COVID-19 pandemic cancels World Symposium on Choral Music9:52, 16th March 2020
The 12th World Symposium on Choral Music (WSCM) due to take place in Auckland, New Zealand, in July 2020 has been cancelled, it was announced today.
The news comes as events all over the world are being cancelled as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
WSCM2020 artistic director John Rosser said in a statement, ‘We have all witnessed the massive impact the spread of COVID-19 is having on current and upcoming events across the world. There is no guarantee that this situation will have changed markedly by July.
‘The Symposium was to bring the best choirs and practitioners on the planet into New Zealand for a feast of concerts and other events before a large international audience. However, it has become clear that all the elements that made the event such an exciting prospect for our country also put it most at risk. After exhaustive examination of alternatives and consideration of risks, we have elected to cancel WSCM2020 now, in order to provide certainty for people who will be most affected.’
As part of his statement, Rosser assured ticket buyers and delegates that all registrations and concert tickets will be refunded, while asking customers to approach the process with patience.
The Symposium was due to take place from 11-18 July 2020.