Vilnius City Municipality opens its meeting chamber to Bel Canto Choir Vilnius
2020 06 02
From June 1st, as the coronavirus lockdown measures are eased around the country, Bel Canto Choir Vilnius will be temporarily moving its rehearsals to a new home – the meeting chamber of the Vilnius City Municipality. In this way, the municipality has extended a helping hand to the choir as its usual premises are not spacious enough to host rehearsals under quarantine conditions.
The COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown completely stopped all the choir’s activities. As the lockdown is gradually eased, the national government is now allowing indoor gatherings of up to 100 people as long as individuals can stay at a distance of 2 meters.
“We’re currently based at the Vilnius Teachers’ House, where we rehearse in a rather small room. Usually, the room comfortably seats around 30 people, so with over 40 singers, it would be impossible to ensure the required distance is kept between us. We’re incredibly grateful to the city municipality, who have answered our call for help and have opened their spacious, almost 430 square meter meeting chamber to our choir. Here, we’ll be able to safely rehearse and prepare for our upcoming projects,” said Agnė Aleksejevaitė, the choir‘s president.
“Rehearsals and vocal coaching sessions are of vital importance to a choir that is constantly seeking to improve and keep its team motivated. The city of Vilnius is open, brave, and full of new ideas. On behalf of the entire team, I’d like to thank the municipality for its help. I’m sure that the walls of the meeting chamber will absorb our music and positive emotions, and this will become a great example to other cities,” said Egidijus Kaveckas, the artistic director the choir.
Bel Canto Choir Vilnius will rehearse in the municipality’s meeting chamber until the end of August. The majority of rehearsals will take place in groups of 10 to 15 singers to ensure appropriate physical distancing.