Area: Wiltshire

'Online music festival offering a platform for amateur musicians and singers to perform in front of professional adjudicators and to receive feedback for their performances. The Festival exists to encourage and promote the performance and enjoyment of arts. Aiming particularly, but not exclusively, at young people it provides a challenge and a unique opportunity to perform in front of adjudicators, all experienced professionals, who will give instant comments and helpful advice ... The three highest scores in each class will be awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and all participants will receive a certificate.'  Held Early June.


ALERT  'Our inaugural Festival [2022] will be only offering classes for Piano but we hope to be expanding this to include all instruments, Dance, Drama, Speech and even fine arts like sculpture and photography in the future.'


Also indexedSwindon Music Trust | Virtual Virtuosos | Swindon Music Co-operative

'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.'


Also indexedRingwood, Hampshire

'Over one weekend in June we will be singing like blokes, acting like men and getting to be one of the guys. BlokeFest is a festival by good Blokes for good Blokes, who like singing or think they might if only they could do it in the right way. Our guiding philosophy is that singing is a truly manly activity as long as you sing the right stuff, in the right way, with the right men ...'


Category Marlborough

Pound Arts run a number of festivals throughout the year in and around Wiltshire, including the Blue Sky Festival  - normally held July.


Category Arts Festivals

'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.'


'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 ... It is very much a local Festival, and performers and artists are drawn from the town and region only.’ Held Early October.


Category Arts Festivals

'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

Founded 1956: ‘Friendship was one of the core reasons the Festival came into being; that, plus a belief on the part of the founders that sacred music is at the very heart of the liturgy (a form and arrangement of public worship laid down by a church or religion) – and the need to fundraise for a new Church roof ... The festival has flourished, and today it lasts for eight days at the end of August, from Compline by candlelight on the Sunday evening, to Eucharist on the following Sunday morning of the Bank Holiday weekend’.


Category Choral Festivals

‘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.


'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.'


'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

'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

'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.'


'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.’ Organized in two parts: ‘ Held Mid November.


‘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.’


Fortnightly evening meetings, September - June: ‘Visitors and new members are very welcome. There is ample parking‘.


’Founded by Ted & Ivy Poole and friends in 1960, the club (formerly Swindon Folksingers’ Club) has a long history of keeping traditional music alive in this busy town in north-west Wiltshire. From its beginnings in the folk revival, the club has seen Swindon’s character change from railway town to a modern centre of new technology and financial services; but through it all, Swindon Folk Club has remained as a friendly, relaxed and welcoming place where anyone can come and sing, play or listen.‘


Category Folk Clubs
Also indexedSwindon Folksingers’ Club

‘A not-for-profit association of over 50 self-employed specialist music teachers. We provide a wide range of instrumental and vocal tuition in the Swindon area, working in over 70 local schools and colleges, as well as providing out-of-school tuition to both young people and adults.‘


‘The Festival encourages entries from all ages and offers classes for the under 8s up to the mature voice (upper age no limit!). We also offer a wide range of classes including Choirs, Church Choir, Church Organ, Vocal, Pianoforte, Strings, Woodwind, Guitar, Brass, Keyboard, Ensembles and Composition.’ Held Mid March.


Swindon Music Service (SMS) is an organisation of associated tutors who work with schools delivering the majority of the Core Roles within the National Plan for Music Education and are the major supplier of music education hub when delivering services in Swindon schools.‘


Also indexedMake Music Swindon

‘A professional chamber music recital series based in Swindon, Wiltshire. We are unique in providing regular, high quality, professionally performed chamber music to audiences within the Swindon area, at affordable and inclusive ticket prices, as well as undertaking a number of educational events every season ... The Music Of Renown Ensemble ('MORE') is an ensemble of professional musicians associated with the Swindon Recital Series from which many of our performers are drawn.‘


Category Swindon
Also indexedMusic of Renown Ensemble

'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. (In addition, the Festival can offer events at other times of the year.)


