A-Z of CATEGORIES

Region: Mid and West Wales

The Category Aberystwyth is a subset of Ceredigion. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Aberystwyth which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Aberystwyth Male Voice Choir

- Philomusica [Aberystwyth]

- The Elizabethan Madrigal Singers

 

! Aberystwyth KEY
VISITS (to Website)165
VIEWS (of this Record)196

The Category Ammanford is a subset of Carmarthenshire. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Ammanford which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Côr Meibion Dinefwr

- Ystradgynlais Public Band

 

! Ammanford KEY
VISITS (to Website)143
VIEWS (of this Record)300

The Category Brecon is a subset of Powys. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Brecon which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Brecon Singers

 

! Brecon KEY
VISITS (to Website)98
VIEWS (of this Record)112

The Category Carmarthen is a subset of Carmarthenshire. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Carmarthen which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Carmarthen Symphonic Wind Band

- Carmarthen Youth Opera

- Crwbin Silver Band

 

Category Carmarthen
! Carmarthen KEY
VISITS (to Website)88
VIEWS (of this Record)112

The Category Ceredigion is a subset of Mid and West Wales. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Ceredigion which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

Category Ceredigion
! Ceredigion KEY
VISITS (to Website)99
VIEWS (of this Record)96

The Category Hay-on-Wye is a subset of Powys. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Hay-on-Wye which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Decibelles

- The Village Quire

 

Category Hay-on-Wye
! Hay-on-Wye KEY
VISITS (to Website)86
VIEWS (of this Record)88

 The Category Llandrindod Wells is a subset of Powys. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Llandrindod Wells which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Dolau Mixtures

- Wyeside Arts Centre

 

! Llandrindod Wells KEY
VISITS (to Website)61
VIEWS (of this Record)82

The Category Llanelli is a subset of Carmarthenshire. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Llanelli which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Angelicus Celtis

- Burry Port Male Voice Choir

- Llanelli Male Choir

- Mynydd Mawr Male Choir

 

! Llanelli KEY
VISITS (to Website)88
VIEWS (of this Record)163

The Category Neath and Port Talbot is a subset of Mid and West Wales. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Neath and Port Talbot which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Bois Afan Male Voice Choir

- Neath Male Choir

- Pelenna Valley Male Voice Choir

 

! Neath and Port Talbot KEY
VISITS (to Website)64
VIEWS (of this Record)84

The Category Newtown is a subset of Powys. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Newtown which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Newtown Silver Band

 

Category Newtown
! Newtown KEY
VISITS (to Website)75
VIEWS (of this Record)81

The Category Pembrokeshire is a subset of Mid and West Wales. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Pembrokeshire which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Bella Voce

- Cleddau Chamber Orchestra

- Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival

- Span Arts

 

Category Pembrokeshire
! Pembrokeshire KEY
VISITS (to Website)69
VIEWS (of this Record)90

The Category Powys is a subset of Mid and West Wales. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Powys which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

Category Powys
! Powys KEY
VISITS (to Website)57
VIEWS (of this Record)78

The Category Swansea is a subset of Mid and West Wales. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Swansea which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Morriston Ladies Choir

- Taliesin Arts Centre

 

Category Swansea
! Swansea KEY
VISITS (to Website)62
VIEWS (of this Record)87

'Annual event comprising of competitive and non-competitive classes in Piano, Strings, Woodwind and Ensemble sections. We hold a Primary Schools Day including school ensembles, recorder solos, as well as duet and group classes.' Held Early February.

 

Category Swansea
* Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians
VISITS (to Website)292
VIEWS (of this Record)522

'Established in 2006 by Rachel Podger, one of the world’s leading interpreters of Baroque music ... Brecon Baroque was founded in 2007 as the resident ensemble for the festival and now enjoys an international reputation in its own right.' Held Late October.

 

* Brecon Baroque Festival
VISITS (to Website)337
VIEWS (of this Record)530

Aims are 'to promote all aspects of the arts through an annual programme of events at various venues in Carmarthen; to attract members of the general public to these events and increase awareness of the arts in Carmarthen'.

 

* Carmarthen Arts
VISITS (to Website)287
VIEWS (of this Record)520

Calendar lists wide range of activities including several Concerts each annual session: 'The Friends of Carmarthenshire Music Service was re-established during the 2010-2011 academic year after a ten year absence. The Group consists of parents and friends of pupils that are involved in the ensembles of Carmarthenshire Music Service. The aim of the association is to provide practical and financial support to the pupils in the County of Carmarthenshire. The association warmly welcomes new members ...'

 

* Carmarthenshire Music Service
VISITS (to Website)253
VIEWS (of this Record)524

'Charity which brings classical music to the far flung mountains at the edge of England. The Parish of Craswall is one of the biggest, but most sparsley populated in Herefordshire, below Offa's Dyke and under The Black Hill - the highest point in southern England.'

