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’DDOCA membership is open to all who are interested, on payment of the appropriate annual subscription. We include among our members professional and amateur musicians of a wide range of interest in and expertise at the organ, students, and non-instrumentalists - as individuals or as a family. New members are always very welcome.‘

* Darlington & District Organists’ & Choirmasters’ Association
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Founded 1932: ‘We have acquired a reputation as one of the friendliest festivals. Due to the hard work of the small committee, the word has spread amongst adjudicators that we are a festival worth coming to, and we hope we can keep up these standards for many years to come.’ Speech & Music Section held in March.

* Darlington Festival for Performing Arts
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'Set up late in 2010 to help protect and promote arts and culture in the town. It was established as a co-operative in Spring 2011 and members include representatives of arts and community groups.'

* Darlington for Culture
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‘The Darlington Jazz Festival, hosted by Darlington Jazz Club, began in April 2011 taking place entirely at The Forum in Darlington. Over the past 7 years, the festival began growing with events taking place across the country and involving renowned Jazz artists ... The Festival is a perfect place for Jazz fans, old and new and is always open to more and more players. For a taster of what we do, don’t miss our Darlington Jazz Club nights, hosted on Sunday nights every fortnight from 5.30pm - 8.00pm.’ Festival held Early May.

* Darlington Jazz Festival
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Also indexedDarlington Jazz Club
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Six evening concerts, October - April.

* Darlington Music Society
Visits to the Website125
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Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club has promoted live jazz in the town since 1996, and it is our aim to continue bringing quality jazz to Darlington. From ragtime to swing, through the hot dance music of the 1920’s, to the revivalist years and the “traddy pop” of the 1950’s and 1960’s, with perhaps some be-bop and jive, we try to provide a programme which has something for everyone. Jazz has always been about entertainment, and the connectivity between the musicians and their audience, but most of all it is about tapping your feet and enjoying yourself. So don’t be shy, give us and jazz a try! You’ll be sure of a warm welcome.’

* Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club
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'Established in 1996 to use the town's new Steinway, Darlington Piano Society presents piano recitals at 3.00pm on Sunday afternoons in The Central Hall of the Dolphin Centre. Recitalists are soloists of international standing. Join us this season for our 100th recitalist!' [2017-2018]

* Darlington Piano Society
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Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.’ September - May.

* Darlington Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website64
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‘A Darlington based brass band which have been running since 1870 ... The Band takes part in a number of competitions & concerts during the year ... The bulk of the band’s fundraising is done through December with many caroling jobs entertaining Christmas shoppers. Please give generously!‘

+ Cockerton Prize Silver Band
Visits to the Website43
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'Our membership is open to anyone who would like to sing with about 90 other like-minded souls. Previous choral experience is welcomed, of course, but several of our members joined as novices. All find choral singing an enjoyable and satisfying way of spending a Wednesday evening ... Concerts are held twice a year, normally in November and April, and in most years we also do a "summer sing". We also occasionally perform concerts "on request" for other organisations, to celebrate special events, etc.'

+ Darlington Choral Society
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Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed over twenty five years ago and is now a group of up to twenty players who meet to play fortnightly during term time ... The Ensemble rehearses for its own pleasure and gives concerts.'

+ Darlington Clarinet Ensemble
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'Community orchestra featuring local amateur musicians. We perform two regular concerts per year and occasionally participate in other events.'

+ Darlington Orchestra
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‘The Society has performed twice a year since 1958 at the beautiful 900 seater Darlington Civic Theatre, re-opening as the 1000 seat Darlington Hippodrome in 2017 following a multi-million pound restoration. We are an “amateur” theatre company but our production values and approach to all aspects of the business are totally professional. We have a national reputation for producing large scale, lavish productions that run for 10 nights. We always welcome new members who are 16 years and over who have bags of enthusiasm and talent - we hold two sets of new member auditions each year (generally April and November).’

+ DarlingtonOS
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Also indexedDarlington Operatic Society
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Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Comprises brass, reed and percussion players from Darlington, Durham, North Yorkshire and Teesside. We aim to provide an opportunity for people from all walks of life to pursue their musical interests and develop their instrumental skills as well as providing a musical resource for the local community. New players of all standards are always welcome so if you play an instrument come and join us ...'

+ Hurworth Concert Band
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Founded 2009 in Hurworth-on-Tees: ‘We are a village based Community Choir of mixed voices. We do not hold auditions, as everyone between 16 and 100 are welcome to join us for choral singing ... Our music is very variable: from Abba to Lloyd Webber, and from Beethoven to Beatles.’

+ Sans Pareil Singers
Visits to the Website50
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