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‘A source of inspiration, fun, insight and focus for everyone who enjoys the piano and piano playing ... It continues to grow and develop as a “piano republic of equals”. There is no elitism on the course, though everyone is extremely serious about piano playing. There is no other summer school that manages to cater for the universal: Adult amateurs, promising children and observers are as welcome on the course as concert pianists, international young artists preparing for top competitions, and professional music teachers.’ Held Mid - Late August.

* Chetham's International Summer School and Festival for Pianists
VISITS (to the Website)134
Also indexedManchester International Concerto Competition
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)180
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'At Chetham’s we believe that people from every walk of life should have the opportunity to experience music in a relevant, dynamic way. In partnership with other arts organisations, we work to develop interactive learning projects for individuals, schools and other community groups. Our activities range from workshops and performances for schools to family days, instrument days and large-scale community performances.'

* Chetham's School of Music
VISITS (to the Website)243
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)283

'The Music department at Manchester has a reputation for innovations in composition, for its breadth of research in ethnomusicology and musicology, and for our focus on cultivating the very best in performance. Music at The University of Manchester holds the position as one of the leading research departments in the country, with a vibrant, diverse community of undergraduates, postgraduates, professional musicians and world-leading academics.'

* Department of Music [Manchester]
VISITS (to the Website)144
Also indexedUniversity of Manchester
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)300

'Singing in amateur choirs continues to be extraordinarily popular across the country. There are many choirs located across the North West region alone, ranging in size from small harmony ensembles to full-scale, semi-professional choirs such as the Halle. There also exist many local music festivals in which there is sometimes a choral element. However, with the exception of the (national) bi-annual BBC 'Choir of the Year' competition, there aren't many local or regional competitions for amateur choirs. The Manchester Amateur Choral Competition seeks to readdress this imbalance by establishing an annual competition in which choirs from across and beyond the region are invited to compete in a spirit of creativity and community.' Held Early March.

* Manchester Amateur Choral Competition
VISITS (to the Website)158
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)304

‘Founded in 1936 by Philip Godlee, a local textile manufacturer who was also chairman of the Hallé Orchestra and a keen amateur viola player ... aimed to “enable residents [of Manchester and District] to attend the performance of artists of the highest reputation” ... Manchester Chamber Concerts Society is run independent of public or other large scale funding – its revenue comes purely from ticket sales and donations, with the administration undertaken by unpaid volunteers.’

* Manchester Chamber Concerts Society
VISITS (to the Website)151
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)168
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‘An urban folk festival that takes place every autumn ... Our festival is friendly, inclusive and mostly about enjoying great music. We put a spotlight on English folk. Our aim is to profile the incredible range of great music that is described as folk and bring you the best of the current scene. The whole festival takes places in one area of the city over one weekend. With indoor gigs (no mud!), creative workshops and a festival hub where you can catch your breath and catch up with friends, we want to create the feel of a greenfield festival in the vibrant heart of the city. There will be music, singing, dancing, and merry-making.’ Held Mid October.

* Manchester Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)35
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)75
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‘Europe's biggest Irish Festival, over 200 Events at 80 venues ... Manchester will celebrate the city's annual Irish Festival in March this year with an action packed two weeks of Irish Art, Comedy, Dance, Music, Sport and Theatre.‘

* Manchester Irish Festival
VISITS (to the Website)82
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)137

‘Unlike any other event on the jazz festival circuit, mjf offers a fascinating journey of discovery through the world of jazz today. The weird and the wonderful, the challenging and relaxing, the surprising and the familiar - mjf is a prized collection of treasures that is simply not available anywhere else.’

 

* Manchester Jazz Festival
VISITS (to the Website)136
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)202

‘Meetings every Thursday at 7.15; Recitals at 7.30 - 8.30 & 8.45 - 9.45 ... All jazz enthusiasts and friends welcome.’

