* Beer Wurlitzer New!
Britain's oldest Wurlitzer Theatre Organ: 'Wurlitzer opus number 956 was dispatched from the Wurlitzer factory in North Tonawanda, USA, on the 1st December 1924. It was the first Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ to be exported to the United Kingdom. Its original home was at The Picture House in Walsall, Staffordshire. It has been installed at The Congregational Church situated in Fore Street, Beer, Devon, since 1957'.
+ Sale Brass Band New!
'A 4th section brass band based in Cheshire ... If you have not played in a while and fancy getting into practise why not give us a try? We are a friendly band with a vibrant social side and a good mix of concerts and contests throughout the year including Butlins Contest, Durham Gala, Whit Friday marches as well as high profile jobs within the local area.'
* EYSM New!
What's so special about EYSM? 'Young people join us from across the world ... The range of experience is exciting ... We play a huge amount of music throughout the week ... The Conductors and Tutors are amazing ... We create stunning performances . . . whilst having so much fun.' Held Late July.
'Formed in 1992, the choir have been singing beautiful music together for over 20 years. We have a wide repertoire, from the 14th century until 20th century choral music. We aim to arrange 2-3 concerts per year, for the benefit of our audiences and the greater community,'
'An amateur orchestra of a very high standard. Each performance is led by an experienced professional player, and the orchestra works with a diverse range of distinguished guest conductors and directors. We promote our own concerts three times a year, each of which is prepared intensively over a residential rehearsal weekend. We also accompany choral societies.'
'We are an enthusiastic group of choristers and we perform both traditional male voice items together with some modern and challenging pieces ... The Choir varies in size between 20 to 50 members and currently stands more than 30, but there can never be too many and we are always looking for new recruits ...'
~ Forton Music New!
'Dedicated to publishing music written and arranged for woodwind and brass instruments. From piccolo to contra-bass clarinet, soprano saxophone to contra-bassoon, we offer a range of instrument specific music arranged and composed by wind players for wind ensembles of all sizes. Our music is played by ensembles worldwide. We have been composing and arranging for twenty years, and our music is extremely well suited to the instruments involved. As wind players ourselves we understand the particular idiosyncrasies of the family, particularly some of the rarer extreme members. However, we do appreciate the rarity of such instruments and offer a range of music for ensembles of all sizes.'
* Morgensterns New!
'Morgensterns Diary Service, established by Julian Morgenstern in October 1983, is more than a simple Musicians Answering Service (MAS), and more than a simple Musicians Diary Service. Morgensterns is the Premiere UK Booking Agency for Orchestral and Session Musicians, with the special advantages of an Outstanding Client List and an Expert Teleteam who actively seek work for clients through Morgensterns unique suite of Fixer Support Services, our Availability List Service, Who's Doing My Date service and through our Finely Tuned, Instantly Responsive Diary Management Systems.'
Annual Festival since 1964: 'Each year it has provided a full symphony orchestra with internationally renowned soloists producing four concerts in a week in West Somerset'. Held Late July.
+ Coronach New!
'Based in Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland, the enterprising group of instrumentalists have specialised ... in performances of the courtly and popular music of Renaissance Scotland on a wide range of early wind, stringed and keyboard instruments and more recently a concort of voices.'
'The Tetbury Music Festival was started by Elise Smith and Graham Kean in 2003. Steven Isserlis was the first Artistic Director. The Festival attracts internationally acclaimed performers, but also supports new musicians ...' Held Late September.
'Sutton Coldfield Chamber Orchestra was established in 1975 by musicians in the Sutton Coldfield area who wanted to play together. Since then, the orchestra has grown to approximately fifty regular members and became Sutton Coldfield Orchestra to reflect its size ... The orchestra’s conductors vary from concert to concert – we don’t have a regular conductor, preferring to have professional guest conductors. This keeps the orchestra on its toes musically, as it has to adapt to different styles and methods of conducting ... The core repertoire of the orchestra is music of the Classical period, which usually does not require more than ten or twelve wind instruments, but often extra players are brought in to play the larger scale pieces of the Romantic era. SCO has also performed a number of pieces by 20th century British composers, including Britten, Walton, Butterworth, Arnold and Berkeley.'
+ NoteAbility New!
