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Biennial competition 'known throughout the classical music world as the premier showcase for opera and concert singers at the outset of their careers'. Held Mid June [2021]

 

'A non commercial community enterprise celebrating the arts and entertaining people throughout the year – the highlight being the annual Summer Festival’ (held Mid July.)

 

Category Arts Festivals

'We support the music curriculum in schools by providing a broad range of quality instrumental and vocal tuition for students together with curriculum advice and support for teachers.'

 

‘The Cardiff Guitar Festival team is committed to inspiring a real enthusiasm for music making in guitarists young and old. With our annual festival of outstanding professional concerts, and inspiring workshops we aim to provide the best possible experience for our participants ... All participants get FREE access to each of our six outstanding professional concerts included in their festival pass.‘ Held Late July.

 

Founded 1976: ‘We present the best in music which is both light and live, with monthly concerts featuring top international artists. We also hold monthly workshops where you can learn and hone your skills and show off your talents! ...  We started out as a dedicated keyboard and organ club, and we still feature these instruments a great deal. But we have now expanded ... also having the pleasure of inviting members of local professional and semi professional music societies and groups as well as individual musicians of various genre’.

 

'The Society where friends meet to listen to recordings of classical music and talk about music they've heard. Our presenters include musicians, broadcasters and academics, as well as our own members. The programmes are wide-ranging and are presented in a warm friendly environment. Browse our programme, and if you see something you like come along and meet us... you won't be disappointed!'

 

'Interdisciplinary network bringing together scholars and practitioners – composers, directors, librettists, dramaturgs, surtitlers – working on a range of topics and methods for the study and creation of opera and drama ... CIRO hosts a variety of events each year, including guest lectures, study days, conferences and seminars with international speakers, workshops and panel discussions.'

 

Also indexedCardiff University

Chepstow Community Music Centre is a bit like a gym for musicians! ... It provides everything you need to enjoy growing into a stronger musician: * Space to practise; * Equipment to use; * Individual tuition options; * Music theory classes and mentoring; * Groups to join in with; * Opportunities to perform and record; * Impartial advice on all aspects of music making.’

 

Established 2010 in the Vale of Glamorgan: ‘We have always felt that Cowbridge would be the perfect location to host a music festival. It is an area of fantastic natural beauty with a fascinating story to tell ... As well as the main evening concerts, we look forward to our annual Chamber Music Seminar, the celebrated Family Concert, several concerts in local care homes and five full days of workshops and concerts in schools’. Held Mid September.

 

'Music courses at the University of South Wales cover the full spectrum of today’s music and sound industries. From composition to performance and production, as well as entrepreneurship and technical software, we can help you prepare for a career in the music industry. We’ve got all the kit you’ll ever need, impressive studios and editing suites, as well as first-class support to help you along the way.'

 

Also indexedUniversity of South Wales

'This popular and highly acclaimed course provides an excellent opportunity for experienced players of viols and recorders to work on early music in a chamber setting. Under the guidance of our team of expert tutors, highly regarded as performers and teachers, participants are able to develop their technical and musical skills in an informal, friendly and supportive environment. Many of our participants sing, or maybe play other early instruments, which are very welcome in the evening Tutti sessions and some ensembles. Please note that due to the structure of the course all participants need to be able to play viol or recorder.' Held Early April.

 

‘We are a charity based in Cwmdu, Crickhowell, Mid-Wales. Our objectives are: i. to provide opportunities to see and hear live music; ii. to promote a high standard of music-making with exhilarating programmes; iii. to introduce a series of music programmes employing students and young professional musicians; iv. to promote other forms of artistic activity; v. to raise money for the maintenance of the fabric of St. Michael & All Angels Church, Cwmdu.’

 

'Gwent Music is at the heart of music making in South Wales and a flagship music service in the UK. From one to one lessons to full scale performances and events,we provide quality and inspiration at every level. We are a Local Authority Music Service in collaboration with Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire and Torfaen local authorities.'

 

’I.S.M.A provides music tuition in: Vocals - Bass - Drums - Guitar - Keyboards ... Our music lessons are tailored to suit the individual and although we generally follow the Rockschool graded system for Drums, Guitar, Bass, Vocals & Keyboards/Piano, we can also accommodate the ABRSM for Piano and any other graded system that the student may have started and wish to continue.‘

 

Inaugurated in 2018: ‘The International Choral Festival Wales was borne out of a passion for music, a vision to welcome the best of the international choral community to Wales and a desire to push the boundaries of musical excellence’. The Festival Competition has five Categories: * Mixed Choirs (or no fewer then 16 voices); * Single Voice Choirs (Any female voice choirs (SSAA / SSA / SAA / SA) or male voice choirs (TTBB / TTB / TBB / TB) of no fewer than 16 voices); * Open Category (Ideal for singing groups that include a mixture of children and adults and/or specialise in a particular cultural tradition or style of music); * Young Voices (Under 25 years old); * Children’s Voices (Under 12 years old). Held Early July.

 

Charity summer lunchtime concerts throughout July and August in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, carrying on a tradition started in 1999 by John Lester, former Organist of St Mary’s Church.

