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‘Charitable organisation in existence for 70 years, run purely by volunteers with the aim of encouraging involvement in and an appreciation of the arts and to raise awareness of arts organisations based in the Dudley borough, the Black Country and the West Midlands ... On the 1st October 2016 Dudley Arts Council gained permission from the Charity Commission to change its name to the Black Country Arts Council.’

* Black Country Arts Council
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‘Aims to provide a friendly and relaxing environment where competitors can share their interests with others. The Festival is for everyone from the very young to the older person to feel a sense of achievement in his or her area of learning ... Each competitor or group will receive constructive comments, and advice on how the performance may be improved from an experienced Federation adjudicator. This will be invaluable when preparing for examinations and future festivals, and will give vital experience and confidence in facing challenges in life ... At present the Festival has over 300 classes. Trophies are awarded for most of these and are retained for a year. Certificates are given to competitors who are placed first, second and third ... We would love more entries in Strings, Guitars, Keyboard, Brass, Orchestras and Choirs.’ Held during March.

* Dudley Festival of Music, Drama & Dance
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Biennial Competition (held in 2017): 'The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities, studying or resident in the British Isles.'

* Dudley International Piano Competition
Visits to the Website204
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'Encourages people of all ages and abilities to participate in community music and arts activities. We work in partnership with schools and other organisations in Dudley to deliver opportunities for young people. Through our Music Hub we are committed to provide opportunities for children and young people to be involved in regular performance activities. We believe this is a vital part of a child’s musical tuition and enhances their musical development.'

* Dudley Performing Arts
Visits to the Website139
Also indexedDudley Music Education Hub
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‘One of the premier live music clubs in the West Midlands: Folk .. Roots .. Blues .. Acoustic.’ Weekly Friday night meetings, September - July.

Category Folk Clubs
* Woodman Folk Club
Visits to the Website87
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We are a thriving mixed choir of around 45 singers ... Based in Brierley Hill in the West Midlands, we hold two concerts each year, usually in May and December, engaging professional soloists and instrumentalists where appropriate ... Our varied repertoire is based around the principal classical choral works ... We welcome new members who will be assured of friendly company and a lively, enjoyable musical experience. Or why not come along to one of our concerts? They are always well attended and well received and are usually followed by a drink and a bite to eat.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Brierley Hill Choral Society
Visits to the Website117
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'Formed in 1945 and gave its first performance in Dudley Town Hall on the 29th December. They performed Handel's Messiah under the baton of the founder Dr Mainwaring. Since then there have been seven conductors. In that first performance there were 114 ladies and 70 gentlemen. Today we have a more modest chorus of approximately 30 members. However we would always welcome new members! In the past we have had orchestral accompaniment, but this became too unwieldy as well as too expensive ...'

Category Choral Societies
+ Dudley Choral Society
Visits to the Website141
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‘The choir has established a tradition of performing May and Christmas concerts ... Support acts for these concerts have been brass and jazz bands, local comedians ... male voice choirs, school choirs, soloists and, on occasions, comedy pieces by groups of choir ladies. These events have raised many thousands of pounds over the years for a variety of local causes which benefit charities, organisations and local individuals. The choir also enjoy performing smaller concerts in churches, nursing homes, community centres and private parties ... The choir enjoys singing a wide range of music from all musical era and members are encouraged to be involved in the selection of new pieces.’

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Ellenvale Singers
Visits to the Website97
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‘Founded in 1986, is a flourishing amateur group of about 40 regular players serving Halesowen and the west of Birmingham ... We promote three concerts a year, performing a wide and varied repertoire ... The orchestra is open to players of a reasonable standard, regardless of age or previous orchestral experience. If you are enthusiastic about music, you will find that a very warm welcome awaits you. There is no formal audition, although players will need to cope adequately with the parts they are asked to practise and perform. As a general indication, given the type of music we tend to play, this means that players should ideally be at least Grade VI standard or equivalent, although this is not a strict minimum requirement.’

+ Halesowen Orchestra
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‘The orchestra is a thriving musical ensemble with more than 30 dedicated musicians of varying ages, abilities and styles who all play fretted instruments. MFO prides itself on offering a unique musical experience for players and audiences; we bring together instruments not found in today’s orchestras, particularly mandolins, banjos, classical and acoustic guitars, mandolas, bass guitar and cello banjo. We welcome players of all ages and abilities who share a passion for fretted instruments; our members’ ages range from 7 to 70+ and players standards range from professional musicians to those playing less than a year.’

Category Guitar Ensembles
+ Midlands Fretted Orchestra
Visits to the Website59
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‘The Society is an amateur society giving performances of choral and orchestral music. It was founded in 1884, and is one of the oldest choral and orchestral societies in England ... The Society usually mounts three concerts a year during the season which goes from September to June. In recent years the pattern has been established of including both choral and orchestral elements in each concert, always seeking to widen the repertoire ... If you sing or play an instrument and live in the Black Country or anywhere within easy travelling distance of Stourbridge, please come and visit us. No auditions are required for singers or players.‘

Category Community Choirs
+ Stourbridge Choir and Orchestra
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‘Founded in 1997 ... A mixed voice choir, of mixed ability ... having around 70 singing members. Our aim is to introduce all people to the joys of singing as a Choir both sacred and secular compositions. Our members, male and female of all ages, meet to develop their knowledge, skills and techniques and sing for their own pleasure. In 2007 we formed a young people's Choir, Pure Harmony, for ages 8 to 16 with the aim of introducing youngsters to music and singing and hopefully eventually become members of Voices In Harmony! ... We hold about 6 Concerts a year, the majority of which we do to raise funds for Charities and local good causes.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Voices In Harmony [Cradley Heath]
Visits to the Website64
Also indexedPure Harmony
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