It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of The Peninsula Singers’ The Gift of Christmas.
Given the restrictions and regulations set by the B.C. Health Ministry and officials we have no choice. The well being of our members, community and our country is paramount. We are all in this together and when the time is right, our joyful voices will fill the air.
The ministry has set four phases of “B.C.’s restart plan”. Although we are making good progress and are now heading into Phase 3, the opportunity to gather in groups larger than 50 is conditional on at least one of: “wide vaccination, ‘community’ immunity, broad successful treatments”. Phase 4’s date is yet to be determined.
Following these regulations, the Mary Winspear Centre is restricting its performances to all groupings not exceeding 50 until further notice. Our lovely rehearsal space, the Saanichton Bible Fellowship, is understandably questioning external group use of its facility until the successful attainment of all government regulations and standards.
Should B.C. meet the conditions of phase 4 by August 21st, we are prepared to rapidly shift gears and have a fall session. The likelihood of this occurring, however, is extremely low.
Please note, we are eagerly working on creative options. We would like to put together more virtual choir presentations, host group or sectional zoom socials, record or use past audio with a slide show to create a set of Christmas songs as a gift to the SPH Extended Care Unit to share with their residents. We are also exploring “safe” ways to participate in a Christmas sing-a-long presentation.
We, The Peninsula Singers, are a dynamic and dedicated group who bring much joy, energy and goodwill to many. With great excitement and optimism we are looking forward to performing Hooray for Hollywood for our families, friends, sponsors and community in the spring of 2021.
Until “tomorrow”… keep a song in your heart,
Dianne Taaffe, President