 

‘An annual festival in rural South Wales dedicated to the advancement of creativity in young people, and a range of musical and theatrical events, based in and around Llantilio Crossenny and Treadam.’ Held Early May.

 

Category Arts Festivals

‘The Festival takes place during the anniversary of one of the very first organised uprisings by workers in 1831 known as the Merthyr Rising. The Merthyr Rising of 1831 was the violent climax to many years of simmering unrest among the large working class population of Merthyr Tydfil where it is believed that for the first time the red flag of revolution was flown as a symbol of workers' revolt. Today we annually celebrate this symbolic event through a cultural festival of music, arts, political discussion and ideas during the anniversary of the events of 1831.’ Held Late May.

 

Category Arts Festivals

'We’re very proud of Monmouth Festival and the part it plays in publicising this lovely town and the surrounding area. It attracts thousands of visitors from far and wide and not only do businesses benefit from their association with this uniquely creative community led Festival but for some shops, cafes, and pubs it is their busiest time of year.' Held Early August.

 

‘Has been in existence since 1989 and in that time has presented weekly sessions of mainly Traditional and New Orleans jazz in Cardiff. The PJS present a different band every Tuesday evening.’

 

Category Jazz Clubs

Founded 1962: ‘Over the years, it has provided a wide range of professional concerts ranging from brass bands and orchestral music to opera and incorporating concerts by choirs, solo singers, instrumental groups and soloists ... Season lasts from September to May with one concert per month.’

 

'The National Conservatoire of Wales, part of the University of South Wales Group, competes alongside an international peer group of conservatoires and specialist arts colleges for the best students globally, enabling students to enter and influence the world of music, theatre and related professions.'

 

Also indexedNational Conservatoire of Wales | University of South Wales

‘Our students work and study in a research community, learning from academic staff with expertise in composition, performance, musicology, ethnomusicology, and popular music ... Our graduates have found success both within the music profession – as composers, conductors, performers, teachers, arts administrators, and music librarians – but also in diverse fields such law, accountancy, politics, IT, marketing and management consultancy.‘

 

Also indexedCardiff University

'Formed in 1998 to foster interest in the pipe organ and its music. For the practising church organist, SEWOA can provide a strong sense of fellowship and mutual encouragement, perhaps more important now than ever before in an area where musical standards in many branches of the church seem to be under pressure. The membership of SEWOA covers a broad base, and advice is therefore available on any subject of a church organist's activities.'

 

'A music festival held in Cardiff, offering performance and competition opportunities to young musicians from Cardiff and South Wales up to the age of 23. The aim of the Festival is to foster musical excellence by providing a friendly and encouraging environment to gain performance experience. Medals and Trophies are awarded and all entrants receive a written, professional assessment.' Held Mid May.

 

'A weekend of international dance, music and song.' Held Mid May.

 

Category Folk Festivals

Founded 2019: 'A celebration of choral music from glorious Renaissance polyphony to effervescent arrangements of modern pop songs and everything in between ... Concerts in different venues around the small, picturesque town of Usk, in Monmouthshire featuring different choirs and a wide range of choral sounds.’ ALERT ‘The first Usk Choral Festival held in March 2019 was a spectacular success. Usk was full of happy faces all weekend with every concert sold out. The singing was spellbinding and audiences were moved to tears and cheers. Building on the success of the 2019 Festival it will now become a biennial event happening every 2 years.’ Next Festival Early March [2021].

 

Category Choral Festivals

Founded 1969: ‘Brings the best of contemporary and new classical music from living composers to adventurous audiences from across Wales and internationally. The annual festival takes place in May within various venues across South Wales ... We want to share the joy of listening and discovery with audiences who long to experience the new and progressive, and we work with international composers who are pushing the boundaries to commission new music which reflects the classical music culture of today and tomorrow.‘

 

‘Wales' national classical music festival. The Proms take place in the city of Cardiff each summer, Mid-July, at the national concert hall of Wales, St David's Hall. The Welsh Proms annually features some of the world's top orchestras, soloists and additional artists, and continues to be a major focal point in the cultural calendar of the Welsh capital.’

 

‘The Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival has grown into a truly important event in the cultural calendar of this beautiful area. Each year the Festival stages chamber music concerts of exceptional quality in intimate and historic venues ... Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival has retained a unique character. It was founded with a passion that still infuses the festival and is being passed onto the next generation of chamber musicians through the Summer Residency.’ Festival held Mid February.

 

Also indexedWye Valley Chamber Music Festival | Summer Residency

'Promotes chamber music concerts in venues in the Wye Valley ...  It showcases promising students and supports artists launching their careers, but most of our events will be performed by world-class musicians on their way to a world-class career. Some will already have arrived. We choose our venues mainly on the basis of their kind acoustic qualities for the types of music we present ... Run on a shoestring by a small group of volunteers, we could do more and better if we had more helpers willing to spend a few hours a week on interesting, worthwhile projects.'

 

'Founded in 1959 and based in Senghenydd ... We sing a wide range of music, including classic rock, hits from the West End, pieces from famous operettas, and, of course, traditional Welsh hymns. We love what we do and we are passionate about singing and having a fun time which is why we have performed over 1,000 concerts to date! Still, we don’t take ourselves too seriously – we’re just as happy singing in a hushed cathedral as we are outside Gregg’s on a bustling high street ...'

