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Area: London (South)

ans.wildapricot.org

‘ANS encourages and helps facilitate collaboration between the arts sector, the voluntary sector, commercial organisations and local government, aiming to increase arts activities within the community ... ANS provides a comprehensive online diary of events and social networking facility, showcasing the breadth of arts activities taking place within the borough ... ANS promotes, organises and supports arts events within the borough'

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www.artsrichmond.org.uk

‘An independent charity (est.1966) supporting 100+ arts and cultural organisation in and around the borough of Richmond upon Thames.’

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www.barnesmusicfestival.com

'An annual celebration of music-making which includes choral, instrumental, orchestral, opera, jazz and film events with international stars and local groups and schools performing at venues across Barnes. The Festival celebrates music-making of the highest standard in conjunction with established and emerging stars. It also raises considerable funds for local charities.' Held During March.

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barnesmusicsociety.org.uk

'Aims to foster appreciation of music, promoting first-class concerts, and encouraging other musical activities especially involving young musicians. These last are achieved by the Saturday family concerts for children and by the annual concert each May given by young musicians.'

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www.beckenham-festival.org.uk

‘One of the largest amateur competitive performing arts festivals in the south-east of England. There are around 450 classes in Music, Dancing and Speech & Drama, with specialist adjudicators in all sections. As well as certificates and medals there are over 200 cups and trophies to be won. A “Musician of the Year” competition is held on the final Sunday, and the Festival acts as a qualifying heat for the All-England Dance Competition.’ Music Section held During November.

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www.iao.org.uk/bromley/

'Meets monthly throughout the year, with most meetings taking place on Saturdays. These meetings include visits to organs locally and further afield; social events like the Annual Dinner and Christmas Supper Party; and "educational" meetings to assist members in developing their expertise. Additional meetings are sometimes arranged on weekday evenings ... Several successful day-tours have been organised ...'

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bromleyguitarsociety.blogspot.co.uk

Occasional concerts and recitals: 'New members are always welcome. Come along to a meeting and see what we're all about!'

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www.bymt.co.uk

‘An independent music service nationally renowned for providing a very high quality comprehensive and inclusive instrumental and vocal music education to the young people of Bromley and surrounding areas, as well as providing opportunities for performance in a wide range of settings to enhance the musical understanding and appreciation of pupils and the wider community ... BYMT became the leading partner in Bromley's Music Hub in September 2012.'

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Also indexedBromley Music Hub
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www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/cwgs.htm

Fortnightly meetings: 'Prospective members are always welcome'.

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croydonmusicandarts.co.uk

‘A service that works to ensure children and young people in the Borough have access to creative opportunities. We work as part of a network of local partners that include the majority of Croydon state schools, a range of cultural organisations and alternative education services.‘

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croydonrecordedmusicsociety.wordpress.com

'Nowadays, we take for granted easy access to recorded music, through internet streaming, a myriad of radio stations and on portable music players ... However, the pleasures of listening to music in the company of other like-minded individuals, and connected with an informative talk, still remain relevant, and this is the core mission of the Croydon Recorded Music Society. The programmes are given by our own members, by members of other music societies and by professional visiting speakers.'

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fass.kingston.ac.uk/departments/music/

'As a music student, you'll be taught a range of musical styles and encouraged to explore a wide range of musical genres, taking a hands-on, practical and creative approach to learning. You can study degrees in popular music and music technology with specialisms in Performance and Multimedia.'

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Also indexedKingston University London
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www.kingstonarts.co.uk

'Aims to represent, publicise and enhance the activities of the voluntary and professional arts sector in the Borough and to present, with our partners, high-profile arts activities. We also run networking events for affiliates and the local arts community.'

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www.kingston.gov.uk/music

'Kingston Music Service (KMS) is the lead organisation for the Kingston Music Education Hub which is funded by Arts Council England. The service provides instrumental and vocal music lessons to young people in Kingston’s schools and music centres. The services we provide enrich the lives of young people in the borough by offering opportunities to become actively involved in a wide variety of music activities.'

