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Area: Somerset

The Amadeus Orchestra's 'annual residential summer orchestral training course ... The course is open to young professionals and music students from anywhere in the world. Whilst many applications come from Conservatoires, we warmly encourage applicants from Universities and from anyone hoping to be in the profession soon'. Held Mid July.

Also indexedAmadeus Orchestra
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‘Established in 2004, Blackdowns Early Music Projects were principally conceived to draw together groups of experienced singers to work under the expert guidance of specialist music directors on programmes of infrequently performed early music (mostly pre 1720). Singers are invited from all over Europe and the UK to spend 3 or 4 days working together on music that is usually performed in a suitable venue in or around the Blackdown Hills, bridging the Somerset / Devon borders. Frequently the music is accompanied by specialist early music instrumentalists. The resulting choral concerts have become a mainstream event in the calendar for anyone who loves renaissance or baroque vocal music.’

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'A charity which is an oasis of musical excellence ... Churchill Music! promotes five concerts each year, given by top professionals at affordable prices. The Concert Series runs in conjunction with Young Churchill Music! where national and international musicians present workshops and conduct innovative projects in primary and secondary school in addition to working with community groups. Churchill Music! also holds an annual Young Musician of the Year Competition for students at Churchill Academy ...'

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'World-class classical music in a Somerset village ... Programmes are based on classical repertoire ranging from early music through classical (Bach, Mozart, etc.), to 21st century works, and are always varied and interesting. A wide range of professional artists, ranging from string quartets and wind ensembles to duos and solo recitalists, perform a diverse range of music to suit all tastes.'

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The course is for piano,strings,guitar,composition chamber ensembles and voice, and is especially designed for intermediate and advanced students. Expert tuition and guidance will focus on the development of technique, musical styles and interpretation, stage performance and presentation, competition and audition preparation. There will be opportunities to explore new as well as current repertoire.' Held Late July.

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'A collective of volunteering individuals, each with a passion for music and furthering local culture. Our concert programme runs entirely from funds earned via our events, we do not receive any external financial support. Our subscription series ticketing allows us to secure attendance, and with it the means to pursue adventurous programming that has come to be the group’s trademark. We actively seek talented musicians who are at ease with an enthusiastic audience and intimate concert atmosphere, and who support our continued aim of presenting classical music of the highest calibre.'

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'The Festival features performances, workshops, walks, talks, literary events, concerts, exhibitions, and much more.' Held Mid July.

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'The National Centre for Folk Arts at Halsway Manor is a charity and the only residential centre in the world concentrating on the varied folk heritage of England. Nestling in the Quantock Hills within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it hosts courses, events and projects within this unique and magical setting ... It hosts over 340 days of residential and outreach activity every year covering all facets of folk arts from instrumental music, song and dance to traditional storytelling, crafts and instrument making.'

Also indexedNational Centre for Folk Arts
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‘Where else could you find handbells competing with bagpipes? Choirs performing both classical and comic songs in quick succession? Versatile musicians leaping from one instrument to another, or displays of multi-discipline expertise? At our Festival of Music you may be surprised, excited, moved or entertained by the enormous diversity of instruments and musical styles, and by the talents of every age group.’ Held Early March.

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'Dedicated to improving participation in and enjoyment of music through weekend courses, Education projects, a Young Artists Programme and performances by world class musicians.'

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'Glorious music in the calm and beautiful candle lit setting of St Michaels Church. Exceptional acoustics, bar and a warm welcome ... come and join us.'

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‘Each year it has provided a full symphony orchestra with internationally renowned soloists producing four concerts in a week in West Somerset.’ Held Late July.

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‘Brings top quality classical music performance to West Somerset ... Our annual programme offers a wide variety of performances by internationally known artists as well as introducing younger musicians with a promising future.’ Typically, now offers four recitals per season, October - March.

