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Area: Wiltshire

www.avonvalleyconcerts.com

'Bringing first-class classical music performed by professional musicians to our area of Ringwood and Fordingbridge. We present six evening concerts between October and April, usually on the first Friday of the month. Recently we have introduced a Sunday afternoon Proms concert of easy-listening classics at a reduced ticket price for adults and where children are free. Our musicians perform in the intimate atmosphere of small, comfortable and well-heated venues. Normally, they will address the audience and give us an insight into the complexities of the work they're performing and a brief background history of the composer who wrote it.'

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Also indexedRingwood, Hampshire
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www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/bradford-o-a.htm

'The aim of the Society is to present on excellent sound equipment a broad range of classical music on compact disc, selected from the whole of the recording era, circa 1900 to the present day. Programmes include a wide variety of orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal music, chosen and presented by members and by visiting specialists, giving background about the music or performers ... Visitors are very welcome at any of our meetings. Whether you come with a friend or alone, you will find the atmosphere friendly and welcoming.'

Visits to the Website48
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www.calnemusicandartsfestival.co.uk

'A quality programme of music and the arts for this ten-day Festival, a programme which encompasses music and art of all genres. "Something for everyone", as the expression goes ...' Held Early October.

Category:Arts Festivals
Visits to the Website69
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www.chippfolk.co.uk

'A unique and distinctive event of national importance. It features the very best in English traditional music and dance with an emphasis on participation and education. Run entirely by volunteers, it has minimal and very local sponsorship; it is fiercely independent and entirely in control of its artistic programme ... It is a "200+ events, make up your own festival in a variety of venues in a small, welcoming, market town" festival. Just like English traditional music and dance it is modest, unassuming, inclusive, fun and ultimately rewarding.' Held Spring Bank Holiday Weekend.

Category:Folk Festivals
Visits to the Website53
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www.farleymusic.co.uk

‘World class performances of classical music in the intimate setting of an iconic church ... To attend a concert in All Saints’ Church, Farley, is to be delighted by this charming seventeenth century church with its extraordinary acoustics, and to marvel at the quality of musicianship presented in a small, intimate setting.’ Held Mid June.

Visits to the Website31
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www.swindonmusicservice.org

'Make Music Swindon is the borough’s music education hub: bringing together opportunities to make and learn music, and connecting everyone working in music with children and young people in the borough. It’s a network of organisations and individuals across the county, including schools, who want to help more young people learn and make music in Swindon It’s led by the Borough Council, working alongside a small advisory group, and network of partners.'

Visits to the Website82
Also indexedSwindon Music Service | Swindon Young Musicians
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mamsmusic.co.uk

'Formed in 1971 for the promotion of good music in Malmesbury Abbey, a venue highly acclaimed for its beautiful acoustics, and has since organised a variety of top quality concerts from both internationally renowned artists and local performers. The concert season runs from March - November with six unmissable concerts each year.'

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www.mardenhouseconcerts.co.uk

'Offers a unique music experience: a Sunday afternoon listening to professional musicians perform in the intimate setting of Marden House, with its widely-acclaimed acoustic, followed by tea and an opportunity to meet the performers.'

Category:Chippenham
Visits to the Website29
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www.marlboroughfolk-roots.co.uk

'Since 1999 we have presented well over 100 shows (we have lost count) of the finest folk and roots music. Venues have been as diverse as a friend's sitting room, two churches, two school theatres, the town hall and the church hall. We do not receive any sponsorship but run with the goodwill of our regular members and friends.'

Category:Folk Clubs
Visits to the Website35
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www.rscm.com

'An educational charity committed to promoting the study, practice and improvement of music in Christian worship. It is an open, life-long learning organisation, offering face-to-face and distance education and training through its programmes, published resources, courses and activities. The RSCM supports a world-wide membership of churches, schools and individuals, and is sustained by thousands of donors and volunteers worldwide. Founded by Sir Sydney Nicholson in 1927, the RSCM’s original emphases were English and choral. Now, in a diverse international context, the RSCM’s work is far broader and more diverse, and we aim to make all our work ecumenical in purpose, nature and content.'

