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Area: Berkshire

www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/aldermaston/

Sunday afternoon concerts at the Aldermaston Concert Centre: 'We'd love to welcome you to our Concert Centre if you have a free Sunday afternoon; you could even enjoy a pre-concert lunch. The William Penney Theatre is very comfortable and spacious with good vision and sound.'

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www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/ascot/

'A friendly Club that meets monthly. It holds a mixture of professional and amateur nights and the occasional charity evening. This not only raises money for good causes, but also promotes the club. The club tries to give younger artistes just starting on the circuit a chance as well as the "OLD" favourites ...'

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www.baroque-week.org.uk

'Firmly established as one of Europe’s foremost early music courses ... The course offers inspiration and guidance to both singers and players of baroque music from an expert team of leading specialists in historical performance style.' Held Mid August.

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www.berkshiremaestros.org.uk

'A dynamic partnership made up of strategic local, regional and national music organisations and individual professional musicians and artists as well as all schools and Unitary Authorities ... Berkshire Maestros is the lead organisation of the Berkshire Music Hub and the principal provider of high quality musical experiences for children and young people across Berkshire and beyond, delivered by a highly qualified and trained workforce of music teachers and skilled community musicians.'

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www.berkshireorganists.org.uk

‘We hope to cater for as many tastes as possible by promoting organ recitals and concerts, master classes, talks on organs, discussions on church music, publishers' evenings, choir workshops, social evenings and visits to interesting organs. Since 1965 we have arranged regular recitals on the historic Father Willis organ in Reading Town Hall, and we also organise a series of lower-profile recitals given by members in local churches.‘

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www.maidenhead-arts.org.uk

'Umbrella organization representing more than fifty arts-based community groups that operate in the Maidenhead area.'

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www.maidenheadmusicsociety.org

'Furthers the development of music in the Maidenhead area by presenting a series of professional classical concerts each year. All general concerts are open to the public, but anyone joining as a Member of the Society qualifies for generous ticket discounts and occasional special private events.'

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musicatstpeterswallingford.org.uk

‘We have been delighting audiences for classical chamber music for more than 30 years now. Our concerts take place every two or three weeks on Saturday evenings between May and September in the 18th-century church of St Peter, by the Thames at Wallingford. They start at 8.00 p.m.’

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www.npso.co.uk

'Encourage your promising musicians to experience the inspiring sounds of a full symphony orchestra. Let them be guided by experts and, in the company of their peers, encourage them to enjoy the vibrant and invigorating atmosphere of shared music-making.' Held Mid July.

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www.newburyorganists.org.uk

‘The Association concentrates on the area administered by West Berkshire Council from Tilehurst in the east to Hungerford and Lambourn in the west. Within this area there are some fine examples of the organ builder's craft, and although the Association is centred on Newbury, visits are made and events organised in the surrounding towns and villages. People join the Association for a variety of reasons. Some are expert players who desire to share their knowledge and experience with others and welcome the opportunity to give lunchtime and evening recitals. Others are amateurs or beginners who want to learn more. Others still are non-players but nevertheless fascinated by the organ in all its shapes and forms, the music written for it, and the venues at which organs are found, whilst some enjoy the social side where the talk is musical and the discussion lively.’

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www.newburyspringfestival.org.uk

Held Early May. 'A glorious fortnight of world class music in Newbury and its beautiful neighbouring villages, with up to 45 events in 18 venues, and where international symphony orchestras, ensembles and soloists rub shoulders with jazz legends, world music artists and the stars of tomorrow.'

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www.readingukulelegroup.co.uk

‘We invite you to come and play ukulele with us at Reading Ukulele Group. We have a wide mix of playing abilities in the group from those just starting out to seasoned players. As well as running the classes we play regularly at festivals and events in Berkshire and
​the surrounding area.’

Category:Ukulele Clubs
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wantagemusicfestival.org.uk

‘The Festival offers a platform for amateur musicians and singers of all ages to perform in front of an expert adjudicator and to receive encouragement and feedback. An experienced accompanist is also available. It culminates with a concert of prizewinners.’ Held Mid June.

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www.aldworthphilharmonic.org.uk

‘An amateur orchestra based in Reading, Berkshire. It’s named after the founder of Reading Blue Coat School, Richard Aldworth ... We present three concerts per year, plus occasional extra concerts, workshops and events. This isn’t unusual, but we do think that we are a little different from other orchestras. We try to be adventurous with our programming of a wide range of styles from a variety of periods and composers, trying less-known works alongside the popular classics. We especially love performing music by living composers, and have commissioned nearly 5 hours of new music from our young composers award winners over the last 15 years.’