'A 64-strong community choir based in St Austell, Cornwall. We love getting together and singing our hearts out and our performances show that we sing for the joy of it. We have been together since 2012 and ... we have built up a reputation for beautiful singing in an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment. We like to sing for other people, in particular helping raise funds for charities and local causes.'
'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.'
'The best in stage, screen, comedy, music and children's entertainment - on your doorstep ... Currently showing more than 200 live performances a year, including shows as diverse as ballet, children's entertainment, drama, comedy and of course the pantomime ...'
+ Whitburn Band New!
'Whitburn Band is one of the most successful brass bands in Scotland and has performed throughout the UK and Europe for many years ... Scottish Brass Band Champion, Scottish Open Champion and Scottish Band of the Year ... The Band can often be heard playing the national anthem of the away team at Scotland international rugby games in front of a television audience of millions.'
'The Band's aim is to encourage the interest of wind band musicians of any age and to give them plenty of experience of playing in public. We are always on the lookout for woodwind, brass and percussion players. There are also instrumental ensembles associated with the Band. The Band presents two main concerts each year, plus many other public engagements particularly during the summer and Christmas period. It raises much money for local and national charities.'
'Established in 2000 to bring world-class chamber music to beautiful and intimate venues up and down the Wye Valley. Having started as a chamber music retreat for young musicians at St Briavels Castle, the organisation has established itself as an important year-round cultural presence in the Wye Valley. The annual highlights are the January Festival and Summer Residency in July, which attract leading chamber musicians from the UK and Europe.'
'Established to promote the musical legacy of Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears. Britten was one of the foremost composers of the twentieth century and developed with the tenor Peter Pears a creative partnership which inspired Britten's music and also led to the founding of the Aldeburgh Festival. The Foundation is based at The Red House, the former home of Britten and Pears, in Aldeburgh, Suffolk. It is a registered charity formed in 1986 when the estates of Britten and Pears were reconstructed following the latter’s death. Its annual income largely derives from the royalties arising from worldwide performances and broadcasts of Britten’s works.'
+ Wyndham Singers New!
'A male singing group of 20 to 30 voices - all of whom are from the village of Kentisbeare and the surrounding area in Devon, UK. Membership is open to all men who enjoy a good sing. There are no auditions for membership.'
+ Redhill Sinfonia New!
'One of the oldest amateur orchestras in the country. Established in 1891 under the name of “Redhill Society of Instrumentalists”, during its long history it has been associated with many famous names ... The orchestra has a membership of nearly 60 amateur musicians and each year performs three concerts ... of varied repertoire. Key to the orchestra’s continued success, popularity and high standard are the skill and enthusiasm of its professional conductors and leader ...'
'Founded in 2010 to celebrate the restoration and improvement of the Cirencester Parish Church organ – a world-class Father Willis Organ built in 1895. The week-long festival ... includes five free week-day lunchtime recitals and three ticket-only performances, as well as a number of new events, including a children’s concert and musical wine tasting.' Held Late April.
'Fairly new band formed in 2004 ... BSI comprises players of all ages and rehearsals take place once a week on a Wednesday night. We play a wide variety of musical styles ranging from classical to modern light rock / pop. We always endeavour to keep our entertainment programmes interesting and varied. The band employs a resident conductor to deliver professional musical direction for both contesting and general performances and it’s our ongoing aim always to be improving.'
'The Hertfordshire Music Forum was established with terms of reference in September 2011 and was officially launched when Hertfordshire Music Service formally became Lead Partner for the Hertfordshire Music Education Hub in September 2012. It is the strategic group representing the key countywide stakeholders and partners that deliver and promote music education across Hertfordshire. There are many other regional and district partners who are crucial to local delivery. Their work is also supported by the Music Forum through the area based structure of the Hertfordshire Music Service and other Forum members.'
'Regarded as one of the leading musical societies in the East Midlands. Whilst our history spans over 100 years, we remain a dynamic group performing two musical productions per year with material ranging from the traditional Gilbert & Sullivan and Rodgers & Hammerstein, to shows such as “Our House, The Madness Musical” ... Erewash Musical Society has a thriving Youth Group (EMUs), who have been performing two productions per year since their formation in 2009. We are proud of their achievements, including winning their first NODA award for their production of “West Side Story” in 2012 and going on to win a further award for their production of “Fame Jnr”.'
