This Open Concerts and Recitals (OCR) Website is primarily a Directory of Websites offering details of forthcoming classical music concerts and recitals in the UK. The OCR Website does not list details of the individual concerts and recitals themselves. Instead, it gathers together descriptions of other Websites which - when accessed - should provide those details: either directly or indirectly. A key point is that I have generally restricted myself to indexing Websites which make an effort at keeping the concert and recital details they provide up-to-date. Thus you will not eventually find in my Directory information about every band, choir, concert society, ensemble, music academy, music club, music festival, orchestra, recital venue, soloist and so on and so forth currently active in the UK (classical) concert and recital arena. Sadly, the Websites of many such entities are just not kept current (at least, when I have sampled them). And because there are hundreds - if not thousands - of relevant Websites out there which do provide information which is present and correct, but whose details I have not yet had opportunity to capture, there is no need to relax this first key criterion for inclusion. In any case, there are few things more annoying on the Web than thinking one has found exactly the Web Site one needs, only then to discover its information is out-of-date.
Importantly, such errant Websites seem often to have been neglected because their parent bodies have found that it is easier (and cheaper?) to maintain Facebook Pages instead. (In which case, maybe it would give a better appearance if they simply took the Websites offline ...) However, a second key criterion I have adopted (except in a very few cases) is only to include Entries for those organizations and persons who maintain Websites; not just Facebook Pages. So far, because there is so much still to capture for my Directory, I find that I have been able to keep to the view that a well-designed Website is more effective and efficient at conveying the totality of a body's activities, than is a Facebook Page - however well-designed. For how long I will be able to keep to this old-fashioned view remains to be seen!
Finally, I must emphasize that:
* I am NOT responsible for the content of the Websites whose URLs I cite
* This is NOT a commercial service and no guarantees express or implicit are offered
Ray Lester was School Organist for his last two years at Manchester Grammar School following which he graduated in Chemistry and took a PhD in Chemical Pathology. He worked for the multinational company Unilever as an information scientist/systems analyst, then as a Librarian at the University of Bradford, University College London, Queen Elizabeth College, and the London Business School - where he spent 15 years, eventually becoming Director of Information Systems in charge of its library, computing and networking systems. He then decided to move back into science for the last 6 years of his working life, taking a similar job at The Natural History Museum. He retired in 2002, subsequently being Editor-in-Chief for two volumes of a reference work The New Walford.
Ray has created and maintains this Website simply as an interesting challenge - and because he likes going to concerts and recitals ! This is a personal interest website - as are two similar Websites set-up during the last few years: Open Lectures and Talks and Open Paths and Trails.