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‘Established in September 2012 the Music Education Partnership: North Somerset (MEP:NS) is the Arts Council England funded body that brings together the work of a family of music and music education providers who can support young people in North Somerset. It is North Somerset’s “Music Education Hub” charged with delivering the core and extension roles described in the National Plan for Music Education (NPME).’

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’The first Festival was held on 16 November 2006 in Nailsea, mainly at the Methodist Church, but with some classes also held in Christ Church. Since then, we have moved to Nailsea School, and there has been a steady increase in entries. We now offer classes in singing, piano, speech and drama, creative writing and music composition.‘ Held Mid November.

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'We have been running since 1987 and over that time have developed a strong reputation for our concert programme which features top names from around the world. We also have a number of linked projects which develop and change over time and we hold a more traditional folk night (our singers and musicians nights) on the second Tuesday of the month.'

Category Folk Clubs
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'Founded in 2008 ... this innovative festival is a retrospective of sacred choral and organ music of the previous forty years during all services, together with world premiere performances by Wells Cathedral Choir and organists of music by internationally renowned composers, local composers, and composition students from Wells Cathedral School. There are also concerts and a public masterclass with the featured composer of the year.' Held Mid October.

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‘A non profit making community venture which celebrates the cultural heritage of Exmoor, while inviting top musicians from abroad to celebrate theirs in the six weeks between May Day and Midsummer. In the spirit of diversity the festival also offers a variety of other events and activities including walks, talks, classical music, jazz and opera and an art exhibition.‘

Category Arts Festivals
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SOCA brings together church organists, church choir trainers and others interested in church music, choral singing, organs, and the art of playing the organ. Enjoy our recitals given by promising young local organists, amateurs and professionals, or perhaps volunteer to take part in one of our friendly composite recitals.’

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Sound Foundation Somerset - like all other music education hubs - ensures that every child aged 5 – 18 has the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument and to perform as part of an ensemble or choir. It also offers opportunities which enable pupils to take their musical interest and talent further through ensembles, both locally and through links with national programmes ... We also run Music Inclusion events that provide a network for the arts and education sectors to share learning and resources that break down barriers to music education.’

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'Stogumber Festival is a celebration of the performing arts. For a few days in September each year this quiet West Somerset village is transformed into a centre for musical and other events ...'

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‘Reprsents the collective interests of community arts groups and organisations in and around the area. TAPA is a member of Arts Taunton and liaises with Taunton Deane Borough Council on behalf of its membership.’

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‘The Festival exists to encourage and promote the performance and enjoyment of arts. Aiming particularly, but not exclusively, at young people it provides a challenge and a unique opportunity to perform in a competitive and non-competitive situation in front of adjudicators, all experienced professionals, offering teaching at the highest level. Music classes are held in piano, strings, woodwind, brass, recorders, composition and vocal.’ Held Early March.

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Wells Cathedral School is, as far as we know, unique in the world: co-educational, day and boarding, 3-18 junior and senior school, academically forward looking and successful, creative, innovative, competitive, seeking change, historic, a cathedral’s choir school, – and a specialist music school inside a proper school ... We are the only school in the UK that offers specialist music pre-professional training within a dynamic school where specialists can learn alongside non-specialists studying the national curriculum.’

Category Wells
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‘Why not come along to the Weston Organ and Keyboard Club? Our Concerts are open to the public and you are more than welcome to attend, have a great evening‘s entertainment with music played on top of the range Electronic Organs and Keyboards by the best players. You do not have to join the Club. Anyone is welcome to attend.’

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‘The Competitive Festival is for performers from the local community and beyond, playing traditional acoustic instruments and in the case of Speech & Drama and Vocal performances, using the natural voice without the use of microphones. The aim of the Festival is to give performers the opportunity to perform in publicly in local venues, to listen and learn from other performers and receive help and encouragement from professional adjudicators accredited by the British Federation, who themselves are performers as well as being teachers and examiners.’ Held Early May.

