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Area: Suffolk

snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/

'Founded in 1948 by Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears and Eric Crozier.' Held Late June. Snape Proms runs During August.

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Also indexedSnape Proms
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snapemaltings.co.uk/music/aldeburgh-young-musicians/

‘A distinctive Centre for Advanced Training designed to realise the artistic potential of our 60 exceptionally talented young musicians (8-18 years) across a wide range of music. AYM combines a tailored, Individual Learning Programme with intensive “courses”. The programme can include individual lessons, intensive weekends and residential courses, expert professional advice, mentoring and performance opportunities.’

Category:Aldeburgh
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www.concertsatcratfield.org.uk

'It was in 1987 that David and Linda Holmes founded a series of chamber concerts; these began at the Walpole Old Chapel, moving in 1991 to Cratfield. The creation and registration of a charitable trust, Blyth Valley Chamber Music, followed in 1993. By then the format of six fortnightly Sunday afternoon concerts was firmly established, though with some occasional winter extra concerts ... We aim in each season to combine well-known combinations of instruments for which there is an abundant repertoire – like the string quartet and piano trio – with less usual groups of instruments whose repertoire may therefore be smaller, but no less worth hearing. We also intend to offer in each concert enough of what could be called the "core" repertoire to give us a good chance of filling the church – ticket sales being our largest source of income – but to spice this with new or less well-known works.'

Visits to the Website119
Also indexedConcerts at Cratfield
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snapemaltings.co.uk/music/britten-pears-young-artist-programme/

‘Residential projects and masterclasses take place throughout the year in the beautiful surroundings of the Suffolk Coast where Britten lived and worked. Participants benefit from an exceptional campus of performance spaces and studios, which has grown around the iconic Snape Maltings Concert Hall, home of the Aldeburgh Festival. The BPYAP hosts some of the premier performers and teachers who lead intensive projects, which culminate in high profile performances.’

Visits to the Website212
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buryconcertclub.co.uk

Originated as the Music Lovers' Concert Club :  'In wartime Bury St Edmunds, local music-loving residents and visiting forces personnel created an audience for classical music, both live and recorded. The national Council for Encouragement of Music and the Arts – a war-time precursor of the Arts Council – recruited groups of professional musicians brave enough to undertake tours to blacked-out towns outside blitzed London.' The Club continued after the war and now offers about half a dozen evening recitals per season.

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www.eastanglianacademy.org.uk

‘Founded in 1997 to promote concerts, workshops, master-classes, study days and other events, often featuring the Thamar organ ... Through concerts and education work, we share the best of early music in the East of England!’

Category:Early Music
Visits to the Website93
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www.wheatstone.co.uk/everyman/

Saxmundham: 'Aims to promote traditional and modern folk music in Suffolk, England ... The Everyman meets on the last Friday of each month during January to May and September to November ... With Residents, Floor Singers and a Booked Guest Artist on every occasion, there is always a warm welcome for new performers and audience members’.

Category:Folk Clubs
Visits to the Website86
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www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/felixstw.htm

‘Meetings held on the first Wednesday of the month ... New members always welcome.’

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www.fleecejazz.org.uk

Jazz at the Fleece is an association of people interested in jazz. They volunteer their time, and draw no funds from the club. The club is non-profit (you better believe it), and receives no subsidies from any person or organization. In other words, the people who come to listen to some of the best jazz available in the country, pay for the musicians and the running costs. We do try to keep the latter to a minimum ... We are delighted to be at this lovely venue. The quality of sound in the room is excellent. The facilities seem boundless, with golf, other sports, bar and lounge food as well as fine dining, spa and health facilities, a great hotel, and every Friday night, the best in modern jazz.‘

Category:Jazz Clubs
Visits to the Website51
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www.folkeast.co.uk

'A fresh approach to a timeless tradition ... FolkEast feels more like a very English village fete than a festival, with the good humour and unpretentiousness of its patrons, the Young'uns, the guiding vibe.' Held Mid August.

Category:Folk Festivals
Visits to the Website186
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www.hadleighfolk.org.uk

‘Normally held on the first Friday of the month – from September to July ... We feature folk music in the broadest sense of the word. In addition to “traditional” and “contemporary” folk music, you can expect to hear hints of pop, country, jazz or even classical music.’

Category:Folk Clubs
Visits to the Website55
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hadleighukulelegroup.onesuffolk.net

'Do you play the ukulele? Are you a beginner, an intermediate player or an expert? Would you like to meet up with other uke players and play together, chat, share ideas and maybe put on a gig or two? ... The ukulele, the first of which was made in 1879, is a member of the lute family of instruments and is derived from a stringed instrument that first appeared in Portugal in 139BC. The ukulele is even more popular than it ever was ... There are approx 250 ukulele groups on the UK ... The ukulele is an ego-free zone.'

Category:Ukulele Clubs
Visits to the Website89
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www.halesworthartsfestival.org.uk

'The Halesworth Arts Festival originated 15 years ago. Now a major force in the arts in North Suffolk, it attracts capacity crowds every October, who come for the chance to see top quality artists in small, intimate surroundings. The HAF is a non profit making charity, relying on the generosity of many local businesses and individuals essential to help fund an event of this nature. Unlike many other Festivals, it receives no Arts Council, Lottery or other central Government help.'

Category:Arts Festivals
Visits to the Website81
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www.ipswich-arts.org.uk

'Has 50+ member organisations, which means also that hundreds of individuals are associated with its activities ... The Website is one of a number of ways in which IAA aims to keep in touch not only with its members but also with the wider community. It provides an excellent way for societies to publicise their events as well as a diary of proposed events, which has long proved invaluable to those keen to avoid clashes with other events of the same kind or in the same locality.'