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rwbartsfestival.com

'If you enjoy playing an instrument, acting, singing or all kinds of speaking in public we have opportunities for you to perform in public and gain invaluable feedback on your work. In June and July our Music Festival takes place and in November it is the turn of Speech and Drama and Classical Guitar.'

Visits to the Website69
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www.iao.org.uk/salisbury/

‘The object of the Association is to advance the education of the public in the art of music with special reference to liturgical and organ music. We hold lecture/recital and masterclasses, and arrange visits to churches and organs within striking distance of Salisbury, record evenings and social events. We also endeavour to support young organists.’

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www.swindonfolk.org

Aims of the Club '* To foster good singing and help new singers and musicians; * To encourage interest in British and other national traditional folksong and music; * To introduce folksong, music and fok customs to a wider public; * To work towards, and assist wherever possible, international friendship and understanding. We welcome performers of all abilities. The atmosphere is friendly and encouraging, so come along and have a go. It doesn’t matter how good you are – we all had to start somewhere!'

Category:Folk Clubs
Visits to the Website38
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www.tetburymusicfestival.org

'The Tetbury Music Festival was started by Elise Smith and Graham Kean in 2003. Steven Isserlis was the first Artistic Director. The Festival attracts internationally acclaimed performers, but also supports new musicians.' Held Late September.

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www.whitehorsefolkclub.co.uk

'Started in 1974 ... Met at a Highworth pub, The White Horse Inn, though in fact the club took its name from the Vale of the White Horse ... The club starts at 8pm every first and third Wednesday of the month at the Church Room, and the format allows for plenty of floor singers even on nights with a guest performer.'

Category:Folk Clubs
Visits to the Website37
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www.wiltshiremusicconnect.org.uk

'Its "vision" is that the highest quality and range of music making opportunities are available to all children and young people in Wiltshire. And to achieve that, its "mission" is to support & develop a vibrant community of music makers and a diverse range of high quality learning opportunities, which are open to all and celebrate achievement. As well as working with schools and music teachers we work with a growing group of people involved in a much wider range of music activity, including bands, clubs and groups, promoters, festivals and venues – with both professional and volunteer musicians and music supporters.'

Visits to the Website58
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wiltshireruralmusicschool.co.uk

‘WRMS is a music charity supporting and enabling local communities and individuals to realise their music making ambitions and initiatives. Our particular focus is our “Music on your Doorstep” rural outreach programme which aims to widen participation in music through high quality workshops and activities ... Our goal is to enable music-making of any shape or form across the county, particularly in village communities.’

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www.aldbourneband.org.uk

'Based in Aldbourne, originally formed in 1860 by the church organist. The Band's aim is to provide consistently high standards of music performances on both the concert and contest platform. The Band presents on average 14 concerts each year along with 4 contests which are essential in maintaining and testing the playing standards ...'

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www.amesburyband.club

'Amesbury, and its nearby UN World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, has been confirmed as the longest continuous settlement in the United Kingdom. We can only trace our history back to the 1860s, but except for a brief hibernation in the mid 1960s, the band has been a regular provider of music at local community events held within our small, but historic, Wiltshire town. We are a non-contesting band. We play just for the enjoyment of playing brass band music at local events such as fetes, fairs, concerts and service dinners.'

