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Area: Bedfordshire

Six chamber music recitals, October to April, at different venues within Bedford.

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'We are known as Bedford Organ and Keyboard Club, dropping the word Society but introducing the word Keyboard in order to keep it more up to date. We find there is still a good following of people who like to listen to electronic organ and keyboard music but not so many taking up playing. So our format has had to change with the times ...'

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'Our portfolio of classical, jazz through to rock and pop artists ensures that there is something for every musical preference, and whether you bring a deckchair and a bottle of wine, or a full picnic complete with candelabra (classical shows only).' Held Early August.

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‘Entertainment features strongly at the event with displays from local community groups in the arts and sporting worlds, to a multitude of professional acts performing on stages right across the site. The Bedford River Festival is free to the public and offers numerous opportunities to participate in, or just to relax and enjoy a vast array of activities and entertainment.’ Held Mid July. (You should be able to reference also details of Bedford Council’s Music in the Meadows Bandstand Concerts, held Sunday afternoons late July and August.)

Also indexedMusic in the Meadows Bandstand Concerts
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‘Founded in 1921 and provides a showcase for the wealth of talent in the amateur performing arts in Bedfordshire and the surrounding area. The Festival offers a wide range of classes for all ages covering most musical genres including Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz and Asian music, as well as many varied Speech and Drama classes including Verse Speaking, Acting, Mime and Improvisation. It features categories for school groups, Special School groups, orchestras, wind bands, junior and senior choirs and group creative performance ... The Festival takes place ... during the first week of March each year.‘

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'Founded in 1999 to support the development of youth music opportunities in the County. In 2011 the Trust took over running the Youth Music Courses, which were formerly run by the Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils, and these successful courses are now expanding. We run holiday courses for students who already play an instrument or sing but who are looking to take part in high quality ensembles or groups. Our current groups include orchestras, wind and concert bands, string groups, chamber groups, a choir and a Youth Opera production. And we have plans to expand provision over the next few years.'

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'Visits to churches and organs in the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire area and further afield, with the opportunity to play and hear the organs and meet other members; Celebrity organ recitals and lectures; Recitals by our members and guests from other organist associations; Meetings with discussions on subjects of interest to organists and enthusiasts; An annual outing, visiting major organs in Cathedrals, Major City Centre Parish Churches, City Halls etc where members can play or listen to the instrument; Visits to the workshops of organ builders'

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‘The music service and hub for Central Bedfordshire providing opportunities for young people in schools and music centres across the County.’

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'We have been presenting top-class professional concerts of (mostly) classical music since 1946, and we are still the only organisation in Central Bedfordshire which does this on a regular basis ...'

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'Music on Mondays is a series of diverse concerts from October to March. The accessible programming ranges from Bach to Britten, Dowland to Duke Ellington and Rameau to Rautavaara.'

Also indexedMusic on Mondays
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'The Mix is Luton’s music education hub – schools and music organisations working together to provide the best possible music-making opportunities for young people in Luton.'

Also indexedLuton Music Service
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'Music for Bedford Borough is the lead organisation for Bedford Music Hub providing and supporting musical experiences for children and young people.'

Also indexedBedford Music Education Hub
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‘Come along and bring your ukulele, if you have one, or just listen. I would be very surprised if you could get through our Friday evening session without singing. It's very infectious and you'll be made to feel very welcome. If you don't want to play ukulele but love singing we are always looking for people to join the SUGS choir, who are very much part of the overall group sound.‘

Category Ukulele Clubs
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Providing concerts since 1978: 'We provide 7 concerts each year plus the Young Musician competition. Although we call ourselves the Toddington Music Society (and you can get cheaper admission to concerts by being a member) you can come along at any time and hear wonderful music at reasonable prices. Come along and enjoy!'