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www.ipswichchambermusic.org.uk

'Each year the Society arranges four Saturday concerts of chamber music, usually held in October, November, January and February. All concerts start at 7:30 pm. Concerts are held in an intimate concert hall in the centre of Ipswich, UK.'

Visits to the Website53
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www.ipswichjazzclub.co.uk

‘We are a non-profit organisation, run by a group of friends, bringing the best live mainstream jazz to Ipswich. Students half price, parking available.’

Category:Jazz Clubs
Visits to the Website51
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www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/ipswch.htm

'Formed in 1946 as the Ipswich Gramophone Circle to provide classical music on records to all of those who have an interest in listening to serious music of a wide variety in a fast changing world and in comfortable surroundings.'

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www.lintonmusic.org.uk

Typically six evening recitals between November and May.

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

‘If you enjoy good music in good company please join us. Meetings are held every fortnight from September to December & January to June ... You can be sure of a warm welcome!‘

Visits to the Website51
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www.milestonesjazzclub.co.uk

'The long-held club policy is of opening the doors to everyone, of all ages. We have tried to avoid the twin traps of lowest-common-denominator shallowness or pompous jazz snobs who know the middle name of Miles Davis. Older jazz aficionados are welcomed alongside those new to the music to enjoy the visceral experience of live improvised music.'

Category:Jazz Clubs
Visits to the Website141
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www.milkmaidmusic.co.uk

Bury St Edmunds: Fortnightly evening Gigs ... Note also the Milkmaid Thursday Folk Club which is a 'monthly folk club for people with a disability. This club was started in 2008 and has proved to be extremely successful. It is regularly attended by 30 - 50 service users, family members and carers. Internationally and nationally known artists are booked to play at the club, always for a reduced fee and sometimes for free. The Milkmaid Thursdays are subsidised by the commercial Milkmaid Folk Club activities and the venue is donated by the Suffolk County Council who provide the studio room at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds'. In 2017, Milkmaid announced it was expanding its work to encompass Artshead 'which supports people recovering from alcohol and substance abuse through art and music'.

Category:Folk Clubs
Visits to the Website96
Also indexedThe Milkmaid Folk Arts Centre | Milkmaid Artshead
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www.felixstowemusic.com

'Audiences have the opportunity to hear the finest musicians many of whom live in East Anglia. It has become very clear that concertgoers appreciate professional live music in the town. A special rapport has been built up between performers and listeners, thanks partly to the special nature of each venue. Music in Felixstowe embraces most genres of music and also hosts a very popular lunchtime series given by young Suffolk musicians.'

Visits to the Website179
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www.procorda.com

'We are the UK's leading chamber music organisation specialising in small ensemble musical training.'

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Also indexedLeiston Abbey
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www.saffronwaldenartstrust.co.uk

‘An umbrella organisation which coordinates, encourages, and promotes artistic enterprises of all kinds in the Saffron Walden area. We provide practical support to local artists and performers to help them display their talents, with initiatives such as music festivals, open studio events, and craft fairs.’

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www.saxmusicfest.co.uk

‘A festival of music & family fun held annually in Saxmundham.’ Held Late July.

Visits to the Website108
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www.southwoldartsfestival.co.uk

‘An eight-day celebration of the arts – music, drama, poetry, visual art, photography, dance, talks and literature. It appeals to all ages and tastes; to local residents and to visitors to our vibrant seaside town. We invite national performers as well as local celebrities; professional, well-established names as well as those starting out on their careers.’ Held Late June.

Category:Arts Festivals
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www.svam.org.uk

‘SVAM arranges five concerts and one lecture, plus one or two extra events each season, usually between October and April. Our events are held at the beautiful parish church of St Mary's, East Bergholt and at the Constable Hall, East Bergholt. We are proud to present a mixture of well-established professionals and promising young artists each season. Our events are open to all, and most concerts are free for children accompanied by paying adults. Free programmes are provided, and refreshments are available at all our events.’

Visits to the Website56
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sudburyfestival.org.uk

'A friendly, competitive Festival open to people of all ages, to perform as a soloist or part of a group. Entrants receive a professional adjudication.'

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www.suffolkmusichub.co.uk

‘Seeks to encourage participation, enjoyment, and achievement in music for all Children and Young People. SMEH is an advocate for, and promoter and provider of good value, inclusive and diverse high quality music education and performance opportunities. SMEH aims to: nurture talent and creativity at all levels; build self-esteem and discipline; widen horizons; and bring music to all ages, abilities and backgrounds. This will be achieved through effective partnerships that join up delivery, identify and tackle gaps in provision and ensure strong progression routes that raise the standards and well-being of all young people.’

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www.suffolkorganists.org.uk

‘Do you love listening to organ music or playing the instrument? If so, we welcome you to join us for organ crawls, recitals, and social activities!‘

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www.suffolkvillagesfestival.com

'Renaissance, Baroque and Classical music for voices and period instruments in beautiful old East Anglian churches ... Based  in "Constable Country" on the Suffolk-Essex border, offers about ten concerts throughout the year, four at the Festival itself during the August Bank Holiday Weekend and more in its Winter Series, from October to May.'

Visits to the Website84
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www.waveneyfolkclub.co.uk

'Club meetings are every two weeks between 8pm and 11pm. The club books guest singers and groups from all over the country, and has a friendly informal atmosphere that welcomes floor singers, but if you want to sing, please arrive early to avoid disappointment.'

