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‘We run two programmes each year: Easter Orchestra Week An opportunity to play exciting repertoire in a fun and friendly orchestra; Brass Weekend A fun weekend for brass players, making good music with like-minded people ... Our two exciting programmes are aimed at keen adult amateur musicians and budding professionals. We tackle a very wide range of challenging repertoire in a fun, friendly and supportive environment. Come and play pieces you’ve always wanted to try!‘ Originally held in York, but more recently at two venues near Oswestry in Shropshire. Orchestra Week held Mid April; Brass Weekend Mid October.

 

‘The Allegri String Quartet, Britain's longest running chamber music ensemble (founded in 1953) has been playing each summer to delighted audiences at St. Myllin's Church, Llanfyllin, in the heart of Mid Wales. Those first concerts held by the original quartet developed into the beatingheart of what is now the annual Llanfyllin Music Festival, or Gŵyl Gerdd Llanfyllin, as it is known locally. Over the years, the Festival has expanded to include performances by other musicians and artists of international calibre. In recent years, as part of the Festival, the Allegri has been involved in educational out reach work to Music Masterclasses and Concerts for young musicians within the county.’ Festival held Late July.

 

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‘Founded in 1958, the brainchild of employees of the Post Office’s telephone department (then part of the state-owned GPO and the predecessor to British Telecom) ... CD recitals are presented on alternate Thursdays from October to May ... A warm welcome is extended to all those who find pleasure in listening to music, as has been the case since 1958.’

 

Held March. 'Oswestry Music Festival goes from strength to strength. It dates back to the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations of 1977, is now well established in the County Music Calendar and entries are attracted from Shropshire, Cheshire, Wrexham and North and Mid Wales ... The Festival includes a programme of individual, group and school opportunities linked with celebrity concerts. Trophies, certificates and prizes are awarded to competitors and past overall winners of the Festival have gone on to successful professional musical careers.'

 

'Whittington Music Festival takes place annually in Mid-May. It was established in 2012 and from the start was built around a residency for group of international musicians who don’t normally play together, in order to rehearse and prepare the Festival programme, a model which has resulted in many electrifying performances. For the first five years the chamber music of a single composer was featured each year; the next two festivals were based on British and then Czech chamber music. In 2020 the pandemic forced the cancellation of an adventurous programme exploring the folk roots of classical music.The festival’s founders retired that year and a new Artistic Director was appointed.  A short festival was held in May 2021 just days after Covid restrictions were lifted, and the 2022 festival will feature jazz and song for the first time, still based on the artists’ residency. Whittington Church has a great acoustic with unimpeded sight lines, and the local area has a lot to offer in terms of natural beauty and historical interest.'

'Founded in 1982 by Michael Smith, the then organist of the Parish Church of St. Oswald, King & Martyr, Oswestry. Under its original name "Cantiones Sacrae" the choir comprised 15 voices and set its sights on performing some of the more challenging music in the chamber choir repertoire. Before long it swelled to well over 20 voices and concerts were given as far afield as Chester and Shrewsbury, as well as an appearance at the Llangollen International Festival. Cantiones dropped the "Sacrae" from its title in the mid-nineties when its repertoire widened to include more and more of the quality secular music available.'

‘Was formed in 1968 and was made up predominantly of employees of the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry, Shropshire. Over the years it has seen many changes and, at one point, could boast more than 50 voices ... The choir has a wide repertoire of traditional and modern music.  It can provide a mixed programme ranging from classical pieces to songs from the musicals. At present the choir has about 26 singers and is always welcoming to new members over the age of 18.  No experience is necessary, just lots of enthusiasm.’

 

‘We are a versatile and vibrant ladies choir who perform music in various styles. We welcome new sopranos and altos to join us ... We evolved in the summer of 2015 from Oswestry Choral Society, which had been in continuous existence for 125 years ... We perform 2 concerts a years, usually in the spring and around Christmas.’

‘Côr Meibion Penybontfawr is based in the village of Penybontfawr, in a mainly farming area, situated in North Montgomeryshire ... We really enjoy our rehearsals when potential new members or holiday makers come to listen to us at practice. We have entertained folk from as far away Australia, Norway, Holland and one young visitor from Florida still speaks of her surprise and delight to hear a Choir of men in the middle of rural Montgomeryshire singing “Dixie” for her.‘

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