Great news! Live rehearsal Sunday 20 September, Long Ashton Main Village Hall

Great news. We can have a live Brigstowe Village Band rehearsal led by Laurel on Sunday 20 September, Main Village Hall, Long Ashton Community Centre from 2 – 4.15pm.

Laurel will bring her computer to the rehearsal so anyone who would rather take part from home can connect with us via Zoom. (Fingers crossed the technology works smoothly).

Laurel has put the list of tunes to be played in ‘Rehearsal Plans’

The government guidance for England has been amended:

Last updated 17 September 2020

On the 17 September, the DCMS published guidance that confirmed amateur choirs and groups can go ahead, alongside ‘rule of six’ regulations, as long as they are ‘in line with the performing arts guidance and if they can do so in a way that ensures that there is no interaction between groups of more than 6 at any time.’

The advice states: ‘If an amateur group is not able to ensure that no mingling takes place between these sub-groups of no more than 6 (including when arriving at or leaving activity or in any breaks or socialising) then such non-professional activity should not take place.’

This advice follows confusion after government guidance published by Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities suggested that amateur music groups wouldn’t be able to meet, contrary to earlier DCMS advice saying it would be possible.

Long Ashton Village Hall is permitted to hold 26 people under COVID regulations. There are over 30 of us in Brigstowe Village Band. We are hoping that everyone who wants to will be able to attend the rehearsal. It would be helpful if you could email Fritjof at BVB.committee@gmail.com  if you are definitely not able to attend.

Please, please read the Covid secure procedures for the rehearsal – we MUST adhere to the regulations:

Brigstowe Village Band – Covid secure rehearsal procedures 

Brigstowe Village Band – Covid secure rehearsal procedures:

Detail for proposed rehearsal at Long Ashton Community Association ( LACA) Village Hall on Sunday September 20th . Note we are booking the Village Hall rather then the Jubilee Hall which is bigger (and more expensive ) to allow greater opportunity for social distancing

Context 

Long Ashton Community Association ( LACA) has a new centre manager, responsible among other things for Covid, as well as a new administrator . They have put careful measures into place including the use of a sterilising ‘fogging’ prior and after the hall is used but want to emphasise that everyone is learning at this early stage of returning to using the hall. There is an isolation room if someone is taken ill and a member of staff to manage an emergency.

LACA are permitted to take 24 people in the hall and two people on the stage. They will provide chairs which will be wiped down by members after use.

The room needs to be kept ventilated so windows, front and side doors will be kept open – bring a sweater of it is cold

Attendance 

LACA need to know who has attended rehearsals for track and trace purposes.

Consequently you will be asked to sign in on arrival – BVB have e-mail and telephone numbers

The list is held for 21days by Brigstowe Village Band and data protection is observed

 

Arrival

We must avoid mingling

Please do not mingle in the carpark – come straight into the hall through your allocated entrance (see below) and take your seat.

The customary precautions have been taken. Hand sanitizers/ wipes are provided.

Lynn and I suggest that we operate a split arrival largely through the ‘pinch points ‘ of the front and side entrances one at a time so that members can operate a one way system and take up their places without pushing past each other .

Drums ,brass , bassoon and chords enter from the side front entrance( facing towards the larger main car park ) and seat themselves at the far end of the hall

Boxes, wind, fiddles enter through the main front entrance( facing towards the side car park )

Bags, cases and coats on the tables provided. There should be a ‘walkway ‘ around the band.

Laurel will be standing far back at the hatch with a space between herself and the front row of players. There is a microphone available for use.

When everyone has arrived and sat down we will all be allocated a group of 6 or less people. We must not mingle with anyone not in our group at any time during the rehearsal, break time or when leaving.

 

Seating 

Chairs will be placed on the marked spots on the floor and at 2 metres distant.

Playing 

Players who can may choose to wear masks. Flute players should, if possible, drop back into the walkway to allow greater distance. No singing.

Toilet

One loo, off the main hall. There are vacant engaged signs on the door. We should go for staggered loo breaks

Refreshments and break time 

If the weather permits members will be asked to take their break outside  – staying within their allocated group of 6 and observing social distancing.

Members must bring their own refreshments , and take away anything they bring. There are bins provided but they are largely for PPE – the kitchen will not be available

Moving around 

Social distance – must be observed and where possible a one way system.

 

Exit 

A staggered exit – again note the pinch points, through the same exits through which you entered.

We must not ‘mingle’  so staying within the same group of six keeps us within the regulations .

 

LN/ LJ Sept 2020 updated Sept 17th

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Next BVB rehearsal Sunday 20 September

The next BVB rehearsal is on Sunday 20 September.

We had been hoping this could be a real life rehearsal, but with the change in regulations to the ‘Rule of 6’ it looks like it will have to be another zoom rehearsal.