Category:Folk Clubs
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www.woodbridgechamberconcerts.org.uk

'This concert series seeks to promote young professional artists as well as providing musical projects with the town's schools. The concert venue is the beautiful fifteenth century parish church of St Mary’s, which has good sight lines, a raised performing dais and an excellent acoustic. The concerts are held on Saturdays during the month of May with tickets available to purchase from the beginning of March'

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www.burlingtonbaptist.org.uk/anewsong

'Sing with one of Ipswich's newest community choirs. Whether you've been singing for years, or never sung before you'll enjoy music old and new, from pop and gospel to classical, world music to folk songs. An informal and fun community, relaxed but challenging and rewarding - open to everyone - no experience necessary! We don't ask anyone to sing solo, there are absolutely no auditions and we don't mind if you can't read music. In fact, quite often we don't even use music, so not reading it can be an advantage!'

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www.aldeburghmusicclub.onesuffolk.net

'Aldeburgh Music Club was founded in 1952 by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears and has evolved over the years into one of East Anglia's leading choral societies with over one hundred members and supported by more than 120 patrons ...'

Visits to the Website94
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singinglessons4.wixsite.com/aurigacapella-choir

‘A chamber choir for upper voices. The choir performs locally and has a special interest in collecting for the Beccles charity, “The School for Peace” ... Members enjoy singing a wide variety of songs. Their expansive repertoire includes Gershwin, Pergolesi, Fauré, Purcell, and many others.’

Category:Beccles
Visits to the Website84
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www.choirsites.co.uk/balshamsingers/

'We are based in the village of Balsham, 10 miles south east of Cambridge. Founded in 1995, we are a four part choir and welcome new members. We sing a wide range of music, from the larger sacred works to a selection of Abba hits.'

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www.beccleschoralsociety.co.uk

'The Choir history goes back over 150 years. We are a friendly amateur choir who enjoy singing and welcome new members without audition. Performing a wide variety of major choral works; supported by professional soloists and orchestra as necessary. The breadth of our repertoire extends from oratorio to opera and folk to specially commissioned pieces. December brings our locally famous Christmas concert where we are supported by children from local schools.'

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www.beccleschoir.co.uk

‘Set up in 2010 to promote singing for wellbeing and explore the positive health benefits of singing ... Beccles Community Choir welcomes ANYBODY and EVERYBODY. We sing Jazz, Musicals, Pop, Spirituals, Gospel, Ska and other styles based on a list of songs that the choir decides to sing ... In 2012, our sister choir Bungay Community Choir started ... and carries on our ethos – to be a small and friendly community; welcoming and fun. All the things we believe music should be.’

Category:Beccles
Visits to the Website42
Also indexedBungay Community Choir
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groupspaces.com/BlythburghSingers/

‘A group of experienced singers from various parts of Suffolk and Norfolk who meet on the first Sunday of every month to lead choral evensong at Blythburgh church. Since its foundation the choir has also given concerts in other East Anglian churches and sung services in English cathedrals. Concert tours abroad have included Holland, the Alsace, Venice and Vienna. Although the personnel have changed over the years the primary purpose of the choir remains that of keeping alive the glorious repertoire of music composed for the service of Anglican choral evensong.’

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www.bungaychoral.com

'Currently has around 50 members ... Our objective is "to firstly" enjoy music then to advance, improve, develop and maintain public education in choral music by the study and performance of choral works in the town and district.'

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www.burybachchoir.co.uk

'A group of enthusiastic people who love to perform the great choral works in wonderful surroundings ... We were founded in 1932 so have a long and interesting history. Over the years our repertoire has included all the great composers of choral music. We increase our horizons every year by mixing the familiar with the unfamiliar, including twentieth and twenty first century music.'

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www.bseaods.org.uk

Formed in 1902 and typically stages two shows per annum: ‘We’re a NODA award-winning theatre company ... ​We all share one common interest – providing high-quality, entertaining, live performances to the general public ... Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society is always looking for aspiring actors, singers and dancers of all ages, so why not pop along to one of our rehearsals, have a cup of coffee and a chat, and let us persuade you to take up one of the most rewarding of hobbies a person can have? Or join our talent backstage!’

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burystedmundsconcertband.co.uk

‘Comprises some 40 talented amateur musicians, with members' ages ranging from their early 20's through to retirees ... We aim to present around a dozen public performances each year, including free-to-all summer concerts in Bury St Edmunds's renowned Abbey Gardens.’

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buryfriendlyorchestra.onesuffolk.net

‘We are a full symphony orchestra of 60 players, playing an exciting mix of music from the classic Haydn symphony to fiery rhythms from South America, and everything in between! ... We would like new players to join us, especially players of the viola, double bass and bassoon. There is a waiting list for some other instruments. Our minimum playing standard is around Grade 5. If you are interested in joining the orchestra, or would like to play with us as a soloist, please email us.’

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www.communitylightorchestra.co.uk

‘Orchestra of around 70 amateur and semi-professional musicians who meet ... every Tuesday morning during school term times. We perform concerts of “light classical” and popular music in aid of charities ... We expect members to attend rehearsals and to participate in our Saturday evening concerts (normally three per year).’

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thedoriansingers.org.uk

Founded 1981: ‘Originally just an evening choral class at Felixstowe College, the group soon decided to become a self-supporting mixed-voice chamber choir ... From the outset, The Dorian Singers have performed a wide variety of sacred and secular music, from Masses and motets to Broadway melodies and pop songs. Particularly popular is our annual summer concert, when lighter music is the order of the day and wine and strawberries are served in the interval’.

Category:Chamber Choirs
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e-voice.org.uk/felixstowechildrenschoir/

‘We are a children's choir meeting weekly. There are no auditions or fees making it accessible to all. The ethics of the choir are to encourage children to enjoy singing whilst learning to sing in harmony and produce high quality performances both alone and with other local choirs and orchestras.’

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www.felixstowecommunitychoir.org.uk

‘A choir for those over 18 who enjoy singing pop song and songs from musicals ... Around 60-100 men and women of all ages attend and are already developing a repertoire of songs from The Beatles to Adele. There is no audition to join, and singers do not need to read music, as sheet music is not used.’

