The Queen’s passing is a significant and sad event that will result in a range of responses as the country mourns and members may find that this affects their work in some way.
Some venues may choose to cancel performances, add moments of silence, or play the national anthem for instance.
As an unprecedented situation in modern times, it is impossible to provide blanket advice, but we would encourage members to check any contractual arrangements, engage in open communication with other parties, and contact their Regional Office if they need further advice.
The Government has also provided further information on this.
MU General Secretary pays tribute
MU General Secretary Naomi Pohl paid tribute to the Queen yesterday and said:
“The Queen has been a constant figure through many crises, recessions and of course the recent pandemic, and she has seen many Governments and Prime Ministers come and go.
“Countless musicians have performed for her over the years, from military bands to the Royal Variety Performances and her jubilee events. Who can forget Queen performing on the roof of Buckingham Palace?
“She has met and engaged with thousands of musicians and music industry figures from all walks of life and the MU pays its respects to her. Our thoughts are also with her family.”.