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Area: Gloucestershire

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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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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'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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'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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‘A registered charity bringing the best of Jazz to Cheltenham since 1984. Staging regular monthly gigs at the Everyman Studio Theatre and The Victory Club. All the money we make goes back into the music.’

Category Jazz Clubs
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'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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‘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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'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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‘A friendly ukulele group ... catering for all levels of playing ability & musical style. Wooden ukes and banjo ukes (banjoleles) are both welcome at our meetings. Advice and tuition are available. Simply turn up with your ukulele, join in with the songs or just watch. We look forward to seeing you soon.’

Category Ukulele Clubs
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‘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.

Category Chipping Campden
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'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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’The best organ music, a world-class, international programme, a historic setting ... not to be missed.’ Held Late April. ALERT Website not accessible at Review.

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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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‘The Cotswold Edge Brass Festival was started in 2016 by four brass musicians from Gloucestershire. We lament the decline of brass music in schools and among young people and have set out to do something practical about it. We have a vision of brass playing flourishing in our area and that our young people develop a lifelong love of music through playing a brass instrument. The Cotswold Edge Brass Festival is about developing an environment that nurtures brass playing for the benefit of the local community.‘ The Brass Festival Weekend held Late June.

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Forest of Dean: '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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'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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'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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‘High quality music services from the county’s music education service.’

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‘The Gloucestershire Organists’ Association has over a hundred members consisting of both players and non-players. Our membership includes those who play in cathedrals and large parish churches as well as smaller churches and chapels, organ enthusiasts and several organ builders ... In about ten meetings per year, we visit notable organs, some not normally accessible, both in and outside Gloucestershire. We also enjoy talks, presentations, demonstrations and recitals and an annual shared meal. Our meetings are open to anyone who wishes to come along, whether a member of the GOA or not.’

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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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Hawkes House is a ‘neighbourhood café bar located in the heart of Thornbury‘. Occasional jazz evenings.

Category Jazz Clubs
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‘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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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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‘At our monthly concerts, you’ll hear nothing but entertaining jazz music with melody, great harmony and a true sense of swing ... The club has already earned a reputation for having a friendly, welcoming candle-lit atmosphere - call or email us to book a table, we’re confident you’ll like what you see and hear.’

Category Jazz Clubs
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Music at Stow comprises an exciting and eclectic series of musical events staged throughout the year, climaxing in the Music at Stow Festival at the end of each October.’

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‘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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'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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‘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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'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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‘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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‘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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‘Music and Song sessions, morris dancing and more ... an event consisting mainly of pub sessions, singarounds of mainly traditional music and morris dancing in the streets. We do not hire performers. SFW is more about people getting together and making music, singing songs and dancing rather than on formal concerts. We do act as an umbrella for other activities taking place during our weekend that are organized by others ... Most events in the Stroud Folk Weekend are free – please give generously when you see the collecting buckets.‘ Usually held Late September.

Category Folk Festivals
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‘The aim of the Stroud Valleys Music Club is to provide Good Recorded Music in a variety of styles. Presenters come from both professional and amateur sources. Meetings are informal. A refreshment interval gives a chance to Socialise. Visitors and Members' friends are especially welcome. The sole qualification for joining is a liking for good music.’

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'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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'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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’Whatever your age or ability, if you love playing the Ukulele and want to have lots of fun playing tunes with other local people, Ukulele Jam is for you!‘

Category Ukulele Clubs
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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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‘Aim is to encourage artistic talent, both local and from further afield. The endeavour is to present a varied programme of arts to appeal to all the community. The longevity of the Festival is due in no small part to its strong community base and the support of local people and organisations.’ Held Late April - Early May.

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'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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'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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'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.'

Category Community Choirs
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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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‘We are a mixed voice choir and welcome new voices and in particular younger members. If you would like to come along to a rehearsal to meet us or want any more information please contact us so that we are ready to welcome you ... We sing a mixture of light popular music.’

