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‘The Festival takes place over 3 weeks during February each year. From small beginnings, it now attracts 3000+ performances from across the East Midlands regions ... The Festival has become known as “The Friendly Festival”, a title we are very proud of. We are insistent that our competitors are made to feel welcome and at ease. For many of them, it is their first taste of competition, and we want it to be a memorable day.‘

 

Member of the Lincolnshire Music Service Grouping

 

‘Founded in 1929, presents concerts covering a wide range of musical tastes, performed by first-rate professional musicians. Our aim is to maintain the very high standards of past and present musical performance as well as the tradition of creating a welcoming atmosphere for all our members and other music lovers in our community ... There are six main monthly concerts (October to March) each season.’

 

'Annual event in which musicians in the town can perform in a friendly environment but in competition with their peers and in front of an expert adjudicator. Ages range from earliest school-age to senior citizens. Classes for all types of instrument and vocal style are normally offered and performers may be soloists, ensembles, orchestras or choirs.' Held Mid March.

 

‘Each year Sleaford and the surrounding villages take part in a week-long festival showcase everything from music to dance and drama. There is something for everybody ... with added workshops which allow audiences to learn something new.’ Held Early May.

 

Member of the Lincolnshire Music Service Grouping

 

‘We are an enthusiastic group of singers numbering 70 plus voices who always welcome new members. In addition to our Autumn and Spring Concerts, we host two Christmas Carol nights, hold a professional-led Saturday Workshop in February and enjoy several social events each season. If this sounds interesting, you are welcome to come along to a rehearsal or two and see how it goes.’

 

'Sings and plays choral items, including West Gallery pieces, that were popular in the church of the 19th century and earlier, some uniquely from music masters who travelled around the local area and brought compositions to villages nearby. The Quire evokes an experience of the time: an agricultural community, un-mechanised and largely unchanged for hundreds of years, and the music that helped to express the religious sentiments of farming people.'

 

Typically three Concerts per annum: ‘Sleaford Choral Society has a history of working on fund-raising projects with small local community groups. Originally organised on an ad hoc basis ... our activities have been formalised over the last few years under the name “The Village Consort”. This comprises members of the Choral Society – but by no means the full choir – who get together ... to provide light-hearted summer concerts in venues around Sleaford.’

Also indexedThe Village Consort

With around 40 amateur and semi-professional musicians, the Sleaford Concert Band is going from strength to strength ... The band has an extensive library of music journals and perform pieces from almost every genre including classical, big band, jazz, TV and film and light concert pieces, there's something to suit everyone ... Entry into the Training Band is open to anyone who can get a sound out of a wind instrument, however, entry into the Concert Band will involve an audition with the minimum standard being approximately Grade 4.‘

 

‘Formed in late 2007 ... playing a variety of instruments from the ukulele family. We may be an “orchestra” but do not expect an evening of instrumentals. We play an eclectic selection of music, modern and not so modern, and we may throw in the odd jazz number!’

 

‘It doesn't matter what you're into, they'll always be something for you at the Guildhall. From contemporary dance to dazzling music and drama, there's so much going on, and if there's ever something you think we should be doing just let us know!‘

 

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