Should there be any change to this so that we are able to meet in person at Long Ashton, we will let you know by 6pm on Friday 18 September.

Subs are now due. Many thanks to those who have already paid for this term . Your continued support is much appreciated and means we can continue to pay Laurel. Band finance and subs will be reviewed after Christmas.

Liz and Lyn have been working hard on risk assessments and have produced a document of Covid – secure rehearsal procedures – so we are ready to resume rehearsal at Long Ashton when possible:

Brigstowe Village Band – Covid secure rehearsal procedures

Detail for proposed rehearsal at Long Ashton Community Association ( LACA) Village Hall on Sunday September 20th . Note we are booking the Village Hall rather then the Jubilee Hall which is bigger ( and more expensive ) to allow greater opportunity for social distancing

Context

Long Ashton Community Association ( LACA) has a new centre manager, responsible among other things for Covid, as well as a new administrator . They have put careful measures into placeincluding the use of a sterilising ‘fogging’ prior and after the hall is used but want to emphasise that everyone is learning at this early stage of returning to using the hall. There is an isolation room if someone is taken ill and a member of staff to manage an emergency.

LACA are permitted to take 24 people in the hall and two people on the stage. They will provide chairs which will be wiped down by members after use.

The room needs to be kept ventilated so windows, front and side doors will be kept open – bring a sweater of it is cold

Attendance LACA need to know who has attended rehearsals for track and trace purposes.

Consequently we will ‘check members in ‘ during the break name against email and phone number and we will need a register for this .

The list is held for 21days by Brigstowe and data protection observed

Arrival The customary precautions have been taken. Hand sanitizers/ wipes are provided.

Lynn and I suggest that we operate a split arrival largely through the ‘pinch points ‘ of the front and side entrances one at a time , so that members can operate a one way system and take up their places without pushing past each other

Drums ,brass , bassoon and chords enter from the side front entrance ( facing towards the larger main car park ) and seat themselves at the far end of the hall

oxes, wind, fiddles enter through the main front entrance ( facing towards the side car park )

Bags, cases and coats on the tables provided There should be a ‘walkway ‘ around the band .

Laurel will be standing far back at the hatch with a space between herself and the front row of players. There is a microphone available for use.

Seating Chairs will be placed on the marked spots on the floor and at 2 metres distant .

Playing Players who can may choose to wear masks. Flute players should, if possible, drop back into the walkway to allow greater distance. No singing

Toilet One loo, off the main hall. There are vacant engaged signs on the door. We should go for staggered loo breaks

Refreshments and break time

If the weather permits members will be asked to take their break outside

Members must bring their own refreshments , and take away anything they bring . There are bins provided but they are largely for PPE – the kitchen will not be available

Moving around Social distance – must be observed and where possible a one way system

Exit A staggered exit – again note the pinch points, through the same exits through which you entered.

LN/ LJ Sept 2020

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Rehearsal plans for September, October and November

Brigstowe Village Band ; Plans for August/ September/ October

Dear Brigstowers

Even though the next months look uncertain steerers have made plans for  August/ September /Oct ; if necessary we will be prepared to amend/ cancel .

With optimistic spirit, we hope to run an ‘out of doors’ socially distanced rehearsal in line with regulations at the time.

For the rehearsal to take place  we need:

  1. government regulations for amateur musicians to have been relaxed
  2. decent weather

Sunday August 23rd rehearsal. Long Ashton tarmac area between the Youth Hall and Main Village Hall.: NB Changed date due to caretaker availability at Long Ashton

Lyn, Chris , and Liz  will be there  from 1.30 to organise

This will be a session run by members (Laurel is taking a well earned break )  – but I will provide a practice list  from Laurel’s selection ,

On the day

NB Car parking will be as before

Toilets

Youth Hall – hand sanitizer, wipes and spray provided –  we have to undertake to clean after each individual use .

LACA will provide appropriate chairs:

Refreshments

Bring your own!

All social distancing measures current at the time will need to be observed

We have to provide

  1. i) a list of names and emails of those who attend for track and trace purposes
  2. ii) a risk assessment  ( from the Heath Safety Executive  )  I will make this available

Cancellation

We will cancel on Friday 21stAugust if government regulations have not been amended after the time of posting

We will cancel by 12.45 on Sunday 23rdAugust if we initially think we can go ahead but the weather is bad .  This will be posted on the website.

If you plan to come and want to be personally texted please let Liz know your phone number.

Rehearsals September  / October

If conditions permit Laurel will be taking these on:

Sunday September 20th Main Village Hall, Long Ashton

Sunday October 18thMain Village Hall , Long Ashton

Keep safe

Liz Newman for steerers

 

 

 

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Banbury Bill – details of how to record and backing track now available

We are now ready to go ahead with the plan  to make a video of a rousing BVB tune, that looks like we’re all playing together at the same time, albeit from separate locations. Banbury Bill is the chosen tune.