‘In January 2006, a group of people known as The Friends of the Village Pump at the Lamb took control of the former home of the Village Pump Folk Club ...  The Friends have signed a lease with the building’s owner, Wadsworth & Company and are using the building as a music & arts venue ... Friday Folk runs between the start of September and the end of May. We have been entertained by the full range of guests from the long established stars to those just setting out on the journey. Usually the guest is on the first Friday of the month and the open mic. on the third.‘


Category Folk Clubs

'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

‘The Association is a friendly group of people, both performers and listeners, who are interested in the organ and its music and the world of choral music. Each year we have a varied programme of events, which include lectures and workshops on aspects of organ and choral music, recitals, visits to interesting organs and social events.’


'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.'


‘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.’


'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.’


'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.'


‘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

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

'Every year since 2010 we have had some wonderful sessions in what is becoming a continuing tradition of singing local "village" Christmas carols in pubs in Bradford on Avon. So as our new "tradition" becomes more firmly established this website will tell you all about what happens, where and why. You can hear some of the carols and see video. You can read learned discourse upon the history of the carol or just let the music wash over you. Come on in, the water’s lovely!'


‘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.’


Category Choral Societies

Founded 1859: ‘The Main Band is a busy and sociable band for confident players ... We play at a large number of events throughout the  year. We usually enter at least two contests per year ... The Training Band works along side the Main Band with the specific aim of developing players hopefully towards progressing into the Main Band and therefore securing the future of the organisation. Both adults and children are welcome ... We perform a number of times per year at local events such as fetes and concerts’.


‘Encourages young players into the Brass Band movement from Swindon and the surrounding area ... The band are always looking for new players to join, whatever standard. The Rising Stars band includes members who have only been playing for a few months and the Youth Band includes players who are currently practicing for their diplomas ... If you are 18 or younger and would like to start learning to play a brass instrument, here is your chance! We can usually provide an instrument (stock of specific instruments will vary) and basic tuition and professional help on a Saturday morning will be given.’


Also indexedGreat Western Youth Band

‘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.’

Category Choral Societies

Founded 1994 and based in Bradford-on-Avon: ‘The choir's repertoire is drawn from both the classical and jazz traditions and it regularly champions new music ... The choir has built a reputation for its skill in delivering challenging but hugely rewarding programmes. Cantamus actively collaborates with a variety of soloists, ensembles and composers, both professional and amateur, which has resulted in some memorable performances’.

Category Chamber Choirs

‘A windband with woodwind and brass sections ... We play marches, big band, theme tunes & classical ... We play at Village Fêtes, Town Band Stands, Gala Dinners and some Charity events, including carols in the High Street in December. We typically do around 20 Engagements a year, plus a few Carols. Members are asked to attend as many as they can in order to ensure a full-sounding band. We usually play for two hours, with a short break in the middle. These are usually weekend afternoons or evenings, although we can be asked to play weekday evenings.‘


‘We are a traditional Brass Band based in the Cotswold town of Corsham in Wiltshire. Unlike many other musical groups the band consists solely of brass instruments ranging from the high pitched Soprano Cornet to the low pitched BBb Bass. The Band which formed over 140 years ago plays in local fetes, concerts, weddings and other private and public functions. We are also a contesting band and have recently been promoted.’


‘A mixed amateur choir of 40 to 50 members ... performing since 1978 ... Our programme normally comprises three concerts a year: * A spring concert of standard classical works; * A summer concert of lighter music - madrigals, spirituals and part songs from Bruckner to the Beatles, and Sullivan to Seiber; * A seasonal Christmas concert of carols and other music ... Enthusiastic singers who can read music are always welcome; there are no auditions.’


Category Chamber Choirs

‘A symphonic wind band with a broad repertoire ... performing a wide range of music including classical, swing, medleys from films and shows and pop hits ... We have around 50 active players of all ages and abilities ... Whether you are an experienced player, looking to get back into music or want to join your first band, give us a call.‘


’A traditional brass band based near Salisbury near the New Forest. We run a senior band, training band and our just for fun Jubilee Brass ... Downton Band is on the lookout for more people to come join their band! ... Everyone, no matter how young or old is welcome to come along, there is no obligation and we actively encourage whole families to learn together, parents get so much more out of it and it is a uniique way of sharing quality time with your child whilst learning a new skill yourself.’


