After our enforced layoff in 2021, we are delighted to announce that our 79th Festival will run from Monday 7th to Saturday 19th March 2022 at Central Methodist Church, High Street, Lincoln, LN5 7PR. Speech and Drama Classes will take place in the Millennium Theatre from Monday 7th to Saturday 12th March, and Music Classes in the Church from Monday 14th to Saturday 19th March. The Festival Concert will take place on Friday 25th March in Central Methodist Church, starting at 7pm.
The following procedures will apply to the 2022 Festival to help protect performers, audience and volunteers from the spread of the Covid infection:
We suggest those attending the Festival should take a Lateral Flow Test beforehand, and do not turn up if this proves positive.
Hand sanitisers will be available at all access points to Central Methodist Church and Festival rooms, and should be used.
All adults and children of secondary school age are requested to wear face masks covering nose and mouth when not actually performing.
Seating in the Millennium Theatre where Speech and Drama classes are held will be socially distanced.
In the Church where seating is on pews, performers and audience are asked to respect social distancing. Groups performing in choirs and instrumental ensembles should also observe social distancing.
In order to maintain safe distancing, it may be necessary to divide large classes more than has been the case in the past. We may not be able to accommodate all classes at the sessions where they have previously been heard. This will apply particularly to the Friday evening of Music week, where some classes may be transferred to the Saturday, depending on the number of entries and the size of choirs.
The timing of classes will be arranged to allow for performers to leave after their class has finished before those in the following class are admitted. For Speech and Drama classes, performers should not go upstairs until those from the previous class have come down in order to avoid congestion.
This guidance is posted on 14 January 2022 and will be updated in the light of any changes in government guidelines of which we become aware.