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West Calder, West Lothian: 'Meets once a month ... for concerts and sessions. Everyone is very welcome. There is a small admission fee depending on the activity’.

 

Category Folk Clubs

Inaugurated 2008: ‘Over three weeks the Balerno Music Festival has so much to offer ... For adults there is a mix of instrumental, vocal and folk concerts, cabaret, jazz and more. Children’s events cover ages three to secondary, and some events are free ... Balerno is located to the south-west of Edinburgh on the A70 (Lanark Rd)’. Held Late September - Early October.

 

‘Delighting families and school parties with their fun-filled introduction to live orchestral music. In recent years concerts have also included jazz, traditional Celtic, world music and percussion in the lively mix of entertainment and education that regularly sells out at concert halls in Scotland ... Concerts are specifically designed ... to appeal to children in the 4 to 14 age range although as our aim is to provide fun for all the family there really is something for everyone at each concert.’

 

‘The Scheme enables as many children as resources and time will allow, the opportunity to play a musical instrument. Children who receive lessons will be tutored in the skills required to play an instrument. Opportunity exists to participate in and enjoy group music making in the school and the Community.’

 

'We feature mainly classical music with occasional forays into other areas such as jazz. The performers are all top class UK and international, professional musicians and the concerts range from instrumental and vocal soloists through duos, trios and quartets up to choirs and small orchestras ... We are the only group dedicated to providing music lovers in Falkirk with classical music.'

 

‘Since the College was established formally in 1944, thousands of pupils have had the benefits of our teaching experience ... Classes are held in the evening, day time and in weekly or fortnightly blocks. Using the College’s highly acclaimed tutor books, students are slowly and surely taken through every aspect of what constitutes good piping: technique, expression and bagpipe sound. All courses lead towards College of Piping or PDQB/SQA exams. Our instructors are some of the very best in the piping world.’ ALERT The College is now incorporated in the National Piping Centre.

 

Also indexedNational Piping Centre

'Purpose is to promote fiddle playing in the local community to all age groups so that everyone can enjoy playing traditional music together. Come along and join us! Each year the workshop holds an annual rally where players are joined by  members from other Scottish fiddle societies as well as various "friends of the workshop" who play other instruments. The workshop also holds a number of  concerts throughout the year and is happy to consider performing for any local fund-raising  events and local care homes.'

 

Includes ‘a selection of music concerts (classical, folk, contemporary and jazz); a ceilidh, literary events and art - as well as a quiz night! The Festival is organised and run by the Crail Festival Society, a charity established to further the arts in Crail in particular and Scotland more generally’. Held Late July.

 

Category Arts Festivals

'We aim to provide a quality guest list with the emphasis on entertainment. Come along and listen in a friendly atmosphere. During Singers' nights we feature local singers and musicians, as well as those visiting Crail. All are welcome. If you don’t want to make music then just come along and tap your feet.'

 

Category Folk Clubs

‘We offer a wide range of degree programmes that will suit you whether you're seeking a career as a musician, would like to work in the music industries or arts and cultural sector, or if you're interested in the links music has with contemporary culture, history, creativity and the digital world. By studying with us, you will benefit from opportunities to take work placements within Glasgow's legendary music scene; learn from award-winning professional musicians and musical scholars, and get the chance to pursue your musical interests through researching, performing, composing, and exploring musical technology.’

 

Also indexedUniversity of Glasgow

'Music students benefit from our state-of-the-art teaching, rehearsal and practice rooms; recital area and music library; the latest in technology with three high quality recording studios and fully networked computer suites running Logic, ProTools, Sibelius and a range of other industry-relevant software.'

 

Also indexedEdinburgh Napier University

'Although the venues tend to centre around the Cathedral and the Cathedral Halls, events also focus on the other halls in Dunblane and include afternoon as well as evening concerts. These offer as diverse a choice as jazz and classical music, secular and sacred programmes, purely vocal or purely instrumental music or mixed ensembles.'

 

’Aims to support all with an interest in Folk music, and give performers and appreciative listeners the chance to make and enjoy folk music. The first Dunfermline Folk Club started in 1961, and ... an informal culture that supports performance and participation is what the Club is all about. All are welcome, so come along and see what you make of it.’

 

Category Folk Clubs

'Supports arts projects in the voluntary sector, with funds mostly provided by East Dunbartonshire Council.'

 

BEWARE! 'The East Neuk is a rural area, and it is common to find yourself behind a tractor or heavy vehicle. This has the great side-effect of making travel a leisurely experience, allowing you all the more opportunity to enjoy the landscape. But please remember to allow plenty of time to reach your concert venue. Latecomers are not guaranteed admission to any event, in whole or in part. If admitted, it may not be possible to take the seat you booked – standing may be the only option.' Held Late June.

 

'Has forged an enviable reputation throughout Scotland through the delivery of high - quality instrumental and choral instruction, whilst offering young people the opportunities to perform at local, national and indeed international level through the establishment of a wide range of bands, choirs, orchestras and other ensembles.'

 

‘We run an annual festival which provides an opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages to perform their pieces in a friendly environment and, along with other performers of a similar ability, receive constructive feedback and advice from a specialist adjudicator. Our programme of competitive and non-competitive classes allows performers of all abilities to take part. There are classes in a wide range of classical and traditional instruments, or combinations of instruments, as well as for singers, choirs, orchestras and bands.’ Held Early March.

 

'Annual celebration and gathering of musical talents. Every Easter we bring harpists from across the globe together to rub shoulders with you, the audience.' The Festival is organized by The Clarsach Society.

 

Also indexedClarsach Society

‘From the Festival's commencement the artistic policy has been to concentrate on musical excellence (rather than the "star system") and to champion spontaneous creativity: music making on the spot in Edinburgh. These virtues have been developed in the 21st Century with the production of a wide range of new music, the establishment of the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra, and an on-going commitment to supporting Scottish musicians to realise creative ideas, and to link with international musicians. Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival has also grown its world outlook, presenting high quality musicians from all over the world.‘ Held Mid July.

 

Category Jazz Festivals
Also indexedEdinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra

‘We aim to promote the enjoyment of live classical music performance in the Edinburgh area. You are welcome to join us for our programme of recitals every Saturday from October to June .. You can become a member of the Society if you would like to support our work. You don't need a membership to attend concerts - they are open to anyone and admission is free ... The Society does not pay fees to performers. We will reimburse reasonable direct expenses for which receipts can be produced ... The Society will advertise the concerts and provide an audience. The Venue seats 50 people.’

  

‘Membership of the ESO is around 220 and we have events approximately once a month from September to June. We are affiliated to the Incorporated Association of Organists and the Scottish Federation of Organists. You don't need to be an organist to join; an interest in the organ, its music, and meeting other like minded people is what's required! If you'd like to join then please email us.’

 

'Formed in 1997 with the aim of promoting Scottish fiddle music and other related styles in the Falkirk area. The core aims of the workshop remain to encourage good performance practice, to enable players to develop an appreciation of the techniques and characteristics essential to the authentic performance of this music. We also aim to create an informal and relaxed setting for this to take place.'

 

‘The membership and supporters continue to work hard to develop and promote folk and traditional music throughout the Falkirk area and host regular Sessions, Open Stage and Special Events providing opportunities for budding musicians and songwriters to air their talents, gain performance experience and essentially enjoy participation in the music. The Club has a friendly, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere making for a good night out and strives to provide great quality from across the broad spectrum of folk music and on occasion, should the visiting act perhaps fail to captivate you, then hopefully the floor spots, heckling and the banter will always make up for it!’

 

Category Folk Clubs

‘The aims and objectives of Fife Electronic Organ Society are to "promote and encourage interest in organ music and the appreciation thereof". We hope we achieve this by engaging top class artistes to entertain our members and many visitors alike and cultivating friendships between people who have a common interest in listening to and playing "middle of the road music" on electronic organ. The Society has nearly 100 members and has remarkable success ... All visitors are offered a warm welcome.’

 

‘Whether you are a young musician - in a school group or part of a community music ensemble, an adult musician, a teacher, a parent, an audience supporter or a willing donor, Fife Festival of Music has something for you!​ Founded in 1981, the Festival exists to support and develop music making in the community across Fife. The Festival holds three main events during the year - in    January/FebruaryMay, and November. The first of those is the largest and busiest event of the year with two weeks of vibrant music making, both competitive and non-competitive, ranging from instrumental, through vocal to choral, with solo, duet, ensemble and large group classes available ...’

 

'Celebrates the glorious sound of wind, brass and percussion. Building on the successful format of the St Andrews Brass Festival Fringe of Gold mixes international performers with University students and staff, as well as musicians from across Fife.' Held Mid November.

 

Also indexedSt Andrews Brass Festival

‘Dedicated to the promotion of historically informed performances of the highest standard on period instruments. It organises a regular series of Early Music concerts ... in the Georgian New Town ... The concert series features not only established Early Music performers but also exciting younger groups. Workshops and talks related to the concerts are also organised.’

 

'Brings its annual supply of world-class musicians and upcoming superstars to the City's already vibrant jazz scene ... Our Community & Education Fund is an initiative that incorporates community and education concerts & workshops that educate people of all ages in jazz music, allowing them to try out new instruments and experience live jazz music.' Held in Mid June.

 

Category Jazz Festivals

‘An annual festival featuring over 7,000 amateur performers ... Bands, orchestras, choirs, ensembles and hundreds of soloists perform and are appraised by a team of leading professional adjudicators ... Events include: Choral Evening, Band Nights and schools’ music days. Come and enjoy the performances, and compare your views with the adjudicator’s assessment! All sessions are open to the public and halls may be entered at any time appropriate to the performance in progress.’ Held Early - Mid March.

