14 Feb 2022

Monday 14 February 2022

The red setting of the COVID-19 Protection Framework requires that no singing nor playing of wind instruments takes place indoors at schools or kura.

220210 Music Stage Outside Memorial Building

Facilitating a music programme in these conditions is a challenge, but not one that Head of Performing Arts and Culture Emma Featherstone shies away from.

“What we’ve been able to put in place to ensure that students can continue to play music is really a reflection of the amazing ethos here at King’s, and our can-do attitude,” she says.

An outdoor stage and tents enable private lessons to go on outside, while a purpose-built stage truck gives combos and small groups a place to rehearse.

Choirs are set to prerecord songs for splicing into Chapel Services, and strict protocol will enable rehearsals for Glee to go ahead. The department has also purchased musician masks which can be used during practices in large spaces such as the Great Hall. 

“We’re continuing as best we can, which means that the students studying cultural programmes are still able to take advantage of some amazing learning and development,” she says.