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Sunday afternoon concerts at the Aldermaston Concert Centre: 'We'd love to welcome you to our Concert Centre if you have a free Sunday afternoon; you could even enjoy a pre-concert lunch. The William Penney Theatre is very comfortable and spacious with good vision and sound.'

* Aldermaston Concert Centre
Visits to the Website209
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‘The Association concentrates on the area administered by West Berkshire Council from Tilehurst in the east to Hungerford and Lambourn in the west. Within this area there are some fine examples of the organ builder's craft, and although the Association is centred on Newbury, visits are made and events organised in the surrounding towns and villages. People join the Association for a variety of reasons. Some are expert players who desire to share their knowledge and experience with others and welcome the opportunity to give lunchtime and evening recitals. Others are amateurs or beginners who want to learn more. Others still are non-players but nevertheless fascinated by the organ in all its shapes and forms, the music written for it, and the venues at which organs are found, whilst some enjoy the social side where the talk is musical and the discussion lively.’

* Newbury and District Organists’ Association
Visits to the Website69
Views of The ‘Full’ Record157

Held Early May. 'A glorious fortnight of world class music in Newbury and its beautiful neighbouring villages, with up to 45 events in 18 venues, and where international symphony orchestras, ensembles and soloists rub shoulders with jazz legends, world music artists and the stars of tomorrow.'

* Newbury Spring Festival
Visits to the Website104
Views of The ‘Full’ Record225

‘We are NUTS ... Come along for a Ukulele jam with simple to play songs ... It's a social session with all welcome from new starters to seasoned pros. Just bring your Uke, your voice for an uplifting jam and a drink or two!’

* Newbury Ukulele Town Strummers
Visits to the Website80
Views of The ‘Full’ Record79

‘Friendship in Music: Enjoyment through music-making; high standards of performance alongside friendliness and good humour ... A music Summer School for adult amateur players and singers, with two orchestras, choir, string group and brass ensemble courses. Held Early August. (As well as the summer school, the Society has introduced a chamber music weekend, based in Leeds.) 

* NLMS Music Summer School
Visits to the Website159
Also indexedNew London Music Society
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Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Monthly live art/classical musical concerts held in Thatcham’s oldest building. The concerts are held on a Sunday afternoon. Coffee, Tea and Cakes are served at 15:30. The Concert starts at 16:00 and lasts for around an hour. Tea, Cakes and Live Music: What better way to spend an hour or two on a Sunday afternoon?’

* West Berkshire Chamber Music Concerts
Visits to the Website16
Views of The ‘Full’ Record49

‘The present Beenham Band was formed in 1999 as part of the village's millennium celebrations, with the help of a grant from the Parish Council. From very modest beginnings (there were six performers taking part in the first concert in Beenham Church), it has grown to its present size of 35 members ... We normally put on three or four local concerts each year, and often play at local fetes and events.’

+ Beenham Wind Orchestra
Visits to the Website16
Views of The ‘Full’ Record23

'We are a small choir of 20 singers based in Newbury, Berkshire. Cantemus was founded in 1999 with the aim of performing a variety of sacred and secular music, both accompanied and unaccompanied, ranging from the Renaissance to the present day. The Choir undertakes four performances a year primarily in the West Berkshire area, and sometimes deputises for cathedral choirs elsewhere.'

+ Cantemus (Newbury) Chamber Choir
Visits to the Website148
Views of The ‘Full’ Record324

‘An auditioned chamber choir of some 40 local singing enthusiasts ... All members of the choir have a strong enough musical background that each is able to work on music on their own before the start of rehearsals ... The choir’s first concert as The Cecilia Consort was a performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Vivaldi’s Gloria at St Mary’s Church, Speen in July 1990. Ever since then the Consort, which sings primarily a capella or with organ accompaniment, has performed two or three concerts each year, covering a repertoire of sacred and secular music from across a broad historical span that is not typically tackled by choral societies.‘

+ Cecilia Consort
Visits to the Website55
Views of The ‘Full’ Record102

'We are a friendly 3rd section brass band, with a varied concert and contest schedule ... We also have a community band ... This is aimed at both the young and older generation and is a foundation into ensemble playing. Finally we have a quintet and a 10 piece brass ensemble that are available for smaller functions.'

