2020 was an abnormal year, and rehearsals and concerts were largely impossible. On the 16th March 2020 the Eltham Concert Band suspended its weekly rehearsals. Rehearsing would have been in contravention of the guidelines then in force for the Covid-19 State of Emergency. Before the second lockdown, we managed two shortened rehearsals with a limit of 20 attendees, so on neither occasion could we have even half the band. At the start of December, a group of 12 players recorded an accompaniment to “O Come All Ye Faithful” which was streamed for a virtual Warrandyte Carols. And so ended a very curtailed year for the Eltham Concert Band.
It is now looking as though we will be allowed to rehearse again at the start of February. The committee is planning on this assumption, preparing a plan for “Covid Safe” rehearsals. We have booked in tentative dates for concerts at the Eltham Community Centre. These are:
- 30th May 2021
- 24th October 2021
We hope we will be able to go ahead with these, and we hope that our audience will be comfortable in attending.
The band also normally performs at community events such as the Eltham Farmers’ Market. The only community event scheduled so far is the Warrandyte Carols which are tentatively set for 18th December.