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Area: Gloucestershire

www.campdenmusic.org.uk

Six evening concerts, October-March: ‘The winter season of concerts organised by Campden Music is funded principally by subscriptions for the whole season. Even if you are not able to attend all of the concerts we very much hope you will still subscribe for the whole season and thus ensure that we maintain the high standards of musicianship that we have all come to appreciate’.

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www.carducciquartet.com/festivals/

Annual Festival organized by and featuring the Carducci Quartet alongside other internationally renowned artists: ‘A wonderful celebration of chamber music in the beautiful setting of Highnam, near Gloucester.’ Held Mid May.

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www.cheltenhamartscouncil.co.uk

'Welcome to the passion to be found in Cheltenham Arts Council's Member Societies – an extraordinary colourful world beyond the office and the home – a kind of life enhancing parallel universe for like minded souls. These Societies are repositories of all that is good about "community": they reveal depth of commitment, sincerity of interest and downright expertise that exists just beneath the surface of Cheltenham’s stoical facades. So, which Society will you join?'

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www.cheltenhamfestivalofperformingarts.co.uk

'The Festival was first held in 1926, the year of the General Strike, which hardly augured well for its future! The hope was then expressed “that in time it would become one of the greatest musical events in this part of England” – could they have imagined that the two day event would achieve its present pre-eminence and still be growing eighty years later?' Held Early May.

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www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz

'Cheltenham has become one of the country’s best-loved jazz festivals. Our trade-mark mix of international jazz icons, up-and-coming new artists and unique festival performances has seen us host some of the world’s greatest musicians ... Our festival site in Montpellier Gardens at the heart of Cheltenham is the perfect place to soak up an outstanding festival atmosphere. Featuring a feast of free outdoor music, a selection of food and drink stalls, and fun family activities – it’s the only place to be over the Bank Holiday weekend.' Held Early May.

Category:Jazz Festivals
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www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music/

‘Established in 1945, Cheltenham Music Festival is one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world. We make the most of our Cotswold setting with a programme of show-stopping concerts in Cheltenham Town Hall, intimate musical adventures in the Pittville Pump Room, and a feast for the senses in cathedrals, abbeys and churches across the region. With over 60 events and 650 performers joining us every year, we celebrate the very best contemporary composition alongside a feast of popular classics ... From hands-on family concerts, to world premieres by the world’s finest performers – Cheltenham Music Festival promises twelve days of sublime and surprising musical adventures for all ages.‘ Held Early July.

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www.cheltmusicsoc.co.uk

'Promotes a winter season of: * varied chamber music with an emphasis on string quartets; *  a few contemporary concerts for those who want something a little different.'

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www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/cheltnhm.htm

'The programmes are presented by professional or knowledgeable amateur speakers, covering a variety of music which we hope will appeal to as wide an audience as possible. The programmes, which are illustrated with recordings on CD, are reproduced on our own modern, high quality equipment.'  Alert Latest programme listed at time of Review: Seventy-Eighth Season 2015-2016.

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campdenmusicfestival.co.uk

‘The first Chpping Campden Music Festival was held in 2002, since when it has grown in stature and size year on year. It is now widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading festivals with visitors coming from Europe, America and Australia, as well as from all over the UK. The venue has become a favourite with many of the world’s finest musicians who all look forward to returning to this most beautiful of all the Cotswold towns.’ Held During May.

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www.csmusicsociety.co.uk

'Presents seven concerts in Chipping Sodbury’s Town Hall (unless otherwise stated) from October through to May and all concerts commence at 7:30 pm.'

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www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/ciren.htm

Evening meetings usually held fortnightly from September to June: 'In addition, a programme of coach outings to concerts and musical events is run during the season with members benefiting from group booking terms and no parking problems. Visitors and members' guests are always welcome at Society meetings, and concert outings numbers permitting'.

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www.forestfolkclub.com

'We have been promoting Folk and acoustic music in this area for in excess of 35 years and are proud of our legacy of keeping music live and accessible to everyone in this area and beyond. Our legendary “Singers Nights” welcome musicians and performers of all acoustic music to come along and showcase their talents, we always extend a warm and encouraging welcome! Over the years the club has hosted many great professional acts from around this country and beyond ... We look forward to seeing you very soon!'

Category:Folk Clubs
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www.gloucestermusicsociety.org.uk

'Founded in 1929 to promote chamber music concerts of the highest quality. Our aim remains unchanged, and we take pride in engaging some of the finest musicians from around the world, whilst at the same time being noted for our friendly and informal atmosphere.'

