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Area: Somerset

www.amadeusorchestra.co.uk/academy

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.

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blackdownsearlymusic.co.uk

‘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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www.churchillmusic.org.uk

'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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curryrivelmusic.wordpress.com

'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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www.encoremusicprojects.com

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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www.fromeconcertsgroup.org

'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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fromefestival.co.uk

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

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halswaymanor.org.uk

'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.'

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www.highbridgefestival.org.uk

‘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.’

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www.jackdaws.org.uk

'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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www.milvertonconcerts.org

'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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www.mineheadmusicfestival.org

‘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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www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk

'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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www.wellscathedral.org.uk/music-the-choir/new-music-wells/

'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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www.stogumberfestival.com

'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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tapa.org.uk

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www.yms.org.uk

'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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yeovilmusiccentre.com

‘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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applecountychorus.org.uk

'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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athenaeumsingers.com

'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.'

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www.policechoir.co.uk

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www.axbridgesingers.org.uk

'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!'

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www.axminsterchoral.co.uk

'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.'

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www.flutetuition.co.uk/recitals.html

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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www.bridgwaterchoral.org

'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.'

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www.burtlesilverband.co.uk

'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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www.chardconcertbrass.co.uk

'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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www.clevedonchoralsociety.org.uk

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'

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www.clevedongs.co.uk

'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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www.costanziconsort.org.uk

‘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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www.fromesymphony.org.uk

'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.'

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www.langportcommunitychoir.co.uk

‘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 ...’

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www.midsomersetorchestra.co.uk

'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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www.mineheadchoral.co.uk

‘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.’

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www.mineheadmalevoicechoir.org.uk

'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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www.thepeopleschoiryeovil.org.uk

‘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.’

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www.wellscathedral.org.uk/music-the-choir/music-and-the-choir/

'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.'

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wcos.org.uk

‘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.’

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wellscityband.wordpress.com

'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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www.west-mendip-orchestra.org.uk

'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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www.worlewindband.co.uk

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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www.yaos.org

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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www.yeovilchamberchoir.org

‘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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www.facebook.com/yeovilconcertband/

‘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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bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

'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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www.cooperhall.org

‘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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www.dillington.com

'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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www.fordeabbey.co.uk/event/

'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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www.themeetinghouse.org.uk/music

‘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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www.octagon-theatre.co.uk

‘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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www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/Playhouse-Theatre

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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regaltheatre.co.uk

'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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www.the-castle-hotel.com/glorious-somerset/chamber-music-weekends/

Chamber Music Weekends and occasional other concerts and recitals.

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