Category Community Choirs
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‘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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‘An a cappella choir of about 24 able singers based in Shipston-on-Stour. Our repertoire is almost entirely unaccompanied, in anything from 4 to 10 parts. It ranges from English and European madrigals to music from the 21st century; from the challenging to the disarmingly simple, and from the deepest tingle-factor to the utterly frivolous. We perform for music societies, for charitable and private events in the South Midlands and the North Cotswolds.’

Category Chipping Campden
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‘We are a chamber orchestra who enjoy playing a varied repertoire from Baroque to the present day ... Based in Stroud, Gloucestershire ... We encourage local soloists whenever possible.’

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‘Although rooted in the late 19th century (formed in 1885), Chalford Band is a modern, forward looking organisation and flourishing as never before with three thriving competitive ensembles ...The Award-winning Senior Band ... The All-age Academy Brass (previously known as the training band) ... TheYouth Band, which has won several silver and gold awards in the National Youth Brass Championships ... Chalford Band is proud of its independence. The band retains its village title, free of sponsorship, relying for its finance on member subscriptions, fundraising and fees from engagements.’

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Founded 1957: ‘Over the years the Society has progressed from being a village choir to take its place as one of the three main choral societies of Cheltenham. The membership now stands at about 100 and the singers come from all over Cheltenham and the surrounding area. However we still remain proud of our roots in the village of Charlton Kings ... We sing popular choral classics, less frequently-heard works and contemporary commissions. Weekly rehearsals are enjoyable and rewarding ... Cheltenham’s professional orchestra, the Regency Sinfonia, usually accompanies our twice-yearly concerts’.

Category Choral Societies
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‘Founded in 1905 in the village of Chedworth, Gloucestershire ... We support ourselves by playing at local fetes, concerts and other events. Our repertoire includes classical arrangements, compositions for brass band by "giants" such as William Rimmer, and Derek Broadbent, musicals, marches and arrangements of recent popular songs. We are not a contest band and do not take part in competitions.’

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‘Based in the Cotswolds just north of Cirencester, The Chedworth Singers is an informal but enthusiastic group who enjoy the pleasure of singing in all its forms.  We first met in 1996 and over the years have presented a concert every May as well as contributing to various events and occasions, such as Christmas celebrations. We have between 30-35 members (SATB) who come from the village of Chedworth and the surrounding area ... New members are always very welcome and can join without an audition – an enjoyment of singing is all that is necessary!’

Category Community Choirs
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‘Founded in 1946, the Cheltenham Bach Choir is one of the foremost choral societies in the South West of England. CBC's repertoire spans six centuries from the early Baroque to the 21st century. With over 100 singing members, the choir performs regularly in the major concert venues in Cheltenham and further afield in the beautiful parish church in Cirencester. The choir perform regularly with professional orchestra and soloists, and frequently engage young artists at the beginning of their professional careers.‘

Category Choral Societies
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Founded in 1966 ‘to harness the talents of professional musicians in the area ...  The Orchestra has retained its tradition of performing music from the 17th Century to the present day and, through its regular concerts in Pittville Pump Room and St Andrew's Church, Montpellier, has built up an appreciative audience ... As well as working with established artists, the Orchestra has a policy of providing a platform for talented young musicians. The CCO offers an extensive repertoire together with a high standard of performance, and with creative programming and subsidised tickets for young people it aims to appeal to listeners of all ages’.

