COVID-19 Update – 14th August 2020

As most of you will be aware, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) and Brass Bands England (BBE) released updated guidance today for non-professional musicians.

(https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/performing-arts and https://www.bbe.org.uk/news/14082020-1018/bbe-offers-sector-support-advice-the-latest-covid-19-pandemic-guidelines-dcms-%E2%80%93).

This guidance currently applies to England only – it is NOT currently applicable in Northern Ireland

From this guidance issued in England this morning, the Brass Band League have been in contact with the Department of Communities (DfC), the Arts Council NI (ACNI) and the Public Health Agency NI (PHANI). As soon as we hear anything positive from these agencies, we will let you all know.

For the moment in Northern Ireland, our advice remains the same as that published 05 August 2020 (http://artscouncil-ni.org/news/arts-council-publishes-manual-for-the-safe-reopening-of-venues) which states:”Non-professionals should currently not engage in singing or playing wind and brass instruments with other people given these activities pose a potentially higher risk of transmission and whilst research is ongoing”

We are happy to field any queries and will do what we can to help.

As stated previously, we will let you know as soon as anything changes.

John Patton

It was with great sadness that the Brass Band League learned of the death of our esteemed Vice President John Patton on Friday.

John was a stalwart of the local banding community and was well known by many. He will be dearly missed.

John’s funeral will take place this coming Wednesday, 27th September, 3.30pm at Roselawn Crematorium.

Our Brand New Website

It’s amazing how quickly things age!

Our old website was only 7 years old but it had ran its course and was really starting to look a bit tired.

We are now delighted to announce our brand new site. It’s built on wordpress technology which means it should be easier to keep up to date with NI brass banding related news.

It will take little while to upload and prepare the content from our old site so please be patient.