COVID - 19 Rehearsals
We are excited to report that since 26th September we have been able to rehearse in the Weald Hall, Uckfield Civic Centre. Numbers are a little reduced not because of lack of space, but rather because several members have reluctantly stayed away for the moment due to shielding etc. However this has given us a chance to welcome some new members to help fill gaps.
It has required a large amount of work for both ourselves and the venue staff who have been very keen to try and assist us. We have prepared our own risk assessment in conjunction with that provided by the Civic Centre. It covers all of the factors which have enabled us to prepare the Protocol (see below) in order to meet the Government Guidelines for those (particularly amateur groups) involved in performing arts.The Risk Assessment can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here: Risk Assessment.
We have made full use of the valuable guidance provided by Making Music which is a national not for profit organisation providing support for music leisure groups across the country. For more information about Making Music - and particularly so in relation to the Covid Guidance - click the active link "Making Music" above
In addition we have prepared a Pre Rehearsal Questionnaire of the type widely used in other scenarios to ensure that the necessary inquiries have been made of all those attending rehearsals. Players sign a copy which is delivered to our committee when they first attend at the start of each term, and thereafter are asked whether there are any changes to their declaration on each attendance.
That questionnaire can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here: Questionnaire
We have also prepared a comprehensive Rehearsal Protocol with which every player has been invited to comply in order to ensure that the Civic Centre can continue to be a Covid Secure environment. A part of that protocol requires players to sit in appropriately separated and designated seats to meet the requirements of social distancing and to aid "Test & Trace".
That Protocol can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here: Protocol
Sadly the November lockdown has put an end to all of that - at least for a month - but we keep our fingers crossed, and whatever else is the case, we are geared up ready to restart as soon as we are permitted to do so!
We are pleased to announce that as of 2nd December, we are able to restart rehearsals each Saturday in December until Christmas. In addition to Beethoven's 6th Symphony and Haydn's Drum Roll Symphony, which we were working on in September, we will be taking a look at works by Mendelssohn - his Scottish Symphony, the Symphony in D by Vorisek, Bartok's Rumanian Dances and two Christmas related works by Coleridge-Taylor. Plenty for everyone to get their teeth into!
Summer 2021 - Update - 5-5-2021
Due to matters arising as a result of our Registration as a Charity and in connection with our (in due course successful) claim for Gift Aid, a number of Serious Incidents fell to be reported to the Charity Commission by the Trustees. These included the resignation of four of the original 7 Trustees.
A failure to resolve the differences of opinion between two factions within the Orchestra have - in part - necessitated the placing of the orchestra into (in effect) suspended animation through the summer of 2021.
All requests made by the present committee for the resigning Trustees to agree to Mediation have been rejected out of hand.