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Coronavirus and HuMS

Saturday 25th April 2020: Online lessons for this summer term!

Please see more details below.

- Updated on: 23rd April 2020 -

HuMS has decided to offer online lessons for the duration of the summer term 2020 whilst the country is practising social distancing for covid-19. We are committed to providing continuation of lessons to those who would like them during this difficult time.

Please read the following very carefully.

In order to cut down on administration time this is an offer letter and a letter advising on fees that should be paid if you would like to continue with online lessons during the summer term. Please note that there is no obligation to take this offer up and that lessons will only commence when fees have been paid.

We will be offering lessons this term at half the usual fees as we realise that online lessons are no substitute for face to face lessons.

If you would like to pursue this option please read and follow the guidelines below:

1)      You will require your own instrument to be able to do this.

2)      We would also request that an adult is with any child under 18 at all times during the lessons for safeguarding purposes and that the lesson is not held in a bedroom. Please ensure that equipment used belongs to the adult and not the young person.

3)      Please indicate to Rebecca Norman by e-mail (, that you would like to accept online lessons for the summer term.

4)      Please pay your fees via bank transfer (information on what these fees are and how to pay can be found below)

5)      Rebecca will send a confirmation e-mail that fees have been received and will inform your tutor that lessons can go ahead.

6)      The tutor will be responsible for liaising with you to arrange a mutual time for your lessons, it does not have to be on a Saturday morning during normal HuMS time.

7)      The tutors will let me know who they have taught so that I can keep their registers updated.

8)      If you have applied for a Freeman’s Bursary to cover this term, please note that we have not heard back from them so far, we have therefore assumed that the bursary will be granted for the time being, however if in the unlikely event these bursaries are not awarded you will be responsible for ensuring that fees are paid to HuMS to cover these lessons. I have also made adjustments for those who had already made  annual payments and this will be applied to the system as a credit for the Autumn term (I will endeavour to contact those affected individually)

9)      Theory - We are also offering theory lessons online fees to be determined depending upon numbers interested, if you are interested please let Rebecca know by 2nd May and we can provide further advice.

10)   If there are any issues or questions please contact Rebecca as soon as possible. It is intended that the music office will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (This may be subject to change at short notice due to personal circumstances during the current situation)


Planned Concerts

Choral Spectacular 27th March 2020 - This event has been cancelled due to many of the participants being in the high risk category for Covid-19.

HuMS End of Term Concert 28th March 2020 - We have decided not to run this concert, we do not want to put members at risk and felt that if turnout was low it might be disappointing for others.

Primary Schools

While the schools are open and providing the tutors are able to go in we will continue to provide lessons in schools.
Rebecca has contacted all of our tutors and is looking at the possibility of offering lessons via video link if required.

Big Band

Big Band have decided to cancel all rehearsals and engagements until the end of this academic year.

Lets be positive!

We may be sad that HuMS cannot come together however we have seen in Italy how music can be used to combat social isolation very effectively.

Rebecca will be monitoring e-mails and social media throughout this time, so, if you are stuck at home and well, please send us your photos and videos (please let us know if you are happy for these to be shared on Social media) on how you are using music to keep yourself occupied over the coming weeks! Here is a photo for inspiration!

Emergency closure of HuMS - Procedure

It is looking increasingly likely that Coronavirus is going to affect our daily lives.
This is likely to have a knock on effect on the activities that HuMS provides.
We are a small organisation but we utilise school premises for all of our activities and schools may well have to close for a time.

We would therefore suggest that to ensure that nobody makes an unnecessary journey and that you follow the advice below.

Primary Schools
If your child's school is closed then lessons will not take place.

Saturday Morning Music School
Rebecca has a child attending Hinchingbrooke School so as a parent will receive notification of any closure.  Rebecca will contact Hinchingbrooke School as soon as possible and find out how this will affect HuMS. She will then put notifications on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and will send an e-mail out to all students as soon as possible.  We would therefore advise that you check before you travel to HuMS.

Social Media

Our social media pages can be found by clicking on the links at the top and bottom of the webpages, they are public pages and so should be viewable by anyone, you do not have to be a subscriber to view them.

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