Visits to the Website43
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www.aveburyvocal.org

‘Formed in 2000 and formerly known as NUBISS (the New University of Bath In Swindon Singers). We are a chamber choir of between 25 and 30 singers who enjoy getting together to rehearse and perform both accompanied and unaccompanied music, encompassing sacred and secular works. We perform around three concert programmes anually in the Avebury, Swindon and Marlborough area, plus at least two Christmas carol celebrations each year. Each concert we aim to provide a large central choral item, either unaccompanied or with organ, and supported by smaller motets, madrigals and part songs.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website39
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bj-bigband.org.uk

Established 2009: ‘Based in Christian Malford, Wiltshire, consisting of players who have a wealth of experience playing in other musical groups from saxophone ensemble, through miltary bands and rock combos to symphony orchestra. We are a swing band with Saxes, Trumpets, Trombones and Rhythm section, which is the same formation as Count Basie, Duke Ellington or Glenn Miller, not to mention more recent bands such as the Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, playing a variety of jazz and swing style music in the big band style’.

Category:Big Bands
Visits to the Website20
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www.bradfordonavoncarols.info

'2017 is the 9th year of singing unusual and local carols in the pubs of Bradford on Avon and these wonderful events have become loved by many. For this year we’ve decided to expand the teaching we give to spread these carols and their arrangements more widely. As well as the one-off learning session on the second Saturday in December there is a new singing group starting in September where you can learn the carols and their harmonies in more detail.'

Visits to the Website44
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boachoral.weebly.com

‘Founded in 1986 as a community choir for the local area. Since then we have rehearsed and performed a huge range of choral works — masses, anthems, oratorios, opera and secular pieces. We are enthusiastic amateurs who enjoy being part of the great British tradition of choral singing. ​Our concerts are generally performed with professional soloists and keyboard players or orchestra. No audition is required but a high level of commitment is expected. In this way the musicianship of individuals increases and we can tackle more and more challenging works. We perform two major concerts each year in the Bradford on Avon area, one in December and one in May/June. We also sing at charity or community events at least twice a year and, from time to time, hold all-day singing workshops which are open to everyone.’

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www.calnechoral.co.uk

‘A warm welcome awaits all singers at Calne Choral Society. We are a friendly bunch! We work towards three performances a year ... Whatever your experience and skill level, we are always looking for new singers for all voice parts, soprano, alto, tenor and bass. There is no audition, unless you need help finding a voice part. Each voice part has a rep who will welcome you, introduce you to the music director ... and can even pair you up with someone experienced who can offer assistance throughout rehearsals. Music will be provided and all we ask is that you hand it back at each rehearsal until you decide to join us as a member. You can stay for three rehearsals before you decide to join.’

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concertina.info/wordpress/

'This Site is dedicated to two English music sessions that run on alternate weeks in Bath and Bradford on Avon. On this site we want to tell you about the sessions and what to expect at them. We also want to tell you about the music we play and provide resources for people who want to know more ... It’s amazing how little the English know about their own music and dance. We have a rich tradition of music and song that’s the equal of anywhere else in Europe, but you wouldn’t know that from listening to the English media! Catch the Irish or the Scots doing that!'

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www.kennetaccordionorchestra.com

'Based within the valley of the River Kennet , the orchestra is supported by an enthusiastic group of accordionists from the surrounding towns of Marlborough, Hungerford, Newbury and Swindon. We share a common passion for playing the accordion and as a collective, perform concerts, support charitable organisations and participate in music festivals throughout the local region and beyond.'

Visits to the Website37
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www.malmesburyconcertband.org.uk

'Malmesbury Concert Band, once known as Malmesbury Town Band, has been an integral part of Malmesbury for more than 150 years ... We are a concert wind band with approximately 35 members ... We have several engagements during the year including at Bandstands in municipal parks and Concerts. Subject to vacancies, we are happy to welcome new members who play appropriate brass and woodwind, and occasionally percussion, instruments - particularly those who are confident sight-readers and of a reasonable playing standard.'

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www.malmesburysingers.co.uk

'Friendly choir for Malmesbury and the surrounding area, always welcome new singers in each part ... Approximately 60 – 70 singers ... We usually put on at least two concerts a year, although we do occasionally put on a light summer concert ... We sing a wide variety of choral music to suit all tastes and perform regularly with full orchestra and professional soloists ... We are privileged to rehearse and perform in Malmesbury Abbey, an inspiring building steeped in the history of England and Wessex.'

