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'Our primary aim is to increase and enhance our understanding of classical music. Meeting monthly we listen to recorded music, learning more about the composers and their works written for us to appreciate and enjoy. You do not need any specialist knowledge of classical music to become a member.'

* Alnwick Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website161
Views of The ‘Full’ Record244
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Run by members for the mutual enjoyment of recorded music. Programmes are presented by our own members as well as guest speakers on a variety of themes. Refreshments are served at the interval & programmes end by 9.30 p.m. The Society has the use of high quality audio equipment and an excellent listening room ... New members & visitors are warmly welcomed,'

* Barnsley Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website135
Views of The ‘Full’ Record419
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Weekly evening meetings from early September until mid May: ‘The Church provides relaxed and comfortable surroundings for our informal and friendly meetings and is conveniently situated for communications including easy access to the bus services’.

* Blackpool & Fylde Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website127
Views of The ‘Full’ Record280
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A series of twelve presentations, on alternate weeks, on a wide range of musical themes, all illustrated with examples on CD, played on high quality equipment. The music is mainly classical but jazz and light music are sometimes included. The presentations are given either by an experienced visiting speaker or by a club member and may be about the life and work of a specific composer or follow a theme but all consist predominantly of listening to music.’

* Bognor Regis Recorded Music Club
Visits to the Website137
Views of The ‘Full’ Record331
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘If you have an interest in classical music or wish to learn more about it, then we are confident that you will enjoy joining us for an evening of entertainment. The society arranges a full programme throughout the season, of talks given on a wide range of subjects. Presenters include both professionals such as musicians, conductors, record companies and historians plus enthusiasts from both our own and other recorded music societies.‘

* Bournemouth Gramophone Society
Visits to the Website83
Views of The ‘Full’ Record233
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The aim of the Society is to present on excellent sound equipment a broad range of classical music on compact disc, selected from the whole of the recording era, circa 1900 to the present day. Programmes include a wide variety of orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal music, chosen and presented by members and by visiting specialists, giving background about the music or performers ... Visitors are very welcome at any of our meetings. Whether you come with a friend or alone, you will find the atmosphere friendly and welcoming.'

* Bradford-on-Avon Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website135
Views of The ‘Full’ Record354
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Circle was formed in 1958 to promote the appreciation, knowledge and enjoyment of classical music in all its forms. The Circle is non-commercial and does not attempt to promote sales of records.  Concert visits are arranged occasionally during the season.'

* Bury Record Music Circle
Visits to the Website127
Views of The ‘Full’ Record318
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Society offers an appreciation of the art of Music in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Formed in 1965, we present programmes of Recorded Music ranging from the state of the art CDs to historical 78s played on our own superb Hi-Fi System.' ALERT At Review, no Website for the Society found.

* Canterbury Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website111
Views of The ‘Full’ Record168

'The Society where friends meet to listen to recordings of classical music and talk about music they've heard. Our presenters include musicians, broadcasters and academics, as well as our own members. The programmes are wide-ranging and are presented in a warm friendly environment. Browse our programme, and if you see something you like come along and meet us... you won't be disappointed!'

* Cardiff Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website135
Views of The ‘Full’ Record194

'Meetings take the form of musically illustrated talks. Guests are always assured of a warm welcome.'

* Carnoustie Recorded Music Circle
Visits to the Website118
Views of The ‘Full’ Record322
* Carshalton & Wallington Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website283
Views of The ‘Full’ Record722
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The programmes are presented by professional or knowledgeable amateur speakers, covering a variety of music which we hope will appeal to as wide an audience as possible. The programmes, which are illustrated with recordings on CD, are reproduced on our own modern, high quality equipment.'  ALERT This Society seems no longer to be active.

* Cheltenham Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website179
Views of The ‘Full’ Record579

Evening meetings usually held fortnightly from September to June: 'In addition, a programme of coach outings to concerts and musical events is run during the season with members benefiting from group booking terms and no parking problems. Visitors and members' guests are always welcome at Society meetings, and concert outings numbers permitting'.