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www.ascotbrass.org.uk

'Formed in Ascot in 2001 when twelve brass-playing friends came together to play at a wedding. The ensemble continued to rehearse together and soon expanded to become a full size concert brass band that presents a number of high quality concerts per annum in the Thames Valley area.'

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www.barberettes.org.uk

'A lively and entertaining group of female a cappella singers, who were founded in 1976 ... We rehearse weekly in Woodley near Reading, and perform regularly around Berkshire and beyond. Our repertoire spans 100 years of popular music; we sing in the barbershop style - four part close harmony.'

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www.belcantochorus.org

'We are an established award-winning choir for female voices ... We attract singers and audiences from many miles around. Our repertoire is mainly classical with some folk, madrigals, spirituals and contemporary works and we aspire to reach the highest standards. Whether you are an experienced singer or have sung in the past and wish to take it up again, you will be very welcome. Singing in our choir is fun, stimulating, challenging and a great opportunty to make new friends.'

Category:Ladies Choirs
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www.bensonchoralsociety.org.uk

'We are a friendly and thriving choir of 120 singers that enjoys singing large choral works ... Unlike some choirs, we don’t have auditions. We simply rely on our members’ ability to judge their own capabilities, which works well for us. Concerts are held in the wonderfully atmospheric Dorchester Abbey. Concert days start with rehearsals with the professional soloists and orchestra who are chosen by our Musical Director. Staging concerts is an expensive business, but the choir is well managed and on sound financial footing. This enables us to achieve the often ambitious plans that we set ourselves ...'

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blewburybrassband.org

’Enthusiastic, village brass band in Blewbury, Oxfordshire. Beginner Band, Learner Band and Main Band. New players of all ages welcome.‘

Category:Didcot
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bwcb.org

The Community Band began in 2008: 'We have gone from strength to strength and we now number over 120 adults in 3 bands. We are keen amateur musicians aspiring to a high standard, but mainly do it for fun and to entertain others. We are led by experienced, professional teachers and musicians from Berkshire Maestros ... We have started a number of other projects, including an introductory wind band (Beaufort Band) and wind ensembles'.

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www.bracknellchoral.org.uk

'Formed in 1960 with a membership of fourteen and now has approximately 130 singing members. We perform three major concerts each season, with professional soloists and orchestral players. Our repertoire spans more than 400 years, and includes rarely-heard work, as well as more familiar ones.'

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www.cantemus-newbury.org.uk

'We are a small choir of 20 singers based in Newbury, Berkshire. Cantemus was founded in 1999 with the aim of performing a variety of sacred and secular music, both accompanied and unaccompanied, ranging from the Renaissance to the present day. The Choir undertakes four performances a year primarily in the West Berkshire area, and sometimes deputises for cathedral choirs elsewhere.'

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.coldashbrass.org.uk

'We are a friendly 3rd section brass band, with a varied concert and contest schedule ... We also have a community band ... This is aimed at both the young and older generation and is a foundation into ensemble playing. Finally we have a quintet and a 10 piece brass ensemble that are available for smaller functions.'

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www.cmp-berks.org.uk

'Formed in 1950 by members of the Parish Church and since that time has performed many musical shows at various venues. Early performances were concerts and revues in local halls, progressing to pantomimes and light opera. Since the 1970s the society has produced at least one major Broadway or West End musical every year.'

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www.didcotchoralsociety.org

'Non-auditioning mixed voice choir of around 70 singers, drawn from Didcot and surrounding towns and villages. We encourage participation in choral singing for all ages and abilities, including those who have never sung in choirs before ... The choir performs three concerts a year in and around Didcot, performing a wide variety of choral music. In recent years, the choir has performed several concerts outside Didcot.'

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www.kennetopera.co.uk

'Kennet Opera is not a trading company; it is an unincorporated association run by volunteers to achieve our goal to encourage the participation and appreciation of concert song and stage opera works. No member of Kennet Opera gets paid for their work, the company is not run to make a profit - just to achieve the best possible for our audience ... We bring Grand Opera and concert song, in English, to Newbury and the surrounding areas. Established in 1993, we have staged a major production every year since then.'

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www.maidenheadchoralsociety.org

‘A mixed four-part choir, meeting weekly in the town centre, to release some feel-good, classical singing endorphins ... We sing a variety of choral works, both classical and modern. We are an amateur choir with professional conductor and accompanist, and we use professional soloists in our concerts ... Our members have a wide range of experience, and we do not require auditions. The ability to read music is useful but not essential.’

