As the country emerges from the lockdown necessitated by the spread of the Covid-19 virus, we continue to monitor government guidelines about "gatherings" in the hope that we can firm up our plans for the future.
We will update members here, on our Facebook page, and by email.
Our most recent email to members is reproduced below.
Email from the Chairman, Greg Johnson (July 4th 2020):
Time, I feel, to break the silence about plans for the 2020-21 season. As you might imagine we have been monitoring developments in the Covid-19 situation closely and continue to do so. With ever changing government guidelines and circumstances and with fears of a second “spike” of Covid-19 cases, it is impossible to predict when it will be judged safe to gather in numbers again, whilst maintaining social distancing (of whatever degree). The demographic of our audiences is such that many of us are regarded as vulnerable because of age or underlying health conditions and safeguarding our wellbeing is of paramount importance.
For these reasons, we have taken the decision to cancel the recitals scheduled before Christmas. This is unfortunate in what is our 25th season. You may have seen from our (premature!) publicity on programmes last season that the 2018 Leeds competition winner, Eric Lu, was to open the season and this recital is now being rescheduled for our 2021-22 season.
However, we are considering a provisional option of holding recitals from January onwards and adding one or two extra recitals to the season. Those already planned are by Antonina Suhanova (17 January 2021), Mei Yi Foo (21 February) and George Harliono (21 March). The re-scheduling of the cancelled Steven Osborne recital from last season is being discussed with his agent and this may take place in March 2021. The season could be extended into April and possibly beyond, depending on circumstances.
All of this is, of course, dependent upon future circumstances and will occur only when it is possible to guarantee the safety and wellbeing of all involved, so I will keep you informed as matters progress. In the event that circumstances do not improve, we will undoubtedly cancel these proposals and plan to come back with a very strong 2021-22 season.
Darlington Piano Society
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