 

'Formed in 1970 ... Côr Meibion Abercynon has travelled extensively, performing throughout the United Kingdom and has also toured Brittany, Ireland, Canada, Scotland and Cornwall ... The Choir is supported by a ladies section which contributes strongly to the success of the choir. They are constant companions and supporters at our concerts, social events and on tour ...'

 

'Has been in existence for over 100 years ... Provides musical entertainment to the public, organisations and for civic occasions. The Band prides itself on its commitment to education and has a junior section where young people under the age of 18yrs can be given tuition in the techniques of playing a brass instrument and be taught to read music. The senior band (from age 11yrs) has a long tradition of contesting which raises the standard of playing both for the band as a whole and for individual players.'

 

Abergavenny Orchestral Society is one of the oldest amateur orchestras in the UK and we now perform under the title Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra. We are a community orchestra with members of all ages who come from a 40 mile radius. We play interesting programmes and enjoy our rehearsals which are focussed towards performing our 3 concerts per year as musically as possible.‘

 

Also indexedAbergavenny Orchestral Society

Founded 2012 in Cardiff: ‘We perform a variety of musical genres from West End hits, through to classical, and pop! ... We are a non-auditioning, non-religious community based choir, open to all women over the age of 18. We're a community choir with high standards. We love performing to the best of our abilities. It’s who we are, and we're proud of it ... All we ask is that you have a passion for singing and that you want to join our fabulous female choir! We have a mix of experienced choir members and also those who have never sung in a choir before’.

Category Ladies Choirs

‘A group of adult ladies who come together to discover the joy of music, have fun, and assist charitable causes. Since forming in 2011, the choir has flourished into a thriving, talented group of about 40 singers. We are proud of our diverse membership base and welcome everyone who loves to sing, from complete beginners to experienced choristers. We have a large and varied concert programme.’

 

Category Ladies Choirs

'If you would like to join like-minded ladies and enjoy community singing, then please contact us. There is no need to be able to read music. We rehearse weekly; regularly visit OAP groups, nursing homes etc to entertain them; put on public concerts with guest artistes or in collaboration with other musical groups; and enjoy social activities together.'

 

Category Ladies Choirs

'Both a broadcast orchestra and the national symphony orchestra of Wales ... Orchestra-in-Residence at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall and performs a busy schedule of live concerts throughout Wales and the UK. Nearly all the Orchestra’s performances can be heard on the BBC, and they regularly perform at the BBC Proms and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. The Orchestra’s Learning team strive to make classical music accessible, they are also the UK’s foremost soundtrack orchestra, working Doctor Who and War and Peace, among others. Formed in 1983, the BBC National Chorus of Wales is one of the leading large mixed choruses in the UK ... BBC NCW enjoys a close performing and recording relationship with the BBC NOW.'

 

'The Choir is always looking to attract new recruits – young or not so young ... To join the Choir you will need to undergo a voice test (this is done on a one to one basis with the Musical Director – no one else will be in attendance) so that the MD can place you in the appropriate section.The MD will chart your progress and when he is satisfied that you are ready to sing with the choir and can perform to the high standard that is required you will become a fully fledged chorister ... Save Our Male Voice Choirs is our documentary film following Blaenavon Male Voice Choir, as they look to encourage new, younger members to join them, and to embrace social media ...'

 

Also indexedSave Our Male Voice Choirs

'Formed in August 2009 when a number of like-minded individuals began to visualise the formation of a Male Choir in the Lower Llynfi Valley. Our group of experienced and well respected Choristers came up with some basic philosophies: Keep the choir to a manageable size; Take our music to the community-at-large; Establish ourselves as a quality musical group; Encourage less experienced Choristers to grow in ability and musicality; Share our joy in singing!'

 

'The almost 100 strong Bridgend Male Choir has a wide repertoire of classical and folk pieces, traditional Welsh Anthems, and popular songs from the shows. The Choir give regular concerts ... which are always well attended and extremely popular, throughout South Wales and the rest of the UK, as well as internationally.'

 

‘One of the most famous names in Welsh banding of the last 40 years. The initials "BTM" stand for "Bedwas, Trethomas & Machen", three small mining villages in the South Wales valleys, and the BTM bandroom is located in the largest of these three villages: Bedwas ... As well as a busy contest schedule, the BTM Band undertakes a wide range of community-based performances such as hosting concerts at "The BTM Centre of Excellence", their own state-of-the-art facility ...'

 

'A successful, thriving choir but to maintain this we are constantly on the look-out for new members. Could you be one of our new recruits? You would be made very welcome. Don’t miss out! If you enjoy singing quietly to yourself, then you will enjoy singing in a choir. You will make new friends that will last a lifetime, feel more connected with the wider Caldicot community and benefit from a much busier "social" life. There are also claims that singing can make you healthier and live longer! ...'

 

'Originally formed 1993 ... One of the country’s finest choirs, with a wide-ranging repertoire stretching from the Renaissance to the present day ... The Choir habitually works with instrumentalists and soloists of national and international repute ... With its clean, precise and blended sound, Cantemus is particularly acclaimed for its stylish interpretations of Baroque music.'

