Here comes Summer!

Well, I think it is safe to say that Summer has arrived! In fact, as I type this, I’m watching people walk by the window in an array of summery clothing (except for one lady, who was in a floor length black dress and a scarf tied around her neck…) and looking up, there isn’t a cloud in the sky.

I’m so pleased that the weather is like this today, as it reminds me of our glorious wedding day, which was identical last year. We panicked about the weather for the whole time, but when it came to it, we were sunbathing on the hotel balcony at 9am, and downing water all day as it was so hot. Thank goodness somebody rushed out and bought more water bottles for the day, otherwise we would have had very thirsty people on our hands!

If you have had to postpone your wedding because of the virus, then I hope that you have now been able to see a bit clearer as to when you can rebook – and please don’t forget that I am here for all of your classical singing needs when you are ready!

I’ve also been celebrating the sunshine, because it has meant that I can get back out to work. I perform with Full Beam Shows in Homes and we have been incredibly lucky to be able to sing in the gardens at many care homes this past month. We have put social distancing measures in place, and it has been a joy to see the residents through the window again, and to sing somewhere that isn’t my studio room in front of a screen! We have no contact, nor direct face to face interaction with any resident, and it is marvellous!

Obviously, the latest government announcement has made people very wary of singing performances. I find it ridiculous that they could suggest musical shows could go ahead without the singing – but then this demonstrates the lack of understanding of our industry. I very much understand the concern over vocalists spreading the virus more, as we breathe much more deeply into our lungs, and expel much more air with each note, but a half hearted attempt at coming up with a solution isn’t the answer from the government, really. They should demonstrate through scientific evidence how singing increases the risk, and I think a lot of people would understand. Right now, people are angry and insulted. I think that’s natural. With theatres in trouble and people being made redundant, it’s a difficult time – and I hope a solution is found soon.

It’s safe to say that the rest of the world appears to be getting back to normal, and I’m pleased about this – and I shall continue my outdoor performances, from a distance, at the care homes for now, in the hope that soon, we shall be able to go inside, and sing all together once more.

Have you been able to go back to work? What are your thoughts on the latest announcements?