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www.mos-uk.org

‘We perform a broad range of classic music theatre, including the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan; the operettas of Offenbach, Strauss and Lehar; and modern musicals from the great teams like Lerner and Loewe or Rodgers and Hammerstein. Having celebrated its 60th birthday in November 2010, it is also one of the oldest local societies.’

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www.operaatbearwood.org

Opera at Bearwood is an amateur operatic society who present ... annually one main operatic production in July and a new year concert (of operatic delights) in January. From time to time we also present smaller concerts at other times of the year.‘

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www.pangbourneband.org.uk

‘The Pangbourne Band plays at a number of events through the year including fetes, bandstand and evening concerts and the occasional contest. If you are looking for a traditional local brass band and enjoy making music with a friendly group of like-minded people please feel free to come along and see how you get on. We would really love to see you! ... The Pangbourne All Comers’ Band was established in September 2009 and is open to anyone wishing to play any musical instrument.’

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www.phoenixflutes.org.uk

'Playing the flute can be a solitary occupation, particularly for adults. Many adults find that their instruments are unused and musical talents forgotten after school or college, when the pressures of careers and family take hold. Our aim is to give amateur flute players, especially (though not exclusively) adults, a club at which they can meet to play music together and revitalise their skills.'

Category:Flute Ensembles
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readingband.com

‘The Band has been entertaining the community in and around Reading in the form of a brass band since 1904 ... The origin of the band dates back to the 19th century when a ladies’ sewing circle at the Spring Gardens Mission raised sufficient funds to purchase brass instruments for the Spring Gardens Wesleyan Mission Concertina Band. Records show that the band became a brass band in circa. 1904 and went from strength to strength winning many contests. However, in circa. 1933-34 it severed its connection with the chapel because of a dispute over the selling of scent cards and football tickets to raise money for the purchase of new uniforms and instruments which the leaders of the chapel objected to ... Membership of Watkins Brass provides a great opportunity for young people to learn how to play a brass instrument within the discipline of a group under the direction of an experienced brass tutor ... and welcomes young brass players under the age of 17 who have achieved or can perform to the equivalent of Grade 2 standard or higher.’

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www.readingyouthorchestra.co.uk

'The Group, whose membership is evenly split between boys and girls, does one big concert a year but there are summer workshops and summer trips. They also play Christmas carols at Reading station to fundraise and offer A level showcases where school students can hear pieces on their syllabuses being performed. In choosing music for their own performances, the aim is to give the youngsters a really good range and repertoire so they get to know the classic pieces.'

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royalharmonics.org.uk

’A 50-strong male chorus specialising in imaginatively staged and innovative performances of songs from across the spectrum of modern music. We bring our special brand of four-part harmony to pop, jazz/swing, barbershop, gospel and songs from the shows.‘

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www.sandhurstband.co.uk

‘Founded in 1908, Sandhurst Silver Band is a contesting band currently competing in the 1st section. Funding comes from a mix of members’ subs, payment for engagements and concerts, and grants and donations from firms, councils and individuals ... We stage public concerts several times a year, featuring a mix of light and more serious music, and we are available for hire year-round for fetes, bandstand engagements and private gatherings ... Membership of the band is open to anyone, without discrimination on grounds of age, gender, race etc. Beginners and players who have not yet attained the standard required to play at the level of the main band are offered the opportunity to develop their skills within our non-contesting band, Sandhurst Community Brass.

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www.saturdaymorningorchestra.co.uk

'We are a friendly, very informal amateur orchestra that meets on Saturday mornings from 10:00am - 12:15pm to enjoy playing classical music. All ages and abilities are welcome. Music is arranged to suit ability with help and encouragement given by the more experienced musicians. We hold three concerts a year for family and friends with the Easter concert in aid of an agreed charity.'

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sloughphil.org

'Has been rooted in the community for more than 70 years from its visionary war-time birth to its current dynamic involvement with the town’s schools and music-lovers throughout the area. The chorus and orchestra were founded in 1941 by SEGRO (then Slough Estates Ltd) which despite the outbreak of World War Two in 1939 pursued a far-sighted policy enabling people to enjoy artistic, cultural and sporting activities locally. Slough Phil is still generously supported by SEGRO plc. Its twin structure of orchestra and chorus is its strength, allowing members to perform a hugely-varied repertoire ... from the great symphonies, showpiece concertos and choral works to pop classics, musicals, jazz and opera.'

