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Area: London (East)

www.lbbd.gov.uk/residents/schools-and-learning/

‘The Community Music Service (CMS) provides individual and group tuition for children, young people and adults. We deliver weekly ensembles both in schools and at the music centre, workshops and projects including partnership work with professional orchestras and music education organisations. CMS teachers deliver a programme of live music concerts in schools and children’s centres ...'

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bcmadiscovermusic.wixsite.com/bcma

‘Music is often an expensive hobby and so many people therefore sadly never get the chance to learn an instrument. Some did not get the chance when they were young and others may have found it difficult to keep going with their instrument after leaving school when tutors can be so expensive. Here at the BCMA, we believe that everyone should get the opportunity to pick up an instrument and have that chance to create music. Whatever your age, wherever you come from and whatever your circumstances; music brings people together. Everyone is welcome here!’

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www.lbbd.gov.uk/residents/leisure-libraries-and-museums/events/annual-events/

‘One of the key events in our Summer of festivals’ programme ... A free family festival celebrating the best in English and World folk music and dance plus poetry, street theatre, art and family fun!‘ Held Mid June.

Category:Folk Festivals
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www.bdoca.myzen.co.uk

You do not have to be an organist or choirmaster to join the association ... Seeks to encourage and promote interest in all branches of church music. It organises an active programme of meetings including concerts, recitals, competitions, visits and social events.'

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www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/bexley/

'Bexley EOS has a friendly atmosphere, with comfortable seating and licensed bar - all making an excellent venue for club evenings. Guest organists include both newcomers to the circuit and household names. Members are sent a monthly letter giving biographical details of the organist booked, and the make and type of organ to be played.'

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bird-college.com/music-service/

'Bird College Music Service aims to enrich the lives of children, young people and adults within the Borough of Bexley, by providing opportunities for them to become actively involved in a wide variety of music activities. Bird College is the lead organisation for the Bexley Music Education Hub which aims to ensure that all pupils have equal access to high quality music education. We employ a team of specialised instrumental and class music teachers to deliver a wide range of musical activities ...'

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Also indexedBexley Music Education Hub
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www.blackheathcentreforsinging.com

'Choirs, vocal ensembles and singing lessons – we have groups and classes for all abilities ... We run four choirs to suit everyone from the complete beginner to more advanced singers. Why not join us?'

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www.blackheathmusicfestival.co.uk

‘The Festival has been held every year since 1988 and is one of more than 300 Festivals held in the UK every year. Some Festivals offer classes in music, speech and drama and dance. Blackheath Music Festival has always been a music-only Festival. Our adjudicators are all specialists in their subject - piano, singing and strings - and are nationally recognised musicians.’ Held Mid May.

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c4dm.eecs.qmul.ac.uk

‘World-leading multidisciplinary research group in the field of Music & Audio Technology. Since its founding members joined Queen Mary in 2001, the Centre has grown to become arguably the UK’s leading Digital Music research group.'

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chamberplayers.co.uk

‘Chamber music courses for string players - aged 6 – 18, all abilities ... Whilst it is always possible to find chamber music parts to suit every player at any level, it is not always so easy for very junior pupils to fit into an orchestra for the first time. We have addressed this conundrum by introducing a junior musicianship class which takes place during the time when the junior string orchestra rehearses ... The class size is small, but open to any pupil who doesn’t yet feel ready to join the orchestra.' Annual Summer School held Mid August. Also: ‘Concerts of chamber music take place throughout the year’.

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www.gold.ac.uk/music/

'We encourage an atmosphere of open-minded debate and a commitment to all types of music from classical to world and popular ... Ours is a hugely varied department, and former students have equally diverse lives - from classical musicians and Mercury Prize-winning pop stars, to lawyers, academics and administrators ... Many of our events are free and open to the public.'

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Also indexedGoldsmiths University of London
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www.ellso.org

'We are an East London based teaching string orchestra for adult late starters, regardless of age, background, experience or income and we want to encourage people to play music. We provide a genuinely supportive and non-competitive environment and this is reflected in our methods and in the music we play. There are no auditions and from Day 1, even complete beginners will be able to join in orchestral playing ...'

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www.forestrecordedmusicsociety.co.uk

'Founded in 1956 ... We present evenings of classical and light classical music on CD played on first class equipment. Programmes are presented by the members themselves and we have three guest speakers each season, usually professional musicians who talk about their lives and careers.'

