Our next concert:
Investigating the possibility of restarting our 2020-2021 season.
While it is still not clear if and when Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre might again be available for recitals we wish to determine the viability of holding recitals at St Barnabas's Church, Linslade subject to the Covid-19 rules continue to permit, as they do at the moment (25th October). To this end, the following letter from our chairman was sent to everyone on our email list. To be sure that we reach all of our supporters here is a copy. We would be pleased to have a response from you.
Dear Supporters of Leighton Buzzard Music
Restarting our concert season
At the moment we have no news from Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre as to when they might reopen for performances. For that reason we are exploring the possibility of holding our concerts in St Barnabas' Church, Linslade. Since the vicar, Fr Bernard Minton, is very keen for the church to be used again by the community to this end our secretary, Brian Coulstock, and I had a meeting last Wednesday with him to discuss the possibility. (Already Leighton Buzzard Festival Singers have resumed rehearsals there on Monday evenings.)
Of course the vital consideration at this time is how safe we can make the building from the Coronavirus threat.
• the vicar believes that with suitable social distancing of 2 metres between either single people or couples who live together, we could safely accommodate up to 100 people;
• we anticipate a concert length of about 60–70 minutes without an interval;
• we are minded at present to hold concerts on Saturday afternoons starting at 2.30 or 3.00pm. and hope, in the immediate future to restart with one concert before Christmas, in late November — to be arranged;
• there will be sanitising facility on entrance;
• seating positions will be marked on the pews;
• all would be required to wear a masks;
• there will be separate entrance and exits;
• all tickets must be purchased beforehand — details to follow — and track and trace details must be taken.
This is a summary of the measures we will take to try to bring back live music to our community. Details of dates, and the artists we will present (if possible from our already booked, but delayed, season) are all still to be finalised, but will be given as soon as we can.
We cannot go forward with future plans unless we are confident that our supporters would welcome this and make it financially viable. Of course, we have complete respect for anyone who might feel apprehensive about attending.
It would be a great help to us if you would kindly let us know by Saturday, 31st October if you would be prepared to attend a concert at St Barnabas under the circumstances I've outlined above or, on the other hand, if you would definitely not want to take the risk.
Please send your reply to me:- firstname.lastname@example.org and copy to our secretary:- email@example.com .
In the meantime may I wish you continued good health and safety.
Chairman, LB Music
As is the case with all performing arts organisations, our programme of events ceased in March. Further, due to the continuing covid-19 crisis, the recital series planned for our 2020–2021 season — although listed — has had to be cancelled.
Although the lockdown regulations are beginning to be relaxed, it is still not clear enough if and when live performances of music indoors might be possible in the venues we use.
We very much hope to be able to restart our concerts again as soon as we can, depending on three factors: clarity on the government regulations for indoor events to re-commence; being able to design an acceptable seating plan as social distancing relaxes; and on funding for our plans. The situation is financially critical for performers, promoters and venues alike.
The trustees of Leighton Buzzard Music are monitoring the status and hope to plan a new series of recitals, possibly, but not committed, to involve artists in the originally outlined 2020–2021 season. We’ll keep you updated on our progress on this website and by email if you have subscribed to our mailing list.