This years York Proms event has been called off because of Covid insurance issues.
In a statement on their Facebook page, organiser and soprano singer Rebecca Newman, said: “Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s York Proms until Sunday 10th July 2022.
“All tickets will be automatically transferred to the new date. You do not need to do anything. An email with more detailed information will be sent to all ticket holders by 1st May.”
Now in an interview for the Late Show on YorkMix Radio last night, Rebecca has told David Dunning that insuring the event was a major problem.
“Well, we tried everything we could. But it was impossible to insure the event.
“And once we’ve paid out for stage and orchestra along with security and toilets, if the government had decided that we had to lockdown again, or they banned gatherings of over 500 it just would have ruined us, because we would have owed all of this money to people who were providing services, a lot of it would have already been paid out.
“And of course, people would then need to have a refund for the ticket.
“So I think so many people have just been in in a really difficult position this year where they want to make something work. But unfortunately, without more government help you just can’t do it.
“Unless the government were prepared to say, right, if we have to close down your event, we will compensate you for that, then really there was there was no other way to do it.”
Rebecca said that she appreciates how patient and supportive everyone has been at this very difficult time and looks forward to a fantastic event next year.
Tickets for 2022 will be available to book online from 1st May.