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‘We meet monthly throughout the year to hear music that will be new to most of us and (hopefully) enjoyed by all of us, and so discover music that we might otherwise never hear. At most meetings, a member or a guest presents a programme of his or her choice. We also have “Members’ Choices” evenings, where members bring along whatever they think others will enjoy ... Our core programme is classical, but in a broad sense, and presenters often include a seasoning of jazz, folk or brass. We have even had bagpipes — Swedish bagpipes!‘

 

* Garstang and District Recorded Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)91
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)147
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Playing the ukulele is fun and can be done by anyone. No experience is needed to pick it up, learn 3 or 4 chords and then start singing along. No exams, no rules, just good fun. All members of the group need to be members of the Arts Society. If you are already a member through another group you do not need to join again.'

 

* Garstang Ukulele Group
VISITS (to the Website)222
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)606

‘A mixed-voice choir, based in South Lakeland, Cumbria, with an ever-expanding membership of over 70 ... The choir gives two regular concerts, usually at Christmas and in the Summer, and also takes part in the Mary Wakefield Festival in Kendal ... We offer a very warm welcome to anybody wishing to join us in singing a variety of styles. No audition necessary but an abundance of enthusiasm, a sense of humour and the ability to sing in tune would be helpful! ... We look forward to seeing you!’

 

+ Arnside Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)130
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)213
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Batala is a form of Samba Drum music which originates in Salvador de Bahia in North Eastern Brazil ... The music has its roots in African traditional music which found its way to Brazil and has been incorporated in to Brazilian culture since ... We periodically introduce new members to the band through a series of beginners workshops. Previous drumming experience is desirable but not necessary as you will be assigned to a drum appropriate for your level of experience.'

 

+ Batala Lancaster
VISITS (to the Website)283
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)176
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A friendly bunch of people who share an interest in music and, especially, choral music. While most of our members are singers, we also welcome members who prefer to stay in the background helping “backstage”. We welcome new members whatever your musical ability, so why not give us a go? While there is an easy-going atmosphere, there is also a commitment to working hard to achieve a high standard in performance. Singers can join the choir at any time during the musical year and there are no auditions, or stipulations about being able to read music, although it obviously helps to have some who can.’

 

+ Carnforth Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)25
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)95
Concerts and Recitals Season

‘We perform 3 to 4 concerts per year in Carnforth, Morecambe and the Lancaster area.’

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‘We are a medium sized mixed-voice choir based on the rural South Cumbria/North Lancashire border. We sing a wide range of music, religious and secular, ancient and modern ... We believe in encouraging young musicians and young singers and have collaborated with several youth groups in recent years ... We do not hold auditions but you will need to have a good ear, be able to hold a line in four-part harmonies and have some music reading ability. Most important though are a love of music-making, enthusiasm and willingness to work hard! ... Dating back to the early 1900's, Eversley Choir has an interesting history and been associated with some very distinguished musicians including Sir John Barbirolli and Sir Malcolm Sargent.’

 

+ Eversley Choir
VISITS (to the Website)32
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)97
Concerts and Recitals Season

‘Normally hold 3 concerts a year; our Spring concert is usually a substantial work with professional soloists and orchestral accompaniment.‘

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'Formed in 1992 ... We sing West Gallery Music: the all but forgotten rural church music of the 18th and early 19th centuries. At that time, most small churches were organ-less and their choirs were led by fiddles, clarinets, cellos, bassoons etc – music florid and lively, rhythmically energetic, delighting in earthy (sometimes unorthodox) harmonies and simple polyphony. Victorian reformers disliked the style preferring the more decorous "Hymns Ancient and Modern", sung by children’s choirs, to organ or harmonium accompaniment.' (The Choir's name is taken from hymn words by Charles Wesley.)

 

+ Gladly Solemn Sound
VISITS (to the Website)119
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)314

‘The Haffner Orchestra is Lancaster’s symphony orchestra, comprising amateur players and local professionals drawn from across the North West. Audience members frequently tell us they are amazed and delighted by the wonderful music ...  We play a broad range of music from the baroque and classical periods to romantic and contemporary works including new commissions.’

 

+ Haffner Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)108
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)119
Concerts and Recitals Season

’The orchestra gives three regular concerts a year in Lancaster. These take place in November, February and June, and there is always a pre-concert talk, free of charge.‘

Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A large mixed-voice choir with its origins dating back to 1836. Although our repertoire is grounded in classical music we sing a wide range of pieces from classical and contemporary composers ... We welcome people of all ages and abilities: experience is not essential and there is no formal audition - voice tests are at the discretion of the Musical Director. We have members who are new to singing and some who are very experienced. The Choir is a very mixed group!’