'From its first days the London Symphony Orchestra has been defiantly different and proudly pioneering. It was the first British orchestra owned by its players, and its fiercly independent ethos has never waned. It was one of the first orchestras to make gramophone records and film scores; today it has more recordings to its name than any other orchestra in the world. It was the first to have its own peak-time television series. And more than a century on, the revolution continues ...'
@ Hever Castle New!
'Welcome to the Summer Festival! ... Whatever your preference, we are confident you will find something in the programme to suit your taste whether it be an entertaining play, an authentic musical celebration of a classic artist or a party night out. Perhaps jazz or swing is more your thing, or you are looking for a fantastic family show to delight your children or grandchildren? If so, we worked hard over the winter months to book a wide selection of high quality shows for your entertainment.'
'The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) comprises five constituent choirs for young people from primary school age to those leaving University. Collectively, we aim to be the most inspirational and innovative organisation for young singers in the UK, discovering and nurturing exceptional musical talent, providing unrivalled performance opportunities and world-class musical and leadership training to the widest possible range of young people in society, creating the next generation of music-lovers and choral enthusiasts who will in turn guarantee the continuing excellence and variety of the UK's vibrant and diverse choral tradition.'
'There is something for everyone in the programme. From active walks in the surrounding countryside to some high quality music ... Once again there will be input from local artists, authors and musicians ...' Held Early June.
'Formed in 1972 and consists of serving Police Officers, retired Officers, Special Constables, Police staff and members with no Police affiliation who have proven musical ability ... The choir performs on average around 15 concerts during its season, which runs from September to June, before taking off the summer months for a well earned break.'
'The enjoyment of music is enhanced when shared ... Experience programmes featuring many aspects of classical music ... Enjoy the best in recorded music with our superb sound system ... Meet in friendly, comfortable surroundings ... New members and visitors are very welcome.'
'We are an enthusiastic group of singers numbering 70 plus voices who always welcome new members. In addition to our Autumn and Spring Concerts, we host two Christmas Carol nights, hold a professional-led Saturday Workshop in February and enjoy several social events each season.'
'The New London Music Society was founded in 1981 by Terence Lovett and held its first residential music course at Wycombe Abbey in 1982. The Society also established a choir and orchestra which gave regular concerts in London and the Home Counties. Following the death of the Founder early in 1993, the Society was pleased to welcome Philip Meaden as Director. In 1999 the Summer School was moved from Wycombe Abbey to Queenswood School and in 2002 reverted to its original name ... The Society has been running summer schools for over thirty years.This website is principally dedicated to giving you information about the summer school ...' Held Mid August.
'Founded in 1935. During the first 25 years our repertoire was drawn solely from Gilbert & Sullivan and English musical comedy but in 1961 the musical comedy element was replaced by classical European operetta and in 1986 we added modern musicals, which have now become the mainstay of our repertoire.'
'Formed in 1975, by its first conductor Keith Swanwick, and quickly became established as the local chamber orchestra of St Albans. From that time on, Amadeus has delighted local audiences with its persistently high standard of performance. Players from the area, including many music teachers as well as talented amateurs, meet several times throughout the year, giving their services free in order to make music together. The orchestra varies in size from 25 to 50 players, depending on the repertoire being performed. The concerts have featured many of the major classical works for chamber orchestra from the 17th to the 20th centuries, as well as a wide range of concertos.'
'WCO is an amateur concert orchestra. Our aim is to perform mixed-repertoire concerts to the very highest standard. We believe that concerts should be an entertaining and rewarding experience for both members of the orchestra and the audience. Our orchestra is made up of the normal orchestral instruments, with an added saxophone as required ... We perform across the Wessex region, with repertoire ranging from film and light music through to a challenging range of full symphonic works.'
+ VOCES8 New!
'The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is now established as one of the world's most versatile and best-loved singing groups. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the ensemble performs a repertory from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements.'
+ Camden Choir New!
'Founded in 1971, the Camden Choir enjoys an excellent reputation, with high standards and a distinctive repertoire. We perform three concerts a year (usually in Primrose Hill or Hampstead, but further afield on occasions) plus we sing Christmas Carols in aid of charity. We aim to combine mainstream works with more unusual and musically challenging pieces by a wide range of composers ... A highlight of the choir year is its summer get-together (normally held in July), when we explore different styles of music during an informal weekend in the country ... You do not have to live in Camden ...'