* Manchester Jazz Society
VISITS (to the Website)36
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)86
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‘Established in 1915 by the Northern Section of the Committee for Music in Wartime as a temporary means of funding morale boosting concerts in the region’s military hospitals, Manchester’s Tuesday Mid-day Concerts, as the series was known at that time, has flourished in an unbroken span ...  The Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society is the largest and one of the most successful lunchtime series in the country ... Emerging instrumentalists and singers are welcome to audition for inclusion in our prestigious and long-established chamber music series.’

* Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society
VISITS (to the Website)132
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)191

‘Providing parents, carers & family members, young people, teachers with information about learning, playing, performing & studying music in Manchester ... On this Site you can find out about the work of the Hub and how we are funded; our commissioned partner One Education Music and the cultural organisations who deliver music tuition and music projects in and around Manchester. You can also find out what is happening through our news section and access some photos and stories about Manchester’s young people and their engagement in music. We will also direct you to other websites relevant to your needs.’

* Manchester Music Hub
VISITS (to the Website)202
Also indexedMyHub
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)167

Founded 1913: ‘Most of our meetings take place in the Manchester area, but we also make occasional visits to interesting organs in other parts of the country, when members are often invited to play such instruments. In addition to recitals and talks by our own members and guest speakers, master-classes, and concerts of chamber and choral music also feature in our programmes. Most of our meetings are followed by refreshments and an opportunity to socialise’.

* Manchester Organists’ Association
VISITS (to the Website)89
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)479

Matt & Phred's is a long established live music venue, situated in Manchester's trendy Northern Quarter ... Most notably known for showcasing the best in local and international Jazz, Matt & Phred's offers much, much more. We still have live music gigs 6 nights a week, encompassing the likes of Jazz, Folk, Gypsy, Electro, Salsa, Swing, World and even a little bit of Ska.’

* Matt & Phred’s
VISITS (to the Website)163
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)91

‘Provides high quality music lessons in singing and on a wide range of instruments. This may be at any time during the school day including breakfast, lunchtime and after school clubs ... We support schools, academies and communities with an emphasis on enjoyment, progression and personal achievement.’ One Education Music also supports nine Music Centres throughout Manchester which ‘offer opportunities to develop musical skills and talents in a collaborative environment‘.

* One Education Music [Manchester]
VISITS (to the Website)144
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)198

‘The cast list for the RNCM Brass Band Festival reads like a “who’s who” of the best that the brass band world has to offer ... World class soloists ... Leading brass bands ... as well as a focus on youth bands and young performers and creators, including ... RNCM’s own outstanding brass bands and ensembles.’ Held Late January.

* RNCM Brass Band Festival
VISITS (to the Website)13
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)30

‘This major biennial event will offer an all-round learning experience for young pianists under the age of 30 from all over the world, mixing opportunities to perform on the concert platform with a series of masterclasses given by a distinguished international jury. All pianists selected to take part in the competition will have the opportunity to take part in a masterclass given by a member of the jury.’ Held Late November [2018].

* RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition
VISITS (to the Website)142
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)152

'The RNCM is a thriving conservatoire located in the heart of Manchester, with an international community of more than 800 students from 60 different countries. Pursue your professional musical training with us and receive the very best teaching, learning and performance opportunities.'

* Royal Northern College of Music
VISITS (to the Website)155
Also indexedRNCM
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)275
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Founded 2006: ‘A music group comprising children and adults with SEND [“Special Education Needs and Disability”] ... A concert is held at the RNCM at the end of each term to showcase the students' achievements. This is also the opportunity to hear the orchestra, solo performances and smaller chamber groups performing a variety of musical genres. In addition to our RNCM concerts, members of Special Virtuosi have played at a number of events across Greater Manchester ... We are endebted to a dedicated team of tutors, all of whom work for SV on a voluntary basis. Their collective biographies feature professional work for the BBC Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, the Halle, RLPO, RNS as well as peripatetic and classroom music teaching. We have qualified teachers, band-leaders, composers, all sharing their skills in the weekly sessions’.