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www.felixstoweharmonies.co.uk

‘A 35 strong vocal harmony group which performs songs from the light classical repertoire, folk, jazz and blues to pop, swing and songs from the big band era ... We hold 3 fundraising concerts a year in aid of Suffolk charities, perform at Art on the Prom and other events in Felixstowe, as well as at various venues in Suffolk.‘

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www.hadleighchoralsociety.org.uk

‘We are a 100-strong mixed choir with roots that go back over 120 years. We enjoy singing mainly from the established choral repertoire when we perform with the Colchester Symphony Orchestra and professional soloists. We have two main concerts each year ... We also perform a mix of lighter music at Christmas and two summer concerts ... Hadleigh Choral Society has a popular Friends' section of local music lovers who support us with subscriptions.’

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www.halesworthfestivalvoices.com

'Join in our exciting series of concerts.  No auditions. If you have been a singer, are a singer, would like to become a singer, come to a rehearsal and find out what we do ...'

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www.centrestagecompany.co.uk

'Centre Stage Company (the performing arm of Haverhill and District Operatic Society - or HADOS) has been putting on shows since 1969 in Haverhill, Suffolk, UK. A registered Charity, we are a dramatics group, who take a professional approach to our productions.'

Visits to the Website78
Also indexedCentre Stage Company
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haverhillsilverband.wordpress.com

‘The Silver Band is currently ranked nationally as a Championship Section brass band and performs in concerts and contests across the region ... Haverhill Youth & Community Band is a supporting group that has its own engagements and helps train players for the Silver Band ... The aim of this band is to train players to the standard where they can join the senior band and so maintain the long tradition and high standard of brass playing in Haverhill. We also, however, hope to give all the players an enthusiasm for playing and for brass bands that they can take with them wherever they go.‘

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Also indexedHaverhill Youth & Community Band
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haverhillsingers.co.uk

'From accomplished choralists to tuneful have-a-go singers, HCS attracts a large (and growing) crowd. The one thing we have in common is our love of singing. Some members have been with us over 30 years, others only joined at the last rehearsal. As a newcomer you will naturally be sitting amongst more experienced members, only too willing to make your first few visits much smoother. We aim to entertain with an average of three main concerts per calendar year. Alongside are a number of social events; held both for our own entertainment and for the general public.' ALERT ‘In October 2017, Haverhill Choral Society changed its name to “Haverhill Singers” to reflect the wide range of music, beyond the traditional choral repertory we perform, whilst still retaining the historical connection to Haverhill.’

Visits to the Website68
Also indexedHaverhill Choral Society
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horringersingers.org.uk

‘The present choir has a membership of around forty and enjoys performing a wide repertoire of music, including songs from the shows, anthems, oratorios, Gilbert & Sullivan, requiems, John Rutter, folk songs, and, of course, Christmas carols! We are based and rehearse in Horringer, 2.5 miles south west of Bury St Edmunds, and our members come from not only Horringer but also Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding villages.’

Category:Bury St Edmunds
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newweb.ipswichchoralsociety.org.uk

‘A friendly choir of around 100 members. It was formed in 1824 and is the second longest established choral society in the UK. The Society has attracted a membership with a wide range of musical experiences and has entertained the public with performances across a wide musical repertoire.‘

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www.ipswichcommunitywindband.org.uk

‘Band membership is open to all adult members of the local community who are suitably proficient (grade 4 and above) and are willing to pay an annual subscription. We play all types of wind band music, including original wind band scores and arrangements by our musical director or other musicians. This includes popular classics, show songs, and marches. We perform on request at local summer fetes, fairs and bandstands as well as formal concerts.’

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www.iods.co.uk

'We are a community theatre group based in Suffolk, UK. We have been performing for over 60 years. Whether it’s classic shows such as Oklahoma or regional premieres such as The Producers and Sunset Boulevard, we have a rich history of performing award-winning musical theatre.'

Visits to the Website73
Also indexedIODS Theatre Company
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www.ipswichsymphonyorchestra.org

‘The Ipswich Symphony Orchestra Society has performed concerts in Ipswich since 1902 and has built up an enviable reputation for high quality music making. We pride ourselves in offering our players and our audiences the chance to explore the full orchestral repertoire, ranging from well known favourites to the lesser known challenging works not often performed live in East Anglia. We welcome local amateur and professional players alike, rehearsing weekly to prepare three concerts each year, and we are extremely pleased to invite world-renowned soloists to perform with us – bringing some of the very best talent to Ipswich audiences every season. Working within our community is important to us. Our summer concert has been a significant component of the Ip-Art Festival for many years and, in March each year, we present an afternoon Family Concert which, by careful choice of popular music, aims to inspire our young audience to take part in live musical performance.’

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www.music.peak-media.co.uk/jubileeladieschoir/

‘We are a very friendly group who share a love of singing. We have around 40 members and, if you are a lady, you can join too! (experienced singers through to enthusiastic novices are equally welcome) ... We have a varied calendar performing at weddings and giving recitals at local events - usually finishing with a couple of Christmas concerts held at local churches ... We introduce new music regularly as well as singing from a broad repertoire of classical and modern songs.’

Category:Ladies Choirs
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kingfishersinfonietta.co.uk

‘The Kingfisher Sinfonietta was founded in 2011 by its Leader/Director Beth Spendlove. In a short but very busy time, it has become a much respected orchestra, performing to high professional standards in a variety of venues across Suffolk and Essex. As well as some of the best orchestral musicians in East Anglia, the KFS occasionally helps young musicians to experience and gain confidence in orchestral playing. Soloists are drawn from the profession and from principal players within the orchestra ... Together with the Kingfisher Ensemble, audiences can enjoy our programmes of music for duo, trio, quartet - up to large-scale orchestral works requiring 40-50 players! We delight in supporting a number of important choral societies in small and large-scale works and also performing works by living composers ... Ensemble concerts are usually held at Lion Walk Church in Colchester ... Sinfonietta concerts are held at a variety of venues in East Anglia.’

