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‘The BDOA was founded in 1934 to advance the education of the public in the study of the art of music with reference to organ music. The Association offers advice to performers, teachers, students, churchmen and members of the public concerned with improvement in standards of performance, and in playing the organ. During each year we arrange lectures, visit organs, and demonstrate the organ. Quarterly, each member receives a copy of the magazine "The Organists' Review" and the local association bulletin. They also receive on an annual basis a directory of Members, which shows organists who are available to deputise for church organists and others, and a card showing a programme of events for the year.’

* Bristol and District Organists’ Association
Visits to the Website139
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‘Our mission is to promote and extend the profile of the classical guitar in the south west and to bring together players, makers, composers and enthusiasts of all levels. Our meetings include solo and ensemble practice and performance, seminars and masterclasses; our Concert Series presents internationally acclaimed performers.’

* Bristol Classical Guitar Society
Visits to the Website100
Views of The ‘Full’ Record171

‘A new venture [2019], organised on a non-profit basis by a group of Bristol musicians, to present and encourage participation in early music ... We have an eclectic programme of music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras; learn more about the instruments and music of these fascinating periods, with talks from expert guest speakers, immerse yourself listening to performances, and experience the magic of a candlelit concert late evening recital.’

* Bristol Early Music Festival
Visits to the Website6
Views of The ‘Full’ Record15
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‘Our festival is an annual event featuring a wide range of musical instrument and vocal classes, competitive and some non-competitive. It is open to all ages from as young as 4 through to adults, from all walks of life and educational background. The Festival provides entrants with the opportunity to perform before an audience. The classes are judged by professional Adjudicators who will provide verbal and written assessments to help the entrants further develop their talents. The festival is held in various Bristol venues during the 3-4 weeks prior to the end of the Spring Term. The Bristol Eisteddfod Association is run by volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It is a non-profit making Registered Charity and is always grateful for financial support and sponsorship to ensure its future.’

* Bristol Festival of Music, Speech & Drama
Visits to the Website130
Also indexedBristol Eisteddfod Association
Views of The ‘Full’ Record208

''If you think you know jazz and blues, you’re probably wrong! If you love music, you’ll love Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival. We’ve dipped into every genre and traversed the globe to bring you a line-up dedicated to the incredible musical legacy of jazz and blues; from swing to funk, bebop to blues, Gypsy jazz to Gospel, soul to rock ‘n roll ...' Held Mid March.

* Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival
Visits to the Website240
Views of The ‘Full’ Record296

‘If you enjoy playing or listening to chamber music – strings, woodwind, brass, piano, voice – then Bristol Music Club could be the place for you. For one hundred years its single-storey headquarters ... has been a centre for music-lovers from a wide area ... Club Concerts are held on alternate Tuesday evenings. The performers are still club members or their friends, and the standard of performance has never been higher.’

* Bristol Music Club
Visits to the Website45
Views of The ‘Full’ Record64
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Bristol Plays Music (BPM) is the music education hub for Bristol. We believe in the power of music – to inspire, teach and transform lives. We want to make sure that every young person has access to music education activities and a platform for musical expression. Through work with partners and venues across Bristol, BPM will join up opportunities for teaching, learning and performance in a way that everyone can access. Our goal is to promote local music-making and our city’s rich musical talent. Bristol Plays Music is run by Bristol Music Trust.’

* Bristol Plays Music
Visits to the Website132
Also indexedBristol Music Trust
Views of The ‘Full’ Record186
Concerts and Recitals Season‘BPM supports school and community events across the city and beyond. This includes events at Colston Hall and festivals and concerts across the city such as Harbour side and Sounds Inspiring.’

‘No pressure to perform. Play along if you want, sing along if you want. It's up to you. Playing ukulele in a relaxed and supportive group is a great fun and social way to develop your ukulele playing. This isn’t ukulele lessons but we all learn. All levels of skill and experience are welcome. All you need is a ukulele and a sense of humour ... Everyone brings their own uke, so please contact us if you would like to borrow one for the evening so we can arrange for someone to bring a spare ... We are the one and only, original Bristol Ukulele Jam. We are not affiliated with any business now trading under a similar name.‘

* Bristol Ukulele Jam
Visits to the Website81
Views of The ‘Full’ Record156

Annual Festival, founded 2013, ‘in the heart of Bristol ... We hope you’ll join us for a week of extraordinary music and more in Clifton, and look forward to welcoming you’. Held Early June.