 

‘Established in 1911. Our membership includes organists, church musicians and those who simply enjoy organ music. There are normally five meetings per year, all of which are open to non-members, and designed to meet the Society’s objectives - the education of its members and the public in the art of music, with special reference to organ and choral music.’

 

Founded 1978 - originally in the Village of Glenfarg on the border of Kinross-shire and Perthshire.  Now meets weekly a few miles away in Gateside in Fife: 'Due to the large number of requests for gigs we receive, if you have not heard back within a month we are sorry but we have not been able to offer you a booking. Thank you for taking the time to get in touch with us.'

 

Category Folk Clubs

'Presents six concerts annually from October to March in the Music Close Up series, which is subsidised by a grant from Enterprise Music Scotland, whose help we acknowledge with gratitude.'

 

Also indexedMusic Close Up

‘The annual Music Festival starts on the last week of January and runs for a fortnight culminating in a Grand Concert on the final Saturday evening featuring a selection of the highlights from the two weeks.'

 

‘Instrumental tuition is the core of the work of the Music Service This is delivered by more than twenty music instructors who have individual specialisms enabling us to offer tuition on the full range of orchestral instruments, voice, guitar and bagpipes ... Alongside offering instrumental tuition, instructors also run many school orchestras and ensembles in both primary and secondary schools. These ensembles are renowned for their high standard of performance and are particularly successful in national competitions. Pupils are also invited to attend our Music Centre which runs on a Saturday morning offering specialist tuition on a variety of instruments.‘

 

'The country's newest and most innovative College of Performing Arts where students and their careers come first. With its origins and roots in the Scottish School of Musical Theatre founded by Bette Clark in 1946, Jazzartuk continues the work of seven decades and is committed to providing the highest quality of theatre arts training for young performers in the "Shires". No gimmicks -- no false promises -- just satisfying hard work and national achievement.'

 

‘The finest chamber music in the finest setting ... We look forward to welcoming present and new patrons to another full and varied programme. A season ticket, giving seven performances for the price of four is excellent value. The Society is very friendly and welcoming. If you already have a taste for classical music you may already be attending. If you were unaware of our concerts or unfamiliar with classical music why not give it a try?.‘

 

‘A music festival in Scotland offering beautiful music played by internationally-renowned artists in celebrated venues throughout the historic and beautiful county of East Lothian.’ Held Mid September.

 

'We warmly invite you to share the opportunity to hear high calibre and internationally acclaimed musicians in a friendly environment. The cost of our exciting programme of concerts represents excellent value, in particular the season ticket which offers concerts at a significant discount. Enjoy a glass of wine in the interval and have some thoroughly enjoyable evenings of wonderful music.'

 

‘Our Arts Festival's origins were ... as a small, one day book festival which was very successful. Then, after the first two years, other arts organisations requested to take part. The festival then grew to last over a weekend and now it has grown to be a multi week programme. We aim to offer a varied and inclusive programme of arts for all ages. Not only do we invite some well-known artists to come and share with us their talent and experience, we recognise the huge artistic talent within our community and the Festival strives to showcase these members of our village.’ Held Mid March.

 

Category Arts Festivals

'Promotes a highly regarded International Chamber Music Concert Series and has been doing so since 1942. Concerts take place each month from October to April. The intimate atmosphere and warm acoustic of Cairns Church is an excellent setting for these wonderful concerts.'

 

'The Music Centre is open to everyone, from absolute beginners to experienced musicians, whether you want to take lessons, play in groups, practise or just come and listen. In addition, the University offers nine undergraduate modules for those who wish to make music part of their degree ... Whilst the majority of concerts and performances are public and open to everybody, many of the other facilities and opportunities offered by the Music Centre are available only to Music Centre members.‘

 

Also indexedUniversity of St Andrews

'An independent organisation with a mission to promote music and the arts around Dollar, Clackmannanshire, Scotland.'

 

‘We offer world class tuition at all levels and in all teaching styles to suit your needs and location ... With many different ways you can learn, whatever your level, you can take your piping forward with our World Class instructors.’

 

‘Aims to provide a high-quality instrumental education programme and offers pupils opportunities to participate in wide range of music activities.’

 

We are a small-but-perfectly-formed(!), broad-minded and friendly folk club. We have a concert once/month (roughly) and a friendly, hosted, songs-and-tunes session on all other Tuesdays (except when that falls on something like Christmas Day). We enjoy and welcome all sorts of music – from big ballads to country classics and from tempestuous tunes to poignant pibrochs. Our “hosted” singing/tune sessions offer a relaxed and supportive evening of listening, joining in, airing your new songs or finding your musical feet ...'

 

Category Folk Clubs

'Over 9 days, we offer our 25, 000 visitors a wide variety of exhibitions, workshops, talks, children’s events and evening performances, all related to the arts.' Held Early August.

 

Category Arts Festivals

‘Runs weekend and full-week orchestral courses for serious amateurs and future professionals ... We offer high-level training through intensive rehearsal, exploring the core orchestral repertoire under the batons of prominent conductors. A Rehearsal Orchestra course is typically a draining but rewarding experience, and you should come away from it tired and satisfied.’

 

‘We are home to two extraordinary historic concert halls, unique collections of musical instruments, a world-class music library and well-equipped studios ... Our Music Society is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s best, and our city is a rich cultural resource of orchestras, ensembles, choirs, world music groups and venues.'

 

Also indexedUniversity of Edinburgh

'Scotland’s national centre of professional vocational training in performance arts. Our location is the heart of Glasgow; our orientation is the contemporary international scene. We are leading the way as one of Europe’s top conservatoires, offering a rare breadth of artistic disciplines.'

 

‘One of Scotland's biggest traditional music festivals, promoting & sustaining traditional fiddle music since 1996 ... We always welcome new volunteers, particularly for the Festival weekend, but also throughout the year. Get in touch and you will be made to feel very welcome and will be joining a friendly bunch.’ Held Mid November.

 

Category Folk Festivals

'Charitable organisation founded to promote interest in the Cinema Organ as an entertainment art form. The aim of the trust is to provide information about the world of the cinema organ in Scotland ... The Trust are the proud owners of Scotland's only operational WurliTzer Theatre Pipe Organ. The technical team dedicate 2 days a week to restoring and maintaining a musical instrument now well into its 8th decade!'

 

'What is now The Scottish International Piano Competition was originally established in 1986 as a memorial to Frederic Lamond and the First Prize of the Competition carries with it the Frederic Lamond Gold Medal ...'. Triennial. Held September 2020.

 

‘A Society for the history and construction of, and performance upon, early plucked musical instruments, primarily the lute and early guitar, of music composed for these instruments and the techniques used to play them. “Early” in this context ranges from the earliest times up until the middle of the 20th century ... All standards from complete beginner to professional will be encouraged to take part ... Future meetings will include presentations, workshops and concerts. But the main aim is to get players together.’

 

Category Guitar Societies

'St Andrews Organ Week is delighted to receive applications from amateur and young organists, irrespective of age or experience, who are keen to develop their skills and broaden their horizons. Whether you are a long-serving parish church organist, coming back to the organ after many years, or are learning at school, perhaps with a view to studying at Conservatory or University, we would be thrilled if you could join us.' Held Early August.

 

'Welcomes emerging conductors of all ages and nationalities to study with Honorary Professor of conducting Sian Edwards. The class will be made up of eight participants; each participant will receive 120 minutes of podium time over the course of the weekend.'  Held Mid June.

 

'St Andrews Music Club promotes chamber music concerts in St Andrews. Our concerts feature young artists at the outset of their careers as well as more seasoned performers with wide international experience. These concerts are open to everyone, members and non-members alike.'

 

‘Scotland’s only festival dedicated to the voice and vocal music. Set in the beautiful town of St Andrews, each October we present a varied programme of events showcasing the versatility and beauty of the human voice in an amazingly broad spectrum of genres including opera, cabaret, lieder, folk, spoken word, choral, a cappella, early music, new music and more ... The festival runs during the day and night and includes family concerts, opportunities to sing-a-long and get involved, as well as free events to enjoy while relaxing with a drink. Come along and discover something new!’ Held Late October.

 

Category Choral Festivals

‘Scotland’s only independent specialist music school, offering a world class standard of music and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years in an inspiring, inclusive and supportive environment. It is also the Choir School of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh. It is co-educational, non-denominational and attracts day and boarding pupils from across Scotland and beyond – England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Europe and internationally.'

 

'Theatre company which was established in 2002 for young people aged between 3 and 19 years ... In our classes we are constantly working towards the next performance in which we aim to achieve the highest standards possible ... In our Performance Classes you will be trained in all aspects of musical theatre. Every student is given the chance to take part in fully staged musicals and to perform in concerts and cabarets. In addition to this, each child receives individual singing coaching to help towards their solo performances.'

 

‘Our programme of events is a mix of recitals, talks and presentations.’ Typically, one Saturday afternoon meeting per month, October - May, apart from December.

 

‘International Arts Festival, based in the magnificent medieval city of Stirling, Scotland for 2018 ... (For 2019, we are moving base location to Scotland’s Capital City – Edinburgh!) ... We invite you to an area steeped in history, legend and folklore to participate in a truly international festival where you will be able to experience the majesty of Scotland and the warmth of its people ... Performances will be determined based on your genre of music and size of your ensemble. These may include ageless churches, historical town halls, contemporary theatres or medieval castles.‘ Held Early July.

 

Category Arts Festivals

'Group of classical music enthusiasts who meet every two weeks to discuss and listen to recordings. At most meetings a member presents a selection of recorded music and background information on the composers and musicians involved.'

 

'Set up in 2000 with aims and objectives: * to promote live music through the presentation of public performances; * to advance the education of the public in the arts and in particular music; * to provide opportunities for young musicians to perform in front of a live audience.'

