Ards Choral Society

Events for 2020/21

July 2020

In light of the ongoing health threat from Covid-19, all future plans for rehearsals and concerts are still suspended.

These are challenging times for us all and we recognise the importance of following government guidance to work together to try to limit the spread of this virus.

Please see below letter from our chairperson regarding future plans.


All Members

Ards Choral Society 2020-2021 Programme

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all keeping safe and well and have been keeping occupied over the last 16 weeks or so.

Lockdown has been difficult for some, but for others has meant that all the little jobs around the house and garden have been completed without interruption.

I have not heard of any members or their families who have fallen ill during this time and hope that is a good sign but let me know if you have any information to the contrary.

Many of you will be wondering where we are as far as the choir is concerned. The short answer is: - not far!

The Council has not opened facilities yet and is not taking bookings for our usual practice venues. In addition, the government is prohibiting singing although I am led to believe that some organisations may challenge that directive in the near future. However, until they do so and we know the outcome it won't be possible to practise or schedule any performances. Churches are only just opening with restrictions on the type of gatherings and activities they will be able to undertake.

Whether we will be able to begin practices in September or schedule performances on this side of Christmas is still unclear, although the committee will keep an eye on the situation and will let you know as soon as the position changes.

The Society has a Facebook page which we have used primarily for advertising concerts and outreach to our audiences, but it can also be used to communicate your concerns. To access the site search open FaceBook and search for Ards Choral Society.

We will also put information on the Ards Choral Society Website.

Alternatively, we can set up a WhatsApp group to facilitate those who wish to communicate with other members. Let me know if you would like to take part.

To help our discussions with the Council would all members let me know if they will feel safe in returning to the choir once it becomes clear that the authorities will allow us to meet for practise. It would help the committee to plan for any social distancing requirements put upon us.

Finally, I would like to advise members that I will stand down as Chair at the next AGM.

We will issue another communication before September. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of the summer, and keep safe and well.

Billy Mullen
Ards Choral Societ