* Clifton International Festival of Music
Visits to the Website7
Views of The ‘Full’ Record18
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'Offer a fantastic range of musical opportunities for students right across the University of Bristol. From the University Symphony Orchestra to the University Barbershop Singers, from the University New Music Ensemble to the Operatic Society, there is something to suit your taste, instrument and ability. You don't have to be studying a Music degree to participate in these activities (although Music students are warmly encouraged to partipate as well!).'

* Department of Music [Bristol]
Visits to the Website127
Also indexedUniversity of Bristol
Views of The ‘Full’ Record391

Typically, half a dozen evening concerts per season, October - June.

* Henleaze Concert Society
Visits to the Website114
Views of The ‘Full’ Record199
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‘A competitive festival for amateur performers of all ages, we offer classes in Dance, Piano, Voice, Speech & Drama, plus other Instrumental classes.’ Longwell Green is east of Bristol, within the Unitary Authority of South Gloucestershire. Held Late October.

* Longwell Green Eisteddfod
Visits to the Website54
Views of The ‘Full’ Record85

Avon Harmony is among the longest-running all female Barbershop A Cappella groups in the whole of the UK forming in 1974 in Bristol ... We attract women of all ages from 18+ with no upper age limit from all walks of life who want to sing and perform at a high standard. We enter the annual LABBS national barbershop competition each October Half Term and perform at regular events throughout the year from Weddings, Concerts, Varied Events and much more.’

+ Avon Harmony
Visits to the Website112
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'An award winning amateur group of approx forty women of all ages and walks of life. We formed in May 2012 ... We sing in an A Cappella style which has been partly influenced by Barbershop. However, our music is more diverse and although we sing some barbershop standards, we also sing Elbow, The Beatles and Show Songs. We find we enjoy this sort of music and so do our audiences.'

+ Black Sheep Harmony
Visits to the Website108
Views of The ‘Full’ Record207
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‘We sing at a wide assortment of events from concerts, festivals, hospitals, weddings, shops, flash mobs, council meetings and much more.‘

'We are a mixed group of singers that share a love of singing the ancient and evocative harmony songs from the Republic of Georgia.'

+ Borjghali
Visits to the Website92
Also indexedBristol Georgian Choir
Views of The ‘Full’ Record237

Founded 1987: ‘The rationale to finding the route to success was multi-pronged : engage the services of a conductor who would be inspiring (making rehearsal and concerts both rewarding musically and pleasurable); discover the best musicians in the area who were prepared to commit time and effort into practice and performance for no financial return; play in the wonderful acoustic of St George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol (for many years used by the BBC as a recording studio); rehearse intensively over the period immediately preceding the concert; promote high-quality events of varied and interesting content to be able to reward audiences, conductors, soloists and orchestra together’.

+ Brandon Hill Chamber Orchestra
Visits to the Website65
Views of The ‘Full’ Record118
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‘We are modelled on the village bands of Thomas Hardy’s day when local musicians played for all the local gatherings and celebrations. We play lively upbeat traditional tunes of the British Isles and include songs, words and dances to reflect the origins of the music. We perform at events such as fairs, street parties, harvest festivals and concerts ... We are a friendly and inclusive group welcoming all acoustic instruments, there are no auditions and music is provided online – reading music is an advantage but some members play by ear.’

+ Brigstowe Village Band
Visits to the Website41
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’Bristol A Cappella is a mixed chorus of around forty singers, making music for fun and achievement. We sing mainly pop, rock and show tunes without instruments and are always looking for new members who can be at our gigs and competition appearances ... As well as our main chorus, we also form smaller groups who sing with their own aims and rehearsals ... We have open rehearsals ... open to anyone who'd like to join us or get a feel for what we do. Our rehearsals can feel quite full-on if you're new to our chorus, but don't let it put you off if you're keen… dive in! If you prefer a tailor-made introduction, we host dedicated New Singers Evenings several times per year.’

+ Bristol A Cappella
Visits to the Website18
Views of The ‘Full’ Record66
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‘Aims ... to put on two or three full show experiences each year; to compete once per year; to have smaller events, like busking and flash mobs, to reach a total of around ten performances each year.’

