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  • Revised Covid safety arrangements
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 12 Sep 2020
    Hi everyone, as you know we were looking to get back together again to rehearse but then the rules changed. On the face of it we can't now plan to get together. BRO are members of making music and I received this from them the other day:

    The UK government has reduced the number of people being able to meet socially in a group to 6, from 14 September. However, there is still an open question as to whether music groups would be affected by this or not.

    Currently, the list of exemptions from this rule includes sports (indoor and outdoor) and youth activities, but not other community activities, such as music groups.

    We have been given to understand that the guidance will be updated by 14 September, so there is a small chance to influence it. 

    If you feel strongly that music groups should be exempt from the rule of 6, as exercise classes are, then you should write to your MP without delay asking that community arts/community music groups, organised by businesses and charitable organisations, in controlled settings should be exempt from the restrictions on social gatherings, in the same way that sporting and youth activities are.

    Here are some of the arguments you might wish to put forward:

    • Research has now been undertaken which shows that musical activities are no more dangerous than loud speaking in close proximity; effective mitigations are therefore now possible, in terms of ventilation, face coverings, rigorous 2m social distancing etc.
    • Musical group activity creates some of the same benefits as sporting activity does, e.g. on respiratory and immune systems, helping many people who cannot undertake other forms of exercise
    • The mental health benefits of group music activity are now proven beyond doubt and are crucial at this time when the nation is reeling from 6 months of pandemic and the prospect of renewed restrictions in the winter, combined with difficult economic prospects; restricting groups again right now would deal a further blow to the mental health of millions across the UK who participate in such activity
    • This is formal activity in strictly controlled settings, rigorously risk assessed by a committee of people or similar, or a business owner, responsible for the well-being of participants, undertaken only with risk mitigations in place and enforced

    An important note!

    It is entirely up to you if you get involved. We believe that it is important that groups are allowed the freedom to risk assess their own activity as it is so varied in terms of participants, settings etc. If you agree – even if your own group is not able or ready to meet in person! – then please do get involved: only voters can persuade their MP to take up an issue. We cannot do that on your behalf.

    We are working with Brass Bands England, Association of British Choral Directors, Singing Network UK and others on this.

    Please do share this email with anyone you think may find it of interest.

    Best of luck,

    Barbara Eifler, Chief Executive
    Making Music

    Anyone reading this is invited to write to their MP if you support the idea of music groups being subjeet to amended guidance. Thnaks to all for your support.
  • Carnival Job Opportunity
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 29 Aug 2020

    St Pauls Carnival CIC is pleased to announce it will be looking for a part-time curator for our upcoming Black History Month programme. This is a unique opportunity to create and deliver a bespoke digital programme, focussed on Black History and the community in the aftermath of the Colston Statue, and what it means for the wider city as a whole.

    We are looking for an emerging and exciting talent to bring together the diverse experiences of the city, to engage with and empower both young and old and create a programme that builds on the success of the Spirit Up! United At Home Digital Carnival. 

    This role is also funded by the United Communities & Solon Housing Community Fund. This fund has been vital for many of our partner agencies enabling them to better respond to our community during the initial stages of virus outbreak. This award helps SPC to continue our community outreach and work with artists.

    Closing date is September 4th. Interviews w/c 7th September

  • Sponsorship opportunity
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 7 Aug 2020
    We are looking to comission an arrangement for the Orchestra of the reggae classic You Don't Love Me (No, No, No).
    We been offerred a special  deal at £500 for the arrangement for full orchestra by a professional arranger. If you or anyone you know can help with this please visit our sponsorship page.
    For an idea of what we're looking to achieve, watch Jazz Jamaica kill it!!
    YouTube Video URL:
  • Summer Sounds
  •  Date Posted: Sat, 1 Aug 2020
    We're really pleased to anounce that our site is now fully open to all with opportunities for you to keep up-to-date with developments in the Orchestra, buy music downloads ad donate funds to help us through this difficult period. We are looking to re-start rehearsals some time this autumn and we have some gigs planned for next year so please keep an eye on our events page and bookmark the site. And check out our first go at remote video tracking!
    YouTube Video URL:
  • Our Tribute to Junior
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 17 Apr 2020
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  • Junior Hines
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 15 Apr 2020
    Junior Hines
    It is with great sadness and sense of profound loss that we record the death of our dear friend and founder member Adolph "Junior" Hines who battled long and hard against Covid-19 but who succumbed on 14th April. Our thoughts go to his family and many friends in music here and in Jamaica. Our thanks go to his dedicated care team in the hospital who worked so hard on his behalf. He was a co-creator of Peace which we play regularly and which will always remind us of his contribution to our music and which you can listen to on our Soundcloud link. Rest in perfect peace Junior.
  • Covid-19 update
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2020
    Hi everybody. You won't be surprised to know that we have had to stop all rehearsals and cancel all planned perfromances during the current emergency.
    Orchestra members will be working hard on individual practice and working remotely to be sure we will be able to re-start in full voice as soon as we can.
    Please give some thought and support (including financial where you can) to all workers in the creative arts sector whose careers and enterprises are on hold indefinitely. Stay strong!!
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