 

Category Chamber Choirs

’We are a thriving and ambitious community choir based in Canton, a district of Cardiff, the capital of Wales in the UK ... We do not audition members and we are happy for anybody to come along and audition us ... We generally sing two concerts a year, in January or February and July, typically. The winter concert is usually of a large cantata with professional soloists, accompanied by an accomplished orchestra made up of players from the city’s professional orchestras. The summer concert is usually made up of smaller works such as part songs and may include solos from members of the choir.‘

 

 

Category Choral Societies

'Running since 1997, CAFE Flutes (Cardiff Amateur Flute Ensemble) has been playing many different varieties of flute music for over 20 years. The ensemble has gone through several changes over the years but currently we have around 20 members ... Most of our members play Concert Flutes but we are fortunate to have a bass flute player, alto flute players, piccolo players and some members who themselves or their partners play other instruments. Although we are essentially a flute group, when giving concerts we sometimes include the skills of partners or family members to add variety to the programme.'

 

Category Flute Ensembles

'Cardiff Ardwyn Singers is one of Wales’s leading mixed choirs enjoying a reputation for its varied repertoire and particular affinity with contemporary Welsh music.'

 

Category Community Choirs

Formed 1962: ‘Originally a choir of around 25 singers, in recent times between 50 to 60 choristers regularly take to the performance platform. During the 1980’s the choir expanded to allow performances of the larger works and oratorios and has since given performances of all the major choral works, sometimes jointly with other local choirs ... While we continue to explore new avenues, and develop exciting programmes ... including 20th century composers, we are not forgetting our original aims and the work of Bach and his contemporaries will continue to feature regularly in our programmes’.

 

Category Choral Societies

'CPO is recognised as one of Wales's foremost non-professional orchestras, with a reputation for a wide ranging repertoire from film music and light classics to major works.'

 

‘The Choir’s history starts in 1964 when twenty Aberystwyth graduates who had sung together in university met up in Cardiff to form a choir ... Cardiff Polyphonic Choir now numbers 65 singers ... and has a proud history and a continuing strong reputation ... As a choir we pride ourselves on maintaining high musical standards, and, as such, entry to the choir is by audition. However, the social side of the choir is equally important and new members will always receive a warm and friendly welcome.’

 

Category Choral Societies

'We are a four part mixed choir (SATB) of about forty voices ... Our main objective is to enjoy singing. Each year we give a number of concerts in the locality sometimes in support of charitable causes. We also give occasional shorter recitals such as singing on stage in the foyer of Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff and at local residential care homes at Christmas.'

 

Category Chamber Choirs

Cerddorfa Dinas Powys Orchestra is a community orchestra which provides a place for local musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting ... We will always welcome new players, to help us develop our orchestral capabilities and repertoire. If you play, or used to play and would like to take it up again, please consider joining us.’

‘Formed in 1979, and has been performing live music in the town regularly ever since ... It has about 65 members in total, of all ages & abilities ... and strives to promote and encourage the art of music within the community by giving three or more public concert performances of choral music per year, often with orchestral accompaniment. While presenting these programmes, we foster and support young and aspiring musicians ... We welcome new singers in all voice sections. We do not have a formal audition policy and ... no-one is excluded on grounds of lack of previous choral experience, ability to play instruments, etc.’

 

Category Choral Societies

'Founded by Band Administrator Brian Ellam in April 2012, Swingcopation is an opportunity for players of saxes, trumpets, trombones and rhythm instruments to come together and share the joy of the Big Band sound, from Swing Era standards through to current theme tunes ... Following the success of Wyedean School's Big Band - W.D.Forte! - we decided to open things up to others in the local community, including young and more experienced musicians, and meet regularly for longer rehearsals. So far we have gathered a varied group of students from several schools, and adults from all over South East Wales and South Gloucestershire.'

 

Category Big Bands
Also indexedSwingcopation | W.D.Forte!

‘Singing for their own pleasure comes naturally to choristers, but how much better it is to make and take the many opportunities of sharing our enthusiasm with others. Apart from practising for two hours on two evenings each week for 47 weeks a year, the choir performs an average of 14 concerts each year and at roughly 8 weddings and corporate events. In addition, of course, there are events like the annual Remembrance Service, too. All of this choir’s concerts with the exception of the Annual Concert and the Christmas Concert are performed for charity.’

‘This Band hosts five bands under the name of City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Brass Band. M1 competes at Championship Section Nationally & locally. M2 compete in the 2nd section nationally and 3rd section locally, M3 compete at youth level and M4 are our beginner band. Community Brass is for anyone, of any standard, who enjoys playing but does not want to compete. The Band has a long history, The City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Band can justifiably claim to be the oldest band in Wales. Sure we're also the friendliest.’

 

‘The City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra was formed in September 1981 to fill a gap at that time for symphonic music making of a high standard for the many gifted amateur musicians in the Cardiff area. The orchestra has performed over 150 concerts in and around Cardiff with a repertoire of well over 200 orchestral works ... We perform at least five concerts per year with varied, challenging programmes, often with high-class, professional soloists.‘

 

City of Newport Male Choir (formerly known as Newport Male Voice Choir) is a registered charity that uses the art of music to help other charitable organisations, while giving Choir members a means of self expression with no financial benefit to themselves. Our motto is “Making Music, Making Friends”.’