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'Formed in 1980 to promote regular concerts and recitals, in order to enable the local community to appreciate quality music. As well as organising concerts throughout the year, one week each year is set aside as the Festival of Music, with a variety of concerts on most days.'

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‘We provide opportunities for local musicians to get together and enjoy putting their skills into practice. After all you don't learn to play an instrument just to sit at home playing it alone. We don't give individual instrument lessons but playing and, hopefully, performing is much more fun with us. Why not join one (or more) of our ensembles and play and/or sing a wide variety of music in a safe, friendly environment?’

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'When you have something special there is no greater joy than to share it and that is exactly the aim of Apple County Chorus. Women of all ages and occupations are drawn together by a love of singing and the friendship found within the Chorus. Apple County Chorus is very popular in the Somerset area and frequently requested to sing at Charity Events, Shows, Functions, National Celebrations and around the Christmas Tree.'

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'We have around sixty members ... We perform two major concerts each year, usually featuring the main choral classics but also including lesser known byways of the choral repertoire. We also perform contemporary music, including world premiers of commissioned works.'

Category Choral Societies
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‘Formed in 1974 following the amalgamation of the Bath and Somerset, Bristol and the South Gloucester part of the Gloucestershire Constabulary. The Choir is truly representative of the force with a membership consisting almost entirely of serving and retired police officers, serving and retired members of the support staff and the special constabulary.’

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'An open access community choir for anyone who enjoys singing. We do not hold auditions, and members are not required to read music or have any previous experience: only enthusiasm and a willingness to 'have a go ... The choir sings unaccompanied, in four-part harmony. The songbook includes music from far and wide - from popular, to folk, to gospel, to show tunes, in languages from English to Basque and even Russian!'

Category Community Choirs
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Founded 2005: ’Brings together amateur and professional players from East Devon, West Dorset and South Somerset, giving three concerts a year ... The Axe Vale Orchestra is a full Chamber Orchestra consisting of Strings, full Woodwind and Brass Sections who meet to perform and explore full classical and modern repertoires ... We are always happy to welcome new members and Friends of the Orchestra’.

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'We are a friendly, enthusiastic, non-auditioned choir of around 80 voices ... Some of us do not read music, don’t be put off if you are in this category! Our rehearsals include help with understanding musical notation and texts of pieces not in English, also help with the basics of how to sing well and make the most of the voice that you have.'

Category Choral Societies
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A flute choir for adult learners and those returning to the instrument. Alto flute and Piccolo available. Occasional performances at local events.'

Category Flute Ensembles
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'Re-formed in 1949 by conductor Rex Browning, with the aim of providing music of quality from the classical choral repertoire in the town and district ... The Choir continues to perform two major concerts each year, one with a full professional orchestra and soloists.'

Category Choral Societies
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‘BAOS aims to present 2 productions every year one in the spring in April and one in late autumn in November.Often both shows are “lib and score” shows but occasionally we perform a revue style of show in the autumn along the lines of “Songs from the Shows”. We welcome new members both on and off stage and endeavour to make everyone feel welcome.’

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‘Formed in January 2007 ... Based in the village of Baltonsborough near Glastonbury ... Our aims: * First and foremost .... to make music; * Secondly .... to benefit our community by providing entertainment and by raising money to support good causes; * And finally .... to benefit the members through companionship and the sense of well being that comes from singing and helping others ... Why the Brue Boys? Because the River Brue winds its way through the villages and towns where the Brue Boys live.’

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'We are a friendly and family oriented Brass Band, our players are drawn from Burtle and the wider Somerset area ranging from Watchet to Yeovil. Players of any age, background and ability are always welcome to join. Contesting does not feature in the band's calendar, the main intention being to serve the community.'

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Founded 1965: ‘We are a mixed voice ensemble of about 60 voices, and our repertoire encompasses a variety of musical styles including sacred and secular, folk, spiritual and modern ... Concerts are given to support any body or organisation wishing to benefit from the raising of funds ... The choir has sung at hundreds of concerts and raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity ... We are non auditioned and members pay a modest annual subscription A friendly welcome and an atmosphere of enjoyment in singing is guaranteed’.

