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Nearby: Kensington Chelsea

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- Exmoor Singers of London

- Household Division Bands

- London Bulgarian Choir

- University of London Symphony Orchestra

- West London Choir

 

performancescience.ac.uk

‘Originally founded in 2000 at the Royal College of Music, the CPS has become an internationally distinctive centre for research, teaching, and knowledge exchange in music performance science. Now, nearly two decades on, we are opening a new chapter in performance science: a cross-institutional partnership between the Royal College of Music and Imperial College London. Performance is at the very core of progress in the arts, business, education, medicine, science, and sport. Increasingly, new methods and technologies are emerging that allow us to understand better how and why we perform and the reasons we find great performances so compelling.’

 

Also indexedRoyal College of Music | Imperial College London

kcmusic.org.uk

‘Presents seven concerts between October and May every year in the sumptuous setting of Leighton House.’

 

www.rcm.ac.uk/events/

'One of the leading events in the musical calendar, taking in concerts, masterclasses and lectures.' Held Mid November.'

 

www.chelseaoperagroup.org.uk

‘Early in 1950, two young musical enthusiasts, David Cairns (now a leading music critic and biographer of Berlioz) and Stephen Gray (later to become general manager of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra), persuaded a twenty-two year old clarinettist called Colin Davis to put on a concert performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni in the Holywell Music Room, Oxford. Thus the Chelsea Opera Group was born, so called because both its co-founders were then living in Chelsea. Since its foundation COG has led the way in performing concert opera, reviving unjustifiably neglected works and lesser known versions of familiar favourites. Many of the works rediscovered by COG are now in the repertoires of professional opera houses.‘

Category:Opera Companies

www.cgco.org.uk

‘Has long been part of the musical life of London, playing in venues and festivals across the city and the south east for many years. Our musicians come from many different professions, including architecture, arts administration, the BBC, IT, law, media, medicine, publishing, finance and education. We are drawn together by a deep commitment to music-making of the highest possible standard, and the desire to create and share great music. Each season CGCO performs a series of concerts in the beautiful Victorian church of St Peter’s Notting Hill, working with different conductors and artists to constantly enliven the orchestra’s approach. We also play in other London venues.’

 

goldsmithschoral.co.uk

‘A high-quality, amateur choir that is still small and friendly enough to feel welcoming and inclusive. We’re looking for singers with good voices and reasonable sight reading ability, who would relish the opportunity to perform wonderful music with top orchestras and in fantastic venues ... GCU is a busy choir, promoting at least three concerts of its own each year, plus open choral workshops. It also takes part in joint promotions and in events staged by other organisations.‘

www.kco.org.uk

‘Established in 1936 as the Informal Chamber Orchestra, and is a registered charity, funded by members' subscriptions and ticket sales, and from time to time also raises money for other charitable causes. We provide opportunities for musicians to rehearse and perform a wide range of classical music to a high standard. We also offer a platform for young soloists to help them establish their careers, and guest-slots to provide young conductors with valuable experience. Our focus is on serious amateur music making in a sociable and friendly environment.’

 

www.kpo.org.uk

'Founded in 1965, is one of London’s leading amateur orchestras. It provides opportunities for advanced players to study and perform works from the classical and modern repertoire, including pieces that are rarely heard in the concert hall. The orchestra gives three concerts a year in the Royal Borough in the handsome surroundings of Chelsea Old Town Hall, or sometimes at the newly restored Cadogan Hall near Sloane Square. The concerts are well known for their friendly ambience and sense of occasion.'

 

www.facebook.com/KensingtonSingers/

‘We are a community choir that launched in 2011. If you love singing and want to meet like minded people, improve your skills and learn new music, come along! Everyone is welcome and there are no auditions. Don’t let the word “choir” put you off. We are fun, friendly and sing a wide range of styles. You don’t need to be able to read sheet music (though we do use sheet music most of the time) as MP3s are provided to practice with.’

www.kso.org.uk

‘Has built an enviable reputation as one of the UK’s most accomplished and adventurous non-professional orchestras. Established classics, neglected masterpieces and works by today’s leading composers are hallmarks of KSO’s repertoire, performed with a skill and panache that has garnered praise from all quarters ... Its continued commitment to the performance of the most challenging works in the canon is allied to a hunger for new music, lost masterpieces, overlooked film scores and those quirky corners of the repertoire that few others dare touch.‘

 

www.lco.co.uk

‘London is a city blessed with more fine professional orchestras than any other city in the world. What’s different about the London Chamber Orchestra? Our difference is founded on independence – LCO does not seek or receive public subsidy. Our independence helps us foster the unique personality and character with which our performances are infused. We depend for our existence on the enthusiasm of our audiences and on the support of a long line of distinguished and enlightened corporate and individual sponsors and donors ... Having been founded in 1921, it is the UK’s oldest professional chamber orchestra.’

londoncityphilharmonic.co.uk

‘The London City Philharmonic is a newly founded orchestra that is dedicated to the exposure of works by lesser known composers (living or deceased) and providing budding composers an opportunity to have their works performed. The London City Philharmonic does this both through concerts that combine lesser known works with more established repertoire, and by recording rarely performed works for posterity. In doing so, the London City Philharmonic supports the musical community by providing performance opportunities to musicians, bringing to light lesser known works, and making such works more approachable by complementing such works with pieces that are familiar to the broader public.’

