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'Areas covered by the Association are generally south-east Dorset and south-west Hampshire. This includes Poole, Bournemouth and The New Forest. Part of the Association’s objectives are "to advance the education of the public in the study of the art of music with special reference to liturgical and organ music". A meeting is held on most months during the year, ranging from arranged talks, visits to local organs, an annual full day outing to a major venue and an Annual Dinner. In recent years, we have been pleased to enjoy trips abroad.'

* Bournemouth and District Association of Organists
VISITS (to the Website)175
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)328

'The festival brings intriguing, spectacular and (sometimes) down-right curious arts experiences to our seaside town. With over 60 events – a spirited mix of some of the best regional, national and international arts across dance, film, music, visual art, literature, theatre, comedy and more.' Held Mid October.

* Bournemouth Arts By The Sea Festival
VISITS (to the Website)287
Also indexedArts Bournemouth
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)248
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'Promoting chamber music concerts by musicians of national and international repute - All concerts are held on Sundays at 3pm.' Typically half a dozen concerts October - May.

* Bournemouth Chamber Music
VISITS (to the Website)161
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)203

‘If you have an interest in classical music or wish to learn more about it, then we are confident that you will enjoy joining us for an evening of entertainment. The society arranges a full programme throughout the season, of talks given on a wide range of subjects. Presenters include both professionals such as musicians, conductors, record companies and historians plus enthusiasts from both our own and other recorded music societies.‘

* Bournemouth Gramophone Society
VISITS (to the Website)105
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)310

‘To celebrate excellence and promote community participation in the performing arts by presenting an annual festival, enhanced by competition and professional adjudication ... All sessions of all parts of the festival are open to the general public to come and support your friends, or just to sit back and enjoy hundreds of performances across a huge range of performing arts ... And, of course, there's the Celebration Concert which is held at the Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth.‘  Held Mid - Late June.

* Bournemouth Music Competitions Festival
VISITS (to the Website)476
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)3056

'Formed in October 1984 by a number of Dorset guitarists to promote the music of their instrument via solo and ensemble performances, master classes, workshops and concerts given by the guitar society and visiting artists.'

* Dorset Guitar Society
VISITS (to the Website)230
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)404

‘Specially created to entertain visitors to Bournemouth and showcase local jazz musicians.’ Held Late June.

* Jazz By The Sea
VISITS (to the Website)200
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)217

‘MCSS is a community music course held over 4 days at the Wellspring Centre, Boscombe, Bournemouth ... It encompasses all instruments, ages and abilities from grade 3 upwards. We have professional, well established tutors and conductor. We encourage an informal but, structured atmosphere with a very sociable approach. Applicants may order catering daily with home-grown produce and homemade fare.’ Held Early August.


* Musical Chairs Summer School
VISITS (to the Website)5
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)13
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are an award winning music education agency & lead partner for the Bournemouth & Poole Music Education Hub. With a partnership network of schools, local music providers, National Portfolio Organisations & independent practitioners, our work enables children & young people to experience, develop, progress & perform through music & the wider arts,'

* SoundStorm [Bournemouth and Poole]
VISITS (to the Website)371
Also indexedBournemouth & Poole Music Education Hub
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)375

Founded 1990: ‘We’re a community concert band and perform across Dorset including Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Wimborne and Ferndown. We’re one of the area’s largest concert bands with around 50 musicians of all ages, playing wind band instruments of all shapes and sizes ... We love seeing new faces in the band. To join, you’ll need to be 14 years or over and play a wind instrument or drums/percussion. We don’t ask for a specific grade but we recommend you’re around Grade 5 or equivalent and ideally you’ll have some band experience’.

+ Bournemouth and District Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)90
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)192

‘Launched in 1987 ... We are a 40 strong chamber choir, performing in Christchurch Priory, Wimborne Minster, Ringwood Parish Church ... Our wide repertoire includes a lot of Baroque music.’

+ Bournemouth Bach Choir
VISITS (to the Website)133
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)220
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1947: ‘In the early part of the year we rehearse for our Spring Show, usually performed in April and May. We perform our Spring Show in several surrounding theatres, usually featuring popular numbers from many G&S operas. We also on occasion include some non G&S numbers too. Our main production each year is always at the end of October and takes place in the theatre of Poole’s Lighthouse’.

