment for each space, including any social distancing and operational requirements.
This is a very positive change and will enable us to run live sessions on a smaller scale, alongside online activities for some of our larger groups. We do need to prioritise activity that supports degree programmes, whilst also using the available Covid-Safe spaces, so will not be able to run at full capacity.
We are working with your ensemble managers/coordinators and conductors to develop ideas and project for groups that are unable to work together in person.
Given that we no longer need to insist on chamber groups/jazz groups working in household bubbles please can I ask that you consider if your group would like to perform in a marquee during Welcome Week to help promote the society and University Music. If you are happy to volunteer alongside our committee to aid promotion then please drop me an email or contact the Chamber Music managers or Jazz Collective manager.
I look forward to send out the full update next week.
Jo Sweet Head of University Music and Concerts