We are hoping to resume rehearsals in January. We have booked the Fotheringay Centre, 57 Fotheringay Rd, G41 4NN, for a total of 10 Tuesday evenings starting on 18th January. We realise that in the last few days the Omicron developments mean that this may not happen but we are planning in hope and optimism. We are aware that all the other Glasgow amateur orchestras have been able to begin playing together again, but the fact that we are dependent on Glasgow Life for our rehearsal venue meant we had to look elsewhere. Another orchestra has been playing in Fotheringay this term, but is planning to return to its own venue in January, which gave us the opportunity to secure the booking. It may be that we can return to City Halls later in the spring, which is why we have only booked the Fotheringay till Easter.
Places for the term are initially being offered to those playing members who had places last March when rehearsals were suspended because of Covid. These members have already been contacted by email. If not everyone wishes to return, it means we will have room to offer additional places to people on the waiting list.
We have carried out a meticulous risk assessment and will follow all guidelines/restrictions to the letter. The hall is large, airy and spacious; we will observe all social distancing rules; there will be a seating plan with individual players assigned specific chairs; there will be good ventilation and hand sanitisers available. We will be asking people to take a lateral flow test before coming to rehearsal, for everyone’s safety.
The risk assessment is available on this website for people to read.