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Also indexedKingfisher Ensemble
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www.kirbyevoices.org.uk

‘An established choir of around 30 experienced voices drawn from the Bury St Edmunds area where it is based which specialises in unaccompanied choral music of all periods, both sacred and secular ... George Kirbye (c.1565 - October 6th 1634) was an English composer of the late Tudor period and early Jacobean era. He was one of the members of the English Madrigal School, but also composed sacred music ... Our repertoire is wide and varied, equally at home singing Byrd, Handel & Howells as Elgar, Sullivan & close harmonies in King's Singers arrangements!‘

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.eatmt.org.uk

‘The Choir sings Traditional Songs popular in East Anglia and beyond over the centuries including: Sea Shanties, Drinking Songs, Elizabethan Rounds, Traditional Ballads, Laments, Chorus Songs and more. Organised by the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust, the Lark Folk Choir is open to all ages and abilities.‘

Category:Stowmarket
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Also indexedEast Anglian Traditional Music Trust
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www.lowestoftchoral.com

‘Welcome to Britain’s most easterly choir! ... Our singing season runs between September and May. The Choral Society usually hosts two concerts a year, one with a semi-professional orchestra and professional soloists and one which is often accompanied by a small instrumental ensemble. We also like to work with other music groups, including schools.‘

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www.martleshambrass.co.uk

'Formed on 13th September 1996. In response to a great demand from brass musicians in the Martlesham area ... Martlesham Brass is split into 4 bands (beginners, preliminaries, intermediates and main). Most people play in one band only, with new entrants being placed in a band depending on musical ability. No previous experience is required to join Martlesham Brass - all we ask for from our members is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.'

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www.theorwellsingers.co.uk

‘We are a friendly ladies' choir based in Ipswich. We sing all sorts of music from traditional to modern and perform in Suffolk several times a year ... Today there are choirs for everyone. The formal and the informal but The Orwell Singers bridge the gap. We are united by a passion for singing and love to perform everything from classical to modern, show songs to spirituals and folk songs to festive numbers.‘

Category:Ladies Choirs
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phoenixsingers.onesuffolk.net

'Amateur choral society that was founded by musician Malcolm Russell in 1976 ... With a choir of some 60 mixed voices we perform three concerts a year, mainly of sacred/liturgical but occasionally secular music ... Sometimes we combine forces with other choirs to perform a major work.'

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www.prometheusorchestra.co.uk

'Founded in 2008, draws on a pool of talented musicians based in Suffolk and environs, and performs core classical repertoire at accessible venues in East Anglia.'

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www.therabblechorus.co.uk

‘We are one of the country's biggest community choirs of around 340 singers, based in Suffolk and split into four rehearsal groups, one based in Easton, near Framlingham, one in Woodbridge, one in Saxmundham and one in Needham Market. We sing for our own and our audiences pleasure and to raise thousands of pounds for local and national charities each year. We also support entrepreneurs throughout the third world to lift their communities out of poverty with microloans ... It’s really all about the sense of achievement, community and fun to be had from singing together. We are always happy to have new members. Just get in touch ... or turn up to a rehearsal.’

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www.swchoral.org.uk

Founded 1883: ‘With professional orchestras and soloists, we undertake a broad repertoire from Renaissance and Baroque works to contemporary pieces – mostly drawn from the large choral and orchestral repertoire but with occasional smaller works and a capella singing ... Saffron Walden’s youth choir SignuptoSing is now an important part of the Choral Society family’.

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Also indexedSignuptoSing
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www.swmtc.net

'An award-winning theatre group which presents popular musicals, operas and light operettas ... The company presents two shows a year through its adult group and its youth wing ... In its history there is hardly a show that SWMTC has not tackled, performing works by all the major musical theatre composers ...'

Visits to the Website70
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www.saffronsymphony.org

‘We generally perform 4-5 concerts each year, in and around Saffron Walden ... We do not audition members, but do ask for a minimum standard (generally at least grade six depending on the instrument). We are always pleased to hear from string and brass players in particular ... While many of our players travel some distance to play with us, we are of course particularly interested to hear from orchestral musicians who live near Saffron Walden or in the district of Uttlesford ... Saffron Walden Orchestral Society ... oversees the running of both the Saffron Walden Symphony Orchestra (SWSO; previously known as Uttlesforde Orchestra) and the Saffron Walden Childrens Orchestra (SWCO).‘

Visits to the Website24
Also indexedSaffron Walden Childrens Orchestra
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www.semvc.com

‘Formed in 1988 by four teachers, St Edmundsbury Male Voice Choir currently numbers approximately 90 members drawn from Bury St Edmunds and its surrounding villages and as far afield as Ipswich, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. The Choir has a wide repertoire of songs from 1940s swing, Welsh hymns, spirituals, folk songs and material from musical theatre, to tunes from the charts. Besides performing locally in Suffolk, the choir has toured extensively both within the United Kingdom and Europe assisting many charitable organisations in their fund raising activities. We regularly sing with other choirs, groups, bands, orchestras or solo artists.’

Visits to the Website55
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www.stowmarketchorale.org.uk

‘An ambitious choir of friendly and enthusiastic singers who perform a wide repertoire of the very best in choral works.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website48
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www.stowmarketconcertband.org.uk

‘Suffolk based non-contesting brass band ... Formed in 1962 as a schools band. Over the years it has developed into a band for players of any age. The band has a main band and a training band, providing tuition, instruments and support to wannabe or returning players of any age or ability.’

