Covid-19 Important Information

As you would expect, things will be very different than in previous years; however we are keen to continue to provide the very best musical opportunities possible for young people during these unprecedented times. We have completed an extensive risk assessment in order to ensure that everyone remains as safe as possible and are grateful to The Devon Music Education Hub (DMEH)  for their ongoing guidance and support regarding this. The current Government guidelines have been considered in conjunction with advice from Music Mark and DMEH.

We are starting the year with smaller groups of 5/6. There will be 3 tutors who will each run a group. These groups will be of mixed instrumentation and special small ensemble repertoire has been purchased especially for this. Whilst this will be very different for our members, it will actually have many benefits! It will give members the opportunity to improve their technical skills – more so than when they are playing in a larger group where things often go un-noticed and get overlooked!  Members will without doubt increase in confidence, although they might find it a little daunting at first. The group leaders who are all experienced ensemble musicians will be able to provide expert support and encouragement. By being part of a small group, members will find that their overall musical autonomy will improve massively which can then of course be transferred to the larger ensemble when the time comes.

Due to restricted numbers and the intensity of these small group sessions, these groups will run over either the morning session 10.00 – 13.00 or the afternoon session 13.30 - 16.30. If you have a valid reason as to why either the morning or afternoon session would be best suited to you then please let us know. We plan to do half day rehearsals for September and October and hope to return to full day rehearsals in November, still in 3 groups but with the hope of increasing the numbers to 10/12; however, this is obviously dependent on Government guidelines. Full band rehearsals will resume as soon as it is safe to do so based on Government guidance.

We need to know who is coming in advance to sort the groups and parts that members will play.

In line with our risk assessment, all members need to be aware of the following:

  • Group members, committee members and group leaders will be expected to maintain social distancing at all times. This includes arrival times and when moving around the building.

  • Group members, committee members and group leaders will be expected to wear face coverings upon arrival and whilst moving around shared indoor areas.

  • Group members need to enter the building unaccompanied where possible. Group leaders and committee members will be at the front of the building to assist and answer any queries.

  • Group members will be allocated a seat within their specific group which will be at least 2.5 meters away from other players and 3 metres from the conductor.

  • The sharing of equipment will not be permitted. Please refer to the equipment list to ensure that everything is brought to each rehearsal.

  • Break times will be staggered – group members will be made aware of their time at the start of the rehearsal. Group members will not be permitted to mix with other groups.

  • Group members, committee members and group leaders will all be expected to practise good hand hygiene. Hand sanitiser will be available; however it is advisable to bring your own as well.

  • Existing group members will need to have completed and sent an application form prior to the first rehearsal via email to ensure that we have up to date contact details. New members will need to email prior to the rehearsal they would like to attend and provide contact details.

  • Members, committee and group leaders should not attend if they are unwell or displaying any symptoms of Covid-19. If they later become unwell we need to be informed immediately via email.

The residential in January is likely to be at Bicton College (TBC). This is subject to Government guidelines. If this does not go ahead there will still be rehearsals daily and tutors booked as normal if possible, so keep these dates free.

The planned Tour in July is going to be local in Devon with 5 concerts over 3 days. This is all subject to Government guidelines and availability of members to take part.

Planned concerts (Dartmouth and The Devon County Show) are all subject to Government guidelines.

Our aim is still to put together a full and varied programme to develop the musical skills of members.

If you have any concerns then please contact us at:

We look forward to seeing the full band together doing what we all love but please bear with us as we try to keep DYWO going! There are likely to be many updates and changes as we move through the year so please reply promptly to any emails sent out that require a response.

Our Risk Assessment is available to view here:


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