Covid latest: UK tightens rules on singing

Covid latest: UK tightens rules on singing


norman lebrecht

January 12, 2021

The latest from the Church of England:

The Government has advised that:
Where singing or chanting is essential to an act of worship, this should be limited to one person wherever possible. Exceptionally, where it is essential to the service, up to three individuals should be permitted to do so. Strict social distancing should be observed and the use of Plexi-glass screens should be considered to protect worshippers, and each other.
Communal (congregational) singing should not take place. This applies even if social distancing is being observed or face coverings are used, indoors and outdoors.
It has been confirmed that this guidance applies both to professional and amateur choirs where a congregation is present.
Under the Performing Arts guidance professional groups may continue to rehearse and train, and perform for broadcast or recording purposes if a congregation is not present. In such cases the numbers or people involved should be kept as small as possible to minimise risks and participants should follow social distancing guidance.




  • Player says:

    Why three people, for goodness’ sake ? Doh, SATB?

  • Hayne says:

    Sorry, Britain,
    Look what may be planned for you…

    What will it take to finally say no?

  • Gary Freer says:

    What happened to the Declan Costello research?

    There was a full SATB choir singing ( nicely) at St Albans Abbey on Sunday morning.

  • Judith says:

    Government enforced segregation using masks and plexiglass is an affirmative action.

    Noncompliance should equal CANCELLATION!

  • Brian says:

    The people need to rise up and take back their country from the tyrants trying to seize power.

    • Arnolphe says:

      À la D. Trump? Joke, or conspiracy nonsense on steroids?

      • Hayne says:

        Any of you on the left are complete fools if you don’t think the coming tyranny won’t affect you.

        • William Safford says:

          The American right-wing attempt at tyranny has just started.

          The right-wing seditionists attempted to murder the entire Congress and the Vice-President on January 6th, in an attempt to overturn democracy and install the Orange Enemy of the People as dictator.

          Many have been arrested. Others will be arrested.

          The rest have not gone away. They will attempt insurrection again.

          Do you really defend insurrection and sedition? Do you defend an attempted coup? All in the name of your fact-free wingnut conspiracy theories?

          If you’re talking about the U.K., you have your own issues.

  • But I prefer 21st Evening... says:

    Just in time for the 15th evening… anybody know a good set of ATB chants?!