+ Cold Ash Brass
Visits to the Website117
Views of The ‘Full’ Record239

‘EWSB are a non contesting village band. There are no auditions before joining; if someone is keen to join us then that is the primary requirement. The band has an active training programme and trainees can progress to the senior band once a good standard of playing has been reached. Players of any age are eligible and can have the use of a band instrument.’ The Band has its own ‘Silver Band Hall’ in Heath End, Hampshire near Newbury, Berkshire.

+ East Woodhay Silver Band
Visits to the Website24
Views of The ‘Full’ Record51

Brass band with typically each year about a score of performances and appearances around and about Hungerford in Berkshire.

+ Hungerford Town Band
Visits to the Website30
Views of The ‘Full’ Record130

'Kennet Opera is not a trading company; it is an unincorporated association run by volunteers to achieve our goal to encourage the participation and appreciation of concert song and stage opera works. No member of Kennet Opera gets paid for their work, the company is not run to make a profit - just to achieve the best possible for our audience ... We bring Grand Opera and concert song, in English, to Newbury and the surrounding areas. Established in 1993, we have staged a major production every year since then.'

+ Kennet Opera
Visits to the Website109
Views of The ‘Full’ Record232

‘The Newbury Chamber Choir was founded as the Newbury Singers by Gerald Finzi in the 1940’s. Giving four or five concerts a year it has become known for reviving works outside the mainstream choral repertory and presenting them in new and accessible ways, as well as for the quality of its performances of more familiar pieces. The choir’s concerts have spanned several centuries of music - from the thirteenth to the twenty-first.‘

+ Newbury Chamber Choir
Visits to the Website31
Views of The ‘Full’ Record58

Founded 1884: ‘We are a large, non-auditioned choir that has performed a wide and varied repertoire from Mozart to Tavener ... We aspire to a high musical standard and aim to thrill our concert audiences. Joined by professional musicians such as the renowned chamber orchestra London Concertante and the region's leading orchestra Southern Sinfonia, we perform three concerts a year in the Newbury area’.

+ Newbury Choral Society
Visits to the Website63
Views of The ‘Full’ Record134

Founded 1879: ‘NSO comprises sixty to seventy enthusiastic amateur musicians of all ages and draws its members and audience from four counties ... A major objective of NSO is to encourage young and up-and-coming soloists by inviting them to perform concertos’.

+ Newbury Symphony Orchestra
Visits to the Website39
Views of The ‘Full’ Record95

‘Based in the village of Froxfield on the West Berkshire and Wiltshire border. It is completely self-financing since it does not have any direct sponsorship nor any regular financial input from any local authority or organisation. Phoenix Brass has a strong membership across the Main Band and Training Band ... Both Bands have a mix of adults and children performing together. We welcome anyone, of all ages and mixed abilities, who enjoys playing. We play a mix of crowd-pleasing favourite arrangements of modern music, movies, classical, traditional marches, a few challenging pieces and even some music arranged by the Musical Director!’

+ Phoenix Brass [Froxfield]
Visits to the Website3
Views of The ‘Full’ Record10
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'Our members are drawn from all walks of life and with an age difference between our youngest and oldest members of over 50 years, we embrace the philosophy that "music is for ALL". Watership Brass’s motto is "Serving the Community Musically" and we achieve this by being available for local events. Past venues have included fetes, wedding receptions, church recitals, charity events and bandstand concerts and whilst parades are not often requested, The Remembrance Day Parade is one that we are proud to lead.'

+ Watership Brass
Visits to the Website111
Views of The ‘Full’ Record265

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