Welcome back, and I wish you the very best for 2021, certainly better than 2020.
We will be commencing our usual Zoom rehearsals tomorrow evening.
The rehearsal schedule is available at https://solentconcertorchestra.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/2020-11-15-Virtual-Rehearsal-Schedule.pdf
and shows that tomorrow (7/1/21) we rehearse Beethoven Symphony no3 Mvt 1 which can be downloaded from IMSLP location (use Breitkopf ed): https://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.3,_Op.55_(Beethov en,_Ludwig_van)
And listened to on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nbGV-MVfgec
Instructions for joining are as ever, to quote from our newsletters:
Accessing Zoom rehearsals and August socials – Details of how to attend our Virtual Rehearsals and also the August socials, can be found on the Members’ Page of the website. To join, either click on the link just below (quick and easy), or, if you are registered with zoom, you may wish to use the meeting ID and password: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83935792870?pwd=K3JrVGVCYnkwWUNZeU80b1lyakE4Zz09
Meeting ID: 839 3579 2870
As we prepare for upcoming rehearsals, the website will contain information on the rehearsal schedule on the member’s page.
Please keep the zoom access instructions and website info for downloading music and the rehearsal schedule, to avoid me responding to requests from individuals to repeat the information.
We do not have plans to resume our Colbury rehearsals but will keep you informed, as we see how the national and local situations, and lockdown, develop. We are entering what is undoubtedly the most hazardous part of the pandemic*, so please hunker down and keep safe for another 3-4 months until we have vaccinations in the arms of enough people. Even when you have had your vaccination, in my opinion it will be vital to continue to use masks and distancing until enough people have been vaccinated, because (until we get evidence to the contrary) we must assume that a vaccinated person can still spread the virus to someone else (which would be entirely expected for most viruses). It may be national guidance will show we are lucky enough to avoid this when the data come in, but I doubt it.
* Data up to 31 December for Southampton shows that in the preceding 7 days, there was an increase of 631 cases, making the total 1486. Doubling in around a week is a serious situation, and likely to get worse. The 7 day infection rate per 100,000 people for Southampton as of 31 Dec 2020 is 588.5 and increasing, which is not atypical of the South-East rate (650.5).