‘One of the South West’s finest choral groups. Since its formation in 1966 the choir has gained a reputation for its dynamic, expressive singing and its vibrant performances. Its repertoire ranges from early Baroque music to 21st century compositions by James MacMillan, Arvo Pärt, Knut Nystedt, Cecilia McDowell and Will Todd. This versatility, and the choir’s size, mean that larger choral works and more intimate chamber choir pieces are performed with equal success ... We are always keen to accept singers who can pass an audition and demonstrate good sight-reading ability. Auditions are held by appointment, and applicants need to bring two copies of a piece to sing.‘

+ Bristol Bach Choir
Visits to the Website60
Views of The ‘Full’ Record98

'Formed in 1985 the Bristol Brass Consort is a symphonic brass ensemble that aims to provide audiences with high quality performances of the established brass repertoire as well as lesser known works and new commissions.'

+ Bristol Brass Consort
Visits to the Website154
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‘If you have been considering joining a choir, but don’t know where to begin, look no further! Bristol Cabot is a friendly group that meets for rehearsals on Monday evenings during term time. Rehearsals will leave you feeling energised. Our members come from all walks of life. Not only do we create music together, but we also have an active social calendar, and a lively rehearsal coffee break! We are an auditioned choir, and our concerts often include professional singers and orchestras. We perform three concerts a year with a repertoire that embraces music from different centuries, from renaissance to brand new commissions.’

+ Bristol Cabot Choir
Visits to the Website61
Views of The ‘Full’ Record183

Bristol Plays Music [BPM] is the Music Education Hub for Bristol ...  Bristol Centre for Musicians is home to BPM’s family of bands, ensembles and orchestras. Young musicians can join a range of age and level appropriate ensembles and bands which progress to the Bristol Youth Orchestra, widely regarded as one of the best youth orchestras in the South West. All BPM bands and ensembles have an excellent reputation in the city for producing talented musicians.‘

+ Bristol Centre for Musicians
Visits to the Website13
Also indexedBristol Youth Orchestra
Views of The ‘Full’ Record12
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‘A capella music from Palestrina to Part; neglected gems in the choral repertoire ... A small, long-established choir, singing in various venues around Bristol, from Tyntesfield to St George's, from village churches to “Bristol’s parish church”, St Stephen's.’ The Choir has flourished ‘under the auspices of the Bristol Madrigal Society’, founded in 1837, and a Society especially associated with the composer Robert Lucas Pearsall, who is ‘remembered now mainly for his immortal setting of the Christmas carol “In dulci jubilo” and for his lovely madrigal “Lay a garland”’.

+ Bristol Chamber Choir
Visits to the Website72
Also indexedBristol Madrigal Society | Robert Lucas Pearsall
Views of The ‘Full’ Record172
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Typically four to five concerts per year.

‘Founded in 1963 by a small group of amateur musicians who made music for their own enjoyment and gave invitation concerts. Over the years the membership has increased to about 30 players, several of whom are professionally qualified. The orchestra gives five or six public performances a year, occasionally combining with other instrumentalists and/or singers to perform symphonies, concertos and choral works ... The orchestra’s repertoire consists mainly, but not exclusively, of orchestral music for strings.’

+ Bristol Chamber Orchestra
Visits to the Website37
Views of The ‘Full’ Record64
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'Singers of all voice parts are welcome to join Bristol Choral Society at any time, and are encouraged to attend a few "no obligation" rehearsals during the first three weeks of term, before deciding if they would like to audition to join the choir ... After attending a few rehearsals, if you wish to join the choir, you will undertake a short, friendly audition ... comprising some scales/arpeggios to establish your range, pitching/aural exercises (such as singing the middle note of a chord), some sight-singing and a short prepared piece of your choice.'

+ Bristol Choral Society
Visits to the Website170
Views of The ‘Full’ Record254

‘One of Bristol’s largest and most versatile orchestras, playing mainly symphonic and large-scale choral repertoire. In recent years ... the orchestra has built up an excellent reputation, performing in Bristol’s main concert venues with top national and international soloists, attracting critical acclaim.’