Also indexedDownton Jubilee Brass

'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!'


‘The Group currently comprises around 35 singers and its repertoire includes a wide range of sacred and secular music, spanning many periods and styles. The choir gives four large-scale concerts in Salisbury annually, performs in smaller events around the region, as well as providing the music at services, weddings and celebrations. The choir has also sung further afield, singing services at several cathedrals around the UK and touring to Ireland, Italy and Germany.’


Category Chamber Choirs

‘Based in the town of Fordingbridge in Hampshire, with around 40 members drawn from Fordingbridge and the surrounding area. Our repertoire ranges from madrigals and part songs to the great choral masterpieces ... If you want to join us, you will be very welcome.’

Category Choral Societies

'We're a massively exciting orchestra bringing you iconic music that makes the hairs on your neck stand on end! ...  Now with the annual Fulltone Music Festival well established, their events in Wiltshire and beyond are something quite spectacular!'


Category Trowbridge

Founded 1978: ‘Our concert season runs from September to July, consisting of three main concerts: a Christmas performance with seasonal works and traditional carols; a Spring concert which tends to be our “big” concert of the year featuring larger-scale works; and the Summer event, at which we take the opportunity to sing more light-hearted music in a “song & supper” atmosphere ... We sing with professional orchestras and soloists, but in many cases draw soloists from our own ranks’.


Category Choral Societies

'If Opera is all about improving the way opera works, so that more people can enjoy its wonder. We also want to normalise an art form that persists in the national psyche as something rare and impenetrable. That means changing the way we do things, from the roots up.'


Category Opera Companies

'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.'


‘Like no other choir you will ever have seen before ... the Choir delivers songs from its vast repertoire with energy, passion,movement and style! From blues to ballads, showstoppers to swing, and classics to chart toppers, the Choir creates a sound that can take your breath away. Then one of the many talented soloists will step forward to deliver a performance that would take some beating on the West End stage. Many of the songs featured have been specially arranged for Kentwood by both local and nationally acclaimed musicians.’


Category Community Choirs

‘Formed in 1991 to deputise at services in Cathedrals, Priories, Abbeys and Greater Churches when their own choirs are on holiday. Over the years, the choir’s repertoire has expanded to include light and secular as well as sacred music, enabling the choir to perform for charity events and other occasions such as weddings and funerals.’


‘MCC was the brainchild of a number of Malmesbury residents who loved to sing. We found ourselves the very best Musical Director we could, gave him complete creative control, and launched in June 2013, with very little idea whether the community would be interested. We held two free open evenings in the town hall which were swamped with eager participants. We had a total of 160 applicants to join the new choir! Taking advice from our MD we capped the choir at 80, and pulled names out of a hat – no auditions and no experience required. And what a brilliant mix of individuals we got! Since then we’ve worked incredibly hard to achieve our aim of singing professional quality, four part harmony pieces from all types of music.’


Category Community Choirs

'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.'


'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.'


Category Choral Societies

‘Aims to develop the appreciation and enjoyment of music, particularly singing, by rehearsing and presenting concerts. The continually expanding repertoire encompasses music from medieval times to the present, ranging from large choral works through lighter pieces to songs and carols.  We give concerts in churches and other venues in Marlborough, and occasionally further afield, such as Malmesbury Abbey.’


Category Choral Societies

'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.'


Category Light Orchestras

'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.'


'The Choir is non-auditioned and made up of three voice parts (Soprano 1, Soprano 2 and Alto). We welcome singers for any part. We sing a range of music and the ethos of the Pewsey Belles is about having fun and singing together ... The Pewsey Belles are involved in many events every year most of which are fundraising events for a number of local charities.'


Category Ladies Choirs

‘We are a community choir and our aim is to derive pleasure from making music amongst friends and to perform concerts of a wide range of music three times a year. The choir’s repertoire is based in the classical choral tradition but encompasses a wide range of music from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century, including much newly written music ... In keeping with the choir’s philosophy, solo parts have always been taken by singers from within the choir’s own ranks and concerts have frequently involved small-group and solo vocal contributions as well as a variety of instrumental items.’