 

* Concerts for Craswall
VISITS (to Website)300
VIEWS (of this Record)506

'We are located on an ancient farm between the foothills of the magnificent Cambrian Mountains and the beautiful coast of Cardigan bay, at the end of the Mountain Road from Aberystwyth to Rhayader ... We followed the classic trajectory in forming and becoming a festival - the unwitting group of friends who put on a party only to see it grow and grow. Way back in 2009 a group of friends who played and shared a love of Folk, Old Time and Bluegrass music began to visit the farm, brought together there by a certain Fiddle Player who used to live on the farm ... ' Held Early June.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Fire in the Mountain
VISITS (to Website)403
VIEWS (of this Record)433

‘How lucky we are! Every summer we have the opportunity to present world class music against the stunning backdrop of North Pembrokeshire. The combination of glorious music and magical settings makes for a memorable experience – for audiences and musicians alike.’ Held Late July - Early August.

 

* Fishguard and West Wales International Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)175
VIEWS (of this Record)318

'An annual music festival held in beautiful churches on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales.' Held Early July.

 

* Gower Festival
VISITS (to Website)453
VIEWS (of this Record)559

The oldest extant classical music festival in Wales. Set principally in the beautiful countryside of rural North Powys, the Festival features performances by the world's leading musicians in intimate historic locations.' Held Mid June.

 

* Gregynog Festival
VISITS (to Website)241
VIEWS (of this Record)496

‘The Gregynog Young Musician Competition was founded in 2005 and has become one of the most prestigious events of its kind. The competition is held annually at the highly acclaimed Gregynog Hall, which has a long history of association with music and the arts. Entrants must be aged 18 years and under and have reached Grade 8 standard or equivalent, on any orchestral instrument, brass band instrument or percussion.‘ Held Late April.

 

* Gregynog Young Musician Competition
VISITS (to Website)121
VIEWS (of this Record)185

Hay Jazz presents six cabaret evenings with the best jazz musicians in their field. Melody and entertainment!’

 

Category Jazz Clubs
* Hay Jazz
VISITS (to Website)184
VIEWS (of this Record)330

'Hay Music began life in 2011, the vision of Dr John Stark, retired hospital consultant. A great lover of music, his ambition was to bring the highest quality classical chamber music to Hay-on-Wye at modest ticket prices and he has achieved this by attracting both young, highly qualified "new generation" artists in the early stages of their careers in music as well as many established and well known professional musicians, including from overseas. From the beginning Hay Music collaborated with Richard Booth's Bookshop in Hay which provides a unique and characterful 70 seat venue amongst the heavily laden bookshelves. Its intimacy and informality is appealing to performers and audiences alike ...' Several venues around and about Hay are now used for concerts and recitals.

 

* Hay Music
VISITS (to Website)473
VIEWS (of this Record)431

'A specialised, intensive Music Course for young musicians preparing exams, auditions and competitions with some of the worlds best teachers.' Held During July.

 

* Llandovery International Summer Music Course
VISITS (to Website)223
VIEWS (of this Record)487

‘Each year in late August the Machynlleth Festival takes place: a week of splendid music making by eminent performers ... My aim each year is simple: to bring to Machynlleth the world’s finest musicians to play the world’s most inspiring, life-enhancing music.‘

 

* Machynlleth Festival
VISITS (to Website)227
VIEWS (of this Record)274

‘Promotes a series of up to six classical concerts each year. Each concert is held at Y Tabernacl located in the historic town of Machynlleth. Y Tabernacl is a favourite amongst professional musicians and has been described as “one of the most wonderful halls for chamber music in the world!” having marvellous acoustics. The venue is also used for recordings and live broadcasts by BBC Radio 3.’

 

* Machynlleth Music Club
VISITS (to Website)139
VIEWS (of this Record)333

‘Apart from the War years of 1939-1945, the Festival has been held every year since 1921 and has been conducted by many well-known and eminent conductors, including Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Sir John Barbirolli and Sir Charles Groves. The Festival Choir now consists of two affiliated choirs - Llanidloes Choral Society and Welshpool Choral Society - supplemented by individual singers from Machynlleth and surrounding areas ... The choirs rehearse separately in Llanidloes and Welshpool, with some rehearsals in Newtown.‘ Held Early May.

 

Category Choral Festivals
* Montgomery County Music Festival
VISITS (to Website)225
Also indexedLlanidloes Choral Society | Welshpool Choral Society
VIEWS (of this Record)355

‘The “Music at Llanstadwell” project has three main aims: to put on live quality music, to provide a platform for young local musicians and to develop live music that is accessible to all, across church and community ... Music for a Summer Evening is a series of 6 concerts that take place on summer Sunday evenings, once a month, at 6 o'clock. The concerts last between 45 minutes and an hour, with refreshments afterwards, served in the Vicarage garden, or in the church if the weather is inclement. Other recitals and performances crop up along the way so keep checking ... Llanstadwell is a small village, parish and community in south Pembrokeshire, Wales, on the north bank of the River Cleddau between Milford Haven and Neyland.’

 

* Music at Llanstadwell
VISITS (to Website)140
VIEWS (of this Record)254

‘The spectacular coastline of Cardigan Bay in West Wales is a fine backdrop for this inspirational week. Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s MusicFest is an enticing fusion of Music Festival and Summer School; of experience and learning; of performance and appreciation. The engagement of audience, student, and artist alike creates the unique community atmosphere of MusicFest – “refreshing, rewarding and thoroughly inspirational”. Held Early August.