Visits to the Website42
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www.stowmarketoperatic.org.uk

Formed 1922: ‘Affectionately known to members and friends as SODS ... a friendly group with a reputation for presenting high quality and award winning plays, musicals and pantomimes. We are always keen to welcome enthusiastic and talented new members aged 16 and over. Children from Year 4 – Year 13 can apply to join the SODS Youth Group’.

Visits to the Website43
Also indexedSODS Youth Group
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sudburychoralsociety.co.uk

'We are a very friendly group of about 60 members of varying abilities and ages who share a love of singing. We give four concerts a year, frequently with soloists and an orchestra usually held in St Peters, Sudbury. As well as large choral works, our programmes feature a variety of music, from Bach to the Beatles, and include folk music, madrigals and carols.'

Visits to the Website62
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www.sudburysymphonyorchestra.com

'Formed in 1993 ... aims to enable amateur instrumentalists to play challenging music whilst having fun. The orchestra plays a range of classical and light music in three or four concerts each year ... As well as regular concerts, the orchestra meets for day or weekend events a couple of times a year to work on repertoire other than the concert programmes ... Anyone is welcome to join; there are no auditions but usually a trial period to make sure everyone is happy, and a minimum of grade 5 is probably needed to keep up. We are always interested in hearing from new players ...'

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www.suffolkconcertband.org.uk

‘The Band was formed in 1967, when several amateur musicians attended an adult education class. The class was run by the Ipswich Civic College (now Suffolk College) for people interested in playing military and brass band music. The nucleus of the class were members of the Ipswich Town Brass Band, and the Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Territorial Regimental Band. The band split from the College and became the Suffolk Military Band ... In 1992 the band changed its name to the Suffolk Concert Band in order to reflect the full range of the ensemble's repertoire ... We are available all year round for concerts, fetes, weddings, dinners and garden parties. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings ... Visitors and potential new members are always welcome.’

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www.suffolkconstabularymalevoicechoir.co.uk

‘Has built a tradition of music to entertain a wide variety of audiences whilst enhancing the reputation of the Suffolk Constabulary within the community. Membership is now open to all ranks of serving and retired police officers, members of the Special Constabulary, police employed personnel and friends of the Suffolk Constabulary. Over the years concerts throughout Suffolk and beyond have raised thousands of pounds for local causes.’

Visits to the Website21
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suffolkphoenixbrass.co.uk

Ipswich-based: ‘The Band enjoys a local following, providing a number of indoor concerts during the year and performing in the various local parks throughout the summer. The band also plays at a number of fetes and charity events. Currently, the band is not contesting but this is not necessarily ruled out in the future if that is the will of the members. Visitors and new members are welcome ... The Band has evolved from the Suffolk Fire Service Band and has been in existence for over thirty years. The band is now fully independent and self-financing’.

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www.suffolksamba.com

‘We're a group of non-professional musicians and dancers, from across East Anglia.  We love playing music and dancing but most importantly we love having fun.  We call ourselves a samba school after the large samba groups in Brazil.  These groups often have thousands of members, and spend all year working towards a carnival where they compete against other schools in the area ... We perform music and dance inspired by Brazil, Cuba, Africa and our home town of Ipswich.’

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suffolksinfonia.co.uk

'A symphony orchestra based at Bury St Edmunds in West Suffolk. Many concerts are given in and around Bury St Edmunds, and the orchestra also gives performances in the surrounding region. Professional music teachers make up the core of the orchestra which rehearses regularly on Wednesdays during term time. Music students and gifted amateurs also help to maintain the high standard of playing.'

Visits to the Website146
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www.suffolksingers.co.uk

''Previous experience of singing in a choir and moderate sight-reading ability would be beneficial and you will need to be confident with singing unaccompanied music. You will be invited to attend a couple of rehearsals to find out what sort of group we are and how well you will fit in. If you like us, and our music, you will be asked to have a short informal audition. You do not need to prepare anything for the audition beforehand as it will involve singing something we have been working on in the rehearsal. If successful, should there be no vacancy available for your voice at that point, you will be placed on a waiting list and advised as soon as one becomes available ...'

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www.suffolkmusichub.co.uk/music-opportunities/taking-part/suffolk-youth-music-activities/

Suffolk Youth Music (SYM) is Suffolk County Music Service's (SCMS) programme of musical activities for children and young people who live or are educated in Suffolk. Young musicians will have access to a progressive range of professionally led and coached ensemble opportunities from beginner to advanced level. SCMS offers a range of genres, styles and traditions, with sign-posted routes to national programmes for the most advanced.‘

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www.tco.freeola.com

'Founded in 1974 with its first concert in Blythburgh, Suffolk. It is a small orchestra of gifted amateurs playing to a high standard. Most concerts are given in Westleton, Suffolk, but occasionally elsewhere. The repertoire is mainly Baroque and Early Classical, but also includes later and modern works. Some concerts are strings only, and may be directed from the harpsichord or by the violin leader.‘

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www.vipchorus.co.uk

‘We are Suffolk's male Barbershop chorus singing close harmony acappella arrangements of popular music. The VIPs meet every week to rehearse and we like to compete in the annual National Barbershop Convention at the end of May, as well as performing at occasional events across the county.’

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www.thevoicesquad.org.uk

The Voice Squad came into being in 1992, when 10 little girls crammed themselves into the lounge of Birgitta’s terraced house, and sang for half an hour on Saturdays. The sweetshop on the corner was a major incentive, and the gigs and Festival successes began immediately. As the troupes spilled out of the back door, new premises were found, and small boys initiated into the growing forces. Today there are 3 Squads, each with around 40 members, embracing young singers aged 4-20+. The cross-section of repertoire is huge, catering for all tastes and stretching the singers to pull off entertainment in a style unique to Voice Squad which has had audiences expanding to fill sell-out gigs.’