* Cirencester Music Society
Visits to the Website140
Views of The ‘Full’ Record392

‘The City of London Phonograph and Gramophone Society was formed in 1919 as the London Edison Society and is the senior recorded music society in the world. Phonograph and Gramophone Societies came into being in 1911, the first being the West London in the autumn and then the North London in December ... As might be expected, the members of the Society, who number hundreds worldwide, own some fine examples of vintage Phonographs and Gramophones. These are sometimes exhibited and demonstrated at society meetings, which are held on a regular basis in London and the regions.’ As well as meetings in Central London, listed are those of Midlands, Scottish, and West of England Groups.

* City of London Phonograph & Gramophone Society
Visits to the Website55
Views of The ‘Full’ Record105

Fortnightly evening concerts between October and March.

* Cromer Society Recorded Music Section
Visits to the Website98
Views of The ‘Full’ Record381

'Nowadays, we take for granted easy access to recorded music, through internet streaming, a myriad of radio stations and on portable music players ... However, the pleasures of listening to music in the company of other like-minded individuals, and connected with an informative talk, still remain relevant, and this is the core mission of the Croydon Recorded Music Society. The programmes are given by our own members, by members of other music societies and by professional visiting speakers.'

* Croydon Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website124
Views of The ‘Full’ Record272

‘Meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.’ September - May.

* Darlington Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website64
Views of The ‘Full’ Record136

‘Between September and May we present talks on a wide variety of musical topics, given by enthusiastic visiting and local speakers. In addition to CD and DVD illustrations, there are also occasional live music performances, usually staged in a convenient town centre location. For more than 60 years we have been extending a warm welcome to new members and visitors who enjoy sharing musical enthusiasms and, now and again, the adventure of wandering off the well-worn musical paths.’

* Eastbourne Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website69
Views of The ‘Full’ Record137

Founded 1968. Alternate evening meetings, fortnightly, October - May.

* Esher Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website70
Views of The ‘Full’ Record155

‘Meetings held on the first Wednesday of the month ... New members always welcome.’

* Felixstowe Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website91
Views of The ‘Full’ Record174

'Founded in 1965. Ferring is a unique coastal village with a far-seeing outlook. Those who come to live here seem to share the love of the place and its surroundings and they also bring their interests and talents with them. An excellent start for any group. Programmes are arranged in advance and usually presented by our members over a 2 hour period and includes an interval for refreshments.'

* Ferring Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website126
Views of The ‘Full’ Record404

'Founded in 1956 ... We present evenings of classical and light classical music on CD played on first class equipment. Programmes are presented by the members themselves and we have three guest speakers each season, usually professional musicians who talk about their lives and careers.'

* Forest Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website117
Views of The ‘Full’ Record300

‘We meet monthly throughout the year to hear music that will be new to most of us and (hopefully) enjoyed by all of us, and so discover music that we might otherwise never hear. At most meetings, a member or a guest presents a programme of his or her choice. We also have “Members’ Choices” evenings, where members bring along whatever they think others will enjoy ... Our core programme is classical, but in a broad sense, and presenters often include a seasoning of jazz, folk or brass. We have even had bagpipes — Swedish bagpipes!‘

* Garstang and District Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website66
Views of The ‘Full’ Record119

'Think of Glossop Record Club as the musical equivalent of a book group or a film society – coming together once a month to listen to albums on vinyl and in full on a decent hi-fi, in a relaxed environment as free from distraction as possible.'

* Glossop Record Club
Visits to the Website126
Views of The ‘Full’ Record334

Typically about half a dozen evening meetings, September to May.

* Goudhurst & Kilndown RMS
Visits to the Website155
Views of The ‘Full’ Record413

'Tired of sitting in front of the TV? Like Classical/Light Music, Opera, Operetta, Singing & Songs? Then why not come along to the Recorded Music Circle for an evening of great recordings ...'

* Great Yarmouth Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website122
Views of The ‘Full’ Record286

‘The aim of the Club is to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of recorded music in the company of other music lovers.’ Monthly evening meetings (except August).

* Harrow Music Club
Visits to the Website50
Views of The ‘Full’ Record95

Fortnightly evening meetings, September - April: ‘Our presentations of mainly classical music are given by Society members or guest presenters using a good quality hi-fi system‘.

* Haslemere Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website100
Views of The ‘Full’ Record389

Fortnightly evening meetings, September - May: ‘A pleasure shared is a pleasure squared!’

