Wednesday, July 22, 2020

22nd July 2020

Today's blog may be brief but of the finest quality!!

I am preparing another shipment of computers for Ghana, and also have another hospital experience to enjoy (I think that is the right word) on Friday so I am a bit pushed for time.

For those of you who don’t know, I have been refurbishing computers for a village in Ghana for the past 15 years. They are all discarded by UK people who donate them to me on the assurance that all details that may once have been on them are expunged! This years collection day is Monday!!

We at Hedsor Jazz are still cogitating over live music. The government have issued some new guidance, but so far without a time sequence. Have a read of this, from Classic FM

I know it is about live classical music, but the rules would be the same. We are, as you might say a niche audience when it comes to jazz, and not too dissimilar to chamber music with it’s string quartets!

Below are the basic stages outlined by the government, but with no guide as to a timescale, and as we know, music is all about time!

Stage One – Rehearsals and training (no audiences, and performers must practice social distancing)
Stage Two – Performances for broadcast and live streaming (with on-stage social distancing)
Stage Three – Performances outdoors with an audience plus pilots for indoor performances with a limited audience
Stage Four – Performances allowed indoors/outdoors (but with a limited distanced audience)
Stage Five – Performances allowed indoors/outdoors (with a fuller audience indoors)

This info was updated at the end of June. Do tell me I am not up to date!! ALL comments to please.

One small part of the reassurance about attending our kind of event at Hedsor (apart from the knowledge that Hedsor Club are doing all that they can to keep attendees safe) is the following about the Covid 19 infections and the death rate in our area.

See also the article from 

You can put in your own postcode for more local information, but you will see that even with the virus, the death rate in our area for this time of year is normal!

BUT rules are rules, and at the moment the rules (and I think a strong apprehension on behalf of our jazz audience) mean we cant run a live jazz gig at Hedsor.

Last week one of our previous guests (Frank Griffiths) released a video performed under covid regs. of “Intermission Riff”

DO turn the sound up, it's pretty good!!

To think that before the intermission we were able to have it all done in front of our eyes and ears with no technology in between!

Well I must be about a computer somewhere, so for now, to quote Duke Ellington “I love you madly!”

Ps have you caught up with the Ellington concert on YouTube yet? No, the link was 2 issues ago!!


Geoff C

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