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Area: Cheshire

www.alderleyedgefestival.com

'The Festival provides a platform for amateur performances with an educational element provided by professional adjudicators. Our Vision is to encourage and provide a conduit through public performances for young children to express themselves through music, speech and drama and to showcase and nurture this talent in the performing arts. We still believe in the ideal that the youth of today are talented in the arts and will always have something to offer. This talent is in all of us, and if, as a Society, we can nurture even a small amount of that talent, then we are making a difference. It is this difference that keeps us working so hard to make the Festival what it is.' Held Early May.

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www.cnewoca.org.uk

'We are an association for all those who love to hear and play the organ, and enjoy choral music. We hold a variety of events including talks, recitals and often there is an opportunity for those attending to play the organs we visit ... Events are held from September to July/August at different venues within West Cheshire, Wirral, Wrexham and Mold areas, with occasional events in Flintshire, Denbighshire and Conwy Borough.'

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chesterperformingarts.com

‘The Chester Festivals warmly welcome entrants for their Speech & Drama and Music events. Everyone has the benefit of performing in a supportive environment with positive feedback from our teams of expert adjudicators. It’s a great way to improve your performing skills and confidence. There are many classes for a wide range of styles, standards and ages, for both solo and groups. Meet other performers, learn from each other and take the chance to visit the great city of Chester.’

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www.chesterfolk.org.uk/festival.html

‘We are a group of folk enthusiasts whose aim is to promote folk music events in the Chester area. Our main activity is organising the Chester Folk Festival which takes place annually over the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend in the village of Kelsall, about 8 miles from Chester (UK).’

Category:Folk Festivals
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www.chestermusicsociety.org.uk

'The Society comprises three sections: Celebrity Concerts; Club Concerts and Choir. We present more than 20 concerts and musical events in Chester each year. Our concert season begins in October and continues through May.'

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www.themusicsociety.org.uk

Formed 1972: 'It organises concerts by professional performers; many internationally renowned, which take place monthly from September to April each year. They regularly attract audiences of up to 250 ... The atmosphere is friendly and informal and performers are encouraged to introduce the music and to meet members of the audience in the bar after the performance. Audiences enjoy coffee and a chat with friends during the generous interval. We go out of our way to welcome new members and listen to their views'.

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www.hungryhorseacoustic.com

Open Acoustic Nights 'are informal evenings of fun, laughter, songs and tunes and performed by a very talented bunch of singers, musicians, poets and storytellers, each adept at performing in their own particular style' ... Concert Nights 'A good mix of music from the tradition and more modern singer/songwriter entertainment gives this type of night a "something for all occasion".'

Category:Folk Clubs
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lovemusictrust.com

'We are the lead partner and fund holder for the music education hub for Cheshire East, charged by The Arts Council to help every child (5-18 years old) to have the opportunity to discover and develop their musical abilities.'

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maccmusiccentre.org.uk

'Independent, registered charity, offering everyone in Macclesfield and surrounding community the opportunity to enjoy making music. Music is performed by groups & ensembles at all levels, providing progressive training and experience of wind band, jazz band & orchestral playing ... Our members range from 3 months to 76+ years, so it really is a genuine community.'

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www.madcs.org.uk

Typically five evening concerts, September - May.

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www.musicalroutes.org.uk

‘The Music Education Hub for Wirral with Cheshire West and Chester and is led by the two local authority music services working in partnership. Musical Routes is an umbrella organisation, working to co-ordinate music education and activities to ensure our children access as many opportunities for music making as possible.’

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www.sandbach-concert-series.co.uk

'A non-profit Arts organization run entirely by volunteers. With 8 concerts a year ... a deliberately early start and finish time to our concerts, as well as reasonable ticket prices its aim is to encourage more families to attend classical music concerts. The structure of the concerts; a half hour spotlight concert by young musicians, followed by a half hour interval with an art exhibition, and then a one hour concert by the main artist is unique in the UK.'

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www.sandbachfolk.com

‘Meets every Tuesday at 8.45 pm at The Market Tavern for live acoustic music ... A first class venue to play in. It's small enough to retain the intimate atmosphere of the Club but large enough to allow a much bigger audience to enjoy the music away from the noise from the bar.’

Category:Folk Clubs
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www.wirralfolkonthecoast.com

'All-on-one-site festival of folk & acoustic music, dance, comedy, poetry & crafts.' Held Late May.

Category:Folk Festivals
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www.aeorchestra.org.uk

'The Alderley Edge Orchestra is one of the friendliest in the North West. Established in 1922 ... we give three concerts each year ... In June 2015, we launched a new joint venture with the Alderley Edge Festival: a highly successful Gala Concert when four past winners of ther respective sections played pieces of their choice with the orchestra. We also hold a full-day Workshop each year to explore and perform larger scale compositions.'

