Attending a rehearsal
Please note that attending in-person rehearsals is completely optional. You are not expected to attend if you or someone in your household is vulnerable and, of course, you must not attend if you have any symptoms of covid-19.
Rehearsals are at Dixons Cottingley, starting at 10:15. We are using the drama studio which, with 2m social distancing, will allow up to 24 players, plus conductor, so we will have wind and brass sections on alternate weeks (with keyboard and drum kit at all rehearsals). All players must register in advance for rehearsals for two reasons – firstly to manage numbers and secondly to enable us to contact you easily if someone reports covid-19 after a rehearsal. Please don’t register for a rehearsal unless you are reasonably sure that you can attend as you may block a space that someone else can use.
Please wear a face-covering (unless you are exempt) until you are seated and about to play (percussion and keyboard players will need to wear a face-covering throughout the rehearsal). From the entrance (after using the hand-sanitiser), go forwards towards the canteen. Turn right past our old rehearsal hall and the studio is further along on the right. If you have to queue to get in then please make sure that you are 2m from anyone who is not in your household.
Sanitised chairs will be set out in the room and labelled by instrument. Please do not move chairs or change from one chair to another. Instrument cases can be left just outside the room, at the bottom of some stairs. We are the only group in the school so your cases should be safe.
You can only attend a rehearsal if you have registered in advance and you will need to sign in when you arrive (bring a pen or pencil) when you will be asked these questions:
- Have you tested positive for covid-19 in the last 7 days?
- Are you waiting for a covid-19 test or the results?
- Do you have any of the following symptoms:
- New, continuous cough;
- High temperature or fever;
- Loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste?
- Do you live with someone who has either tested positive for covid-19 or had symptoms of covid-19 in the last 10 days?
Obviously, if the answer to any of those questions would be ‘yes’ then you MUST NOT attend the rehearsal!
You MUST bring
- Your own music stand
- Music (available on the ‘lockdown sectionals’ G-drive)
- Bell cover/moisture guard (can be home-made or purchased from https://www.moistureguard.co.uk/)
- Towel to catch drips (if the instrument will rest on the floor – even on a stand – the towel should be large enough that it is underneath the entire bell)
- And your instrument!
The rehearsal will start at 10:15, with a 30-minute break to air the room after the first 45 minutes, and then we will have a second set. At the break, and at the end of the rehearsal, players should leave the building promptly, remaining 2 metres apart at all times. Sorry, but you will not be able to stay indoors during the break and any social chat should take place out of doors. If you want refreshments during the break then you must bring your own (and your own mug).
We will have to be strict about making sure that only one person at a time uses the toilets. Don’t forget to wash and sanitise your hands after using the toilets.
Any player who tests positive for covid-19 within 10 days of attending a rehearsal should notify the band immediately.
We are sorry, but at the moment we think it is not feasible to start in-person rehearsals for Fresh Aire!.