Laura has put information about what to do and the backing tracks here.

Happy practicing and recording everyone.

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Sidmouth Folk Festival Big Band Online

Hi  Everyone,

I thought you might possibly like to join in with this year’s Sidmouth Folk Festival
Big Band run by Nick and Mary Barber.It will be on zoom and is free! I go most years and it’s such fun, ending in a Ceilidh. All the music is downloadable and it can be accessed through Facebook and Google.
Cheers
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Rehearsal Sunday 26 July cancelled

Rehearsal Sunday 26th July proposed outdoor practice – cancelled 
Long Ashton have not been in touch about our planned rehearsal on Sunday 26th
 Steerers   will continue to communicate with them in the hope that there will be   good news in August .
With thanks for your patience
Liz   – for the Steering group
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Small group rehearsals – we’ll have to wait a bit longer

Dear Brigstowe players,
No sooner do you make a plan than it has to change .
 You may have seen an item on Points West yesterday about  instrumental groups rehearsing  . The phrase used in the government directive is :

non-professionals should currently not engage in singing or playing wind and brass instruments with other people given these activities pose a potentially higher risk of transmission and while research is ongoing”. 

 
Sadly steerers feel that in these circumstances they cannot continue to  arrange small group rehearsals. However  26  of you replied to Fritjof’s  mail   to release your e mail addresses to band members   and he has compiled a intercommunication directory which  he plans to send out soon so you can make your own arrangements should you wish to .
 Steerers will continue to watch for any changes  and keep fingers crossed that we can all meet at Long Ashton on July 26th .
 Liz ( for Steerers)
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Provisional plans for the next couple of months – rehearsals and group recording

See message from Liz below about plans for the next couple of months:

Sunday July 12th 2-4 Zoom rehearsal  led by Laurel
including final discussion of the audio and video recording of Banbury Bill

Sunday July 26th 2-4pm : proposed ‘outdoor ‘ practice on the field at the back of Long Ashton Community Centre run by members ( * TBC – lockdown rules permitting)

Sunday August 16th 2-4pm : outdoor practice at Long Ashton run by members or Laurel if she is available (TBC)

Steerers Helen , Liz and Fritjof , will offer their gardens to facilitate the opportunity for Brigstowe members to meet in smaller groups outdoors ( probably max 6 ) for additional practice. We will need to know which ( if any ) group members plan to join. Date and time to be decided.

In view of data protection concerns you will have received Fritjof a members ‘opt in’ for release of data permissions

3 small groups facilitated by Helen , Fritjof and Liz .

Keep safe

Liz (for steerers group )

Group Recording

Plan A : for internal consumption only
We rehearse a tune- probably Banbury Bill

Laurel will post a recording of Banbury Bill and send it to everyone. This will be a new recording not one of the existing files on line

Everyone wears headphones to hear the guide and makes a recording on a separate device (e.g. play audio from computer via headphones, record on phone) See previous post for example of recording of Somewhere Over the Rainbow by the Blackpool Symphony Orchestra  which was recorded using  mobile phones – as an example of what is possible

Everyone sends their audio to Laurel who mixes it to make one file that sounds just like the whole band.

Laurel sends the finished audio to everyone

Everyone films themselves playing their part – including smiling whilst playing and dancing/ listening along in the rests

Everyone sends the film to Laurel

Laurel makes a video to accompany the audio

The final thing would look like one of those recordings of an orchestra or choir that have been doing the rounds!

 

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Next virtual BVB rehearsal Sunday 28 June

The next virtual BVB zoom rehearsal will be on Sunday 28 June.

Look forward to seeing you all there.

You may like to take a look at this wonderful lockdown recording of Somewhere Over the Rainbow by the Blackpool Symphony Orchestra – all recorded on mobile phones.

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Laurel’s Travelling with Thomas project – shows this week

Dear Brigstowe Village Band,

Here are the details of my Travelling with Thomas folk musical project. The shows this week are the culmination of 6 months songwriting and a virtual R&D that myself and the project artists (3 dancers, 3 musicians) did during May and June.
The show is 2 x 35 minute halves with a 15 minute interval. Each show features 3 of the 6 artists plus myself and designer Lizzie Watts. We’ll all be introducing the pieces, talking about the show’s background, what happens next, and comments on both the challenges and the fun. The pieces themselves will be on beautifully constructed film – so that we’re not at the mercy of my dodgy broadband.  There’ll be some optional ‘tasks’ to do during the show and a chance to ask questions to the artists at the end.
More details on the website, I’d be totally delighted if you’re able to join me – and thanks to everyone who’s already coming!
Best Wishes,
Laurel
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