It should go without saying but:

If there is a chance that you have the virus or show symptoms (new continuous cough, loss of taste/smell, high temperature), or have been exposed to somebody who has it or thinks that they may have it, YOU MUST NOT COME TO CHOIR.


This is not just being considerate, it is what you must do. Guidelines on self-isolation can be found HERE on the NHS website in nice and plain language.
Currently there are 24 people on my list to come and sing at Caversham, but 45 in Bracknell. Now, the Government Guidelines state:

  • It is otherwise against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces). Businesses and venues following COVID-19 secure guidelines can host larger groups

We will be in a COVID-19 secure venue, but there may have to be a rotation system in place for Bracknell, should it be decided after a meeting late on Monday afternoon that 45 is potentially too many people to be able to socially distance (2m where possible, 1m+ if not). I don’t know yet how this will work, and I’m hoping that we won’t need such a system.

In any case, I will ZOOM the sessions from my iPad and those not attending are cordially invited to be there virtually.


  • A facemask, not a visor – if you haven’t made, received or ordered a “singers” mask, any suitable, effective facemask will do just fine. I will be bringing masks that you have ordered with me.

  • Pencil for marking your music and for signing in (see below).


  • A bottle of water or similar for your personal consumption

  • Hand sanitizer - there will be some provided also

  • Extra clothing for when it gets colder - doors and windows will be kept open during the sessions

  • Your folders for keeping your music together. I will provide printed copies of the two new songs. All songs are available in the Members' Area of the website. You'll want to bring printed or electronic copies of songs that we have done over the last few months -

    • Talking Picture

    • I'm Still Standing

    • We Are The Champions

    • Tintinnabulum

    • If I Could (from Spring Term)


This seems quite a list. Do bear in mind that the more you bring, the more you will want to sanitize, clean or incinerate on your return home.

Please have your mask in place before entering the school building.

  • If you have ordered a mask, they will be in a plastic bag, in a box outside the entrance of the school. It’s pot luck – just take one but please only take one if you have officially asked for one.

  • Mask donations – you are not being charged for these “singers’ masks”. The people making them are doing so out of the goodness of their hearts. In lieu of actual payment, we would ask you to make a donation towards what will be our charity for this term. A box for this will be at choir with a slot for you to deposit your money.

  • Door and window handles will have been wiped down before your arrival. You won’t need to touch any doors or door handles as the doors will be held open.

  • Allow others a wide berth (!!) when coming in. Do not loiter in passageways.

  • Please sign in on the piece of paper provided, with your phone number. This is a requirement for Track and Trace should it be needed.

  • Chairs will have been put in place in voice part sections and sanitized. Feel free to choose and occupy a chair in your relevant choir section but once chosen, that chair is yours for the duration of the session.

  • Music will be in a box near the entrance to the school hall for collection by you. No music is to be put back in this box. There will be one box for Tuesday night and a separate one for Wednesday.


  • For now, sessions will last for one hour, without a break.

  • Keep your mask on at all times. You’re allowed to lift it to take a drink!

  • No physical contact, including handshaking.

  • Should you need the toilet, use one of the wipes provided to clean any touch points before and after. Better still, don’t need the toilet!


  • A system for returning chairs will be announced at the session.

  • Please make your way out of the building in a timely fashion and not hang around chatting inside the school hall.

  • Take all of your belongings with you. Anything left behind will be destroyed in a controlled explosion.



There is Government Guidance on sharing a car with someone not in your bubble. Basic social distancing, face masks, not facing each other, opening windows, cleaning afterwards… for the full story CLICK HERE… it’s about half way down the page.

Guidance on how the Test and Trace system works can be found HERE but simply put, if you develop symptoms, you should isolate and get a test as soon as possible.

Click this LINK to start that ball rolling and book yourself a test.

Should you test positive, you will be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace people. More info on that HERE. I wouldn't wait for them to contact you, though, and you should let people know with whom you have had contact recently. This includes Vocalese. Do please let me know, so I can share the fact that someone in the choir has tested positive, and that other members should now isolate. You will not be identified under GDPR ruling.

I think that about covers it. If there is something you are unhappy about, or if you have questions, please email me. Otherwise, SEE YOU IN A COUPLE OF DAYS!!!!




Government guidance regarding Performing Arts

Information from the ABCD regarding returning to choir

General Covid19 information

  1. Vocalese aims to provide a fun and friendly environment for its members. Attendees are asked to respect this aim and to act in a suitably positive manner during sessions and performance events. We are about the community and lean enthusiastically towards the “inclusive” and smiley side of things. Please be nice!

  2. As a fee-paying member of Vocalese you will have access to the members’ area on the website. Here you can view, listen to or download rehearsal materials. Access to these is a privilege of members of Vocalese. Please don't pass them onto anyone else outside of Vocalese.

  3. Vocalese is open to everyone, 16 years and over, provided that they are able to and are keen to take an active part in proceedings. 

  4. Please respond nicely to the requests and leadership of the Choir Leader. Negative or disruptive behaviour is bound to spoil the fun for others and it hinders both the learning of the songs and the general enjoyment of a session.

  5. Anyone is welcome to attend one free session without pressure to join. After this trial session, we hope you'll want to come back for more and we'd ask you to join as a member to continue enjoying Vocalese.

  6. As a registered member you are encouraged to promote the reputation of Vocalese in a positive manner. If you have a worry or gripe of any kind, we would like to be the first ones to hear about it and work through it with you.

  7. Photographs, video footage and audio recordings may be made at sessions or performance events and include any or all of those persons in attendance. Such material may be used for marketing or advertising purposes by Vocalese.


  1. Sessions are run weekly in terms, loosely corresponding to the local authority school terms. Session dates are posted in advance on our website. We reserve the right to alter dates at short notice. 

  2. Sessions last for 2 hours including a break in the middle.

  3. Members pay in advance and subscribe for a whole term at a cost of £70. This entitles you to attend every available session for that term (min. 10 weeks). This £70 can also be spread over the four month period containing that term, paid by direct debit at £17.50. We'd ask you to honour this direct debit until the end of the four month period containing the term, even when the fourth month starts after the term ends. Thus this is simply a way of spreading the cost of the term's fees rather than being a traditional monthly subscription. Anyone joining part way through a term will only be liable to pay for the the proportion of sessions they attend.

  4. After a period of non-attendance, usually a term, unless you have an active direct debit in place, access to the members' area will be stopped. Not to be taken personally, this measure keeps our records nice and tidy and is an encouragement for you to come back to Vocalese to re-activate your account, allowing you continued access to great music.

  5. Refunds of termly subscriptions are at the sole discretion of Vocalese and will depend on individual circumstances.

  6. Non-members are allowed one free taster session before deciding whether to join up as a member. 

  7. The family discount payment plans are for any two adult members of the same family. e.g. husband and wife, mother and daughter.

  8. Payment by direct debit is handled by GoCardless Ltd. We do not see any of the banking details that you submit when setting up your direct debit. Other payment methods are available upon request.



Whilst we hope nothing untoward happens to you at a session, we are covered with liability insurance just in case. Don't let's try it out though, eh?


  1. Personal information is held by us at Vocalese solely for our own use and will not be passed on to third parties or other organisations without your consent.

  2. Email addresses of casual attendees and others contacting Vocalese may be recorded. Such email addresses will only be used for the purpose for which you have provided it and will not be added to a mailing list or used for any other purpose without your consent.



Vocalese reserves the right to alter or amend these terms and conditions at any time without notice.