+ Bristol Concert Orchestra
Visits to the Website70
Views of The ‘Full’ Record139
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‘From musical novices to top level performers, the Bristol Concert Wind Band family has been providing opportunities to play wind music in the Bristol area for over 30 years. In 1984 we started with just one band, but soon improver and training bands were formed to cater for growing demand and numbers. Today we enjoy a membership in excess of 150 spread across all of our bands and groups at all grades and abilities!’

+ Bristol Concert Wind Band
Visits to the Website50
Also indexedBlown Away! | Swings Cool | Winds of Change
Views of The ‘Full’ Record127

‘The Band is a totally self-supporting registered charity and continues to support other charities such as the Bristol Children's Hospital, St Peter's Hospice, Dogs for the Blind and the Jessie May Trust to name a few. Band members come from all walks of life. Many are students, often having started in the Band's own training programme and Number 2 band. Frequently they move on to other bands around the country as they progress in their careers. Of course this also means there is always a welcome for players moving into the area.‘

+ Bristol East & Kingswood Brass Band
Visits to the Website13
Views of The ‘Full’ Record62

Founded 1994: ‘The City’s only professional orchestra, comprising a core of 25 musicians and a further 50 musicians, all experienced players in a range of musical genres. The Ensemble has flexible configurations, from a piano trio through to full symphony orchestra. The Orchestra holds a pivotal position in South West music, presenting a varied programme of concerts and events in the region’s major venues’.

+ Bristol Ensemble
Visits to the Website66
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'An exciting award-winning chorus of around 40 ladies, that has been meeting and making music since 1977 ... New members are welcome at any time. If you are interested, do get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!'

+ Bristol Fashion Chorus
Visits to the Website126
Views of The ‘Full’ Record299
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‘Originally founded in 1968 and is now one of the largest male voice choirs in the West Country with around seventy members drawn from across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire ... They have performed in concert halls, churches, weddings and private functions, ranging from Eastern Europe, the Carnegie Hall, New York, to the Eden Project in Cornwall and Bristol’s churches and cathedrals. They sing traditional male voice favourites, songs from modern musicals, pop classics, spirituals and classical items, and they perform not only in English but also in other European languages.’

+ Bristol Male Voice Choir
Visits to the Website34
Views of The ‘Full’ Record48

A flourishing and thriving amateur ensemble with a well-established reputation for excellence, the Orchestra's players come from all parts of Bristol and its environs and share one important thing - a passion for music. The full orchestra performs at least three concerts annually, principally at St. George's Bristol where it regularly attracts large audiences. String and wind groups also perform chamber music for different occasions, including charitable events.’

+ Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra
Visits to the Website73
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‘Formed for the BBC Music Live event in 2000. We are a large amateur orchestra drawing players, mainly from the Bristol area. We meet every Monday evening and hold many concerts throughout the year in the Avon, Somerset, South Gloucestershire area, including annually at Iron Acton’s fabulous Prom in the Meadow.’

+ Bristol Millennium Orchestra
Visits to the Website81
Views of The ‘Full’ Record159

‘We play for the pleasure of working on and getting to know the orchestral repertoire.  From September to March, we meet monthly, usually on the third Sunday, to focus on a couple of works (usually one symphony and one overture) for two successive sessions before moving on to explore new works for the next two rehearsals and so on. Between April and June, we meet more regularly (up to five times)  preparing for our annual concert – which is given free to family and friends, followed by a Americian supper style buffet. We don't take ourselves too seriously but we do work hard at playing the music to as high a standard as possible.’

+ Bristol Orchestral Players
Visits to the Website32
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‘Founded in 1963, is a friendly choir of about 70 members with a wide range of ages and musical backgrounds ... Entry to the choir is by audition. If you are interested, why not come along to one of our rehearsals, meet us and sing with us and see what you think?‘

+ Bristol Phoenix Choir
Visits to the Website50
Views of The ‘Full’ Record131

‘A community band of drummers and dancers playing energetic Brazilian-based music for celebrating and dancing. The samba band and dancers perform at festivals, parties and events throughout the year, raising the roof and creating a vibrant atmosphere ... Bristol Samba promotes, supports and develops percussion-based music and related carnival arts, particularly in our local community.’