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Also indexedKingston Music Education Hub
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www.quecumbar.co.uk

'LeQuecum Bar, primarily a live music venue, where the staff are delicious and the food friendly! Numerous celebrities and secret Django fans visit Le QuecumBar incognito to enjoy the enchanting atmosphere and close up intimate genius of players who grace its stage at The Prestige Performance Concerts, or just drop by to catch the infectious unplugged weekly jam sessions some even joining in with the fun. This is live music at its best.'

Category:Jazz Clubs
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www.mmf.org.uk

'Lead Partner for the Merton Music Education Hub, MMF provides high quality music education for children in the London Borough of Merton.'

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Also indexedMerton Music Education Hub
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www.nationaloperastudio.org.uk

'Plays an essential role at the heart of British opera. The NOS works in partnership with Arts Council England and the UK’s leading Opera Companies - English National Opera, Glyndebourne, Opera North, the Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Welsh National Opera – to provide professional training of the highest quality for singers and répétiteurs who have the potential to become the leading artists of their generation.'

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www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/orpington/

'We are a small, friendly club and welcome visitors to our concerts. Each concert features a popular artiste, playing either electronic organ or keyboard - sometimes both! Come and visit or join a club that features great entertainment from some of the UK's top and International professional artistes at a fantastic venue.'

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

Usually evening meetings, once a fortnight.

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putneymusic.org.uk

'We are a society of music lovers who meet fortnightly from September to April to hear some of the world’s most celebrated musicians talk, with recorded and sometimes visual illustrations, about their lives and work. Our meetings provide a rare opportunity to learn how great musicians approach their work, and to hear about the private person behind the public image. Our guest speakers come from all fields of music – the concert hall, recital platform, opera, ballet, television and film – and include producers, broadcasters, critics and writers in addition to performers ... Our society has almost 200 members. Some of us have a considerable knowledge of music while others have very little, but what we all share is a great love of music and a desire to learn ... Why not join us and become part of one of London’s most distinguished and exciting music societies?'

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www.richmondconcerts.co.uk

'Admission to ten concerts of the highest standard. The interest of hearing these concerts in pleasant local settings ... Enjoyment of the friendly social side of the Society, a particular feature of the intervals during concerts, when you can meet other members who share your interest in music – and many other activities. The opportunity to buy CDs and DVDs at greatly discounted prices.'

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www.wandsworthfringe.com

'The two week festival is brought to you by Wandsworth Council and is the pinnacle of the brighter borough’s cultural calendar. It brings together more than 140 events, performances and productions in an array of nooks and crannies throughout Wandsworth - some indoor, some outdoor, and some truly unexpected.' Held During May.

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www.whitgift.co.uk/WIMC

'A major biennial competition for string, woodwind and brass players aged 13-17, with many prizes, including the opportunity to win a fully-funded boarding education at Whitgift School, UK.' [2019]

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www.academychoirwimbledon.co.uk

‘We are an outstanding choir firmly established in the heart of our community of Wimbledon. We perform a broad spectrum of classical music to a very high standard ... Alongside leading players and soloists we give both orchestral and unaccompanied concerts up to four times per year, making a significant contribution to the cultural life of our community ... Entry to the choir is by audition. Auditions are conducted in a relaxed environment and auditionees are asked to sing a short prepared aria or song, to undertake some simple vocal exercises and a short sight-reading test.’

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www.allsaintsconcertband.co.uk

‘Our music covers a very wide range, from Abba to Bach, and includes films and shows, light opera, traditional folk tunes, and arrangements of the classics or pop compilations. For players this provides variety and interest – while to those who book the band we can offer a choice of programme to suit any occasion. ASCB gives performances throughout the year at both indoor and outdoor events, in a variety of venues from bandstands to shopping centres, and including local churches, community halls and schools. We help several charities with fundraising.’

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www.allsaintsfestivalchoir.co.uk

'Founded 1992 ... Consists of between fifty and sixty singers from all over mid and west Kent from various choirs and choral societies, as well as a number of people who have had little previous experience of singing. Although the choir works to a very high standard, there are no auditions, and all are welcome to attend rehearsals ... The Choir has given three or four concerts, usually with All Saints' Festival Orchestra each year.'