 

Also indexedNewport Male Voice Choir

'An enthusiastic amateur orchestra with members of all ages. We strive to provide a balance between fun and informality whilst also embracing the desire to improve each individuals’ skills and talents and to be able to perform as a coherent and confident orchestra that all are proud to be a part of.'

 

Also indexedNewport Orchestra

‘Formed in 2008, City Voices has grown from a small choir of just 25 voices to a membership of over 180 in just ten years. In that time it has been involved in concerts raising over £50,000 for a mixture of charities and performed in a variety of venues in and around Cardiff, as well as further afield. There are no auditions to join, City Voices believe singing is for everyone - everyone has a voice and it should be about meeting new people and having fun. The music performed by City Voices does not follow the traditional “Choral Society” approach, but instead we feature music from Stage and Screen ... City Voices is now a well-established choir, with only a few vacancies periodically becoming available. As a result of this, we have taken the decision to close our waiting list. Instead, we will be reviewing our membership bi-annually each May and November.’

Category Community Choirs

‘A small amateur theatre group based in the South East Wales area. The group was set up in order to try to put on productions that were just that little bit different. We wanted to be a society that has everyone involved. Quality of singing and acting is paramount and innovation and "challenging the norm" is at the forefront of everything we do. We enjoy ourselves and take great efforts to ensure our audiences do as well. We believe in nurturing talent and avoiding the pitfalls of bad sets, bad costumes and run-of-the-mill productions. If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well!’

 

‘Formed in 1998 following a successful performance of the Verdi Requiem on the stage of the National Eisteddfod at Bridgend ... We are a friendly mixed Community Choir with a wide musical repertoire. We travel abroad on choir trips and enjoy many social functions. No auditions or ability to sight-read needed.‘

 

Category Choral Societies

'The Choir can trace its roots back to the late 1800s and continued until the 1950s ... The present Choir was re-formed in 1965 by 13 men keen to see a revival of choral music in Dowlais, and that number rose to 120, reflecting the enthusiasm of the early days. Today the number of choristers registered is 60 ... We are very keen to recruit new choristers and give them the opportunity to experience the pleasure of singing in some wonderful venues with first class performers.'

 

‘The 35 or so members of the choir are drawn from all ages and occupations: our youngest choristers are under 25 years old, our oldest over 70, and we have plumbers and electricians, company directors and managers, bus drivers, firemen, office workers and students, all united by a love of singing. We sing all kinds of music, from opera choruses and religious works via folk songs and jazz to pop songs and Musical Theatre, with most of our concerts including a vibrant selection from all these genres.’

 

'We sing a wide variety of music: accompanied and unaccompanied; ancient and modern; ecclesiastical and secular ... We enjoy singing folk songs from many cultures including Welsh, Hungarian, American and Scottish ... There are 25-30 choristers who ... come together from all corners of Monmouthshire as well as Newport and Cardiff to enjoy singing together.'

Category Ladies Choirs

Cory Band competes in both National and International Brass Band Competitions – and does very well! ... Cory is proud to have won many brass band competitions over the years and continues to compete at the very highest level, winning an unprecedented Grand Slam of the four “majors” in 2016 to complete a full ten years as the number one ranked brass band in the world.‘

 

'Founded in 1981 by a local GP David Hiley who persuaded any of his patients who said they could sing to join him in creating a choir. From this small group, many of whom are still members, a strong society of some 50 to 60 singers has evolved ... As well as a major Choral Concert in November, the choir organises a community Carol Concert in Crickhowell where local primary school pupils perform along with other young people from the town and the audience is expected to join in too. We see the involvement of young music makers in our activities as essential to the future of the choir ...'

Category Choral Societies
Also indexedCrickhowell Music Festival

‘Forming in September 2011, Ebbw Valley Brass was born following the merger of Cwm Town Band and Ebbw Vale Town Band. Both of the former bands experienced low points in recent history following a decline in player numbers and general interest. With the two bands being in close proximity, the Committees openly expressed a desire to work together in order to ensure a sustainable future for brass banding in the Ebbw Valley and ensure that the heritage of music is maintained and developed ... The Band has experienced considerable development in a short space of time. The band won over 35 trophies in its first year of competing, and continued the high levels of success ...’

 

'We are a friendly, sociable, mixed voice choir, about 60 strong ... While based in Abergavenny, both singers and non singing members and friends come from the broad region of Gwent and neighbouring counties ... The GBS logo is taken from Johann Sebastian Bach's 1722 seal, used throughout his Leipzig years. It contains the letters "J S B" superimposed over their mirror image. The whole is topped with a crown.'

