Welcome to the WellRehearsed app, developed for abcd and Making Music to help generate statistics on music making activities in the UK.
This free app has been developed in volunteer time as a simple-to-use risk management tool for amateur music groups of all kinds, choirs and instrumental groups. It asks two short anonymous questions:
- Has your choir/music group met for a rehearsal in the last week?
- Were any infections subsequently reported by persons attending it?
The aim is emphatically not to catch anybody out but to allow us to improve our response. We hope that members and the wider music world will download and use it as much as possible – it will give us much needed data that will help us all make the case for choral singing and for music activity in the community more generally.
We’ve developed WellRehearsed in conjunction with Professor Martin Ashley, who has advised many music organisations on their risk management over the last fifteen months. Martin says:
We’re all looking forwards to a full resumption of music activity, but the need for vigilance has not gone away and careful monitoring and prompt action is essential. Our government will take care of much of this, but we in the music world have a duty, not only to monitor our activities, but to provide the best possible information as quickly as possible should anything untoward occur. The easiest and most effective way of doing this is through the WellRehearsed app. It’s really straightforward to use and takes less than a minute to submit an anonymous weekly report confirming that all is well. Should a problem be identified, the questions WellRehearsed will then ask you will save hours of painful, forensic head scratching.
WellRehearsed is quick to install, easy to use, and it’s great to know that we can all contribute to collating the data needed to understand Covid and choral singing in real-world situations.