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'Formed in 1977 under the leadership of local grocer Mr Harry Cook at the local Thorngate Halls Community Centre. In 1981 the thriving Club built the organ chambers at the rear of the Ballroom stage for the purpose of installing the Compton Organ from the Regal Hammersmith. However, before this could happen the larger 3/12 Compton from the Gaumont Wood Green was obtained and the Hammersmith Compton was sold on ... This is one of the few locations that members can actually play a Compton Cinema Organ on a regular basis, a neccesity to keep this magnificent instrument in playable condition.'

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‘Exists as a non-profit making organisation to provide and promote high quality live traditional jazz in Gosport and surrounding areas. The Club arranges live performances ... by mainly British bands, although there have been visits by bands from as far away as Australia, the USA and Europe.'

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‘Founded in 1949, by a small group of local volunteers who wished to help and encourage Gosport residents, particularly young people, to gain confidence and aspiration from musical performance ... Entirely non-sponsored the Festival has grown from strength to strength over the years and now attracts entries from across the South of well over 2000 annually. Dance Schools, Choirs, Barbers Shops are encouraged. Always a “grass roots” event the Gosport Music Festival has welcomed many entrants with exceptional standard of performance who have gone on to achieve national acclaim and TV fame.' Held Mid November.

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‘Created in 2011 when two great local bands amalgamated. Gosport Silver Band has been a staunch community band supporting Gosport and the surrounding areas. With Gosport in the title it has been the band of choice for civic and community events in Gosport for decades. Solent Concert Brass was, for most of its history, a formidable contesting band and one of the finest bands in Southern England. It was widely recognised as a "factory" for quality players, taking children from the local community and turning them into some of the most sought after players in the area. Gsoport Solent Brass is a wonderful blend of these two fine traditions.’

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‘A dedicated group who meet every Wednesday during term time to rehearse and perform great choral music. We put on two formal concerts each year (Christmas and Summer) and a third, lighter event at the end of the adacemic year.’

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‘The Singers are a community choir of around 35 members and specialize in entertaining local groups in such places as old peoples homes, hospitals, churches, etc. Around 50 concerts are performed each year, with a particularly busy time at Christmas when, within a 4 to 6 week period, some 30 performances are given. Enthusiasm and dedication, necessary for such a busy programme, rather than vocal ability, are the watchwords of the Singers.‘

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Host a regular series of concerts and recitals: ‘The church’s greatest treasure is the Handel organ. From 1718-1720, Handel was director of music to James Brydges, Duke of Chandos, and commissioned the building of this organ for the Duke’s new house on the Canons estate at Edgware, Middlesex. The builders, Abraham Jordan and his son, were the first to enclose the pipes of the swell organ in a wooden box with a sliding shutter in its front which could be opened and closed by means of a pedal, regulating the volume of sound produced ... Although it has since undergone extensive restoration, four of the stops on the great organ and five on the choir organ are original Jordan work’.

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