'The Moira Furnace Folk Festival at the heart of the National Forest takes place at Moira Furnace located on the Leicestershire / Derbyshire border, one of the most picturesque settings in the industrial midlands. The Festival features some well known and talented main acts, plus local and national, up and coming artists ... Most events take place on the green site of Moira Furnace, with a Ceilidh on Saturday Night at the Miners Welfare, just a few hundred metres from the main site. Singarounds and sessions also take place at local pubs, some 10 minutes walk from the Festival main site. There are concerts all weekend in two marquees, each with a raised stage and PA system, plus singarounds in the Loft of the Furnace building.' Held Mid August.
'Formed in 1962 and has continued to perform musicals annually since that date. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in musical theatre, whether on or off stage, and our age range extends from 14 years to over 70. We are an extremely happy and active group, with social events throughout the year, to keep us together as a team, and to supplement our costs. These events include trips to shows, bowling evenings, annual balls and trips to the pub of course!'
'The Big Band was the idea of Ashby-de-la-Zouch trumpeter David Bradford who not only wanted to offer local musicians the chance to play in one of the best big bands around, but to also give the local community a band they could be proud of. The band is now one of the best Glenn Miller/1940s tribute bands in the country, with many players living in the Ashby area but also players coming from as far afield as Birmingham, Northampton and Chesterfield.'
'The band boasts a membership of over 50 players and is one of the leading concert bands in the East Midlands ... ACB is a true community band and welcomes players of all ages. The entry level is ABRSM Grade 5 or equivalent. Admission to the Band is subject to a satisfactory audition.'
'The origins of the choir can be traced to the formation of the Coalville Mining and Technical College Choir in 1953 ... In 1976 the choir was reconstituted as Broom Leys Choral Society; self-supporting and with charity status ... (The Choir) has continued to develop a wide and varied repertoire with concerts by both traditional and contemporary composers ranging from Brahms and Liszt to Sondheim and Lloyd-Webber.'
'Come and join us! We’re always happy to welcome new people - ability to read music is not a pre-requisite. You will be assigned a "Mentor" who will help you settle in and guide you through your first few rehearsals ...'
'Considered one of the finest exponents of the brass medium. Its wide range of styles and flexibility of performance has bought it world-wide fame. This British Band comprises of twenty-five brass musicians with percussion and performs a repertoire spanning Baroque to Jazz, its soloists some of the finest you will hear.'
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