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September 2020 – COVID & Choirs…

by Dr Andrew Padmore BEM

by Dr Andrew Padmore BEM

Choral and Orchestral Conductor | Accompanist | Singing Tutor | Examiner | Adjudicator

The disruption of choral activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic could have serious consequences in an important part of the arts industry.   It is feared that many singers will just not return to an activity which had been a long-term highlight in their week.

However, with vision and a willingness to adapt to different ways of working, I see reason for real optimism.

Several Choral Societies have been meeting via ZOOM and/or rehearsing ‘on line’ in various formats. This has supported  a sense of togetherness of the ‘choir family’, as well as preparing new and revising existing repertoire, whilst maintaining vocal health and technique.

I have been engaged as a Consultant to choirs to help them prepare for their ‘new life’ when large groups of singers are allowed to resume activity.   As I leave Harrogate Choral Society in December, I will have more time to work with other choirs who have been seeking my assistance.

 

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