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alsagerlightorchestra.co.uk

'Founded in 2005 ... Players come from Alsager and the surrounding communities and have continued to grow in numbers! Run under the umbrella of U3A, members meet ... to explore a wide repertoire of 20th century music from major films and the great stage shows. South Pacific – Oklahoma etc. The orchestra arranges occasional concerts to showcase its achievements, supporting local charities in the process.'

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www.admvc.co.uk

'As the name suggests an all male choir singing anything from medieval chants to the latest pop hits with traditional male voice pieces, opera, musicals and some devotional music interdispersed. Nothing is considered taboo or too difficult or easy for that matter. We are not an eletist choir and consider all "men" should be given the opportunity to learn to sing.'

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www.cheshirepoliceband.co.uk

'Formed in 1967. In our history, we have performed at many prestigious venues, including numerous civil occasions, and the honour of playing at Royal events. In common with most other bands, players perform entirely in their own free time, and are all proud to represent the Cheshire Constabulary. It's a common ( though understandable) misconception that the members of the band work within the Police Service. Whilst some do, most of our players come from all walks of life.'

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www.biddulphmvchoir.co.uk

'Formed in 1922 and has presented many concerts over the years both in the United Kingdom and Abroad, as well as entering numerous competitions and winning a high number of accolades and awards.'

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www.bollingtonbrass.com

'A friendly, enthusiastic band based near Macclesfield, Cheshire. We currently compete in the North West First Section and enjoy a busy schedule of concerts and contests throughout the year.'

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thebordersorchestra.co.uk

Inclusive ‘We welcome all ages and abilities’ ... Friendly ‘A warm and friendly welcome is guaranteed’ ... Community ‘We thrive on community spirit and friendship’ ... ‘Why not come along and see what we are about?’

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www.bostock-singers.co.uk

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www.cheshireacappella.com

‘Many of the arrangements we sing are in the barbershop style, where the melody is surrounded by harmonies above and below, creating wonderful natural overtones. Women with any voice range, from low to high, are able to find a suitable harmony part. Our repertoire is more modern than classical and varies from contemporary, pop, swing, jazz, ballads and songs from films and shows. Some of our songs are performed with choreography to enhance the overall musical presentation ...’

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www.cheshirechord.co.uk

'A versatile, vibrant, award winning ladies acapella chorus based ... specialising in exciting, high energy performances. As a chorus we perform a wide variety of songs and styles; from ballads to jazz; pop to barbershop and some just plain fun.'

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cheshiresinfonia.wikidot.com

'Formed in May 2005 with the intention of providing excellence in music making for players and audiences alike. The orchestra comes together for a brief but intensive period of preparation before each concert and players join by invitation or audition on a concert by concert basis. This flexibility enables the orchestra to attract the best available players for each concert. Over the course of twelve years, Cheshire Sinfonia has attracted widespread acclaim for its quality of ensemble, blend and the sheer freshness and exuberance of its performances. In addition to its own season of concerts, Cheshire Sinfonia collaborates in performances with its sister organisation, the chamber choir CHORALE, and has accompanied a number of the region’s choral societies.'

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www.cheshireyouthorchestra.co.uk

‘Comprises some of the most talented young musicians from all over Cheshire. The Cheshire Youth Orchestra and the Cheshire Youth Training Orchestra provide a fun and friendly environment where young musicians can meet and play in a symphony orchestra setting on a regular basis to develop their musical skills.’

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Also indexedCheshire Youth Training Orchestra
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www.chesterbachsingers.org.uk

'Best known for its critically acclaimed performances of baroque music, especially Bach and Handel and with a burgeoning reputation for championing the music of contemporary British composers, Chester Bach Singers performs a broad spectrum of choral music from the fifteenth to twenty-first centuries.'

Category:Chamber Choirs
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chesteroperatic.co.uk

'The Society celebrated it's 90th anniversary in 2012 and continues to go from strength to strength, attracting members across all age ranges and from the wider local community. The Society performs a mix of stage shows, both classical opera and stage musical, together with a lively concert programme.'

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chester-sinfonia.webnode.com//

‘Are you interested in joining a group of musicians who meet once a fortnight in Barrow? Chester Sinfonia has a mix of amateurs and professionals. The orchestra meets fortnightly ... We play symphonies and other works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Faure, Elgar, Dvorak and Mendelssohn, etc. We aim to give two concerts a year with a professional soloist ... Players need to be of a minimum standard around grade 6/7. There is no audition. Just turn up and give it a go !‘

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www.cyso.org.uk

‘CYSO's first official rehearsal took place in September 2014 and is aimed at young players of orchestral instruments based in Chester. The Orchestra gives Chester's young players the chance to play in a full symphony orchestra. The atmosphere in rehearsals is fun and friendly whilst working hard to achieve a high level of professionalism developing musical skills and experience. Entry is through a short, informal audition and applications are welcome at any time.‘

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www.co-opbandnorthwest.co.uk

'We are a Championship Section Brass Band based in Crewe, Cheshire, sponsored by Co-op Funeralcare. All our musicians are volunteers. Our musical repertoire is extensive, ranging from the highly technical through popular and modern classics, film and TV music to sublimely traditional and lyrical pieces. We have superb soloists and fabulous music to suit all tastes, and tailor our musical programmes for every occasion and audience.'