 

Category Choral Societies

‘Award winning brass band based in Porth, Rhondda Cynon Taf. The oldest brass band in South Wales' Rhondda Valleys ... Founded in 1880 ... The band has been highly successful in competition throughout its history, becoming Champion Band of Wales, Welsh League Champions, Miner's Welfare Entertainments (CISWO) Champions and more ... Lewis-Merthyr has been equally successful on the concert stage, performing at a wide variety of locations across Wales and beyond ... Lewis-Merthyr Band remain thoroughly committed to supporting our local community in Rhondda Cynon Taf, through the presentation of concert performances across the county borough and wider, supporting local events & functions, and providing tuition for local young brass & percussion musicians through our Youth Band programme.’

 

'One of the oldest choirs in Wales and is the only Cathedral-based choral society in Wales. Over the years and under a succession of outstanding conductors, the choir has brought virtually all of the great choral works to Llandaff Cathedral. It has also commissioned and performed new works by Wales’s leading composers. The choir has over 100 members, drawn from all walks of life, brought together by a love of singing and a commitment to delivering excellent performances to its audiences. It gives three major concerts each year in the Cathedral, together with an annual carol service.'

 

Category Choral Societies

'Llwydcoed Brass Band has recently had a very successful few years of competition in banding which has seen us rise through the sections to Championship section status locally and nationally from 2015. We are also very honoured to have won the Welsh League in the Championship section 2015.'

 

‘Big band repertoire spreads back nearly a hundred years, with so much variety of style and feel – all of it sizzling with that quintessential vibrant sound ... In addition to scorching swing numbers, we play smooth Latin, “strictly”-style dance tunes, well-known vocal numbers and classic jazz numbers. The music cascades off the stage with all the vibrancy you’d expect from a 20-piece live band ... What unites all the music is the big band format of 5 saxes, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets (who all play stratospherically high) and rhythm section.’

 

Category Big Bands

'A welcoming and friendly choir of about 120 members in four sections soprano, alto, tenor and bass ... We perform four concerts every year, one in each term plus the Christmas Carol concert. Our repertoire shares much with the great choral tradition of works from Bach and Handel to Rutter and Britten.'

 

Category Choral Societies

'The friendliest amateur orchestra in south Wales. We started when a group of parents were looking for something to do while their children were taking part in Gwent Music ensembles. From humble beginnings we now have 30+ regular players, We rehearse in Monmouth on Friday evenings during term time and give two or three concerts a year. We play a wide selection of music from famous classical works to music from the shows.'

 

Category Light Orchestras

‘The tradition of Welsh male voice choirs grew up out of mining, industrial and religious heritage. Music that is soulful, virile and powerful, yet sensitive and moving. Monmouth Male Voice Choir seeks to uphold that tradition. The Choir was formed in 2012 by a small group of men ... and now has around 50 members. The choir has achieved great things during its short existence ... A warm welcome will be given to all, so come along, dip your toes in the water and see how you like it ... You'll be welcomed with open arms - we're a widely varied, friendly and inclusive bunch.’

 

'We want our opera to engage and surprise audiences. We want to stimulate and communicate new ideas, thoughts and feelings, and so we continually re-imagine what opera can do and what it can offer. That way we can keep opera a truly dynamic and contemporary art form. That is what we strive to do.'

 

Category Opera Companies

‘A mixed SATB Choir with 70+ members ... In a typical year we perform a Spring Concert of short pieces of music (folk and pop songs & songs from musicals and operas, as well as sacred music), an Autumn Concert of classical works performed with professional soloists and orchestra, and Christmas concerts. It has also been our custom to sing an anthem in Welsh at the annual St David’s Day service at Newport Cathedral. We also perform for local charities, weddings and civic functions.’

 

Category Choral Societies

‘The Society is a community based Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society, located in the Penarth area. We are made up of adults and children many of which are family members. We perform four main productions annually, two plays from our drama section, a musical and a pantomime from our musical section.

 

'Our Aim is to preserve and foster the culture and heritage of Welsh male voice singing and, in so doing, assist charitable organisations and good causes. Our mission is to bring the power and passion of 60+ men singing together to everyone’s ears, socialising and forming life-long friendships with a camaraderie second to none !!'

 

‘Founded in May 2013, we play a wide variety of music and perform regularly. In addition to orchestral performances, we have connections with other local groups which often provide further opportunities for members of the orchestra. We require that you are at least of Grade 4 standard before joining us and that you own your own instrument. A short term instrument loan may be available in some cases. We welcome people from all walks of life in the orchestra, including students, adult returners and professional musicians.’

Founded 1980: ‘The choir takes great pride in bringing uniquely talented artistes to Porthcawl whilst also upholding the Welsh Tradition of choral singing. We hope that with the support of our valued audiences, patrons and other supporters, we can continue to present these celebrity concerts ... Our repertoire is varied, covering music from shows, opera, traditional male voice numbers, Welsh hymns and modern musical pieces and we adapt our programme to suit the occasion. Singing is good for the soul, as well as lungs and heart, and is an excellent form of stress relief’.

‘A 24 strong choir based in Newport, South Wales, in the UK. The main objectives of the Choir were made clear from its inception: to make high-quality music from an eclectic and innovative repertoire; a determination that continues to be shared today by all of the Choir's members. The twenty-four members of the Choir range from young singers to semi-professional and professional singers with vast choral and soloist experience. The name is taken from Caerleon's Priory, where the Choir held their first rehearsals back in 1999. Since that time the Choir has earned a reputation as one of the most polished and versatile choirs in the principality.’

