Support during the pandemic

Advice, guidance and information provided to help our members during the coronavirus crisis

Locally, Classical Sheffield members have responded to the pandemic in a variety of ways, from supportive communication to ambitious virtual performances and recordings, and everything in between.

We have set up this new area of our website to help members navigate their way through all the guidance and advice about how to operate during the pandemic, and to share ideas and resources. Information will be added as it becomes available, but in the meantime here's a list of links to sources of information, advice and guidance.

The Most Recent Advice on Performing Arts Rehearsals

On 22nd September, the government made further restriction announcements, however these do not seem to affect arts organisations. This statement from theAssociation of British Orchestras reads:

"From Thursday 23rd September businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, and adventure parks and bingo halls will be mandated to close from 10pm.

DCMS's current understanding is that the guidance will make it clear that cinemas, theatres and concert halls can continue beyond 10pm, but only if the performance started before 10pm, and alcohol cannot be served after 10pm.

The guidance will also be updated to confirm that in COVID-19 secure venues or public outdoor places, non-professional performing arts activity, including choirs, orchestras or drama groups CAN continue to rehearse or perform together where this is planned activity in line with the performing arts guidance and if they can do so in a way that ensures that there is no interaction between groups of more than six at any time.

If an amateur group is not able to ensure that no mingling takes place between these sub-groups of no more than six (including when arriving at or leaving the activity or in any breaks or socialising) then such non-professional activity should not take place."

Useful resources during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Useful Websites and Advice

  • Making Music
    Most member groups are also members of Making Music, a charity that provides resources, help and support to music groups across the country. Making Music provides a wealth of resources relating to Covid-19, in a members-only area, so you will need to know the user name and password connected with your choir, orchestra or ensemble.
  • Performing Arts Guidance from the Government
    Here you will find all the official guidance for people who work in performing arts, including arts organisations, venue operators and participants.
  • Guidance on the coronavirus for charities
    Guidance to help with running your charity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
  • Guidance from NCVO
    Covid-19 guidance from NCVO, which helps voluntary organisations across the country
  • Covid-19 advice from Voluntary Action Sheffield
    VAS has provided support and leadership for the voluntary sector for over 90 years. They help groups to focus their energy on making a difference with people.

Become a member of Classical Sheffield for more useful documents, support and advice during these strange times. See more here!

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