We have had a lovely first few face to face sessions since lockdown.
Due to the uncertainty of the covid situation, attendance levels and covering costs, the plan forward is to continue with online sessions each week via ZOOM. Limited face to face sessions will continue in a covid-secure environment and these will take place ONCE a month. The dates for these will be as follows:
DECEMBER 15th or 22nd (tbc) - Christmas sing-song
To cover running costs - we need a minimum of 10 people. An e-survey will be sent out for each of the above to get an idea of numbers prior to booking the venue.
Please add the above dates to your diary and look forward to singing together! Thank you for your understanding!
Our carefully risk assessed rehearsals/classes in a Covid-19 Secure environment will continue as planned for ‘educational purposes’ until further notice!
Venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines CAN host more than 6 people in total, but no one should visit in a group of greater than 6. When you visit one of these places, you should:
*follow the limits on the number of other people you should meet with as a group
*avoid social interaction with anyone outside the group you are with, even if you see other people you know
*provide your contact details to the organiser so that you can be contacted if needed by the NHS Test and Trace programme
The Musicians Union have also clarified the situation with regard to performances and choir rehearsals. It seems that the 6 person rule does not apply as long as risk assessment and social distancing and other covid secure measures are in place.
Our guidelines in a nutshell:
Wear face covering
Sanitize hands regularly
Be seated ready to begin the music class
Exit following the one-way system
There will be no interval for refreshments/socialising so please bring a drink!
Seats will be placed 2m apart with a maximum capacity of up to 14 and the hall will be ventilated.
Full risk assessment and guidelines can be found on our website and are available to view prior to participating.
Following this weeks news, I hope this helps provide some clarity in these difficult and changing times! Keep calm and make music! 🙂
Sing4Joy Choir warmly welcomes the update published by DCMS to their performing arts guidance for England on 13 August that choirs/music groups can now return to rehearsals in a Covid-19 secure environment. We aim to return to weekly rehearsals in person commencing Tuesday 8th September 2020 7:30pm at Hampton Bishop Hall. Copies of the guidance and risk assessment can be found below. Please read the guidance prior to attending rehearsals. For those unable to attend, we will be broadcasting each rehearsal via Zoom so that you can still participate. Zoom details can be found on the online choir page in the menu.
Outdoor Summer Sing-Song
7:30pm-8:30pm at Hampton Bishop Hall
Tuesday 25th August 2020
Information has been emailed to current members. If you would like to join the choir, please complete the registration form and further details will be emailed to you.
The Sing4Joy Choir Online Sessions will be continuing to run for the forseeable future. Once government gives the go ahead for bigger mixed groups to meet, we hope to organise an outdoor social distancing sing-song! With regards to meeting indoors, plans have been made for a swift start once safely permitted. In the meantime, please join our online sessions where you can benefit from a catch-up and have access to our song-bank to help stay on top of the repertoire!
This weekend 30th-31st May, we would have been performing our summer concert as the grand finale to the Hampton Bishop Open Gardens event! This event has now developed into a virtual event. You can now have a virtual tour of 15 amazing gardens and enjoy for weeks to come!
Here is a link to the website for further information and videos for you to enjoy:
Donations can be made to St Michaels Hospice via the open gardens page.
During the COVID-19 pandemic and while social distancing measures in place, we will not be meeting. Online choir sessions are being provided via ZOOM in order to stay in contact, sing some songs from the repertoire and keep spirits up! Please see the online choir page for further information.
SUMMER CONCERT 2020
Our annual concert was due to take place on Sunday 31st May as part of the Hampton Bishop Open Gardens event in aid of St Michael's Hospice. This has had to be cancelled but fundraising is continuing and the Open Gardens will take play by way of online virtual tour. We hope to have the opportunity to perform later in the year. Our big annual concert will however be postponed until next year.