Some good news....
  • tomjaw
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    One of the studies into aerosols has issued a pre-print paper, Media article, Pre-print scientific paper here, more about the group here, and,
    The research project, known as PERFORM (ParticulatE Respiratory Matter to InForm Guidance for the Safe Distancing of PerfOrmeRs in a COVID-19 PandeMic), is supported by Public Health England, and will be carried out by a collaborative team from Imperial College London, University of Bristol, Wexham Park Hospital, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, Royal Brompton Hospital and ARUP.

    A quote from the paper,
    Based on the differences observed between vocalisation and breathing and given that it is likely that there will be many more audience members than performers, singers may not be responsible for the greatest production of aerosol during a performance, and for indoor events measures to ensure adequate ventilation may be more important than restricting a specific activity.

    The Vienna Philharmonic has also completed a study.

    N.B. The U.K. Guidance has not been updated but can be found here,

    So two studies that claim that singing (or playing wind instruments) is no more of a 'risk' than talking (when comparing aerosols emitted)
  • AndreaLeal
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    Sounds very positive!
  • a_f_hawkins
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    So good news on aerosols emitted. There is a question, probably much more difficult to answer, of whether the deep breathing of the performers exposes them to greater risk.
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  • SalieriSalieri
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    Here's the latest video from OAE's series "Bach, the Universe, Everything", with a talk by Dr. Declan Costello, who was involved in the Study.
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