 

Category Chamber Choirs

'We perform between 4 and 6 concerts annually in venues across Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. We have a wide-ranging repertoire, from classical through to 21st century, from the well-known and popular classics to the seldom-played and even first performances of new pieces. We like to perform with local young soloists, including winners of our Young Musician of the Valleys competition.'

Also indexedYoung Musician of the Valleys

‘We sing a variety of music: classical, popular and folk in Welsh and English ... The Chorus welcomes all comers who are keen to sing and open to a variety of music. There is no audition required ... Our regular concerts, performed in December and June, have included guest appearances by local musicians trained by Cardiff University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama ... Our membership is currently 60 – this is great but we could always do with more members. We do sing in voice sections, and always encourage members to try different sections to see what suits them best.’

Category Community Choirs

‘South Wales’ Biggest Community Samba Band ... Samba Galêz has around 90 members, and plays 30 to 40 gigs a year. We also enjoy impromptu busking in Cardiff city centre. It’s a social band, with various sub-groups who go cycling, hiking, play music, or just hang out ... You don’t need any previous musical experience, and in fact only a few of us play other instruments. We don’t expect you to be able to walk in off the street and start banging a drum. There is a lot to learn including basic rhythms and how they fit together and how to interpret our leader’s signals but you will be given support and help as you pick up the beats.’

 

'The orchestra provides early employment opportunities to young musicians, including talented recent graduates as well as the most promising musicians still in full-time study. Sinfonia Cymru alumni have moved on to successful careers in many of the top professional symphony, chamber, opera and ballet orchestras in the UK and worldwide.'

 

'Choir for lesbian, bi and trans women and non-binary people in Wales ... We were set up in 2012 ... but we always welcome new members! ... We pride ourselves on our inclusivity and we aim to be a supportive and friendly group where members can have fun and make a beautiful sound!'

 

Category LGBT+ Choirs

Award winning chorus ‘formed in February 2008 and has grown very quickly to a 40 + strong choir singing everything from early music to rock, including show-tunes, the odd novelty item and, of course, traditional music from Wales, the land of song! ... We foster an open-door policy for new members of all ability, but suggest you try and get in touch prior to get an idea of what we're all about. We work hard and play hard and are supported by a talented musical team’.

 

Category LGBT+ Choirs

‘A Penarth-based chamber choir ... We're a mixed SATB choir of experienced choristers from around Cardiff and the Vale numbering just 16 voices. We may be compact but we make a surprisingly big sound and specialise in singing a cappella (without accompaniment). The choir's name reflects the extensive range of music we perform, from show tunes and pop songs in concert to classical pieces and sacred music in cathedrals.‘

 

‘Formed in 2009 at St Donats Arts Centre in the Vale of Glamorgan to be a community choir for the area. This allowed anybody who wished to sing, to do so ... With over 50 members and now a registered charity in its own right, the Chorale has a musical repertoire of over 80 pieces of music, including Handel's Messiah, Bach's St John Passion, Faure's Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria and more modern pieces from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Pieces are sung in different languages - Welsh, English, Italian, French German and Norwegian- the choir has a strong reputation to uphold.’

Category Community Choirs

'A close-harmony male voice choir – the only such choir in South Wales. We differ from a traditional male voice choir in our approach, our choice of songs, our sound. We sing “a-capella” (unaccompanied), producing truly beautiful music ... We sing a range of songs from ballads, pop, swing to laugh-out-loud ... We love what we do – we’re infectious!'

 

'Male choir consisting of two formerly well established choirs,ie. Pontypool Male Choir and Cwmbran Male Choir.'

'Firmly established in the top echelon of brass banding ... Committed to ensuring their local community continues to enjoy high quality brass band music in forthcoming years, Tredegar Town Band has recently spearheaded the development of a ground-breaking youth development initiative with the assistance of the Scottish Brass Band Association.'

 

‘The Treorchy Male Choir has been recognised as one of the greatest choral ensembles of all time. Early competition victories were followed by regular radio and television broadcasts, feature films and an unequalled number of commercial recordings ... Do you want to travel the world with your friends and have the time of your life? Then join the Treorchy Male Choir. We're looking for dedicated men who can carry a tune and have plenty of fun. You don’t need to be another Pavarotti or Terfel because we are a choir of amateur singers who love our hobby.’

 

‘A choir of around thirty: specialises in exploring exciting repertoires from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Baroque periods.‘

 

Category Chamber Choirs

'There's much fine amateur choral singing in Wales and the members of the Welsh Camerata are proud to be part of that tradition. We are a small choir of around 25 singers and what makes us distinct is that we specialise in the authentic performance of early music - that composed in the eighteenth century and previous centuries (with the occasional, well-informed foray into later periods) ... Performance technique has evolved over the centuries and singing music from earlier periods often requires quite a different approach to the material. Our specialism has led us to discover forgotten masterpieces from an incredibly rich period. Many of our performances have contained pieces no doubt performed for the first time in Wales since their composition.'