 

+ Lancaster & District Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)74
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)170
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘One of the oldest secular male voice choirs in the country. It can trace its history back to its foundation in 1899. The Choir continues its traditions of providing entertainment for audiences, enjoyment for members and money for charities.’

 

+ Lancaster and District Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)139
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)170
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’Lancaster's only brass band which has a history that goes back to the early part of the 20th Century ... We are a very friendly and social band with ambition to improve and become a contesting band. We play at community events, galas, fetes, remembrance parades. Anyone who can play on any instrument is welcome to come along and join us and will be more than welcome ... We also have a Learner Band for people of any age and ability.’

 

+ Lancaster City Brass
VISITS (to the Website)41
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)64
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We welcome all singers – old, new, experts, beginners. There are no auditions, but enthusiasm, a sense of humour and a love of music are essential! You don't need to be able to read music fluently, or even at all, though an approximate idea of what those strange symbols on the paper mean will be helpful. In any case, you will find your reading improves quickly once you have started. The music is very varied and may sometimes be quite challenging, especially if you haven't sung in a choir before, but any work you put in will be well worth it.’

 

+ Lancaster Millennium Choir
VISITS (to the Website)114
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)159
Concerts and Recitals Season

‘We perform about eight times a year; past gigs include the Sage Theatre Gateshead, Keswick and Whitby Film Festivals, halfway up Ingleborough, various streets and church halls and the good old Gregson itself.’

'A 70 strong mixed-voice choir. What unites us is a love of music and performance and the pursuit of musical excellence. All of us have had a short, informal audition and although some musical literacy is required we believe the variety of our musical backgrounds adds to the diversity and flexibility of the group. We perform works from the Renaissance to the present day, including new commissions.'

 

+ Lancaster Singers
VISITS (to the Website)89
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)295
Concerts and Recitals Season

‘We give 5 or 6 concerts a year, which are held in a variety of venues ranging from large concert halls, where we perform with professional orchestras and soloists to tiny village churches.‘

’Recognising the enjoyment people have when listening to light orchestral music, the Promenade Concert Orchestra was formed in 2007, by professional clarinettist, Howard Rogerson, to provide the opportunity for Morecambe and the Bay area to also enjoy such music. The Promenade Concert Orchestra has developed a highly acclaimed and successful series of concerts at the Platform in Morecambe and has subsequently taken programmes to places such as Grange-over-Sands, Settle, Ribble Valley, Chorley and Lancaster Grand Theatre.‘

 

+ Promenade Concert Orchestra of Morecambe
VISITS (to the Website)85
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)127
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

The Objective of the Ashton Hall Organ Restoration Project  is:’the promotion and restoration of the historic concert pipe organ in Lancaster Town Hall: “This instrument remains one of the few in its original state and clearly demonstrates the outstandingly high quality of craftsmanship, tonal voicing and finishing by Norman & Beard during the 1900’s and beyond. As such, the Ashton Hall Concert Organ is an irreplaceable masterpiece equivalent to, if not superior to, any instrument produced by rival companies at the time. It is simply a ‘lost//forgotten National Musical Treasure’ [Roger Fisher]”.’ ALERT ‘Most concerts are given in the Ashton Hall in Lancaster Town Hall but when this venue is in use for other events the concerts are presented in Lancaster Priory.‘

 

@ Ashton Hall, Lancaster Town Hall
VISITS (to the Website)4
Also indexedAHORP: Ashton Hall Organ Restoration Project
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)20
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Music is at the heart of all that we do. It lifts us when we are sad and it helps us celebrate our most joyous moments in life. Some are given the gift to perform, and we are very fortunate to have some talented musicians in the Priory, and their singing and playing enhances our worship as they join their voices with the angels in praising God ... Our music programme offers a wide ranging experience from worship at any of our choral services, or an organ recital, to a concert by one of our young performers or experienced professional musicians ...'

 

@ Lancaster Priory
VISITS (to the Website)151
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)261
Concerts and Recitals Season

‘We're famous for our wonderful concerts and events where the whole place comes alive with music and song.’

Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Our programme of concerts (performed in the Great Hall at Lancaster University) offers a varied diet of music including orchestral concerts, chamber music, jazz, world music, opera and new music. The series capitalises on the wealth of talent in the region as well as bringing in nationally and internationally renowned artists.'

 

@ Lancaster University
VISITS (to the Website)147
Also indexedLancaster International Concerts
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)303

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