* Hinckley Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website86
Views of The ‘Full’ Record320
* Hove Music & Record Society
Visits to the Website62
Views of The ‘Full’ Record112

‘We meet virtually every two weeks on Mondays ... Come and enjoy a wide variety of music on high-quality equipment in a congenial atmosphere.’

* Huddersfield Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website55
Views of The ‘Full’ Record119

'Formed in 1946 as the Ipswich Gramophone Circle to provide classical music on records to all of those who have an interest in listening to serious music of a wide variety in a fast changing world and in comfortable surroundings.'

* Ipswich Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website88
Views of The ‘Full’ Record377

‘Come and enjoy listening to good music in the company of other music lovers. We meet on the second Tuesday afternoon in the month ... for informal programmes of recorded music. The “Jubilee Music Circle” is a new name for Derby Music Circle, to mark our change of venue and format in the Queen’s Jubilee year, 2012.‘

* Jubilee Music Circle (Derby)
Visits to the Website53
Also indexedDerby Music Circle
Views of The ‘Full’ Record82

‘Formed in 1958. Its purpose is the stimulation of and appreciation of programmes of recorded music, in a friendly atmosphere. Visiting members are always welcome to attend our meetings.’

* Kettering & District Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website61
Views of The ‘Full’ Record104

‘We are a friendly group of people keen to learn more about music from composers, performers and others with expert musical knowledge ... Meetings run from October to June, usually on the second Tuesday of each month. However we sometimes vary the date to avoid clashes with other musical events in Leicester.’

* Leicester Music Society
Visits to the Website70
Views of The ‘Full’ Record112

Fortnightly evening meetings, October - March (but one meeting in December): ‘Where Music Matters’.

* Letchworth Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website63
Views of The ‘Full’ Record137

Usually meet twice per month, afternoons, apart from December and August: ‘New members and visitors welcome’.

* Lewisham Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website66
Views of The ‘Full’ Record125

'Meetings are held fortnightly throughout the season from September to April ... The annual programme also includes a number of social events. Presenters range from enthusiastic amateurs to professionals; the important thing being that they generate interest and provide entertainment.'

* Loughborough Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website124
Views of The ‘Full’ Record267

‘If you enjoy good music in good company please join us. Meetings are held every fortnight from September to December & January to June ... You can be sure of a warm welcome!‘

* Lowestoft Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website85
Views of The ‘Full’ Record181

‘We are a friendly group who share a love of music - mainly, but not exclusively, classical. Programmes are presented by members and, occasionally, by visiting sperakers, in an informal and entertaining way and we learn a lot from each other. Light refreshments are provided. Until recently we were the Maidstone Recorded Music Society, founded in 1965 ... Visitors are very welcome to attend any Centre programme as temporary members.’

* Maidstone Music Appreciation Society
Visits to the Website75
Views of The ‘Full’ Record110

Meet weekly, Monday evenings, October - April: ‘Just turn up’.

* Newport (IOW) Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website75
Views of The ‘Full’ Record137

‘Our Society exists to enable music lovers to share their love of music with others of a like mind. Our meetings always include an interval when it is possible to discuss and exchange views on music, recordings and equipment, over some light refreshments.’

* Northampton Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website60
Views of The ‘Full’ Record124

'If you enjoy listening to classical music in the company of others, you are warmly invited to pay us a visit.'

* Olton Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website120
Views of The ‘Full’ Record311

‘Northamptonshire's opera appreciation society ... Are you curious about opera? Are you already a fan, but would like to know more? Or would you just like to indulge yourself once a week in the company of like-minded people? Then come and join us in pleasant surroundings, led by a stimulating tutor, surrounded by a responsive audience, watching beautiful operas on the latest high tech equipment.’

* Opera Plus
Visits to the Website85
Views of The ‘Full’ Record173
* Orpington Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website103
Views of The ‘Full’ Record325

Fortnightly afternoon meetings, September - April: ‘For great music in good company - Visitors are very welcome’.

* Osmington Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website71
Views of The ‘Full’ Record150

‘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.’

* Oswestry Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website102
Views of The ‘Full’ Record270

‘This lively Society meets at 7:30 p.m. every first and third Tuesday of every month from September to June of the following year.’