Category Community Choirs
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'Continues the brass band tradition that has been a part of Chard since the early 1800s. Although the Band has taken part in contests throughout its history, it does not contest at present, focusing on concerts and other events. Although an independant organisation it is very much a community band, with its membership living in the immediate locality.'

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‘The Choir now has approaching 50 members from all walks of life. Amongst our ranks we have teachers, bankers, paramedics, solicitors and farmers ... We are united in the common interest of the learning and enjoyment of music, which is then performed for the pleasure of others at the same time raising funds for charitable causes. We are always wanting new members to join the choir for what can only be described as a most enjoyable hobby, lots of fun, challenging music items to sing and immense satisfaction when singing in concerts ... In a typical year the choir gives a dozen or so concerts, which along with weddings and Christmas performances fill the choir year.‘

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We love singing and put on two main shows for Spring and Christmas ... New members are always welcome at rehearsals on Mondays – no auditions ... Half price annual subscription to under 25s and other concessions available'

Category Community Choirs
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'We perform one main Gilbert & Sullivan show a year in middle/ late February, with occasional concerts during the rest of the year.'

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CLOC is a group of amateur singers, actors and dancers based in Clevedon. They perform Musicals twice a year at Princes Hall. CLOC Juniors is for 8 - 18 year olds who also perform award winning shows twice a year ... All are welcome to join the club, be it as an acting member, a social member, a technical member or a Patron.‘

Also indexedCLOC Juniors
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‘A chamber choir based in Somerset. We have developed a reputation for excellent performances of interesting programmes which challenge singers, players and audiences alike. Our vocal repertoire spans from the eleventh century to the present day, including several first modern performances of Baroque works, as well as projects involving collaborations with musicians from recognised professional period ensembles.’

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘Performs two concerts each year.  Concerts are always performed in the evenings and on the 2nd Sundays in May and December ... Why not join us? ​We are always looking for new talent ... No auditions are required.’

Category Frome
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‘Chamber choir for singers in North Somerset and Bristol. We are experienced singers and confident at singing in small ensembles. We specialise in performing beautiful unexplored early music to a very high standard. We sing a wide variety of music from 1500 to the present day, but our focus on lesser known masters of the 17th and 18th centuries is what makes us different.’

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'We are an ambitious amateur orchestra in Somerset and our purpose is to promote high-quality live classical music in the community, and to provide education and development opportunities for local musicians of all ages ... We undertake four or five projects each year, including: * Symphony and Concerto Performances; * Educational courses with guest musicians and professional tutors to learn and perform large-scale orchestral works; * Collaborations with choirs and other music societies to perform choral works; * Community concerts targeted at younger audiences. We have recently launched Frome Youth String Orchestra, which provides performance opportunities for young players of violin, viola, cello and double bass.'

Also indexedFrome Youth String Orchestra
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‘Founded in 1955 by a small group of church music enthusiasts, whose aim was to bring to the churches of Somerset part of the choral heritage of the Church of England. The choir was first known as the Rural Church Singers. They became well-known to many small country congregations to whom they travelled to sing Choral Evensong ... Our mission remains: to maintain access to the cathedral musical tradition for those whose resources or style of worship would not otherwise provide that opportunity. Most members live in the Wellington/Taunton areas. We generally sing two or three services in locations within reasonable travel distance from Taunton ... We also sing services in cathedrals up and down the land.’

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‘A well-established concert band based in Somerset ... founded in 1981 ... The King Alfred Concert Band is always proud to show off the stylistic and musical talents of its members. It hosts a wide range and variety of music, from classical overtures to popular songs and well-known classics. The band plays at least two formal concerts every year, one at Christmas and another in the spring. They also play at many local events, fundraisers, fetes, and for local organisations ... New members to the band are always welcome.’

