CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE
Monday 23 March 2020
First, and foremost, all of us at Blackheath Halls send our best wishes and hope you are keeping well.
Following the government’s announcement on 16th March advising people to avoid social gatherings we have, with great regret, temporarily closed our doors and suspended all public performances and community engagement activities until at least Sunday 19 April. The health and well-being of our audiences, performers, staff and wider community are of paramount importance, and our number one priority at this time.
If you have booked tickets for events during this period of closure, you will already have received an email outlining your options. As we are sure you will understand, box office staff are extremely busy at this time and your patience in dealing with your cancellation would be greatly appreciated. Many people have already generously waived their ticket refund in order to support Blackheath Halls as a registered charity, and we are immensely grateful to each and every one of you for your support to date.
Blackheath Halls runs over 800 performances, workshops and activities every year without any core funding. We are hugely dependent on ticket sales, bar income and income from hires, so being closed for an extended period is enormously concerning from a financial perspective, especially when we are also trying to treat fairly those who depend on the creative sector for their income, including our artists, freelancers and staff team.
We recognise that everyone has different circumstances, and this is a difficult time for many individuals and organisations, but if you are in a position to help we would be enormously grateful. This should enable us to get through this difficult time, and re-open when it is safe to do so, continuing to present a wide range of performances and community engagement activities for people of all ages.
To make a gift, no matter how large or small please visit www.blackheathhalls.com/support-blackheath-halls/donate-now. We will be able to claim Gift Aid on applicable donations made in this way.
Whilst it is not possible to attend live performances, we are going to be sharing suggestions for online listening and viewing from some of our favourite musicians and performers, so please do keep an eye on our social media platforms for updates.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and will keep the website updated with information on any extended closure dates or rescheduling of events in due course.
We all very much look forward to the time when we can re-open our doors and welcome you back into the building.
In the meantime we are sending our very best wishes, and enormous thanks for your continued support.
From all at Blackheath Halls
For more advice visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/