 

* MusicFest Aberystwyth
VISITS (to Website)258
VIEWS (of this Record)574

'A small, friendly and relaxed course for adult amateur string players of any level. A maximum of sixteen participants play alongside our excellent tutors in quartets, trios, & quintets. During the course you work intensively on a piece with the option to perform it informally on the final morning of our chamber music summer school.' Held Mid August.

 

* Nantwen Chamber Music Summer School
VISITS (to Website)240
VIEWS (of this Record)399

‘In 2013, as a reaction to the threat of the UK recession and the growth of Internet shopping, Neath Music Academy was established. The idea was to diversify by expanding into music tuition. Initially, Lessons were offered in one studio within the shop, but in 2014 the first floor premises was refurbished and three teaching studios created offering lessons on piano, guitar, violin and music theory. The music school has since gone from strength to strength ...’

 

* Neath Music Academy
VISITS (to Website)234
VIEWS (of this Record)569

‘Pembrokeshire County Council's Music Service is committed to supporting and enhancing the work of schools in bringing the experience and enjoyment of music making to the young people of the County. The service provides:- specialist tuition on a wide range of instruments and voice; advice on the hire and purchase of musical instruments through Assisted Purchase Scheme; access to County Music Library; a network of performing opportunities at primary, secondary and County levels.‘

 

* Pembrokeshire Music Service
VISITS (to Website)122
VIEWS (of this Record)216

Since 1967-8 has been hosting folk music nights at various venues in and around Pontardawe, near Swansea: ‘Over the years, guest artists have been many and varied including poets, theatre groups, magicians, storytellers, solo musicians, duos and groups, from here and indeed the world. Some of those were already famous, some were just starting out and for some The Valley Folk Club was their first inroad into folk music in Wales’.

 

Category Folk Clubs
* Pontardawe Valley Folk Club
VISITS (to Website)164
VIEWS (of this Record)347

‘Nestled between mature woodlands and heritage architechture, our aim is to build the best-loved community festival in Wales, committed to celebrating and showcasing the vibrancy, diversity and creative spirit of Radnorshire and beyond ... We do it because we love music, and dancing, we love theatre, and art, poetry, playing, food, drink, crafts, colour, sounds, zip, zap and zooom! And of course, we love Radnorshire. This is our way of bringing friends, families and our community together, simply to have fun – wherever you are, come and join us!' Held Mid June.

 

* Radnor Fringe Festival
VISITS (to Website)196
VIEWS (of this Record)494

Launched in 1979: ‘For ten days annually in May and June the Cathedral is host to a feast of classical and contemporary music concerts.’ Held Late May - Early June.

 

* St David's Cathedral Festival
VISITS (to Website)380
VIEWS (of this Record)462

‘The tutors at Stage 8 deliver fun filled musical theatre classes to over 500 young people across south wales! Children develop at an extraordinary rate when involved with the arts and our input helps them develop key skills such as confidence, social skills, teamwork and hardwork whilst also developing them into confident young performers ready to hit the stage or screen ... Weekly classes in Neath, Morriston, Gowerton, Sketty, Glais and Ysgol Bae Baglan.’

 

* Stage 8 Theatre School
VISITS (to Website)651
VIEWS (of this Record)713

‘The Circle was founded in 1999 to bring together local players of the classical guitar for regular meetings ... We encourage playing in groups such as duos, trios, quartets and whole-group assemblies. Solos can also be performed by those who so wish - members can take part in whatever type of playing they choose, and all standards of playing are catered for. The only prerequisite is that players should have some acquaintance with written music, but this does not have to be of an advanced level. The Circle generally holds two public concerts each year, and occasionally invites distinguished guitarists to give concerts, masterclasses or workshops. We play a wide range of music (not always classical!), ranging from early Baroque to, for example, the Beatles. New members are very welcome - the atmosphere is informal and the social aspect is not forgotten.’

 

Category Swansea
* Swansea Classical Guitar Circle
VISITS (to Website)106
VIEWS (of this Record)200

‘Back in 1948, as a nation struggled to overcome the ravages of war, some of Britain’s more visionary towns and cities had the same idea: to launch an annual festival of the arts. Swansea was one of them. Formerly known as the Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts, Swansea International Festival is now one of the major festival events in Wales. It is well established and respected, with a loyal core audience. It also has a clear purpose: a formal, annual opportunity to celebrate the town and its people, bringing the best of the world to Swansea and sharing the best of Swansea with the world.’ Held Late September.

 

ALERT ’After a wonderful year celebrating our 70th anniversary, the Swansea International Festival will be taking a break in 2019.’

 

Category Arts Festivals
* Swansea International Festival
VISITS (to Website)168
VIEWS (of this Record)297

'The International Jazz Festival of Wales'. Held Early October.

 

Category Jazz Festivals
* Swansea International Jazz Festival
VISITS (to Website)440
VIEWS (of this Record)546

‘Continues to provide a varied, stimulating and entertaining late summer programme in this pretty seaside town in Pembrokeshire, West Wales ... Talks on many subjects, classic and jazz music, drama, art workshops all contribute to a balanced and enjoyable week.’ Held Late September.