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www.gamweb.co.uk

'A unique community of musicians and performers of all ages and abilities from Gloucestershire and beyond. The Academy offers an exceptional level of professional tuition coupled with a vibrant family atmosphere, creating the best, accessible musical opportunities for everybody.'

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www.gloucestershiremusic.co.uk

‘High quality music services from the county’s music education service.’

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guitingfestival.org

A highlight of the Cotswolds summer calendar, bringing an exciting variety of highly talented performances of Classical, Jazz and Folk music by artists from around the world ... The GMF is held in the beautiful and unspoilt setting of Guiting Power, near Stow-on-theWold in Gloucestershire's Cotswold Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).' Held Late July.

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www.hawkeshouse.co.uk

Category:Jazz Clubs
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www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk

‘Hawkwood is an ethical centre providing courses, facilitating training and offering venue hire, set in a beautiful location in the Cotswolds.' Wide range of instrumental and vocal offerings.

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www.lenthallconcerts.org.uk

‘The Lenthall Concerts have been bringing music of outstanding quality to West Oxfordshire since 1992 ... Each winter season of six concerts brings a mixture of internationally established artists and talented young musicians to Burford School.’

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www.makemusicgloucestershire.org.uk

Make Music Gloucestershire is the county’s music education hub. We’re a network of schools, individuals and organisations working together to make sure music education reaches as many children and young people as possible, and makes a difference to their lives and futures.’

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sites.google.com/site/musicadeosacra/

‘An annual week long festival of music within the liturgy at Tewkesbury Abbey ... A group of singers from different cathedral, collegiate and recital choirs who gather together for this special week at Tewkesbury Abbey to sing some of the finest music, written over the centuries, in its intended liturgical setting.’ Held Late July.

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www.nauntonmusic.org.uk

'The village of Naunton, in the heart of the Cotswolds, has a tradition of holding three concerts each Summer, featuring internationally renowned artists. We now also hold a fourth concert, in the Autumn.'

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www.painswickmusicsoc.co.uk

‘The Society was formed in 1946 and, since then, has arranged four chamber music society concerts each Spring. Our aims are to provide the opportunity to hear and enjoy chamber music of the highest quality, to provide a varied programme for the season and to engage artists of a high standard. Only professional artists of a high calibre are engaged; however we also wish to encourage and engage young artists at the start of their careers.'

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www.shipstonmusic.org.uk

'Offer eight live performances and two illustrated talks in our season of concerts. With around 100 members we aim to keep our subscriptions as low as possible whilst offering a programme of events to rival that of much larger music societies. Our concert programme includes a wide range of music from Classical to Jazz and cappella to Opera ... In addition to our own concerts we arrange outings to concerts in and around the Midlands.'

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www.integramusic.co.uk

‘Here in South Gloucestershire, we offer individual, small group and whole class vocal and instrumental teaching in schools for thousands of children a week. Our music centres provide an excellent progression pathway to develop ensemble playing. Anyone is welcome to join. We run a variety of singing workshops in primary and secondary schools. We create memorable events such as our Carol Service at Clifton Cathedral and our Gala Concert at the Colston Hall. We work in partnership with organisations such as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. The South Gloucestershire Music Hub serves to create the very best opportunities for children and young people to get involved in music making.’

Category:Thornbury
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www.cotswoldfestival.com

‘Runs every other year on the third Saturday in July in the lovely Cotswold market town of Stow-on-the-Wold. Its aim is to promote Stow and celebrate traditional Cotswold life, crafts and heritage.’ Next Festival 2019.

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www.thornbury-music.org

'Providing musical activities and opportunities to children and young musicians in the South Gloucestershire area, Thornbury Area Youth Music is a charitable trust founded in 2012 to maintain the provision of music education in the area ... TAYM's activities allow young musicians to learn new skills in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Various concerts take place throughout the year, including a biannual European tour, and all activities are run by dedicated, enthusiastic and experienced staff and musicians.'

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thornburyartsfestival.com

'One of the longest running art festivals in the country.' Festival itself held Mid May - but supplemented by other events including an Eisteddfod competition earlier in the year 'open to all young people aged from 4 to 21'.