+ Bournemouth G & S Society
VISITS (to the Website)71
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)149
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Fresh from a podium finish at a national choral competition under the expert guidance of our experienced Musical Team, we are looking to welcome men, not necessarily with any prior musical experience, who share our love of a broad range of music and are looking to learn and develop alongside us. Our repertoire ranges from Morley, Mendelssohn and Schubert to Eric Whitacre, Take That and Seal!'

+ Bournemouth Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)204
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)412
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1976, we are a friendly community orchestra who regularly play concerts around the Bournemouth area. Through the years the orchestra has grown, not only in numbers, but in stature, and is respected as a very fine orchestra. We tackle works from across the musical sphere from the classical symphonies to film scores, from concertos to operatic arias, and are always striving to make fantastic music with enthusiasm! We're always looking for new players to join us and new concert venues to play in ... The Orchestra typically plays around 4-5 concerts a year, which are held in Dorset and Hampshire and occasionally further afield.‘

+ Orchestra of the Bournemouth Philharmonic Society
VISITS (to the Website)26
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)88

‘The band has been part of Ringwood's life since 1879. In 1978 the band amalgamated with the Burley Band which started life around two years after the Ringwood Band ... The Band is well known in the New Forest/Wessex area and is a member of the Wessex Brass Band Association. Although it does take part in contests, the Ringwood & Burley Band is primarily a concert band playing an average of 30 engagements per year.’

+ Ringwood and Burley Band
VISITS (to the Website)45
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)643

‘We are an a cappella vocal group whose motto is “Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Excellent" ... Although the choir is the largest part of Wavelength we also have other smaller groups such as quartets and octets but in all cases our aim is to make great music together. Our repertoire will consist of popular songs from across the years, from Adele to Irving Berlin, Ella Fitzgerald to Tears for Fears and perhaps a little bit of classical, we hope to have something for everyone.’

+ Wavelength A Cappella
VISITS (to the Website)119
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)236

‘A Bournemouth community choir which was established in 2008 as a not-for-profit organisation with the aim of giving through music to raise money and supporting local charities ... We are a very friendly choir and our membership has grown to over 50 active members. We have a varied social calendar ranging from a fun fish ‘n chip supper to a skittles evening and a Christmas Social. New members are welcome - there's no audition - just turn up and join in ...’

+ Wessex Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)59
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)148
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Westbourne Orchestral Society, average strength 50 instrumentalists, was formed in 1930 and has given regular concerts ever since, even during the war, when it gave 248 concerts for troops stationed in Bournemouth ... Westbourne Orchestra has run its Concerto Competition every year since 2009 (apart from in 2015) and alternates each year between Youth/U21 Competition and the Adult/21+ Competition.’

+ Westbourne Orchestral Society
VISITS (to the Website)39
Also indexedWestbourne Orchestra Concerto Competition
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)81

‘The Bournemouth Pavilion and Ballroom is Bournemouth’s stunning Art Deco theatre providing year-round entertainment for everyone. The 1920s venue has retained its splendour and elegant style and is Bournemouth’s regular home for West End stage shows, Opera, Ballet, Pantomime and Comedy ... Our Compton Pipe Organ was built & installed in the Grade 2 listed Pavilion Theatre in 1929. The Compton Organ is still played today.’

@ Bournemouth Pavilion
VISITS (to the Website)136
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)105
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'University Music offers a range of exceptional musical opportunities to BU/AUB [Arts University Bournemouth] students and staff, as well as to members of the local community. Whether you are looking to sing in a choir, play in an orchestra or band, take lessons, or you just want to listen to excellent music - find out ... how you can access all that we offer.'

@ Bournemouth University
VISITS (to the Website)172
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)199

The St Stephen’s May Festival is ‘an annual celebration of music within the context of worship to be held here at St Stephen’s. We welcome many music lovers and many performers who join with us for these three glorious days’. Festival held Early May. The Church also organise a series of organ and other recitals throughout the year, usually held on Saturday mornings.

@ St Stephen’s Bournemouth
VISITS (to the Website)90
Also indexedSt Stephen’s Bournemouth May Festival
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)182

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