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www.swmtc.co.uk

Has its origins way back in 1953 when a group of like minded performers in the Slough area came together ... Some 60 plus years later we are still going strong and attracting performers from all over the East Berkshire and West London areas. We are a friendly and sociable group who put on two major musical performances a year. Formerly Slough and District Operatic Society and laterly Slough Musical Theatre Company, as of November 2008, to reflect our work in the Maidenhead theatre community and also the diverse area our membership is from, we became ... Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead Theatre Company. We welcome performers from the age of 16 to 60+ who have a love of theatre and want to learn and gain experience taking part in some very challenging shows. Alternatively, if you have an interest in backstage work, we would also like to hear from you too.'

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www.southberksmusic.org.uk

'Founded in 1976, with the aim of forming a true community band, allowing musicians of all abilities and ages to meet together to improve their playing, both individually and as a band. The band has evolved over the years, but still remains true to this ideal ... Three times a year we have an evening concert ... A popular attraction for all of our concerts are the cakes available in the interval!' Venues for outdoor events include bandstands, fetes & galas, outdoor proms.'

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www.walthamband.com

'A traditional British brass band in the heart of the East Berkshire countryside, Waltham St Lawrence Band was founded in 1886, and continues to make a significant contribution to local events. We are a non-contesting band, open to players of all levels of ability who want to make music for pleasure and entertain the public.'

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www.wantageorchestra.org.uk

‘Founded in February 1977, to provide an opportunity for local musicians, including schoolchildren, to play together ... New players are welcome ... We normally give three concerts a year.’

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www.wantageband.org

‘The Wantage Silver Band is an amateur brass band organisation, based in the small market town of Wantage, Oxfordshire. The organisation currently comprises 8 bands, possibly making Wantage the largest brass organisation in the country ... We provide entertainment to local audiences through concerts and open-air events such as summer fetes, and compete in county and national/area competitions ... Three of Wantage Silver Band's sections are active on the contesting scene, competing in the London and Southern Counties region ... Occasionally we travel further afield for contests of particular interest, or for holidays combined with scheduled concert performances ... The organisation is very active in providing musical training to the young population of the area (and to adult beginners too!), offering a worthwhile pastime, sometimes leading to a lifetime involvement with music.’

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www.watershipbrass.co.uk

'Our members are drawn from all walks of life and with an age difference between our youngest and oldest members of over 50 years, we embrace the philosophy that "music is for ALL".  Watership Brass's motto is "Serving the Community Musically" and we achieve this by being available for local events. Past venues have included fetes, wedding receptions, church recitals, charity events and bandstand concerts and whilst parades are not often requested, The Remembrance Day Parade is one that we are proud to lead.'

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www.windsor-eton-opera.co.uk

'Founded over 50 years ago in1962, Windsor & Eton Opera (formerly Windsor & Eton Operatic Society) has risen from strength to strength, performing a wide variety of opera and operetta, including operas by Verdi, Wagner, Offenbach, Pucinni, Rossini, Bizet, Tchaikowsky, Mozart and most of Gilbert and Sullivan's ever popular pieces ... We perform at two different venues throughout the year.'

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www.windsororchestra.org.uk

'Local orchestra for all ages, including children above 9 years old, young people and adults, who meet to learn a wide range of music and perform together in the community. Anyone who plays a musical instrument is welcome to come and perform with us, whatever the standard. Currently, the orchestra contains recorders, guitars, keyboards,and saxophones as well as the more traditional orchestral instruments of violins, brass, woodwind and percussion. We welcome players of any grade or ability, but the orchestra is designed for those under grade 5.'

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www.woodleyconcertband.org.uk

‘A friendly, active and dynamic wind band based near Reading in Berkshire. We might be an ensemble of amateurs, but we’re proud of the extremely high standard we achieve, the lively and exciting performances we present and our thriving social scene!’

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www.stmarys-slough.org.uk

Category:Churches
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www.millatsonning.com

Converted flour mill which opened as a Dinner Theatre in 1982: ‘The Mill continues to go from strength to strength thanks to its ever loyal staff and audience, having produced an abundance of plays and musicals. In 1984 The Mill at Sonning was given a conservation award by The Times newspaper and The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors for the design, restoration and conversion of the derelict mill into a dinner theatre, and recently was nominated Most Welcoming Theatre by the Theatre Managers Association’.

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www.reading.ac.uk/internal/music/

'Throughout the year we organise an exciting variety of music events, featuring talented performers from within the University and visiting professionals ...'

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