Glossary

 * In the text of an Entry within the Glossary denotes a word of phrase which has its own Entry in this Glossary

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This is the shaded horizontal bar located towards the top of each screen. Clicking on a character in the sequence provides an alphabetically ordered list of Category* headings.

Advanced Search

Drop-down lists of all the Categories* and of the Tags* I use (though the Tag Locality* is not a drop-down list: see a list of the current Localities I use at the foot of each Web Page). Note that the default setting is the equivalent of Boolean 'AND'. Also, that the Category you select will automatically include in the Search any Sub-Categories it has. So, as an example, the Field 'Genre' would allow you to search for 'Singing Groups and Choirs' within a particular geographical Category: if you keep the 'Return results' toggle at 'All' this could be within the whole of 'London' Category or the whole of the 'South West' Category; and these would include entries categorized, respectively within 'London (Central)' or within 'Cornwall'. Or you could just look for singing groups and choirs within the latter two areas by drilling down within the 'London' or 'South West' Categories before you do your search. These and other search combinations seem to work well most of the time and will normally generate a set of All Listings* results (so e.g. when searching for a 'Category' you might need to click This Category* to get the exact information you were seeking if the Search Category you have used had one or more Sub-Categories). I would add that it can be worth clicking 'Reset' before using this facility - especially if you are not getting the results you expect ...

All Listings

When perusing a Category* which has one or more Sub-Categories, clicking on 'All Listings' should display a collated A-Z list of all the Records assigned to the Sub-Category/ies as well as those assigned to the (parent) Category itself. There is a toggle which should change the A-Z 'Alphabetical' sort arrangement to one of 'Most Visited' (Website) or 'Popular' (Record) or 'Recently Added (Record)'. See also Filter listings*.

Category

The subject classification scheme used has been specially designed for this Directory* - with all the caveats that such an attempt implies.  You may well not find a Record* of interest categorized where you expected it to be: the names of places large and small in the UK which we use on a day-to-day basis cannot be hierarchically arranged in a single neat and tidy fashion! Similarly, musical genres overlap in their offerings; particular performers may not restrict themselves to one genre, however that is defined; and so on and so forth. So be patient when searching and browsing around the Directory! Each Category Heading is searchable using Simple Search* with the Categories found listed ahead of any Listings found: try the 3-letter search string 'ing' as an exemplar. See also Choosing the Categories*.

Choosing the Categories

Within the core of the Directory, each Record is categorized first as an * Organizer, a + Performer, or a @ Venue. The Record is then cross-referenced to one (or in a limited number of cases, more than one) Locality* within the EXPLORE* section of the Categorization. This, unless the organizer or performer is active across the whole of the United Kingdom and can not be felt to have a specific geographical focus - in which has the Region/Country Tag* 'UK'* is applied.

Directory Statistics

Calculated automatically by the software; displayed at the top of the left-hand corner of each screen.

Listings

A word generally used to mean the alphabetically sorted text of a set of 'Brief' Records* generated by clicking on a Category* Heading or by carrying out a Search*.

Map

The Directory* software links to an API Key from Google Maps UK: this produces a 'Marker' on the appropriate section of a map of the United Kingdom. For the @ Venues* I have naturally tried to place the markers at each of their addresses. For the * Organizers, I have generally chosen the location where all or most of their activity takes place, or from where such is organized. However, there are a considerable number of organizations cited whose activities can not be felt to be focused at a particular address; and for these no marker - or indeed map - is offered. For the + Performers, I have generally chosen the place where they rehearse - even when most or all of their concerts/recitals (currently) take place at specific locations. Again, for many performers it does not seem to be helpful to specify a Marker/Map; and this is the case for all of the =Soloists and the Entries in ~ World of Classical Music.

I have set the parameters so that - for most types of Listing* - a Map containing all the Markers pertaining to the Listing's Entries is automatically generated. (Where it is not, pressing All Listings* should generate such a Map.) You can toggle between 'Hide map' and 'Show map'. However, to avoid producing densely 'marked' Maps, note that I have set the maximum number of Listings per page at 100. So if the Listing you have generated contains more than 100 Entries, you will have to move through each of the pages to display all the Listing's Entries' Markers.

Clicking on a Marker generates the Title* of its associated Record*; and clicking on that takes you to the 'Full' Record itself.

