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What is contemporary classical? ‘Ambient music with a meditative, serene feel to it ... Introspective and soothing with emphasis placed on repeated melodic patterns ... Accessible, captivating and powerfully cinematic ... Often gentle, slow progressing and hypnotic ... Electronic, epic - music which soars and undulates with an emotive drive ... Serene, delicate and pensive contemporary classical music which feels meditative and a pinch chaotic.’

 

* Atmospherica Composer Concert Series
VISITS (to the Website)9
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)21
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘One of the two oldest folk clubs in the country and has been a world famous venue since 1958. No other club has run for so long in the same venue and it has been host to many of the great legends of folk. Our guest nights feature local, national and occasionally international artists. Every week you are guaranteed fine singers and musicians. We focus on traditional material, particularly from Tyneside and the North East, but other styles of acoustic music within the same spirit are welcomed.‘

 

* Bridge Folk Club
VISITS (to the Website)39
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)61
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’We are a community organisation, based in Newcastle, that creates opportunities for young people to perform and listen to live music ... We aim to provide musically talented young people with opportunities to perform live and for other young people to listen, enjoy and participate in supporting musical performances. For both groups this may increase their confidence, help them develop useful life skills and possibly result in them pursuing a career in the musical arts.’

 

* City Youth Music
VISITS (to the Website)82
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)139

‘We are a community cooperative set up to support the learning, performance and development of jazz, related music and the arts. Based at the Globe in Newcastle upon Tyne, we are the first cooperative in the UK to own a music venue and education centre. We put on gigs and courses there and at other venues.’

 

* Jazz.Coop
VISITS (to the Website)95
Also indexedPink Lane Jazz Co-op
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)142
MULTIPLE Concerts and Recitals

‘The NDSO is for young and old alike. The Society seeks to encompass all who have an interest in the organ and its music. Novice or professional, player or listener; All are welcome to share our enthusiasm for, and interest in The King Of Instruments and to join our activities. In the same way as anyone who plays football is a footballer, anyone who plays the organ is an organist. Perhaps surprisingly, only some 25% of our membership hold a permanent church appointment. So we really are open to all. Newcastle is home to a number of fine and historic organs, the works of builders like Lewis, "Father" Willis, Harrison & Harrison, Binns and others are to be found in the City's churches, schools and concert hall.’

 

* Newcastle and District Society of Organists
VISITS (to the Website)124
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)415
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Provides instrumental teaching and music support activities in every school in Newcastle. Our forty expert teachers, musicians and performers work in every phase of education from early years to sixth form ... Music Partnership North (MPN) is the Music Education Hub for Newcastle and Northumberland.‘

 

* Newcastle Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)70
Also indexedMusic Partnership North - Newcastle
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)121

Opened in 1966 and based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne: ‘A unique and dedicated establishment offering private tuition in a wide range of musical instruments. We have seven dedicated teaching studios, each equipped with pianos, both acoustic and digital. We currently teach in excess of 450 students per week ... Our youngest student is 6, our oldest over 80! Over 30% of our students are adults - many starting to learn an instrument for the first time. The NMC is a private enterprise and receives no funding from external sources’.

 

* Northern Music Centre
VISITS (to the Website)50
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)157

'The International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS) is the largest part of the School of Arts and Cultures. The study of music is intellectually challenging and physically demanding. A well-educated student of music is therefore, more than anything, both an agile thinker and an accomplished practical musician ...'

 

* School of Arts and Cultures [Newcastle]
VISITS (to the Website)147
Also indexedNewcastle University
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)354

‘Cappella Novocastriensis was founded in 1960 by Dr Frederick Hudson to specialise in early choral music for worship. However, that is only part of the story. We sing in concert hall, church and cathedral and give one or more concerts per term, as well as an annual carol service for Newcastle Law Courts and occasional engagements for choral evensong, weddings and other services and events. The choir has about 35 members and often sings unaccompanied, bringing both clarity and intimacy to its performances.’

 

+ Cappella Novocastriensis
VISITS (to the Website)131
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)270
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a dynamic, vibrant community band consisting of adults and children playing an eclectic mix of Latin, jazz and rock on an array of instruments: steel pans, percussion, drums, brass and woodwind. We are a community band, and have performed at various events including festivals, school fairs, private parties, and other social and cultural events throughout the North East.’

 

+ Chilli Road Band
VISITS (to the Website)59
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)147

‘Started in 2012 ... We are a choir for 18+ ... singing anything in any style that feels good to harmonise. No auditions. No experience needed ... We’re always on the lookout for new members who want to be part of an incredible, fun and often silly group, who just like to sing ... If you are in the Newcastle area and would like us to perform for you, please get in touch and we can discuss.‘

 

+ Flotsam
VISITS (to the Website)73
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)202

‘Founded in 1954. Membership is drawn from across the North East, with around 80 regular singers. We perform three major concerts each year from a repertoire that ranges from more traditional major works of sacred music to modern choral pieces in a variety of venues ... New members are always welcome, so if you are interested in singing a wide variety of music in a large choir under expert, friendly and fun direction come and join us.‘

 

+ Newcastle Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)72
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)151

'Formed in 1986 ... The aim of the group is to enjoy playing music together and to further the musical experience of all age groups and improve musical standards in the common bond of musical performance ... The band has around 40 regular players ... We perform in many different venues throughout the region.'