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www.hackneymusic.co.uk

'As the number one music education provider to Hackney schools, HMS works closely with Headteachers and partners to ensure that our work is flexible and responsive to the needs of schools, and that our combined delivery of provision is strategic and joined up. We offer a variety of programmes to schools and young people ...'

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www.haveringartscouncil.org.uk

'Partially funded by an annual grant from the Borough, we seek to encourage local groups to hold events and activities which will raise awareness of the Arts and will increase participation in Arts activities by members of our local communities across the borough.'

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www.haveringmusicschool.org.uk

Havering Music School is the specialist music service for the London Borough of Havering. Instrumental lessons at our Saturday and Weekday Music Centres are available to children of any age or standard. We teach more than 3,500 primary, secondary and college students every week, focusing on developing sound technical and musical skills to promote self-expression and confidence. A further 1,500 children in 23 primary schools take part in weekly class ensemble tuition ... Havering Music School is the lead in the Havering Music Education Hub.’

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Also indexedHavering Music Education Hub
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www.lewishammusic.org

Our Vision ‘Being musical is at the heart of human experience. Our vision is a world where every person has access to musical engagement, transforming lives and communities particularly for children and young people, those in financial need and those in challenging circumstances. In a Borough where opportunities for engagement with arts and culture is all too often uneven and localised on account of differences in financial means and social aspiration, we will target resources to groups and localities where there are barriers to participation. Our high quality learning opportunities will enrich lives, support social integration and cultural regeneration, and enable the fulfilment of musical potential.’

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www.newham-music.org.uk

'The award-winning music hub for Newham. We are committed to providing high quality music education and opportunities to children and young people in schools throughout the borough and at Newham Music Academy, our after school and Saturday music centre.'

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www.earlymusicshop.com/More/Greenwich_International_Early_Music_Festival.aspx

'Complementing the world's largest exhibition of early musical instruments is an exciting programme of concerts.' Held Mid November.

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www.shufflefestival.com

‘Shuffle joins people together to create the kind of cities they want to live in. As an organisation, Shuffle works to build a more integrated community presence in the built and natural environment. Shuffle Festival is an annual event in Mile End, which showcases these ideas. The week-long festivities involve film, science education, storytelling, performance art, architectural installations, walks, food, comedy and music. We aim to keep tickets affordable with the revenue providing funds for long-term neighbourhood projects. Our aim is to make diverse and creative public places that are real community assets. We favour long-term thinking over the current dominant culture of development concerned only with the highest returns for the shareholders of large companies ...’ Festival held Late August.

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www.spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk

'We bring together world class artists and local people in one of the most unusual and creative corners of London. Drawing inspiration from our area, we produce an annual festival and run creative music projects throughout the year in the local community. In an area often seen to be full of challenges, we focus on music and its power to bring people together, change perspectives, engage the body, emotions and intellect and to spread energy. Since 1976, we’ve been putting music at the heart of Tower Hamlets.'

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www.shms.org.uk

'Bringing classical music of the highest quality to Hackney audiences at affordable prices in a friendly relaxed setting.'

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www.conservatoire.org.uk

‘Blackheath’s Local Independent Arts Centre ... Established in 1881 by William Webster, the Conservatoire is part of the oldest surviving purpose-built cultural complex in London, and a vibrant and much-loved local institution. It was founded to provide art, music and drama education to the community, who purchased bonds to help to finance it, and its values remain those of Creativity, Quality and Community.‘

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www.trinitylaban.ac.uk

'The UK’s only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance. The unequalled expertise and experience of its staff, and its world class facilities housed in landmark buildings, put Trinity Laban at the forefront of vocational training in music and dance.'

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www.vortexjazz.co.uk

'One of the UK’s premier jazz venues, programming almost 400 performances a year in an intimate space. We were winner of the Live Jazz Award category at the 2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. As a volunteer-led jazz club in North London, Dalston, we have been given the accolade of being one of the world’s best, and have even been singled out by the prestigious Downbeat magazine as one the top 150 jazz venues in the world.'

Category:Jazz Clubs
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www.walthamstowfolk.co.uk

'London's friendliest folk ... Doors open at around 7:30. We have floorspots and the band up until our main guest who appears at around about 8:15 for the first of their two sets. We aim to finish at around 10:30. An evening at the club is a relaxed affair with plenty of time for chatting and meeting new people. We also have a raffle and a selection of CDs for sale including rare and hard to find albums.'

