We have been continually liaising with Government departments and Health advisors regarding Covid-19. While there is optimism that Omicron could be the beginning of the end for the virus, many experts are still worried about a possible Covid “curved ball” and so it’s been more difficult than ever to get concrete advice and make plans.
At CBOI & Peace Proms we believe that singing and performing, and having something to work towards and look forward to are critical for the well-being of children and school communities especially at this time. We firmly intend to make Peace Proms happen but in the interest of safety, it is necessary to reschedule all concerts. It is envisaged that concerts will take place between April and May. We are currently working with all our venues to this end and will bring you our new plan and revised dates asap. In the meantime, all schools should now have full access to our choir pack including music and lyric sheets, rehearsal tracks and choreography videos; and we hope that you have found ways to safely rehearse.
While we put new plans in place, please note the following:
- No concerts will take place in January or February 2022.
- Concert dates are being pushed back to late April / May / early June. (Concerts in March will be considered if they can be staged safely and if no other option is available at a particular venue)
- The number of concerts may be reduced.
- Some concerts will be moved to smaller venues to reduce choir and audience size
- Concerts in some venues may be shortened to 1 hour in which case choir programmes will be shortened.
- The pre-concert choir rehearsal will not take place, allowing for shorter time in the performance venue.
- Depending on guidance at the time of performance:
- 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
- If venues cannot accommodate a change in date (e.g. WIT is currently a vaccination centre may not have availability before the end of the school year), schools in these areas will be invited to take part in a live concert via video link (Zoom). These choirs will be projected onto a vast video wall and the performance will be streamed live. Choirs performing via zoom will be participating fully in the performance albeit from a distance. Parents will be able to watch the full live streamed performance from home.
- If choirs cannot be accommodated because of smaller venue size, these schools will also be invited to take part in a live concert via video link.
PLEASE NOTE: The safety and well-being of our Peace Proms community and all our school choirs is our priority. We will only proceed with concerts if legislation allows; if public health guidelines clearly indicate that it is safe to do so; if additional safety measures necessary for choirs are not cost prohibitive or logistically unmanageable; if we can accommodate all schools in live or virtual performances and if live performances can operate at full capacity.