Lead Organisation for the Kirklees Music Education Hub


Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) 




Dear parents, carers and pupils,


After the press conference given yesterday (Monday 16th March) by Prime Minister Johnson and in the interests of clarity, I have had to take the following decisions:

  1. All Musica Kirklees centres and central ensemble activities (ensembles and teaching) will stop as of and including today (Tuesday 17th March).  

  1. All teaching in schools will stop from the end of this week (Friday 20th March). Some Head Teachers have taken the decision not to let our staff into their school – everyone is being faced with making very challenging decisions.  We will be in touch as soon as we have a timescale for restarting lessons and ensembles. 

  1. All concerts (or similar events) until Easter will be postponed or cancelled - we will re-assess our summer term commitments when we know more about how the situation has developed.

The national and international picture is concerning for everyone. Musica Kirklees (our lessons and ensembles) is a place where so many students feel reassured, understood and valued and we are devastated at being given no option but to put things on hold at the moment.  Our staff will be looking at the best ways we can stay in touch with students and families in the coming days and will be in touch about that in due course.


In the mean-time, please stay safe and I hope you appreciate the reasons for the decisions I have had to take.

Kind regards,

Thom Meredith

Principal, Musica Kirklees

For information:

We provided the following information to all our staff – you will probably have seen this elsewhere and the situation is constantly changing, but I have included it in case it is useful for some people.

  1. 1.      Please be aware of all health guidelines: if you have a persistent cough, a fever or difficulty in breathing, you should self-isolate immediately (for 7 days if you are on your own or, if more than one person lives at your address, the whole household for 14 days).

  2. 2.      If you have had contact with anyone who has the Corona virus, you should stay at home and self-isolate.

  3. 3.      Anyone who is pregnant or who has the underlying health issues listed below should stay at home:

  • aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)

  • under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):

      1. chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis

      2. chronic heart disease, such as heart failure

      3. chronic kidney disease

      4. chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis

The following guidance is still relevant:

  • wash your hands regularly - with soap and water (or use alcohol sanitiser if hand-washing facilities are not available). This is particularly important after using public transport.

  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin. Catch it, Bin it, Kill it

  • students, staff and visitors should wash their hands:

    • before leaving home

    • on arrival at a school

    • after using the toilet

    • after breaks

    • before eating any food, including snacks

    • before leaving the school

    • if you can find one, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available

    • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

    • avoid close contact with people who are unwell

    • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

    • if you are worried about your symptoms, please consult the NHS website (111 is worth trying but it is now more for emergencies and they are now directing us to the website).