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‘A friendly, amateur choir with a long-standing reputation for providing a top quality experience for both audiences and singers. We are a mixed ability choir.  We aim to help individual members learn and develop to be the best they can be; producing a high standard of choral singing.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘The Cheltenham Philharmonic Society was founded in 1895 “…for the purpose of bringing to the notice of the Cheltenham musical public, works which had not been performed in the town, or were but little known.” Cheltenham Philharmonic Orchestra concert programmes aim to stay true to this aim in combination with popular repertoire well known to our loyal audience ... New members, who can play to a good standard, are always welcome, subject to vacancies. There is no formal audition, but there is an informal assessment period of four weeks for you and us to decide whether we are suited.‘

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‘We are an ensemble of committed and experienced amateur, student and professional musicians ... We play a huge variety of classical pieces throughout the year in various venues in and around Gloucestershire ... The Orchestra gives about six concerts each year ... The Orchestra regularly performs with young musicians. We perform concertos with the Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year ... From time to time the orchestra has vacancies and needs extras and deputies.’

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‘We are a community choir, established in 2013 under the auspices of the renowned Chipping Campden Music Festival. We warmly welcome new members.‘

Category Choral Societies
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‘A choir that was formed in 1965 in Churchdown, Gloucestershire and which is still going from strength to strength. The aims of the choir are to enjoy singing, to perform for charitable causes and to experience the comradeship and pure excitement that comes from perfoming in a male voice choir ... You can be certain of a warm welcome and all the help you will need to enable you to settle in to a large and friendly choir.’ ALERT At Review, the Choir’s Website Link no longer relevant; cited Facebook Page instead.

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‘We are a thriving and friendly society of around 120 members performing autumn and spring concerts each year, supplemented by biennial charity Christmas concerts and summer choral workshops ... With the support of professional soloists and orchestras, we perform unjustifiably neglected works as well as the more popular favourites from the choral repertoire and our concerts are well reviewed. By keeping our ticket prices affordable and membership rates competitive, we attract good audiences and maintain a high membership level, thus making an important contribution to the cultural life of our town.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘A friendly, versatile orchestra based in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. We perform two concerts per year in the Cotswold area from a varied repertoire ... We rehearse for about 8 weeks prior to a concert ... We extend a warm welcome to new members. All instruments are welcome to apply as we can add to the waiting list for future opportunities.’

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'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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‘Established in Cirencester in 1999 by Sandra Dukes, to create an opportunity for classical guitarists to develop their musical skills and perform as an ensemble. The Ensemble today comprises a junior, intermediate and senior section who also combine into a unique Guitar Orchestra. They have also ... an adult group which is proving very popular with guitarists of all standards coming from all over the county.’

Category Guitar Ensembles
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COS Productions (formerly Cirencester Operatic Society) has been producing quality shows since 1952. Two fully staged shows are produced each year, with talented performers and a top class orchestra.’

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'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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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’.

Category Choral Societies
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'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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‘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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'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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'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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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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‘Founded in 1901 by Cathedral organist Sir Herbert Brewer ... The GSO provides a platform for local composers and soloists, with a particular emphasis on encouraging young musicians and audiences. The orchestra plays classical music from all eras, including modern works and first performances ... The GSO has performed concerts in Cheltenham, Cirencester, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury.‘ The Orchestra organize the annual Gloucestershire Young Musician Competition.

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‘A friendly and committed choir of women's voices ... always ready to welcome new members ... Starting as a small local WI choir in the village of Gotherington, with only 15-20 singers, some of whom had little musical knowledge, they now have about 35 singers from a wide area in and around Cheltenham ... The choir aim to give at least two concerts a year supporting local charities, one at Christmas and another in the Spring, but they are usually asked to do several more during the course of the year, which keeps them pretty busy. They often invite guest singers or instrumentalists to join them, and frequently include readings and fun items as well as the music.‘

Category Cheltenham
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‘One of Gloucestershire's leading chamber choirs. Jubilate performs a diverse range of music, sacred and secular, delighting audiences throughout the UK and in Europe. Our concerts can range from intimate recitals of unaccompanied singing to larger-scale works with guest soloists and chamber orchestra. Our Christmas extravaganza, The Joy of Christmas, is an annual crowd-pleaser with guest choirs, orchestra, readings and carols galore, and the occasional bag piper!’