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congletonchoralsociety.org.uk

'This busy and friendly mixed choir ... meets weekly on Monday evenings to rehearse, and performs four major concerts a year at local venues ... If you can sing in tune and have some basic musical knowledge why not come along to a few rehearsals to see if it's for you? You will receive a very friendly welcome.'

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www.congleton-youth-orchestra.org.uk

'First established in 1994, gives young local musicians from Congleton and the surrounding areas an opportunity to learn, play and perform music. With currently around 100 members CYO has a senior full orchestra and two training groups (strings; woodwind & brass), which all perform together at concerts at least 3 times a year.'

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cwecb.co.uk

'Formed in 1982 and until April 2011 were known as Crewe West End Concert Band. We have a wide and varied repertoire from classical to big band, stage and screen and popular hits.'

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www.ep-concertbrass.co.uk

'A traditional brass band which strives to provide quality entertainment for the general public by playing concert music rather than entering contests.'

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epmsonline.co.uk

'Founded in the early nineteen fifties by a group of largely local enthusiasts as a concert society with the aim to contribute to the cultural life of Ellesmere Port and district by mounting concerts of choral and other music. EPMS soon developed a choral section, which has become the main activity for today’s society.'

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www.fodensband.co.uk

'The repertoire includes the full spectrum from light popular music both old and new through operatic, film and light orchestral works to the serious original brass band music performed by outstanding soloists and supported by an enviable collection of fine musicians. The aim of the band is to consistently provide music of the highest quality at a cost which reflects outstanding value for money. The benefits for concert promoters are the guarantee that the reputation and stature maintained will always command audiences which fill concert venues. The top British brass bands are renowned throughout the world for the standard and quality of their concert performances and the Foden's Band are no exception.'

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www.hawkgreenband.co.uk

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www.heartbeatchorus.com

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www.kems.org.uk

‘We’re a music society comprising three sections: a large mixed-voice Choir, an Orchestra and a Concert Band. Our friendly members, who cover a wide age range, have one thing in common: we take making music very seriously, always striving for the best possible performances.’

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Also indexedKing Edward Musical Society of Macclesfield
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www.lindowsingers.org.uk

'Enthusiastic mixed voice choir of around 40 singers. The choir was founded in 1964 by a group of friends in Wilmslow, who met to sing in a flat near Lindow Common. Since then the choir has grown but the aim of singing for fun and friendship remains core. The choir gives four main concerts a year, in the Wilmslow, Handforth and Alderley Edge areas, and also at the RNCM. We sing a range of music, both sacred and secular. From time to time we join forces with other Choral Societies to perform larger works.'

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.facebook.com/lymmconcertband/

'LCB was formed in the 1980’s from what remained of a struggling Warrington Concert Band. It was decided to relocate rehearsals to Lymm in 1992 with the possibility of attracting players from the Altrincham, Bowdon, Hale and Timperley areas. Within twelve months new members were joining from these areas. Some of the older members of the WCB left to join bands or orchestras in Warrington ... The Band enjoys an excellent reputation and regularly excites and enthralls audiences around the North West.' Alert Website not accessible at Review.

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www.macclesfieldlightorchestra.co.uk

'A friendly orchestra, always ready to welcome new members ... Its 25 members meet weekly to rehearse and enjoy playing a wide range of music to suit a variety of tastes. The orchestra gives its services free to support local charity groups through regular concerts.'

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www.mybb.org.uk

'MYBB has three bands and a drum corps and welcomes total beginners and advanced musicians alike. With over 120 members, most playing instruments owned by the band, and with membership subs of just over £1 per week, MYBB is a dynamic organisation, run entirely by volunteers who are determined to further the brass band tradition in a way that attracts and inspires today’s youth.'

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www.marplechoralsociety.org.uk

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www.meresidebrass.co.uk

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www.nantwichband.co.uk

'Founded in 1983 ... We offer a varied repertoire of music, from the traditional wind band pieces through to more modern pieces and music from stage and screen ... The band performs at local fêtes, festivals and carnivals throughout the summer ... The Community Training Band is a dedicated training band, open to beginners of all ages, including those wishing to gain confidence in playing as a group ... The Community Band helps players to gain as much musical experience as possible and strives to include a special section for them to perform in the concert programmes. Progression to the main Concert Band is encouraged but not compulsory and players from the main band who find they are struggling can always opt for a "refresher" in the training band. A few of our Concert Band members come to the Community Band sessions for the opportunity to gain more experience on their second instruments.'

