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Area: Avon (county)

www.banesmusiconline.co.uk

‘A partnership made up of strategic local, regional and national music organisations. Led by the Bath & North East Somerset Music Service, the Hub aims to create a joined up, high quality programme of music education for children and young people both in and out of school.‘

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www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/schools-colleges-and-learning/governors-teaching-professionals/music-ser...

'As well as in-school tuition, children and young people can attend one of the five Music Centres which meet on a weekly basis during term-time. The Centres provide rehearsal and performance opportunities in Bands, Orchestras, Ensembles and Choirs for Primary and Secondary school children. They are led by qualified music teachers who are used to working with young people.'

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bathfolkfestival.org

‘Founded in 2010 ... Bath Folk Festival is cited as one of the most exciting new folk festivals to emerge in the UK, drawing on a mix of internationally acclaimed acts and the wealth of local talent in the South West ... It is a grassroots festival run by and for musicians and dancers who are passionate about the rich cultures represented. This will be an opportunity to not only hear some fantastic music, but more importantly it will be an opportunity to learn music at our traditional music summer school and to play in one of our many lively sessions.’ Held Mid August at a variety of venues across Bath.

Category:Folk Festivals
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www.bdoa.org.uk

‘The BDOA was founded in 1934 to advance the education of the public in the study of the art of music with reference to organ music. The Association offers advice to performers, teachers, students, churchmen and members of the public concerned with improvement in standards of performance, and in playing the organ. During each year we arrange lectures, visit organs, and demonstrate the organ. Quarterly, each member receives a copy of the magazine "The Organists' Review" and the local association bulletin. They also receive on an annual basis a directory of Members, which shows organists who are available to deputise for church organists and others, and a card showing a programme of events for the year.’

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www.bristolclassicalguitarsociety.org

‘Our mission is to promote and extend the profile of the classical guitar in the south west and to bring together players, makers, composers and enthusiasts of all levels. Our meetings include solo and ensemble practice and performance, seminars and masterclasses; our Concert Series presents internationally acclaimed performers.’

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www.bristolfestival.co.uk

‘Our festival is an annual event featuring a wide range of musical instrument and vocal classes, competitive and some non-competitive. It is open to all ages from as young as 4 through to adults, from all walks of life and educational background. The Festival provides entrants with the opportunity to perform before an audience. The classes are judged by professional Adjudicators who will provide verbal and written assessments to help the entrants further develop their talents. The festival is held in various Bristol venues during the 3-4 weeks prior to the end of the Spring Term. The Bristol Eisteddfod Association is run by volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It is a non-profit making Registered Charity and is always grateful for financial support and sponsorship to ensure its future.’

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Also indexedBristol Eisteddfod Association
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www.bristoljazzandbluesfest.com

''If you think you know jazz and blues, you’re probably wrong! If you love music, you’ll love Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival. We’ve dipped into every genre and traversed the globe to bring you a line-up dedicated to the incredible musical legacy of jazz and blues; from swing to funk, bebop to blues, Gypsy jazz to Gospel, soul to rock ‘n roll ...' Held Mid March.

Category:Jazz Festivals
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www.bristolplaysmusic.org

Bristol Plays Music (BPM) is the music education hub for Bristol. We believe in the power of music – to inspire, teach and transform lives. We want to make sure that every young person has access to music education activities and a platform for musical expression. Through work with partners and venues across Bristol, BPM will join up opportunities for teaching, learning and performance in a way that everyone can access. Our goal is to promote local music-making and our city’s rich musical talent.
Bristol Plays Music is run by Bristol Music Trust.’

Category:Bristol
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Also indexedBristol Music Trust
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www.bathspa.ac.uk/liberal-arts/

‘We bring together composers, performers, designers, managers, technicians, singers, instrumentalists, dancers, theatre producers and those who want to study any and all of this. All of our programmes combine inspirational teaching with world-leading research and professional practice. The tutors on our courses are practitioners and they teach you to the highest professional standards. We aim to transform your lives, to enable you become socially-engaged global citizens and the next generation of artists. Our vision draws on regional, national and international networks and by the end of your time at Bath Spa University, you'll be a part of those networks.’

