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Nearby: Stoke-on-Trent

'Our staff of composers, musicologists and performers includes world-leading specialists in classical music, the digital arts, popular music, screen scoring and world music. At the heart of our research is a commitment to contemporary music of all kinds. Music and Music Technology, in turn, are the heart of Keele's vibrant musical community ... We hold a varied programme of music events throughout the year, ranging from visiting artists, local community groups and student societies.‘

 

Also indexedKeele University

'The series presents an annual programme of 14 chamber, early music, jazz and world music concerts, with internationally recognised performers and emerging artistes. In addition it strives to engage local young people, Keele University students and the wider community with the programme holding a series of participatory workshops and special ticket promotions.'

 

Category Stoke on Trent

‘We are a group of people who share an interest in the enjoyment of music, mainly classical. Our Recitals are mainly presented by our own members, or by guests from other societies. They are a personal slant on some aspect of the enjoyment of music. The cryptic titles are gateways to an evening of enjoyable listening.’

 

‘For anyone who can act, recite, play an instrument or sing, or is in a band or choir, this chance to perform in front of a live audience should not be missed. Budding composers and poets are also catered for with competitions to perform their own creations, or have them performed on their behalf ... For the visitor, whether connected to a competitor or not, we provide a pleasant, and cheap, day out, one in which you can see and appreciate the talent of others, matching your conclusions with those of the adjudicator.’ Held Late March.

 

Founded 1960: ‘Welcomes all those with an interest in the organ, its construction and its music, whether or not they play the instrument themselves. Our activities include visits to hear and play local organs, from small instruments in rural churches to large instruments in local cathedrals and town halls, visits to organ builders, organ recitals by members, educational metings and social events’.

 

Founded 1985: ‘The North Staffs Accordion Club welcomes all accordion enthusiasts, playing and non-playing. We have concert nights, an accordion band and tuition groups’.

 

Category Stoke on Trent

‘Concert nights are held on the first Thursday of each month, starting at 8pm, featuring a top professional organist. We aim to give a balance of type of player, i.e. modern electronic/theatre/middle of-the- road etc. and a variety of makes of organ, to cover a wide range of musical tastes from month to month ... On the third Thursday of each month, we hold an “Open Night” ... We give full encouragement to beginners and experienced players alike, whether playing a simple piece of music, or a complicated arrangement. We also, from time to time, ask a local organ dealer to give a demonstration of the latest instruments, or a talk about an organ-related subject.‘

 

‘Established in 1966, Penkhull Festival is an innovative annual event which takes place in Stoke-on-Trent each September ... The Festival’s home is the historic Domesday village of Penkhull, surrounded by the rolling countryside of the Staffordshire moorlands.’ Held Late September.

 

Category Arts Festivals

‘A friendly and ambitious brass band residing on the borders of North Staffordshire/South Cheshire just 5 minutes from Junction 16 of the M6. We have our own purpose-built bandroom and pride ourselves in delivering varied and entertaining concerts. We are a contesting band having very recently gained promotion ... We welcome players of all abilities and have both a main band and training band to accomodate the needs of all. If you already play or would like to learn to play a brass instrument, or if you are already a player looking to return to banding, get in touch with us.‘

 

'Audley Male Voice Choir is as the name suggests is an all male choir singing anything from medieval chants to the latest pop hits with traditional male voice pieces, opera, musicals and some devotional music inter-dispersed. Nothing is considered taboo or too difficult or easy for that matter. We are not an elitist choir and have evolved as society's ethnicity and diversity has changed and consider all male voices should be given the opportunity to learn to sing.'

 

‘North Staffordshire's largest Choral Society with over 120 singers ... The Choir has specialised in singing the major works of the choral repertoire, covering most of the classics ... everything from Monteverdi to moderns ... Singers of all voice parts are welcome to join the Ceramic City Choir at any time, and are encouraged to attend a few “no obligation” rehearsals before deciding if you would like to audition to join the choir.‘

 

Category Choral Societies

'We draw our members from the local area and beyond and are based at Keele University ... Our eclectic repertoire is a mix of sacred and secular music, and ranges from the Renaissance to contemporary composers, including pieces commissioned for the choir. The format of our concerts is varied: a cappella, with piano/organ accompaniment, and also with professional ensembles and soloists. We give three major concerts a year and have also collaborated with other choirs to perform larger works.'

 

Category Choral Societies

'The orchestra's first concert was held in the Old Town Hall in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, but the audience was very small. Choral singing at the time was a very strong tradition in The Potteries and the launch of a new purely orchestral music society was thought of as something superfluous. In fact many local choirs shunned the orchestra. Its founders, John Cope and Madame Reymond, were often ridiculed by fellow choir masters but Cope and his orchestra carried on. Over 110 years later, the orchestra still thrives playing four major symphony concerts each year, performing in venues in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme, with renowned conductors and guest soloists and supported by The Friends of the NSSO.'

 

Formed in 1950 as the Parkhall Colliery Male Voice Choir: ‘No audition, just a simple voice test to see which section you might best sing with. Music and uniform are provided, just bring your voice!’

 

Also indexedCity of Stoke on Trent Male Voice Choir

Trentham Brass Band is a friendly, welcoming band based in Longton, Stoke on Trent ... New players always welcome. We run a beginner and Training band ... No experience necessary. Instruments available for loan ... Trentham Brass prides itself for being a band which encourages its younger players to achieve their very best potential, both individually and as part of the team.’

 

'Built in 1888 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. Built in local red brick and terracotta, the classical Grade II Listed venue originally held 2800 people, and has, over the years, been the scene of numerous concerts ... The Victoria Hall was revamped in the mid-nineties, opening its doors once more in 1998 and has since then been at the heart of the Cultural Quarter, alongside its sister venue The Regent Theatre ... Experience the magnificence of the Organ in this showcase of the best in Organ playing at our renowned Organ Proms.'

 

Also indexedThe Regent Theatre | Organ Proms

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