 

Category Chamber Choirs

'Transforms lives through the power of opera. We are passionate about opera and want to share this passion with as many people as possible. We do this with award winning performances of fully staged opera and concerts which combine a sense of adventure with the highest possible quality. We keep our performances accessible through affordable ticket prices. Beyond the theatre we connect with people through our community and education work and digital projects.'

 

Category Opera Companies

‘In addition to a substantial operatic remit, the WNO Orchestra has a stature and reputation as a world-class ensemble in its own right. This is demonstrated by its ongoing distinguished involvement in the St David’s Hall International Concert Series and Welsh Proms in Cardiff each year, as well as its place as one of two national orchestras from Wales featured in the acclaimed Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. In addition to this WNO Orchestra also has a well-established concert touring programme to regional venues throughout Wales.’

 

Also indexedWelsh National Opera

'Based in the Rhondda Valleys in South Wales, and comprise of a junior and senior band, allowing players of all ages and abilities to join in.'

 

'The choir was formed from members of the coal tip removal committee who were disbanding and were looking for another project to occupy the time taken during that period. They decided to form a choir, who would perform for charity, to give thanks to everybody who had contributed to the disaster fund that had been set up during the time of the Aberfan tragedy. The Choir at present has about 40 members and still travel to all parts of the country, and abroad, giving concerts to any charitable cause.'

Beaufort Theatre hosts a wide range of performances and events throughout the year as well as arts activities and workshops. It is the number one venue in Ebbw Vale for drama, dance, live music and children's events.’

 

‘Caerphilly County Borough's leading theatre & live entertainment venue ... The building is currently one of the busiest and most vibrant performing arts venues in South Wales, presenting over 40 shows a season ranging from well-known household names to productions staged by groups based in the local community.’

 

'The Blake Theatre opened its doors in 2004. When Monmouth School refurbished its original building we decided we should share the theatre with you, our local community. So we have a part time team who are here to help you. Not only do we aim to provide an interesting range of shows, we are also available to hire for those groups seeking a professional venue for their production.'

Also indexedMonmouth School

‘Opened by the Duchess of Kent on the 19th October 1972 ... In 1974 the entire building was closed to be revamped and modified to incorporate greater facilities to enable a wider range of entertainment it reopened in 1975 as the Congress Theatre with a 306 auditorium capacity, dressing rooms and theatrical lighting. In 1992 the Congress Theatre was threatened with closure by the local Council and a group of theatre enthusiasts formed a committee to take over the running of the Theatre. Thus in April 1993 the Congress Theatre Co. ... was formed and that is how it is today. The Congress Theatre generates most of its revenue from Theatre Hire.’

 

‘Situated in the heart of Cardiff’s elegant civic centre, it houses Wales’s national art, geology and natural history collections as well as major touring and temporary exhibitions.’ The Friends of National Museum Wales arrange ‘monthly public lectures on topics of artistic, historical and scientific interest, and other activities such as concerts and “behind the scenes” Museum visits’. Includes recitals on the ‘magnificent Williams-Wynn Wynnstay 18th century organ’.

 

The Riverfront is at the heart of the arts and entertainment scene in Newport. A lively theatre and arts centre based in the centre of Newport City centre that brings as many people as possible into contact with the arts and creativity, with professional performances, film screenings and workshops. The Riverfront is Newport's only professional presenting theatre and arts centre ... Throughout the year, The Riverfront offers high quality live theatre with music, drama, dance and much more on offer…The Riverfront seeks to be a gateway into the arts and to use the arts as a gateway to addressing issues, for a wide range of the communities of Newport.’

 

'Cardiff's most central concert venue. There is something on nearly every day - from jazz, classical and folk music to comedy, children's shows and everything in between.'

 

‘For over 40 years the Church has recognised its special ministry to musicians and artists in the locality, and St Edward’s Music & Arts Centre coordinates that outreach to the community, providing opportunities for amateurs and professionals to rehearse and perform in an auditorium of outstanding acoustic quality. Instruments available at the church include a three-manual pipe organ, and an excellent grand piano. A second grand piano is available in the rehearsal room ... Currently thirteen music and arts organisations meet, rehearse and perform at St Edward's. In addition, a series of monthly Saturday morning "Coffee Concerts" is organised each year ... Some are given by the resident music organisations, but the majority are performances by other local musicians. In addition we have a series of Spring Concerts on Saturday evenings at 7.30pm, Piano Recitals on Sundays at 3pm, and a Jazz Month (four consecutive Saturday mornings at 11am).‘

 

Category Churches
Also indexedSt Edward’s Music & Arts Centre

Music events include ‘a continuing series of Free Concerts featuring the magnificent sounds of the organ made in 1894 by “Father” Henry Willis & Sons, restored in 2005 by David Wells of Liverpool and paid for with a large grant from The Heritage Lottery Fund together with many private donations ... The Church is next to the city centre's covered market, and is the oldest remaining mediaeval building in the city after Cardiff Castle, dating from the 12th century’.

 

Category Greater Churches

‘The nation's home for the performing arts situated at the heart of Cardiff Bay. One of the UK's top cultural attractions, the Centre provides an extensive programme of world class entertainment, showcases Welsh creativity and talents, partners with international artistic companies, and offers creative learning and community engagement opportunities aimed at increasing accessibility to art and culture.’

 

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