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‘Based in the heart of the Somerset Levels and members come from villages all around the area. We come from all walks of life and range in age from 18 upwards! We started out in 2008 with a £500 grant from Somerset District Council with just a handful of members. Now, we have around 40 active members and new singers regularly come to join us. We have lots of experienced singers too who enjoy helping out with our learning. We enjoy peforming each year at local events and we also support larger events like the Bristol Choirs Convention and Sing for Water ...’ ALERT Website inaccessible at Review; replaced Link with Facebook Page.

Category Community Choirs
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‘North Somerset's County Youth Brass Band, for new and improving brass musicians. The Band is open to new members with or without music experience. Opportunities exist to play the full range of Brass Band instruments, and percussion instruments. Formed in September 2008, and based in Clevedon, North Somerset, it provides the only opportunity in the county, and beyond, for young people aged 21 and under to: - improve; - perform; - and have fun making music in a full youth Brass Band. An entirely Independent Organisation the Band is a project of Lions Clubs 105 SW, which provides support from Lions clubs throughout the South West of England. Additionally it is a partner of the Music Education Partnership: North Somerset.’

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'Founded in 1973 and performs regularly in Street and Wells. From the player’s point of view, the aim is to give local amateur orchestral musicians of a high standard the opportunity to rehearse together, and to take part in four concerts during the year. From the music-lover’s point of view, we aim to give good performances of the classics for the enjoyment of the residents of this part of the country. For many years now, the orchestra has actively encouraged the support of young people by specially low-priced tickets.'

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‘We enjoy singing a wide range of choral music, from great classics such as "Messiah" to modern works including the incredible "Armed Man" by Karl Jenkins. We have a lot of fun in our rehearsals and performances and are always happy to welcome new members - no audition needed! Our concert season includes an Autumn / Christmas concert and a Spring / Easter concert, each preceeded by approximately 10 weekly rehearsals.’

Category Choral Societies
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'Founded in 2000 ... and started with around 12 members. We now have around 40 members ... We extend a warm welcome to all new members; all you need is enthusiasm and we will do the rest! No auditions are necessary. We undertake around 10 – 12 concerts a year and raise thousands of pounds for charity.'

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‘Founded in 1925, originally as Wraxall Choral Society ... A friendly, happy group, open to all ages and voices. Anyone can join. There are no auditions, but obviously some ability to read music is useful ... There are over 80 singers in the choir, but newcomers are always welcome ... Note that members need to attend at least 75% of the rehearsals for any concert in order to take part in the concert ... The choral societies of Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead are informally associated in the Gordano Choral Societies grouping, collaborating over the dates of their respective concerts and often offering reduced ticket prices for concerts and events to members of the grouping.‘

Category Choral Societies
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Founded 1995: ‘With many of our founding members still playing a vital part in the orchestra, along with the addition of many more new players, the orchestra continues to go from strength to strength and has come to be seen as something of a local institution ... We enjoying playing classics and light music and regularly perform Beethoven, Mozart, Rossini and Haydn, along with seasonal pieces, helping Nailsea get in the mood for Easter, summertime and Christmas. Regularly featuring promising young solo musicians and vocalists, the orchestra offers music for the young and old alike.’

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‘A friendly, medium-sized, local, choral society with close links to the local community ... We normally hold 3 concerts a year, in December, March and May/early June, on a Saturday evening. The December Concert has one or two seasonal classical pieces and then a selection of Christmas Carols. The March and May concerts comprise further classical pieces although quite often the May/June concert includes lighter works ... The society welcomes singers in all voices: sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. We do not hold formal auditions.‘

Category Choral Societies
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‘Allowing ordinary singers to do extraordinary things! ... We are an all male acapella (unaccompanied) harmony chorus, about 50 members strong, based in Taunton, Somerset ... Our aim is to encourage the enjoyment of singing through a continuous high quality educational barbershop singing programme. We are the only chorus of its type in Somerset. We perform at concerts, weddings, birthdays and anniversaries.’

