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'Whether your musical taste is for classical, jazz, popular, or folk, Benslow Music has a music course to suit you. Throughout the year expert tutors lead friendly, supportive residential and day courses. There is something for every level from near-beginner to advanced, and we regularly welcome guests from their teens to their nineties. Our beautifully cooked food will sustain your energies and our friendly staff will do all they can to make you feel welcome ... Throughout the year Benslow Music hosts a series of concerts across many genres including classical, early, folk and jazz.‘


'Summer residential course for String Players aged 10 -18 (Grade V+) ... The course is unique in its accent on all-round musicianship and personality. Its aim is to develop both playing technique and ensemble skills through the medium of chamber music. To achieve this there is a high ratio of teachers to students.' Held Early August.


'Promotes four or five chamber music concerts a year by professional musicians in our small friendly parish church. At least two concerts are given by classical guitarists, often of international stature. Other concerts are deliberately varied and include baroque, string groups and singers. Audiences of about 100 are seated '"in the round" with good sight lines. Tickets include programme and interval drink.'


Hitchin Band is ‘a friendly Brass Band with an active concert and contesting schedule’ ... Hitchin Youth Band ‘began in 2009 and is now firmly established, providing weekly rehearsals and regular public performance opportunities for young brass players’ ... Hitchin Community Brass started in 2017 ‘to offer a playing opportunity for brass players who no longer play with a regular band or are still learning and would like to gain some ensemble experience’.


'A friendly string orchestra based in Hitchin aiming to present high standard concerts in the town’s lovely venues. Music played covers a wide variety of different styles and genres and the orchestra often collaborates with guest instrumentalists and singers ... Our orchestra's membership is drawn locally from North Hertfordshire and South Bedfordshire with a mix of accomplished amateur players, professional instrumental teachers, and a core of freelance musicians who lead the sections.'


Category String Ensembles

‘The Hitchin Light Orchestra is a unique institution and is difficult to describe in words ... Imagine a concert orchestra – violins, cellos, trumpets, trombones, flutes, clarinets, percussion and so on. Then add a bunch of saxophone players and a jazz rock rhythm section and a group of about twenty singers, around seventy people in all. This gives you the size of it, but the next thing you would notice at a gig is that there are all different age groups. You have 10 year olds playing next to 70 year olds, students and teachers playing from the same part! ... Anyone can join - come along, bring your instrument and if you like it - you're in!’


‘Formerly known as Hitchin Concert Orchestra, was founded in 1929 by Mary Ibberson at the Rural Music Schools Association. The orchestra was for many years run as an evening class at North Hertfordshire College but, when the College authorities decided in 1997 that artistic ventures such as the orchestra were no longer financially supportable, it became a self-governing body and changed its name. The orchestra’s motto is “Promoting Live Music” and its aim is to promote live orchestral music in the Hitchin area by providing audiences with symphonic concerts performed to a high standard and to serve as a concert platform for local musicians, whether orchestral players or soloists.’


'Hitchin Thespians offers a unique opportunity to perform in a range of shows and concerts. Our membership is friendly, our performance standards are high, and our repertoire is varied. Unusually for an amateur operatic society, we perform classical concerts as well as shows. We are proud to own our rehearsal and performing venue, Woodside Hall, and have a thriving youth section, Young Thespians, for ages 8-16.

Also indexedYoung Thespians

Founded 1968: ‘An amateur choir performing several times a year in local venues and abroad. The choir's repertoire ranges from major oratorio to smaller choral works, opera choruses and Gilbert & Sullivan ... We are a friendly non-auditioning choir open to all comers from whatever background who want and are able to sing. Based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire with members living in Hertfordshire and the neighbouring counties of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, NHGS is one of the best-known and best-supported choral groups in the area with a membership of about 140 singers and an ever-growing reputation for high standards of music making’.


Category Choral Societies

'Founded 1969 ... Our repertoire includes music in many styles, from Renaissance and Baroque to contemporary pieces composed by members of the choir. We also let our hair down with rousing renditions of lighter songs, traditional spirituals and popular standards. A friendly and light-hearted group covering a wide age range, we take our music making seriously but have fun doing it.'


Category Chamber Choirs

‘Putteridge Bury G&S Society, or PBGS for short, is a NODA affiliated amateur operatic society specialising in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, but also performing operetta and musicals. Affectionately know as Putt, we have been performing quality musical shows in South Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire since 1971.’


Also indexedPutteridge Bury Gilbert & Sullivan Society

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