'Bringing first-class classical music performed by professional musicians to our area of Ringwood and Fordingbridge. We present six evening concerts between October and April, usually on the first Friday of the month. Recently we have introduced a Sunday afternoon Proms concert of easy-listening classics at a reduced ticket price for adults and where children are free. Our musicians perform in the intimate atmosphere of small, comfortable and well-heated venues. Normally, they will address the audience and give us an insight into the complexities of the work they're performing and a brief background history of the composer who wrote it.'


Also indexedRingwood, Hampshire

‘World class performances of classical music in the intimate setting of an iconic church ... To attend a concert in All Saints’ Church, Farley, is to be delighted by this charming seventeenth century church with its extraordinary acoustics, and to marvel at the quality of musicianship presented in a small, intimate setting.’ Held Mid June.


'An educational charity committed to promoting the study, practice and improvement of music in Christian worship. It is an open, life-long learning organisation, offering face-to-face and distance education and training through its programmes, published resources, courses and activities. The RSCM supports a world-wide membership of churches, schools and individuals, and is sustained by thousands of donors and volunteers worldwide. Founded by Sir Sydney Nicholson in 1927, the RSCM’s original emphases were English and choral. Now, in a diverse international context, the RSCM’s work is far broader and more diverse, and we aim to make all our work ecumenical in purpose, nature and content.'


‘The object of the Association is to advance the education of the public in the art of music with special reference to liturgical and organ music. We hold lecture/recital and masterclasses, and arrange visits to churches and organs within striking distance of Salisbury, record evenings and social events. We also endeavour to support young organists.’


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


'Amesbury, and its nearby UN World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, has been confirmed as the longest continuous settlement in the United Kingdom. We can only trace our history back to the 1860s, but except for a brief hibernation in the mid 1960s, the band has been a regular provider of music at local community events held within our small, but historic, Wiltshire town. We are a non-contesting band. We play just for the enjoyment of playing brass band music at local events such as fetes, fairs, concerts and service dinners.'


’A traditional brass band based near Salisbury near the New Forest. We run a senior band, training band and our just for fun Jubilee Brass ... Downton Band is on the lookout for more people to come join their band! ... Everyone, no matter how young or old is welcome to come along, there is no obligation and we actively encourage whole families to learn together, parents get so much more out of it and it is a uniique way of sharing quality time with your child whilst learning a new skill yourself.’


Also indexedDownton Jubilee Brass

‘The Group currently comprises around 35 singers and its repertoire includes a wide range of sacred and secular music, spanning many periods and styles. The choir gives four large-scale concerts in Salisbury annually, performs in smaller events around the region, as well as providing the music at services, weddings and celebrations. The choir has also sung further afield, singing services at several cathedrals around the UK and touring to Ireland, Italy and Germany.’


‘Based in the town of Fordingbridge in Hampshire, with around 40 members drawn from Fordingbridge and the surrounding area. Our repertoire ranges from madrigals and part songs to the great choral masterpieces ... If you want to join us, you will be very welcome.’

‘Formed in 1991 to deputise at services in Cathedrals, Priories, Abbeys and Greater Churches when their own choirs are on holiday. Over the years, the choir’s repertoire has expanded to include light and secular as well as sacred music, enabling the choir to perform for charity events and other occasions such as weddings and funerals.’


‘Provides a great way for young people to perform together in a friendly environment, where the emphasis is on fun just as much as achievement. A wide range of groups, bands and ensembles cater for all levels of musicianship. We give concerts throughout the year, and organise trips and events to stimulate and improve everyone’s musical ability ... All classes are held at local venues within easy reach of the city centre.‘


‘Salisbury’s only period instrument ensemble. It was formed to enable local players (and some colleagues from further afield) to share their passion for late 17th and 18th century music through concerts and workshops. Using copies of instruments of the period and authentic playing style, the group is able to bring to its audience a sense of intimacy and style difficult to achieve with larger forces and modern, heavier instruments.’


‘The Salisbury Jazz and Big Band is based in Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire and is committed to the playing and popularising of the great Swing and Jazz sounds of the mid 20th century. We regularly play at weddings, parties and Balls as well as featuring in Festivals, street parties and Concerts ... We are now delighted to be working with a number of charismatic Vocalists. If you feel a Big Band is a little too large we can offer smaller Jazz and Swing Groups as a further option.’

Also indexedSalisbury Jazz & Big Band

‘The 36-strong Salisbury Chamber Chorus, formed in 2011, is an ensemble with a difference. Spanning the operatic and choral repertoires, its hallmark is a committed, full-bodied sound that brings a varied programme of music excitingly to life. Our concerts - at least three per year - take place in Salisbury and further afield, some by invitation ... If you’re interested in joining us, we’re often on the look-out for confident singers with at least a good basic technique, and at least competent sight-reading and general theory knowledge.’


‘Both the Military and Concert Bands comprise brass, woodwind and percussion. One difference is that players in the Concert Band sit down to perform - but we are also able to provide a small marching band for public events. There is a classical repertoire of transcriptions from orchestral pieces and works specially written for band by composers such as Holst, Vaughan Williams and Grainger. There is a strong association with military music and the "concert march" is a cornerstone of the repertoire. Light classics such as opera and show overtures are plentiful, and popular with audiences. Film scores, latin and popuar favourites have been extensively arranged for band. The rhythmic, colourful blend of brass, percussion and woodwind inspires contemporary composers, and there is an adventurous and challenging modern repertoire!’

