Wincanton Choral Society Christmas Concert 2021
Where: Wincanton Parish Church
(NB not the Sports Centre)
Date and time: Saturday 4th December, from 5.00pm to 6.00pm
Price: £5.00 and £2.50 for under-18s
We hope the new venue and time will enable you to take in a cafe or shop in Wincanton High Street, as many are open on Saturday afternoons. The concert will involve less effort on your part than dedicating a whole evening to the concert AND you should find something projected in bright lights on the exterior of the church as part of the Wincanton Town Festival (https://www.facebook.com/WincantonTownFestival/) that will be happening every Saturday 5-9pm from 27th November to 18th December.
The main work in our short concert will be excerpts from Haydn’s The Seasons, sung in English: Joyful the Liquor Flows, the finale of Autumn; No.40 Let the Wheel move gaily, No.42 A wealthy lord who long had lov’d (both from Winter) and No.46 Then comes the dawn, the final stirring chorus, with a fugue, of Winter.
Festive numbers include O Holy Night (arranged by Adolphe Adam), Somerset Carol (‘traditional’ but harmonised), Gloucestershire Wassail (arranged marvellously by Vaughan Williams), plus other gorgeous carols, lullabies etc.
We think it is important that people considering attending our concert, or that have already bought tickets, should be aware of the measures we’re putting in place to diminish the risk of COVID-19 infection. This is to reassure you that we take your safety very seriously. We obviously must strike a balance between reassurance and intrusiveness, and realise that some will find the following OTT, obvious and repetitive. It details measures that apply to you, our audience, and further measures apply to the performers.
We can never remove the risk of COVID-19 infection, only diminish it. There are two lines of defence:
To reduce the first risk:
[a] a Covid Pass1 or
[b] your Vaccination Appointment Record Card2 or
[c] evidence of a negative Lateral Flow Test3 or PCR Test taken within the preceding 48 hours.
We will use a common-sense approach when checking your status. Your data will not be required nor stored by us; proof can simply be shown to a member of staff.
We will of course refund the ticket cost of anybody who develops COVID-19 symptoms shortly before the performance.
To reduce the second risk, you should adhere to the following COVID-19 safety measures we have put in place:
Track and Trace:
Our hats will be out as you leave the church should you feel moved to help keep WCS on a sound financial footing with an extra donation!
1 the NHS COVID Pass on the NHS App (this is different to the NHS COVID-19 Test and Trace app). It is advised individuals apply no later than 48 hours before attending their event to allow for the application to be processed in time.
If you need help using the NHS App to gain your COVID Pass, please watch this helpful video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBqgM1h5D10&t=4s
We strongly advise that you take a photo of the valid QR code or bring a printout with you as poor connectivity on your smart phone may not permit the app to load.
2 the small vaccination record card given to you at the immunisation site.
3a negative Lateral Flow Test result (this can be an email or text confirming your result or a record of the result shown via the NHS app) which can be taken at home or at a recognised centre free of charge, within 48 hours of the event.
LFTs are easily obtainable for free and can be acquired by telephoning 119 (free from mobiles and landlines) or online at https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests . Tests may also be arranged through some local pharmacies and Boots stores.
B A Critchley (Acting Chairman, Wincanton Choral Society)