Category:Arts Festivals
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www.ukulelejam.co.uk

Category:Ukulele Clubs
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winchcombefestival.co.uk

The historic stone built town of Winchcombe stands near the foot of the northern Cotswold hills and is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visitors to the town can enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the unique attractions of nearby Sudeley Castle, the preserved steam railway line and the already famous walking trails. The creative energy in the town has encouraged a lively range of communal and social activities led by the vibrant Winchcombe Festival of Music and Arts.’

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www.asplashofred.org.uk

'We are an amateur ladies’ choir formed in October 2009, by Claire Lee, a teacher at Fairford Primary School. She gathered together a group of parents, teachers, friends and governors to sing at a concert to raise money for charity. We enjoyed ourselves so much we didn’t want to stop singing and have carried on since then ... We perform at concerts, community events and weddings.’

Category:Cirencester
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www.drybrookband.co.uk

'Located in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. We are a First Section contesting band and also perform at many concerts and events in and around the local area of Drybrook and Mitcheldean.'

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www.akvillagechoir.org.uk

'The choir was originally formed in the early 90's ... (and) typically features around 50 voices and about 20 of those are original members. The choir‘s raison d‘être is to provide a friendly, enjoyable experience for all the members and a variety within the programmes so that every one feels there is something specifically for them, but with the overriding emphasis still on enjoyment.'

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www.avonwindbandassociation.com

Apollo Wind Band is a band that likes to have a lot of fun playing together! They started in September 2012 as a new band with many members learning an instrument from scratch or relearning one which they hadn't played for many years ... The Phoenix Wind Band was formed in January 2014 by a number of experienced musicians who wanted to continue making music to a high standard. They have a wide repertoire, from arrangements of classical music and popular songs, to original works for concert band, covering over 100 years.’ The Association also includes Westerly Winds and Winterbourne Winds.

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Also indexedApollo Wind Band | Phoenix Wind Band
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www.breamband.com

‘Based in the village of Bream in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. We are a happy friendly 2nd Section brass band. We perform at various engagements including church and village fetes, Carnivals, Community Events and Fomal Concerts. With a wide repertoire of music suitable for any occasion. The band is always keen to attract new players who will receive a very warm welcome from this friendly band.‘

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www.cleeve-harmony.org.uk

'Singing group for ladies based in Bishop's Cleeve, Gloucestershire which launched in January 2013 ... The singing style is four-part unaccompanied harmony and ladies of all levels of musical ability are welcome, from those with no experience to those who are already accomplished singers.'

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cosproductions.org

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Also indexedCirencester Operatic Society
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www.dodingtonparishband.co.uk

'The Band was formed in 1996, the idea being to create a Band for the benefit of the local community. It aimed to enhance and widen the scope of musical opportunities, especially for younger players, within the Parish of Dodington but also throughout the Dodington, Yate & Chipping Sodbury areas ... We are non-competing Band, and have no plans to compete. We do take part in a wide range of musical engagements throughout the year such as local fetes, garden parties or specific concerts that we arrange ourselves, where we play a varied programme of music.'

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www.fairford.org/choralsociety/

Arose out of a ‘Palm Sunday Choir’ formed in 1995 which developed into the Choral Society in 2006: ‘Our aim is to perform choral music of many different types from the 15th Century to the 21st, to as high a standard as possible. To help us in this we engage soloists and accompanists who are professionals singing and playing in some of the finest choirs in Britain ... Our aim is not only to encourage high standards but to be a welcoming and friendly society ... Performances normally take place around Easter and in the Autumn and there are between 10 and 12 weeks of rehearsal for each’.

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www.fascinating-rhythm.com

'A 60+ strong Ladies Barbershop Chorus. Like all singing groups, our voices are organised into different voice sections and, in Barbershop singing, these range from the highest voice, Tenor, down the scale through Lead, Baritone to the bottom with the Bass section. Each section has its own leader supported by an assistant, and the whole chorus is directed by a Musical Director (MD). Each song is learned by heart – we don’t sing with sheet music in Barbershop which means that we also don’t have to stand still while we sing. To make the most of this opportunity, we also have a choreographer who helps to create the right visual effect for song staging.'

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www.flowers.band

‘A multi award-winning brass band bringing a fresh approach to music ... We are the No 1 band in the West of England and currently ranked in the top 10 of the World.‘

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www.forestflutechoir.co.uk

'It was always a constitutional rule that FFC would try its very hardest to be totally non-elitist and encourage everyone to come along, regardless of age, experience or ability. There are no auditions to join and people drop in and out of the group according to their own priorities. We have a constant core of about 30 players and we play about 3 concerts per year, raising monies for local charities or deserving causes ... Our repertoire is highly eclectic – anything goes here – film scores, TV tunes, standard classical repertoire, Jazz and much, much more. We try hard to please everyone – it’s not always possible, but we do our best!'