Category:Folk Clubs
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allsaintschorus.org

‘Formed in 1994, and is a community choir. Membership is open to all and there are no auditions. We have a reputation for performing concerts of the highest standard in Newham ... Our repertoire of music is extensive, ranging from the 15th century to the current day. Included are the great works of many major composers ... The All Saints Orchestra is a mix of seasoned professional players featuring instrumentalists from many of the major London orchestras. Together with the Chorus and our dedicated group of acclaimed soloists a wide audience is given the chance to experience great music in the historic setting of West Ham Parish Church.’

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musicfortheblind.btck.co.uk

‘Formed in 1984 ... as The Music for the Blind and Disabled Trust ... The Trust is a charity founded to enhance the life of disabled people through the medium of music ... We are always looking for new members to play in our Concert Band, the current compliment of which is around 30+. All standards can be accommodated and instruments may be available for loan. Both disabled and able-bodied people can be assured of a warm welcome! All woodwind, brass and percussion players welcome.'

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Also indexedThe Music for the Blind & Disabled Trust
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www.barkingmad.org.uk

'Barking Operatic Society was started in the 1970s as a Council night school class and was originally called Barking Operatic Workshop ... The Society currently has more than 30 members and is now a well established feature of the musical life of the Borough. In November 2005 Barking Operatic Society decided to change its name and as from January 2006 has become Barking Music and Drama, or ... Barking MAD.'

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Also indexedBarking MAD
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becontreebrassband.wixsite.com/becontreebrass

Becontree Brass Band (1st section) are a friendly and motivated band based in Loughton, Essex.’

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bexleyphoenixchoir.org.uk

‘Founded in 2007. The majority of members are aged between 20 and 30 years and were once members of Bexley Youth Choir which their Director, John MacKenzie, conducted from 1987 - 2007 ... We aim to perform five to six concerts a year, including local performances and performances while on the annual UK tour.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
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rwheatley6.wixsite.com/cesp

Formed 1973: 'Award winning society specialising in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. Our aim is the promotion and advancement of public appreciation of operatic and other musical works, particularly by promoting productions of the Savoy Operas. We put on at least one full production a year, together with several concerts, and are also available to perform Gilbert and Sullivan, Olde Tyme Music Hall and songs from popular musicals at private functions'.

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eastlondonchorus.org.uk

'We have been making music for over 40 years. We are a lively, friendly group of singers, performing at the highest level in Central and East London venues. The choir is based in Stratford at the University of East London and draws members from the University and the wider community in Docklands, East London and beyond ... We give four concerts per season in East and Central London. In addition we are regularly engaged to sing at weddings, carol concerts and corporate events.'

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www.eastlondonevensongchoir.com

‘Aim is to perform sacred choral music to the highest standard within its original liturgical setting, and to share this experience with congregations in East London. Initially resident at Christ Church Isle of Dogs ... it now enjoys a busy life of its own. Alongside its primary mission of touring Parish Churches, "ELEC" also makes regular choir visits to major churches and cathedrals. Although, as envisaged, our membership is largely drawn from East London, it also includes singers from across the home counties and beyond. Members were quickly attracted by the opportunity to immerse themselves in a style of music which has fallen out of favour in many churches; not to mention the low commitment, high quality ethos of the choir. Alongside the many gems of the English Choral Tradition, we make a point of exploring European and American sacred music, and indeed some appropriate secular repertoire.‘

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www.ballet.org.uk

'English National Ballet's move to east London will transform the future of ballet, both in the capital and nationwide. It will mean they can put on more inspiring performances, can develop the stars of tomorrow and reach more people through their education programmes than ever before. It will also breathe new life into City Island – highlighting the importance of embedding cultural projects into the heart of a major new development.' [Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London]

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www.blacksplat.dtdns.net

'Originally formed to sing a cappella music from the 16th and 17th centuries, both sacred and secular, the choir has extended its repertoire to include a wide range of works, accompanied and unaccompanied, from the late mediaeval period to the 21st century. With over 20 singers, the choir has recorded four CDs, made a number of TV appearances and besides singing in its local area, in particular Waltham Abbey, has toured in Paris (Notre-Dame and Sacré-Coeur), Tuscany (Florence and Pistoia), Budapest, Barcelona, Krakow and Edinburgh.'