 

'WDC Music represents the music provision delivered across West Dunbartonshire Council by the Instrumental Music Service and the Youth Music Initiative Team. This Website contains all the information you need to find out how to make the most of the music opportunities available in and outside of the Council.'

 

‘The West End Festival is Glasgow’s largest cultural event and every June takes over this popular area of Glasgow with a wide variety of events and performances ... Encompasses around 400 events in circa 80 venues across the west end from Maryhill down to Partick and from Charing Cross along to Knightswood ... West End Festival is an umbrella organisation. This means we organise few of our own events. Venues and promoters organise their events and submit them to be part of the West End Festival programme.’

 

'The large chorus, made up from a friendly group of 150 enthusiastic singers, is joined by a large professional orchestra and together ACE perform an annual concert featuring a variety of songs from well known stage musicals to middle-of-the-road, old familiar classics and the occasional surprise.'

 

Category Community Choirs

‘Every member of ACAOS has a passion for performing and producing shows that will delight audiences young, and not so young! The club have been performing since 1910 and have been performing to sell out audiences at The Sir John Wilson Town Hall since 1913. The club is very forward looking and fabulous team work (and hard work!) have produced high quality shows.’

 

‘A high quality chamber orchestra, founded in 2008 by former members of Camerata Scotland, and based in Central Scotland. amicus aims to bridge the gap between amateur and professional orchestras, by providing a top quality ensemble for experienced amateurs, music students and professionals ... Amicus orchestra meets and performs about three times a year. Everyone applies to join amicus on a project by project basis. We don’t rehearse weekly like many orchestras but instead commit to a full weekend of intense rehearsals in preparation for a concert.’

 

‘Choral society, based in the East Neuk of Fife, rehearsing and performing in and around Anstruther. We have a friendly and welcoming approach to everything we do and strive for high standards of performance ... There are two concerts each year, one in early December and one in March.'

 

Category Choral Societies

‘We are a small SATB choir based in Paisley ... and have a reputation for singing a very mixed repertoire. We are an adventurous choir which is keen to let our audiences hear music with which they may not be familiar but we programme this alongside more popular works. Our own annual concert in May regularly features works by living composers which are Scottish, European or, occasionally, world premières. These concerts are usually accompanied by the Arkleston Chamber Ensemble.’

Category Community Choirs
Also indexedArkleston Chamber Ensemble

‘One of the oldest Brass Bands in Scotland. Based in Bathgate in West Lothian, they perform in various concerts throughout the year in the community as well as contesting in many prestigious competitions throughout Scotland. The Band also ... does charity work in and throughout Scotland by both playing in hospitals and residential homes as well as raising money for local and national charities ... Bathgate Youth Band’s programme is designed to provide access to music making opportunities, within a brass band environment, for young people within our catchment area. The band are always looking for new members.’

 

Also indexedBathgate Youth Band

'Founded  in 1952. Today we have around 25 members, a happy mix of amateur and professional musicians. We play a wide variety of orchestral music to suit all tastes. We enjoy making music ... We are always happy to welcome new members. No audition is necessary but we do ask for commitment to practise and your regular attendance at rehearsals and concerts. Please bring your music stand and arrive in good time for a prompt start.'

 

‘Formed in December 1935, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is Scotland’s national broadcasting orchestra and performs to large and enthusiastic audiences in venues throughout the country. It has been at the heart of the nation’s cultural life for many years and has a well-earned reputation for its creative ambition, its pioneering spirit and wide range of repertoire. It maintains a busy schedule of broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Television, and Online.‘

'Our Season extends from late August to mid May ... The choir undertakes at least four performances every season in a range of venues ... We sing a wide range of musical styles and perform works by composers from the traditional to the entirely contemporary. We enjoy singing with highly acclaimed professional soloists and orchestras. Singers eager to join the choir are advised to come along for a rehearsal or two to get a better feel for how we operate before going forward for audition ... This is generally a very relaxed experience involving a few voice exercises ... to ensure individuals are placed in the best section for their voice.'

 

 

Category Choral Societies

‘A fairly new band formed in 2004. As with all new contesting bands, we began our contesting career in the 4th section ... In 2017 the band came a creditable 4th out of 11 bands in the 3rd Section playing “Darkwood”; not bad for a band newly promoted ... We play a wide variety of musical styles ranging from classical to modern light rock / pop. We always endeavour to keep our entertainment programmes interesting and varied. The band employs a resident conductor to deliver professional musical direction for both contesting and general performances and it’s our ongoing aim always to be improving.‘

 

‘We are a Community Concert Band, based in Bristo Baptist Church, Edinburgh ... We are open to woodwind, brass and percussion players of all ages and abilities.’

 

'Aim to contribute to the local society of West Lothian and also the wider brass band community. We give a number of concerts throughout the year including community events in Broxburn and Livingston and concerts in the wider Lothian region, and further afield.'

 

‘Buckhaven Town Band was founded in 1905 competing at all levels, amalgamating with Wellesley Colliery in 1976 to become Buckhaven & Methil Miners’ Brass Band ... “Buckhaven Brass Beginnings” was formed in 2007 and used to have around 12 youngsters enjoying learning to play brass instruments. A lot of these youngsters are now full members of the band and we are now trying to recruit the next generation of learners to provide new players for the band in the years to come.’

 

Byre Opera presents professionally directed, high-quality opera, performed in English, to audiences in St Andrews and beyond. Singers are drawn mainly from the undergraduate and postgraduate student bodies, but casts have also included young professionals, University staff, and local amateurs. Singers benefit from regular coaching from internationally renowned opera singers and coaches as well as the opportunity to work with professional directors, designers and orchestral musicians.’

 

Category Opera Companies

‘Founded in 1992 by a group of singers who were keen to be more than “just another Edinburgh choir”. It has since come to be regarded as one of Edinburgh’s leading mixed-voice chamber choirs. Cadenza is now about 50-strong and performs music dating from the Renaissance to the present day, and in all styles – sacred, secular, folk and jazz ... The Cadenza calendar centres on two annual fixtures: our Edinburgh Festival Fringe Concert, every August, is the largest concert of the year and includes a major choral work, usually accompanied by an orchestra and professional soloists, in the magnificent Greyfriars Kirk. Our Christmas concert is generally a more light-hearted, festive event, with carols old and new, and an opportunity for some audience participation. In addition, each year, usually in the spring or early summer, we give concerts in support of various charities.’

 

Category Chamber Choirs

‘Has established itself as one of Edinburgh's most prominent chamber choirs, performing a varied and challenging repertoire to high acclaim. Performances are often a cappella and characterised by fresh and dynamic interpretations of works from a wide range of eras, with an emphasis on less frequently performed compositions. Calton Consort was founded in 2001 by 12 friends, who were also singers, for a concert in aid of a church roof appeal. The choir now comprises around 30 singers and typically performs four concerts a year including appearances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.’

 

Category Chamber Choirs

‘We are a community wind band based in Edinburgh. We perform several concerts a year in support of various charities. A sociable group of amateur musicians, we believe music and fun go together. Our members are not only from Edinburgh, but also from as far afield as Fife, Perthshire, and the Scottish Borders ... Membership is open to players of all ages. We do not hold auditions but you should be at least Grade 5 standard.‘

 

‘Amateur choir based at at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh ... We usually present two choir concerts a year in Edinburgh. We also sing the Cathedral services about six times a year when the Cathedral Choir is on holiday; in return, the cathedral allows us to rehearse in the lovely Song School, with its famous murals by Phoebe Traquair.‘

 

Founded 1983: 'Glasgow’s flagship choir. Our members are dedicated and talented singers and perform with professional musicians to a very high standard. Most of all, we have fun! ... The Chorus is now one of the biggest independent choral groups in the West of Scotland and is a significant player in Scotland’s arts environment. We’ve grown into an organisation that has around 80 members singing a wide range of musical genres, committed to performing less familiar pieces as well as the popular and well-loved choral works.'

 

Category Choral Societies

‘Founded in 1982 as the YMCA Glasgow Wind Orchestra ... In 2017, the band formally changed its name to The City of Glasgow Wind Orchestra. We continue to give concerts throughout the year and the number of players is at an all time high ... Our membership includes youth and experience — a wide range of ages and musical backgrounds. Our repertoire is extensive – Marches, Overtures, Classical Music, music from Stage and Screen, Solo Features, and Contemporary pieces all feature. We are not a competing band, but find other opportunities to play. We give concerts in and around the Glasgow area and are invited to all sorts of venues and events.’

 

'The choir has fluctuated in size between 30 and 50 members. At present strength we are a small chamber choir of just over 30 ... The Society performs publicly at least twice a year, rehearsing from early January through to the Spring Concert in April and from early September through the autumn for the Christmas Concert in early December.'

 

Category Chamber Choirs

'Exists for anyone of any age, background or ability who enjoys singing whether they consider themselves to be a "singaphobic", an expert or somewhere in between. No auditioning is required. Our motto is “generations singing together” ... Our aim is to go out into the community and further afield as a voluntary group and perform for any organisation who would like to be entertained and have some fun.‘

 

Category Community Choirs

'Everyone has experienced the joy of singing at some time of their life. Singing in harmony with others can be an exhilarating experience for both performers and audience. Members of the Clydebank District Choir enjoy the pleasures and challenges of singing and sharing their music with others.'

Category Community Choirs

'Singing in harmony since 1900 ... The Choir has travelled far since those early days, but its aim remains the same: "The study of Choral music as suited to Male voices and to give the listening public the highest standard of Male voice singing." As a Choir local to Clydebank we are always keen to recruit new members, and currently have members from all parts of the West of Scotland whose ages range from 20 to 90.'

