Join our campaign to improve choir guidance in England

We sympathise with the frustrations felt by everyone who had planned their return to singing. We're extremely concerned that amateur singing has been singled out by DCMS for such unreasonable & unworkable restrictions. We, Making Music, RSCM, ISM and all our partner organisations in Singing Network UK (SNUK) have been working to shape a response and to help everyone involved in singing play their part in this campaign.

What we are asking for

That indoor singing activity be brought in line with the guidance for other non-professional music activity and indoor organised sports activity, as was the case between August and December 2020.

See our campaign page for more about what we're doing and how you can help.

Letter from professional conductors

David Lawrence has drafted a letter on behalf of all those who earn their living conducting choirs: click here to go to the letter and sign it. NB the letter will be mailed on 24 May.

Posted: Thu 20th May 2021

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