Category:Chamber Choirs
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forestphilharmonic.org.uk

'Has gained an impressive reputation for the high quality and vitality of its performances, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014/15. Originally the Leyton Municipal Orchestra, it was reconstituted under its current name in 1964 by its first Artistic Director, Frank Shipway. The first President was Zoltan Kodaly, followed by Sir John Barbirolli, with an illustrious list of patrons including Leonard Bernstein, Sir William Walton, Benjamin Britten and Lorin Maazel and soloists including pianists John Lill and Stephen Kovacevich. Today, the orchestra continues to perform with top artists ... and also gives opportunities to young musicians in the local Waltham Forest community through open rehearsals and a participation programme ...'

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harmonysinfonia.co.uk

‘A vibrant symphony orchestra performing three concerts a year and promoting classical music to audiences within the borough of Lewisham and its neighbouring boroughs. Offering a performance platform for both local amateur players of a high standard and music students from local universities, Harmony Sinfonia also aims to work with local music services to provide performance opportunities to school pupils of an advanced standard.’

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www.hcoweb.co.uk

‘A community orchestra serving the London Borough of Havering and surrounding areas. We exist to provide opportunities for local instrumentalists to practise and develop their musical skills, and to provide entertainment for members of the public. We have adult members of all ages, and endeavour to make our rehearsals and concerts approachable and friendly occasions. The orchestra works with local soloists wherever possible, and has a particular commitment to offering local young musicians solo performance opportunities. We have worked with several past winners of the Havering Young Musician of the Year award.’

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www.haveringmusicmakers.co.uk

'Musical Theatre group presenting shows and staged concerts. We have performed many of the classic musicals and have also enjoyed performing a number of the lesser known musicals ... We currently have around 40 members; some have been with the Society for twenty years or more while others are just taking part in their first show. As always, new members are welcome in all categories, from the back row of the chorus to leading roles - and if you haven't been on stage before, no worries. As long as you can hold a tune and can do some very basic movement, you can be on stage in no time!'

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kcg-dagenham.weebly.com

‘A four-part (satb) adult choir ... Membership is open to adults, male and female who want to sing for pleasure, and a sense of achievement. There is no requirement to be a music reader - but it helps! ... There are no formal auditions. The director will assess your voice over time and position you within the choir to sing in harmony with the rest of the choral group.'

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.thenhschoir.com

‘We are a choir of NHS workers, working in Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust. We first came together for the BBC Series “Sing While You Work” with Gareth Malone in 2012. The Choir is made up of a wide range of NHS workers, including doctors, nurses, therapists and many other staff from across the NHS workforce. In 2015, we achieved the UK Christmas number 1, with our single "Bridge over You", a mash up of Bridge over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel) and Fix You (Coldplay) ... We continue to perform at both small local concerts, to patients on our hospital wards, and at larger national events.’

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www.meljon.org.uk

‘Formed in 1990 when a group of friends realised there was a gap in the local East London singing community. They were looking for a chance to sing music outside the mainstream a cappella repertoire and within a small and fast-learning group. Over two decades on the choir has around 35 singers who thrive on the wide ranging repertoire and the stimulating rehearsals ...’

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.monteverdi.co.uk

'The Monteverdi Choir have always focused on bringing a new perspective to their repertoire. Their real difference as an ensemble lies in their ability to communicate music to their audiences worldwide, as they go beyond the music, seeking to create immediacy and drama in everything they do. This approach has led to the Monteverdi Choir being consistently acclaimed as one of the best choirs in the world over the past 50 years ... Besides their independent existence as a period chamber orchestra the English Baroque Soloists also participate regularly in joint projects with the Monteverdi Choir, with whom they famously took part in the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000, performing all of Bach’s sacred cantatas throughout Europe.'

Category:Chamber Choirs
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Also indexedEnglish Baroque Soloists | Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
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www.morrisfolkchoir.org

'Since 2008 we have been coming together to learn sea-shanties, murder ballads, protest songs, work songs, love melodies, folkified non-folk songs, and good old knees-up tunes, from across the centuries and all over the world. We learn tunes and harmonies by ear (ability to read music is not required). We perform at festivals and folk clubs, in train stations and park bandstands, and our concert ceilidhs are our latest addition to the London folk scene.'

