Further to our recent update concerning the COVID-19 crisis, we have taken the decision with a heavy heart to cancel this year’s HISS course and postpone our 10th anniversary celebrations to 2021.
The latest indication is that the current lockdown may last for some weeks, or months, with some forecasts even predicting six months. Many people have contacted us to express their concerns and ask for clarity. Unfortunately, at this stage, there is no way to predict what the situation will look like in August and we therefore need to take action sooner rather than later.
Most of our tutors rely predominantly on freelance work, whether concerts, workshops or private teaching. We feel very strongly that our staff should be supported at this time; without them we would not be able to create the diverse and collaborative environment that we are so proud of. In ordinary times we are able to keep HISS going with a very small profit margin. In these extraordinary times, we need your help to look after our staff and to help us protect our community for future years.
For this reason, if you are able to help support us through this period please consider making a donation.
In the intervening period, we will be preparing material that will be available through the website, including mini-recitals, shorties and so on. We are also discussing the possibility of some regional workshops in the autumn and into spring 2021 to keep the HISS momentum going.
If you have any queries, please contact us. In the meantime, stay safe, stay at home, and keep well!
Best wishes to you all during this difficult time,
Graham, Catherine & Ellie
Our current position is that HISS 2020 will take place as scheduled 17 – 21 August 2020.
We have planned some exciting repertoire and activities for our 10th anniversary summer school and are very much looking forward to seeing all participants; newcomers and returners!
However, we continue to follow closely the development of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken by the UK government. The safety and security of our guests, tutors and staff is important and we take this responsibility very seriously. If the situation changes, and as other guidance is issued, we will update this notice accordingly.
In the event of cancellation, if we are obliged to take this decision, we will contact all those who have booked individually.
2020 marks our 10th anniversary! Booking is now open, and they are already coming in!
We are delighted to welcome William Lyons to our team of tutors this year, offering additional scope for cornetts and sackbuts, at all levels. George Bartle, whose versatility knows no bounds, may offer a ukulele class - let us know if this appeals or appals! There may be other novelties too - and probably a birthday cake. Planning is in full swing and details of the course, which will include all the regular favourites, will be published on the website in the coming weeks.
Please take advantage of the "early bird" discount by booking your place before 1 April. Final closing date for booking is 15 June 2020.
We are looking forward to a bumper year in 2020. Do tell your friends, and remember, 6 or more booking together can obtain a group discount.
Tutors at our recent planning meeting - detailed information about this year's course will appear on the web pages soon !
Themes we'll be exploring this year include the Peterloo massacre and a ballad walk in historic Beverley; the music of Biber, polyphony from the deep & dark Crecquillon and Gombert to the pure light of Palestrina, and of course much more besides!