+ Broadland Band New!
'We are a community concert band based in Cantley, Norfolk ... We also run a training band for wind & brass players ... Broadland Band has a long history as a village band, supporting local events in the region. Formed in the 1930s under the name “Blofield & District Silver Band”, the band has undergone several changes, moving to Strumpshaw, Freethorpe and then Cantley ... In September 2015 we made the exciting decision to become a concert/wind band and invite woodwind players to join for the first time. This has allowed for a range of new music, a larger band for concerts and engagements, and provides a progression route for those in the Training Band.'
'A small and friendly amateur theatre group that performs one show a year in the village of Kings Langley in Hertfordshire. Performances are held at the Kings Langley Community Centre, built for the purpose of Music and Theatre. There is a licensed bar, tiered seating, orchestra pit and a very warm welcome.'
+ New Essex Choir New!
'The Society has rehearsed and performed for nearly 60 years. Programmes have included major religious and secular works as well as shorter works in various styles. We are a friendly group with a common interest in singing.'
~ The Strad New!
'Since its launch in 1890, the magazine has brought its readers the best features, comment and analysis on all issues of interest to string teachers, players, students, instrument makers and enthusiasts. Authoritative, trusted and influential, The Strad keeps readers informed about the latest news, groundbreaking research and techniques in all aspects of playing and making stringed instruments through its print and digital platforms.'
+ Mereside Brass New!
'Brass band based in Plumley, between Northwich & Knutsford in Cheshire ... The band was established to allow people to have fun while playing and achieving their musical potential. The Musical Director has focused on ensuring the band play a wide variety of modern music mixed with some traditional brass. This is to ensure the band entertains as well as appeals to a wide variety of musical tastes ... The band is made up of many talented musicians from all over the Cheshire area who have extensive brass and musical backgrounds.'
'Exists to further the interests of early music in the area of Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex, the Isle of Wight, East Sussex and Kent. Non-members are invited to try one of our playing days. A diary of current and forth-coming activities is available from the events menu.'
'A thriving and busy choir. Throughout the year the choir help to raise funds for charities, both local and national. Concerts are often booked up to two years in advance. The choir members come from a wide area of North Cornwall ... The repertoire of the choir is varied and includes many classical and popular pieces as well as spirituals and sacred items.'
'Music plays an important part in the worship and life of the parish of St Thomas of Canterbury, a church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition ... Lunchtime Live! Lunchtime concerts are held during the summer months ... Admission is free with a retiring collection. Sandwiches and drinks are on sale from 12.30pm. The concerts are self-financing and since the first season began in 1995, performances have been given by local schoolchildren, teachers, professional and amateur musicians, including members of St Thomas’ congregation ...'
'A highly acclaimed trombone quartet based in the UK. Since its inception in 1999, the quartet has rapidly gained international recognition as a leading ensemble in brass chamber music. The group has performed its unique and diverse repertoire to audiences worldwide ... Bones Apart is committed to raising the profile of the trombone as a chamber music instrument by demonstrating its versatility. Through commissioning new works and arrangements Bones Apart has expanded not only the repertoire but the boundaries of brass chamber music, widening its appeal to an ever increasing audience.'
* Stockbridge Music New!
'Formed to bring top quality chamber music & recitals of all varieties to Stockbridge, inviting professional musicians to perform as well as high grade students seeking opportunities to perform in public and local musicians keen on furthering their careers.'
+ Brecknock Sinfonia New!
'A first class Orchestra for Brecon and the surrounding district ... It is a blend of professional players, instrumental teachers and talented amateurs from across South Wales and the Marches. They come together for four concerts a year, usually in Brecon but sometimes in other venues.'
For over 40 years 'the Allegri String Quartet, Britain's longest running chamber music ensemble (founded in 1953) has been playing each summer to delighted audiences at St. Myllin's Church, Llanfyllin, in the heart of Mid Wales. Those first concerts held by the original quartet developed into the beatingheart of what is now the annual Llanfyllin Music Festival or Gŵyl Gerdd Llanfyllin, as it is known locally. Over the years, the Festival has expanded to include performances by other musicians and artists of international calibre. In recent years, as part of the Festival, the Allegri has been involved in educational out reach work to Music Masterclasses and Concerts for young musicians within the county'. Held Late July.
