Unfortunately, due to the ongoing restrictions applying specifically to amateur choral singing, we are unable to go ahead with our planned services at St. Albans Abbey this weekend.
As Covid restrictions are gradually lifting, we have started rehearsing again – initially by video call, but all being well, in person from 17 May. We are delighted that St. Albans Abbey is able to allow us to sing some services in late May – more details.
We are also hoping to put on an outdoor performance in the Harpenden area on Sunday 4 July. Nothing confirmed yet, but we are keeping our fingers crossed.
Thank you so much to everyone who subscribed to our MerriLea digital advent calendar. We were delighted by the lovely messages of thanks you sent to us and were glad we could put a smile on so many faces. We have also raised over £4,000 for our chosen charities. Thank you on behalf of all the organisations that will benefit from this amazing generosity.
Hopefully in 2021 we will be able to perform to you in person. We have a concert at Katherine Warington School in the diary, and a weekend of services at St. Albans Abbey. Obviously with the current Covid-19 situation, we have no idea if we will be able to meet to rehearse or perform, but do make a note of the dates – we will be thinking creatively of ways to continue bringing you lovely music.
This year, we aren’t able to deliver our usual Christmas concert, but that isn’t going to stop us from putting together something special. We have created an advent calendar filled with 25 digital doses of Christmas cheer, including carols from the whole choir, chamber ensemble pieces and fun weekend treats from Leas & Friends. Each day belongs to a different Lea Singer, and each has chosen a different charity.
The ongoing situation means we have sadly had to postpone November’s Rachmaninov Vespers concert and cancel this year’s FestiveLea Christmas Concert. We are working on a virtual Christmas treat to bring you some socially-distanced Lea cheer in December – watch this space.
Looking further ahead, we are hoping that we will be able to go ahead with the Vivaldi Gloria concert at St. Nicholas Church in March 2021 and a summer concert with Katharine Warington School in June 2021.