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'Join a friendly and enthusiastic band with a mix of ages, broad range of music, amazing musical director and, usually, a glorious rich, harmonious sound ... The Contest Band enjoy performing at a wide range of local events each year, as well as travelling around the South West and into Wales for contests ... The Training Band has always had links to local schools and is ready to welcome players of any age and ability. There is a wonderful sense of energy and optimism on Monday evenings.'


'The chorus was formed as the "North Riding Chorus" in 1968 ... We have always aimed to reach a wide audience by performing in venues scattered throughout the county.  When the Ridings were disbanded and the county became North Yorkshire, the Chorus changed its name too.  Some regular venues which used to be in the North Riding now became in Cleveland; and concerts have also been given in venues in south Durham ... At least two concerts a year are given at various venues ... Our repertoire, which includes most of the larger choral works from Handel and Mozart to Vaughan Williams and Michael Tippett, is usually performed with professional orchestras and soloists of a high calibre.'


Category Choral Societies

'We are a UK based "virtual folk club" covering grass roots music, traditional or original, across the spectrum of folk, country, blues and Americana. We have been encouraging and enabling authentic music, both ancient and modern, since February 2017. Our main audience tends to be the folk and acoustic music community, but in reality we love a wide range of genres. We produce radio shows (mainly music based) and podcasts (live music and interesting conversation). We also curate and stage occasional live folk music events. Our sister company Invisible Folk specialises in heritage based projects with local museums, historical societies and arts groups.'


Category Folk Clubs

'The Lavenham Sinfonia gives vibrant, energetic concerts, with brilliant soloists, of great masterworks from our musical heritage ... Coming to a Lavenham Sinfonia concert is a richer experience than listening to music at home: all of your senses are engaged, and the enjoyment of the musicians is palpable. It is made more memorable by being in one of the truly great East Anglian churches ... The Sinfonia receives no grants in aid and is maintained entirely by local business and the support of our Friends, Patrons, and Lavenham Sinfonia Partners.'


'We're a bunch of like-minded people who get together with a pro band to perform a wonderful mixed bag of contemporary songs. Our bespoke arrangements are written specially for the group. There’s no need to be an experienced or confident singer, or to be able to read music (although everyone is given a score).  We are an all-inclusive group, which means no audition - just bring your energy and positive vibe!'


Category Community Choirs

'Settle Victoria Hall was opened on 11 October 1853, and has been open and at the heart of Settle’s social and cultural life ever since. At 167 years old, it predates the Settle-Carlisle railway by thirteen years, Wiltons' Music Hall in London by five years, and is the oldest surviving Music Hall in the world ... At Victoria Hall, we have an incredibly busy evening schedule of over 150 events every year, ranging through comedy, dance, theatre, talks, a wide variety of music, and film.'

Category Skipton

'Formed in 1962 to produce the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. We have presented staged versions of all 13 surviving operas, a reconstruction of Thespis, and other operettas by Sullivan, Lehar, Offenbach and Strauss. Over the past few years we have widened our repertoire ... Approximately half our shows are now Gilbert and Sullivan, and half from other composers ... There are two shows a year ... each running for a full week, plus a number of concerts. Some members participate in everything that's going, and others choose a smaller number of shows and/or concerts to join in.'


'A Biennial Festival of Music, Theatre, Speakers and Community Events ... Celebrates theatre, music, dance, literature and crafts across a fortnight of performances, talks, demonstrations and workshops. Through local, national and international talent the festival aims to cater for a range of interests and age groups within the local community. Codsall Community Arts Festival Association is a registered charity run by volunteers.' Normally held Early April [2022].


Category Arts Festivals
Also indexedCodsall Community Arts Festival

'From our brilliant beginner Area Bands to our more advanced Robin Hood Youth Orchestra family of ensembles, from rock and pop to samba and world music - we have something for everyone!'


'The Orchestra was founded in 1988 by Stanley Evans and others, initially to provide opportunities for retired people to make music together. Stanley remained our conductor until his death in 2011. Starting with a handful of players of a very curious mix of instruments, the orchestra rapidly built up both its membership and its library of music. It now has between 40 and 50 members and a library of over 400 pieces ... As we meet mainly for pleasure, the orchestra gives very few concerts. We present a concert at the Clarke Foley Centre at Christmas and are occasionally asked to provide music for other events at the centre.'


Category Ilkley

'Founded in 1994 and formally incorporated in the following year out of the belief that there should be a society in Britain to promote a fellowship between makers and all those interested in the history of violin making. In other countries, national associations of violin making took the form of professional organisations with barriers to entry for those who didn’t have the required training, but in Britain there has always been a very strong tradition of amateur making that includes both very talented makers, and amateurs whose background in other fields, as musicians or in such fields as acoustics and engineering has provided extremely valuable cross currents of information and learning.'


'We’re a friendly auditioned chamber-choir, rehearsing weekly in Chesterton, Cambridge. We put on about three main concerts each year, with a number of smaller and informal charity events, carol concerts and similar dotted around these. Our core repertoire focuses on well-known major choral works ... but we do also enjoy shorter pieces or suites. We perform a wide range of music, from early Renaissance composers, through to modern 20th Century music, and have often premiered new pieces by local composers.'


Category Chamber Choirs

'Established in 1988 ... Gregson Lane Folk Club meets on alternate Thursdays at ... The Village of Gregson Lane - Lancashire ... Guests are chosen on the recommendation of regulars who support Guest Nights.'


