Music Associations and Societies
'The AMA-UK is a professional trade association representing and advocating for the voice of American Roots music in the UK. Our membership comprises musicians, both from the UK and overseas, plus professionals from all sectors of the music industry, such as agents, promoters, venues, festivals, labels, distributors, retailers, management, touring, journalists, broadcasters and publicists.'
'The only UK organisation which is devoted entirely to supporting those leading choral music, both amateur and professional. We are committed to promoting, improving and maintaining opportunities for the professional development of all those leading singing of any kind, whether in the classroom or in the community. Our 800+ members represent nearly 2000 choral groups and include teachers, composers, singers and students, leading singing of all kinds.'
'The ABO is the national body representing the collective interests of professional orchestras, youth ensembles and the wider classical music industry throughout the UK. Our mission is to enable and support an innovative, collaborative and sustainable orchestral sector by providing advice, suppport, intelligence and information to the people who make British orchestras a global success.'
'The members comprise performers, teachers and those with an interest in our core aim, which is "to encourage the communication of English words, in singing and speech, with clarity, understanding and imagination".'
'Purely a representative body seeking to further the interests of all Gaelic Choirs. It is a governing body and does not interfere in any way whatsoever with the management or work of any individual choir. Our role is to negotiate on behalf of Gaelic Choirs and to strengthen the common bonds between us.'
'The Federation of Festivals is the membership body for all festivals that provide opportunities for amateur performers and to the professional adjudicators / accompanists that work with our festivals. We support the festival movement by providing information, support, advice and essential services to our members ... There are almost 300 member festivals across the UK, Ireland and beyond ...'
'The British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) is a registered charity supporting male barbershop singing in the UK. We are the largest barbershop organisation outside of North America, and have 60 registered choruses (choirs) and over 100 registered barbershop quartets. More and more people are experiencing the thrill and excitement of singing harmony in the distinctive barbershop style, which has resulted in a significant increase in the membership of our association. They all share the joy of singing - but it’s the harmony that makes the difference!'
'Europe's oldest flute organisation and has a lot to offer its members. Pan, the Society's journal, is recognised world-wide as a highly informative and entertaining flute journal. Every quarter Pan brings you articles on all aspects of the flute and flute playing. It is the authoritative guide to the latest flute news, listings of concerts, courses and reviews of new music, books and recordings.'
'Founded in 1979 by a group of musical enthusiasts, both amateur and professional, who believed in the need for an organisation which by its specific promotional efforts might help combat the generally indifferent attitude then widely displayed by many music lovers in this country towards their home-grown British musical tradition ... Members may submit infomation about British music events around the UK and beyond.'
'The BTS is for everyone interested in the trombone and we make no distinctions based on age, ability, or any other considerations. Membership is also open to non-players, too, as well as amateurs and professionals, teachers and academics.'
'The Society was originally founded as the English Viola Society in September 2007 ... It has expanded to become the British Viola Society with charitable objectives, aiming to support, promote and encourage every aspect of playing, teaching, composing and research relevant to the viola in Great Britain ... The British Viola Society is a member of the International Viola Society (IVS). 7% of members’ subscriptions go to the IVS, bringing together around 1500 violists across eighteen countries.'
'Choir Schools are amazing places where young choristers enjoy learning and playing. Their work takes them into stunningly beautiful buildings on a daily basis. There is no better educational and musical training start for boys and girls aged 7 years and up who love to sing. The Choir Schools' Association is here to help parents and youngsters to make the most of this incredible opportunity.'
'We are very proud to be an organisation for everyone, young or old, keen amateur, student or celebrated soloist, from Great Britain or abroad. We know that everyone who joins will be looking for something slightly different from the Society, and this is reflected in the breadth of our quarterly Clarinet & Saxophone magazine and the range of events we run, from soloist and chamber competitions, to play days, repair workshops, and conferences ...'
'Back in 1898, the Folk-Song Society was founded with the aim of saving and celebrating England’s traditional folk songs. Following a merger with the English Folk Dance Society (EFDS) in 1932, our remit expanded to include the wider folk arts – and today we continue to bring folk to new audiences across the country.'
''The Choir is the lifeblood, the animating factor that turns a Cathedral from a beautiful but silent space into one that reverberates with glory ... Support Choirs through membership or by donating.' Website includes 'a directory of Cathedrals, Collegiate Churches, Chapels and other choral foundations in Great Britain and the Irish Republic'.
'The aim of the Society, which was formed in 1967, is "To advance, provide and encourage for the public benefit the art of handbell tune ringing in all its forms". It is the only national organisation supporting handbell, handchime and Belleplate players. The Society presents to its members a wide range of activities and music designed to show the many aspects of handbell tune ringing. The Society is organised into 8 regions giving access to a nationwide network of handbell ringers from all walks of life and of varying abilities. Each region holds rallies where teams have the chance to ring individually or to combine to ring the same piece of music in "massed" ringing. Workshops are also organised in the regions for teams to try out other ringing methods or techniques.'