+ Bristol Samba
Visits to the Website48
Views of The ‘Full’ Record50

‘Founded in January 2016, Bristol Symphony is a new and exciting young orchestra for the City comprised of dynamic and talented players from across the region ... We work with a variety of established and emerging soloists, and with non-classical artists, from time to time. Bristol Symphony performs a core of three major concerts each year at a variety of venues ... Warmth, friendliness and a democratic approach characterise our outlook. We enjoy each other’s company, and support and develop one another’s playing ... Our aim is to rehearse and perform to the highest standard we can achieve, and to communicate the joy we have in making music to as wide an audience as possible.’

+ Bristol Symphony Orchestra
Visits to the Website41
Views of The ‘Full’ Record97
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'The Bristol Youth Choir is made up of a Junior section for children aged from 7 to 11 years, and Senior section for singers aged from 12 to 18 years. They sing a wide range of repertoire from action songs and songs from the shows to classical pieces. They take part in a minimum of 3 concerts per year.'

+ Bristol Youth Choir
Visits to the Website133
Views of The ‘Full’ Record337

‘Re-inventing the orchestra for the 21st century ... Our mission is to redefine what an orchestra can be. We see it as an extraordinary and perfectly synchronised body of instruments that draws on the tradition of centuries but is enriched and expanded by the talents, the instruments and the zeitgeist of the 21st century.  At our core is The British Paraorchestra, the world’s only large-scale ensemble for professional disabled musicians. This boundary-breaking group sets a new template for music-making, either on its own or in collaboration with its two partner ensembles ... the Army of Generals - an electrifying ensemble of non-disabled orchestral musicians that has built an enthusiastic following and is famed for its dynamic energy-fuelled performances ... and, Charles Hazlewood’s All Star Collective; an electronica band comprising some of the big names of pop and rock world.’

+ British Paraorchestra
Visits to the Website21
Views of The ‘Full’ Record45

‘If you want to lose yourself in wonderful classical works, many romantic, many famous, some you’ll have never heard before, you should pay a visit to our concerts this year. Whether you’ve taken a shine to Shostakovich or delight in Debussy, we’re here to offer you the best in Bristol’s amateur orchestral performances. Our programmes are always made up of: * One work picked from the Classic FM top 100; * One work chosen by our expert conductor; * One work chosen by our players.’

+ Brunel Sinfonia
Visits to the Website64
Views of The ‘Full’ Record114

‘An amateur orchestra ... with over 40 active members who are drawn from a twenty mile radius of our base in Warmley, Bristol. We rehearse weekly ... and aim to perform approximately six concerts a year in and around Bristol for various charities ... Cameo Orchestra play a very wide repertoire ranging from classics to popular movie themes and “songs from the shows”. The Orchestra would welcome interest from potential new members.’

+ Cameo Orchestra
Visits to the Website20
Views of The ‘Full’ Record82

‘Successful competing band ... formed in 1936 and was originally known as the Fishponds British Legion Band. Throughout the band’s history they have performed at many venues across the width and breadth of the UK ... The band changed their name in the early 1970's when their success had created questions from its now widespread audience of the whereabouts of “Fishponds”. From this date forward the band has performed under the name of its city of origin - “The City of Bristol Brass Band”.’

+ City of Bristol Brass Band
Visits to the Website45
Views of The ‘Full’ Record106

‘Formed in 1974 following inspiration from a touring American chorus, The GWC has been bringing joy and entertainment to British, European and American audiences ever since, with its unique blend of 50-plus unaccompanied male voices, performing wonderful close harmony arrangements ... The GWC competes regularly in local, national and international music festivals and has won the British Association of Barbershop Singers' Championship on a record ten occasions (most recently in May 2017) and has never been placed outside of the top five nationally!‘

+ Great Western Chorus
Visits to the Website74
Views of The ‘Full’ Record132

‘We sing all styles of a cappella music and perform regularly in Bristol's finest venues ... From rugby matches to the docks to churches to underground tunnels, if we can make a noise in it, we probably will - and we sound amazing ... Our aim is to achieve the eclectic mix of a community choir, but with the more ambitious harmony and vocal technique of a good choral society. You're never on your own with what you're learning - all new music is supported by voice part-specific CD or download. No problem at all if you can't read music ... We're big, but we've got room for more and newcomers get a really warm welcome. There's no audition and you have three free taster sessions.‘

+ Gurt Lush Choir
Visits to the Website36
Views of The ‘Full’ Record127
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Two major flagship concerts per year at Colston Hall plus informal ‘busking’ events and ‘random offers we can accept’.