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘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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'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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‘One of the leading chamber choirs in Gloucestershire, and former BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year ... A Cheltenham-based chamber choir with around twenty-eight members. We perform largely a capella choral music, to exacting standards, covering many different styles: early and modern, sacred and secular, serious and light-hearted.’

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‘Philomusica has a set of core values which we hold dear: * To be supportive and inclusive; To provide good quality music; To develop and use our own soloists; To have a professional approach; To be financially sound ... By staying true to these principles we have achieved a great deal since our formation in 1966 ... Right from the very start, we considered that the provision of a wide variety of music and the giving of concerts in a multitude of venues, large and small, were vital aspects. Over time, through doing this, we've gained many friends and partners who help us achieve these objectives.‘ The Choir rehearses both in Gloucester and in Worcester.

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‘An orchestra based in Gloucestershire, whose instruments are all members of the Recorder family ... There is also a Chamber Orchestra of 10-14 players which meets in the morning before main orchestra rehearsals, and gives separate performances, although all members also perform with the full orchestra. Membership of both is by invitation. Both groups play a wide range of repertoire on the full range of recorders from the tiny garklein to the contrabass, which blend to give a beautiful rich sound.‘

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'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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'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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‘As Gloucester Cathedral's affiliated chamber choir we are privileged to perform regularly in that glorious building. We are also available for concert series, charity fundraising and private events such as weddings. A friendly group of about thirty men and women, we enjoy performing a very wide repertoire of sacred and secular music to professional standards ... Founded in 1949 by Donald Hunt, the choir has throughout most its ... history been conducted by the Assistant Director of Music of Gloucester Cathedral.’

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‘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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‘An award-winning, friendly, vibrant female voice choir based in Lydney,Gloucestershire. With about 24 members, the choir prides itself not just on top quality singing, but having great fun, whether it's in rehearsal or performance ... We sing a huge variety of music, be it gospel, pop, classical, show songs, madrigals, African chants, jazz, folk or Disney and are always open to a bit of choreography ... The Springfield Singers are open to ladies of all ages and welcomes all levels of vocal training, including ex-choristers, bathroom belters, hairbrush divas and those who have never sung in a choir before.’

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‘A mixed voice community choir singing throughout the North Bristol and South Gloucestershire area ... Come and enjoy singing popular music of all kinds, performing and raising money for charity and find out why so many people think we're the friendliest choir in the area. There are no formal auditions and the ability to sing in tune is the only requirement.’

Category Community Choirs
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‘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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Founded 2016: ‘We welcome all woodwind, brass and percussion players of all ages and abilities ... The band has since grown in size and currently has an average of 40 playing members ranging in ages from 13 to over 75!  Our members come from all walks of life and we welcome new players all year round ... From September 2018, we will be launching our training band which is aimed at new learners of all ages, whether it be a first, second or third instrument’.

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‘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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‘We are a large, well established and very friendly orchestra. We perform three concerts a year in March, June/July and November, with a rich variety of concert programmes, including guest soloists and premiers of new works ... The Stroud Symphony Orchestra was formed as the New Stroud Orchestra in 1980 by Bruce Critchenson and through his enthusiasm and encouragement grew from a dozen assorted players to a full symphony orchestra.’

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‘Based in Minchinhampton in Gloucester-shire, we give about a dozen concerts a year, raising money for local charities and deserving causes ... We have a wide and constantly changing repertoire which spans spirituals, theatre, sacred and secular, classical and modern.’

