We're delighted that in-person rehearsals will now be starting at the beginning of the Autumn term. With a big concert planned for March 2022 and a Family Christmas Concert for 18 December 2021, we plan to use the first few weeks bringing our somewhat rusty voices back to life and just enjoying singing together, in person, once again. Working on carols and Christmas music should be a big help for bringing us back to good voice!
For anyone new to Sussex Chorus, you can find much more information about singing with us on the Membership page, but this is the information everyone will need to know:
Rehearsals will be at the usual venue, St Paul's Catholic College, Jane Murray Way, Burgess Hill, RH15 8GA, will start promptly at 7.15 and finish at 9.15pm. We rehearse in the large, well-ventilated main hall and a full Covid-related risk assessment will be carried out, procedures put in place and clear guidance issued to singers before we start (see below).
Our new Director of Music, Stephen Anthony Brown will be leading us with Jeremy Weaver accompanying on piano. More about both Stephen and Jeremy here.
Celebration concert postponed due to Covid restrictions
It is with great sadness that we have had to postpone our concert planned for Saturday 18 September. Billed as our very special, Centenary Celebration Concert, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this as the later than expeccted lifting of pandemic restrictions - and particularly challenging rules around amateur music groups rehearsing - have made it impossible for the choir to be performance-ready in time.
However, we refuse to be defeated! So now plan to make 2022 our celebratory year - the first year of our next 100 years! We look forward very much to celebrating with you and once again bringing you great music throughout next year.
Covid secure rehearsals
While many regulations have eased, we are still mindful of the need to plan a secure environent for our members before rehearsals commence. Sussex Chorus committee will be undertaking a comprehensive risk assessment and putting in place strong risk mitigation measures. Clear guidance that reflects these measures will be shared with choir members before rehearsals start.
We monitor and respond to all relevant announcements and updates from government and, as members of national organisation Making Music, we are able to follow their regularly updated information and work with their resources which are designed specifically for amateur music groups.