Visits to the Website38
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www.clarecommunitychoir.co.uk

‘A choir open to people in Clare and surrounding communities. There are no auditions, the emphasis is on singing together in a relaxed environment. We sing a wide range of music from the standards to musicals, rock, pop & soul. If you enjoy singing and want to join us, then come along and try us out!

Visits to the Website11
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www.tmg.org.uk

‘A non professional symphony orchestra and choir, with 220 regularly performing members. Originally formed as an orchestra in 1959 the addition of the choir led to the creation of Trianon Music Group in September 1963. The Group performs three major concerts each year ... In addition, groups of singers and instrumentalists perform smaller scale concerts across the region at local venues to help local projects and charities with with fundraising ... Trianon has developed a tradition of rehearsing for and performing major concerts during university holidays. In this way we can include students who live away. This also suits those who are members of other groups which meet during term time as they have the opportunity to perform with us as well as their regular groups.‘

Visits to the Website46
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www.vivavoices.com

Founded 2009: ‘Community choirs in Norfolk and Suffolk for everyone who loves singing! ... We have choirs in Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Stowmarket and Wymondham ... At VivaVoices we sing a lively and eclectic mix of pop, easy listening, musicals, classical, and songs from around the world, with something to suit all tastes and each term we also include some song requests from the group.’

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www.wlog.org.uk

‘Constituted in its present form in 1965 by singers in and around the market town of Beccles, which lies on the River Waveney (hence the Group's name) ... The Society has gone from strength to strength since its inception and is now one of the premier entertainment societies in its area, drawing audiences from far and wide. The Group is purely amateur, but always aims to present a professional approach in all it does ... Until 1978, productions were taken solely from the works of Gilbert & Sullivan but since then all forms of light opera have been attempted, ranging from classical favourites to modern comedies. A further advance was made in 1992, when we began to present a show in the spring as well as our main production in the autumn ... Our most recent endeavour was the establishment in 2010 of a "youth section", known as WLOG Rising Stars, devoted to developing the talents of performers up to the age of 19yrs.’

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Also indexedWLOG Rising Stars
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waveneysinfonia.org.uk

‘Formed in 1978 and was the brainchild of Richard Featherstone. The aim was to give Waveney (a district in Suffolk, UK) an orchestra and to provide an opportunity for local young people to play with more mature musicians in an orchestra under a professional baton. The orchestra is based in Lowestoft and performs three times yearly (October, January and June).’

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www.waveneystrings.org.uk

‘A friendly and non-selective group of like-minded string players ... We enjoy performing a wide range of repertoire from a variety of different musical genres. New members are always welcome.’

Visits to the Website102
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www.wolseyorchestra.org

‘On 29 October 1972, a small group of enthusiastic Ipswich musicians walked on stage in the Ipswich Council Chamber to give their first public performance as the Wolsey Chamber Orchestra. We spent the following years performing three concerts per season, always to an exceptionally high standard, often playing challenging modern works which normally only got an airing in London's contemporary music scene. Wolsey Orchestra later developed into a full-scale symphony orchestra pioneering the performance of large scale works, bringing high quality performances to Ipswich audiences of such landmark pieces as Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Firebird and Petrushka ballet scores, Mahler Symphonies Nos. 1, 5 and 8 [Symphony of a Thousand], to select but a few.’

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www.woodbridgechoralsociety.org

'Founded in 1883, we are a friendly choir who welcome all voices, young and old.'

Visits to the Website78
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www.woodbridgeexcelsiorband.org

'A community brass band based in the town of Woodbridge, Suffolk where the band has been in residence since 1846. Available for hire all year round, we play at a wide variety of functions ranging from concerts, beer festivals, weddings, fetes and private parties. During the Christmas season we are often to be seen playing carols in Woodbridge and Ipswich area. During the summer months we can often be found performing in local parks, on seafronts and in bandstands. We have a long tradition of providing free concerts and generally put on four such concerts a year at the Woodbridge Community Hall. These are non-ticket events and well attended by the local community. We are a contesting band that constantly strives to improve our performances and we are proud to represent Woodbridge when we go away to national competitions.'

Visits to the Website43
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www.woodbridgeorchestra.org

‘The orchestra’s repertoire is of classical music from across the sixteenth century to the present-day and ranging in character from miniatures to full scale symphonic works. Authentic editions are used whenever possible; special musical arrangements are adopted occasionally to overcome the absence of a particular instrument ...  Players of all standards are welcome without audition subject to available places. Present members range from RSM Grade 3 to full professional qualifications. The main requirement is for members to attend rehearsals regularly and to play in the orchestra’s ”at home” concerts.’

Category:Woodbridge
Visits to the Website59
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www.wrenthamband.org

Formed 1919: ‘A friendly and progressive brass band that welcomes new players. We are a non-contesting band of 3-4th section standard (Class A locally) with a diary of diverse engagements at various venues in the Suffolk and Norfolk area. Our concerts are interesting and challenging and are enjoyed by our audiences and members. Instruments are usually available on loan and there are no subscriptions to pay’.

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www.becclespublichall.org.uk

‘The vision of the Beccles Public Hall directors and management team is to develop a centrally located facility, where local people can access and enjoy a wide range of activities from events, concerts and performances to special interest groups. Our project aims to provide the Public Hall, for the first time in its history, a management structure that will ensure its long term future. This new energy will drive the project forward bringing fresh ideas, uses and sustainability.’

Visits to the Website53
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www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk

‘Now a Grade II listed building, Haverhill Arts Centre provides a wide ranging programme of arts and entertainment for Haverhill and the surrounding area, featuring a broad selection of theatre, cinema, comedy, children’s shows, music (rock, jazz, classical, folk and world), dance, spoken word, and a variety of participatory workshops for children and adults.'