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‘A fun ukulele gathering for those wishing to play and where beginners & improvers are made very welcome. If you don't have your own instrument we will have spare ukuleles for you to use. if you have your own, bring it along for a strum and share your knowledge ... Remember you don't have to pay a fortune for a ukulele, an entry level instrument can be purchased for about £25.00 upwards from good music shops ... The Ukie-TooNes Ukulele gathering now has over 100 members. These are all amateur musicians who literally play for the fun of it and in the process raise money for very worthwhile charities. Every penny raised goes directly to charity.‘

Category Ukulele Clubs
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‘As an open group, we welcome anyone to join - from complete beginner to experienced player. We don't “teach” ukulele, but you will find that playing regularly with a group will bring your playing on much quicker than you expect ... If you are looking for a musical group to play at your fete, garden party or village hall, please get in touch - we do “play out”. For some reason, beer festivals seem a particular favourite amoung our members! In general we only do so fairly locally to North Beds, but may go further afield if the gig appeals to the members - just ask. If we can’t help. we may be able to recommend another ukulele group.’

Category Ukulele Clubs
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'Non-auditioning female ensemble with a focus on fun! We do lots of tours, rehearse once a week and work hard/play hard. All are very welcome: With over 50-60 members attending our weekly rehearsals – we certainly have a lot to say (and sing) for ourselves!'

Category Ladies Choirs
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‘Founded in 1988 ... A group of quality entertainment bands with musicians who enjoy playing. We do not enter competitions but will play a variety of concerts.’

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‘Formed in 1867, the Bedford Choral Society is one of the oldest established choral societies in the United Kingdom ... Performs three or four times each year - usually in Bedford's historic Corn Exchange. We have approximately 130 full-time members - with singers from other local choirs joining us on occasions for particular concerts ... We regularly perform classical choral works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and we have also commissioned a number of works in recent years. We perform with local orchestras such as the Bedford Sinfonia, the Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra, the Bedfordshire County Youth Orchestra and the Milton Keynes City Orchestra.’

Category Choral Societies
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'A community group of singers and instrumentalists performing three and four part musical pieces from the West Gallery period, around 1700 to 1850 ... In the conventional voice parts of Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass with instruments doubling the vocal lines, we perform in Bedfordshire and the neighbouring counties in costume representing what might have been worn by our counterparts in Bedford around 1810—1830. We have no religious affiliation and members are of all faiths and none.'

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Formed in 1993. Typically play each year at about a dozen events held in and around Bedford, as well as elsewhere in the UK: ‘We are always looking for keen new drummers and pipers as well as experienced ones to join. If you wish to have us play at your event or if you are looking for a new challenge and fancy joining us please feel free to contact us’.

Category Pipe Bands
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'We have three bands within the band family - Town Band, Concert Brass and Progress Brass accommodating players of all abilities and in addition, we have a ten piece group, Decibels ... Do you or your children wish to learn a brass instrument? We run a Brass Academy - a tuition scheme where complete beginners can take up this life time hobby.'

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Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra ‘The BSO ... is a larger group of 80-90 local players of all ages, including talented young musicians. Its programme is diverse and includes major symphonies and concertos’ ... The Bedford Sinfonia  ‘The widely acclaimed performing standard of this orchestra is the result of the talent and enthusiasm of its members and the skilled direction of its founder, Michael Rose. Membership is by invitation. It specialises in programming chamber orchestra works, wind ensemble and string orchestra items and a healthy selection of 20th century pieces.’

Also indexedBedfordshire Orchestral Society | Bedford Sinfonia
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'We currently have about 70 members. We perform at least 3 concerts a year at various venues in the area ... We often combine with other adult and junior choirs, soloists and instrumentalists both amateur and professional. We are a friendly and active society and organise fund raising and varied social events for the enjoyment of members and guests.'

Category Choral Societies
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The Luton based choir that sings to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and other charities across Herts, Beds and Bucks ... Caritas Harmony sing in 4 parts - soprano, 2nd soprano, top alto and contralto. Some members of the choir are able to sing in different sections, according to the requirements of the piece being performed. We are always happy to welcome new members and we will help you to find the best section in the choir to suit your voice.'

Category Ladies Choirs
Also indexedLuton Ladies Voices
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‘Formed in January 2010, and welcomes members from the local community and beyond. The only qualifications required to join our ranks are a love of music and an enjoyment of singing! Our extensive repertoire includes traditional songs, medleys from well known musicals, classical anthems, and even the occasional pop song! We have performed at a number of local events and music festivals, and host our own concerts.’