 

Category Arts Festivals
* Tenby Arts Festival
VISITS (to Website)204
VIEWS (of this Record)313

’A whole weekend of fabulous national and international Blues in the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal town of Tenby.’ Held Mid November.

 

Category Pembrokeshire
* Tenby Blues Festival
VISITS (to Website)140
VIEWS (of this Record)237

‘Established in 1942 during World War II by a group of well known Welshpool citizens ... Its main object was and still is that of fostering and promoting the education of the general public in the appreciation of music in all its forms. There are 5 concerts given during the season which runs from October to March, with an additional concert given by young local musicians each September.’

 

* Welshpool Music Club
VISITS (to Website)196
VIEWS (of this Record)575

'Our aim is quite simple – to give young people who want to play an instrument or write their own music (or both!) the opportunity to work with professional musicians; people who can share their experience and expertise with youngsters and help them develop their skills, build their confidence and increase their enjoyment in making music.'

 

* Young Music Makers of Dyfed
VISITS (to Website)165
VIEWS (of this Record)316

'Rehearsals run from early September through to our concert in mid-December, then from early January to the concert in late April/early May. New members are always welcome - no auditions ... Despite the good audiences that the choir's performances attract, ticket sales do not cover the considerable costs of mounting concerts with professional soloists and a full orchestra. Like other similar choirs, therefore, the Choral Society has to charge its members a subscription ... as well as running various fund-raising events.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Aberystwyth Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)257
VIEWS (of this Record)682

'A friendly competing band based in South Wales ... Brass bands continue to have a loyal fan base in the UK and Wales is proud to produce some of the best bands in the world. To make sure that we continue to develop future players for the band, Ammanford work hard with the young players in the Junior Band.'

+ Ammanford Town Silver Band
VISITS (to Website)247
VIEWS (of this Record)810

Established in 1979: ‘It is a blend of professional players, instrumental teachers and talented amateurs from across South Wales and the Marches. They come together for four concerts a year, usually in Brecon but sometimes in other venues. The Orchestra is run by a committee of its members.There is an active social and fund raising group, the "Friends of Brecknock Sinfonia", which supports the Orchestra financially, and helps to raise its profile’.

 

+ Brecknock Sinfonia
VISITS (to Website)238
VIEWS (of this Record)669

‘A community based wind band that was formed in 1967. The current band comprises about 55 musicians of all age ranges and abilities who enjoy making music together. All woodwind, brass and percussion players are welcome to join the Band ... The Band performs between 15 and 25 engagements each year and regularly performs at Brecon; Llanigon; and Sennybridge Shows; the Victorian Festival, Llandrindod Wells. Most of the music we perform outdoors has a strong rhythmic beat. The Band regularly performs carols in Bethel Square, Brecon in the weeks before Christmas.’

 

+ Brecon Town Concert Band
VISITS (to Website)230
VIEWS (of this Record)370

'In recent years the Choir has toured in Germany, France, Ireland and the Czech Republic as well as many trips in Wales and the rest of the UK to sing with other choirs and entertaining many thousands of people in venues ranging from tiny churches and village halls to the more impressive surroundings of St David’s Hall and the Millennium Centre and of course the Albert Hall. Most concerts are in support of local and national charities and the Choir have been honoured to be invited to sing at weddings and funerals in the local community.'

 

+ Builth Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to Website)327
VIEWS (of this Record)398

'Sadly, just before the outbreak of the Second World War the band’s fortunes took a turn for the worse and it disbanded. Gone but not forgotten, decades later in 1972 a group of local enthusiasts held a meeting with the aim of re-establishing the band. Old instruments and a library of music were discovered, and these, together with some new purchases, a place to rehearse and a keen group of volunteers, sowed the seeds of the band’s renaissance ...'

 

+ Burry Port Town Band
VISITS (to Website)247
VIEWS (of this Record)535

‘A ladies choir based in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire with Members from across the County, from as far and wide as Fishguard and Amroth. Our Musical Director ... has helped us to develop an exciting and varied repertoire of contemporary, classical and sacred music which the Cantabile performs at venues throughout Pembrokeshire and beyond ... Membership is open to any female who enjoys singing all types of music to a high standard. The ability to read music is desirable but not essential as all members are trained in the same way. We enjoy what we do, although we work hard to perform to a high standard.‘

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Cantabile Singers of Pembrokeshire
VISITS (to Website)213
VIEWS (of this Record)268

'We are a non-auditioned, mixed, four-part choir of around 40 members and are based for rehearsals in the village of Howey on the outskirts of Llandrindod Wells. Members are drawn from Llandrindod Wells and the surrounding areas. Our reportoire is wide but whilst some, but far from all, of the works we perform were originally written as church music we are not a religious organisation - we just love great music.'