 

Founded 1928: ‘An amateur orchestra in Edinburgh that plays a variety of music ranging from baroque to 21st century ... The orchestra has a membership of around 50 of all ages ... Joining does not involve an audition ... We perform two concerts per year, normally in December and May’.

 

Croy Silver Band welcomes players of all abilities and backgrounds, from beginner to professional musician. The Band encourages young players and is able to provide tuition free of charge to local children aged between eight and eighteen years. Some instruments are available for new players ... Membership of the band is free for children and students.‘

 

‘Based in Cupar, Fife we are a long established mixed voice choir, averaging about 65 members. We perform two concerts during our season from September till April, music ranging from classic choral works to modern pieces. The Society aims to give its members pleasure from the study and practice of choral music, and to provide concerts of a high standard.‘

 

Category Choral Societies

'Founded in 1989 by the amalgamation of Dalkeith Burgh Silver Band and Monktonhall Colliery Silver Band following the closure of both pits. New brass and percussion players are always welcome. We are a friendly but hard working and ambitious band and have a busy concert and contest schedule. We play an integral part of the East Lothian and Midlothian communities.'

 

'The Dalkeith Singers is a large mixed choir for Dalkeith and the surrounding district and has 60 or so regular members. We sing classical, sacred and some lighter music – all for the sheer joy of singing and entertaining our audiences. Our main concert performances are given in Dalkeith each year at Christmas time and in the spring. We also perform at other events alongside other groups.'

 

Category Choral Societies

‘The Society has been in existence since 1949 and aims to present first-class performances of a wide variety of choral music and, in doing so, offers members an exciting programme of music and an enjoyable and enriching leisure-time activity ... Don’t get stuck singing in your shower – join us and you can have fun singing all sorts of songs from pop to musicals via Christmas carols and an annual choral piece that is guaranteed to put a big smile on your face after you perform it.‘

 

 

Category Choral Societies

'A community wind orchestra ... The Band was formed in 1973 and performs throughout Central Scotland and beyond, with occasional overseas tours. We have a regular calendar of concerts which includes indoor and outdoor events, charity concerts and festivals, with a varied repertoire ranging from classical to contemporary to film and popular music.'

 

‘Formed in 2008 and is made up of experienced players from Dunblane and the surrounding area. The orchestra gives two concerts a year in May and November, and performs familiar and lesser known works to an appreciative audience.’

 

‘Formed from an idea in May 2006 between 11 players, with the idea of creating a relaxed, fun, friendly band for wind players of all ages and abilities ... From small beginnings the band has grown to approximately 45 playing members, playing several concerts and festivals every year in addition to our popular “Play away” rehearsal days. As a community windband, we have also supported several local charities with fundraising concerts.’

 

‘We welcome applications from all (but especially MEN!). Of a choir of about 120,  20+ are men, which is not bad compared to many choirs, but we are always delighted to enrol more ... If you want to come along and visit our friendly group at one of our rehearsals to see what is involved before you make a decision, you would be most welcome ... Enrollment takes place in August each year. We do not normally enrol members outside of this time, although you can apply and be put on our "pending" list at any time.’

 

Category Choral Societies

‘We are open to boys and girls from Primary 2 to 7 and Secondary 1-6. Membership is open to all interested children, and there is no pre-requisite for admission. If you are interested in singing, you will love being in Dunfermline Junior Chorus. The Chorus is split into 4 choirs: The Wee Music Makers, The Music Makers, The Junior Choir, and the Senior Choir. Our repertoire is diverse and ranges from African to Gospel to Traditional and Popular. We perform a minimum of 3 concerts per year.’

 

'We are a group of about 40 ladies, of all ages and backgrounds, who enjoy singing! Our repertoire is varied and includes many well known songs as well as some interesting new material. There's something for everybody! Although we are based in East Fife, we perform all over Fife and beyond.'

 

Category Ladies Choirs

'Formed in 1957 in the Wemyss area of Fife, with a backing of the coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation. It was a great outlet for the Miners and others who joined, being able to sing and socialise with like-minded men as and still is today a great pastime.'

 

'Formed in 1935 by a group of miners from the two villages of Easfield and Harthill ... We participate in events such as the Biggar Little Festival, Glasgow Music Festival, the Scottish Amateur Flute Association competitions. We also aim to give back to our local community through concerts in nursing homes, churches etc.'

 

Category Flute Ensembles

‘With around 70 singers, we perform three concerts per year one of which is dedicated to J S Bach ... Edinburgh Bach Choir has been central to our capital city's musical life since its founding in 1910. The three concerts the Choir normally sings each year have covered a large variety of music from Renaissance to new commissions ... The Choir aspires to perform to as professional a level as possible and indeed many of its concerts are accompanied by professional instrumentalists. To this end, new members must pass an audition, and existing members must be re-auditioned on a regular basis to ensure that standards are maintained. This is standard practice in choral societies across the country.‘

 

Category Choral Societies

'Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra, established in the early 1930s, is one of the oldest amateur orchestras in Scotland ... We play around four concerts per year at venues around Edinburgh. The core of the orchestra is strings only, though we regularly play concerts with brass and woodwind. Our repertoire includes chamber music standards ... but in recent years we have also played works by Boyce, Brahms, Chopin, Puccini and Vaughan Williams, as well as premiering work by new composers. The social aspect of the orchestra is very important to us. Many of our members have played with us for a number of years but we are also very open to newcomers. We have players of all ages and a range of nationalities.'

 

‘Founded in 1988 with the aim of providing an opportunity for community musicians, school leavers and the student population to come together to make music. While the band consistently performs to a high level, the ethos is focused on being inclusive and welcoming. Today ECB is a true community band, with over 60 members aged 18 upwards and from all walks of life, performing and enjoying a wide range of music across the concert band repertoire. The Band undertakes a number of varied engagements each season, with a strong commitment to community and charity events.’

 

‘EHRSS was founded in 1881 ...  by a group of people who wanted to foster the playing of traditional Scottish music ... and was the first of the strathspey and reel societies to be established ... To give us a reason to practise and to promote Scottish fiddle music, we have at least two concerts each session, one close to St Andrew's Night in November and our Annual Concert in March ... The EHRSS now has a Junior Section.’

 

‘The Orchestra has been established since 2008, and our aims are: * to enable mandolin and guitar players to play music together; * to encourage the study of our instruments and music through the development of repertoires, technique, and musical understanding; * to promote public awareness through concerts and recitals. Our instruments are from the plucked string family – mainly (but not exclusively) mandolins, mandolas and guitars – and our repertoire is drawn from a wide range of musical genres spanning classical to popular, baroque to contemporary, and dipping into many different cultures along the way.‘

 

Category Guitar Ensembles

‘An established group of amateur musicians of all ages and abilities. We meet throughout the year for rehearsals and performances, aiming to increase our knowledge and enjoyment of orchestral music in a friendly atmosphere. New players are very welcome – we encourage all ages and abilities, and have a friendly atmosphere. We aim for high standards, but have no auditions.’

 

‘Founded in 2000 by Mike Thorne and Philip Taylor. They together believed it would be possible for an enthusiastic group of professional, semi-professional and talented amateur musicians including a cast of adventurous professional singers to come together over the course of a single weekend in Edinburgh to rehearse and “perform” the operas of Richard Wagner (that is, conclude the weekend with a final play through without stopping to rehearse). These are significant works, which even the professional opera houses see as daunting undertakings. They started with the first of the Ring Cycle of operas, Das Rheingold, in 2001 and have since completed two complete Cycles plus performances of Tristan, Meistersinger and Parsifal (interspersed between the cycles for light relief).  In 2014 the group branched out into Strauss (Der Rosenkavalier) to replenish the batteries. EPOG meets annually in the last weekend in September.’

 

Category Opera Companies

‘If you think “choir” means standing still and singing old fashioned music while holding scores, think again. The Edinburgh Police Choir is a bit different.  We consistently delight and surprise our audiences with our lively interpretation of songs you might, or might not know ... Some of our members work for the Police Service but there’s no need to have a police connection to join us ... We welcome choristers from our community as well as police staff.’

 

Category Community Choirs

‘One of Scotland's foremost choral societies and Edinburgh's oldest choir. Established in 1858, the Choral continues to perform a wide variety of major works from the choral repertoire ... The Choral has played a significant part in the musical life of the Scotland, having given the first Scottish performances of many works, including Bach's B Minor Mass. The choir also performed at the opening of the Usher Hall in 1914 and retains a strong association with this venue to the present day. The Choral comprises around 120 members who rehearse every week.’

 

 

Category Choral Societies

‘Since 1952, The Edinburgh Singers have been at the forefront of the city's musical heritage as one of its leading amateur choirs ... We typically perform four concerts a year (autumn, Christmas, spring and summer), with occasional extras, such as Concert Tours abroad, Carol Singing for charity, and performing on Songs of Praise and other TV and Radio programmes ... Newcomers are always welcome to audition ... We are always on the look out for enthusiastic and talented singers.’

 

Category Choral Societies

‘Founded in 1964 to give amateur musicians the opportunity to play a symphonic repertoire to a high standard. It ... currently presents three or four concerts each season, normally in November, March and May ... Programmes often include works outwith the standard repertoire and the Orchestra is committed to supporting local composers. Over the years, opportunities have been given to young soloists early in their international careers.’

 

'Formed in Edinburgh in 1947 by Mollie Scott (a Lady Supervisor in the then Rose Street Telephone Exchange). The original ladies only choir recruited gentlemen in 1950 to enable a wider range of music to be undertaken with part singing. Since the 1950’s the Choir members have come from various occupations other than telephonists, however being well known by the original name we have decided not to change it. The Choir has become popular throughout Edinburgh and the surrounding districts with many charities benefiting from monies donated by the group.'