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www.barneschoir.org.uk

'We are an amateur choir which has been performing in South West London since 1952. We continue to put on regular concerts three times a year. Our aim is to perform programmes with a wide variety of works from all periods, from the familiar to the less well-known. Where possible, local artistes have been involved in solo, vocal and instrumental capacities in our concerts, and local composers have featured in our programmes.'

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.batterseachoralsociety.org

'A friendly and motivated choir with an enviable reputation. Our repertoire is varied and exciting and we perform with professional orchestras and world-class soloists ... We are ambitious and, although we do not audition, we take our music and our performances seriously. We approach our rehearsals and sectionals with enthusiasm and we aim to give performances of the highest possible standard for our audiences; with every member, whatever their experience, valued and making a contribution. We now perform three concerts a year ... Our entry criteria are the ability to read music, great passion for classical choral works, commitment to rehearsals and an expectation to learn your notes at home; and the eagerness to sell tickets to everyone you know!'

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Also indexedThomas's Choral Society
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www.beckenhamchorale.org.uk

‘A mixed voice choir of about 80 voices founded in 1960. While we sing a varied repertoire, we are best known for our spirited performances of the great and exciting choral works.’

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www.beckenhamjuniorchoir.co.uk

‘Established in 1993 to provide an opportunity for girls and boys aged six to eleven to enjoy music making away from a school environment and to perform different styles of singing in a variety of venues. At least a dozen schools are usually represented. The Youth Voices began in 2004 for the 11+ age group. It gives a continuing role for older children and gives extra scope and a wider range of music for us all to enjoy.'

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Also indexedBeckenham Youth Voices
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www.carshaltonchoral.org.uk

‘A friendly amateur choir of over 100 members, rehearsing weekly ... We are always pleased to welcome new singers in all voices and do not require auditions. We put on at least four concerts a year, usually including two major choral works with professional orchestra and soloists, a summer concert of a lighter nature; and a Christmas concert.’

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www.croydonbachchoir.org

'Established in 1960 and with a current membership of approximately sixty, the Croydon Bach Choir is one of the leading choral societies in the South East. Each season we perform a number of concerts in Croydon, including works by Bach but also a diverse range of other choral repertoire, generally engaging professional soloists and orchestras ...'

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www.croydonsdagospelchoir.co.uk

‘The Croydon SDA Gospel Choir is quite unique. It posses the heart and soul, the vivacity and energy of a gospel choir, yet a diversity which is hard to find elsewhere. After all, where else are you going to find a choir which the press describes as giving a "superlative performance" of.... an eighteenth century Classical piece of music, sung in Latin with an orchestra?The choir's ethos is to be different, to stand apart from the crowd, not for its own sake, not to say “we are different”, but because it believes passionately that it has been placed in this world for a purpose - and that is to reach people of diverse backgrounds and differing situation.’

Category:Gospel Choirs
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www.eynsfordconcertband.co.uk

'Attracting players from all over the South East of England, the band nonetheless retains a core of long-standing members. The band is firmly rooted in its community and every year raises substantial amounts for local charities ... Amongst tough completion, we were proud to have been the first UK band to enter the European Championship for Wind Orchestras [2016] ... We are very proud of our achievement, to have pushed ourselves well beyond our comfort zone and to be the first band to represent the UK in Europe.'

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www.impromptu.org.uk

'An award-winning female choir that has been delighting audiences and adjudicators at concerts and competitions for 25 years. Based in Sutton in Surrey, we were British Adult Choir of the Year finalists in 2008, winners of the Manchester Amateur Choral Competition in 2010, and winners of Bournemouth Choir of the Year in 2016 – and we've got plenty of exciting plans for the future! ... We welcome enquiries from all voices throughout the year. Sight-reading is not essential, but previous singing experience is preferred. Come and sing with us for a few weeks, and if you enjoy our company and our repertoire, then an informal audition can be arranged.'

Category:Ladies Choirs
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www.kewsinfonia.org.uk

'Brings together professional and talented amateur musicians to perform orchestral chamber music in the local community. Our repertoire comprises popular masterworks as well as great but lesser known compositions from the 18th century to the present day. We aim to give a platform to the best of young soloists ...'

