The past year. During the past the year we planned ten concerts - four in St Briavels Church, four in Monmouth and two in Chepstow, but we were only able to present six of them for reasons with which we are now all too familiar – the restrictions put in place to combat the pandemic.
Schools Workshops. We presented schools workshops in three schools in Chepstow in January and to a further three in the Forest of Dean in February, before further activity was curtailed. Across the six schools involved nearly 1200 children participated. We plan to re-start the workshops at the earliest opportunity – we received a further grant from the Lark Trust in April this year to help us do so – but the planning of these events is more difficult now on account of the pandemic.
Plans for 2020/2021. When we cancelled the concerts that we’d planned for April to June this year we asked the artists to be prepared to come and perform for us on the anniversaries of the original dates and most were happy to agree to this. Since then however the plans we’d made for concerts in the period from this September to January 2021 are having to be revised or cancelled and the future beyond that remains uncertain. Our attempts to set up arrangements for concerts even a few weeks ahead are at the moment being frustrated by the limitations imposed by the pandemic.
Committee membership. The membership of our committee is once more on the point of change. I myself am standing down after 6 years as chair and it is proposed that Corinna Arnold, who joined the committee last year, will take over. Corinna had many years of experience working in the financial sector before recently retiring, and has taken a keen interest in the Schools Workshops programme since joining the committee. I am confident that under Corinna’s leadership Wye Valley Music will continue to thrive. Our Administrator, Linda Day, is also leaving us; we thank her for her valuable contribution and wish her well in her continuing roles outside WVM.
Thank you. Finally, I’d like to thank all the members of the committee for their generous help and support over the past year. They all have other calls on their time and I appreciate very much the amount they and their significant others devote to running Wye Valley Music.
12th October 2020