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‘A small mixed voice choir based at Blaisdon in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, drawing members from all over the Forest and Gloucester areas ... They took their name from the house in Blaisdon where the first rehearsals were held in 1983. Over the years the choir has grown in stature and reputation, and has performed widely in Gloucestershire, elsewhere in England and in Europe. The choir puts on at least two major concerts each year and supports local and international charities ... We are always interested in recruiting new singers. We don’t audition, but you are welcome to join us at one of our regular rehearsals and find out if we suit each other. We don’t expect you to be able to sight-sing, but some music reading ability is an advantage.‘

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‘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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‘Around 120 singers, sopranos and altos each number 40 with some 20 basses and 20 tenors. We always welcome new singers. More than twenty new members, several young, have joined our ranks in the last two years ... We perform 2 or 3 concerts each year, usually, but not always, in the splendid setting of Tewkesbury Abbey. We are lucky enough to be able to perform with professional musicians and soloists, which is a truly uplifting experience and sets the Abbey reverberating!‘

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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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‘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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Founded 1960: ‘One of Gloucestershire’s premier chamber choirs, we sing music from many different periods and in diverse styles, usually unaccompanied but occasionally with instrumental or orchestral accompaniment, including performances of Purcell, Handel and Bach with period instruments and specialist soloists ... We would like to hear from experienced singers with good sight-reading and an interest in “our kind of music”.’

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‘Grew out of Thornbury Music Club and Choir founded in 1963 ... The Society’s main concerts, usually with full orchestra, are held in May and November. Performances in recent years have included works by composers as varied as Bach, Bernstein, Britten, Elgar, Carl Orff, Mozart, Tippett, Kurt Weill, Verdi and Vivaldi. Competent singers are always welcome to join the Society and the usual membership is around 100. There are no auditions required.‘

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‘Started in June 2013 to provide an opportunity for clarinettists from South Gloucestershire & Bristol (and further afield) to explore the exciting and varied repertoire available to Clarinet Choirs. The Choir is aimed at adult clarinettists equivalent to at least Grade 7 standard.’

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‘The Orchestra has grown rapidly since it was founded in November 2002 by a group of local amateur musicians who wanted to provide an opportunity for local enthusiasts to play together in an ensemble and as a way for young people to gain their first experiences of orchestral playing ... The orchestra now draws players from across South Gloucestershire and beyond and includes musicians of all ages and from all walks of life ... and performs two to three concerts a year, often in support of local charities. The orchestra does not hold formal auditions but players need to be of a good standard and wishing to improve.’

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‘Plays swing jazz instrumental and vocal numbers from the 1930’s right up to modern times - with a line up of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, and male and female vocalists. All supported by a rhythm section of bass, guitar, keyboard and drums. Our aim is to have a good time playing great music and, in doing so, entertain and delight our audiences. We are (of course!) available for booking. We perform at several events throughout the year including concerts, weddings and parties.’

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'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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Founded 1894: ‘We undertake a variety of engagements throughout the year, including indoor concerts, parks, bandstands, garden fetes, fundraising events, ceremonial days, pub gardens and of course brass band contests. We always have a busy schedule, especially around Christmas where you can here us playing carols around the Gloucestershire area’.

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‘A choir of about 100 members and is known as one of the friendliest choirs in the area. Whether you are an experienced singer or a complete beginner of any age, you are assured of a warm welcome. There are no auditions, but on rare occasions the conductor may require a voice test, if necessary. Our season runs from September to May, and we give at least two concerts, normally in late November and early May ... These concerts take place in the Chapel of Wycliffe College and are accompanied by a fully professional or semi professional orchestra, with first class soloists. The standard of performance is consistently high.’

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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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‘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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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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'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.'

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'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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‘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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‘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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‘The GBBA has a wide range of member bands, from Championship to Non-contesting level. Spread throughout our regions of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Worcestershire, our bands perform at contests and concerts all year round for the enjoyment of their audiences and themselves. As well as promoting local brass banding and representing member bands at a national level, the GBBA arranges two contests per year, for both member and non-member bands. An Entertainment Contest is held early in the year, with an Own Choice Test Piece Contest following towards the close of the year. In partnership with Gloucestershire Music, we also help the talented youth of our community to develop. Please take the time to support our work and help further develop the musical heritage of our area.’

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