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New research paper examines Covid-19’s impact on UK choral activity

A research paper, which has just been published by the Association of British Choral Directors (abcd), will no doubt be of great interest for all involved in the choral world across the UK.

The paper, prepared Professor Martin Ashley, abcd Trustee and Editor-in-Chief of the organisation’s new publication, Choral Directions Research Journal, sets out to produce a useful survey of research into the current thinking about how choirs and conductors might resume rehearsing and performing at some point in the future.

Conclusions from the research paper can be seen here, and abcd recommends that it be read in conjunction with the full paper, which is available to download here.

The organisation stresses that this is not intended as definitive advice; it is simply presenting the current scientific thinking and examples of practice elsewhere, but circumstances inevitably differ. If and when the UK Government guidance relating to gatherings of people permits the resumption of choral activities, it will be for individual choirs and conductors make their own risk assessment, based on the scientific advice, according to circumstance.