 

Category Community Choirs
+ Cantorion - Llandrindod
VISITS (to Website)212
VIEWS (of this Record)239

‘A community choir based in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire ... Choir membership has now grown to over sixty. New singers are welcome in all sections − soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. There are no auditions. You just have to enjoy singing and want to learn. Vocal training takes place at some rehearsals.‘

 

Category Community Choirs
+ Cantorion Llandeilo Singers
VISITS (to Website)305
VIEWS (of this Record)836

Carmarthen Male Voice Choir has been an integral part of the music scene in Carmarthen and surronding area for over 50 years. The choristers, the majority of whom have Welsh as their first language, are amateurs. They all love to sing.‘

 

+ Carmarthen Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to Website)247
VIEWS (of this Record)837

‘Founded in 1968 ... as the West Cross & Mumbles Military Band. By 1970, the band had become the Mumbles Concert Band, and played under that title until March 1984 when, with the permission of the City Council, it changed its name to reflect the area it covers, namely the City of Swansea ... The band is available for hire at any occasion, and can alter numbers of players and music to suit taste. We give regular performances in the local community, and have also performed throughout Wales and parts of England ... We offer a warm welcome to new players of wind or percussion instruments. The band demands a certain instrumental skill of its players, but we try to be as inclusive as possible. We have a wide range of instruments for loan, and an extensive music library.’

 

+ City of Swansea Concert Band
VISITS (to Website)135
VIEWS (of this Record)300

‘Over many years Côr Dyfed Choir has gained a reputation as one of the leading choirs in West Wales, attracting both singers and audiences from a wide geographical area. The choir’s repertoire includes pieces from the Renaissance, early baroque period, such as those by Monteverdi and Lassus, through to more recent times with works by Rachmaninoff, Duruflé and Poulenc. Bach, Handel and Mozart are probably the choir’s best loved composers and their works are often performed in the choir’s concerts ... In recent years the choir has built a close relationship with St Davids Cathedral.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Dyfed Choir
VISITS (to Website)220
VIEWS (of this Record)322

Successful Pembrokeshire-based Band which ‘each year competes in a number of competitions ranging from local to national competitions. The main focus of the year is the “Welsh Brass Band Championships”: this is one of 8 regional contests that take place annually from which bands can qualify for an invitation to the finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. The winner of the Championship Section in Wales also qualifies to represent Wales at The European Brass Band Association Championships’. The Band also plays in numerous events over the year.

 

 

+ Goodwick Brass
VISITS (to Website)152
VIEWS (of this Record)215

Aim is ‘to advance public education and appreciation of classical choral music by  presenting public concerts in Mumbles and the surrounding area and through the provision of tuition and training to young soloists and to or for such charitable purposes as the trustees shall decide’.

Category Choral Societies
+ Gower Chorale
VISITS (to Website)155
VIEWS (of this Record)312

‘The Guilsfield Singers have gained a reputation for imaginative and exciting performances of a wide selection of choral works. They are a mixed choir, drawing on musical talent from the Welshpool, Newtown and Oswestry area of Powys and Shropshire ... Over the years the Choir has raised many thousands of pounds for both local and national charities and enjoyed success in choral competitions. Their repertoire includes choral music from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, including modern day composers and arrangers.’

 

Category Newtown
+ Guilsfield Singers
VISITS (to Website)184
VIEWS (of this Record)372

‘Based in the County town of Pembrokeshire. The choir is one of the oldest choirs in Wales and has been in existence since 1896. Consists of about 50 members from 16 years onwards ... performs around 20 concerts per year ... and sings a broad repertoire of songs for all occasions ... with around half the songs sung in Welsh.’

 

+ Haverfordwest Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to Website)231
VIEWS (of this Record)295

'Our fabulous choristers are boys and girls aged from 7 to 16 years who come Llanelli, South Wales and surrounding areas ... After hearing the choir, you'd never believe it that the choir prides itself on no auditions! There are no musical or educational prerequisites to join the choir - except the willingness to learn and a love of singing! ... We perform an exciting and varied repertoire of music to suit all types of performances and broadcasts. The current repertoire includes magical moments from the world of classical music, musical theatre, pop and international folk, sacred and Christmas works - performed in English, Welsh, German, Latin, Hebrew ...' ALERT Unable to raise Website at Review; referenced the Choirs’ Facebook Page instead.

+ Hywel Girls' Choir & Hywel Boy Singers
VISITS (to Website)213
VIEWS (of this Record)328

‘An amateur choir of about 50 members which meet regularly ... in Llanfair Waterdine, near Knighton. The choir's motto is "Friendship through Music" and true to that everyone is welcome if they can learn or read a vocal part and if they can sing in tune! ... Obviously, we love to sing, and thankfully our concerts are usually very well supported. This gives us the opportunity to raise funds through our concerts for local charities and for good causes further afield, which is very important to us as a group.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Llanfair Singers
VISITS (to Website)136
VIEWS (of this Record)385

Founded 1998: ‘It has gradually increased in size and in expertise and now has about 25 regular members. It has received grants from Powys County Council, The Arts Council and The National Lottery for the purchase of instruments, some of which are available for use by band members and others which are out with children in the local community who are learning to play. It is a member of TyCerdd, an organisation supporting music in Wales ... Nestling in the Dyfi valley, Machynlleth is the ancient capital of Wales and was the site of Owain Glyndwr’s Welsh Parliament in 1404’.

+ Machynlleth Wind Band
VISITS (to Website)117
VIEWS (of this Record)325

‘A medium scale fully professional touring opera company, specialising in touring to places that large scale opera cannot reach. Founded in 1988 MWO has established itself as a leading proponent of accessible opera in Wales and England. Mainly sung in English our operas tour to medium scale venues where larger companies do not, and with our talented singers and chamber orchestra our reputation is for innovative and excellent productions.’

