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Held Early March. 'We are consistently commended on being a friendly festival with a strong emphasis on fun and all-round participation! We’d love to see entrants of all ages and abilities taking part this coming year, and we endeavor to see smiles, creativity and enjoyment from all involved.'

* Basingstoke Music and Arts Festival
VISITS (to the Website)187
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)390

‘Launched in July 2005, Bramley’s event aims to dazzle, surprise and delight its audience ... It’s biennial – every other year – and in the summer, when the evenings are long and light and everyone can enjoy each other’s company, and that of the musicians, after each concert ... (Beware! There are perhaps half a dozen Bramleys in the UK, the largest and best known being situated in Surrey. Go there, and you’ll be disappointed – and about 30 miles from your true destination. The festival is held in Bramley, Hampshire, which is about 12 miles south of Reading and five miles north of Basingstoke and not at all difficult to find – unless you’re heading into Surrey.) Held Mid June [2019].

* Bramley & Little London Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)29
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)68

'An amateur mixed adult choir ... We sing a wide variety of music - you may not like everything we do, but you're sure to like something, and if your favourite isn't in our programme there are plenty of opportunities for choir members to make suggestions for future concerts. Typically we put on 3 major concerts in a year, but we also sing by invitation at other local events.'

+ Basing Singers
VISITS (to the Website)135
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)427
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Founded in 1922; we are Basingstoke’s oldest musical society and we pride ourselves on providing first-class entertainment to audiences in Basingstoke and the surrounding areas.'

+ Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society
VISITS (to the Website)141
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)391
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We have come a long way since it began - possibly as long ago as 1889 - but our aims vary little from those initiated when the Society first came into being. The choir remains strong, with around 140 committed members ...'

+ Basingstoke Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)223
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)303
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A traditional wind band with over forty playing members. The Band performs various engagements throughout the year, including charity concerts, bandstand concerts, and our own very popular Spring and Christmas concerts.’

+ Basingstoke Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)94
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)206
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Formed in March 2011 to provide a means of relaxation for hospital staff and for the benefit of patients who can visit the hospital restaurant on Wednesday Evenings (with the agreement of the nursing staff on their ward) - when the choir rehearse. The initial membership was 8 and has now increased to 35+ and includes people who are not staff members but enjoy singing in a choir.'

+ Basingstoke Hospital Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)206
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)494
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘BLC is well known for its entertaining performance and its imaginative presentation. We are a 55-strong choir who sing all styles of music from secular, folk, show-stoppers to the latest chart-busters. In concert songs are sung from memory. The choir has made broadcasts on television and recordings and has performed with many UK and international choirs both at home and overseas.’

+ Basingstoke Ladies Choir
VISITS (to the Website)114
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)191
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Formed 1964: ‘The Choir always welcomes new potential members. Novice or experienced singers can come along to our rehearsals, sit in with us, join in with us. Whilst having the ability to read music would be an asset it is by no-means a requirement. Potential members are first given a period of a few weeks to become familiar with the Choir’s requirements and procedures whilst rehearsing within their particular section: either Bass, Baritone, Second Tenor, or Top Tenor. When you feel comfortable and you decide that you would like to become a full member, a private audition with the Musical Director is arranged. This takes the form of singing scales and notes within your voice range so that the Musical Director can judge where best your vocal range fits within the choir. Although it sounds terribly formal be assured it is far from it and you can be sure of our help and support in encouraging you to use your voice’.

+ Basingstoke Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)90
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)176
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 1930 by local musicians for the enjoyment of making music through rehearsals and concerts. For over 60 years we were the only symphony orchestra to perform regularly in Basingstoke. The Anvil has transformed the musical scene in Basingstoke and we are now one of the many symphony orchestras who enjoy the Anvil's wonderful acoustics - likened by one expert to “an Italian courtyard in summer”. The high standard of presentation achieved by the BSO, coupled with the Anvil's acoustics and facilities means that we have been able to attract many top name soloists to perform with the orchestra over the past few years.’

 

+ Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)82
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)189

‘Our eleven ensembles have a reputation for excellence and a membership of over 300 young people aged from 6 to 18. Ensembles are provided and run by Hampshire Music Service who charge a fee per term for membership ... The Friends of Basingstoke Area Youth Orchestras and Choirs is a charity which exists to provide ongoing financial, administrative and staffing support to the Ensembles in excess of that provided by Hampshire Music Service. Staffing is provided by volunteers. We have no paid employees.’

+ BAYO Ensembles and Charity
VISITS (to the Website)173
Also indexedFriends of Basingstoke Area Youth Orchestras and Choirs
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)224

Formed 1980: ‘An amateur orchestra whose members form an eclectic mix of ages and backgrounds as well as playing abilities ... We usually perform three concerts per year, normally to raise money for charity or local good cause ... We welcome enquiries from prospective members’.

+ Deane Sinfonia
VISITS (to the Website)79
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)210

Formed 1975: ‘The Choir currently has 65 members who perform songs from a varied repertoire with traditional male voice choir songs as well as songs from the shows, operatic pieces, folk songs and classic hymns. Solo singing is encouraged as part of the development of individual voices and to inspire confidence in overall singing performance ... As one of the foremost choirs in the south-east of England, Hart is keenly sought after not only for concert performances, but also by budding singers’.

+ Hart Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)55
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)90

‘Formed in 2000 and currently consists of 20 regular musicians who enjoy playing big band, swing and jazz music ... The addition of a dedicated flute section offers a great versatility to the band's sound - at full pelt, the full sound of the woodwind is a perfect contrast to the strength of the brass whilst in the softer numbers, the flutes add a wonderful lyrical dimension to the sound. Count Basie used flutes in many of his pieces and this is a sound we wish to recreate.‘

 

+ Innovations Jazz Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)70
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)113
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1979: ‘We are based in the Hampshire Town of Tadley, in our own purpose built band room ... The band competes in Regional and National Competitions as well as providing Concerts and playing at Local events, Shows and Church Services ... The Band plays in the  region of 20 Engagements per year ... We have our own Training Band ... open to anyone from school age up and any ability wishing to start playing a Brass instrument’.

+ Tadley Concert Brass
VISITS (to the Website)63
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)167
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Anvil Arts runs The Anvil, The Haymarket and The Forge in Basingstoke. It is the largest performing arts organisation in Hampshire, serving a region which stretches across central southern England.’

@ Anvil Arts
VISITS (to the Website)142
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)163

West Green House Opera is a small charity which exists to support emerging artists in a nurturing and creative environment. Our week-long Opera Season offers new productions staged by opera professionals in stunning, purpose-built Green Theatres set in the lovely gardens at West Green.’

 

@ West Green House
VISITS (to the Website)22
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)30

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