Staying connected during COVID-19 Latest update 22nd July 2020 During this time, many of our clubs are turning to online video conferencing platforms to conduct their business whilst we practice social distancing. For a lot of our clubs, this is unchartered territory and can be quite confusing and daunting! In order to assist our members in trying online video conferencing, we have prepared a pack, which includes guidance on running meetings, running rehearsals, and other things to consider. Please click here to download the document - we hope it is of use to some of you! We are all looking forward to the day where we can sing together on the risers again. For more information on the current situation and regular updates please see the below links: UK Government information - updated daily at 2pm NHS UK information on coronavirus Scottish Government on coronavirus Public Health Agency Northern Ireland Public Health Wales statement World Health Organisation (WHO) Very useful and reliable statistics from official government agencies around the world, including WHO UK Government Update on Places of Worship (some information on singing) Further information and support on what we can do at this time is constantly coming in. Click on the links below to get some more ideas on what other choirs are doing to stay connected, further information and research. BHS Webinar - What We Can Do BHS Webinar - Where We Are and What Comes Next Making Music Resources ABCD Resources Kathleen Hansen Notes Compilation European Choral Association Notes Compilation NFHS Coalition Saving Our Nations Choirs and Choruses Making Music Giving Voice Making Music Submission to DCMS Prime Minister Statement to Parliament 23rd June 2020 Singing Network UK Statement Oliver Dowden Choirs Letter Interim Guidance for BHS (please note this is US based and not for UK) 5 Stage Road Map for Return of Performing Arts Guardian Article: Online choirs are thriving PLG Musical Services article on Best Zoom Practice Response from Scotland re Making Music Letter to UKGov Response from UKGov re Making Music Letter Department for Education: Guidance for full opening - schools. Please note in particular Section 3 Specific Points for Key Stages 4 and 5 Safer Singing During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic: What We Know and What We Don't News Update 9th July 2020 Outside Performances News Update 9th July 2020 Further Updates 9th July 2020 UK Gov Update 9th July 2020 Performing Arts - Working Safely 9th July 2020. Please note in particular Section 4 Specific Points for Singing What’s On Stage Update 9th July 2020 Making Music Letter to Oliver Dowden re Professional and Amateur Musicians Making Music #BringBackMyChoir and #BringBackMyBand Video ABCD Resources for Musicians Sing Into The Funnel Please, Guardian Article Zoom Rehearsal Ideas Making Music are asking for help with research into safe choir return. Click here to complete the survey. Remember BABS are here to help! Members of the Board are available to help you by visiting your zoom rehearsals or in any other way so please do contact us if we can be of assistance.