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The 31st annual Victoria Symphony Splash set to take place this summer has been cancelled.

The announcement comes after provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s statement this month that there will be no events this summer that require gatherings of more than 50 people.

The musical event is one of the largest annual symphony performances in North America, and attracts over 40,000 spectators from all over the world each year.

“We promise this does not mean the end of Splash or the Victoria Symphony in our community this year, and we are now shifting our focus to our 2020/21 fall season as well as planning for the 2021 Splash,” reads a statement from Victoria Symphony.

To compensate for patrons missing out on this year’s season, organizers of the event have built a Musician’s Corner section of their website that allows people to view archived videos of past concerts including Symphony Splash, interviews with the Maestro, an Ask a Musician section, and more.

Those who had tickets to the Symphony Splash or other concerts are encouraged to donate them Victoria Symphony and receive a charitable tax receipt, as a way to support the organization financially.

Anyone who wishes to request a refund can get one by contacting the box office by phone at 250-385-6515 or by email boxoffice@victoriasymphony.ca.