Category Opera Companies
+ Mid Wales Opera
VISITS (to Website)310
VIEWS (of this Record)321

‘First formed in 1950 with its first production of H.M.S. Pinafore. The society has performed in many venues over the years. The Empire Cinema, Central Hall, The Masonic hall, The Astoria, The Grammar School, and The Petroleum Club. The Torch Theatre has been our home for the last 37 years, where we have enjoyed the professional facilities which have enabled us to produce technically sophisticated shows. The Society is proud that it was the first amateur society to tread the boards there. We also perform summer concerts, host quiz nights and sing carols and Christmas songs to raise funds for the Society throughout the year.’

 

+ Milford Haven Amateur Operatic Society
VISITS (to Website)182
VIEWS (of this Record)293

'Formed in January 2010 ... open to anyone aged 18 years and over to come along and enjoy the experience of singing with others some of the most wonderful music. At present the Choir has over 60 members, some of whom have been attracted to the choir from Swansea and Bridgend as well as the surrounding district of Neath ... The Choir is ideal for those who have always wanted to sing with others but are wary of taking on a heavy commitment of rehearsals, concerts, charity events, tours, etc. This is NOT the aim or purpose of Neath Polyphonic Choir, whose weekly rehearsals are fun experiences for everyone and the Choir’s two or three concerts a year are just an additional highlight.'

 

Category Community Choirs
+ Neath Polyphonic Choir
VISITS (to Website)425
VIEWS (of this Record)691

’Founded in 1951 – Originally known as the Cedewain Gleemen, it presently numbers some 41 choristers drawn from all walks of life, some from Newtown itself, but mostly from the surrounding communities ... The choir is fully dedicated to the encouragement of young singers and musicians in our area, and is actively engaged in providing platform time and the opportunity for youngsters to appear as soloists at selected concerts.‘

+ Newtown & District Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to Website)293
VIEWS (of this Record)897

‘A community theatre group in the heart of mid-Wales, founded in 1983. A proud member of NODA, we are dedicated to entertaining mid-Wales through song and dance ... NMTC stages two musical shows each year at the Hafren Newtown - generally in the spring and autumn.‘

 

+ Newtown Musical Theatre
VISITS (to Website)70
VIEWS (of this Record)148

’An exciting and vibrant choir in the heart of Pembrokeshire ... The Neyland Ladies Choir was formed in 1977 and has choristers from the Neyland, Milford Haven, Pembroke and Haverfordwest areas. The Choir has become well known throughout Pembrokeshire by the varied style of concerts performed and have established close links with other Ladies and Male Voice Choirs in Wales and England.’

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Neyland Ladies Choir
VISITS (to Website)155
VIEWS (of this Record)352

‘The choristers ... have a busy practice and concert schedule which is often booked 12-18 months ahead. The choir also has commitments to associations of which it is a member, namely the Welsh Association of Male Voice Choirs, Ty Cerdd and The National Association of Choirs. Bi-annual visits to the Albert Hall for the Massed Voices concert are just one of the major commitments. A wide repertoire allows Choir programmes to be tailored by the conductor to match the venue and audience. Places of worship, village halls, town halls and major concert halls are examples of performance venues requiring differing programmes.’

 

+ Pembroke and District Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to Website)190
VIEWS (of this Record)565

'Based in the village of Tŷcroes near Ammanford in the county of Carmarthenshire. The word “Persain" is Welsh for “pure sound” - we are ever optimistic! The Choir is available to sing anywhere and for all occasions, having a varied repertoire for formal concerts as well as weddings, festivals and informal musical evenings in smaller venues.'

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Persain
VISITS (to Website)300
VIEWS (of this Record)468

‘A Welsh Male Voice Choir with a difference! ... A Choir that builds on Welsh choral tradition but is influenced in its approach by modern society and the general public's current musical taste.’

+ Phoenix Choir of Wales
VISITS (to Website)176
VIEWS (of this Record)284

‘The most successful competitive male voice choir in Wales ... We are always looking for new members, but we're not only after your voice — however great though it's sure to be — we are also after you! Our choristers come from every walk of life, with students, teachers and nurses singing alongside lawyers, tradesmen and soldiers ... Many of our members were uncertain about joining a male choir before approaching us, fearing that it would be too difficult to learn the repertoire. Fear not! We pride ourselves on having dedicated people within our membership who will ensure your smooth induction into the choir.‘

 

+ Pontarddulais Male Choir
VISITS (to Website)235
Also indexedBont Choir
VIEWS (of this Record)415

‘A Family choir who take their singing seriously, tour abroad extensively, and share many moments of hilarity. The Cymric as it is affectionately known is one of the oldest choirs in Wales having been established in 1911 by Mr John Bowen Davies ... Our repertoire consists of Folk songs, Ballads, sturdy male choruses from the world of Opera along with songs from popular stage musicals, Welsh Hymns along with contemporary songs.‘

 

+ Port Talbot Cymric Male Choir
VISITS (to Website)227
VIEWS (of this Record)575

'On a cold winter’s evening in 1957, Tom Edwards a farmer, Rhys Jones manager of Barclays Bank in Rhayader, Afon Jones lorry Driver and Afon Davies lorry Driver met in the Cwmdauddwr Arms in Rhayader for the inaugural meeting of the Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir. Its strength lay in the enthusiasm and dedication to learn and sing music of its some three dozen members who were eager to set themselves up as a competent male voice choir. From those early days the choir went forward to face the 60’s with enthusiasm, competing with great success in many local eisteddfodau and other competitive festivals throughout Mid-Wales ...' ALERT At Review, Website Link replaced with Facebook Page.

