Sadly, the NSSO 2021 courses have had to be cancelled.
Despite working within Malvern College protocols, and the operational plan made to deliver the 2021 courses safely, the advent of the Delta variant of Covid-19 cast a long shadow; it is significantly more transmissible than previous variants and increased infection rates are largely amongst younger people. Working with Public Health England and the senior management of the College, we reluctantly concluded that what is allowable (regarding regulations for residential courses) was no longer consistent with what was essential for the safety of our members and staff, especially given the broad geographical spread of our membership – from Glasgow to Exeter and Llandaff to Norwich.
The NSSO team had been working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that all participants would have an enjoyable, musically satisfying and, above all, safe course this summer. The sense of disappointment and frustration that has characterised so much of the last year is felt ever more keenly at present.
But this is also moment to look to the future and to next year’s courses. Starting on Sunday 24 July 2022, we hope to celebrate a return to something akin to normality, and to welcome both old friends and new members to Malvern for a week of live music-making. Applications are welcome from September onwards.