 

Category Community Choirs

'Formed in 1961 by Edinburgh University students to promote and perform the operettas of William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Since its inception EUSOG has expanded beyond this original aim and enchanted Edinburgh audiences with innovative performances of Savoy Opera and musicals alike. Today the society enthusiastically preserves its reputation for theatrical excellence and diversity as we present musicals from the likes of Larson, Gershwin and Sondheim alongside Gilbert and Sullivan ... As the University of Edinburgh’s oldest musical theatre society, we perform 3 shows per year: a fall musical, a spring Gilbert and Sullivan show, and a musical for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.’

‘A symphony orchestra of young musicians aged 13-21 from all over Scotland. Under the guidance of an internationally renowned conductor and soloist and with a team of professional tutors, the main EYO course takes place over a full week each spring, immediately followed by concerts in major venues around Scotland. The orchestra has a long history of touring, both within the UK and abroad, and will normally meet again during the summer months to prepare for concerts, either on home ground or further afield.‘

 

'Anyone is welcome to join the Chorus and although we do not ask prospective members to audition it is important that individuals have basic singing skills. Each person will be categorised according to his/her voice as soprano, contralto, tenor or bass and participate with other members in the appropriate choral section. The choral year begins in mid August when the local school summer holidays end and runs through till the annual concert in May the following year.'

 

Category Choral Societies

‘A local community choir based in South Queensferry. We sing for enjoyment, for the challenge of learning new skills, and to share a real variety of good music with our audiences. We sing concerts locally, go carol singing, visit pensioners’ clubs, and participate in wider events such as the Fife Festival of Music ... We now have about 50 members and sing music in four-part harmony ... We try to incorporate as many genres as we can, so the programme typically includes light popular music, songs from the shows, folk or world music, spirituals and gospel songs. We have an accompanist, but also sing a range of a capella material. There is no audition for entry into the choir. Although we use sheet music, there is no formal requirement to read music, as long as you are willing to use the provided audio files to learn your part.’

 

Category Community Choirs

'Essentially like any other amateur musical company - the members come from all walks of life, there are more women than men, as the performance dates come around we wonder if it will ever be ready, but afterwards its all been worthwhile and before long we are setting off on next year's venture ...'

 

‘FSRS is a small orchestra playing in Kirkcaldy. We play a few concerts throughout the year leading up to our "Fiddlers Rally" in November ... The Society draws its membership from all walks of life, from learners to experienced players, from young to old. We all have a common interest in promoting the continuation of traditional Scottish music. Well known Scottish compositions are performed as well as music composed and arranged by members.’

 

 

The Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra is unique in Scotland. It was founded in 1976 by the energetic, award-winning jazz musician and composer Richard Michael OBE. Over the years he has introduced hundreds of youngsters between the ages 8-24 to the particular musical freedom that jazz with its emphasis on improvisation offers ... Following his philosophy that “Mistakes are cool!” and that FYJO rehearsals are where it’s OK to get it wrong, Richard has given his young musicians the opportunity to grow as individuals as well as becoming confident instrumentalists. One mark of the success of his inspirational teaching is that band members are regularly accepted onto the jazz course at the Royal Conservatoire for Scotland in Glasgow.‘

 

'We are a friendly group of amateur flautists who meet to rehearse weekly and give regular public performances.'

 

Category Flute Ensembles

‘We are a small, enthusiastic, mixed voice community choir and whilst we started in Gargunnock and continue to hold our rehearsals here, our members now come from the surrounding Forth Valley villages - Drymen, Kippen, Thornhill, Doune, Blair Logie, Dunblane ... We all have very different musical backgrounds. Some of us can't read music at all and some of us are still at school but what we all have in common is a love of music and getting together for a good sing. We sing all sorts of music - music from the Shows, some shorter Choral works, traditional Scottish songs, fun songs and singalongs. We have even ventured into Coldplay and U2 ! ... Our philosophy, as it was when we first started, is to sing for the joy and fun of singing, and we hope our audiences will enjoy the experience too.’

Category Community Choirs

Founded 1970: 'We enjoy singing a varied repertoire of major choral works, ranging from Vivaldi to Karl Jenkins, as well as carols, operatic choruses and modern popular classics. The Garleton Singers hold three main concerts a year (our Christmas Carol Concert a firm favourite for our Haddington audience), with occasional special performances.'

 

Category Choral Societies

'Founded in 1938 by Wilfred J. Emery, then Director of Music at Glasgow Cathedral, for the purpose of enriching the musical life of the Cathedral and the City by the performance of a wide variety of sacred music in the ambience for which it was originally intended: a tradition that has been maintained ever since. Although GCCS began its life as an extension of the Cathedral Choir, it is now an entirely separate organisation with its own constitution, committee and finances. We generally give three concerts each year in Glasgow Cathedral, along with performances in other venues.'

 

Category Choral Societies

‘An amateur orchestra ... founded 1966 ... We give 3 main concerts each year in March, June and November ... The GCO has built an enviable reputation as one of the leading amateur orchestras in Scotland, and continues to attract some of the best amateur musicians in the region ... The orchestra is run on an entirely voluntary basis by the musicians themselves, with member subscriptions geared to enable players in all financial circumstances to take part. Orchestra members are drawn from all walks of life and from all over the central belt of Scotland.’

 

'Glasgow Community Concert Band meets on a weekly basis to rehearse for two annual concerts and a number of other events within Glasgow and beyond.  Over the years the Band has participated in various social, cultural and charity events. We play a wide variety of music from classical to film score, theatre to contemporary and everything in between.'

 

'Formed in 1893 and is the oldest Gaelic choir in Scotland. Throughout its history it has promoted the cause of the Gaelic language and Gaelic choral singing in particular. The Choir has always been based in the West End of Glasgow and we meet for practices every Monday.'

 

Category Gaelic Choirs

'The Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir dates back to 1944 when it was formed by members of the Glasgow Islay Association, one of the many territorial organisations serving the needs of the many Highlanders who had moved to the city for work. In recognition of the 150th anniversary of that Association, in 2012, the ladies in the choir now wear the newly designed Glasgow Islay Association Tartan. While in the immediate post-war years many of the members would have had connections with the home island, today’s members have backgrounds in both Gaelic and non Gaelic speaking areas of Scotland and even beyond ... New members are welcome and there is no requirement to read music or to have any knowledge of the Gaelic language.'

 

Category Gaelic Choirs

‘Founded in 1870, is a symphony orchestra with about 70 members. Our repertoire covers a wide range of music, from the classical era to the present day, including new works ...  and choral works with local choirs. We are a non-auditioning orchestra and we enjoy making music to the highest standards and having as much fun as possible in the process! We are very fortunate to have a number of different conductors for our concerts, each bringing their own personality and distinctive style to our rehearsals and performances. We give four concerts a year.’

‘We are a Male Voice Choir with about 60 active Choristers, divided into the normal Sections used by Male Voice arrangements: First Tenor, Second Tenor, Baritone and (Second) Bass ... We are based in Glasgow, as our name suggests, but our members are from all parts of West and Central Scotland, and we meet in Glasgow every week for rehearsal during the Winter (September to May).’ The Choir runs a ‘Scholarship Scheme for young men in 5th or 6th year at school ... in return for attending rehearsals and performing in Concerts’.

 

‘Our repertoire is wide and varied covering West End/Broadway musicals, operatic choruses, classical pieces, Scottish songs, sacred music, "easy listening" and humour, and a typical concert will cover most or all of these genres in one night! We are also fortunate to have some fine soloists too. We are not a religious/church or Cathedral choir, and neither are we a choral society or orchestral/theatrical chorus, though we have elements of all of these in our catalogue.‘

 

Category Community Choirs

‘A non-auditioned ensemble of 115 singers ... Although our ensemble is closely affiliated with The Glasgow School of Art there is no requirement for our members to be affiliated in any way with the institution: the choir is non-auditioned and open to all ... The choir was founded with the principal aim of creating an amateur chorus which would perform to a standard far above that of an average amateur group, an objective we continue to pursue. The ensemble has quickly gained a reputation for outstanding musical discipline and is committed to expanding its repertoire and the musicianship of its members. The choir performs repertoire from a wide range of genres ... as well as works by contemporary choral composers ... Concerts have also included pieces from musical theatre and traditional Scottish songs. The Glasgow School of Art Choir performs regularly in two concerts each year- a Christmas concert in December and Summer concert in May– as well as numerous other engagements.’

 

Category Choral Societies

'Are you retired, or close to retirement, and want to play in an orchestra in Glasgow? We are a friendly and relaxed group -- and there are no auditions! The Orchestra consists of about 50 players at all levels, from retired professionals to late starters, with enthusiastic amateurs playing alongside those who learned to play in their youth, only to get reacquainted with their instruments after years raising a family and working towards retirement ... Our concerts (about 10 per year) are for older people at various luncheon clubs around Glasgow. The concerts last about 50 minutes, and are normally held in the early afternoon, about once a month ... Each year our Annual Concert is held in the magnificent surroundings of Glasgow City Chambers and rounds off our season for the year ... Our repertoire is mainly light-classical, and includes music from the shows and films, especially of the 50’s and 60’s, familiar classics, musical theatre, and arrangements of popular songs.'

 

‘We are an enthusiastic amateur orchestra playing to a high standard ... formed in September 1986 by a group of friends who wanted to create a new and exciting entity in amateur orchestral terms. The philosophy of the Sinfonia is that enjoyment is derived by aiming for the highest possible standard of ensemble playing and to this end the orchestra is selective in its concert giving while at the same time building up a wide repertoire of works in rehearsal.’