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www.kewwindorchestra.org.uk

'Formed in 1984, it is renowned for its popular and challenging repertoire of jazz, classical and symphonic music. In recent years, the band is proud to have won a succession of platinum awards at the National Concert Band Festival finals and performed with some of the UK's leading musicians. It has played in top concert venues around the country ... The orchestra has also been honoured to commission and perform world premieres of works by acclaimed composers ...'

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www.orpingtonchorale.org.uk

'A choir of some seventy voices over a wide age range. Anyone who has a love of singing is invited to come along and see how they get on. There are no formal auditions.'

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www.orpingtonsymphonyorchestra.co.uk

'Founded in 1949 ... The orchestra is now a fully independent organisation although it originally came under the auspices of Orpington and District Adult Education Centre, subsequently becoming part of Bromley Adult Education College. Throughout its life, the orchestra has been supported by Bromley Arts Council ... The orchestra has established a regular pattern of three concerts: one in December, one in March, and the final concert of the season, in June.'

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www.pinksingers.co.uk

'A fun, friendly LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) choir based in London. We’ve been singing since 1983, making us the longest-running LGBT choir in Europe! We aim to inspire and entertain audiences with diverse performances in London and across the world ... We are a mixed four-part choir and our choice of music is as eclectic as the choir itself – we sing everything from pop to classical to jazz, folk and show tunes. We also do choreography to a few of our numbers each season, so everyone gets to strut their stuff! We perform two main London concerts each year, numerous smaller concerts and we also sing with other choirs around the UK and the world.'

Category:LGBT Choirs
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www.sandersteadbells.org.uk

‘Two Teams of Handbell Ringers are based at All Saints' Church, Sanderstead, Surrey: The SAS Ringers; Sanderstead 2 O'Clock Bells. Both teams of bell ringers use four octaves of American Handbells and a 2 octave set of hand chimes ... and give performances locally at a variety of venues.’

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southeastlondonorchestra.com

Founded 2012: ‘One of south London’s leading orchestras with a reputation for exciting, high quality concerts. Our concerts feature great pieces of classical music by composers such as Beethoven, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Weber. SELO is equally at home with the music of the twentieth-century, performing works by Bartok, Copland, Debussy, Nielsen, Ravel and Sibelius ... Based in Beckenham, we have many members from the local area and others from further afield. Our short rehearsal periods ... are designed to appeal to busy musicians, and rehearsals are a fine balance of hard work and enjoyment’.

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sgco.co.uk

'Beckenham’s professional chamber orchestra resident at St. George’s Church ... The orchestra is drawn from an extraordinarily talented, experienced and versatile pool of musicians, a large number of whom are past winners of prestigious awards and musical competitions in the UK and elsewhere. Many either are or have been members of the leading London orchestras and a significant number are principals in those orchestras. Many others are members of Britain’s best known chamber ensembles.'

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www.stoneleighyouthorchestra.org.uk

'Founded in 1944, Stoneleigh Youth Orchestra (SYO) is probably the longest-established youth orchestra in Surrey and London. We aim to provide an orchestral environment which is challenging, fun, friendly and supportive, in which young musicians of all backgrounds can develop their skills and nurture a lifelong love of music. Our name comes from our original home in the leafy suburb of Stoneleigh, near Epsom in Surrey. We moved to our current home in Wimbledon in 2003. We now have over 150 members, from the ages of 9 to 18, drawn from about 60 schools all over Surrey and London. We rehearse on Sunday afternoons during term time, perform three concerts a year in some of the best concert halls in and around London, and work with leading professional musicians.'

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www.suttonsymphonyorchestra.org

'An amateur orchestra which aims to provide the opportunity for players of a reasonable standard to experience rehearsing and performing works from the orchestral repertoire. SSO believes making music should be fun but challenging ... The Orchestra performs three major public concerts per year within the London Borough of Sutton.'

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thamesphilharmonia.org.uk

‘Aims to provide enjoyable concerts for local audiences and musicians in south west London. The chosen programme tends to include Western “classical” repertoires, but frequently contains “ethnic” compositions or instruments. This approach lends itself to the Musical Director's desire to give meaning to the phrase “West meets East”. The orchestra members consist of retired professionals, music teachers and keen amateurs.’