* Portslade Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website67
Views of The ‘Full’ Record124

'We are a society of music lovers who meet fortnightly from September to April to hear some of the world’s most celebrated musicians talk, with recorded and sometimes visual illustrations, about their lives and work. Our meetings provide a rare opportunity to learn how great musicians approach their work, and to hear about the private person behind the public image. Our guest speakers come from all fields of music – the concert hall, recital platform, opera, ballet, television and film – and include producers, broadcasters, critics and writers in addition to performers ... Our society has almost 200 members. Some of us have a considerable knowledge of music while others have very little, but what we all share is a great love of music and a desire to learn ... Why not join us and become part of one of London’s most distinguished and exciting music societies?'

* Putney Music
Visits to the Website130
Views of The ‘Full’ Record331

Founded 1967. Fortnightly evening meetings throughout the year; all welcome.

* Ramsbottom Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website64
Views of The ‘Full’ Record142

‘The Society was formed as long ago as 1953 for lovers of opera and song. You do not have to be knowledgeable to enjoy our meetings, just come along! Both visitors and new members are always welcome. We pride ourselves on having specialised equipment to get the best out of all sorts of recordings, from 78s to the most recent CDs/downloads. In our large hall recordings can sound far finer than within the confines of one's own home ... Programmes are given both by visitors and our members. They are frequently singers, who are experts in their field or knowledgeable or enthusiastic amateurs who simply want to share their love of the human voice with others.’

* Recorded Vocal Art Society
Visits to the Website61
Views of The ‘Full’ Record145

'The aim of the Group is to promote interest in and appreciation of classical music through the recording medium. A cordial invitation is extended to all who are interested.'

* Ripley Classical Music Group
Visits to the Website116
Views of The ‘Full’ Record349

‘If you enjoy good music (both light and serious) then you are bound to find something to your taste in our programmes of recorded music. You may hear some of your favourites or on the other hand you may be introduced to new music which you may well take to! All items are introduced by a presenter (a member or a guest) in an easily understood way - we are not musicians just music lovers.’

* Rochdale Gramophone Society
Visits to the Website108
Views of The ‘Full’ Record375

‘A lively recorded music society which meets on alternate Tuesday evenings ... Visitors are welcome as temporary members for a ... donation which is refundable on becoming a member.’ September - May.

* Ruislip Gramophone Society
Visits to the Website51
Views of The ‘Full’ Record216

'We are a small friendly group who meet every fortnight to share and enjoy classical music, our programmes including a wide variety of music from classical symphonies, concertos, operatic arias, choral and film music, songs from musicals, jazz, popular music and singers.'

* Rushden Classical Music Society
Visits to the Website110
Views of The ‘Full’ Record372

‘Meets fortnightly to enjoy recorded classical music presented by members or guest presenters. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and we welcome guests, prospective members and visitors. The choice of music is a personal one but usually reflects a theme like the music of a country or historical period. However, programmes consisting of a selection of personal favourites can be just as popular. There is no pressure to present a programme and indeed most members just come to listen and enjoy good company.’

* Rustington Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website65
Views of The ‘Full’ Record126

Fortnightly evening meetings, September - June: ‘Visitors and new members are very welcome. There is ample parking‘.

* Salisbury Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website41
Views of The ‘Full’ Record118

‘The name of what was originally Sheffield Gramophone Society, formed in 1947 by Margaret Long with a group of music lovers who were keen to listen to and explore the increasing amount of music which at that time was being issued on gramophone records. Members continue to enjoy listening to recorded classical music presented by informed enthusiasts in a congenial atmosphere.’

* Sheffield Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website56
Views of The ‘Full’ Record116

‘Do you enjoy listening to Good Music? Why not come along one evening to the Southport Gramophone Society. A society for the appreciation of quality music ... The presenters include many of our own members and speakers from other recorded music societies.’

* Southport Gramophone Society
Visits to the Website76
Views of The ‘Full’ Record228

‘If you enjoy Good Music, why not come and spend an Evening with us? We meet every two weeks ... Recitals begin at 7.15 pm with a break for refreshments & Social Chatter!‘ September - May.