 

‘Members come from all backgrounds but have a common interest in making music. Members range in age from 18 to more than 80. We do not audition new players. We have three concerts per year and the rehearsal periods for these are September to December, January to March and March to late May early June. We play mostly classical music and have performed works by most major composers and many who are less well known. We frequently have soloists performing with the orchestra.’

 

 

‘The Glasgow Wind Band (originally called The Glasgow Youth Band) was formed in 1972 to provide an opportunity for senior school pupils, students and adult members of the public to participate in a symphonic wind band of the very highest calibre. Even today, this is still the band’s mission statement. The current membership numbers some 60 or so instrumentalists from varied backgrounds and professions. The members of the band range in age from 16 to mid-40s, with the large majority in their 20s.‘

 

‘Throughout the session Choir practices concentrate on the learning of songs for the National Mod and on preparing songs for the annual concert (usually March) and for other events ... The Choir's survival is wholly dependent on members' contributions through subscriptions and fund raising.’

 

Category Gaelic Choirs

'A community band, dedicated to promoting piping and drumming in East Lothian and to providing entertainment at local events such as gala days, community and charity events, and farmers' markets.'

 

Category Pipe Bands

‘SATB Chamber Choir Based In Haddington East Lothian ... If you enjoy singing, why not come along and sing with us at a few rehearsals so that you get an opportunity to find out more, but ... contact the Secretary first.’

 

Category Chamber Choirs

'Having formed in June 2012, we currently have around 140 members, and a waiting list, but will always make a space for men and anyone 25 or under. It's open to all age groups: anyone from 3rd year at High School upwards is welcome ...'

 

Category Community Choirs

‘Brass Band based in Johnstone, near Glasgow. The band has been playing since 1834; one of the oldest brass bands still playing in Scotland ... We play in several contests and concerts a year and also participate in various local events such as Remembrance Services and Gala Days.’

 

‘We are a non-audition, mixed voice choir based in Bearsden near Glasgow. We have members with a wide range of experience and technical abilities and sing mostly classical choral music and perform at least two concerts a year. New members are always welcome. An ability to read or follow music and some experience of choral singing is helpful but not essential. You will find our rehearsals enjoyable and stimulating and the atmosphere welcoming.’

 

 

Category Choral Societies

‘Formed in 1967 in Lasswade, near Edinburgh, from former pupils of Lasswade High School. Its name recalls the adjacent picturesque valley through which the River Esk flows. Nowadays, however, members come from all over the Lothians, and from Renfrewshire ... The Edinburgh Kevock Choir has long been recognised as one of Scotland's foremost large choirs. Its singing strength is currently around 60. The choir's main concert is held in May each year.’

Category Community Choirs

‘Formed in August 1999 after the amalgamation of the Cowdenbeath and the Kelty & Blairadam Bands ... Kingdom Brass is graded in the Championship Section, and performs at various concerts, festivals and competitions all over the UK and abroad.‘

 

‘Brass band based on the south side of Glasgow, Scotland ... The Band plays regular concerts in and around Glasgow, at venues including Rutherglen Town Hall and St Andrew's in the Square, and at events such as the city's West End Festival. In addition to the Senior Band, the band operates a Youth Band, Junior Band and Learners programme. Tuition is provided free of charge in order to offer local children the best opportunity possible to learn to play a brass instrument.’

 

Mission 'We aim to provide opportunities for amateur musicians to come together to play a wide variety of orchestral music and gain musicianship through tutor-evenings throughout the year.'

‘The choir come from the Royal Burgh of Kirkintilloch about 20mins to the north of Glasgow and 40mins. from Edinburgh. KMVC were formed ... in 1921 John Knox started a choir in the town. The choir perform throughout the area mainly for charitable and other good causes.’

 

'One of very few civilian bands in Scotland which has a military configuration, in that it includes reed, brass and percussion instruments. We undertake a wide variety of marching jobs across central Scotland and have two concerts a year in March/April and December. We have also undertaken a number of other jobs to help local and national charities raise money.'

 

‘Formed in May 2016 by a group of local musicians keen to establish a community orchestra for the Linlithgow area ... Membership of the Linlithgow String Orchestra is open to string players aged 13+, of Grade 5 standard and above - new members are always welcome!‘

 

Category String Ensembles

‘Formed at some time during the early to mid 19th century although the first recorded instance of a brass band in the town dates from 1854 so this is generally regarded as the date of formation. Since its formation the band have been active participants in both the contest arena and in public performance. The Band are an integral part of the local community and can be regularly seen at community events, including the town gala day parade and the annual service of Remembrance. We also present several concerts throughout the year including our annual summer concert and the not to be missed Lochgelly Christmas concert.’

 

'Lomond and Clyde Pipe Band was established in 2000. The band is based in the West-End of Glasgow and currently competes in Grade 1.'

Category Pipe Bands

‘Scotland’s LGBT Choir ... Our members represent a range of musical experience; previous singing experience and an ability to read music are not required. We take in new members every September and January, though there may be a waiting list in some sections ... We also encourage non-singing members who would like to be involved with Loud & Proud in other ways ... As a singing member you are welcome to perform at our three main concerts each year: a spring concert in May, a Fringe festival concert ... and a festive concert in December ... We are also open to sing at smaller or one-off events when asked.’

 

Category LGBT+ Choirs

‘Scotland’s most ambitious and visionary community singing project ... Our mission ~ to inspire Edinburgh to sing ... Our promise ~ to sing great music on one of the world’s finest stages ... We sing a diverse range of music from across the world ~ We work with an inspiring and professional creative team ~ We meet and sing with internationally renowned guest artists ~ We are inclusive ~ You can pay what you can afford ~ There are no auditions, and all levels of experience are welcome ... This choir is for everyone and anyone who wants to sing!’

 

Category Community Choirs

‘Launched in October 2011 with support from the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society and the Queen’s Cross Housing Association to advance the appreciation and enjoyment of singing in the local area ...The choir has enjoyed continuous growth and success since its inception and performs at two annual concerts, one in June and the other in December.’

 

Category Community Choirs

‘Based in Midlothian, in the south east of Scotland, we are part of a tradition of music making dating back to 1809 when the first civilian brass band was formed ... In 1943, a concert party from the local engineering works, MacTaggart Scott & Company were rehearsing in the Town Hall. They came across the stored instruments and approached the Town Council with a view to forming a “works band”. Thus, the present band was born ... Officially formed in 2011, the Loanhead Brass Roots has welcomed more than 150 players. Many of these have stayed involved in the music world, whether it's playing with MacTaggart Scott Loanhead Brass Band or to study music at the highest level.’

 

‘Has performed regularly and with critical acclaim to audiences in Edinburgh and beyond. A tradition of imaginative programming and exciting performances has given the Orchestra a unique place in Scottish musical life ... The Orchestra normally promotes three or four concerts a year in Edinburgh - typically in late October, early December, March and May.'

 

‘Originally founded in 2008, under the auspices of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as part of its outreach programme. After five successful years the orchestra gained sufficient momentum to flee the nest and, with support from Glasgow Life, is now an independent organization, whilst continuing to enjoy amicable associations with the BBC SSO team ... It provides a great opportunity to polish musical skills, gain confidence, get back into music, or to have a go at playing in an orchestra for the first time. All players are welcome, from adult learners to advanced musicians, from beginners to rusty returners.‘

‘We love singing and we aim to be a place where everyone can enjoy singing in an accessible relaxed atmosphere ... New members are welcome any time. You don't need singing experience or sight-reading ability. We are based in the Milngavie community but members are also welcome from further afield. We put on at least two performances a year, as well as sending small singing groups to local residential homes. We sing choral pieces, operatic choruses, operetta, part songs and the occasional foray into songs from musicals and other genres. Music is provided. We host occasional weekend singing days where anyone can book a place to enjoy singing with an inspirational leader.‘

 

Category Community Choirs

'Sings at many of the major services held in Motherwell Cathedral, and some choir members sing at the 5.30pm vigil Mass on Saturdays. Many of our members also sing with their own Parish Choirs on a Sunday, as the choir commitments rarely interfere with the local church services.'

 

‘A wonderful, friendly group of local musicians of all ages mainly from North Fife who get together to play music simply for fun ... The Muchty Musicmakers run Music Workshops on Sundays offering tuition in Guitar, Fiddle, Whistle, Mouth Organ, Accordion and Keyboard ... We play regularly at community and other events. Please get in touch if you'd like us to take part in your event.‘

 

‘We are a friendly amateur orchestra of around 50 players ... and perform three concerts a year. Our repertoire includes new music, including several works commissioned by the NEO, along with a variety of more familiar classical pieces ... We welcome enquiries from potential new members - players usually join for a trial period, and for some principal positions an audition may be required.’

 

‘The Band was formed in 1987 with an emphasis on concerts as the name suggests. “Newland” was taken from the venue where the first rehearsal took place: i.e.The Old Academy in Bathgate whose benefactor was John Newland ... New members of all abilities are always welcome and instruments may be available if you don't have your own ... The Junior Band offers young brass players an opportunity to play as part of a band and meet young musicians from other schools ... The Junior Band play in concerts alongside the senior band.’

 

'The Choir has grown to its present strength of approximately 90 members, covering a wide age range and drawing people mainly from the Renfrewshire area but also much further afield from Hamilton in the East to Gourock in the West and from Bearsden in the North to Ayr in the South. The Choir presents three concerts each year ... In addition the Choir has presented many concerts in aid of charity ...'

Category Choral Societies

‘The Orchestra gives at least two concerts each year. Repertoire includes both traditional works from the concert platform and newer or more unusual works, including many premières. The ethos is “music making for fun” and the atmosphere friendly and welcoming. If you play an orchestral instrument, or even if you just like orchestral music ... find out who we are, what we play and how to join us!’