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Also indexedBath Spa University
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www.bristol.ac.uk/music/

'Offer a fantastic range of musical opportunities for students right across the University of Bristol. From the University Symphony Orchestra to the University Barbershop Singers, from the University New Music Ensemble to the Operatic Society, there is something to suit your taste, instrument and ability. You don't have to be studying a Music degree to participate in these activities (although Music students are warmly encouraged to partipate as well!).'

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Also indexedUniversity of Bristol
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www.henleazeconcertsociety.org.uk

Typically, half a dozen evening concerts per season, October - June.

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midsomersetfestival.org

‘Founded in 1902 and has been running continuously ever since – even two World Wars couldn’t stop it – making it one of the oldest festivals in the country. In the early days it toured the market towns of mid-Somerset, but as it increased in size and scope it eventually settled in the beautiful city of Bath in 1952. It now runs for a full fortnight each March with classes in Creative Writing, Speech & Drama, Music and Musical Theatre. There are two free events to enjoy during the fortnight: a Speech & Drama Concert and the Classical Music Evening.’

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ahandfulofsingers.org

‘In 2002 a group of keen singers with good sight reading skills were looking for a choir to challenge them musically, both as individuals and within a small group. Handful was founded to fill that gap in Bath. From the outset we have covered an eclectic repertoire, from early to contemporary composers, close harmony to larger scale classical works whilst at the same time giving individuals opportunities to perform as soloists or in very small numbers ... The choir is 16-20 strong, of a size that can sing eight part works. Singers will therefore be able to hold what is effectively a solo line within a complex polyphony.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.bathallcomersorchestra.org.uk

'BACO, the Bath based orchestra is open to all and provides an invaluable opportunity to gain or expand experience in orchestral playing in a relaxed environment.'

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www.bathcamerata.co.uk

Award-winning choir: ‘One of the foremost chamber choirs in the country performing in a variety of genres ... Bath Camerata regularly performs at festivals across the UK, with a repertoire ranging from early music to new commissions, a cappella and jazz. The Choir is also available for recordings and for the last several years has been engaged to record at least one large-scale new work per season’.

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.bathchildrenschoir.org.uk

'We welcome children who love to sing aged 6 - 12 years ... There are no auditions for joining our Choir ... The accent on our choir is on enjoyment and building confidence and we will be delighted to welcome you to a rehearsal. The children come from schools across B&NeS.'

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bathminervachoir.co.uk

‘We are a choir that welcomes all singers without auditioning, from the less confident to the highly experienced. We have over 140 members currently and we perform a wide range of choral music to the highest standards, usually with professional orchestra and soloists, and in beautiful settings such as Bath Abbey ... We rehearse on Saturday mornings in Bath, and usually give three concerts a year.’

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www.bathopera.org

‘Bath Opera is Bath's resident opera company. Founded in 1977 the company is built around an acclaimed chorus made up of amateur, professional and semi-professional singers. Leading roles are taken by company members and outside professional and semi-professionals ... Each year we perform a fully staged opera with orchestra in February ... We also present a smaller fundraising opera tour during the months of June and July.‘

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www.bathoperatic.co.uk

‘For over 100 years society members have been passionate about putting on shows to a very high standard and reviewers have often remarked that they wouldn't look out of place at London's West End. The main musical production is performed near the beginning of each year at the Theatre Royal, with one or more smaller productions throughout the year at various other venues around Bath.’

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www.bathphil.co.uk

'One of the leading professional orchestras in the South West. Its players are some of the finest and most experienced orchestral musicians in Britain ... The orchestra is renowned for its musical virtuosity as well as versatile and creative approach to programming. Learning and participation is at the heart of everything the orchestra does. Our Creative Learning team work with children in primary and secondary school settings, and Bath Phil is the leading orchestra in the UK for delivery of open access music projects to Young Carers ...'

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www.bathsymphony.org.uk

‘Founded in 1948. It is made up of over sixty playing members, with a minimum entry requirement of grade 8 standard. Extra players are brought in for balance and strengthening as appropriate for larger scale works, for example to form expanded wind sections. The orchestra is strictly an amateur orchestra catering for music teachers and professionals in other walks of life from the Bath area, all of whom are committed to achieving the highest possible musical standards and to performing challenging symphonic programmes. The Orchestra normally gives three symphony concerts a year, using venues in and around Bath.’

