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Nearby: Kensington Chelsea

www.bbc.co.uk/proms

'The World's Greatest Classical Music Festival' Held Mid July - Mid September.

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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.’

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Also indexedRoyal College of Music | Imperial College London
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kcmusic.org.uk

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

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www.rcm.ac.uk

'One of the world’s great conservatoires, training gifted musicians from all over the world for international careers as performers, conductors and composers ... The RCM’s many performing groups – including five orchestras, two jazz bands and the RCM International Opera School – are celebrated for the vitality and excellence of their performances, and are regularly invited to perform at significant venues both in the UK and overseas.'

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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
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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.’

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www.goldsmithschoral.org.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.‘

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www.hdmaband.com

‘The Band was formed in 1981 and is made up of former musicians from the seven regiments of Her Majesty's Household Division Bands namely:- The Life Guards, Blues and Royals (now the Household Cavalry Band), Grenadiers, Coldstream, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards Bands. The present Household Division Musicians Association Band follows a long tradition of music making by musicians from these famous regiments. Most of the members are still playing in leading London Orchestras, London Theatres, or teaching in music colleges and schools throughout the country.  The Band performs at numerous public and private engagements, most notably The Chelsea Flower Show, Eastbourne Bandstand, and at The Royal Hospital Chelsea.’

Category:Military Bands
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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.‘

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www.londonbulgarianchoir.co.uk

‘Based in London, singing in Bulgarian ... the London Bulgarian Choir invite you to join them in finding that ancient resonance in the depth of the human heart ... We are primarily a performing choir, and have sung in churches, concert halls, festival tents, rock concerts, television studios, embassies, nightclubs, restaurants, pubs, hilltops, village squares and a barge on the Thames ... Membership ... is open to anyone - male or female - who enjoys this unique kind of music and style of singing. We have over 35 members from all around the world. Each brings to the choir their own special qualities. New members are welcomed - we don't audition, but we do have a waiting list.’

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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.’

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www.phoenixorchestra.org

‘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.’

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Also indexedInsurance Orchestral Society
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www.nottinghillorchestra.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 ... The NHO Film Music School offers tuition in all instruments and vocals--piano, violin, guitar, cello, flute, clarinet, and more!‘

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www.operahollandpark.com

Investec Opera Holland Park London is widely regarded as one of the most exciting, innovative and accomplished opera companies in the UK, with an extraordinary history of producing rarities, alongside popular favourites. Whether novice or aficionado, OHP has something to offer – and all taking place in one of the most beautiful covered spaces in the capital.’

Category:Opera Companies
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Also indexedInvestec Opera Holland Park
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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.’

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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.‘

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Also indexedNoisy Notes
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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.’

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www.rpo.co.uk

'At the forefront of music-making in the UK. Its home base since 2004 at London’s Cadogan Hall serves as a springboard for fourteen residencies across the country, often in areas where access to live orchestral music is very limited. With a wider reach than any other UK large ensemble, the RPO has truly become Britain’s national orchestra.'

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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.’

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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?‘

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Also indexedLondon Choral Society
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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.’

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www.ulso.co.uk

Founded 1955: ‘The Orchestra seeks to provide students with the unique opportunity to study and perform some of the most challenging symphonic repertoire to the highest standard, catering both for those wishing to continue and develop their performance skills whilst completing degrees in non-musical subjects, as well as attracting members seeking to pursue careers in professional music ... Entry to ULSO is by audition ... ULSO is open to current and graduate students from any college or university in London. Non-students can also join.’

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www.cadoganhall.com

'950-seat venue two minutes walk from Sloane Square tube station in the heart of Chelsea, hosting over 300 concerts and events per year.'

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www.royalalberthall.com

'The world’s leading figures in music, dance, sport and politics have appeared on our stage since we opened in 1871, and now over 1.7 million people enjoy live experiences here every year, with millions more experiencing our events through broadcasts, recordings and new media channels ... Our public benefit work is of paramount importance to us. It covers not only our own Education & Outreach programme, but also close liaison with charities and charity events, both large and small; performances at day centres and hospices; free music, exhibitions and events; our sponsorship programme, and a fascinating archive which we are working to make accessible to all.'

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