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Nearby: Farnham

‘A friendly group of people, mostly amateurs, who like playing, singing, and listening to chamber music. Members get together to make music in their own homes and the club register enables them to find a piano accompanist or other instrumentalists, required to play the desired pieces. In addition, informal monthly concerts are held from October to April and are given in very pleasant surroundings in a hall at Churt, just outside Farnham. This gives members an opportunity to perform pieces which they have prepared, and to enjoy listening to fellow members.’

 

'Come and hear the country’s finest jazz instrumentalists and singers. With comfortable seating, atmospheric lighting and a well-stocked bar, we'll be bringing you the ambience of an after-hours metropolitan night spot. If the quality interpretations of jazz, soul, blues and swing songs don’t slip you into a New York state of mind, the moody lighting, chirpy staff and vintage venue certainly will.'

 

Category Jazz Clubs
Also indexedFarnham Jazz Club

'We have been running top quality concerts in Farnham and Tilford since 1952. We organise a period instrument festival each June in Tilford Church with internationally famous performers and regular monthly concerts from September to April in Farnham.'

 

‘One of the South East's finest brass bands, and provides music to enhance any occasion. For more than 50 years Alder Valley Brass has performed at venues ranging from London's Royal Albert Hall, Windsor Castle, Epsom race course and Hampton Court Palace, to many of the UK's famous parks & bandstands ... In addition to concert and bandstand work, Alder Valley Brass is a contesting band and, over the years, has been remarkably successful, appearing at the national finals of Great Britain on multiple occasions including appearances at The Royal Albert Hall competing against the very best in Great Britain.‘

 

‘A friendly group of amateur and retired musicians founded in 2010. The band is growing steadily and new musicians are welcomed without the need for audition. We play a variety of light and classical music, including music from the shows, jazz and swing. The Band plays in support of charities including the RNLI, Winchester Night Shelter and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre in Alton. You may have also seen us at Christmas time around Alton sharing a little Christmas cheer.’

‘A flourishing community orchestra based in Alton, Hampshire ... and comprises of competent amateur musicians of all ages ... We have a policy of welcoming anyone without the requirement of an audition and we maintain no restrictions on section size within the orchestra. However at the discretion of the Musical Director, we may occasionally have to operate a waiting list for certain oversubscribed instruments ... The orchestra plays three concerts a year.’

Founded 1925: ‘Performs the major choral repertoire and normally has three concerts a year ... The choir membership is usually over 100 ... We do not audition new members; all you need is enthusiasm, although we do hope you can sing!   Basic understanding of music is a benefit, although not essential.  We are very keen to encourage new members to learn the delights of collective singing for two hours a week’.

Category Choral Societies

‘Featuring the talents of local musicians who will get you up and dancing to the jazz, swing, Latin American and big band sounds of the thirties right up to today ... FABB has a standard big band line-up: 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass, drums and guitar. We also have two great vocalists who guest with us for special performances.’

 

Category Big Bands

'One of the UK’s leading upper voice choirs for 11-18 year-olds, offering exceptional performance opportunities of secular and sacred music covering many different styles. The choir undertakes annual tours within the UK or abroad. In addition, it regularly commissions new music and arrangements and has recorded more than a dozen CDs. The FYC family has members from age 6 upwards and consists of five choirs: Farnham Youth Choir, FYC Boys Choir, FYC Girls Choir, FYC Training Choir and the Alumni Choir.'

'A mixed voice choir of around 30 members. We perform a wide range of music in all styles from the 15th century to modern compositions; from the light-hearted to the serious. We are a friendly choir of diverse abilities, from enthusiastic beginners to highly experienced semi-professionals. Our main aim is to perform a wide variety of music from different genres, often introducing our audiences to new composers alongside enduring favourites. We perform with a vaired and interesting selection of musical ensembles, from string quartets to brass bands.'

 

Category Chamber Choirs

'We are a friendly community choir, welcoming members from eight to one hundred and eight and a full range of abilities. You don’t need to be able to read music, just have a passion for singing ... We have a varied repertoire including choral music, songs from shows and popular music. We participate in our own Christmas and Summer concerts, as well as occasional concerts joining other choirs and musicians, and charitable events. In addition, we enjoy one or two trips per year to West End shows!'

 

Category Community Choirs

‘A long-established, friendly and enterprising choir of around 100 singers, based in Farnham, Surrey ... We perform four or more concerts a year with professional soloists and instrumentalists ... The Waverley Singers welcomes new members at any time of the year. Please join us for one or more rehearsals, free of charge ... We welcome singers of all ages and have special schemes for students and young singers, including our Scholarship programme.’

 

Category Choral Societies

The Alton Organ Society was founded in 1967 and organize each year a series of monthly recitals, running from October to May. The 3 manuals and pedals 'Speechly' organ dates back to 1868 and at its opening 'must have been the largest in any southern Parish Church at the time'. The organ was thoroughly overhauled  in 1965 but with the overriding consideration that 'there should be no major alteration to the existing tonal characteristics - which makes this organ such a wonderful instrument popular with visiting distinguished national and international organists of repute'.

 

Category Churches
Also indexedAlton Organ Society

'Lunchtime organ recitals are held in St Mary's Church on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 13:00 and last approximately an hour ... The Organ was given by Mrs Esther Combe of Pierrepont in 1871 and enlarged at her expense in 1896. It was restored and again enlarged, using old parts, in 1922. Electrification of the action, and further restoration, was carried out in 1984 ... The organ was cleaned and overhauled in 2020 by Andrew Cooper & Co., Organ Builders, based at Ryde on the Isle of Wight. The overhaul included the installation of a new electronic control system and some minor tonal changes.'

 

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