August 14th 2020:
The full committee met yesterday evening, 18th August, conforming to social distancing measures. We met to discuss how we progress with the next Music Society season due to start in October.
After much discussion, and deliberation of all the issues around safely putting on concerts in the Town Hall, with heavy hearts, we agreed (unanimously) to cancel the concerts due in October, November and December this year. Consequently, we hope our next concert will be on February 9th 2021 and will feature Leo Popplewell, a cellist supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
Our Honorary Secretary has already been in touch with the artists, so this decision will not be a surprise to them. Sadly, many of their planned concerts had already been cancelled. The December concert was to feature Ebonit Saxaphone Quartet, from Holland who had a tour of the UK planned, including Chipping Sodbury. Ebonit contacted Deb last week to inform us that they were sadly cancelling our concert, as all the other venues of their UK tour had cancelled them already.
The Committee were reluctant to cancel these concerts acknowledging how important it is for these artists to perform after months of no live performances. However, we felt that continuing uncertainty regarding the future of the Covid 19 pandemic and leading into the winter months we took the difficult decision.
The committee agreed to meet again in November this year to review the situation and hope that we will be able to put on the remaining concerts from February onwards, possibly adding an extra concert in June 2021.
See details of our 2020-21 Season
Any further changes will be updated here.
Thank you and continue to stay safe.
Chair, Chipping Sodbury Music Society