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Newark Choral Society will not resume rehearsals in September

The chairman of Newark Choral Society says he is bitterly disappointed that the choir will not be resuming rehearsals in September, or having a concert in November.

Michael Wilson said: “The committee had a virtual meeting and very quickly came to the decision not to even attempt to restart in September following the latest advice about indoor gatherings and use of facilities.

“The biggest concern was around the research or rather lack of research into how singing could spread the virus through the aerosol droplets being produced by our voices.

“If singing is such a risk, it is very disappointing that the government is only now researching risks linked to it.

“The benefits of singing are well known, so without choirs to attend the welfare of many people will suffer.

“I hope that Newark Choral Society will be able to restart rehearsals in January but that is dependent upon government advice along with that from organisations like Making Music and the Royal School of Church Music.”

Mr Wilson said he was bitterly disappointed that the society would not be starting to sing again, but that the the welfare of members and audiences was paramount.

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