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 - 18 May 2021

On Monday 17 May 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the commencement of Step 3 changes. Advice was not released by the Department of Digital, Media, Culture and Sport until the following day, Tuesday 18 May 2021. That advice confirmed previous announcements and included the guidance below about amateur groups.

Basically, amateur instrumental groups may meet to rehearse as expected, which is great news!

For details about how to organise instrumental rehearsals, see Making Music or Performing Arts Guidance

Unfortunately, choirs may NOT meet to rehearse, except in groups of 6 (see bullet point 4 below). This exception had not been announced or even hinted at previously, and has come as a devastating blow to choirs up and down the country, many of which had worked hard to prepare to re-commence small-group (up to 30) rehearsals from Monday 17th May 2021.

Making Music make clear that while instrumental groups may rehearse, choirs must not. Although the advice is not legally binding, Making Music emphasises that choirs would almost certainly find their insurance invalidated were they to rehearse in a manner that runs counter to the advice - ie, to sing in groups of more than 6. For more information see their website: https://www.makingmusic.org.uk...

Here is the text from the Department of Digital, Media, Culture and Sport:

Taking part in non-professional performing arts activity

  • Non-professional activities are permitted indoors and outdoors, within the legal gathering limits.
  • Outdoors, people can take part in non-professional performing arts activities in a group of up to 30 people. Activities can take place with multiple permitted groups, provided the groups are kept separate throughout the activity, and the event is organised in line with the organised events guidance for local authorities.
  • Indoors, people can take part in non-professional performing arts activities in a group of up to 6 people, or as a group of 2 households/bubbles. Activities. Activities can take place with multiple permitted groups, provided the groups are kept separate throughout the activity, and the event is organised in line with the organised events guidance for local authorities.
  • However, non-professional singing indoors should only take place in a single group of up to 6 people.
  • Activities should be organised to allow for social distancing to be maintained.

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

Classical Sheffield has written to Ministers and to MPs about the situation, pointing out that, since choirs were allowed to rehearse in groups of up to 30 last year, at a time when Covid incidence was high and the number of people vaccinated very low, and that this did not result in any upsurge in case numbers among choir members, it doesn't make sense to place more stringent restrictions on choirs now. A number of Trustees have written to their own MPs, and the Chair has sent a Press Release to local media outlets.

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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