Category:Flute Ensembles
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www.forestofdeanmalevoicechoir.org.uk

'Formed in 1984 with 18 choristers, Membership has now risen to 31 ... The Choir frequently performs at concerts in aid of charities. The members very willingly use their hobby, in the form of their love of music and singing, to help others in need.'

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www.charterband.org.uk

Charter Band was founded in 1983 and was named for the celebration in that year of the 500th anniversary of the granting of the City of Gloucester's Royal Charter by Richard III ... We're always looking for new players. We value commitment and enthusiasm over musical qualifications and warmly welcome players of all standards and backgrounds.‘

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lfo.org.uk

‘Nestled on a hillside in the tranquil Gloucestershire countryside, Longborough Festival Opera is a highlight of the summer’s country-house opera season, and a hidden gem of the Cotswolds ... Longborough aspires to be well-loved by our audience and supporters and to receive critical acclaim for our productions. Our operatic repertoire is wide and expansive, and our goal is to present operas that will come alive in our 500-seat theatre.'

Category:Opera Companies
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www.lydneyband.co.uk

'Has enjoyed over 150 years of music and performance! The band play in local events as well as having engagements further afield. The Lydney Band organisation runs three levels of musicians: the Lydney Starter Band, Lydney Training Band and Lydney Town Band. The Band's success is founded on encouraging, teaching and mentoring new players, both young and older, bringing in new ideas and enthusiasm to create a fun, yet musical, band organisation.'

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www.pillowellsilverband.com

'Has been around for well over 100 years and is still thriving. With a strong contingent of players from Pillowell and surrounding areas along with a fast growing junior band the future of brass in this corner of the forest looks bright indeed. Affectionately known as The Stompers when they were formed due to the popular nature of the music played the band still enjoys a reputation for entertainment and can often be heard playing in the local pub garden (at our sponsors "The Rising Sun, Moseley Green") where the crowds flock in on a Sunday evening. The band also regularly performs on Bandstands from Malvern to Evesham as well as in concert halls and regular contest appearances.'

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www.albertcarols.uk

'Sings unusual carols in The Prince Albert, Rodborough, every Sunday lunchtime in December leading up to the 25th ... Some among us are knowledgeable English music singers and instrumentalists and they talked of the surviving traditions of village carols in Yorkshire, especially around Sheffield, and parts of N. Derbyshire and Cornwall. Singing and drinking ticked the essential boxes for us so we resolved to learn some village carols and sing them in the Albert at Christmas ...'

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shipstonband.co.uk

‘We offer a full opportunity to both existing and new players of all levels, from those first few notes to the fully skilled amateur brass band musicians of all ages: Shipston Town Band  Our Second Section Contesting Band; Stour Concert Brass Our Non-Contesting Concert Band; Shipston Junior Band The starting point for new instrumentalists of all ages. So there is something for all, with instruments and uniform provided, a cost-effective leisure-time commitment to fulfill your musical aspirations.’

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Also indexedStour Concert Brass
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www.stoursingers.org.uk

‘The Choir of Rural South Warwickshire ... Based in Shipston on Stour, a non-auditioning, mixed choir singing a range of choral works ... We offer an exciting and ambitious programme of major choral works which includes many of the all-time favourites and some little-known masterpieces ... Stour Singers was formed as a community choir in 1975 and is a mixed choir of about 100 singers. Our members come from a wide area including South Warwickshire and neighbouring North Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. We do not have auditions. There are many very able and experienced singers in the choir, but we do welcome beginners. Students join for free. All we ask is a love and enthusiasm for music, and a desire to sing.’

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stroudchoral.org

‘Founded in 1834, Stroud Choral Society is thought to be the 2nd oldest Choral Society in the UK. At full strength we are a choir of approximately 130 members. We perform major choral works two or three times a year with a professional orchestra and soloists. We also hold choral workshops, carol concerts and social activities and more recently the choir has been on its first tour.’

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www.scholacantorum.org.uk

‘Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum of Dean Close Preparatory School is the choir of men and boys who, under the direction of Simon Bell, sing the weekday services in Tewkesbury Abbey. Whilst this is their primary focus, they also undertake a full programme of tours, broadcasts and recordings.’

