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 on 20th November is reproduced below.
I last wrote to everyone on 4th July regarding plans for the 2020-21 season. Since then we have continued to monitor developments in the Covid-19 situation closely and continue to do so. With ever changing government guidelines and circumstances and with the arrival of the previously anticipated second “spike” of cases and the current lockdown, the committee has had to make decisions on the best way forward regarding the remainder of the season. Safeguarding the wellbeing of both audience and of performers remains of paramount importance and, accordingly, I have held discussions with all of the pianists scheduled to appear between January and March 2021 and have agreed postponement with all of them.
You will notice that I have said “postponement” rather than “cancellation”. This is because we have agreed to rearrange the recitals in the period April–June 2021. Dates for your diaries, therefore, are Antonina Suhanova (18 April), Mei Yi Foo (9 May), George Harliono (23 May) and Steven Osborne (from the previous season) on 20 June.
It is hoped that by these dates regulations on the scale of social gatherings and social distancing may have been relaxed. However, at this point in time, until there is certainty, I cannot say whether we will host full scale events or recitals with limited seating. I will, of course, provide updates as soon as there are developments.
Circumstances this year prevented the holding of our AGM at the October recital. The papers for this - Minutes of the 2019 AGM, the chairman’s Annual Report for 2019-20 and accounts for the year ending April 30th 2020 - are all complete and if anyone would like a copy, please let me know and an AGM can be recorded through email correspondence.
Darlington Piano Society
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