Newport Philharmonic Choir has received grant aid from The Arts Council for Wales. The money is intended to help arts organisations whose income has been massively reduced as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic.
The Arts Council of Wales, have reallocated National Lottery funding from existing budgets to create an urgent response fund of £7 million. This is to help individual artists and arts organisations to survive the lockdown.
The money will secure our immediate financial future, whilst ticket sales and subscription fees are not collected. We are hoping to host Oratorienchor Heidenheim for five days in May 2021, and perform a major concert with them. The effect on our financial situation caused by the lockdown had put this in doubt, as we may not have had the funds to host them. The funding should now allow us to continue planning for this.
The grant has also allowed us to maintain choir online rehearsals every week.
A number of choir members are shielding at present either due to their age or health issues. Many live alone and this time has been particularly difficult. The funding as helped us to provide weekly online ‘coffee and a chat’ sessions as well as sessions to help members deal with the stress and loneliness of the lockdown.
We have to thank National Lottery players, as the National Lottery has made up to £600 million available to support communities throughout the UK during the Coronavirus crisis.