* Organizers

The organizations and their people responsible for arranging concerts and recitals

+ Performers

The organizations and their people who perform within concerts and recitals

= Soloists

Leading solo performers who are active within concerts and recitals in the UK and who provide and keep current their own Websites. See also *Artist Managers and Agencies

Title

RI have generally chosen the Title of the organization, person or service I am describing in its Entry* as given on the relevant Website. The Title is prefixed by one of * + = @ ~ so that similar types of Record* appear together in the Listings*. It is hoped this is particularly helpful in the longer composite Listings (e.g. try a Search* using the word 'London').

UK

I use the Tag* 'UK' as a geographical indicator where a body or person is active across the UK or - at the least - it does not seem helpful to cross-reference them to a more specific locality within the nation. As the Directory develops, I find that I am tending to err on the side of 'specific locality' rather than just use 'UK'. For instance, if an orchestra or choir has a prime 'residency', I will cross-reference it to that Locality*, even when the majority of its performances occur outside the locality throughout the UK.

Views of 'Full' Record (& Map)

Subject to some constraints, aims to add one to the counter each time a user views a 'Full' Record: either by clicking through from the relevant 'Brief' Record; or directly - for example after a Search Engine search or because one has been sent an e-mail Recommend* by a friend or colleague.

Visits to the Website

Subject to some constraints, aims to add one to the counter each time there is a Visit to the external Website* cited at the top of the Record* underneath its Title* (either from the 'Brief' or from the 'Full' Record, or from the 'Print' screen).

Website

The URL given in each 'Brief' and 'Full' Record* should link you directly to details of the organization, person, or service described therein.

Website URL Checked

Should be the latest date when I used the given URL successfully to link to the cited Website*. (I try always to do this check 'offline' to avoid artificially inflating the Visits to the Website* statistic.)

@ Venues

The places where concerts and recitals happen.

~ World of Classical Music

The key bodies which provide the infrastructure for classical concert- and recital-making in the UK.

 