Category Choral Societies

‘A friendly, fully inclusive orchestra since 1982 ... welcoming members from all walks of life, of all ages. Several of our members have been with the Orchestra for more than 25 years! Younger players often come and go, joining from school, leaving when they enter further education, but rejoining us as guests or full time players when they return to the area. We play a range of music centred around two major concerts a year and an open rehearsal.’


‘Provides a great way for young people to perform together in a friendly environment, where the emphasis is on fun just as much as achievement. A wide range of groups, bands and ensembles cater for all levels of musicianship. We give concerts throughout the year, and organise trips and events to stimulate and improve everyone’s musical ability ... All classes are held at local venues within easy reach of the city centre.‘


‘Salisbury’s only period instrument ensemble. It was formed to enable local players (and some colleagues from further afield) to share their passion for late 17th and 18th century music through concerts and workshops. Using copies of instruments of the period and authentic playing style, the group is able to bring to its audience a sense of intimacy and style difficult to achieve with larger forces and modern, heavier instruments.’


Category Early Music

‘The Salisbury Jazz and Big Band is based in Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire and is committed to the playing and popularising of the great Swing and Jazz sounds of the mid 20th century. We regularly play at weddings, parties and Balls as well as featuring in Festivals, street parties and Concerts ... We are now delighted to be working with a number of charismatic Vocalists. If you feel a Big Band is a little too large we can offer smaller Jazz and Swing Groups as a further option.’

Category Big Bands
Also indexedSalisbury Jazz & Big Band

‘The 36-strong Salisbury Chamber Chorus, formed in 2011, is an ensemble with a difference. Spanning the operatic and choral repertoires, its hallmark is a committed, full-bodied sound that brings a varied programme of music excitingly to life. Our concerts - at least three per year - take place in Salisbury and further afield, some by invitation ... If you’re interested in joining us, we’re often on the look-out for confident singers with at least a good basic technique, and at least competent sight-reading and general theory knowledge.’


Category Chamber Choirs

‘Both the Military and Concert Bands comprise brass, woodwind and percussion. One difference is that players in the Concert Band sit down to perform - but we are also able to provide a small marching band for public events. There is a classical repertoire of transcriptions from orchestral pieces and works specially written for band by composers such as Holst, Vaughan Williams and Grainger. There is a strong association with military music and the "concert march" is a cornerstone of the repertoire. Light classics such as opera and show overtures are plentiful, and popular with audiences. Film scores, latin and popuar favourites have been extensively arranged for band. The rhythmic, colourful blend of brass, percussion and woodwind inspires contemporary composers, and there is an adventurous and challenging modern repertoire!’

‘A thriving amateur choir with over 150 members. The choir sings for the sheer love of it, but also challenges itself to develop up to and beyond its potential. The choir is non auditioned, some members read music and some do not. The mixture works and with patient encouragement from ... our fantastic Musical Director, the choir achieves amazing performance successes, whilst having a lot of fun along the way! We are ambitious and adventurous musically, commissioning new works and organising and performing in both small and large scale concerts all over the UK ... The SCC has a big heart and we have a real community focus, supporting each other and fundraising for a diverse range of charities, from Hospices to Homelessness.‘

Category Community Choirs

‘Formed in 2005 following a plea by Musical Director Chris Holmes for musicians to come together and make music under the band’s original name of Salisbury Community Band. The band, which changed its name in 2012, proved to be very popular and membership quickly grew to around sixty five players. In 2008 to cater for an influx of musicians a second band Second Wind was formed.  Membership of both bands currently stands at around ninety committed players.’