+ New Mills Band New!
'New Mills Old Prize Band is the inheritor of a proud tradition going back 200 years. Its origin lies in a brass and reed band formed in 1811 or 1812 by Timothy Beard and can lay claim to being one of the oldest, if not the oldest, brass band in continuous existence in the country. Beginning as a brass and reed band, it was also at times both an entirely brass then a reed band (in 1869), before finally reverting to a brass band around the turn of the century.'
'Founded in 1994, The Academy of Music and Sound started life in humble settings, offering private instrument lessons and music technology courses in Torquay. Today the Academy has a national network of music centres offering specialist music courses. The Academy of Music and Sound has seven centres situated in key locations around the UK. Choose to study in Scotland, the North East, The Midlands, The South and South West of England.'
* Shuffle Festival New!
'Shuffle joins people together to create the kind of cities they want to live in. As an organisation, Shuffle works to build a more integrated community presence in the built and natural environment. Shuffle Festival is an annual event in Mile End. The festival exhibits creativity through film, science, performance, architectural installations, walks, food, and music. We run on a small budget and use local talent and attract a majority local audience (over 70% with an E3 postcode.'
'The organisation is dedicated to making an enjoyable and successful music education accessible to all young people irrespective of their ability to pay. The Music Hub also seeks to lift the barriers that arise through language, educational, social or cultural issues. Peterborough Music Hub's work is guided by The National Plan for Music Education 2011.'
+ Derbyshire Singers New!
'We are a choir of some 70 to 80 voices with members from north Derbyshire ... Being a member of The Derbyshire Singers can offer you the opportunity to sing with an inspiring conductor and to work with professional singers and instrumentalists ... New members are always welcome and may join at any time. Membership is by audition. You may come along to a few rehearsals before deciding whether you would like to join ... The choir usually performs three or four concerts per year.'
Formed 1909: 'The intimate Spotlight is now Bridlington's favourite little venue and is the permanent home of the BAODS. Alongside our talented amateur company, professional touring shows perform to enthusiastic audiences all year round. Locals and holiday makers alike pack the auditorium for music gigs, dramas, full-blown musicals and the legendary annual panto.'
'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.'
Formed 1897: 'In 2011, the Theatre again faced an uncertain future but was saved due to the formation of the new Marina Theatre Trust. A number of highly experienced people from both the local community and theatre industry were recruited and have worked in a united attempt to ensure the theatre’s future success ... Since then, the Marina Theatre has staged a whole host of West End musicals, top class comedians, plays and other events, in addition to the continued residency of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra'.
* Berlioz Society New!
'Our activities include at least two meetings a year in London. We also organise or inform members of visits to places associated with Berlioz, events and performances of his works. The main event of each year is a themed weekend—usually in November. This includes talks on subjects such as Berlioz's work and personality, the time and society in which he lived and the attitudes of his contemporaries—as well as recorded performances of his work, and a dinner with a guest speaker.'
'Nottingham Lakeside Arts is The University of Nottingham's public arts programme welcoming more than 200,000 people of all ages to a vibrant programme of performances, exhibitions, workshops and talks each year.'
'The Roberts Bakery Band was formed from Middlewich Town Band after securing sponsorship from the Roberts Bakery in 1980. Since then the band has achieved Championship Section status with many contest successes over the years. The band’s love however, is its concerts and over the years has forged a reputation as one of the most entertaining concert bands in the United Kingdom with a well-balanced repertoire of classical, traditional and "pop" music.'
'A welcoming and friendly group that enjoys taking on the challenge of a lively and varied repertoire. Our members span an age range from under 18 to over 80. The orchestra began life as an evening class in Solihull, moving to its independent status in 1990 ... In January 2005, the orchestra changed its name from Knowle Sinfonia to the Solihull Symphony Orchestra ... with at least three concert performances each year. In addition our annual Rising Stars concert provides an opportunity for talented young local musicians to perform with the orchestra.'
Founded 'in 1981 to foster and promote the maintenance, improvement and development of artistic taste and knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the arts among the inhabitants of the Borough of Ashford'.
'Better known as P&P, and based in Poole and Bournemouth in Dorset. We perform at major venues across Dorset, including Lighthouse, Poole; Regent Centre, Christchurch; Barrington Theatre, Ferndown; Layard Theatre, Wimborne; Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch ... We are one of the best-known amateur musical theatre, choir and drama companies on the South Coast and have won numerous awards, both locally and regionally, for our productions.'
