The safety and well-being of our Peace Proms community and all our school choirs is our priority. With this in mind, because of the high incidence of Covid-19 amoung school children and their parents, amid growing concern about the new Covid variant, and in light of most recent Government and Health guidance it is necessary to move our choir workshops online.
CHOIR WORKSHOP FORMAT
- The workshop will be delivered live via Zoom (or similar) by conductor Greg Beardsell.
- One workshop will be given in mid-January on a school day (date to be confirmed)
- Greg will work through the choir programme, including choreography as usually with a live choir and will interact with school choir groups via Zoom. Teachers will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions.
- Schools will be sent a link for the workshop where they can register in advance.
PEACE PROMS 2022 CONCERTS
PLEASE NOTE: We have suspended the release of tickets until we have some clarity and certainty. We are currently liaising with all our venues as well as Government Departments and doing everything possible to ensure concerts can go ahead as planned however, the high incidence of Covid-19 amoung school children and their parents and the new Covid-19 variant are causing concern and in the interest of safety we will only proceed with concerts if legislation allows; if public health guidelines clearly indicates that it is safe to do so; if additional safety measures necessary for choirs are not cost prohibitive or logistically unmanageable; if we have adequate uptake from schools; and if we can operate at full capacity.
The following safety measures are currently being considered:
- Concert dates may be pushed back in April / May if necessary
- Concerts may be moved to smaller venues to reduce choir and audience size
- Concerts may be shortened to 1 hour in which case the choir programme will be shortened
- Choir blocks may be subdivided into pods
- The pre-concert rehearsal may not take place, allowing for shorter time in the performance venue. This will also allow stringent cleaning in between performances
- Schools may be required to ensure that children aged 8 to 14yrs take a lateral flow test prior to and on the day of the concert. Schools may be required to organise and monitor this with parents. This may also be a requirement for Teachers / Chaperones.
- Choirs may be asked to wear masks when singing or only when not singing (except those exempt)
- Choirs may be socially distanced however we are hoping that this will not be necessary
The following safety measures will be in place at all venues:
- All venues will be well ventilated and have put rigorous hygiene and cleaning procedures in place including installing hand sanitisers at all entrances. Specific entry requirements will be implemented by venues depending on jurisdiction, legislation and public health guidance at the time of the performance
- CBOI & Peace Proms will hold a record of each child and Teacher / Chaperone registered to attend concerts so they can be contacted if needed for Track and Trace
- Teachers / Chaperones are subject to venue entry requirements.
- School groups will be assigned to a block and on the day of the concert we will fill the blocks from the bottom up on a first come first served basis.
- Risk assessments will be carried out at all venues prior to concerts.
We are very grateful to all our schools who have completed their full application and hope that you have found ways to safely rehearse and learn the choir materials. At best we will be able to perform live again; at worst, schools have full access to our exceptional choral education and performance pack and children can enjoy singing again. At CBOI & Peace Proms we believe this is critical for the well-being of children and school communities.
VENUE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS – NI, UK and IRE
- All venues are currently operating at full audience capacity.
- In line with government advice in the U.K and N.I, we recommend that anyone taking part in, or attending our events should take a rapid COVID-19 test (Lateral Flow Test) before they attend the event, and on days two and eight after the event. In the absence of similar advice from the Government of Ireland, we also recommend that those taking part in or attending our events in Ireland take a rapid COVID-19 test (Lateral Flow Test) before they attend, and on days two and eight after the event
- Anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 should not attend the event.
- U18s attending our events are not required to show Covid-19 certification however, children aged 8yrs and over are encouraged to take a lateral flow test prior to the event where possible.
Venue entry requirements for over 18s: All event related Staff, Ticket holders, Teachers / Chaperones and Performers should be prepared to show one of the following:
- Proof of full vaccination – both doses received (with the second at least 14 days prior to the event) or
- Proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test taken no more than 48 hours prior to the event start time or
- Proof of natural Covid-19 antibodies based upon a positive NHS PCR test within 180 days of the event (including 10 days self-isolation following the result)
Face Coverings: Face coverings are mandatory for over 18’s and should be worn on arrival and throughout the event unless you are eating / drinking or exempt. We also recommend face coverings for anyone 11yrs and over.
Venue entry requirements for over 18s: All event related Staff, Ticket holders, Teachers / Chaperones and Performers) should be prepared to show one of the following:
- A valid NHS Covid pass via the NHS App or an NHS COVID Pass letter (available by phoning 119 and selecting “NHS COVID Pass Service” or
- Text or Email proof of a negative lateral flow or PCR test result (within the last 48 hours); or
- Proof that you have been double vaccinated and at least 14 days have passed since the date of your last vaccination by presenting a Covid Vaccination Card or any overseas proof of vaccination status; or
- Text or email proof that you have previously had Covid -19 within 180 days of arrival for the event (and after the 10-day self-isolation period following the result).
Face Coverings: It is not mandatory to wear face coverings at events however everyone over 11yrs is encouraged you to wear face coverings in shared space including the concourse, toilets and queuing areas. We also recommend face coverings for anyone 11yrs and over throughout the concert.
Venue entry requirements for over 18s: All event related Staff, Ticket holders, Teachers / Chaperones and Performers should be prepared to show Proof of immunity and Photo ID. The following are acceptable proof of immunity:
- Digital COVID Certificate (DCC)
- A HSE vaccination card or international equivalent.
Face Coverings: Face coverings are mandatory for 18s while entering and exiting the venue, and in shared spaces including the concourse, toilets and queuing areas. Even though not mandatory, we also recommend face coverings be worn by everyone 11yrs and over in common spaces and throughout the concert. Exceptions to mask wearing include those who are unable to wear them because of a physical or mental illness or disability.
**All of the above is subject to change.**Safety measures at all of our venues can be viewed at the links below