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www.thamesyouthorchestra.co.uk

Founded in 2005: 'TYO now has a large permanent staff of highly-respected professional musicians and comprises more than eighty young musicians drawn from numerous local schools. Its ethos is defined by a challenging, adventurous approach to programming, which combines well-established large-scale orchestral favourites with twentieth century rarities and new commissions'.

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www.wandsworthsymphony.org

'We perform three to four concerts a year in Putney and Earlsfield in the South West of London. We largely perform post-classical era works that give interest to every section of the orchestra. We are a society for fluent and advanced amateur players  ...'

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www.wwos.org.uk

‘Produces a musical production each Spring and Autumn ... We also have a thriving Variety Music Hall group which perform at venues in Bromley and Croydon and regularly visit theatres across the South East. We stage a mix of traditional and modern shows - and always the WWOS chorus is praised for it's vocal talent and energy on stage - join us or audition for a lead, let us know! We'll invite you to the shows we stage, and you can find details of how to join us and perform on one of the largest and most professional stages in London!’

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www.wimbledon-choral.org.uk

'We are a choir of 180 or so members drawn from a wide range of ages, professions and backgrounds, and have a reputation for giving concerts of the highest quality presented with professional soloists and orchestras ... The musical season runs from September to June and typically consists of three main concerts in major venues in and around London and a local Christmas concert in the Wimbledon area. As well as promoting its own concerts, the choir is invited regularly to participate in other events with several of Britain’s leading orchestras and in collaboration with other choirs.'

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www.wimso.org.uk

'We perform three to four concerts a year in Putney and Earlsfield in the South West of London. We largely perform post-classical era works that give interest to every section of the orchestra. We are a society for fluent and advanced amateur players under the guidance of our professional Musical Director/Conductor and Leader. Occasionally we perform with soloists.'

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www.allsaintskingston.co.uk

'All Saints has a strong musical tradition going back hundreds of years. By the sixteenth century All Saints had a choir which walked in ceremonial processions and sang at special services ...  Over the past half-century the range and quality of music has continued to grow, and in 1988 an organ by the distinguished Danish builder Erik Frobenius was installed, securing All Saints as Kingston’s leading venue for concerts as well as other dramatic and artistic events. The choir continues and is known nationally for the quality of its music making and sings an extensive repertoire. As well as contributing to the worship of the church, it makes broadcasts and recordings, has excellent connections with local schools and has regularly produced choral scholars at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.'

Category:Churches
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www.bromleyparishchurch.org

‘Music is an integral part of the worship and life of our church. Bromley Parish Church has a strong musical tradition with an excellent choir, magnificent organ and bellringers and hosts a range of recitals during the year ... The pages in the Music section will give you a good appreciation of our activities. The Event pages also give further details.’

Category:Churches
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www.stbarnabasbeckenham.org

'St Barnabas is working with a growing list of Partners to bring a wealth of public events to this stunning venue ... This has included a Burns Night Celebration Dinner, a number of concerts and recitals, as well as a Wine Tasting and Tapas evening ... The building can comfortably sit 300 for a concert, lecture, etc. We have a sound system for speaker events, and a good acoustic.'

Category:Churches
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www.stjohnswimbledon.co.uk

'Music is an integral part of life at St John’s, not only in our worship, but also within the wider community with many recitals and other musical events taking place throughout the year.' Alert The Early Music Group Music by the Commons have used St John's for their Concerts.

Category:Churches
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Also indexedMusic by the Commons
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www.stmarysewell.com/mus/

'St Mary’s Choir has a long tradition of providing first rate music for the services. Indeed, St Mary’s is one of the few remaining choirs in England still to sing Choral Mattins regularly as well as the more usual services of Eucharist and Evensong ... St Mary’s is honoured to have a large and quite superb ‘Father’ Willis pipe organ of three manuals and pedals, built in 1889 by “Father” Henry Willis – one of the greatest of English organ-builders in the Nineteenth Century – to a specification and quality closely similar to the renowned organ of Truro Cathedral (built two years earlier by the same distinguished Company) ... Concerts and recitals are a feature of Parish life; a regular series being arranged throughout the year.'

Category:Churches
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