 

'A friendly choir based in Balerno, a village situated 10 miles to the west of Edinburgh and gateway to the Pentland Hills. We started as a group of carol singers and now have a dedicated membership of around 90 mixed voices. We also support a Junior Choir with around 25 very enthusiastic members. The Pentland Singers is a choir spanning all ages and welcomes anyone who enjoys singing. We don’t have auditions, and it is not necessary to be able to read music.'

 

Category Community Choirs

‘Scotland’s contemporary music ensemble. We develop, perform, present and find new audiences for new music within Scotland, the UK and internationally.’

 

‘One of the few bands still playing in the Renfrewshire area. We perform at local gala days, churches and ceremonies such as the Remembrance Day Service.  We also give regular concerts, organise fundraising events, perform carolling events and participate in brass band contests throughout the country.’

 

‘Based in Dunblane ... singing in various venues in the area. Many of the great choral works have been sung, in concert and to raise funds for local charities ... Singers interested in joining are welcome to come along to a couple of our rehearsals where you will be made very welcome. Membership, thereafter, is by audition with our Musical Director and includes singing a short piece of your choice, some sight-singing and short exercises to establish your range.’

 

Category Choral Societies

‘Community band for all. Emphasis on fun. Come and join the party! ... Who can join the band? * Anyone with a suitable instrument (brass, woodwind or percussion) and musicianship; * Anyone with musicianship but no instrument, providing an instrument is available from the band's stock; * Complete novices - providing an instrument is available and there is a willingness to commit to tuition and personal practice.’

 

‘Formed in 1891 as the Scottish Orchestra, the company became the Scottish National Orchestra in 1950, and was awarded Royal Patronage in 1977 ... The RSNO performs across Scotland, including concerts in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Perth and Inverness. The Orchestra appears regularly at the Edinburgh International Festival and at the BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall.’

‘Rudsambee is a choir based in Edinburgh. The name comes from the Gaelic expression rud sam bith idir, meaning "anything at all", which represents our eclectic taste in music ... Unaccompanied voices in harmony - about twenty singers - a wide range of modern music, world music, renaissance music, and anything that takes our interest - singing for pleasure, for the social fun, for the technical challenge, and for quality performances: that is the essence of Rudsambee.‘

 

‘Scotland’s Russian choir is one of the few choirs in the UK specializing in Russian choral music. We are a mixed chamber choir with a richly varied repertoire, both accompanied and a-cappella which ranges from church music to folk music. Careful attention is paid to maintain a high standard both musically and linguistically. Russkaya Cappella performs mainly in Glasgow and Edinburgh with appearances further afield or on request.’

 

Category Chamber Choirs

'Our mission is to inspire on stage and beyond, showcasing our nation’s creativity and bringing ballet to the widest possible audience.'

 

Category Ballet Companies

'With around 30 dedicated singers, the choir has the size and scope to tackle a range of works and to nurture individual and choral skills ... Over its long history the choir has commissioned choral compositions from some of Scotland’s finest composers ... The choir is keen to promote the work of young composers ... Since its formation in 1968 the choir has performed throughout Scotland to great acclaim. The SCC takes pride in singing a broad spectrum of music: ancient to contemporary, sacred and secular, accompanied and a cappella.'

 

Category Chamber Choirs

'Group of 12 outstanding musicians who champion music written for strings, crossing genres, styles, periods, and art forms to make new connections ... Founded in 1969 and based in Glasgow, Scottish Ensemble is the UK’s only professional string orchestra.'

 

Category String Ensembles

'Scotland's national opera company and the largest performing arts organisation in Scotland ... Scottish Opera performs in around 35 towns, cities and villages across Scotland every year.’ The Opera is based in the Theatre Royal Glasgow which is also the home of Scottish Ballet.

Category Opera Companies
Also indexedTheatre Royal Glasgow

'The Orchestra (founded in 2002) currently has about 60 members from all parts of Scotland in sections playing sopranino, descant, treble, tenor, bass, great bass, contrabass and sub-contrabass recorders. New members are welcome. We rehearse once a month in Stirling, also in an annual residential weekend. We perform our concerts around Scotland and elsewhere.'

 

‘Scotland's most exciting orchestra! Based in Edinburgh with concerts throughout the year ... Sinfonia was founded in 1970 by Neil Mantle and is a highly successful mixture of professional players, instrumental teachers and amateurs with an age range of seventeen to seventy all united in one common aim; to make music to the highest standard of which they are capable. Although the orchestra has a wide range of repertoire, it has become especially noted for its Mahler performances which have for many years been a central feature of Fringe Music at the Edinburgh Festival ... Unlike other orchestras, Sinfonia does not do a regular weekly rehearsal; instead, it assembles about four or five weeks before each concert.’

 

‘We are a group specialising in Gaelic work songs, particularly those sung by women while waulking the tweed. We are based in Greenock, Inverclyde ...  We are passionate about presenting our songs in the context for which they were designed. They are not concert pieces, but were sung to accompany work - spinning, milking, churning, reaping and grinding corn, as well as waulking the cloth, which forms the centrepiece of all our performances ... We currently have ten members (more always welcome!), and perform regularly at venues up and down the west of Scotland, with the occasional foray to the far east.’

 

‘One of the most successful and celebrated pipe bands in history ... Based in the village of Shotts situated in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. Membership is drawn from both domestic and overseas world class piping and drumming talent. The band is in its second century of existence, having celebrated its centenary year in 2010 ... As well as appearing regularly at major pipe band championships, the band has performed at many sell-out concerts, television shows and high profile public and corporate events.’

 

Category Pipe Bands

‘Contemporary choirs who perform songs from all genres of music to an amazing live band. We have a choir to suit everyone ... Our aim is to give people a fun and exciting place to sing and make friends. This in itself can instill passion and confidence. We also make sure there is a vibrant social and charitable side to the business.’ Over a dozen choirs throughout Edinburgh, Fife and West Lothian.

 

Category Community Choirs

’We are a mixed voice community choir of about sixty people - a diverse group from a wide age range. We sing a wide range of songs and hold two main concerts each year ... We sing a wide variety of musical styles, with keyboard accompaniment: No auditions and no requirement to read music - just enthusiasm for singing!‘

 

Category Community Choirs

‘Edinburgh's longest-established Amateur Orchestra ... The St Andrew Amateur Orchestral Society was founded in 1879 and has given concerts every year since then ...  The orchestra performs twice per year, once in early December, and once in May. Members are expected to be available to play in the concerts.’

 

'We are a "town and gown" choir with about 150 singers, including students. If you can "hold a tune" you are most welcome to join us and enjoy the musical and social activities of the choir. It is not necessary to be able to sight read music, you do not have to audition, and we provide the scores. Just turn up at any rehearsal, or, for more information, please send us an email ...'

 

Category Choral Societies

St David’s Brass was originally formed as St. David’s High School Brass Band, primarily with pupils from St. David’s High, Dalkeith and its feeder primaries under the leadership of brass teacher, John A Dickson. In 1986 the Band first appeared on the contest stage winning the Scottish Youth title. As players reached the end of their school careers, many wished to carry on playing and from this the St. David’s Brass Band was formed ... Concerts take place regularly in the Dalkeith and Edinburgh area.’

 

‘A mixed voice choir of 70-80 members with a long tradition of performing classical and choral music. No auditions required.‘

 

Category Choral Societies

Stirling Gaelic Choir was founded in 1948 and might more realistically be called the Central Scotland Gaelic Choir, as its 40 plus membership travel to rehearsals from Balfron to Glenrothes, Bonnybridge to Crieff and all parts in between ... Whether you are a fluent Gaelic speaker, or a complete beginner with an interest in learning a bit about the language, or whether you just enjoy Gaelic music and culture, we will welcome you and find a place for you. You do not need to be a Gaelic speaker; we have a tutor who helps us to learn the words of our songs ... The choir welcomes new members from all cultures, creeds, sexual and gender orientation. The rehearsal premises are disabled accessible. Members can apply for fee reduction or for financial support for participation in competition events if costs would otherwise exclude them.’

 

Category Gaelic Choirs

'Formed in 1983 by a small group of amateur musicians, Stirling Orchestra now numbers 65 to 70 players. The membership is drawn largely from the Stirling area, although several come from much further afield, and embraces a wide range of backgrounds and professions, with retirees and full time parents as well as students from Stirling University. Stirling Orchestra performs two or three concerts a year ... and presents eclectic repertoire ranging from the "classics" to 20th century, film scores and more.'

‘A 60–80 strong choir with membership drawn from University students, staff and the wider local community. Formed in 1967, the aim of the choir is to provide a friendly environment, with rewarding singing and learning opportunities for all vocal and musical abilities, and to bring a continuing diversity of choral works to the local public.’

 

Category Choral Societies

Founded 2004, in Strathcarron Hospice, Denny, Stirling: ‘Although there were only 7 singers at the first rehearsal the choir grew rapidly and today stands at around 45 members who enjoy singing for fun. Many of the choir are associated with the Hospice - as current or former staff members, spouses or partners’.

Category Community Choirs

‘One of Scotland’s Leading Amateur Chamber Choirs. A vibrant Glasgow-based choir with a unique and varied repertoire ... We have always embraced singers from far beyond the confines of Strathclyde University – and one of our great strengths is the rich mix of international and more local students, alumni, staff, and others – all with a shared passion for the music that we sing.‘

 

Category Chamber Choirs

’50-strong amateur choir drawing from the communities of West Stirlingshire ... Known mainly for our classical repertoire, Strathendrick Singers has performed major works by Mozart, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Fauré. Contemporary works tackled with critical success include the Scottish Premiere of Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass; Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna; and Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. We have also commissioned and performed a work by the world-renowned composer Sally Beamish, who lives locally.’

