Of course, since writing the above, events have rather scuppered our chances of singing together for health. Regular meetings of choirs have been put on hold and no-one is sure when the singers will be able to get back together again. But fear not, many of you will have seen heartening footage of self-isolating people on their balconies and it looks as if such opportunities will be available to us soon. Everyone’s favourite choirmaster, Gareth Malone, is organising ‘The Great British Home Chorus’ for people who are banged up at home (or ‘self-isolating’ as it’s called if you happened to be caught in Madrid last weekend as I was) – details are rather sketchy at the moment but you can register to join in the fun at https://decca.com/greatbritishhomechorus

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