Category Folk Clubs

'Alongside the world’s leading brass record label you’ll find instruments, sheet music, accessories and more. Our extensive recordings catalogue contains acclaimed albums from our own labels and many others - this includes CDs, DVDs, downloadable audio and video! Our catalogue covers a long history of wonderful brass recordings from the world’s leading brass bands, ensembles and soloists – ever growing with brand new albums in whichever format you desire. We are also excited to bring you wobplay, a new brass streaming service. Born out of over 20 years' passionate involvement with brass bands we have created a unique experience where the very best studio albums sit alongside stunning HD video of live events. Brass band recordings will never be the same again and we want you to be part of it. Our entire back catalogue of over 8,500 audio tracks is available to browse, alongside our growing archive of live performances from the major contests, including much unseen footage.'


Also indexedThe Salvation Army

'At Music on Sea we provide musical opportunities to all those aged 5 to 18 years old in Southend. We work with schools and partners to offer music during or after school. Whether it’s instrument hire, lessons in school, out of school music clubs, performance opportunities or in-school workshops, we offer it. Our aim is for every child to be a musician and offer a diverse range of music that is accessible for all.'


'A large non-audition SATB choir that was formed in 1974 ... Today it maintains a choral tradition that began with Handel (Messiah, 1741) and now extends to include Bach, The Beatles and L’Estrange (Zimbe, 2008). The choir aims to prepare four new concerts each year. Variety is the spice of life, so two (Spring and Autumn usually) are based around one or two well-known pieces from different musical periods. At Christmas we combine the seasonal story with a more secular celebratory tone while the Summer concert is usually a selection of lighter and more modern music. We always aim to perform at least one concert a year in our home town of Atherstone.'


Category Choral Societies

'City Events is a listing guide to services, concerts, lectures and other events in the City of London churches. It is published by the Friends of the City Churches in conjunction with the Archdeaconry of the City of London. It is usually issued ten times a year, with double issues in July-August and December-January. Current and past issues can be downloaded as PDFs.'


Also indexedFriends of the City Churches

'The Song Loft exists to showcase national, local and international folk/roots/acoustic talent with bi-monthly events from September ’til June every year. Over the years The Song Loft has migrated around the pleasant market town of Stony Stratford in Buckinghamshire ... On the 1st Friday of every month we hold a Performers’ Night where anyone can "Rise & Shine" ... On the 3rd Friday of every month we have a Concert where we book the best in national and international talent to perform in a concert-type atmosphere.'


Category Folk Clubs

'Formed originally in 1951 for Boots employees, for many years now we have extended a warm welcome to local amateur musicians. Previous orchestral experience is necessary, as is the ability to sight-read. Supported by Boots UK, we give three concerts a year for charity in a variety of locations in the Nottingham area – usually in March, June and November – so that everyone has the chance to come and enjoy, with all proceeds going to the venue’s chosen charity.'


'The Music Libraries Trust's aim is to provide unique support for the education and training of music librarians, and to encourage research into music librarianship, bibliography and related disciplines.'


'An enthusiastic and committed choir of around 90 voices. We sing a wide range of sacred and secular choral music, and together with leading soloists and orchestras, we perform five concerts in and around Bath each year ... We have a diverse membership from Bath and the surrounding area. Younger singers aged 16-25 are actively encouraged to apply for our bursaries to help support vocal and artistic development. We strive to create a friendly and supportive environment in which to make music of the highest possible quality.'


Category Choral Societies

'We are a mixed choir who enjoy getting together regularly in Colwall, for singing and socialising. We come from all over the Malvern Hills area and even further a field. We are a community choir and so help support events in the communities of Malvern and Colwall whenever we can ... We aim to work on a mixture of fun, easily-achievable music with occasional forays into more demanding works. Repertoire is geared to strengths (and tastes) of members and whatever potential engagements come our way.'


Category Great Malvern

'The Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra (ERSO) was founded in 1931 by Ernest Read, a pioneer in the development of music education and youth orchestras during the first half of the 20th century ... Read’s daughter and son-in-law ran ERSO for many years after his death and following their retirement in 1998, the charity Music Illuminated was founded to manage ERSO and continue Ernest Read’s work ... ERSO presents a series of five concerts each year, combining high quality performance with an approachable style of presentation.'


Also indexedMusic Illuminated

'The Gentlemen Songsters Male Voice Choir is based in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, England. We have a wide and varied musical repertoire incorporating many traditional Male Voice compositions, Grand Opera, Light Opera, Religious and Semi-Religious items, Spirituals, Songs From The Shows, Folk Songs, Modern Pop songs plus some downright comical and frivolous pieces. The 66-strong choir performs in up to 16 concerts and events every year at venues including local church halls, community centres and in four major concerts at our "home base".


Category Dudley

'Kidenza is a Charity specialising in fun, educational and never stuffy orchestral concerts for kids... Playing music together helps us learn to listen, to become good team players and to develop our creativity and confidence. At Kidenza we introduce children to FUN orchestral music in the hope that they will be inspired to learn an instrument and perhaps join a band or orchestra. Our aim is to dispel the preconception of orchestral music as being stuffy and elitist and to provide affordable and inclusive opportunities for ALL young children to hear and take part in music making.'


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