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Monday 6 July, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen lockdowns in place in countries around the world – but members of Brass Band BlechKLANG in Germany have celebrated after taking part in their first rehearsal for around three months.

Members recently met to practise together in the courtyard of a school under musical director Alexander Richter, with strict guidelines in place on matters like hygiene.

The Saale Valley School in Jena made its premises available and ensured everyone could maintain distance during the rehearsal. The wide stone steps allowed for an unobstructed view of conductor Alexander, who described the return to action as “incredibly fantastic”.

Resumption of in-person musical activities marks a major step forward for Brass Band BlechKLANG, which had stopped rehearsing in March. Although there were many video conferences for general catch-ups and various distance banding projects, the usual music making experience was brought to a halt.

It is now hoped that other bands involved in the organisation, including Brass Band VielKLANG and the youth brass band Jugend Brass Band BlechKLANG, can also resume rehearsals soon.