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'The Inspiration Orchestra is a project aimed at enabling disabled people to play beautiful music. Our work revolves around weekly individual music lessons, weekly orchestra practices and monthly public concerts. Any person living with disabilities may apply to join us. All lessons are free of charge.'

 

'The Band was was formed in 1948, originally known as the Four Lane End Band ... We are available for all aspects of music making, church walking days, carnivals, weddings, birthday celebrations, concerts etc. ... Lostock Hall Training Band has been established for a great number of years with the intention of both offering affordable brass tuition to the local community, and cultivating the talent which will sustain the main Lostock Hall Memorial Band. The youth band offers tuition in either brass or percussion, free loan of an instrument, sheet music and learning materials in addition to ensemble rehearsals and the opportunity to perform at a variety of concerts throughout the year. The band embraces players of all ages and levels of ability, welcoming beginners as well as more experienced players.'

 

'Fosse Singers are a non-auditioned SATB choir and we welcome members over the age of 18 to join us. We perform a wide range of traditional and contemporary material; folk, pop, spiritual, jazz, songs from musicals and light classical ...  We normally hold 3 concerts each year to celebrate the end of each term with a grand performance. We also participate in various events throughout the year and appear on BBC Radio Leicester.'

 

Category Community Choirs

Founded 1975: 'We are an amateur choir of 20 to 30 people, singing mostly unaccompanied multi-part music ... Our repertoire comprises accompanied and unaccompanied music from the 16th century up to and including the 21st century. We are based in the town of Ashburton in Devon, England, and recruit our members from a wide geographical area'.

 

'In September 1987, a group of Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiasts met in Ramsey and formed the Ramsey G&S Society ... The society has since grown over the years and has performed most of the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. Unfortunately Gilbert & Sullivan operettas no longer attract audiences and so the decision was taken to perform other musicals. We did this for the first time with "The Merry Widow" in 2006. In April 2018, Centre Stage Productions was founded as a subsidiary company of the Manx G&S Society, for when the group perform any non Gilbert and Sullivan shows. We continue to sometimes perform G&S concerts, as well as smaller concerts around the Isle of Man and will consider performing for any charitable concern.'

 

Also indexedManx Gilbert & Sullivan Society

Founded in 2013 by cellist Tim Lowe who 'had an idea to add to the cultural vitality of the city a long-weekend feast of chamber music. His wish was to give back to his home city a festival focussing on the core chamber music repertoire bringing his mainly London-based friends and professional colleagues to York. The idea was that everyone, players and audiences, should have a happy, inspiring few days to refresh the soul in a way that perhaps only deep listening to chamber music can, with its intimate but compelling music'. Held Mid September.

 

'We are an organisation dedicated to the promotion and enjoyment of live brass band music in Andover and the surrounding area. We are a family of bands catering for all ages and abilities, and perform at a wide range of concerts and events throughout the year: Senior Band; Academy; Youth Band; Frosty's - a beginner band which introduces learners to the art of playing in an ensemble before "graduating" to the Youth Band.'

 

'We perform, teach and commission music to connect with communities and businesses across the world, promoting a spirit of inclusivity, innovation and inspiration to spread the joy and benefits of music performance and education to as wide an audience as possible ... The Bernardi Music Group comprises a committed group of professional musicians from some of the UK’s leading ensembles and orchestras who come together to perform varied and versatile repertoire in a number of different performance, education and corporate settings in Sussex, across the UK and internationally.'

 

'A community singing group for all those who love singing. All ages, all abilities, everyone welcome! ... Founded 2017: It became quite apparent that in the Forest of Dean there are a lot of male voice choirs and ladies only choirs but not many mixed choirs, and Forest Singers was born! '

 

Category Community Choirs

'Learn and perform a show in a week! ... PB Theatricals Youth Theatre is a not-for-profit all-inclusive theatre group for young performers aged between 10 and 30. It was formed in 2009 with the aim to specialise in producing quality Gilbert & Sullivan operettas in a concentrated rehearsal period ... We are always looking for new cast members and volunteers. If you are interested in getting involved, get in touch.' Shows normally take place Early August.

 

'A friendly community choir which meets weekly in Cobham, Surrey, singing mainly four part harmony. We have around fifty members of all ages and backgrounds, with one thing in common - we love to sing ... There are no auditions for the choir, and you don't need to be able to read music. We provide audio files, word sheets and scores. We sing an eclectic range of material from Snow Patrol to Mozart, Carly Simon to African lullabies ... We perform a number of concerts during the year, including at the end of term in summer and at Christmas.'

 

Category Community Choirs

'North London's quirkiest and friendliest festival, where sometimes music and theatre collide ... Much of our music might be classified as classical or early music – and we always have a jazz and a folk event each year. But we’re more interested in open borders than boundaries – for some of our events, it is hard to tell where classical ends and folk starts.' Main Festival normally held Late July.