Directory Statistics

There are 2880 listings and 762 categories in our website

Recently Added Listings

'Localities' currently used in the Directory

  1. Abergavenny
  2. Aberystwyth
  3. Abingdon
  4. Accrington
  5. Aldeburgh
  6. Alfreton
  7. Alnwick
  8. Altrincham
  9. Amersham
  10. Ammanford
  11. Andover
  12. Anstruther
  13. Antrim Newtownabbey
  14. Appleby-in-Westmorland
  15. Ards North Down
  16. Armagh Banbridge Craigavon
  17. Arnold
  18. Arundel
  19. Ashbourne
  20. Ashby-de-la-Zouch
  21. Ashford (Kent)
  22. Ashton-Under-Lyne
  23. Aylesbury
  24. Aylsham
  25. Bakewell
  26. Banbury
  27. Bangor
  28. Banstead
  29. Barking and Dagenham
  30. Barnet
  31. Barnsley
  32. Barnstaple
  33. Basildon
  34. Basingstoke
  35. Bath
  36. Bebington
  37. Beccles
  38. Beckenham
  39. Bedford
  40. Belfast
  41. Belper
  42. Berkhamsted
  43. Berwick-upon-Tweed
  44. Beverley
  45. Bexley
  46. Bicester
  47. Bideford
  48. Biggleswade
  49. Billericay
  50. Birkenhead
  51. Birmingham
  52. Bishop Auckland
  53. Bishop's Stortford
  54. Blackburn
  55. Blackpool
  56. Blandford Forum
  57. Blyth
  58. Bodmin
  59. Bognor Regis
  60. Bolton
  61. Boston
  62. Bournemouth
  63. Brackley
  64. Bracknell
  65. Bradford
  66. Braintree
  67. Brecon
  68. Brent (London)
  69. Brentwood
  70. Bridgnorth
  71. Bridgwater
  72. Bridlington
  73. Bridport
  74. Brighton and Hove
  75. Bristol
  76. Broadstairs
  77. Bromley
  78. Bromsgrove
  79. Buckingham
  80. Bude
  81. Budleigh Salterton
  82. Burnley
  83. Burton upon Trent
  84. Bury (Lancashire)
  85. Bury St Edmunds
  86. Buxton
  87. Camborne
  88. Cambridge
  89. Camden
  90. Campbeltown
  91. Cannock
  92. Canterbury
  93. Cardiff
  94. Carlisle
  95. Carmarthen
  96. Causeway Coast Glens
  97. Chard
  98. Chelmsford
  99. Cheltenham
  100. Chesham
  101. Cheshunt
  102. Chester (City)
  103. Chester-le-Street
  104. Chesterfield
  105. Chichester
  106. Chippenham
  107. Chipping Norton
  108. Christchurch
  109. Cirencester
  110. City of London
  111. Clacton on Sea
  112. Clevedon
  113. Clitheroe
  114. Colchester
  115. Congleton
  116. Consett
  117. Corby
  118. Coventry
  119. Cranleigh
  120. Crawley
  121. Crediton
  122. Crewe
  123. Crieff
  124. Cromer
  125. Crosby
  126. Croydon
  127. Darlington
  128. Dartmouth
  129. Daventry
  130. Denbigh
  131. Derby
  132. Derry City Strabane
  133. Dewsbury
  134. Didcot
  135. Dingwall
  136. Doncaster
  137. Dorchester
  138. Dorking
  139. Driffield
  140. Dudley
  141. Dulwich
  142. Dumfries
  143. Dunstable
  144. Durham
  145. Ealing
  146. Eastbourne
  147. Ellesmere Port
  148. Ely
  149. Enfield
  150. Esher
  151. Evesham
  152. Exeter
  153. Exmouth
  154. Fakenham
  155. Falmouth
  156. Farnborough
  157. Farnham
  158. Fermanagh Omagh
  159. Folkestone
  160. Fort William
  161. Framlingham
  162. Frome
  163. Gainsborough
  164. Galashiels
  165. Gateshead
  166. Gillingham (Dorset)
  167. Gillingham (Kent)
  168. Glossop
  169. Gloucester
  170. Godalming
  171. Gosport
  172. Grantham
  173. Gravesend
  174. Grays
  175. Great Malvern
  176. Great Yarmouth
  177. Greenwich
  178. Grimsby
  179. Guildford
  180. Hackney
  181. Halesworth
  182. Halifax
  183. Hammersmith and Fulham
  184. Hampstead
  185. Haringey
  186. Harlow
  187. Harpenden
  188. Harrogate
  189. Harrow
  190. Hartlepool
  191. Haslemere
  192. Hastings
  193. Hatfield
  194. Havant
  195. Haverhill
  196. Havering
  197. Hawick
  198. Hay-on-Wye
  199. Haywards Heath
  200. Hebden Bridge
  201. Helensburgh
  202. Hemel Hempstead
  203. Henley-on-Thames
  204. Hereford
  205. Hertford
  206. Hexham
  207. High Wycombe
  208. Highgate
  209. Hillingdon
  210. Hinckley
  211. Hitchin
  212. Holborn
  213. Horsham
  214. Hounslow
  215. Hoylake
  216. Huddersfield
  217. Huntingdon
  218. Ilkeston
  219. Ilkley
  220. Inverness
  221. Ipswich
  222. Isle of Arran
  223. Isle of Bute
  224. Isle of Islay
  225. Isle of Mull
  226. Isle of Skye
  227. Islington