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www.blacksheepharmony.co.uk

'An award winning amateur group of approx forty women of all ages and walks of life. We formed in May 2012 and perform in many events across the South West from weddings, concerts, funerals, WI meetings, music festivals and occasionally can be heard live on the radio ... We sing in an A Cappella style which has been partly influenced by Barbershop. However, our music is more diverse and although we sing some barbershop standards, we also sing Elbow, The Beatles and Show Songs. We find we enjoy this sort of music and so do our audiences.'

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www.borjghali.co.uk

'We are a mixed group of singers that share a love of singing the ancient and evocative harmony songs from the Republic of Georgia.'

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Also indexedBristol Georgian Choir
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bhco.co.uk

Founded 1987: ‘The rationale to finding the route to success was multi-pronged : engage the services of a conductor who would be inspiring (making rehearsal and concerts both rewarding musically and pleasurable); discover the best musicians in the area who were prepared to commit time and effort into practice and performance for no financial return; play in the wonderful acoustic of St George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol (for many years used by the BBC as a recording studio); rehearse intensively over the period immediately preceding the concert; promote high-quality events of varied and interesting content to be able to reward audiences, conductors, soloists and orchestra together’.

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bristolbrassconsort.com

'Formed in 1985 the Bristol Brass Consort is a symphonic brass ensemble that aims to provide audiences with high quality performances of the established brass repertoire as well as lesser known works and new commissions.'

Category:Brass Ensembles
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www.bristolchoral.co.uk

'Singers of all voice parts are welcome to join Bristol Choral Society at any time, and are encouraged to attend a few "no obligation" rehearsals during the first three weeks of term, before deciding if they would like to audition to join the choir ... After attending a few rehearsals, if you wish to join the choir, you will undertake a short, friendly audition ... comprising some scales/arpeggios to establish your range, pitching/aural exercises (such as singing the middle note of a chord), some sight-singing and a short prepared piece of your choice.'

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www.bristolconcertorchestra.org.uk

‘One of Bristol’s largest and most versatile orchestras, playing mainly symphonic and large-scale choral repertoire. In recent years ... the orchestra has built up an excellent reputation, performing in Bristol’s main concert venues with top national and international soloists, attracting critical acclaim.’

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www.bristolensemble.com

Founded 1994: ‘The City’s only professional orchestra, comprising a core of 25 musicians and a further 50 musicians, all experienced players in a range of musical genres. The Ensemble has flexible configurations, from a piano trio through to full symphony orchestra. The Orchestra holds a pivotal position in South West music, presenting a varied programme of concerts and events in the region’s major venues’.

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www.bristol-fashion.org.uk

'An exciting award-winning chorus of around 40 ladies, that has been meeting and making music since 1977 ... New members are welcome at any time. If you are interested, do get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!'

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www.bristolmetropolitanorchestra.com

A flourishing and thriving amateur ensemble with a well-established reputation for excellence, the Orchestra's players come from all parts of Bristol and its environs and share one important thing - a passion for music. The full orchestra performs at least three concerts annually, principally at St. George's Bristol where it regularly attracts large audiences. String and wind groups also perform chamber music for different occasions, including charitable events.’

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www.bristolyouthchoir.org.uk

'The Bristol Youth Choir is made up of a Junior section for children aged from 7 to 11 years, and Senior section for singers aged from 12 to 18 years. They sing a wide range of repertoire from action songs and songs from the shows to classical pieces. They take part in a minimum of 3 concerts per year.'

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www.cappellanova.org.uk

Cappella Nova is a chamber choir of around 30 experienced singers, committed to singing for pleasure and for the enjoyment of others. Founded in 2001, the choir sings a wide-ranging and eclectic mix of sacred and secular music ... We regularly perform in venues throughout Bath, Somerset and North Wiltshire.’

Category:Bath
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greatwesternchorus.com

‘Formed in 1974 following inspiration from a touring American chorus, The GWC has been bringing joy and entertainment to British, European and American audiences ever since, with its unique blend of 50-plus unaccompanied male voices, performing wonderful close harmony arrangements ... The GWC competes regularly in local, national and international music festivals and has won the British Association of Barbershop Singers' Championship on a record ten occasions (most recently in May 2017) and has never been placed outside of the top five nationally!‘

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www.thegreatseachoir.co.uk

‘Founded in 2012 by musician and songwriter Heg Brignall, The Great Sea Choir have risen from a small group of singers to a forty-strong choir, performing their unique selection of a cappella, contemporary-folk arrangements at professional events and festivals, collaborating with other artists, receiving recognition from local BBC Introducing and BBC radio shows  ... The choir has performed at major concert venues ... The choir regularly promotes their own concerts and events including their sell-out winter concert held in central Bristol each year as well as more bespoke gigs ...’