 

Category Haringey

'An award-winning contemporary music-theatre acappella ensemble, commissioning, creating, researching and performing vocal music by women composers for theatrical performance, participating in creative multi-disciplinary collaborations, and delivering workshops connecting children and adults to their local creative and cultural environment. Since 2013 the company has focused on celebrating the lives and work of Women in STEAMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths and Medicine) with their project Minerva Scientifica.'

 

Also indexedMinerva Scientifica

'We’ve been proudly producing musical theatre in Southampton since 1924, and have moved with the times from light opera to more modern musicals. We also perform at other events and concerts like Southampton's Music in the City and Carol Singing ... If you come and watch one of our shows and think we are enjoying ourselves too much then it is because we are! Our mission is to provide opportunities for people to come together and create some great live theatre. We are always looking for new members to join us, both on and off stage,'

 

'The Alyth Choral Society has been recognised as occupying a unique place in the UK’s vibrant choral scene. The Society was founded by Viv Bellos in 1983 and is the only UK choir to specialise in music based on Tanach (the Hebrew Bible). Alyth Choral Society has had many works composed for it, including the cantatas Death of Moses and Ruth by Julian Dawes, an honorary Life Friend of the Society. The Society has performed at national venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, St John’s, Smith Square, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St Paul’s.'

 

Category Choral Societies

'The Choir is non-auditioned and made up of three voice parts (Soprano 1, Soprano 2 and Alto). We welcome singers for any part. We sing a range of music and the ethos of the Pewsey Belles is about having fun and singing together ... The Pewsey Belles are involved in many events every year most of which are fundraising events for a number of local charities.'

 

Category Ladies Choirs

Founded 2001: 'Beautiful music performed by great artists in an idyllic hill-top setting.' Normally held annually Mid July.

 

Formed 2012: 'The aim of the choir is to give public performances of light and popular music to the highest standard possible. Performances are given to raise funds for charities and local organisations ... We welcome anyone who isn't confident about singing but would like to give it a go. There are no auditions nor do you need to read music (but it helps if you can). Do, however, expect to work hard if you want to reach a performance standard in singing and following a music score'.

 

Category Community Choirs

Formed 1989: 'We have continued our interesting and challenging programmes until the present time. Our works have incorporated composers such as Britten, Purcell, Mozart, Handel, Offenbach, Donizetti, Lehar and Puccini' - and, indeed, Monteverdi.

 

Category Opera Companies

'Founded in 1978 by a team of Gilbert and Sullivan enthusiasts and continues to perform, specialising in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan but also singing a wide range of other music ... The Society performs two stage productions a year ... The summer production in June or July is usually a Gilbert & Sullivan opera, and the December production is a concert or show with a seasonal flavour. HLO also sing a wide variety of choral music for charity concerts in churches, halls, residential homes and similar venues throughout the year.'

 

Category Havant

'Bringing music to the masses since 1924 ... The Band enjoys playing a variety of music and has a wide repertoire. Concert programs often include many different musical styles:- TV/Film Themes, Jazz, Classical, Rock and pieces specifically written for brass band ... As such the band is able to offer a wide variety of performances and is regularly booked to play at many different venues in Kent and Sussex throughout the year.'

 

'We sing for friendship and fun! ... We are an experienced choir based in Nottingham that enjoys singing a wide variety of music. We would be delighted to sing for you to raise money for good causes or simply to entertain you ... We try to plan our programmes and calendar of events for the coming season well in advance and have a number of diary dates available when we could perform for worthwhile causes within reasonable driving distance of Nottingham ... Over the years we have performed in national and international competitions with some success and have supported many of the famous names in the music world when they visit the East Midlands.'

 

Category Community Choirs

'A charity which broadens access to great music ...  A nucleus of our players live in Suffolk and take delight in sharing their gifts on their home turf. Others are individually selected to join them, creating a professional orchestra for Suffolk which can equal the playing calibre you would otherwise expect to hear only in major metropolitan centres like London ... About six times a year, this extraordinarily gifted team assembles to give regular full-scale programmes of symphony concerts at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds and other major venues.' ALSO: 'Bringing smiles in village halls, hospitals and hospices' ... 'Fun and inspiration for the next generation'.

 

Category Suffolk

'We’re a lively, ladies choir based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire ... We have a dedicated choir of 60 members who enjoy singing a diverse range of popular music, songs from the musicals and high energy medleys. We usually sing in 3 or 4 part harmony, but have been known to dabble in 6 parts after our adventures with Gareth Malone in 2016. Our main aim, above all else, is to have fun on Wednesday night rehearsal. We participate in outdoor events, indoor concerts and festivals.'

 

Category Ladies Choirs

'We welcome all young musicians who may want to join the bands and orchestras at HYM. Entry is by audition, which is not as daunting as it sounds. It is how we determine whether you are suitable and which group will suit you best ... You need to be able to play your instrument and read music. If you are taking grade exams, that's great, but it is not essential. HYM does not offer instrument tuition so you will probably be having lessons at school or privately. What HYM does offer is ensemble playing, challenging music and plenty of concerts.'

 

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