Xmas 2020 reflections

Our compilation of seasonal images and happier times singing together replaces what would usually flag up our upcoming concert. Not so, at least not in person, a YouTube virtual offering is in hand and Live streaming is on the cards for 2021.

What a year for NCS and so many other choirs! We were thrilled to resume live rehearsals in September and managed 7 sessions in accordance with the Government guidance, before restrictions set in and we reverted to weekly Zoom sessions. Nothing can compare to singing alongside others, even whilst wearing a face covering, so we hope for better things in 2021.

In the meantime NCS wishes our supporters as good a Festive time as is possible. Keep safe and we hope to see you in 2021.

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‘Not so’ Normal Service has resumed!

Good news! WE ARE BACK! NCS started their 2020-21 rehearsals on 14th September, only one week behind the normal start date. Given the amount of time spent keeping up with Government and DCMS guidance, supported all the way by the amazing team at Making Music, lobbying our MPs to lend weight to the argument for resuming amateur music making, preparing risk assessments to accord with those of our Covid Secure rehearsal venue, etc, that’s a good effort. But of course, local restrictions and ever changing guidance meant we moved two steps forward and one back, bit like the Hokey Cokey!

Canvassing our members too, to see who was ready to start the new season, Yes, No, Maybe Later. Understandably, some were wary of starting back straight away but thankfully we got enough ‘Yes’s’ to take up the much reduced seating capacity at our rehearsal venue, due to social distancing measures. Less than half the full NCS contingent ,but what we lack in numbers, we make up for in resolve to keep on singing and to adapt to the new ‘normal’.

We are feeling our way at the minute, getting used to singing wearing a face covering as is required now. Definitely a different experience sitting so far apart, warmly wrapped up as the requirements are for well ventilated spaces, and the rehearsal time reduced by half to meet current recommendations. However as a number of the YES’s have said ‘It is so wonderful to be meeting and singing together’,..’Came away the last time revived and refreshed, it was so good – thank you to everyone.

You can view our Newcastle Choral Society Risk Assessment here

What’s on the Horizon?

Blended rehearsals, live streaming, Zoom sessions and believe it or not, we are recruiting! Please contact enquiries@newcastlechoralsociety.org.uk

Can this be real?

Rehearsal Nr 1

Masks ahoy!

Rehearsal Nr 2

Not the usual garb for a Musical Director!

Not quite the usual outfit for our Musical Director

Rehearsal Nr 2

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