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.