* Stafford Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website60
Views of The ‘Full’ Record109

'Group of classical music enthusiasts who meet every two weeks to discuss and listen to recordings. At most meetings a member presents a selection of recorded music and background information on the composers and musicians involved.'

* Stirling Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website137
Views of The ‘Full’ Record329

‘Our aim is to bring pleasure to those who are interested in recorded music (mainly but not exclusively classical ) within a pleasant, comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Recordings are from CD, with high quality speakers and audio equipment providing the enjoyment of hi-fi sound ... For newcomers, the first visit is free. Do come and see whether you enjoy the music. We’re sure you’ll enjoy our company!‘

* Stone Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website64
Views of The ‘Full’ Record114

‘The aim of the Stroud Valleys Music Club is to provide Good Recorded Music in a variety of styles. Presenters come from both professional and amateur sources. Meetings are informal. A refreshment interval gives a chance to Socialise. Visitors and Members' friends are especially welcome. The sole qualification for joining is a liking for good music.’

* Stroud Valleys Music Club
Visits to the Website67
Views of The ‘Full’ Record158

‘Our Group meets every two weeks ... Meetings are from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. and our programmes are published six months in advance ... Prospective members are always welcome.‘

* Swinton Recorded Music Group
Visits to the Website121
Views of The ‘Full’ Record261

'All meetings & events are held on Wednesday evenings starting at 7.30pm.'

* Torbay Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website115
Views of The ‘Full’ Record433

'Our Club is mainly for people working for, or retired from, Transport for London or its predecessors, but if you are not in this category but would like to come to our meetings in central London we may be able to include you ...'

* Transport for London Recorded Music Club
Visits to the Website101
Views of The ‘Full’ Record255

'Enjoy vintage and contemporary jazz recordings on top quality audio equipment in comfortable surroundings and the congenial company of like minded enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned fan or a newcomer to jazz you are sure to find music to suit your taste and perhaps discover something new.'

* Ulverston Jazz Appreciation Society
Visits to the Website92
Views of The ‘Full’ Record295
* Wakefield Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website57
Views of The ‘Full’ Record78

‘Presents regular evening recitals of recorded music on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, from September until May ... The evenings consist mainly of classical music, with a bit of jazz thrown in for good measure from time to time, and include an interval for tea and biscuits. The majority of the recitals are presented by our members and about a third are presented by visitors from other local music societies. New members and visitors are always welcome at our meetings.’

* Walton Music Circle
Visits to the Website74
Views of The ‘Full’ Record131

'Experience programmes featuring many aspects of classical music ... Enjoy the best in recorded music with our superb sound system ... Meet in friendly, comfortable surroundings ... New members and visitors are always welcome'

* Wharfedale Recorded Music
Visits to the Website113
Views of The ‘Full’ Record212

'Enjoying good music in good company.' Meet monthly, afternoons.

* Wollaton Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website116
Views of The ‘Full’ Record416

'The Society has been in existence for many years, principally for the playing of classical recorded music using the Society's own equipment in four formats - CD, Cassette, DVD and LP. We are a small group averaging about twenty at each of our weekly meetings. Knowledge of classical music is not at all necessary, merely an enthusiasm for it and its sharing with other like-minded folk. Visitors are always welcome to join us as a temporary member for an evening.'

* Wolverhampton Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website98
Views of The ‘Full’ Record274

‘Founded in 1955. We hold regular meetings to listen to programmes of music played from CDs and other media. Programmes are devised and presented mainly by members but occasionally there are presentations by visiting speakers. Anyone who enjoys classical music is welcome to join us – no knowledge of music is needed. Listening in a group can be enjoyable and there’s always the chance to hear something new. There’s no obligation to discuss or comment on the music but we encourage informal discussion with other members - we’re a friendly group!’

* York Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website54
Views of The ‘Full’ Record76

’As the "National Federation of Gramophone Societies", the Federation was launched in 1936. Although the title has been changed to reflect more recent developments, the aims of the movement have remained basically unaltered and the attraction is still present in the 21st century as over 200 societies continue to ply their trade. Recorded Music Societies are an integral but often unsung part of our musical fabric offering appreciation and understanding of music in stimulating and convivial company.’

~ Federation of Recorded Music Societies
Visits to the Website89
Views of The ‘Full’ Record235

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