Category:Bristol
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www.westerlywindsstaplehill.com

‘Our band was formed in September 2013, with the aim of teaching adults with little or no previous musical experience, to play wind instruments. Since then we have worked hard to improve our musical ability and we are now playing at approximately Grade 3 level. Our continued development is due to dedicated practising and plenty of performance opportunities ... Currently our band comprises of flutes, clarinets, alto/ tenor and baritone saxes, euphonium, trombones, trumpets, bass guitar and drums, which means we have a well balanced sound but we are always happy to welcome new players.’

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www.bathabbey.org

'We have a long tradition of producing exceptional music, something about which we remain passionate. The Abbey Choirs' performances are world-class, appreciated not just by our own music-loving congregation, but deservedly, further afield, reaching many people through their CD recordings and broadcasts ... Our music programme also extends to singing training, concerts and performance workshops for local schoolchildren ... The Abbey promotes three series of Organ Concerts during the year ...'

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Also indexedBath Abbey Music Society
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bristol-cathedral.co.uk/music

‘The Cathedral is a venue for a host of interesting musical events, from major concerts with national choirs to intimate lunchtime recitals with just a piano and singer ... For nearly 900 years, the walls of Bristol Cathedral have been alive with sound; sacred choral music, rich teaching, sell-out concerts and whispered words of private prayer. Our choir has reached new levels of excellence, providing some of the city’s highest quality music each week and providing hundreds of children from each generation with the best foundation of musical training. However, the quality of this sound is at risk. Find out about our ambitious plans to keep the building full of music ...’

Category:Bristol
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www.cliftoncathedral.org/music

Clifton Diocese Music Service ‘is based at Clifton Roman Catholic Cathedral in Bristol, where we provide a wide range of music for Masses and other celebrations at the Cathedral, both as a part of parish life and as a part of the wider diocese ... We have a dynamic music team here at Clifton and we aim to bring a fresh approach to music in the liturgy. We compose and arrange music for the liturgy in differing styles, so we can truly say that the music we provide ranges from plainsong to music on which the ink is still wet. Our mission is to bring ourselves and the people we meet closer to God through our music, meeting them where they are in their journey in faith, in their understanding of what music can do for them and with them in the spirit of what we sing for and with them’.

Category:Bristol
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Also indexedClifton Diocese Music Service
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www.colstonhall.org

'Colston Hall is run by Bristol Music Trust, an independent organisation ... Launched in May 2011 Bristol Music Trust is an exciting independent venture with two distinct aims. The first is to manage the operations of Colston Hall ... The second aim is to drive forward music across Bristol; working in partnership with city wide organisations; leading on musical education, commissioning new works, supporting local musicians, and promoting music across all communities to build on the vibrant talent already in the city.'

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Also indexedBristol Music Trust
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www.holburne.org

‘At the heart of the Holburne Museum is the collection of Sir William Holburne (1793-1874), fifth baronet of Menstrie ... In 1882 this collection of over 4,000 objects, pictures and books was bequeathed to the people of Bath by Holburne’s sister ... Since his death, more than 2,000 items have been added to his collection including portrait miniatures, porcelain, embroideries and portraits by some of the greatest artists of the eighteenth century.‘ The Museum is the setting for a range of concerts and recitals each season.

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www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk

‘One of the country’s leading concert halls. It boasts a superb acoustic and unique atmosphere which attracts the world’s best artists. A full and vibrant programme, with over 250 events each year, makes it an incredibly popular and important venue for all kinds of music. St George’s is also a charity dedicated to promoting high quality music to diverse audiences. We do this by offering the best classical, jazz, blues, folk and world music as well as family concerts and talks. We rely on ticket sales and venue hire to meet much of our annual running costs of £1 million, receiving public funding of just £35,000. Each year we are faced with a shortfall of around £300,000 which must be raised from donations. To find out how you can support St George’s, please visit Support Us.’

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