Re/Choir

Beccles Community Choir 2021 sessions

On Monday 19th July in line with their plans to ease restrictions at step 4 for England, the government ended all legal restrictions on social contact. The statement that the government made about these easing of restrictions also confirmed that amateur singing will be allowed to commence in numbers greater than six people.

This means that Beccles Community Choir can recommence physical rehearsals and I am delighted to announce that we will start again on Tuesday 7th September!

I cannot wait to see you again… I am sure that many of you will be both elated at the prospect of singing again after such an extended hiatus but may also feel apprehensive about returning to choir and your usual hobbies and activities. If you ARE planning to return to our rehearsals, I hope that you feel encouraged and confident to do so by the procedures we have in place to keep us COVID-compliant as laid out below.

Therefore, please note the following control measures that we will observe:

  1. Please bring your own lyrics and music sheets to each session. 
    There is a link below which will show the list of songs that we will be covering and you can download and print any lyrics that you do not have. 
    If you are unable to print lyrics at home, please let me know – I can supply lyrics for you but will distribute them in line with our COVID-19 risk assessment.
  2. Hand sanitising stations are placed around the Waveney Centre – please use them upon arrival, during break-time and after any visit to the toilets.
  3. Please try to avoid touching any shared surfaces. All chairs, door handles, toilets and touchpoints will be disinfected prior to and after rehearsal.
  4. No drinking water will be available at rehearsal – please bring your own bottle.
  5. I will encourage singing to only take place whilst facing forward. (When we briefly managed to resume rehearsals in Autumn 2020, this was a strict requirement – at this time, it will just be an encouragement from me).
  6. The Waveney centre will be kept well ventilated with patio doors remaining open throughout the session. Therefore, you may want to bring a coat or jumper along to wear.
  7. To ensure that we keep as ventilated as we can, the sessions will comprise 2x 30-minutes of singing separated by a break-time, which will take place within the gardens outside
  8. To avoid anybody having to handle cash, we can now take contactless payment by Smartphone, Debit Card or Chip & Pin. (We will definitely still take cash for anybody who would prefer to do this)
  9. Please bring your own pen or pencil if you wish to make notes on your lyric sheets.
  10. Chairs will be placed prior to arrival. Please do not move or re-position them.
  11. We are not required to wear face coverings but anybody who wishes to still wear one is encouraged to do so.
  12. I will take a register as part of the Track & Trace procedure, keeping details for 21 days and then shredding them.
    If you are double jabbed or aged under 18, you will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if you are identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.

In order that we do not exceed our maximum attendance allowance of 50 people and to ensure that I have phone number/email for anybody who has attended should we need to contact you regarding Track & Trace, it is necessary to book a place. 


THREE QUESTIONS

...You should ask yourself before you attend rehearsal:

  1. Do you have any of these symptoms: continuous cough, fever/high temperature (37.8°c or greater), loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste?
  2. Have you been in close contact with someone with symptoms or COVID-19?
  3. Have NHS Track & Trace asked you to self-isolate? (You are no longer required to do so if you are double jabbed)

…If the answer to any of these is yes, please exclude yourself from our rehearsals.

Link to the current guidance on self-isolation HERE


Tuesday 19th October, 6pm

The Waveney Centre, New Market, Beccles, NR34 9HE

Cost £5 (your first session is free!)

RSVP Now!

Please complete the following information and click SUBMIT. By clicking submit, you confirm that you agree to the follow the Control Measures.



AFTER CHOIR

  • If you fall ill after attending a rehearsal, contact your GP to arrange to get tested for COVID and contact Stephen immediately.
  • If NHS Track & Trace contact you and ask you to self-isolate, please advise Stephen immediately.

YOUR DECISION

Please make your own decision about whether you are happy to return – there is no pressure for you to do so if you have any health concerns about being in public. 
The aim of these measures are to keep us all safe whilst singing together and to supply you with the information about how we will conduct our rehearsals so that you have the confidence to make an informed decision about whether it is appropriate for you to return to choir yet.
However, measures cannot reduce the risk to zero – if you book a space and click SUBMIT you confirm that you understand this. 


PRICE INCREASE

In September, I will be increasing the session price to £5 per person.
It’s the first price increase since 2016 so I hope that’s OK for people but I know it’s been a difficult year for many so if this is more than your household can afford, please don’t stay away – there’ll be a chance to pay the previous lower amount of £4.
I will have a card reader which will enable you to pay by card or phone but for anybody who prefers to use cash, I’m happy to also still accept cash.


TEST KITS 

The test for people without symptoms of COVID-19 is called a rapid lateral flow test.
This usually involves rubbing a long cotton bud (swab) over your tonsils (or where they would have been) and inside your nose.
The tests can give you a result in 30 minutes. 
You can order them free from GOV.uk


FACE COVERINGS

We are no longer legally required to wear face coverings indoors. Therefore, nobody will be required to wear a face mask to attend our sessions. HOWEVER, if you would prefer to wear one and feel safer doing so – PLEASE DO WEAR ONE… There will be no judgements or politics about face coverings and you need not feel at all conscious if it is your decision to wear one.
If you think you may wear a mask to attend rehearsals and would like to find one that you can sing in, you may find these following links useful. These websites have masks specifically made for singers – which prevent you inhaling your mask when breathing in and still allowing a full range of jaw and facial movement:
Banks Music
Alison Crutchley
Miss Kiddy

This one particularly seems very useful and effective – a silicone spacer which fits underneath a facemask, allowing for more comfortable singing while wearing a mask:
Sing Safe UK  


CONTACT

If you would like to clarify ANY of the above or require further information, please contact Stephen on 07909 510976 or email info@beccleschoir.co.uk


If you would like to see the previous measures that we adopted in Autumn 2020 (when we briefly managed to recommence physical rehearsals), please click here.