Andante International Choir has cancelled its three scheduled March performances of John Rutter’s Requiem because of the government-imposed lockdown. Plans are in place to perform the Requiem in the Costa Blanca area sometime after the Covid-19 crisis has subsided in Spain.

The planned ‘Fiesta de la Paz’ music festival, which was scheduled to take place in San Miguel de Salinas on May 9th to mark 75 years of peace in Europe, has been cancelled.

Also on hold is the Charity Auction which usually takes place on Tuesdays at the Club in Quesada, and the very popular Charity Market which takes place at the Emerald Isle in La Florida and to date, has been a vital source of income for local charities the Elche Children’s Care Home and the Jose Obrero orphanage.

The U3A has also taken precautions to protect members during these unprecedented times. Spokesperson Barry Weston told the Costa Blanca People, “Due to the ongoing concerns and issues with the virus COVID-19 the committee met to discuss the safety and the way forward for the association and its members.

Whilst we do not want to create unnecessary panic, or indeed offer unsuitable advice, we have the safe keeping of you our members at the forefront of our thinking and therefore advise that as all bars and restaurants and almost all venues are closed all group leaders should cancel groups and events in line with various council’s advice.

I would ask therefore that members take all necessary precautions to stay safe and well.”

Torrevieja’s Auditorium has also been forced to make changes to its spring schedule in light of recent events. The opera, Don Giovanni, scheduled for March 26th has been cancelled. The concert by Torrevieja Symphony Orchestra, scheduled for March 28th, which was to feature works by Scandinavian composers has also been cancelled. Some theatrical works have also been postponed to later dates. Tickets bought for cancelled shows can be refunded (via the same channel through which they were purchased – i.e online, or via the box office once it reopens). Tickets for postponed shows will be valid for the new dates.

If your group or organisation would like to let our readers know of an event that has had to be postponed due to the state of alarm, let us know – office@costablancapeople.com