Visits to the Website55
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marlboroughcommunitychoir.org

Marlborough Community Choir is open to everyone, of any age, and any musical experience (including none at all). We will have a very eclectic repertoire, spanning folk, world music, pop, reggae, and Motown. The only music not included is what might be considered serious classical or sacred ... MCC is not a performance choir but there will be opportunities to perform, especially for community causes. Let me know of any and we’ll do it if we have enough voices ... There will be a lot of silliness, because I like it and because we’re here to have fun. And laughter is a great preparation for singing.‘

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mco.org.uk

'We are a friendly orchestra that draws people of different ages and with varying levels of playing experience. We offer a supportive environment which is ideal for anyone who hasn’t played in an orchestra before or who wants to brush up their skills. We only ask that players are Grade 6 standard or above, as our repertoire is challenging. The concert programmes are a mix of major symphonic works by composers such as Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Brahms, Beethoven and Rachmaninov and lighter pieces such as songs from the shows, Christmas music and film scores.'

Visits to the Website44
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nwso.org.uk

'A welcoming and friendly symphony orchestra, made up of amateur musicians from all parts of the county and neighbouring areas. The orchestra was founded in 1966 in Marlborough and has been performing continuously ever since. We rehearse in Devizes, and have three concerts a year in St Andrews’ Church in Chippenham.'

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www.strings-incognito.org.uk

’A friendly string orchestra based in Chippenham, Wiltshire. We started meeting in January 2015 - the group grew out of a desire for a group of musicians to get together and have fun playing the incredibly varied repertoire available for string orchestra ... Charity fundraising is an important part of our ethos. At each concert we support a charity suggested by our members. Our organising team cover all our costs from their own pockets, to allow 100% of your donations to go directly to the charity.‘

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swindonsymphonyorchestra.org.uk

‘An amateur orchestra whose members are mainly adults. However, at times young people (under 18 years) are involved in the Orchestra’s activities. The Orchestra welcomes and actively encourages the involvement of such young people, to foster their musical development and encourage future membership ... The players come from all walks of life, and while some are teachers of music and instrumental teachers, there are representatives from many professions, and a wide age range. They are all united in their enjoyment of making music and supporting good causes at the same time.’

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tetburycommunitychoir.weebly.com

'Tetbury Community Choir is very friendly and informal, all ages, sexes. You don’t have to read music, just enjoy singing.'

Visits to the Website51
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www.villagesingers.co.uk

‘A very friendly, informal choir based in Sutton Benger, with members coming from the many villages and towns in and around Chippenham, Wiltshire. We began as a small group in 2011 but now have over 70 members whose ages range from 10 to 80+ ... We have also performed at home and abroad under the name Viva Voices, but at heart we remain The Village Singers! We usually work towards two principal concert seasons each year in Summer and Winter/Christmas ... Our programmes range from sacred and choral pieces, classical and opera to spirituals, folk, pop and show tunes. Those with established music-reading skills can perform in smaller groups so that there is always something for everybody to enjoy singing and listening to. Our ethos is to have fun!‘

Visits to the Website23
Also indexedViva Voices
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www.trowbridgesymphonyorchestra.co.uk

'Wiltshire based, friendly, committed local orchestra performing 3 concerts a year.'

Visits to the Website57
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www.wco.org.uk

'A dynamic amateur orchestra which aims to offer its members a challenging and fun environment in which to explore a variety of music, ranging from light music and film works through to classical pieces, symphonies and concertos ... We are proud of our reputation as a welcoming and friendly orchestra. The orchestra is developing and moving forward with each concert and our range of works includes challenging pieces which aim to stretch us musically. We recommend that grade 5 is a suitable minimum standard for string players looking to join the orchestra - although players at a higher standard than this will also find themselves challenged and stretched.'