+ Rhayader & District Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to Website)278
VIEWS (of this Record)883

'Formed in 1965, the Swansea Bach Choir is made up of some 40 singers, many of whom are trained singers, music students and teachers of music ... Membership of the choir is by audition. The choir is noted for its wide and varied repertoire, and has received consistently high critical acclaim for its performances of large scale works from the Baroque. The choir invariably performs works in their original language and, wherever possible, with period orchestras, to ensure the greatest authenticity.'

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Swansea Bach Choir
VISITS (to Website)77
VIEWS (of this Record)101

'In 2004, the company’s high artistic and musical standards came to the attention of The City and County of Swansea who wanted to support a new, flagship touring opera company to help promote Swansea nationwide. Swansea City Opera was born, and the company now receives on going funding from the City and County of Swansea, Arts Council Wales and Arts Council England. Particular emphasis is placed on touring within Wales, especially Objective 1 and Communities First areas, where performances are given at a subsidised cost.'

Category Opera Companies
+ Swansea City Opera
VISITS (to Website)222
VIEWS (of this Record)396

‘We have membership of a hundred singers and we enjoy learning and performing a wide repertoire of choral music, from Baroque to 21st century ... We typically perform three concerts a year, at Easter, Christmas and then in the Summer where we raise money for local charities ... We’re a friendly, supportive group always keen to welcome new members to share in our enjoyment for making music and singing ... You’ll be very welcome to sit in on a rehearsal to get a feel what’s involved before undertaking a friendly audition.’

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Swansea Philharmonic Choir
VISITS (to Website)189
VIEWS (of this Record)276

’Large mixed choir performing a wide range of choral music with orchestra, organ or piano accompaniment ...  The Tabernacle Morriston Choir was formed in 1876 and is still one of the largest mixed choirs in Wales. The choir has sung in many venues throughout the country ... as well as its regular performances at the famous Tabernacle Chapel, Morriston ... The choir takes great pride in encouraging young singers embarking on a professional career such as Bryn Terfel, Rebecca Evans, Jason Howard, Richard Allen, Natalya Romaniw, Janet Watson and numerous others.’

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Tabernacle Morriston Choir
VISITS (to Website)132
VIEWS (of this Record)326

Make a difference to your lifestyle  ‘You can make a difference by: * helping to build bridges through music and the arts; * giving people a chance to dream again; * bringing joy of male choral singing to the community; * experiencing awesome venues; * having the opportunity to share memorable singing concert venues; * meeting marvellous people ... The Choir's Repertoire covers many musical genres. Traditional Welsh Hymns (of course), songs from the shows, classics from the past, classics from the charts, traditional folk songs, songs from overseas - all have a part to play in the make-up of our programmes,’

 

+ Talgarth Male Choir
VISITS (to Website)200
VIEWS (of this Record)449

‘The Band is established, as part of the TATA Sports & Social Club, to: i. Provide a competent and viable band to represent TATA in the local community; ii. Represent both TATA and Port Talbot in the wider world; iii. Provide a musical service to TATA for official engagements if available; iv. Provide a musical service to the wider community in the Port Talbot area; v. Promote musicianship amongst younger members of the local community ... In order to carry out the objects herein before provided, the Band shall, wherever possible: i. Formulate, prepare and establish a programme of public concerts during each year; ii. Make itself available to take part in a number of charity events every year; iii. Work within the local community to provide music for events such as Armistice Day, Christmas and Easter festivals, summer events etc; iv. Take part in brass band contests, whenever possible, in order to both promote the TATA name and to ensure the continued development of the Band; v. Establish a chamber ensemble, under the name TATA Brass, to perform at diverse events where a full band would not be suitable; vi. Establish a TATA Training Band for the encouragement and development of young players and returning players.’

+ TATA Brass Band
VISITS (to Website)126
VIEWS (of this Record)339

‘Everyone in the Quaynotes is here because we love to sing. A few of us may be quite competent soloists but it's when we join our voices together that we make our most joyous sound. And we're happy to sing wherever there's an audience that wants to hear us - from weddings and funerals to larger concert venues... in residential homes, churches, chapels, clubs... and castles!’

 

Category Community Choirs
+ The Quaynotes [Pembrokeshire]
VISITS (to Website)101
VIEWS (of this Record)160

'Award winning Aberystwyth Arts Centre is Wales’ largest arts centre and recognised as a "national flagship for the arts". It has a wide-ranging artistic programme, both producing and presenting, across all art forms including drama, dance, music, visual arts, applied arts, film, new media, and community arts and is recognised as a national centre for arts development. Aberystwyth Arts Centre is a department of Aberystwyth University ...' 