Keynsham Orchestra has existed since the 1960s to foster an appreciation of classical music in the local area ... We usually present three symphonic concerts per year at St John's Church, Keynsham, and participate in the Keynsham Music Festival most summers with a lighter prom concert programme. We welcome musicians from the Keynsham area, including Bristol and Bath.‘

+ Keynsham Orchestra
Visits to the Website27
Views of The ‘Full’ Record52
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Close to Bristol: ‘This community based orchestra plays mainly light classical music for many local groups, senior citizens clubs and charities in the South West. The musicians are of mixed ability, and range in age from teenager to retired. The Orchestra encourages and supports all its members whether new players or those resuming a lapsed hobby and has at its heart the pleasure and enjoyment of making music.’

+ Longwell Green Orchestra
Visits to the Website58
Views of The ‘Full’ Record121

‘One of Bristol's premier symphony orchestras, with regular performances in major venues throughout the city ... The New Bristol Sinfonia ... had its first concert in June 1997, and has quickly grown into one of Bristol's most dynamic and prestigious amateur orchestras. It draws on local talent for its members from a variety of professional backgrounds, all who have the common goal of playing to the highest standard possible ... Its commitment to the city is shown by featuring local artists' work in the publicity and by commissioning works from composers with links to the region.’

+ New Bristol Sinfonia
Visits to the Website64
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Founded 2008: ‘The philosophy of Out There Music Bristol is all about getting people “out there” and using music as a positive force in their lives. OTM Bristol is inclusive and aims to break down the barriers surrounding access to music whilst always striving to achieve the highest standards possible ... At the heart of OTM Bristol are two large and lively community choirs that are open to absolutely everyone!‘

+ Out There Music Bristol
Visits to the Website58
Views of The ‘Full’ Record96

‘Redland Wind Band started as the training band of Bristol Concert Wind Band but in 1996 we split off and became an independent group with our own constitution and committee ... Our annual program consists of an indoor spring concert, an outdoor community concert and then various bandstand performances throughout the year, tied off with a bow in the form of our Christmas concert.’

+ Redland Wind Band
Visits to the Website76
Views of The ‘Full’ Record100

Founded 2008: ‘The South-West's largest LGBT choir, currently with around 150 members. We regularly perform at events in the Bristol area and beyond and we welcome new members three times a year ... Why an LGBT choir? Put simply, we enjoy singing and want to do it in a space where our orientation and/or gender isn't an issue.  Although we're definitely a performance choir, there's no pressure on members to perform, some just come along to rehearsals to sing and have a chat with friends. Anyone choosing to perform, however, will be treated to some of the best stages the area has to offer’.

+ Sing Out Bristol
Visits to the Website41
Views of The ‘Full’ Record115
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‘Founded in 2012 by musician and songwriter Heg Brignall, The Great Sea Choir have risen from a small group of singers to a forty-strong choir, performing their unique selection of a cappella, contemporary-folk arrangements at professional events and festivals, collaborating with other artists, receiving recognition from local BBC Introducing and BBC radio shows  ... The choir has performed at major concert venues ... The choir regularly promotes their own concerts and events including their sell-out winter concert held in central Bristol each year as well as more bespoke gigs ...’

+ The Great Sea Choir
Visits to the Website129
Views of The ‘Full’ Record192

‘A friendly, sociable choir that regularly rehearses a variety of works, both sacred and secular, in preparation for two main concerts per year, usually at Christmas and in the spring ... New members are always welcome, no audition necessary.‘

+ Westbury Choral
Visits to the Website54
Views of The ‘Full’ Record137
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‘We are a friendly non-auditioned, welcoming orchestra of 50 players ... with a repertoire of classical and modern popular pieces with an emphasis on having fun. We collaborate with other music groups locally to put on concerts throughout the year ... The Westbury Park Orchestra aims to provide an opportunity to ... make music with others in a friendly atmosphere ... for lapsed returners to dust down their instruments and play in a group setting ...’

+ Westbury Park Orchestra
Visits to the Website22
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‘Our band was formed in September 2013, with the aim of teaching adults with little or no previous musical experience, to play wind instruments. Since then we have worked hard to improve our musical ability and we are now playing at approximately Grade 3 level. Our continued development is due to dedicated practising and plenty of performance opportunities ... Currently our band comprises of flutes, clarinets, alto/ tenor and baritone saxes, euphonium, trombones, trumpets, bass guitar and drums, which means we have a well balanced sound but we are always happy to welcome new players.’

