A UK-wide Coordinated Approach to Preparing for a Safe Re-starting of Choral Activity

RSCM is a member of Singing Network UK, which is chaired by Making Music.

With 27 other organisations in the UK involved in singing and choirs, we have submitted representations to the Government on preparing for a safe re-starting of choral activity.

Choral singing has a very significant positive effect on the mental well-being of the millions of people who participate in it; and it additionally has a wider benefit to the economy as a whole.

We agree what is needed:

  • A UK-wide coordinated approach
  • Clear guidance which can be practically implemented in a variety of circumstances (one-to-one/group teaching, church choirs, choral societies, youth groups), in schools, professional and amateur settings
  • A differentiated approach to rehearsals, teaching and public performances
  • Research to establish more conclusively the aerosol transmission risks for Covid-19 when groups sing in enclosed spaces
  • Support for venues and spaces, from schools to community halls, churches to arts centres, so that they are able to open again
  • Support for professional musicians (conductors, accompanists, music creators, teachers etc.) crucial to the return (and flourishing) of singing
  • Roll-out of broadband and digital training for all, so there is no-one left behind in a world which will remain at least partially online for a while

As part of Singing Network UK, we have pledged to advocate for the safe return of group singing with the UK Government and the devolved administrations, emphasising the messages listed above.

We will inform and update members as soon as any guidance or advice has been received.