Changes to DMU Music activities for 2020/21 academic year

We have been reviewing how DMU Music and the projects that it runs might be able to continue in light of the situation arising from Covid-19 and the government guidance around large gatherings.

DMU Music public concerts and performances

In accordance with government guidelines, all DMU Music public concerts, performances and events on campus and at city venues have been postponed until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

• DMU Indian Classical Music Series concerts

• Campus ensemble concerts (DMU Orchestra, DMU Chamber Choir, DMU Jazz Band, DMU Taiko)

• DMU International Jazz series concerts

Whilst it is currently not possible to attend live music performances in-person, DMU Music are planning a number of online concerts throughout the 2020/21 academic year that will be live streamed from University social media channels. Further details will be announced in due course via DMU Music Social media channels and webpages:

We are reviewing, and will continue to review, what the evolving restrictions will mean for in-person concerts and will update you as soon as we’re able to.

DMU Music Social Impact projects

Delivered in collaboration with local, national and international partner organisations, city-based charities and communities, DMU Music social impact events explore the role of music-making in promoting positive well-being. Whilst DMU Music social impact activities are normally delivered in-person via a series of participatory workshops, typically over a period of five days. DMU Music social impact projects for the 2020/21 academic year will be delivered via part socially-distanced/part online models of delivery. We anticipate that part of the project will be delivered via socially-distanced participatory workshops and the other half of the project via online content, where all participants will be based at home.

For students interested in volunteering for DMU Music social impact projects, please contact the DMU Music office via email at music@dmu.ac.uk

DMU Music Campus Ensembles

(DMU Jazz Band, DMU Orchestra, DMU Brass, DMU Chamber Choir, DMU Taiko)

In accordance with current social distancing regulations, weekly in-person ensemble rehearsals in the Chantry Building and Trinity House Chapel, and related concerts at campus and city venues, will be temporarily paused. Despite campus ensembles being unable to meet on a regular basis, the Chantry Building will be open at the beginning of the new academic year. DMU Music have agreed an action plan with DMU Estates for maintaining safe access to the Chantry Building with the required social-distancing and hand sanitisation measures in place. DMU Music have prepared a handbook for all students using the Chantry Building detailing all expectations whilst social distancing and restrictions are necessary – this is to ensure the safety of all users.

For any queries or enquiries regarding DMU Music programmes or for further information relating to the above announcements, please contact the DMU Music office directly via music@dmu.ac.uk

Guidance and resources

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the government and musical organisations have produced guidance for those in the music industry, as well as new research projects undertaken in the context of music making during the pandemic. We've compiled a list of useful resources and links to ongoing research for those interested. 

Guidance

”Music Unlocked”: Guidance for Schools and Music Providers (2020) Music Mark.

‘Easing the lockdown: Performing’ (July 2020) Incorporated Society for Musicians.

‘Teaching Music During the Coronavirus Outbreak’ (July 2020) Musicians Union.

‘Performing Arts’ Working safely during Coronavirus (COVID-19). (May 2020) UK Government. 

Research

Prof. Dr. med. Stefan N. Willich, et al. (May 2020) ‘Policy brief about performances of orchestras during the COVID-19 pandemic’Orchestral Performances during the COVID-19 pandemic, Charité, Berlin. 

Gregson et al. (August 2020) ‘Comparing the Respirable Aerosol Concentrations and Particle Size Distributions Generated by Singing, Speaking and Breathing’ University of Bristol. 

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Claudia Spahn and Prof. Dr. med. Bernhard Richter (July 2020) ‘Risk Assessment of Coronavirus Infection in the Field of MusicUniversity of Freiburg. 

 
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