‘A thriving amateur choir with over 150 members. The choir sings for the sheer love of it, but also challenges itself to develop up to and beyond its potential. The choir is non auditioned, some members read music and some do not. The mixture works and with patient encouragement from ... our fantastic Musical Director, the choir achieves amazing performance successes, whilst having a lot of fun along the way! We are ambitious and adventurous musically, commissioning new works and organising and performing in both small and large scale concerts all over the UK ... The SCC has a big heart and we have a real community focus, supporting each other and fundraising for a diverse range of charities, from Hospices to Homelessness.‘

‘Formed in 2005 following a plea by Musical Director Chris Holmes for musicians to come together and make music under the band’s original name of Salisbury Community Band. The band, which changed its name in 2012, proved to be very popular and membership quickly grew to around sixty five players. In 2008 to cater for an influx of musicians a second band Second Wind was formed.  Membership of both bands currently stands at around ninety committed players.’

Also indexedSecond Wind

‘An amateur, mixed choir of about 140 voices. We perform the major classical works in public concerts that are normally given in Salisbury Cathedral three times a year, accompanied by a full orchestra ... SMS is a first-rate amateur choir, so you must have an audition to join and re-audition every five years. For your audition, you will be asked to bring a prepared piece and maybe sing a passage from the work we are currently rehearsing and a short unprepared piece. The conductor will judge the quality of your voice and whether you are able to sight read. (Being able to sight read is useful but not essential.) The conductor may also ask you to sing a few scales and pick out notes from a chord. You will be told of the outcome within a day.‘


‘Established in 1992 by its founding conductor Michael Moorsom and a group of local players. It has presented an annual season of concerts in and around Salisbury ever since. It aims to provide interesting and varied programmes of music ranging from the classical period to contemporary works. It also sets out to encourage young, particularly local, instrumental soloists, composers and conductors.’


‘The orchestra was founded as the Salisbury Orchestral Society on 16th October 1917 by Sir Walter Alcock, Organist of Salisbury Cathedral with Sir Edward Elgar as its first President. Originally comprising only string players, a number of joint concerts were held with the Salisbury Musical Society. In 1931, the string players decided to “go it alone”, adding a small wind section a year later. In 1933, this was expanded to a full symphony orchestra ... The orchestra expanded rapidly to its present membership of around 65 core players to which additional players are added as required for the works being performed. On 3rd October 2003 the Orchestra voted to change its name from the Salisbury Orchestral Society to the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra as a better reflection of its true identity.’


'A semi-professional ensemble based in and around Salisbury. The choir offers a repertoire of both sacred and secular music from every era, and takes delight in the complex challenges offered by these diverse styles.'


‘An adult SATB choir in Salisbury started in its current form by its Founder and Emeritus Director of Music, John Powell, in 1975, although its history can be traced back to the early 1930s. We are a sociable choir which enjoys its singing and aims to perform to the highest standards. Its main purpose is to give concerts supporting other charities and to sing services in cathedrals and churches.’


‘A Championship Section Brass Band, the 2017 Champion Band of the West of England, the band is based in the village of Woodfalls ... a small village 9 miles South of Salisbury and just one mile from the beautiful New Forest. There are under 1000 people living in the village, but the enthusiasm for music is traditionally very high and musical talent is in abundance.’


'The Cathedral has three choirs: the majority of the Cathedral's services are led by the Cathedral Choir, which consists of boy or girl Choristers, and Lay Vicars. The Cathedral's musical liturgy is also upheld by the Cathedral Chamber Choir, consisting of mixed voices, and the Cathedral Junior Choir, for younger voices. Salisbury has been well known for the lead that it gives in liturgy, and music has always played an important part in the Cathedral's worship ... The "Father" Willis Organ is central to worship at our Cathedral. From the quietest organ piece played at a weekday evensong, to the thrilling accompaniment of thousands of congregation members singing hymns over the Christmas period, our famous instrument has fulfilled this role for over 130 years. It is continually sought after by recitalists and recording companies, and is widely regarded as one of Willis’s great cathedral organs.'


'Sarum College is an ecumenical centre for Christian study and research ... Lunchtime concerts are held in Sarum College’s Butterfield Chapel. All concerts begin at 12:45pm and last approximately 45 minutes. After the concert the audience is invited to enjoy a sandwich buffet lunch in the College’s Common Room for a sociable end to the occasion.'

'The Church of England encompasses many styles of liturgy and music, to enable as many as possible to deepen their understanding of God and their relationship with him ... Links to select the area of music that you need advice about, or resources for worship or training.'


'The Salisbury Gig Guide was started by a group of live music enthusiasts in 2010. It is funded out of our own pockets. We provide a free service to venues and musicians to publish their events. We are not affiliated with any local newspapers, radio stations or other businesses. You may occasionally see gigs listed that aren't local. We generally tend to stick to within 10 miles-ish, but if a local band or artist asks us to list their out-of-town gigs we're more than happy to do so, because they deserve our support whether they are playing locally or not.'


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