'The UK's professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music. We were set up in 1882 to promote the art of music and protect the interests of musicians. We are a wholly independent organisation supporting over 7,800 members from all areas of the profession and from all musical backgrounds. Our members include thousands of performers, composers, educators, academics, music administrators, music technology professionals, music therapists and portfolio musicians. Giving musicians a voice and empowering them in an ever-changing sector is of vital important to us. With your help we continue to successfully campaign to protect musicians' rights, music education and the music profession as a whole. Our financial and political independence allows us the freedom to take the concerns of musicians to Government regardless of which political party is in power.'
Our Aims 'To promote the enjoyment and appreciation of all aspects of military music including bands, corps of drums, pipes, bugles and their heritage; To act as a means by which members receive regular news about military music and bands; To enable members to meet others with an interest in, and/or experience of, military music and bands; To provide historic and biographical information about military music and musicians; To disseminate information about public appearances by military bands, thereby supporting the bands and the promoters of such performances.'
'LABBS is one of three barbershop-singing organisations in the United Kingdom, and the only purely-British organisation for female barbershop singers. Our members love to sing and we take every opportunity to share our love of barbershop and our passion for harmony, wherever we can. Since its establishment in 1976, LABBS has grown to have 50 clubs and over 2000 members who are located up, down and across the country from Cornwall to Scotland.'
'Light Music bridges the gap between classical and popular music, although its boundaries are often blurred. It is music with an immediate appeal, music to entertain and to enjoy. It has a strong emphasis on melody, and as such, it is designed to appeal to a wider audience than more serious forms of the Western classical music tradition ...'
'LBS is performance-driven. An independent spirit, all the Society does flows to and from the "live" experience enabling the performer and listener to draw closer to Bach, his music, his life and times and to be inspired and enriched by them ... We are supported by private donors, trusts and foundations ... Under founder Paul Steinitz’s direction the Society’s pioneering projects have changed the way we approach the performance of Bach’s music in this country. They have opened the door to Bach’s magnificent treasury of music for many generations of performers and listeners, and inspired other conductors and musicians to explore the vast corpus of Bach’s music more deeply themselves here in the UK.'
'Exists to promote the lute and its music. Members get a new member's pack of 100 pages of lute music, a quarterly magazine, Lute News, with music supplement, an annual journal, The Lute, discounts on our growing range of publications and other benefits. Even if you can't make it to our meetings, playing days, and residential weekends in Britain, joining is an excellent way of building up your music library, and keeping in touch with other lute players, and with news in the lute world.'
'Acts as a medium for bringing together in a working relationship those organisations and institutions in the United Kingdom involved in music education and music education training, thereby creating a common meeting ground and opportunities for the exchange of information and the promotion of joint or connected activities.'
'We are a network of people who share a common philosophy in relation to singing and groupwork ... Many people see themselves as "non singers" because of previous experiences of criticism and judgment. Many are excluded from singing activities because they do not have music-reading skills or trained voices. Our work aims to counteract these experiences and give people confidence in their voices by providing them with a supportive learning environment and a suitable repertoire ...'
'Founded in 1888, exists to promote the performance and study of liturgical chant and medieval polyphony, through the publication of editions, facsimiles and scholarly articles, and through educational and liaison events.'
'Proud Voices is a network of LGBT choirs in the UK and Ireland. Whether we sing in protest, sing to raise awareness, sing to build communities or simply sing for pleasure, Proud Voices celebrates the best of our shared choral tradition.'
'Founded in 1874 "for the investigation and discussion of subjects connected with the art and science of music", and its activities have evolved to embrace all aspects of the study of any kind of music, from history, analysis, and ethnomusicology to studies of perception, reception, and practice-based research. It aims to sustain and enhance British musical culture, while fostering international links and recognizing outstanding scholarly achievement by individuals worldwide, and to support the education and training of young scholars.'
'The RSPBA is the recognised Centre of Excellence for the promotion and development of Pipe Band music internationally. Its services and facilities include: Education, training and certification in Piping, Drumming, Drum Majoring and Pipe Band Adjudication; An annual Summer School; An Academy of Pipe Band Musicianship; Setting standards of Pipe Band competition performance; Organising the World, Scottish, British, UK and European Pipe Band Championships as well as the World Solo Drumming Championships; Publishing the official summaries of the results of the 5 Major Championships and the results of other Pipe Band competitions run under RSPBA rules.'
'An industry-funded body established in October 2008 to represent the collective interests of the recorded, published and live arms of the British music industry. Through collective representation UK Music promotes the interests of record labels and music publishers (major and independent), songwriters, composers, lyricists, musicians, managers, producers, promoters, venues and collection societies.'
'An informal group of singers, instrumentalists and scholars. We share an interest in the sacred music, psalmody and hymnody, and the secular music and dance of the men and women who performed from the west galleries of parish churches, in chapels, and around the towns and villages of England during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.'
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