 

londonfilmmusicorchestra.com

‘A unique organisation, founded by Rossi Dusheva and Ivelina Dusheva-Martial in 2014. That year the orchestra performed its first local concert in Notting Hill to great enthusiasm from our audiences ... Our Orchestra focuses on music from film and television, and on occasion also performs other genres, such as jazz studio orchestra arrangements ... Membership is subject to audition, however it is quite informal. There is a range of musical abilities within the orchestra, and playing standards tend to be roughly Grade 7 and 8.’ Formerly entitled the Notting Hill Film Orchestra.

Also indexedNotting Hill Film Orchestra

www.facebook.com/PhoenixOrch/

‘Founded in 1924 as the Insurance Orchestra by Harold Rawlinson to provide members of the Insurance industry with an opportunity to meet regularly and enjoy playing music together. This fundamental enthusiasm for music and friendly ethos remains at the heart of the Orchestra’s purpose to this day ... Today players are drawn from all backgrounds, not just the insurance industry, and include music students ... The Orchestra is now regarded as one of London’s finest amateur orchestras. We give regular concerts at some of the capital’s top venues including St. John’s, Smith Square and Cadogan Hall.’

Also indexedInsurance Orchestral Society

operaintegra.org.uk

‘Provides experience for singers who have sung in choral societies and would like to venture into the world of opera. Because there is ample time for rehearsal, sight singing ability is not essential, though the ability to learn a part by heart is. Chorus singers are encouraged to progress to solo roles and there is no distinction made between soloists and chorus members. The repertoire is wide-ranging but the choice of opera is determined by the number and ability of its members. Performances are staged and, whenever possible, sung in English. There are also concerts of operatic excerpts, which provide an opportunity for members to participate in ensembles.’

www.orionorchestra.org.uk

‘Orion Orchestra was founded to provide young musicians the opportunities and mentorship needed to bridge the gap between music college and their professional careers, while inspiring the next generation through our accessible concerts ... Through our Noisy Notes series, we take a full symphony orchestra where it wouldn’t normally go, and give children with the least opportunity the chance to try out musical instruments for the first time ... With Orion's players selected from the most talented music college students and recent graduates, we give young players experiences working at London's leading concert venues, giving them the chance to work under the highest professional standards.‘

 

Also indexedNoisy Notes

www.theportobelloorchestra.co.uk

‘Began in 1973 as an evening class at Kensington Adult Education Institute ... In June 2000 the orchestra became an independent registered charity and since then has managed its affairs through a committee elected by the members ... There are no auditions for membership. Some sections of the orchestra are over subscribed ... The easiest way to join us is to come to a rehearsal ... The Portobello Orchestra ... meets weekly in term time for rehearsals ... and gives three or four public concerts a year. The distinctive ethos of the orchestra is its friendliness and openness to all who are enthusiastic about playing music, including those with limited experience of orchestral playing.’

 

www.spkfc.com

‘A long established, friendly and sociable choir of about 80 singers. We perform a wide variety of major works, normally with an orchestra. The venue for our performances is usually St Paul's Church in Wilton Place, Knightsbridge. The Choir is formally registered as a charity aimed at advancing, improving, developing and maintaining public education in, and appreciation of, the art and science of music in all its aspects by the presentation of public concerts.’

londonchorus.org.uk

Founded 1903: ‘London’s most versatile choir, practising and performing a challenging and varied repertoire and continually developing its tradition of excellence. Formerly known as the “London Choral Society”, the 120 members of the choir are amateur singers from all walks for life, but performances are at the highest professional level ... We are always keen to welcome new members. If you have a good (but not necessarily trained) voice with reasonable sight-reading ability, why not come and join us?‘

 

Also indexedLondon Choral Society

www.trbc.co.uk

‘We are the UK’s largest choral society, promoting regular grand-scale concerts at the Royal Albert Hall plus choral holidays and cruises. Our choral programme is open to all singers (no audition needed); or come and hear us at the RAH for concerts with a real “wow” factor.’

www.saintcuthbert.org

St Cuthbert’s is one of London’s largest and finest 19th century churches. It was constructed between 1884 and 1887 to designs by the architect Hugh Roumieu Gough. Built of brick, with stone dressings, in a style which recalls the monastic churches of the Middle Ages, it rises dramatically amongst the Victorian terraces of Philbeach Gardens ... St Cuthbert’s has maintained a high standard of music making since the beginning of the 20th Century.‘

 

www.saint-stephen.org.uk

‘An Anglican Church in the catholic tradition. It is a place to encounter God in scripture and sacrament, in prayer and worship, in community and fellowship ... St Stephen’s has always been known for its high musical standards. As well as contributing to the worship of the church it has continued to draw people into St Stephens. Throughout the year the Church uses a variety of music, from early to contemporary to jazz.’ Programme includes Rush Hour Recitals.

 

Category:Churches

www.bromptonoratory.co.uk

‘The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, better known as Brompton Oratory, is home to the Congregation of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in London, a community of priests living under the rule of life established by its founder in the sixteenth century. The Oratory also serves as a parish church in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster ... The Choir of The London Oratory is the UK’s senior professional Catholic church choir and sings for all the major Latin liturgies at the Oratory. Comprising some of London’s leading ensemble singers, the choir is internationally renowned ... Built by J.W.Walker & Sons and completed in 1954, the Oratory’s organ is one of the most important built in London in the post-World War II era ... now listed Grade 1 in the Institute of British Organ Studies register of organs of historical importance.‘

Also indexedBrompton Oratory

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