Following the Science is a systematic review of the literature relating to singing and brass, woodwind and bagpipe playing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The current COVID-19 situation has resulted in widespread concern and uncertainty relating to musical performance and the potential risks associated with singing and brass, woodwind and bagpipe playing. Though there is some advice and guidance, it is important that future guidance should be evidence-based, and the sources identified.
This review gathers historical as well as the most recent relevant knowledge to provide evidence-based guidance for safe performance practice. The literature was analysed in order to determine the evidence of risk attached to singing and brass, woodwind and bagpipe playing, in relation to the spread of airborne pathogens such as COVID-19, through droplets and aerosol. It also informed the measures to mitigate risk.