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Formed 1984: ‘Since its foundation, the choir has established an enviable reputation for the quality of its concerts, presenting its audience not only with impressive programmes of varied and innovative repertoire, but also attracting the highest calibre of musicians to perform in Somerset ... The choir stages two annual concerts: one at Wells Cathedral in summer and one at King’s College Chapel, Taunton in winter. The choir’s size of around 60-70 singers means it can tackle a wide range of works, from a cappella renaissance polyphony, through baroque and classical music, to large-scale 20th century works with orchestra. The choir does not hold weekly rehearsals: it meets for six weekends per year (mainly in school and university holiday periods) to prepare intensively for these concerts. This makes it possible for people who have roots in Somerset, but work or study elsewhere, to be full members of the choir’.

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘The Choir evolved from evening classes at the Kings of Wessex School in Cheddar, and gave its first performance under the direction of Peter Scott-Winfield in 1987. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, singing a wide repertoire of pieces and consistently attracting large audiences .. At an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Somerset Singers held in November 2017, the Society approved the change of the Society Title to be “The Somerset Choral Society aka “Somerset Singers”.’

Category Choral Societies
Also indexedSomerset Singers
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‘We are based in Taunton and are made up of both amateur and professional players ... and we give three or four concerts a year covering a wide ranging repertoire ... If you are interested in joining the SCO as a player, please contact the Secretary ... Members are invited to play in each concert by the Committee in consultation with the concert conductor and usually through section co-ordinators.’

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Founded 1992: ‘A Taunton based women's singing group who have a varied repertoire arranged in 4 part harmony (A capella) ... We welcome visitors at any time! Call in to see us – you can just listen or join in ... If you decide you would like to join us we will support you with fast-track teach recordings, easy to access music and high quality vocal tuition with a stimulating programme of music every week. Not only will your vocal and performance ability improve but you will see your confidence improve dramatically. In addition, you will have a ready-made new group of friends that will stay with you for a long, long time’.

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Founded 1974: ‘We are a registered charity and based in Taunton. We mount our own productions performed by our own members and regularly welcome guests who, once they appear, often return. Our main opera production each year is invariably performed in full costume with orchestra. In addition we sing concert performances of operas and choral works and, as SOG on Tour, perform across the county in forms ranging from complete G&S productions to concert parties‘.

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‘Formed in 1947 and draws its membership from South Petherton and the surrounding towns and villages. As its name suggests, it is part of South Petherton Combined Arts Society, but in all other respects it is a typical Choral Society. It has a membership of approximately 55 singers and gives 2 concerts each year, at Christmas and in the Spring. The Spring concert is given with professional soloists and orchestra.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘Formed in 1900, Taunton Amateur Operatic Society (TAOS) has celebrated over 100 years of consistent musical theatre and as such is one of the oldest operatic societies in existence. The Society is a consistent winner of both NODA and Rose Bowl awards and is a great stepping-stone for those who wish to join the professional theatre world. In the words of our local NODA representative, TAOS is “HOT HOT HOT”!’

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‘The largest and oldest choir in Taunton with a membership of around eighty singers, coming from all walks of life and with a range of musical abilities. Our aim is to provide audiences in Taunton and its environs with access to high quality choral music which is both local and affordable.  Our season starts in September and we usually perform concerts in autumn, spring and summer, offering a mixture of sacred and secular works in a range of musical styles and periods.‘

Category Choral Societies
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‘Entertaining Male Voice Choir. Helps to raise funds for local charities. Great camaraderie amongst the members. Singing is good for your health.‘

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‘A small chamber group which performs on average five times a year, usually at local churches ... The Sinfonietta employs a range of soloists, aiming to encourage younger performers as often as possible. To this end, the winner of the Taunton Young Musician Competition performs with the orchestra as part of their prize. The orchestra is also happy to premier works by local composers. Programmes are varied and include pieces from the baroque, classical, romantic and more modern periods.‘

Category String Ensembles
Also indexedTaunton Young Musician Competition
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‘Yeovil's newest, biggest and most exciting community choir ... The choir is run by a small committee, but belongs entirely to its members. We guarantee that you will feel part of a warm and friendly atmosphere and look forward to having you with us: discover abilities that you never knew you had and find out just how easy it is to sing in a foreign language, too.’