Visits to the Website63
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www.whitehorseopera.co.uk

‘Founded in 1990 ... in order to bring opera to the local community of Devizes and has since produced over 20 operas ... Recently we began a touring opera group which has had very successful tours with Marriage of Figaro, Merry Wives of Windsor, Pirates of Penzance and The Beggar's Opera. We also perform various fundraising concerts and recitals through the year, These are held at different venues around the area.’

Visits to the Website10
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woodfallsband.com

‘A Championship Section Brass Band, the 2017 Champion Band of the West of England, the band is based in the village of Woodfalls ... a small village 9 miles South of Salisbury and just one mile from the beautiful New Forest. There are under 1000 people living in the village, but the enthusiasm for music is traditionally very high and musical talent is in abundance.’

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www.malmesburyabbey.com

'Our 10.30am Abbey service is not dissimilar to the Sunday morning worship of some of our ancient Anglican Cathedrals—with a large robed choir and ministers, beautiful hymns, anthems and liturgy ... The 4pm is an informal, contemporary service with dedicated provision for children and young people. You can expect passionate worship led by a band, children’s games and activities, coffee in the middle of the service, occasional videos or interviews ... On the fourth Sunday of the month at 6.30pm people are drawn from all over North Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire for an inspiring Choral Evensong sung by the Abbey choir. The liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer and readings from the King James Version of the Bible are accompanied by sung responses, psalms, canticles and anthems.'

Visits to the Website42
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www.marlboroughcollege.org/music/

Music at Marlborough offers something very special. It embodies everything you might expect of an inspired, energetic and forward-thinking department but with that little bit extra that makes us a prospect worth investigating. "Inclusive" and "exclusive" are our preferred terms - inclusive in that we offer a musical opportunity to every age and stage, exclusive in that we provide unique programmes of study to those who wish to pursue music as a future career.'

Visits to the Website59
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www.salisburycathedral.org.uk

'The Cathedral has three choirs: the majority of the Cathedral's services are led by the Cathedral Choir, which consists of boy or girl Choristers, and Lay Vicars. The Cathedral's musical liturgy is also upheld by the Cathedral Chamber Choir, consisting of mixed voices, and the Cathedral Junior Choir, for younger voices. Salisbury has been well known for the lead that it gives in liturgy, and music has always played an important part in the Cathedral's worship ... The "Father" Willis Organ is central to worship at our Cathedral. From the quietest organ piece played at a weekday evensong, to the thrilling accompaniment of thousands of congregation members singing hymns over the Christmas period, our famous instrument has fulfilled this role for over 130 years. It is continually sought after by recitalists and recording companies, and is widely regarded as one of Willis’s great cathedral organs.'

Category:Cathedrals
Visits to the Website95
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www.sarum.ac.uk/college-community/special-events/lunchtime-concerts

'Sarum College is an ecumenical centre for Christian study and research ... Lunchtime concerts are held in Sarum College’s Butterfield Chapel. All concerts begin at 12:45pm and last approximately 45 minutes. After the concert the audience is invited to enjoy a sandwich buffet lunch in the College’s Common Room for a sociable end to the occasion.'

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www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk

'A purpose-built, 300-seat concert hall in Bradford on Avon hosting more than 90 concerts a year featuring world-class classical, folk, jazz and world music artists ... In addition to regular activities held at the Centre, including Jazz Factory workshops, choral singing sessions and music therapy groups, the Centre is the home to a variety of countywide orchestras and ensembles and runs an exemplary education and community programme across Wiltshire and beyond.'

Visits to the Website51
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swindontheatres.co.uk

'The auditorium has 635 seats and every seat is designed to be no further than 70ft from the stage. The venue offers a mixed programme of concerts, comedy, dance, drama, musical theatre and local amateur productions. The Wyvern Theatre  has a vibrant team of 30 staff members and an additional 30 front of house members.'

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www.salisbury.anglican.org/worship/music

'The Church of England encompasses many styles of liturgy and music, to enable as many as possible to deepen their understanding of God and their relationship with him ... Links to select the area of music that you need advice about, or resources for worship or training.'

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