Category Community Choirs
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'Was created in 2005 from the Vauxhall Concert Band with the same players and Musical Directors ... The Band now gives various concerts, particularly in the summer ... We are a mixed wind band with woodwind, brass, saxophone and percussion.'

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'Community wind band for all ages. We rehearse once a week during school term times, with three concerts a year in different locations. It seeks to provide players, particularly younger musicians, the chance to play together as a group and therefore to progress in their ability to play music alongside more experienced players (young and old) ... The band plays all types of music ... The challenge for the players is to learn new tunes from all genres for each concert, so you will always have a reason to practice.'

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‘Established in April 2009 and based in Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire ... Open to singers of all ages who want to sing a mix of music for pleasure as well as learning some technique along the way. There is no audition and everyone's voice is welcome, no matter how rusty or polished! The rehearsals are best described as a combination of fun and laughter as well as focused learning and thoughtful singing. Everyone is valued and worrying is not allowed! ... The choir aims to put on at least one major public performance each year (which involves all members of the choir) and also attends a number of other local functions (often with smaller groups of singers).‘

Category Community Choirs
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‘Established 1933, Heath Band is a friendly amateur music group from Heath & Reach, Bedfordshire. The band is thriving and is particularly busy with 2 concerts a year, numerous summer bandstand and fete jobs, plus a packed Christmas calendar. The band thrives on entertaining with a varied programme, including a mixture of modern and traditional pieces.’

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‘Formed in 1951, the year of the Festival of Britain ... We normally perform two concerts each year in Leighton Buzzard, usually in May and November/December and a carol concert at Christmas. We also perform at Summer fetes, dinners and weddings.’

Category Choral Societies
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'Established in the summer of 2008, we are a concert band - a wind orchestra - consisting of woodwind brass and percussion. The Band has members from Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. We welcome brass players, woodwind players and percussionists ...'

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'Choir of around 30 voices. Specialising in singing unaccompanied choral music the Choir also performs works that are accompanied by piano/organ or a chamber orchestra. This established choir enjoys a reputation for high quality choral singing in the Leighton Buzzard and Linslade area of Bedfordshire, but their reputation also spreads far beyond this area as they have spent many successful weekends singing in British cathedrals and other churches ... The name, Linsdale Singers, came about after a misspelling in the programme of the choir’s first public performance in the Methodist Chapel, Wingrave, in October 1978!'

Category Chamber Choirs
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'The name "Locrian" is a musical mode with specific features. Formed in 1992, the choir have been singing beautiful music together for over 20 years. We have a wide repertoire, from the 14th century until 20th century choral music. We aim to arrange 2-3 concerts per year, for the benefit of our audiences and the greater community.'

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘Started from an idea in 1866, was eventually founded in 1870, giving its first performance in 1871 ... Today, the Society has over 60 members, mostly drawn from Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, performing works from both the traditional repertoire and also from more contemporary composers ... Usually, we perform 3 concerts and a carol concert per season.’

Category Choral Societies
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Founded in 1962: ‘The repertoire is very varied, including selections from some of the all-time great musicals, Gilbert & Sullivan, film music and so on. The players come from a variety of backgrounds and we are particularly keen on encouraging young people, many of whom have been very talented and have gone on to higher musical training. We do two concerts a year – one usually at the start of May and the other at the start of October. Over the last few years we have added a pre-Christmas charity concert ...’

Category Light Orchestras
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'Luton Symphony Orchestra is a valuable part of the local community. For playing members, it's a way to make high-quality music with friends every week during the rehearsal period. For our audience, it's live orchestral music performed in easily-accessible local venues, by talented local musicians. We believe that keeping music alive in our community is vital ... We currently give three concerts a year - two of the traditional "overture, concerto, symphony" format and one lighter programme in the summer concert. Where necessary, we augment our regular forces with extra brass and percussion players.'

