2020 National Youth Music Camps Are Cancelled
It is with great sadness and regret that we have to announce the decision to cancel the 2020 National Youth Music Camps, in light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, the current restrictions and the longer-term uncertainties.
Our first and foremost responsibility is for the safety and well-being of all our young campers, our staff and volunteers, their families and the wider community.
The camps are residential camping-based week of intensive activity with everyone in close proximity for a significant amount of time. In addition campers, staff and families come from many different parts of the country. Under current advice and restrictions the camps would not be able to go ahead, and although there are some hopes that the peak will have passed there are significant uncertainties about what restrictions and risks will still be in place over the summer months.
Most summer events have already been cancelled, and although some August event organisers are still considering their position and waiting for advice to be updated, the specific combination of people and activities that make up camps mean that we have to be exceptionally cautious.
We believe it is better and safer to make the decision now given the uncertainty and risks that will still be there for more weeks and months.
We know this will be a great disappointment to many of our campers, families and staff. We fully expect to be back in 2021 and are pleased to say that we have already agreed the dates for 2021 as follows:
- T1 Sun 25 July – Sat 31 2021
- T2 Sun 1 – Sat 7 Aug 2021
- Junior Sun 8 – Sat 14 Aug 2021
We’ll be in touch shortly with campers and families about applications, fees and deposits, about next year’s camps and also about some special online projects we hope to do this year to help you stay in touch with camps and your camper friends.
We know this will be especially disappointing for those who would have been in their final year as a camper - as many of these ‘leavers’ will have been coming to camps for several years. We are looking at how we might make some one-off changes to our age ranges next year to enable this year’s teenage and junior campers to have their final year experience.
Thank you to everyone who had already committed to attending this Summer by way of deposit or full payment. We will be in contact shortly about a number of options which will include holding your payment for next year's camp, refunds, or a making a kind donation to the costs incurred so far from this year.
We hope you all stay healthy and safe in these extraordinary times, and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.