Visits to the Website95
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www.longmelfordchurch.com

'Holy Trinity is a popular venue to hold events, ranging from concerts, art exhibitions, to textile exhibitions. Many visiting artistes comment on the beautiful and inspiring setting and musicians often comment on the "generous" acoustics ... Melford Music is a charity which hosts lunchtime recitals through the summer months starting at 1.10pm every Wednesday. Admission is free.'

Category:Churches
Visits to the Website144
Also indexedMelford Music
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www.johnpeelcentre.com

’A beautifully converted corn exchange in the heart of Suffolk and just 5 minutes from the Norwich-Ipswich-London railway line. We take pride in hosting a variety of original music, from established acts to emerging talent. We also host poetry, film, theatre, and comedy ... John Peel was an English disc jockey, radio presenter and journalist. He was the longest-serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJ’s broadcasting regularly from 1967 until his death in 2004. He was known for his eclectic taste in music and his honest and warm broadcasting style.‘

Visits to the Website48
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www.marinatheatre.co.uk

‘Hosting an array of comedy, musical, dance and drama performances in Lowestoft.  And with a mixture of live entertainment and great cinema the Marina Theatre is at the cultural heart of the town. We have also been the residence of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005 – a real prestigious partnership ...’

Visits to the Website115
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www.royalhospitalschool.org/co-curricular/music

‘The School is well known for its musical excellence and music is embedded in the School’s wider culture and ethos. The facilities offered through the Music School are outstanding, with a concert hall, recital rooms, practice rooms, recording studio, music technology suite, rock room, live lounge and cathedral-proportioned chapel ... Over 400 pupils learn to play at least one instrument and there is an orchestra, 80-strong chapel choir, chamber choir, ceremonial marching band, concert band, big band and numerous ensembles, including many rock and pop groups. As a result of the School's unique naval heritage and royal connections, the band and choir have had opportunities to perform with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, before international rugby matches at Twickenham and at St Paul’s Cathedral and St James’ Palace.‘

Visits to the Website44
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saffronhall.com

'An award-winning 740-seat performance space built in the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School. The hall’s critically acclaimed acoustic and state-of-the-art facilities surpass many of the world’s more established venues ... Close to Saffron Walden’s historic town centre, the £10-million venue is the result of a partnership between the School and Yellow Car Charitable Trust and is believed to be the largest gift of its kind to a state school. Saffron Hall is becoming a vibrant cultural centre for the region, offering outstanding artistic encounters in an expanding programme that weaves international artists together with local performance groups and learning and participation activities.'

Visits to the Website88
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snapemaltings.co.uk

'An international performance centre based at one of the world’s best-loved music venues, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, and set against a stunning backdrop of reeds, water and big skies ... The creative campus is home to Aldeburgh Music, a year-round programme with a unique artistic model. Having grown out of the Aldeburgh Festival, it has realised founder Benjamin Britten’s vision for an international centre of music whose performance programme makes its mark on the world’s stage and which has artist development, learning and community inclusion as its creative engine. Aldeburgh Music’s programme ranges from development opportunities for musicians at all career stages to work that explores music’s ability to have a positive impact on people’s lives when they need it most.'

Visits to the Website77
Also indexedAldeburgh Music
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www.stedscathedral.co.uk/music

'A popular venue for concerts and a major venue for the annual Bury St Edmunds Festival. It regularly hosts international performers, and boasts two superb musical instruments: the Cathedral organ is a large four manual instrument built in 2010 by Harrison and Harrison and the grand piano is a Steinway model D (2007).'

Category:Cathedrals
Visits to the Website99
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www.stmaryssaffronwalden.org

‘St Mary’s has a rich musical life: as well as music on Sunday services, there is also a programme of concerts ... The main function of the Choir is to sing at services at St. Mary’s Church but several concerts are given each year, either in aid of a charity or music funds ... St Mary’s Brass plays at various events including St. Mary’s Summer and Christmas Fairs and at an annual concert ... Numerous musical groups, organisations, schools and societies have used our church as a venue for their events due to its size, splendour and acoustics.‘

Visits to the Website53
Also indexedSt Mary’s Brass
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www.stpetersbythewaterfront.com

‘Important during the times of Henry VIII when it was the base of Cardinal Wolsey's short-lived college the Church has now been regenerated for the 21st Century. As well as being a heritage centre St Peter's is a venue for music and the arts, and is home to the Ipswich Hospital Band, Suffolk School of Samba and Ipswich Youth Steel Band, who all use the centre for rehearsals and concerts ... There is live music in St Peter’s every Wednesday lunchtime, which is free for visitors to listen to while exploring the centre, as well as the many concerts and events which happen throughout the year, performed by local, national and international groups.’

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newcut.org

‘Opened in 2004, The Cut has been giving Halesworth quality theatre and music for over 10 years, hosted mainly in the Alan Bates Auditorium, which was opened by the late Sir Alan Bates himself. Not only has The Cut been praised for showing fantastic shows and musical numbers over the years but for showing fabulous artworks from some of the most brilliant local artists in the Suffolk and Norfolk region and also for its superb café that supplies delicious homemade pastries and cakes, all set in a beautifully restored Maltings workhouse that still keeps some of its old world charm.’

Visits to the Website74
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www.woodbridgeschool.org.uk/extra-curricular/music/

'Music at Woodbridge School is nationally regarded as exceptional. Many pupils regularly train and perform with some of the UK’s most prestigious youth orchestras and choirs. Yet music is not an elite activity at Woodbridge – the emphasis is on enjoyment and involvement for all. The ethos of Woodbridge’s music department is based around the classical repertoire, but there are many opportunities for pupils to play other styles of music such as rock, jazz and swing ... Through all of the musical activity within the music school, the School performs a pupil-led programme of over 60 concerts every year.'

Visits to the Website81
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