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'Founded in 1972 by Bob Gilman, a prominent musician who lived in Pulloxhill. The choir was created as a mixed voice choir and numbered about twenty five singers from Pulloxhill and surrounding villages ... The current Pulloxhill Singers consists of up to twenty five singers, who between them sing Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass. The various parts are remarkably balanced, which gives a lovely tone to our easy listening music. We sing a range of musical arrangements, from contemporary to traditional and some religious pieces.'

Category Community Choirs
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‘We are a group of male singers based in Potton, Bedfordshire. Currently we have about sixty members of all ages, mostly amateur singers drawn from the local area with a significant number travelling from different parts of the region ... We meet every week to rehearse and sing for our own pleasure and we take part in competitions and public performances throughout the year. Our repertoire is rich and varied, encompassing the roots of barbershop music, sentimental lullabies and stirring upbeat numbers. Timeless classics, hits from the musical theatre and modern standards all have their place.‘

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’Founded in 1990, Sinfonia Verdi gives vibrant and relevant concerts, workshops and events both in the community and for the corporate sector. Based in Luton ... the orchestra has strong local roots. We are particularly lucky that some of the finest instrumentalists in the world happen to live in this region ... Ultimately Sinfonia Verdi’s choice of modern instruments, period instruments or a combination (usually modern strings/wind with period brass and timpani) depends on the occasion and the size and acoustics of the venue. We became “the world’s most flexible orchestra” because we are all convinced that the process of reaching an audience is the same whatever tools you use – but if you have the choice, the selection of the most appropriate tools for each occasion can be extremely helpful!‘

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'Mixed choir with about 60 members. The choir was started in 1969 by a group of people from St Mary’s Church who did not want their singing to be confined to Church music. From this beginning, we have grown into a happy and versatile group. We want as many people as possible to sing with us and come to our concerts. We sing choral, classical, carols, folk songs and show music. We are always keen to recruit new members so do come along to one of our rehearsals if you are interested.'

Category Community Choirs
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Founded 2006: ‘Comprises a friendly choir of approximately 50 singers aged between 11 and 86 (young people from Year 7 upwards are welcome) ... Members come from Stewkley and outlying towns and villages, including Wing, Whitchurch, Cublington, Soulbury, the Brickhills, Adstock, Woburn Sands, Leighton Buzzard, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury ...  We are a non-auditioning choir although previous singing experience is extremely welcome and the ability to read music is a great help ... We pride ourselves in maintaining a low subscription fee ... which presents excellent value for money and is put towards the running of the choir, hire and purchase of music and staging our performances’. 

Category Community Choirs
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‘We currently have more than thirty five active players of all ages and standards. Our extensive library of over 400 pieces of music provides means we are able to play a wide range of music of differing genres which offers enjoyment and challenges for the beginner and experienced musician alike. Although the band has won many prizes and competitions over the years, it no longer contests but remains very active with many public performances such as formal concerts, bandstands, fetes and garden parties throughout the year. As well as the full brass band, we often perform as a smaller ensemble suitable for the occasions when 30 or more players are just too many!’

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‘A true Community Choir, open to all ages and levels of ability whether living in Wing or any of the surrounding towns or villages. Founded in January 2015, The Wing Singers provides a wonderful opportunity to find your voice and learn a variety of classical and contemporary songs in a friendly and fun environment. No singing experience required! There are no auditions and there is no need to be able to read music. The choir learns songs in unison as well as two, three and four part harmony. Teaching tracks are posted on the website for members to use to help with their singing practice at home. Regular workshops help develop members’ musicianship skills, vocal technique and confidence.’

Category Community Choirs
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Traditional Band Concerts in Grove House Gardens - Summer Sunday afternoons.

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'The Grove Theatre is a cultural hub for the people of Central Bedfordshire and the wider region ... We believe it is our role and the role of the arts to support both the individual and the community in enhancing their overall quality of life and mental well-being through access to entertainment, education and participation within the community. We believe that art enriches lives and everyone should have the opportunity to experience that.'

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‘Classical music performance taking place in the stunning Drawing Room, surrounded by the museum's unique art collection and with spectacular views overlooking Wardown Park’.

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