 

Category Choral Societies

'Take Note is a high quality non-profit performance Edinburgh choir. We specialise in close harmony a capella using beautiful arrangements. Our goal is to perform at events including those for charity. We aim to develop our skills as singers, learning and improving together ... We perform a wide mix of music counting Bruckner, Tchaikovsky, Monteverdi and Greig as well as more contemporary works ... It is important that we are challenged with a wide variety of pieces. We aim to gain a sense of achievement and joy through the success of bringing our voices together. We are dynamic; performing across multiple genres using simple to complex arrangements.'

 

Formerly the Co-op Funeralcare Band: ‘Initially known as the Scottish C.W.S. Band and later the CWS (Glasgow) Band and the Scottish Co-op Band, was formed in 1918 in the CWS factories in Shieldhall, Glasgow ... It is the most successful band in Scottish competition history having won the Scottish Championships on 32 occasions ... Long standing and generous sponsorship from the Co-operative movement has been a vital factor in the band’s success and currently, members of the band, who come from all walks of life, are registered members of the Co-operative movement.’ ALERT At Review: ‘Our website is currently being redesigned. Please check back soon to see our new site.’

Also indexedCo-op Funeralcare Band

Founded 1996: ‘An auditioned choir of around 30 singers based in Glasgow, Scotland. They perform a wide variety of repertoire from Puccini to Sondheim under the artistic direction of Graham Dickie ... In 2012 The Singers Company launched the open competition for Young Scottish Musical Theatre Performer of the Year ... The Competition has been a huge success over the last several years. Last year alone [2017], over a dozen UK colleges and universities for the performing arts were represented’.

 

Category Chamber Choirs
Also indexedYoung Scottish Musical Theatre Performer of the Year

Toccata Ladies Choir has been an active part of the West Lothian culture scene since 1978 ... The choir consists of almost 50 members of all ages and musical abilities, brought together by their love and passion for singing and performing ... Their extensive repertoire covers a broad spectrum, encompassing classical and jazz as well as pop and musical theatre. They perform accompanied pieces and a cappella with equal skill and have enjoyed singing in Latin, Gaelic, Russian, French, German and Zulu as well as English.’

 

Category Ladies Choirs

Westerton Male Voice Choir came about because a sodden bowling green prevented members of the Westerton Bowling Club from playing, one day in 1957. Some of the thwarted members gathered round a piano in the pavilion and were so pleased with their efforts that they decided to set up a choir ... From its humble beginnings in the corrugated iron Village Hall, the move to a larger venue for the Annual Concert heralded the broadening of the choir's ambition to entertain in the whole of the local community and not simply in its original village setting. WMVC's sphere is now the whole of Bearsden and Milngavie District, West of Scotland and beyond. The singing will never be done.’

 

'Scottish champion brass band ... Whitburn Band is one of the most successful brass bands in Scotland and has performed throughout the UK and Europe for many years ... The Band can often be heard playing the national anthem of the away team at Scotland international rugby games in front of a television audience of millions.'

 

'A former Boy's Brigade pipe band which has been running for over 70 years in the Southside of Glasgow ... We cater for all levels of experience for both competition and leisure, and regularly play at events across Scotland and Europe.'

 

Category Pipe Bands

‘Launched in 2013 out of the long-standing Greenock Arts Guild which was established in 1945. The Beacon is located in Greenock on the banks for the Clyde with spectacular views over the hills of Argyll and Bute and is Inverclyde’s prime provider of arts and creative learning. The Beacon stages a vast array of performances from award-winning national companies like Scottish Opera and National Theatre of Scotland to large scale community musicals and amateur theatre.’

 

'A vibrant theatre and community space in Musselburgh, the gateway to beautiful East Lothian ... The place to be for the best in quality music, theatre, dance, comedy, children's shows and film - all year round.'

 

'The Byre Theatre has been part of the University of St Andrews since 2014, hosting a varied and vibrant programme of University, student, amateur and professional productions of theatre, dance, musicals, music, opera and family focussed performances. Under the University’s management, the theatre is succeeding in attracting audiences from the town and beyond to enjoy a wide variety of programming across a diverse range of art forms.'

 

'Beautiful "A" Listed Building which has been sympathetically refurbished to provide an excellent venue for a range of events. Whether you are planning a meeting, conference, show, party, wedding, ceremony or grand theatrical performance - this is the venue for you!'

 

'Crail Community Hall in Fife offers venue hire and facilities for a multitude of events. With a fully operational kitchen, two halls available for hire and a stage sound and lighting system, our space is adaptable for all occasions ... The Halls are used on a regular basis by organisation like: Crail Festival - for concerts and children's events ... Crail Folk Club - guest artists and singers' nights ... East Neuk Festival - for concerts ...'

 

‘Located in the heart of the city, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall is one of Scotland’s most prestigious venues and world renowned classical, jazz, pop, rock and folk artists take to its stages for nearly 250 performances each year.’

 

‘At the heart of the University stands the peaceful and magnificent Memorial Chapel. Created as a vibrant memorial to love and remembrance, the Chapel is a place of beauty for both worship and celebration ... The University of Glasgow Chapel Choir provides music for services and events in the chapel and elsewhere, as well as giving concerts and recitals throughout the academic year ... The Chapel Organ was built by Henry Willis III in 1927 and was most recently recently refurbished by Harrison & Harrison of Durham in 2005 ... A full and varied programme of organ recitals take place.’

 

Category Chapels

‘Built on the site of a pre-Reformation Franciscan monastery, our iconic building offers much to see and appreciate, from reading the words of the National Covenant (signed here in the Kirkyard in 1638), right through to contemporary additions, such as our magnificent organ that dominates the sanctuary ... Today Greyfriars is home to an active worshipping community of the Church of Scotland, with weekly services at different times. All are most welcome to join, whether of faith or not. We also have special services, concerts, ceilidhs, exhibitions, group visits and much, much more taking place here.’

 

Category Churches

‘Opened in 1901 and is a firm favourite with local people and visitors. It has stunning architecture and a family friendly atmosphere ... Enjoy an organ recital, a free tour or at weekends and holidays take part in one of our family activities.’ Daily lunchtime organ recitals.

 

‘Edinburgh’s premier independent mid-sized live music venue, playing host to an extraordinary range of world-class artists from all musical fields: classical, jazz, folk and roots, rock and pop and Americana. Our perfectly-proportioned, intimate auditorium, flawless acoustics and adaptability make us a unique and valuable resource in Edinburgh’s cultural life. We have provided facilities for the Fringe, Jazz, Film, Fiddle and Science Festivals and for many local amateur and professional groups, as well as being a key venue for music, comedy and spoken-word acts touring (inter)nationally.’

 

'One of Scotland's most remarkable buildings, Rosslyn Chapel has been in the ownership of our family since its foundation in 1446 and is still used today as a place of worship ... From concerts to craft activities, find out about events in the Chapel and visitor centre ...'

Category Chapels

‘The music at St Augustine’s is varied and usually modern, using Hymns Old and New, Complete Mission Praise, punctuated with Taize chants, and anything else that inspires us and makes our worship uplifting and joyful! We mix and match the old favourites with contemporary stuff, and it seems to work out well! Our wonderful pipe organ is in desperate need of restoration, and this may happen after we find the £100,000 needed to restore it! Meanwhile we have a lively Music Group that includes a clavinova, guitars, clarinet, vocalists, and the occasional African drum! We make a bonnie noise ... The acoustics in St Augustine’s are wonderful, and various bands and choirs have recorded their material in our building. There is also an Accoustic Night in church on the second Friday of every month where local talent come along and sing and or play.’

 

Category Churches

‘Home to one of the most important historic musical instrument collections anywhere in the world. St Cecilia’s Hall is Scotland's oldest purpose-built concert hall. Originally built by the Edinburgh Musical Society in 1762, the Georgian venue is a real hidden gem, tucked away in the heart of Edinburgh's Cowgate ... St Cecilia’s Hall comprises of a Concert Room, hosting a range of concerts and public events, and a Music Museum, which is open to the public and brings together the University's historic collection of musical instruments for the first time.’ Note also the events of the Friends of the St Cecilia’s Hall & Museum.

 

Also indexedFriends of the St Cecilia’s Hall & Museum

‘St Giles’ was founded in 1124, and in the 16th century became the focal point of the Scottish Reformation. The church is regarded as the Mother Church of World Presbyterianism and welcomes visitors from all corners of the globe ... The life and worship of St Giles’ is constantly enriched by music. We play host to hundreds of concerts and performances each year, welcoming musicians from around the world.’

 

Category Cathedrals

'A modern arts venue located within one of Stirling’s most significant historical buildings. A jail, courthouse and one time Scottish Parliament during James VI’s reign, the Tolbooth has played an important part in Stirling’s story. We offer a wide ranging programme of performances and events including, live music, comedy and theatre. We are committed to working with young, emerging musicians and provide a number of opportunities and projects throughout the year to support their development.'

 

Music in the University promotes music-making University-wide and provides opportunities for all members of the University community to take part in a broad range of musical activities. It draws on specific research and educational interests University-wide, not only in the School of Culture & Creative's Arts subject area of Music, but also in other arts and sciences ... Central to MIU's activities is the international public concert series embracing a diversity of lunchtime and evening concerts throughout the academic year ... MIU also collaborates with external professional organisations such as Glasgow Life, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Dunedin Consort and promotes public performances of their music in the University's beautiful and historic venues.’

 

‘Scotland's only five-star concert hall hosting a range of concerts from rock, pop, classical, jazz, world and folk music. The venue has hosted concerts and events since it opened way back in 1914! A beautiful Edwardian building with a modern twist, which is well loved by performers and audiences all over the world due to its magnificent acoustics.’

 

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