* Special Virtuosi CIC
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VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)121

‘Based in Manchester, performing all over North West England, and beyond ... A versatile choir able to provide a full concert of music ranging from the 15th Century to the present day, from the serious and sacred to light and upbeat, and from the sublime to the (occasionally) ridiculous. We are particularly well suited to small or medium sized churches, to National Trust or similar properties, and to local arts venues. Many of the people for whom we perform are involved in raising funds for a local charity. Whilst we do need to charge a fee (or share the takings) to cover our running costs, these are not excessive. Even an audience of only 50 – 75 should enable a reasonable sum to be raised for a charitable cause.’

+ Duodecimo
VISITS (to the Website)41
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)117
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‘The Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester (UK), an amateur symphony orchestra, was formed by the Gorton Philharmonic Society in 1854, three years before Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra. It presents Subscription Concerts at various venues ... and the orchestra now has a regular venue at Gorton Monastery for concerts in December and July each year. These are popular concerts and usually sell-out well before the concert date.’

+ Gorton Philharmonic Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)93
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)135
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‘Our Mission is to: * Produce an ambitious and wide-ranging programme of work both on and off the concert platform developing new audiences for the Hallé’s work as well as continuing to appeal to loyal long-term supporters; * Act as a cultural ambassador for Manchester; * Provide a comprehensive education and outreach programme firmly embedded in the Hallé’s core work to reach young people and other groups who may not otherwise have ready access to high quality musical experiences.’

+ Hallé Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)221
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)184
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'Hallé Youth Orchestra membership is for outstanding young musicians aged 13 to 19 years and of Associated Board grade 8 standard or equivalent, who love orchestral music and the buzz of contributing to a large orchestra. Full members take part in rehearsals and concerts during term-time and in other training activities including residential courses and tours ... Membership is free, however all members will be requested to make a voluntary donation to the Hallé as a contribution towards the core costs of maintaining the orchestra. Members are also expected to contribute towards the cost of residential courses and tours where appropriate.'

+ Hallé Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)229
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)234

The Beethoven Society was founded in 1888 and has met without a break since then. The Society gives classical music concerts in aid of both local and national charities. We do not purely perform works by Beethoven; rather the name is kept as a tribute to the long and illustrious history of the orchestra. We are a group of musicians dedicated to playing good music, enjoying ourselves, and helping to raise money for charities at the same time.’

+ Manchester Beethoven Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)96
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)238

‘Collaborating with some of the world’s most exceptional artists, Manchester Camerata is always looking to create immersive experiences that bring audiences and participants even closer to the music. Wherever there’s sound to be found, you might find the orchestra between Beethoven and The Beatles, the concert hall or even the car park ... We are nimble and exciting ... Whether we perform to 3,000 people at The Bridgewater Hall or create and share experiences through music to a group of dementia patients and their carers, we use the inspirational power of live music to make a profound change to people's lives.’

+ Manchester Camerata
VISITS (to the Website)202
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)206
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‘The Manchester Chorale was founded and funded by the BBC in 1979, but since the late 1980s has been totally independent ... If you are looking for a choir to book or indeed a choir to join, you will be impressed with the Manchester Chorale' s musicianship, performance skills and versatility. The Chorale is a down-to-earth, friendly choir which enjoys singing in a variety of styles.‘

+ Manchester Chorale
VISITS (to the Website)66
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)117
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Established 1999: ‘We have around 100 members ... We sing unaccompanied, usually in four part harmony. Our repertoire includes songs from all parts of the world, both modern and traditional. We perform regularly at events in and around this great city ... We also travel further afield ... While we are essentially apolitical, the choir has a commitment to issues relevant to the local and national community, which are concerned with equality, humanity and respect and celebrate the rich diversity of life in and around our communities’.