 

@ Aberystwyth Arts Centre
VISITS (to Website)248
VIEWS (of this Record)550

‘A great musical life is one of the strengths of Aberystwyth and its university. The close-knit character of the place really makes things happen. Generations of students have discovered the special quality of music here. Aber is not only a great place to live and study; it's a very special place for music.’

 

@ Aberystwyth University
VISITS (to Website)196
VIEWS (of this Record)478

'Sir Frank Brangwyn, R.A. (1867 - 1956) is celebrated as one of Britain's most prolific and versatile artists. His work is internationally acclaimed and the huge British Empire Panels in Swansea are amongst the most important examples of his decorative work on a large scale. The Brangwyn Hall at the Guildhall, Swansea is renowned as a major concert hall and conference centre, and is enhanced by these unique magnificent panels.'

@ Brangwyn Hall
VISITS (to Website)269
VIEWS (of this Record)535

'The purpose of this magnificent Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist is to worship God. We pray here every day, following the pattern of St Benedict. The Cathedral welcomes everyone who passes through, if you are visiting as a tourist, come to offer your personal prayers and light a candle, or interested in history, architecture or stained glass windows. There are many things to see and learn about ... Events in the Cathedral including: Eucharist, Evening Prayer, Bell Ringing Practise, Organ Rehearsals, Bell Ringers and more ...'

 

Category Cathedrals
@ Brecon Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)356
VIEWS (of this Record)487

The Friends of Dore Abbey ... was formed in 1993 after this fine Grade 1 Listed Building was threatened with closure ... The building has wonderful acoustics and The Friends have established concert and choral events during the warmer months of the year. Artists such as Emma Kirkby, Tasmin Little, John Lill, Jennifer Pike and John Williams have given recitals ... [However] ‘The future of Dore Abbey is under review [November 2017]. There are options ranging from “do nothing” and letting it slowly close as the running costs become unbearable, to re-inventing the Abbey as a central part of our community with an educational dimension and a place people will want to visit.’

 

Category Greater Churches
@ Dore Abbey
VISITS (to Website)311
VIEWS (of this Record)636

‘Built in 1912, the Pavilion (or Pivi as it is known by the locals) has been a community hub for over 100 years. It has seen many guises throughout it's lifetime including a Cinema, Dance Hall & Theatre. In March 2016, Grand Pavilion Events CIC a not for profit community organisation became the new operators of the Pavilion.’

@ Pavilion Mid Wales
VISITS (to Website)445
VIEWS (of this Record)506

‘The impressive Princess Royal Theatre is a multi purpose venue and events include the annual pantomime, professional and amateur shows, concerts, children's shows, opera, musicals ... With a capacity of 798 for full theatre events, almost all needs can be catered for.’

@ Princess Royal Theatre Port Talbot
VISITS (to Website)151
VIEWS (of this Record)269

‘West Wales’ most exciting Music and Arts venue ... Located in the Teifi Valley, Pembrokeshire and close to the borders of Ceredigion and Carmarthen, Neuadd y Dderwen (The Oak Hall) is constructed from green oak in keeping with a centuries old tradition of craftmanship. The building has been fitted with the latest technology featuring a Bose P.A and digital projection, designed with acoustic music in mind. We have our own beautiful Steinway concert grand piano. The venue delights both audiences and performers, seating up to 250 people.‘

@ Rhosygilwen
VISITS (to Website)131
Also indexedNeuadd y Dderwen
VIEWS (of this Record)661

‘We have a full programme of classical, light music, jazz and other entertainments throughout the year at our church, with its marvellous acoustics. We have hosted international orchestras and choirs as well as solo artists. The website is regularly updated as new events are confirmed.’  The organ was ‘built in 1883 by Bevington and Sons, organ makers of Soho, London. It was painstakingly re-built and re-voiced at St Mary’s by Trevor Tipple, of Worcester, following its move from Holmer Church, Hereford. The instrument attracts interest from organ buffs, enthusiasts and organ societies from around the world’.

Category Churches
@ St Mary's Hay on Wye
VISITS (to Website)202
VIEWS (of this Record)381

‘548 seat venue in Newtown, Powys showing a very varied programme all year round ... We are reaching more people than ever in our catchment and beyond ... With the large public funding reductions, without your continued increased support we would not be able to bring such a diverse and quality programme to Montgomeryshire. We value your custom and are pleased that our programme is appealing to so many of you. We look forward to welcoming you and your friends in the near future.’

@ The Hafren
VISITS (to Website)323
VIEWS (of this Record)401

‘Carmarthenshire County Council’s Leisure department manage three performing arts venues within the County, the Lyric being ‘a very traditional proscenium arch theatre’.

 

@ The Lyric Carmarthen
VISITS (to Website)239
VIEWS (of this Record)353

'Opened in 1997 ... Situated at the end of the picturesque Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in the pretty market town of Brecon on the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park, Theatr Brycheiniog offers a popular and acclaimed programme of performing arts and entertainment throughout the year.'

@ Theatr Brycheiniog
VISITS (to Website)412
VIEWS (of this Record)464

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