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CYM Library and Covid-19: Updated 5/10/20

CYM Library staff continue to work from home.  Email remains our sole means of communication and any emails received are dealt with daily.  Please do not leave messages on the CYM Library answerphone as it is not working.  Hornsey Library, where we have our office, remains closed, probably for another six weeks. You will be pleased to know we are now able to accept reservations of our vocal, orchestral and wind band music, but with flexibility on the start date.  This takes into account the fact that many of you do not yet know when you will be able to commence rehearsing.  We can send you a quote for hire charges, but not actually send an invoice until your start date is confirmed.  These reservations would be firm, meaning that you would have first option if anyone else showed interest. We will update you by email as soon as we have any more information.  WE MUST STRESS THAT WE ARE STILL NOT ABLE TO ACCEPT MUSIC RETURNS. We send good wishes to all choirs and orchestras/bands and trust you all still keeping well.  Peter and Ceri

UK Government Covid-19 quarantine guidelines for printed materials

The safety of our customers and staff is of prime importance.  CYM Library is fully compliant with the government's Covid-19 quarantine guidelines regarding the return of printed materials - this includes music.

"Public Health England has advised that the virus risks on plastic book covers will be negligible after 72 hours, and on paper and card after 24 hours.  Libraries will therefore institute a 72-hour quarantine period for returned books." (Libraries Connected: Library Service Recovery Toolkit.  29/6/20)


At this extraordinary time, many of our choir customers have been using Zoom for their rehearsals.  We thought we would share some of their thoughts about how they are finding it. (There does seem to be a common theme here!)

· “We have done some Zoom singing it’s far from ideal.”

· “Our choir is planning a virtual Christmas concert on Zoom!”

· “My choral society has been “Zooming”, and it is good to see people, and sing, but it's more of a sing-along than a rehearsal!”

· “It keeps our choir members in touch and gives them the chance to sing out loud in time with others. Even if you can't hear them, it is encouraging!”

· “We've been having Zoom rehearsals for some time - a substitute with fairly profound limitations, but a substitute nevertheless - much helped in our case by having an accompanist who is expert with the technology.”

· “We have managed with Zoom meetings, but it is really only a bonding exercise.”

· “Zoom is useful for a lot of things; synchronised singing is not necessarily its forte.”

Let's hope we can get back to rehearsing normally soon.

John Rutter CBE (b.1945)

John Rutter has recently celebrated his seventy fifth birthday.  His many compositions and arrangements (mostly choral) are performed with regularity in the UK and worldwide.  If choirs are thinking of commemorating this anniversary, CYM Library has many of his works for loan.  Please look at our catalogue for details.