+ Manchester Community Choir
VISITS (to the Website)82
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)186

‘To the delight of countless audiences, the Orchestra has, since 1982, given regular public concerts around the North West of England, and further afield. There are usually two concerts a year promoted by the orchestra themselves, and a further concert given in association with a charity, or similar worthy cause ... Players are mainly from the Greater Manchester conurbation but as many as a fifth of the forty plus players travel long distances to take part. The instrumentation of the group is currently about 1 Sopranino, 6 Descants, 12 Trebles, 12 Tenors, 9 Basses, 5 Great Basses and 3 Contra Basses ... For each concert the orchestra invites one or more soloists to play with them. This offers valuable contrast to the recorder sound. Soloists are chosen to give experience to young performers as well as more established local players.’ ALERT Needed to substitute Link to Facebook Page since Website inaccessible at Review.

+ Manchester Recorder Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)28
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)92

'Creating and performing contemporary classical music in Manchester and throughout the world ...'

+ Psappha
VISITS (to the Website)251
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)229

‘Manchester’s male voice singing sensation ... We describe ourselves as an inclusive choir - while many of our members would identify as gay, we want male voices of any sexual orientation or gender identity to come and join us. We are laid back and work to ensure our rehearsals are both relaxed and that we all see an improvement in what we do each week. Our rehearsals are challenging, but that doesn't mean you have to read music. If you are prepared to work hard and learn you will find over a few months you will gain the benefits from being involved and committed.’

+ The Sunday Boys
VISITS (to the Website)23
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)67

‘The Manchester University Choral Programme is made up of Manchester University Chorus, Ad Solem, and the Cosmo Singers ... They perform in concerts in Manchester and further afield throughout the year. While Ad Solem and Cosmo Singers are auditioned ensembles made up of music students, the University Chorus is not auditioned and includes both students and non-students of all ages.’

+ University of Manchester Choral Programme
VISITS (to the Website)121
Also indexedManchester University Chorus | Ad Solem | Cosmo Singers
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)177

'Manchester's international concert venue, built to give the best possible space for music. The Hall hosts over 250 performances a year including classical music, rock, pop, jazz, world music and much more. The Hall is home to three resident orchestras: the Hallé, the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata. The Hall also programmes its own classical music season, the International Concert Series. The Hall works with a range of promoters and charity hirers on other programming.

@ Bridgewater Hall
VISITS (to the Website)106
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)184
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‘As Manchester’s two premier venues for live theatre, we are proud to be able to bring you a wide range of top-quality productions that reflect the diversity of taste in our audience.’

@ Palace Theatre & Opera House Manchester
VISITS (to the Website)69
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)119

'Music plays a large part in the life of St Ann's Church. Concerts and recitals are frequent events and we have regular performances of chamber music and piano recitals by students of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) ... The organ, which dates from 1730, was originally on the West Gallery. It has grown over the years and is now a fine instrument with 54 speaking stops on which recitals are given every week. It was rebuilt by George Sixsmith & Co of Mossley in 1996.'

@ St Ann's Manchester
VISITS (to the Website)305
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)348
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‘Manchester's new space for music and performance, offering a flawless acoustic in an intimate, 482-seat hall ... Chetham’s has long identified the need for a high quality performance space, suited to the outstanding musical talent of its students. Furthermore, the city of Manchester – whilst well endowed with music venues, ranging from the classical elegance of The Bridgewater Hall to the vibrant energy of Band on the Wall – lacked a space designed for chamber music, combining the intimacy of a small venue with impressive visual and acoustic design.‘

@ Stoller Hall
VISITS (to the Website)108
Also indexedChetham’s
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)113
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'Friends of the Whitworth present a series of free Sunday Concerts that are open to all. At 3pm on selected Sunday afternoons, students from the Royal Northern College of Music perform in the New Arrivals exhibition gallery, overlooking Whitworth Park. Past concerts have included classical flamenco guitar to contemporary flute. There really is something for all tastes and ages. Each concert will last around 45 minutes, and you can feel free to drop in and out.'

@ Whitworth Art Gallery
VISITS (to the Website)115
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)276
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