+ Westerly Winds Staple Hill
Visits to the Website76
Views of The ‘Full’ Record134

‘The Cathedral is a venue for a host of interesting musical events, from major concerts with national choirs to intimate lunchtime recitals with just a piano and singer ... For nearly 900 years, the walls of Bristol Cathedral have been alive with sound; sacred choral music, rich teaching, sell-out concerts and whispered words of private prayer. Our choir has reached new levels of excellence, providing some of the city’s highest quality music each week and providing hundreds of children from each generation with the best foundation of musical training. However, the quality of this sound is at risk. Find out about our ambitious plans to keep the building full of music ...’

@ Bristol Cathedral
Visits to the Website89
Views of The ‘Full’ Record179
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Bristol Cathedral Choir School has an ethos reflecting the Christian faith and with Music as its specialism. It aspires to be a learning community where all achieve their full potential in a supportive and tolerant environment, so that they can contribute fully to the society in which they live ... As Bristol’s oldest school, we are proud of our long traditions; this includes providing the choristers for the Cathedral Choir. The music specialism provides an exceptional range of opportunities. Our choirs and ensembles have established a national reputation across a range of genres, from gospel to classical orchestral works. Outstanding student engagement and leadership, in and out of the classroom, is the driving force behind our community.’

@ Bristol Cathedral Choir School
Visits to the Website56
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Clifton Diocese Music Service ‘is based at Clifton Roman Catholic Cathedral in Bristol, where we provide a wide range of music for Masses and other celebrations at the Cathedral, both as a part of parish life and as a part of the wider diocese ... We have a dynamic music team here at Clifton and we aim to bring a fresh approach to music in the liturgy. We compose and arrange music for the liturgy in differing styles, so we can truly say that the music we provide ranges from plainsong to music on which the ink is still wet. Our mission is to bring ourselves and the people we meet closer to God through our music, meeting them where they are in their journey in faith, in their understanding of what music can do for them and with them in the spirit of what we sing for and with them’.

@ Clifton Cathedral
Visits to the Website106
Also indexedClifton Diocese Music Service
Views of The ‘Full’ Record220

'Colston Hall is run by Bristol Music Trust, an independent organisation ... Launched in May 2011 Bristol Music Trust is an exciting independent venture with two distinct aims. The first is to manage the operations of Colston Hall ... The second aim is to drive forward music across Bristol; working in partnership with city wide organisations; leading on musical education, commissioning new works, supporting local musicians, and promoting music across all communities to build on the vibrant talent already in the city.'

@ Colston Hall
Visits to the Website102
Also indexedBristol Music Trust
Views of The ‘Full’ Record206
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‘Keynsham Town Council host a variety of FREE musical concerts throughout the summer on the Memorial Park Bandstand.’

@ Keynsham Bandstand
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‘One of the country’s leading concert halls. It boasts a superb acoustic and unique atmosphere which attracts the world’s best artists. A full and vibrant programme, with over 250 events each year, makes it an incredibly popular and important venue for all kinds of music. St George’s is also a charity dedicated to promoting high quality music to diverse audiences. We do this by offering the best classical, jazz, blues, folk and world music as well as family concerts and talks. We rely on ticket sales and venue hire to meet much of our annual running costs of £1 million, receiving public funding of just £35,000. Each year we are faced with a shortfall of around £300,000 which must be raised from donations. To find out how you can support St George’s, please visit Support Us.’

@ St George’s Bristol
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Concerts and Recitals Season

FEATURED Prolific provider of concerts and recitals: Only dates of the first dozen or so events occuring in the following 1-3 months will usually have been captured at Review; check the Website for later dates.

Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

St Mary Redcliffe Church has a long and distinguished musical tradition. There are usually three sung Sunday services each week at which one of the church choirs (or a visiting choir) sings. The church has a large and famous pipe organ by Harrison and Harrison of Durham, built in 1912, which is highly regarded as a masterpiece of Edwardian craftsmanship ... Each week we host a free organ recital on Thursday lunchtime, with organists from around the country and from further afield ... For details of this month's music take a look at our monthy music list and remember to look at our events page for information about concerts in church.‘

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