  228. Kelso
  229. Kendal
  230. Kensington and Chelsea
  231. Keswick
  232. Kettering
  233. Kidderminster
  234. King's Lynn
  235. Kingston upon Hull
  236. Kingston upon Thames
  237. Kirkby-in-Ashfield
  238. Kirkcaldy
  239. Lambeth
  240. Lancaster
  241. Leatherhead
  242. Ledbury
  243. Leeds
  244. Leicester
  245. Leigh (Lancashire)
  246. Leighton Buzzard
  247. Leominster
  248. Letchworth Garden City
  249. Lewes
  250. Lewisham
  251. Lichfield
  252. Lincoln
  253. Linlithgow
  254. Lisburn Castlereagh
  255. Liskeard
  256. Liverpool
  257. Livingston
  258. Llandrindod Wells
  259. Llanelli
  260. Lochgilphead
  261. Long Eaton
  262. Loughborough
  263. Louth
  264. Lowestoft
  265. Ludlow
  266. Luton
  267. Lydney
  268. Lyme Regis
  269. Lymington
  270. Lytham St Annes
  271. Macclesfield
  272. Maidenhead
  273. Maidstone
  274. Malmesbury
  275. Malton
  276. Manchester
  277. Mansfield
  278. March
  279. Market Harborough
  280. Marlborough
  281. Marlow
  282. Marple
  283. Matlock
  284. Melbourne
  285. Melton Mowbray
  286. Merton
  287. Mid East Antrim
  288. Mid Ulster
  289. Middlesbrough
  290. Milton Keynes
  291. Minehead
  292. Monmouth
  293. Morley
  294. Morpeth
  295. Newark-on-Trent
  296. Newbury
  297. Newcastle upon Tyne
  298. Newham
  299. Newport (Shropshire)
  300. Newry Mourne Down
  301. Newton Abbot
  302. Newton Stewart
  303. Newtown
  304. Northallerton
  305. Northampton
  306. Northwich
  307. Norwich
  308. Nottingham
  309. Nuneaton
  310. Oakham
  311. Oldham
  312. Olney
  313. Ormskirk
  314. Orpington
  315. Oswestry
  316. Otley
  317. Oundle
  318. Oxford
  319. Paignton
  320. Peebles
  321. Penrith
  322. Penzance
  323. Perth
  324. Peterborough
  325. Pitlochry
  326. Plymouth
  327. Pontefract
  328. Poole
  329. Portsmouth
  330. Preston
  331. Prestwich
  332. Rayleigh
  333. Reading
  334. Redbridge
  335. Redcar
  336. Reigate
  337. Rhyl
  338. Richmond (North Yorks)
  339. Richmond upon Thames
  340. Rickmansworth
  341. Ripon
  342. Rochdale
  343. Ross-on-Wye
  344. Rotherham
  345. Royal Leamington Spa
  346. Royal Tunbridge Wells
  347. Rugby
  348. Sale
  349. Salford
  350. Salisbury
  351. Saltash
  352. Sandbach
  353. Scarborough
  354. Scunthorpe
  355. Seaford
  356. Selby
  357. Selly Oak
  358. Sevenoaks
  359. Sheffield
  360. Sherborne
  361. Shrewsbury
  362. Sidmouth
  363. Skegness
  364. Skipton
  365. Solihull
  366. Southampton
  367. Southend-on-Sea
  368. Southport
  369. Southwark
  370. Southwell
  371. Spalding
  372. St Albans
  373. St Andrews
  374. St Austell
  375. St Helens
  376. St Ives
  377. Stafford
  378. Staines-upon-Thames
  379. Stamford
  380. Stevenage
  381. Stockport
  382. Stockton-on-Tees
  383. Stoke on Trent
  384. Stow on the Wold
  385. Stratford upon Avon
  386. Stroud
  387. Sudbury
  388. Sunderland
  389. Sutton (London)
  390. Sutton Coldfield
  391. Swanage
  392. Swindon
  393. Tamworth
  394. Taunton
  395. Tavistock
  396. Teignmouth
  397. Telford
  398. Tenterden
  399. Tewkesbury
  400. Thame (Oxon)
  401. Thornbury
  402. Thurso
  403. Tiverton
  404. Torquay
  405. Totnes
  406. Towcester
  407. Tower Hamlets
  408. Trowbridge
  409. Truro
  410. Ullapool
  411. Ulverston
  412. Uppingham
  413. Uttoxeter
  414. Wadebridge
  415. Wakefield
  416. Wallasey
  417. Wallsend
  418. Walsall
  419. Waltham Forest
  420. Walton-on-Thames
  421. Wandsworth
  422. Warrington
  423. Warwick
  424. Watford
  425. Wellingborough
  426. Wells (City)
  427. Welwyn Garden City
  428. West Bridgford
  429. West Bromwich
  430. Westminster
  431. Weston-Super-Mare
  432. Wetherby
  433. Weymouth
  434. Whitehaven
  435. Wigan
  436. Wigston Magna
  437. Wilmslow
  438. Wimborne Minster
  439. Winchester
  440. Windermere
  441. Windsor
  442. Wisbech
  443. Woking
  444. Wolverhampton
  445. Woodbridge
  446. Worcester
  447. Worksop
  448. Worthing
  449. Yate
  450. York (City)

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