Also indexedSecond Wind

‘An amateur, mixed choir of about 140 voices. We perform the major classical works in public concerts that are normally given in Salisbury Cathedral three times a year, accompanied by a full orchestra ... SMS is a first-rate amateur choir, so you must have an audition to join and re-audition every five years. For your audition, you will be asked to bring a prepared piece and maybe sing a passage from the work we are currently rehearsing and a short unprepared piece. The conductor will judge the quality of your voice and whether you are able to sight read. (Being able to sight read is useful but not essential.) The conductor may also ask you to sing a few scales and pick out notes from a chord. You will be told of the outcome within a day.‘


Category Choral Societies

‘Established in 1992 by its founding conductor Michael Moorsom and a group of local players. It has presented an annual season of concerts in and around Salisbury ever since. It aims to provide interesting and varied programmes of music ranging from the classical period to contemporary works. It also sets out to encourage young, particularly local, instrumental soloists, composers and conductors.’


‘The orchestra was founded as the Salisbury Orchestral Society on 16th October 1917 by Sir Walter Alcock, Organist of Salisbury Cathedral with Sir Edward Elgar as its first President. Originally comprising only string players, a number of joint concerts were held with the Salisbury Musical Society. In 1931, the string players decided to “go it alone”, adding a small wind section a year later. In 1933, this was expanded to a full symphony orchestra ... The orchestra expanded rapidly to its present membership of around 65 core players to which additional players are added as required for the works being performed. On 3rd October 2003 the Orchestra voted to change its name from the Salisbury Orchestral Society to the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra as a better reflection of its true identity.’


‘SALOS, Swindon's Premier Musical Theatre Company, has played an important role within the town's Arts scene since it was formed in 1951. SALOS presents an annual musical at Swindon's modern, yet intimate, Wyvern Theatre, as well as other concerts throughout the year.  We are a society and therefore have a regular membership comprising of members who are involved both on and off stage; the society is always keen to hear from people interested in joining our membership.’


'A semi-professional ensemble based in and around Salisbury. The choir offers a repertoire of both sacred and secular music from every era, and takes delight in the complex challenges offered by these diverse styles.'


Category Chamber Choirs

‘A talented and versatile saxophone ensemble of up to twenty members, incorporating the saxophone range from soprano to baritone. The aim was originally to give students an alternative avenue to learning/performing other than lessons and exams, but since the group started it has attracted new members of all ages. They have performed in venues all over Wiltshire and are always guaranteed to get your foot tapping with our wide range of repertoire and varied programmes of music, including classical, ragtime, swing and latin styles to name but a few.’


‘A community choir based in Mere, Wiltshire ... Shreen Harmony perform throughout the local area at different events, ranging from church fetes, family pubs to more established organised gatherings ... Shreen Harmony sing a variety of musical genres, from traditional Christmas Carols through to African and Soul music, fun being at the heart of it all. There is a wonderfully informal attitude in Shreen Harmony, and people are encouraged to join: there is no audition.’

Category Community Choirs

‘An adult SATB choir in Salisbury started in its current form by its Founder and Emeritus Director of Music, John Powell, in 1975, although its history can be traced back to the early 1930s. We are a sociable choir which enjoys its singing and aims to perform to the highest standards. Its main purpose is to give concerts supporting other charities and to sing services in cathedrals and churches.’

Category Chamber Choirs

’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.‘


Category String Ensembles

‘Initially developed as an extension of Swindon Young Musician's Youth Brass Band in 1982, to provide an outlet for band members who were over eighteen years of age. In January 1986 the band registered as Swindon Youth Brass to enable them to contest. The band continued to function under the auspices of Swindon Young Musician's until 1991 when, the band became known as Swindon Band ... In early 1992 the band competed in the Regional Championships, and we have competed ever since. We were fortunate to be awarded a National Lottery grant for a new set of instruments.’


‘We are a Society of about a hundred and ten amateur singers who stage, on average, four choral concerts in and around Swindon each year and ... have performed most of the major choral repertoire, as well as a number of specially-commissioned works ... We particularly welcome enquiries from singers who possess pleasant, musical voices and who can show enthusiasm and commitment. Previous choral experience would be an advantage and there would be a brief, informal audition during your first term ... The Society also incorporates the Swindon Chorale, an increasingly active and dedicated group providing sacred and secular music by request for weddings, funerals, fund-raising concerts for ourselves and others, together with other events.‘


Category Choral Societies
Also indexedSwindon Chorale

'One of the region’s foremost symphonic wind bands, Swindon Concert Band was established in 1971 and attracts players from an approximately 30-mile radius. We have about 40 members of all ages and are keen to welcome prospective new players ... Swindon Concert Band is an extremely welcoming group. We do ask that you can play an instrument to at least grade 5 standard.'