'Takes place annually during the last week in June. It is a competitive festival - a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech - which seeks to provide a platform for performers of all ages who wish to develop their performance skills in a friendly and supportive environment ... There are piano, vocal and instrumental classes; soloists and ensembles, ranging from duets to orchestras and choirs, are all welcome. Our adjudicators often commend the Festival for its friendly, relaxed atmosphere and the high standard of performance.'
'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.'
'A highly regarded amateur choir with a membership of approximately 90. With four concerts each season and an annual open workshop we aim to share our appreciation of choral music, performing in venues in Harpenden and the surrounding area with professional orchestras and soloists.'
'Founded in 1976 by Richard Smith and was the first diary service to cater to both the orchestral and session world. As a busy freelance oboist he recognised the difficulties musicians had trying to balance their playing commitments whilst ensuring they were available when fixers called ... Now supporting over 1000 clients, MAS has established a reputation within the classical music business for professionalism and reliability.'
Formed 1977: 'Recitals are held in Regency-style premises, boasting a minstrels' gallery, and ideally suited for the performance of small-scale works. The Concert Room is particularly popular with chamber groups because of the high ceiling and friendly proportions'. Members' Musical Evenings 'These informal evenings provide an opportunity for members to perform at the club. In order to take part, ring the organiser at least two weeks before the evening. A list is maintained of members interested in performing; if you wish to be added to the list, please contact ...'
'Formed in 1993 by a group of classical guitar enthusiasts living in the Chichester and Bognor Regis area of West Sussex (UK). Since then it has pursued an active programme of club meetings interspersed with professional recitals of the highest quality. Our membership is now drawn from all over West Sussex and neighbouring counties and stands at around 140. The aims of the Club are to provide an informal setting where lovers of the classical (and flamenco) guitar can meet to enjoy making and listening to guitar music, to encourage players of all standards to reach their potential, and to promote the guitar in the wider community.'
Founded 1989: 'The Festival is largely a chamber music festival and is rooted in Leicester’s strong musical tradition of working with the finest musicians and composers ... The annual festival took place in Leicester in June for many years but moved to September in 2007. The Festival continues to attract regional, national and international recognition for the high quality of its musical performances, for the world-class artists taking part and for promoting stimulating and sometimes challenging programming'. The Festival also promotes an annual series of Lunchtime Concerts.
'The choir started in 1977 as a quartet formed to sing a few carols at a Christmas concert, organised to raise funds to renovate the Old Church house in Ormskirk. From that small beginning the choir now has around 24 singers ... The choir give between 4 and 8 public and private concerts every year ... The choir repertoire is extensive, consisting of classical, spiritual, folk songs and songs from the shows.'
'New comers are always welcome and there is no voice test or other selection procedure. You can just come along to see if you like it for a few weeks before joining ... Most newcomers have not sung for many years and are not welsh speaking. Yes! We do sing some songs in Welsh but most non-welsh speaking members manage this after a period of time. The rewards of singing in a choir are numerous and very enjoyable. There are thought to be considerable benefits to health and well-being. (Some of our members are in their 80’s and 90’s).'
'Started out as a grassroots music project with an ethos to change people’s lives through music. Over the years, Get Sorted has developed into a thriving music and arts hub with learning, performance and community at its heart. We have worked with numerous organisations, agencies and schools as well as clients who have special needs, behavioural difficulties and mental health issues. The Charity has seen many people, young and old, go on to find employment, access further education, become performers and travel the world with famous bands. We provide high quality tuition from experienced musicians and a safe and nurturing environment in which to learn. We can offer a wide range of support and opportunities for everyone. Get Sorted Academy of Music is more than just a music school. It’s a community; a collective; a family, and one that we welcome you to join.'
@ Artrix New!
'A versatile multi disciplinary arts centre ... Its live programme puts it at the top of many What's On in Birmingham lists. It consists of over 200 performances including chamber and orchestral concerts, jazz, folk and blues gigs, top stand up comedy, cutting edge theatre and dance and more traditional drama.'
+ Sussex Chorus New!