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Also indexedDean Close Preparatory School
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www.tewkesburytownband.co.uk

Founded in the 1830s, ceased in 1937 but revived in 1974: 'Non-profit organisation run by volunteers. We receive no direct payments and rely on public generosity to purchase and maintain instruments and music, to keep us playing. Everyone is welcome to join the Training Band regardless of ability, as lessons and instruments are provided free of charge.'

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www.thsingers.org.uk

‘Serious about enjoying our singing! The Thames Head Singers are a friendly and sociable, chamber choir of 28 singers based in Stroud, Gloucestershire. Our repertoire is extremely broad, covering renaissance to 21st century compositions - from serious to jazz and pop arrangements and also some pieces specifically commissioned for us. We perform three concerts a year and at least one Cathedral visit where we sing the service in the resident choir’s absence. We also sing regularly at weddings and other special occasions.’

Category:Stroud
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www.thornburytownband.co.uk

'Prides itself in the work it carries out to support the local community around Thornbury. As well as the various summer fetes and indoor concerts that we carry out, the band also undertakes many jobs that support local organisations, these jobs can vary from joint concerts with other musical groups to raise money for church restoration projects, accompanying church carol singers outside of a local pub and playing for outdoor church services and carol services in the town centre. The band has a very good mix of players, ages range from the early teens to the early seventies and there is a good mix of female and male players.'

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www.goodafternoonchoir.org/yate--chipping-sodbury-gac.html

One of a successful series of similar Choirs around and about the Area: ‘There are NO AUDITIONS to belong to a Good Afternoon Choir and you do not have to worry about travelling to rehearsal in the dark. You will be home for the 6 o'clock news! The music varies from unison folk songs through to popular and well loved pieces in harmony. Reading music and previous choir experience is simply not important. Good Afternoon Choirs perform at concerts and enjoy music making and, making new friends. Membership is a termly fee to include music’.

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www.yatechoralsociety.co.uk

‘A mixed choir with over 50 members which celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2016 ... We sing a varied programme performing at various public concerts throughout the year and have raised several thousands of pounds for charity during the lifetime of the choir.’

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www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

Cheltenham Town Hall  'Rich in heritage, opulence and vibrancy, our much-loved jewel of Cheltenham sets a stunning backdrop for an impressive year round events programme, as well as private functions and corporate hospitality ... Breathtaking, unique and radiating regency refinement, Pittville Pump Room is Cheltenham’s most spectacular private hire venue.'

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Also indexedPittville Pump Room
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www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk

'Music is integral to our daily worship and Evensong is sung by either the Cathedral Choir or the Youth Choir every day except Monday during term time, and occasionally by visiting choirs during the school holidays ... The Cathedral also hosts an exciting range of concerts and there is an annual organ recital series. Every year the Cathedral Choir takes part in the world famous Three Choirs Festival which comes to Gloucester every three years, being held in the cathedrals of Worcester and Hereford in the other years.'

Category:Cathedrals
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www.tewkesburyabbey.org.uk

'Tewkesbury Abbey, with its massive Norman tower, is one of the finest medieval churches in England. It is as wonderful an example of Norman architecture as can be found anywhere in the country. The townsfolk of Tewkesbury saved the building from destruction by purchasing it for £453 from King Henry VIII in 1540 at the dissolution of the monasteries ... When the Milton Organ was rebuilt in 1948, it was planned also to restore and enlarge the Grove Organ, making it playable from the Walker five-manual console. This scheme was not carried out, and eventually the organ was restored in 1980-81 by Messrs. Bishop and Son on "conservation" lines ...'

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www.rosestheatre.org

‘A busy and popular arts centre in Tewkesbury with an eclectic programme of live events, take part activities, exhibitions and festivals. In addition to the 370 seat auditorium, The Roses boasts a relaxing bar and coffee shop where you can enjoy a pre-show and interval drinks as well as live entertainment including jazz and folk music and stand up comedy ...’

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www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk

‘The Subscription Rooms is a busy vibrant multi-purpose community arts centre in the heart of Stroud with first class facilities hosting year-round arts and entertainment, live music, concerts, dances, comedy, exhibitions, workshops, classes, markets and meetings. Built in 1833 by public subscription, the venue still plays an important part in community events. It is now owned and managed by Stroud District Council.’

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