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'Cooperative of composers based in East Anglia, reaching out to London and the south of England. We consist of composers of all ages – from students to professionals – and our aim is to build opportunities for all our members to fulfil their potential through training workshops, sharing skills, advice and support and providing a range of performance opportunities. As with most composer collectives, funding presents a challenge, so we strive to share what each member can offer to the group. We are always looking to expand, develop and grow our membership ...'

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'Top artistes are engaged to entertain members each month, some are very well known to our Society, but there are times when we engage an unknown artiste ... The Society prides itself in being one of the most friendliest in the country(artistes will bear this out) and besides being an Organ Club our meetings are a social gathering where friends with a common interest can meet each month.'

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‘Festival with a wide range of classes organised by age of entrant. Each participant gets a written adjudication and the first three in each class are awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze medals. These days the adjudicators are always chosen from the British and International Federation specialist adjudicators. This ensures that the quality of the feedback is of the highest standard and that the running of the Festival is compliant with all of the national standards. Adjudicators are also always from out of the Essex/Suffolk area to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest.’ Held Mid June.

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‘The Roman River Festival brings a mind-boggling variety of performers to informal and unexpected venues in Colchester, Stoke by Nayland and coastal Essex each September for a 10-day festival. From internationally renowned classical musicians to beatboxers, choreographers and digital artists, there’s something for everyone.’

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'Official musical band for the Regiment and attends a variety of formal, commercial and commemorative events. Highly trained musicians, they are recruited from Bandsmen and women across the Army ... Their proud presence at special Airborne occasions and commemorative events is much-prized and hugely appreciated by serving personnel, veterans, their families and the general public.'

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Established 2009: ‘To complement the repertoire of other choirs in Colchester, the choir seeks to promote and perform challenging works suitable for the smaller choir, particularly from the pre-baroque era as well as the 19th and 20th centuries. Lesser known works and works in their original language are given special attention‘.

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Colchester Choral Society works to uphold and strengthen the English Choral tradition by performing a variety of public concerts of the traditional large scale oratorios as well as exploring more intimate repertoire including regularly singing a cappella ... An after concert reception is held for the choir and audience following all the main concerts ... Membership of the society includes trained experienced singers as well as others with little in the way of musical education, who have a good memory, an acceptable voice and are prepared to work hard. There is a short informal audition.‘

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Colchester Operatic Society, COS, and its younger members (who form Colchester Operatic Second Edition, more popularly known as CO2) perform a selection of shows and concerts each year, at various locations throughout Colchester ... From our “amateur” beginnings in 1924, COS and CO2 now receive rave reviews from regional and national press and continue to enjoy a sterling reputation for being one of the region’s most loved operatic societies.‘

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‘The members of the orchestra are mostly professional musicians. Opportunities are also given to new, talented students. The Orchestra does not receive any grants or subsidies but is delighted and very grateful to receive sponsorship and donations from Friends. Ticket sales also form an important contribution to our income. Colchester Symphony Orchestra makes a unique contribution to high-standard professional music-making in the Colchester area.’

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‘The Colchester-based Colne Valley Youth Orchestra (CVYO), made up of the CVYO Main Orchestra and its junior partner, the Colne Valley Training Orchestra (CVTO), was established in 1980 ... The aim of the orchestra has always been to afford musical and social opportunities to youngsters aged 7-18 no matter what their background. Many CVYO members have since gone on to become professional musicians.’

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‘Founded in 1980, Essex Concert Band has many years’ experience in entertaining audiences both locally and further afield ... However, our main aim is to make a real contribution to our community by undertaking local performances in conjunction with charities and fund raisers and we regularly perform in schools, churches, village halls and bandstands across Essex ... Based around Colchester, Essex Concert Band is a true community ensemble, welcoming musicians from all walks of life including teachers and ex-professionals as well as enthusiastic amateurs ... As a group we aim to set high standards, giving playing opportunities to musicians who have typically obtained grade 6 ABRSM equivalent or higher.’

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‘The Kingfisher Sinfonietta was founded in 2011 by its Leader/Director Beth Spendlove. In a short but very busy time, it has become a much respected orchestra, performing to high professional standards in a variety of venues across Suffolk and Essex. As well as some of the best orchestral musicians in East Anglia, the KFS occasionally helps young musicians to experience and gain confidence in orchestral playing. Soloists are drawn from the profession and from principal players within the orchestra ... Together with the Kingfisher Ensemble, audiences can enjoy our programmes of music for duo, trio, quartet - up to large-scale orchestral works requiring 40-50 players! We delight in supporting a number of important choral societies in small and large-scale works and also performing works by living composers ... Ensemble concerts are usually held at Lion Walk Church in Colchester ... Sinfonietta concerts are held at a variety of venues in East Anglia.’

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‘Formed by Sarah Blake in 1992 from a few members of Lexden Church Choir, augmented by a number of friends. The objective was not only to pursue quality but also engender a friendly atmosphere, with no hierarchy, so that new members would feel immediately at home. The idea has worked well and is one of the main attractions of membership. The Choir has grown steadily in both membership and reputation, and can muster up to one hundred singers when performing the larger scale works such as Verdi’s Requiem and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. The Society performs 4 concerts a year – April, June, November and December.’

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‘We are a friendly, mixed-voice choir (SATB) who enjoy performing works from a large and varied choral repertoire including Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Mass in C minor, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Rutter's Magnificat, as well as lighter classical pieces. We usually give three concerts a year, within Manningtree and the surrounding area bordering Essex and Suffolk ... No auditions are required and we are happy to help with queries about vocal range and parts. Sight-reading ability would be helpful but this is not absolutely essential.‘

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'Do you like Big Band music, but haven't got the space for a Big Band? Size isn't everything! We've trimmed our line-up down to 9 (saxophones, trumpets, trombone, piano, bass and drums), a manageable number that will still give you that Big Band sound, and won't break the bank! Like the idea of a Jazz Band, but worried that it mightn't suit all tastes? We have a varied repertoire, starting with the classics of Big Band swing, adding a pinch of Trad Jazz, a twist of your Rock n Roll favourites, a little rumba of Latin American, and those all time greats of film and stage. All served up with ballroom dancing standards ...'

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‘Founded in 1977 and numbering 130 singers ... New members are very welcome – you don’t need to be a member of staff or student at the University. Our singers are from all walks of life; musical novices to experienced singers, some still at school, others working or retired ... If you would like to join us there is a simple voice test ... We sing twice yearly in prestigious venues in East Anglia such as Snape Maltings and St Edmundsbury Cathedral and on the University of Essex main campus.’

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‘Established in 1978 and has been raising money for local charities every since. We play music for fun and welcome players of all ages and abilities.’

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Colchester Castle Park is very lucky to contain a Victorian bandstand.  This is used through the summer by traditional silver bands and some more contemporary artists playing more modern music. There is nothing better on a sunny afternoon than packing a picnic, laying down a rug on the grass that surrounds the bandstand and then enjoying your picnic while relaxing listening to the music ... The really good news is that all of the events scheduled for the bandstand are Free.  Even more of a reason why you should make the time to come along.‘

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'Colchester Town Hall’s majestic Edwardian organ is at the heart of the town’s musical life, featuring in lunchtime recitals, concerts, civic ceremonies and weddings. First installed by Norman & Beard in 1902, a Heritage Lottery Fund-sponsored restoration was completed in 2015, enabling the Moot Hall Organ to be heard and enjoyed by people of all ages and by future generations.'

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