‘WS Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan collaborated on fourteen comic operas between 1871 and 1896. Since 1969 the Swindon Gilbert and Sullivan Society have been performing their works to audiences in and around Swindon and beyond. We are an amateur performing society consisting of an enthusiastic and talented pool of people of all ages who pride themselves on bringing these works to life for modern audiences.‘


‘In 1919, the Great Western Railway Running Sheds Male Voice Choir was formed from workers of the traditional Swindon Steam Railway Works. Subsequently the Choir has become known as the Swindon Male Voice Choir. Through the years, Swindon’s longest established choir has maintained it’s pride in a high standard of both singing professionalism and competition acclaim. It has produced a pedigree from high profile concert performances.’


‘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.’


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


Category Community Choirs

‘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!‘

Category Community Choirs
Also indexedViva Voices

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


'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.'

Formed 2001: ‘We are ambassadors for song, inviting and encouraging men of all ages to discover the joy, health benefits, and social inclusive pastime of singing together. We run outreach projects with schools and colleges, support local causes and national charities, and we have a jolly good time while we're doing it! We're a registered charity and a highly collaborative organization - we'd like to hear from you if you think we can work together!’


‘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.’


'We believe that singing is your birthright and that everybody (no matter what they were told at school) can sing. We’ll never ask you to sing on your own and we never use scores so you don’t have to read music. There are no auditions and all of our choirs learn the same material each term and, in normal circumstances perform, usually two or three times a year at local events in their own right or as part of the Wiltshire Wailers.'

Category Community Choirs

‘Established by Wiltshire Council in partnership with parents and supporters to create bands, orchestras and choirs for children of primary and secondary school age in Wiltshire. Professional staff  coach and conduct the large number of ensembles on offer. The bands, orchestras and choirs are split into three groups. There is Wiltshire Young Musicians (WYM) which include West Wiltshire Young Musicians (WWYM) and North Wiltshire Young Musicians (NWYM). (There is also a group based in the Salisbury area called Salisbury Area Young Musicians (SAYM).)


Category Wiltshire
Also indexedNorth Wiltshire Young Musicians | West Wiltshire Young Musicians

‘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.’


'High quality chamber recitals in the exquisite Buscot Park Theatre.  A series of events, one each month from April to September ... The Series is there to promote professional musicians, local and otherwise, and to provide the opportunity to see affordable high quality performance within our local catchment area.'


Weekly concerts, May - September: ‘These popular concerts are a perfect Sunday afternoon event, why not bring a picnic, relax and enjoy the atmosphere. All concerts start at 3pm and finish at 5pm’.


'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.'


Category Greater Churches

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.'

'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

'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.'

'A part volunteer-run arts centre, converted in 2016 from a former Great Western Railway building.  Shed-Arts opened in the spring of 2017 having received generous support from Tetbury Town Council, the general public and regional donors. The first season of events was varied but always informed by our vision for the Goods Shed to become a regional centre of artistic excellence in the Cotswolds.  Shed-Arts provides arts and entertainment in an iconic building that doubles as a community hub.'


'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.'


'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.'


'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.'


'The Salisbury Gig Guide was started by a group of live music enthusiasts in 2010. It is funded out of our own pockets. We provide a free service to venues and musicians to publish their events. We are not affiliated with any local newspapers, radio stations or other businesses. You may occasionally see gigs listed that aren't local. We generally tend to stick to within 10 miles-ish, but if a local band or artist asks us to list their out-of-town gigs we're more than happy to do so, because they deserve our support whether they are playing locally or not.'


Directory Statistics

There are 808 categories in our website

Newer additions ...