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www.newessexchoral.org.uk

‘The friendly singers based in Redbridge ... Membership is open to anyone over 16. There is no formal audition although the conductor may advise over particular strengths and weaknesses.’ Typically perform in three concerts per annum.

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www.nrwo.co.uk

‘A self-financing amateur group that rehearses and gives several concerts each year in the London Borough of Redbridge and its environs. The orchestra was established in 1996 and currently numbers around 60 players of all ages and from all walks of life, who come together each week to make music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our aim is to deliver concerts of a high musical standard but to have fun and enjoy our music-making along the way. The orchestra's repertoire is varied, with something to suit most musical tastes, including arrangements of well-known classical, popular pieces and music from stage and screen, as well as works composed especially for the wind band medium.‘

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www.sidcupsymphony.org.uk

‘SSO offers South East London audiences the opportunity to experience high-quality live orchestral music, old and new. We play both famous “standard repertoire” and music you will be unlikely to hear anywhere else. We also play a New Year's Concert where we mix adventurous repertoire which we know our audience will love, with traditional Viennese music and “pops”works including famous film, television and radio scores. SSO's musicians are drawn from all over London and beyond. Many members are professionally trained and teach locally, others are serious amateurs; all are committed to rigorous rehearsal preparation and making inspired performances.’

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s335571041.websitehome.co.uk/selfolk/orchestra.asp

‘Do you fancy playing some fantastic tunes and making music with others? The South East London Folk Orchestra repertoire ranges from traditional English folk to tunes and songs from a little further afield (e.g. France, Sweden, USA). We welcome all players of acoustic instruments.’

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www.valentinesingers.org

‘A friendly group of around 60 singers with a range of backgrounds and a shared love of choral music. The choir has gained a reputation, both locally and further afield, for high quality performances with a friendly atmosphere ... We give at least four main concerts a year as well as singing at various events, often by invitation, mainly in the local community ... The choir performs with professional soloists and instrumentalists, including a full orchestra at times. Suitably experienced choir members may also be offered solo opportunities.‘

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wsorchestra.org.uk

‘Formed in 1963 and has presented public concerts on a regular basis ever since ... The Orchestra often engages professional soloists for concerti and similar works, but advanced members are also given the opportunity to perform in such a capacity. Apart from presenting three major concerts each year, ensembles and various groups from Woodford Symphony Orchestra often perform at other events. The string section in particular gives extra concerts during each season.’

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www.blackheathhalls.com

‘An entertainment venue and concert hall in the heart of South East London. Built in 1895 by William Webster, Blackheath Halls is part of the oldest surviving purpose built cultural complex in London. Blackheath Halls presents a diverse programme of concerts and events throughout the year including classical, folk, comedy nights, talks, literary events, exhibitions and children's theatre. The Halls also run a varied community engagement programme from choirs and orchestra through to community opera and children's opera.‘

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Also indexedTrinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
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www.bricklanemusichall.co.uk

‘A totally unique venue, offering entertainment and food in the form of matinees with afternoon tea, evening shows with three course dinner and our increasingly popular luncheon shows. The only permanent home for music hall, we have a range of shows including traditional music hall bills as well as freshly devised production shows with more up to date and innovative material.’

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www.hackneyempire.co.uk/music

'There are plenty of ways to get involved. Whether it’s through the Hackney Empire Community Choir, Youth Forum, School and College Programme, Elders Group, one of our workshops or maybe one of our annual projects – Artist Development Programme (ADP), Hackney Village, Alter Ego. Our flagship pioneering Creative Learning programmes is developing the Next Generation of artists ...'

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stratford-circus.com

‘We bring accessible, world-class performances and creative learning to the doorsteps of people and communities in Newham and East London, enabling children and young people to experience the arts as audiences, performers and creators.’

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theoldchurch.org.uk

‘The only surviving Elizabethan Church in London and one of the oldest in the country to have been built as an Anglican church ... The Old Church is a fabulous venue for a variety of artistic and community events: concerts, exhibitions, art workshops, dancing, singing, meditation, drumming ... Our flexible atmospheric space with its wonderful acoustic is perfect for them all. We can seat an audience of 110 – all with a good view.’

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www.wiltons.org.uk

Opened 1859: ‘A grade 2* award winning building & the oldest grand music hall in the world. Now showing exceptional live music, world-class theatre & education projects.’

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