All Swedish concert organizers are waiting for it to be possible to have concerts again. The events we had planned for December and January cannot take place and we do not know what will apply after that. A new pandemic law goes into effect on the 15th of March. We expect that it will then allow as many visitors as our concert venue can accommodate with social distancing in place. In Allhelgonakyrkan we think that means just over 80. The church holds more than 200 and our concerts usually draw between 70 and 130 visitors, so that is a reasonable number. Our repertoire also makes it easy to keep distance between the musicians, and between them and the audience closest to them.
With only 40-50 visitors, each concert is a financial loss and even if we and Katarina parish can handle it, we and the musicians would be sad that our fine programs reach so few. Nevertheless, we are ready to perform our next planned concert on February 13, even if only 50 visitors are allowed. If the recommendation continues to allow for meetings for a maximum of 8 people, we will cancel. Digital broadcasts require resources that we can only invest in exceptional cases, such as for our web festival, which you can still watch via KVAH Play. The concerts that we have been forced to cancel, we expect to be able to give later when the restrictions have been lifted. Then it will also be more reasonable to take public transportation to Allhelgonakyrkan and meet friends there before, during and after the concerts - which we all long for. This also means that we would rather wait than give smaller concerts now, probably without a break and no serving. We all hope that the situation must become more normal soon - so let's wait another month. You will find our planned program for February-May on this website.
During October and November we managed to give two concerts. And recently, Anne Sofie von Otter, her son Fabian and our artistic director Bengt recorded a Christmas greeting that can be seen on Youtube from December 12, at 6 PM. You will find a link to it on KVAH Play. So we do what we can to keep going and especially keep in touch with our members!
Nils-Göran Olve, chairman