 

+ Newcastle Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)123
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)369

'A guitar orchestra is made up of several "standard" classical guitars, plus a number of specialised instruments that extend the range of the orchestra both upwards and downwards ... Founded in 2012, we aim to promote the enjoyment of orchestral music for classical guitar. If you play classical guitar and can sight-read a simple line of music then you are most welcome to join.'

 

+ Newcastle Guitar Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)201
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)417

‘The choir was founded in 1915 by Bach scholar W.G. Whittaker. The choir continues to perform Bach's choral music regularly. We also promote lesser known British music through our performances ... We currently have over 100 choir members ... All new members will have a short voice trial ... This will usually take place after the first or second rehearsal and a place in the choir will be dependent on the outcome of this ... The choir performs three or four concerts each year.’

 

+ Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir
VISITS (to the Website)47
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)125
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An unauditioned, adult community choir of men and ladies from 18 years. We sing a capella in up to five parts. We sing mainly - but not exclusively - gospel style music.’ Based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

 

+ North East Gospel Choir
VISITS (to the Website)65
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)172

‘Formed in January 2004 to enable recorder players in the North East of England to rehearse and perform some of the quite large repertoire that is now available for recorder orchestras. At present it has some 30+ members and involves the full range of recorders from sopranino down to contrabass.’

+ North East Recorder Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)130
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)310

‘A chamber choir, nominally of twenty-four members, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. It was formed in 1973 initially to perform sacred music of the 16th Century, but over the years the repertoire has been extended to embrace choral music of all periods ... In a typical year we stage three concerts, of which one is on a larger scale, such as our regular and well-supported performances of the Messiah in Hexham Abbey ... We participate in a wide variety of other musical activities including Christmas carol concerts and services, large-scale choral works with other choirs, special church services and celebrations, weddings, and private functions.’

 

+ Northern Praeclassica
VISITS (to the Website)132
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)324

‘An award-winning non-audition choir for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people and friends ... NPV was set up to create a safe environment to socialise and be creative and where diversity can be celebrated. It is also a much needed alternative to the “gay scene”.’

 

+ Northern Proud Voices
VISITS (to the Website)53
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)139

‘Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, was founded in 1877 and is one of the oldest amateur orchestras in England. We are a lively society of musicians from all backgrounds and walks of life with one thing in common – we love to rehearse and perform a wide variety of orchestral music. We rehearse weekly during term time, and usually give three concerts a year.’

 

+ Northumberland Orchestral Society
VISITS (to the Website)70
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)132
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are an enthusiastic and flexible group of players of various ages and musical abilities. The aim of the group is to bring live music to hospices, nursing homes and sheltered accommodation in the Newcastle area. We play anything we enjoy – as long as the joy is infectious ... Our programmes contain classical and popular music, folk tunes and songs to which the audience sing along. We go to great lengths in ensuring the audience enjoys the music we play and that the repertoire of music in the programme is suitable ... Our group consists of singers, and players (12+) of mostly classical instruments such as violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone and piano or keyboard. If you play an instrument at grade 3 level or higher and you are interested in playing with Semitones, please contact us.’

 

+ Semitones
VISITS (to the Website)61
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)149

‘Beuatiful music in beautiful places ... The Singers is a chamber choir of around twenty five mixed voices based in Newcastle ... The choir aims to maintain a sweetness and clarity of tone with impeccable tuning which is particularly appropriate for the earlier choral repertoire which is one of its specialities. A high standard of musicianship and sight-reading is required as the group does not meet on a regular weekly basis largely owing to the numerous other musical commitments of its members.’

 

+ The Singers
VISITS (to the Website)44
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)175
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'An enthusiastic and friendly string orchestra. The TCO is Tyneside's longest running Chamber Orchestra, having been in existence for over 50 years. We have regular rehearsals and give concerts three times a year.'

 

+ Tyneside Chamber Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)151
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)379

‘The Live Music programme at Newcastle University includes lunchtime concerts and student performances. These events are free and open to staff, students and members of the public.’

 

@ Newcastle University
VISITS (to the Website)144
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)204
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Music is at the heart of our worship. The Cathedral Choir, Schola Cantorum, St Nicholas Singers, and a host of visiting choirs follow in the footsteps of a longstanding choral tradition at Newcastle Cathedral. During Choir Term there are six sung services per week, encompassing some of the greatest music from the 14th Century to the present day. We have no cathedral school, so our choristers are drawn from all over the City ... All are welcome to come to the Cathedral to enjoy 40 minutes of music during every Monday lunch time (from 1.05pm). Featuring the organs of the Cathedral, the recitals will be performed by a visiting performer, or one of Newcastle Cathedral’s “home team” ...’

 

@ St Nicholas Cathedral Newcastle
VISITS (to the Website)73
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)226
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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