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Slipping through the net

Wednesday 5 May, 2021

While no one has been immune from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions, young people have been particularly hard hit. From dealing with grief to facing disruption to education and being unable to socialise with their friends, the pandemic and its ramifications have had adverse effects on the physical and mental health of many.

For plenty of young people, music making – in school and in their community bands – is their solace but this has also been severely hit. BB editor Mark Good ponders the consequences of the pandemic on young people and reflects on the threat of a ‘lost generation’ of bandspeople.


Sometimes, foresight is a wonderful trait. Sometimes it isn’t. Had you been told a year ago, when the first lockdown began, that countries around the world would still be grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic 12 months later, with phrases like social distancing and self-isolating now part of routine conversation, what would you have thought? Sometimes, it’s better not to know.

For young people, as with those of all ages, it has been a year of disruption. Schools closed and reopened, then closed and reopened again – and that’s before any localised flare-ups caused yet further issues. The disruption to education has been enormous and the full effects will probably not come to light for some time. Exams were cancelled (hooray, some shouted) but in many instances, they were simply replaced by exams under another name, tests hastily set by teachers in an effort to ensure a sufficient body of proof when awarding grades.


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