The impact of lockdown on music has been severe with studies into aerosol production in singing and brass and wind playing catching the public imagination. The original “problem case” was a choir in America who had a rehearsal in which over 60% of their members caught Covid. Little is made of the fact that they ate, drank and socialised after their rehearsal, with no cleaning of the areas they were sitting in or the 60 metal chairs they had to get out and put away. It was music’s fault! It is extraordinary that we are at a point where the 6 nations rugby teams will stand 2 metres apart from each other to sing the National Anthem, before climbing all over each other in a ruck 2 minutes later, breathing heavily.
We are proud that we have worked hard at DCPS to keep music live. Music lessons have continued, both in school and during lockdown. Virtual pianos and xylophones, along with other music software are now “the norm'”. Choirs sing, ensembles play, all at a distance with music stands wiped and cleaned as much, if not more than any desk, door handle or supermarket shelf. Pupils have continued to thrive in their individual music lessons, singing and playing behind Perspex screens or a webcam.
The government’s road map out of lockdown has no hints of a future for music, other than “the opening of big events”. We truly hope this will mean we can sing, play, perform and entertain together, live, and be able to stand together rather than try to hear the murmur of another performer on the other side of the building, but in the meantime music will not stop!
Our Year 5 and 6 Bubble ensemble have been introduced, in the last 3 weeks, to Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, which seems so appropriate at this time. You can listen to a short extract after only 3 weeks rehearsal here: Bridge Over Troubled Water Year 5 & 6 Ensemble We truly hope that music’s bridge is not too far down the road.