Here is the latest guidance from Brass Bands England. Not a great deal more than we already knew, but at least we seem to be going in a positive direction:
(1) there is no current guidance which indicates banding should restart
(2) the dates of 1st June and 4th July are points at which policy may change
(3) there is an indication of how a band might space itself out once playing resumes.
Here is the current BBE statement.
Band Recording Project
As you know, quite a few of us got together over the video chat Zoom to rehearse last Wednesday (25th March). A few of us thought it would be a great idea to put together a recording of one of the pieces in the pad using our parts recorded individually.
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Following Wednesday's rehearsal via video chat we are now planning future rehearsals in this way, at least as long as the current restrictions are in force. Register your interest via the Facebook group, WhatsApp group or by emailing through the Contact Us page.
Following the Government's announcement of today that all non-essential contact should be avoided, the Band Committee has taken the decision to suspend all Band activities including rehearsals for the foreseeable future.
Whilst this news is clearly going to be disappointing, when viewed against the backdrop of the current pandemic it is clear that the health and safety of all our members is of paramount importance at this difficult time and the banding world is far from alone in suspending its activities in the current climate.
The Band Committee will review the situation in light of information as it becomes available, and any updates will be posted on the website EVENTS page and social media to reflect this.
Over the past week we have been following updates from Brass Bands England (BBE) through their contact with Public Health England. Their specific advice provided for the music community is detailed in the following link.
Please follow this link to the current BBE statement.