* 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.
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 ...
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*.
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.
Calculated automatically by the software; displayed at the top of the left-hand corner of each screen.
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*.
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.
The organizations and their people responsible for arranging concerts and recitals
The organizations and their people who perform within concerts and recitals
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
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').
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).
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.)
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.