Category Community Choirs
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‘A unique combination of concert choir and church choir, based on the north slopes of the Mendips in Somerset, England ... The choir comprises 30-40 singers ... New singers are welcome, subject to audition, and would generally be expected to demonstrate an ability to read music.’

Category Community Choirs
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‘Founded in 1941. Apart from a few years in the 1950’s we have been providing entertainment and raising funds for various local charities ever since. We are a mixed voice choir with a range of musical abilities and are always ready to welcome new members ... We perform our concerts at Christmas and in Spring and rehearse for about fourteen weeks prior to the performances ... We sing a wide variety of pieces - from Irving Berlin to William Crotch! We don't hold auditions.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘An amateur choir, established in 1940 but with its roots in the mid-nineteenth century ... Our members are mainly drawn from Wellington and the surrounding parishes. There are currently around eighty members and our repertoire runs from the baroque and classical periods to the present day. We perform two main concerts each year with professional soloists and orchestra, in late November and late March, and these are usually held in St John’s Church, Wellington.

Category Choral Societies
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'Hailed in 2011 by an international jury from Gramophone Magazine as the greatest choir with children in the world, and the sixth greatest overall. The choir celebrated its 1100th birthday in 2009: boys first sang at Wells Cathedral in 909 and the full choral tradition dates back over 800 years. In 1994 the choral foundation at Wells was enriched by the addition of girl choristers ... The Vicars Choral are the men of the Cathedral Choir. They are not in holy orders; the word "vicar" comes from "vice" and simply means a deputy (as in vice-president) ... Wells Cathedral Voluntary Choir was formed in 1986 to sing services in the cathedral when the professional choir was on holiday or performing elsewhere. It is an amateur, mixed voice choir trained to sing liturgical music, although it does occasional other music ... Every summer we spend a week in residence at another cathedral.'

Also indexedVicars Choral | Wells Cathedral Voluntary Choir
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‘Founded in 1896, performs major works from the choral repertory with some of the country’s leading soloists and orchestral ensembles. With around 160 voices the society gives three concerts a year ... normally in early November, December (an annual performance of Handel’s MESSIAH) and late March.’

Category Choral Societies
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'A friendly and warm group of amateur brass musicians, serving the Central Somerset area by providing concerts, marches and live brass band music for indoor and outdoor events ... The Band also has a thriving Training Band for aspiring brass musicians of all ages and abilities.'

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'Founded as Winscombe Orchestra in 1974 with 10 players, is now a full and thriving orchestra. We usually perform four programmes a year in Sidcot, Yatton and Clevedon. We are entirely self-funding, and also contribute to charitable causes ... New players of appropriate standard are welcomed and supported; some may be experienced orchestral players, while for others this may be a new experience.'

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‘A long-established, Taunton-based mixed voice choir with approximately 40 members.

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘We are a four-part (SATB) choir open to all ages from 14 years upwards. Currently we are around 60 voices. Membership is open to all abilities. There is no audition, no test of musical ability, only enthusiasm is required! If you think you might enjoy singing, why not try us out? ... We give full concerts twice a year, in late Autumn and the Spring, in addition to singing at various times in the community.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘We are made up of around 65 members in and around Worle, Weston-Super-Mare. The choir is open to all ages; male and female with mixed voices, usually singing in four part harmony. The purpose of the Choir is to provide a musical outlet for all. It is a fun, safe place for people who enjoy singing together.’

