Support during the pandemic

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

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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 Monday 4th January 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a nationwide lockdown starting from midnight on 5th January. Therefore it has been confirmed that:

"Non-professional activity, such as amateur choirs and orchestra, cannot take place."

Today, ABO have now confirmed that:

Step 3 no earlier than 17 May:


○ Controlled socially distanced indoor events of up to 1,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower, will be permitted, as will socially distanced outdoor events with a capacity of either 50% or 4,000 people, whichever is lower.

○ Pilots will run as part of the Events Research Programme to examine how such events can take place without the need for social distancing using other mitigations such as testing.

○ Government will lift most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors, but gatherings of more than 30 people outdoors will remain illegal.

○ Indoors, people will be able to meet socially in a group of 6, or with 1 other household, though it may be possible to go further than this at Step 3 depending on the data.

Non-professional activity will be able to resume from this time!


○ Ahead of Step 4, the Government will conduct a review of social distancing and other long-term measures that have been put in place to limit transmission. The results of the review will help inform the timing and circumstances under which we may be able to lift social distancing guidance and other measures. Current social distancing measures will remain in place until the outcomes of that review are known.

For the most updated guidance from DCMS regarding rehearsals and performances, you can go directly to their website HERE.



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.


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