A Russian Evening

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Sat 16th October 2021, 7:30pm - 10:00pm

St Saviour’s Church
Sandpit Lane
St Albans

Conductor: Tom Hammond
Soloist: Veronika Shoot (piano)

Rachmaninoff: Vocalise
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4

Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise is a hauntingly beautiful rearrangement for strings of a song the composer wrote in 1915.

Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.2, described as ‘uncharacteristically cheerful’, was written in 1957 for his son, Maxim, who premiered the piece during his graduation at the Moscow Conservatory.

Tchaikovsky’s dramatic and large-scale Symphony No.4 is one of the most popular symphonies of the late 19th century.

Covid-related precautions

We have completed a Covid risk assessment in line with the guidance from the Making Music organisation. A summary of the key steps which we will be taking are summarised below. We thank you in advance for your support in helping to take Covid-related precautions.   

If you have any further questions about the risk assessment or the steps we are taking to mitigate against the risks, please do contact us at info@saso.org.uk 

Covid-related symptoms

Audience members are asked not to attend the concert if:

  • they have symptoms / feel unwell
  • tested positive (PCR or Lateral flow)
  • have been told to self isolate
  • someone they have close contact with has tested positive
  • are quarantining after a visit abroad

Even on the day of the concert itself, if you meet any of the criteria above, please do not come to the concert.

Ticket Sales: We strongly encourage you to buy tickets online in advance and print out tickets in advance of the concert. Tickets will, however, be available on the door.

Seating for the audience: We will try to block chairs to allow for groups of 2 and 3 with spacing inbetween to maintain social distancing, as long as ticket sales allow. If you are a large group of people attending the concert, please contact us at info@saso.org.uk so that a larger group of chairs can be organised.

Lateral flow tests: Audience members are encouraged to take regular lateral flow tests in line with government guidelines, but this is not compulsory.

Transport to and from the concert: Where possible, we encourage people to avoid public transport to get to the concert.

Illness at the concert: In the event that somebody feels unwell with symptoms of Covid, steps will be taken to isolate the individual prior to them travelling home. If they subsequently test positive for Covid, test and trace procedures will be followed in line with NHS Test and Trace

Ventilation:The following steps will be taken to maximise the ventilation in the church:

Doors and windows will be left open as much as is practically possible. It may, therefore, be colder in the church than is usual for this time of year. Audience members should therefore dress appropriately .

Interval: We will strongly encourage all players and audience to go outside in the interval.  Therefore please bring suitable coats etc. If the weather does not enable people to go outside (e.g. heavy rain), the audience will be asked to remain seated during the interval, other than to use the toilet.

CO2 monitor: A CO2 monitor will also be used throughout the afternoon rehearsal and concert to monitor the air quality.

Face coverings: Use of face coverings for audience members will be recommended throughout the concert.

Cleaning and hand sanitisation: A cleaning regime will be organised in line with the requirements of the church including all touchpoints and the toilets. Hand sanitiser will also be available when people enter the church and will be available throughout the rehearsal and concert.

Social distancing: One-way systems will be introduced at the church at entrance/exit points. At pinch points around the toilets etc., there will be arrangements for socially distanced queuing.

Rehearsal refreshments and interval drinks: There will be no interval drinks. Audience and players to bring their own drinks.