Category Community Choirs
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Formed 2010: ‘Professional and amateur musicians sitting side by side and giving their time freely for the love of making music ... The Band primarily performs well known music ranging from, standard swing tunes, stage and screen and popular hits from the 20th century. Our aim is very much to entertain our audiences whilst providing harmonious and sometimes challenging music for our players ... We are happy to perform formal concerts, fetes, garden parties, proms, festivals etc. throughout the area — please contact us with your specific requirements’.

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Founded 1902: ‘YAOS is entirely self-funding and its financial support is obtained mainly from theatre ticket sales, as well as receiving generous contributions from its patrons and commercial sponsors. The society also helps to raise funds for other charitable organisations, with many thousands of pounds donated to local worthy causes over the years ... We now perform two shows a year - March and October.’

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‘An amateur chamber choir of about 25 experienced singers from the local area. It was formed in 1993 to provide a platform for performing music that would normally be outside the scope of a choral society ... Our repertoire includes both accompanied and unaccompanied music. In addition, we have both commissioned and performed new compositions.’

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘A wind band consisting of brass, woodwind and percussion. Formed in 1999 with just 8 members, the Band has gone from strength to strength and now has 34 members. The band play a wide repertoire of music including marches, selections from the musicals, light classical, solo features, broadway selections, film music and many more. The band perform several concerts a year mainly for charities in and around the Yeovil area.’

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‘Provides Musical Theatre shows, workshops and events for 6-25 year olds ... Many of our performers have gone on to work in film, television and in theatre accross the country and on the West End. We guarentee all students will have the opportunity to perform in two shows a year. We offer trips and experiences worldwide including dancing on London's West End, performing at the Royal Albert Hall and global performing arts trips. Our classess are friendly, welcoming and a brilliant blend of humour, professionalism and talent.’ Academies take place in Bridgwater and other locations in Somerset.

Also indexedYoung Musical Theatre Company
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'Volunteer run independent organisation. There is a managing board of directors and trustees, supported by a network of volunteers all of whom have a part to play in making things happen. We run a theatre programme of performance, music and film; plus workshops, classes and clubs in a wide range of arts disciplines. Our facilities are available to hire, for professional and community groups.'

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‘A contemporary performance venue within the grounds of a private home in the Somerset countryside ... Built as a creative haven for use by both the residents and invited artists to perform and develop their work within the beauty and calm of this inspirational environment.‘

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'A stunning concert venue nestled in the beautiful, yet accessible, South Somerset countryside. The theatre was created from the old coach house in 1962, before being completely rebuilt in 1993. It has excellent acoustics and sightlines, and is the perfect size for chamber music and other small-scale performances. Dillington House has been bringing internationally renowned musicians to the West Country since the 1960s ...'

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'Forde Abbey Is host to one of the Country’s most prestigious chamber music series. The Great Hall has ideal acoustics for chamber music and has often been used for recording purposes. It is also a wonderful venue for concerts, which take place during the summer months. Each season Forde Abbey attracts artists of n international level for a varied programme of music.'

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‘The Ilminster Arts Centre at The Meeting House  'is situated in the old Unitarian Church on East Street in the centre of Ilminster ... The IAC is available for hire for workshops and events for up to 80 people'.

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‘Somerset’s premier arts and entertainment venue ... The mixed programme currently presented is 80% professional and 20% local amateurs. So popular has The Octagon become with visiting companies that the programme is usually fully booked for the year ahead with many events scheduled a year beyond that.‘

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New Theatre open in 1969 after the previous theatre was destroyed in 'the worst fire in Weston since the Second World War ... For the first time Weston had a theatre that could easily stage a wide variety of productions, from ballet and music to opera and drama ...'

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'Loved by the people of West Somerset for its wide ranging programme of professional and community entertainment that includes drama, film, comedy, dance, music and performance of all kinds ... We have successfully hosted large and small scale performances in the auditorium of drama, ballet, contemporary dance, classical and all styles of music by large and small drama companies, choirs, full scale orchestras, small bands and individuals.'

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Chamber Music Weekends and occasional other concerts and recitals.

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