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‘London's biggest and broadest celebration of all things choral - and we mean everything! ... Brandenburg Choral Festival exists as a platform for amateur choirs to perform in Central London venues. St Martin-in-the-Fields is at the artistic, spiritual and geographical heart of the Festival. Our other venues range from the characterful Cheshire Cheese pub to the Royal Courts of Justice ... With two main seasons each year — the Spring Series and the Autumn Series — Brandenburg presents over a hundred concerts of unparalleled variety.’


* Brandenburg Choral Festival of London
VISITS (to Website)268
VIEWS (of this Record)660

Held September - November: 'The Festival is dedicated to Bhai Gurmit Singh Ji Virdee (1937-2005), an inspirational teacher of the tabla in whose memory the Darbar Festival was first established in 2006. Come to the Darbar Festival and explore some of the finest improvised music in the world. If you have never been to an Indian classical concert, then join us to experience this life enhancing music.'


* Darbar Festival
VISITS (to Website)460
VIEWS (of this Record)453

Held Late October‘London’s most prestigious guitar festival with a wonderful series of concerts, international artist debuts, our Young Artist Platform, new music commissions, workshops and foyer events at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Milton Court Concert Hall, Kings Place and St James’ Church Piccadilly.’


* London Guitar Festival
VISITS (to Website)229
VIEWS (of this Record)334

'This exceptional opportunity offers choirs of young voices the chance to sing tailored performances to the individual capabilities of the singers to enthusiastic audiences in amazing London venues. During the Festival each choir performs their repertoire at different venues on two occasions. The venues are specifically chosen to reflect the size, singing style and repertoire of each group and are an integral part of the LNYDP Festival Series.'


* London International Choral Festival
VISITS (to Website)71
Also indexedLNYDP Festival Series
VIEWS (of this Record)137

Held Mid July: ‘A uniquely inspired annual four day performing arts event, including adjudicated concerts, masterclasses with world-class experts and formal performances across London ... It is open to amateur ensembles of all musical and performing arts disciplines, including choral, instrumental ensembles and dance groups ... We use a number of different locations in London for our festival, including prestigious churches, outside spaces and community venues, all based on the needs and requirements of our ensembles.’


* London International Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)284
VIEWS (of this Record)496

Founded 2008: ‘What difference would it make if every child could access the extraordinary power of music? We see the answer to that question every day through LMM Learning – our award-winning music education programme. We teach 1500 children each week in some of London’s most economically disadvantaged boroughs. A world-class music education for every single child ... Truly great musicians reach across social divides and create audiences everywhere. With LMM Artists and our Creative Partners, we take great music out of the concert hall into the classroom – and beyond’.


* London Music Masters
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VIEWS (of this Record)164

Held Mid May: ‘A Non-Competitive Festival for all Choirs, sacred or secular, large or small, singing a repertoire of their own choice.’


* London Sangerstevne
VISITS (to Website)256
VIEWS (of this Record)463

Formed 2016: ‘A group of elite London-based young musicians ... The orchestra is made up of musicians from conservatoires and universities across the country. At its inception, the players were drawn from London’s junior conservatoire departments, and the orchestra continues to grow from that beginning. Fantasia Orchestra presents regular concerts in London, performing an eclectic range of music ... some of the highest level of music-making by young people in the country. Our exciting seasons of concerts and projects allows us to perform a huge range of repertoire, and champion new music as well as the Western canon. Alongside our programme of concerts, we do outreach work with primary schools to foster a passion for music-making from an early age.’

+ Fantasia Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)97
VIEWS (of this Record)225

‘The mission of the LCS is to champion the riches of the choral and orchestral repertoire with its chamber-sized forces, through stimulating and thought-provoking programmes. The ensemble is made up of outstanding professional musicians, delivering the highest levels of classical music making. From the Renaissance to the present day, the LCS has a varied repertoire encompassing well-known major works as well as seeking to uncover lesser-known pieces and showcasing new compositions.’

+ London Choral Sinfonia
VISITS (to Website)113
VIEWS (of this Record)275

‘Draws together London’s brightest young talent to explore and promote new music to an increasingly wide audience. Formed in 2008, the LCO has worked alongside a distinguished array of composers and artists ...’


+ London Contemporary Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)193
VIEWS (of this Record)389

‘We are an LGBT wind orchestra of around 40 woodwind, brass and percussion players based in central London. Our players come from a mix of backgrounds and playing abilities, from professional musicians, to people rediscovering an instrument they played at school. And of course, everything in between. Our musical aim is to be both fun and challenging. We want to encourage improving musicianship in an enjoyable and supporting environment. We play a wide variety of music to suit our diversity, including band classics, orchestral arrangements, show tunes and of course, the odd bit of Abba and Madonna.’

+ London Gay Symphonic Winds
VISITS (to Website)84
VIEWS (of this Record)280

‘Strives to perform professional-quality 20th century and contemporary works with a variety of guest conductors and up-and-coming soloists ... Has been widely described as London’s finest non-professional symphony orchestra. Founded in 1963, we continue to put on high-quality performances of a broad range of symphonic repertoire, with three central London concerts per year (autumn, spring and summer) as well as other external events ... The orchestra is named after violinist, composer and impresario Johann Peter Salomon who brought Haydn to England 1791. This name reflected the predominance of Haydn in the orchestra's early repertoire. Since then the orchestra has become known for its performance of late romantic and 20th Century works.‘


+ Salomon Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)192
VIEWS (of this Record)238

‘One London Choir. Nine Locations ... West End Musical Choir is the most exciting adult musical theatre choir in London! We host weekly rehearsals learning classic and new musical theatre numbers, uniquely led by professional Musical Directors from the West End. ... No audition, no need to read sheet music and no pressure to perform. Join the most diverse Choir community, having weekly social events, regular theatre trips and amazing performance opportunities.’


+ West End Musical Choir
VISITS (to Website)77
VIEWS (of this Record)146

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