'The Sussex Chorus (formerly the Ditchling Choral Society), is one of the South East's leading choirs, performing four times a year in Brighton and Mid Sussex. Singers from all walks of life share a passion for choral music and ... enjoy rehearsing and performing a varied and exciting repetoire. The choir currently has about 100 members and always welcomes new singers.'
'Scotland's most picturesque chamber music festival, renowned for making use of spectacular and unusual settings around the gorgeous Loch Shiel, hosting performances from internationally renowned chamber musicians, each year.' Held Mid April.
~ Music in Norwich New!
'The Music in Norwich group started in 2004 with some seed funding from the Arts Council and Norwich City Council to build audiences and better communicate the wealth of music offered in the city. With a large number of active groups it was also important to develop an anti-clash calendar for music promoters and groups in the city, and a greater awareness of planning and programming. The universal agreement was to produce a joint music listing calendar which would show the composite offering of classical music in the city as well as enabling all members to be informed of each others plans and activities. The aim is to promote music more widely across Norwich, Norfolk and the country.'
= Karl Jenkins New!
'A recent exhaustive survey shows that Sir Karl Jenkins is now the most-performed living composer in the world. Educated at Gowerton Grammar School, Cardiff University and the Royal Academy of Music, London, The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace alone has been performed over 1500 times in 20 different countries since the CD was released, while his recorded output has resulted in 17 gold and platinum disc awards ...'
'If you enjoy good music (both light and serious) then you are bound to find something to your taste in our programmes of recorded music. You may hear some of your favourites or on the other hand you may be introduced to new music which you may well take to! All items are introduced by a presenter (a member or a guest) in an easily understood way - we are not musicians just music lovers.'
'Helps outstanding young musicians to develop and sustain international careers with awards that fund tailor-made projects. However, the Trust considers the value of receiving a BBT Award or Fellowship to be far greater than the direct financial assistance given. It aims to provide advice, guidance and contacts as well as public relations exposure for artists’ BBT-funded projects. Winners receive a high profile on the BBT website, with audio and video material included where appropriate, and via its news and e-newsletters. BBT artists join a family that supports them in advancing their careers.'
Formed in 1984: 'We have our own team of set builders who each year strive for bigger and better things. In the past we have had a real working fountain, we flew Katisha out in a balloon in 'The Mikado', and hopefully this year will prove no exception. The Company is approximately 40 strong and has performed every September since 1984. For our Millennium Project we tackled the "original" G& S 'Thespis': a UK premiere of this version'.
+ Burbage Band New!
Established 1861: 'We were formed as a village band, with the patronage of the Church and Duke of Devonshire, to teach music without charge, provide an educational and constructive pastime, develop community spirit and entertain. The band has earned an enviable repuation and has taught many hundreds to play. Today, Burbage Band continues to promote and represent Burbage and Buxton both locally and abroad at a whole host of differing concerts, functions and celebrations, providing music in a wide variety of styles, and has active members from every generation. The band is one of the most successful, busiest and friendliest bands in the area and is renowned for having trained most of its own players as well as many now playing with more famous bands. Lessons, instrument loan and insurance are provided free of charge to anyone with the commitment to learn. This provision is popular with all ages, but particularly where pupils also use the instruments at school'.
'Our objective is to educate in the arts of Music and Speech in all their branches. We aim to foster the talents of participants by providing them with the opportunity to gain experience through performing in front of an audience and to be inspired by the efforts of their peers. Professional adjudicators give praise and encouragement through constructive comments. Further opportunity for talent is provided at a Concert held in June when selected winners of classes perform.' Held Mid May.
'Amersham's local community orchestra ... Formed in 1962, MSO has gone from strength to strength in recent years and its repertoire now includes many works rarely attempted by amateur groups.'
+ Cantores Dominicae New!
'A local friendly choir based in Lyminge, Kent of members with mixed singing ability. Founded in 1979, Cantores is an independently run choir with charitable status. We have a long and varied history and over the years have built up a good reputation in the local areas, combining high standards with a warm and friendly social life.'
+ Chiswick Choir New!
'Founded in 1976 in London W4 by John Thackray, a passionate musician who served as conductor for multiple London choirs ... Chiswick Choir rehearses and performs three concerts per year as the culmination of our Spring, Summer and Winter seasons. The choir is delighted to work with a variety of soloists, small ensembles and full orchestras to deliver works from our varied repertoire.'
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