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www.newmillsband.com

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www.northcheshire.org.uk

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www.ncorch.co.uk

'The Northern Chamber Orchestra (NCO) has come a long way since it was set up in 1967. It now presents a successful, annual series of eight concerts at the Heritage Centre in Macclesfield, which attracts top-flight soloists ... The NCO is the " orchestra in residence" at Buxton Festival, playing for its main opera productions, and now regularly gives orchestral concerts at Buxton Opera House / the Pavilion Arts Centre. The orchestra also performs across the North of England and is regularly included in Orchestras Live programmes across rural areas, including the Lake District. The members of the orchestra (approximately twenty in total) are distinguished chamber musicians who regularly appear as soloists.'

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www.poyntonrblconcertband.org.uk

'Aims to provide exciting, energetic and flexible wind ensembles for musical events. We are continually seeking to build an expanding enthusiastic membership and audiences for a viable and sustainable future. We aim to embrace diversity in musical taste, thereby appealing to the wider needs of the whole community. The Band is not a marching band and welcomes musicians who are differently abled.'

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www.rivendellsingers.org.uk

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.robertsbakeryband.co.uk

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www.rodehallband.org.uk

'Formed in 1837 as a fife and drum band, changing to its current brass band format in 1886 ... The band today plays at many events throughout South Cheshire and Staffordshire as well as entering contests that will challenge the players and develop its sound.'

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www.sandbachvoices.co.uk

'Sandbach Choral Society, formerly Sandbach Voices, is a friendly, enthusiastic choir with a mission to bring choral music alive to the local community.'

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Also indexedSandbach Voices
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www.sccb.co

'Formed in 2015, we are a friendly concert band, formed from enthusiastic players with a love of a wide range of music and whom enjoy performing ... Membership is via an audition with the band on a rehearsal evening, so come and join us ...'

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www.themarpleband.co.uk

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www.wwconcertband.org.uk

‘A community ensemble consisting of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments ... The band always welcomes players of all ages and all abilities on any instrument that features within a concert band. We do not require new players to complete an audition, and there are no minimum grade requirements. Just turn-up and see if you like the band ... The band has a core of quality players that enables us to deliver a very good performance. On practice nights we offer the opportunity of “ensemble” playing to musicians of all ages and abilities.’

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www.warringtonyouthorchestra.org.uk

‘The WYO consists of several ensembles suitable for different instruments and levels of playing. Progression from one ensemble to the next is by regular auditions. Vacancies are filled as they arise. There may occasionally be a waiting list for a particular instrument but where possible new members are accommodated immediately.'

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www.wavertonhbr.co.uk

'They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer for the Waverton Handbell Ringers. Inspirational artists, Waverton Handbell Ringers have earned their reputation as talented musicians and skillful performers. From Weddings, live concerts to social sessions and more, Waverton Handbell Ringers continue to touch fans around the North West with their distinct and enjoyable musical style.'

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weavervalleyaccordionband.vpweb.co.uk

'The music is arranged for the Band in 4 parts and practised with great enthusiasm by our players at our weekly band practices ... The Band is available for a variety of events including concerts, bandstands, fetes, private functions, garden centres etc. Our varied range of music includes Easy Listening, Classical pieces, Souza Marches, Latin and Christmas music. Feel free to contact us and pop along to a band practice if you would like to hear us or are interested in joining the Band.'

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www.wilmsloworchestra.co.uk

'As a large symphony orchestra our repertoire is ambitious and includes works by Elgar, Nielson, Strauss, Britten, Janacek, Holst, Debussy, Stravinsky, Mahler and Shostakovich and many others and also more contemporary works ... Wind, brass and string groups play out in the local community ... We have also accompanied many of the local choral societies.'

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chestercathedral.com

‘As a fully functioning church, 20+ services take place each week within our walls. The multiple choirs that call the cathedral home are integral to the duties of worship and have transformed the very heart of an inspiring and vibrant community ... Each Thursday at 1.10pm the cathedral hosts a recital of the Grand Organ. Each week features a different organist and a different repertoire of music. Highly-skilled organists from all over the world play during these recitals along with our own renowned Music Department.

Category:Cathedrals
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www.clonter.org

'Set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, Clonter offers audiences an opportunity to hear some of the world’s finest emerging musical talent from a wide range of musical genres including jazz, folk, opera, gospel and panto. We are passionate about live musical theatre and aim to provide a diverse programme of events. Clonter offers an exciting range of opportunities for our audiences to get up close to our work,with pre-performance talks, open opera studios, musical theatre workshops and much more.'

Category:Congleton
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