A-Z of CATEGORIES

Region: North East England

The Category Alnwick is a subset of Northumberland. 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 Alnwick 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):

- Alnwick Pipers' Society

- Alnwick Playhouse Concert Band

 

Category Alnwick
! Alnwick KEY

The Category Berwick-upon-Tweed is a subset of Northumberland. 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 Berwick 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):

- Berwick Male Voice Choir

- Duns Pipe Band

- The Maltings

 

! Berwick-upon-Tweed KEY

The Category Bishop Auckland is a subset of County Durham. 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 Bishop Auckland 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):

- Bishop Auckland Town Hall

- The Andreas Ensemble

 

Category Bishop Auckland
! Bishop Auckland KEY

The Category Chester-le-Street is a subset of County Durham. 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 Chester-le-Street 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):

- Band and Bugles of Durham Army Cadet Force

- Empire Theatre & Cinema

- NASUWT Riverside Band

 

! Chester-le-Street KEY

The Category Darlington is a subset of County Durham. 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 Darlington 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):

- Darlington Clarinet Ensemble

- Darlington Recorded Music Society

- Sans Pareil Singers

 

! Darlington KEY

The Category Durham is a subset of County Durham. 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 Durham City 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):

- Durham Miners Association Brass Band

- Durham Opera Ensemble

Northern Spirit Singers

 

Category Durham
! Durham KEY

The Category Gateshead is a subset of Tyne and Wear. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Gateshead 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):

- Tynefolk

 

Category Gateshead
! Gateshead KEY

The Category Hartlepool is a subset of Teesside. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Hartlepool 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):

- Hartlepool Ladies' Choir

- Hartlepool Ukulele Group

- Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre

- Northern School of Music

 

Category Hartlepool
! Hartlepool KEY

The Category Hexham is a subset of Northumberland. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Hexham 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):

- Hadrian Singers

 

Category Hexham
! Hexham KEY

The Category Middlesbrough is a subset of Teesside. 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 Middlesbrough 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):

- Northern Acchord

 

Category Middlesbrough
! Middlesbrough KEY

The Category Morpeth is a subset of Northumberland. 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 Morpeth 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):

- Ashington Folk Club

- Mid Northumberland Chorus

- VoiceMale

- Werca's Folk

 

Category Morpeth
! Morpeth KEY

The Category Newcastle upon Tyne is a subset of Tyne and Wear. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Newcastle upon Tyne 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):

- Chilli Road Band

- Flotsam

- Newcastle Choral Society

- North East Gospel Choir

- Northern Proud Voices

 

! Newcastle upon Tyne KEY

The Category Redcar is a subset of Teesside. 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 Redcar 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):

- Redcar Jazz Club

- Saltburn Bandstand

 

Category Redcar
! Redcar KEY

The Category South Shields is a subset of Tyne and Wear. 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 South Sheilds 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):

- The Customs House

 

Category South Shields
! South Shields KEY

The Category Stockton-on-Tees is a subset of Teesside. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Stockton-on-Tees 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):

- Stockton Synthonia Male Voice Choir

 

Category Stockton-on-Tees
! Stockton-on-Tees KEY

The Category Sunderland is a subset of Tyne and Wear. 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 Sunderland 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):

- Opera Sunderland

- Sunderland Theatre Organ Preservation Society

 

Category Sunderland
! Sunderland KEY

The Category Wallsend is a subset of Tyne and Wear. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Wallsend 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):

- Backworth Colliery Band

- Can't Sing Choir North Tyneside

- North Tyneside Steel Band

- Whitley Bay Operatic Society

- Whitley Women Community Choir

 

Category Wallsend
! Wallsend KEY

Allen Valleys Promotions Ltd is 'a not-for-profit social enterprise organisation ... establshed in 2015. The company’s objective is to promote cultural and artistic activities which support communities and businesses in the Allen Valleys. Its prime responsibility is to organise The Allen Valleys Folk Festival in September/October each year, working in conjunction with the Allen Valleys Landscape Partnership ...'

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Allen Valleys Folk Festival

Meets ‘Second Wednesday of each month (Sept-May) ... Includes Buffet Supper each month ...  7.30pm - 10.30pm’.

 

* Alnwick Accordion & Fiddle Club
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Once again Alnwick enjoyed eight days of creative musical talent reflecting the diverse cultural riches of the UK and wider world. We featured a cornucopia of talent representing the sounds, rhythms and traditions of Ireland, Eastern Europe, Africa, USA, Australia, Scotland, England and our very own Northumberland. This was served up via the genres of Folk, Jazz, Blues, Celtic, Balkan, Americana and World Fusion - and live poetry.’ Held Mid August.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Alnwick International Music Festival

'Offers a programme of six concerts annually between October and May. Three piano recitals continue to take place ... and a further three instrumental concerts ... The Society is supported by a loyal membership and attracts large numbers of guests and visitors to its concerts.'

 

* Alnwick Music Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Our primary aim is to increase and enhance our understanding of classical music. Meeting monthly we listen to recorded music, learning more about the composers and their works written for us to appreciate and enjoy. You do not need any specialist knowledge of classical music to become a member.'

 

* Alnwick Recorded Music Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Alwinton Summer Concerts take place in the Church of St Michael and All Angels, located just outside of the remote, rural village of Alwinton in Upper Coquetdale, Northumberland. The series has established itself as one of the major cultural events in the North-East of England and the church, with its fine acoustic, is surrounded by beautiful and dramatic landscape.’ Held May - July.

What is contemporary classical? ‘Ambient music with a meditative, serene feel to it ... Introspective and soothing with emphasis placed on repeated melodic patterns ... Accessible, captivating and powerfully cinematic ... Often gentle, slow progressing and hypnotic ... Electronic, epic - music which soars and undulates with an emotive drive ... Serene, delicate and pensive contemporary classical music which feels meditative and a pinch chaotic.’

 

* Atmospherica Composer Concert Series
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'For over 25 years, Auckland Castle served as the standard location for BAMS concerts, particularly for the main summer series, but as the remodelling plans of Auckland Castle proceed, St. Andrew's thankfully offers a wonderful new venue for BAMS in which to continue its programmes as normal after September 2016 and in particular for our 2017 series and beyond. St. Andrew's, the largest parish church in County Durham, was built almost entirely in the 13th Century.'

 

* Bishop Auckland Music Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Probablly the best brass band entertainment contest in the world! ... A top quality day of brass band presentation featuring many of the finest bands in the land ... Multimedia screens feature the action as it happens with close up images of the players in the heat of determined competition ... The Brass in Concert Championship was originally conceived as a one-off event to mark the Queens Silver Jubilee and the opening of a new factory in Darlington in 1977 ... It is still thriving and has become widely recognised as the leading brass band entertainment contest in the world attracting the very best bands from all corners of the UK and in recent times from other brass banding nations.’ Held Mid November in Gateshead.

 

‘One of the two oldest folk clubs in the country and has been a world famous venue since 1958. No other club has run for so long in the same venue and it has been host to many of the great legends of folk. Our guest nights feature local, national and occasionally international artists. Every week you are guaranteed fine singers and musicians. We focus on traditional material, particularly from Tyneside and the North East, but other styles of acoustic music within the same spirit are welcomed.‘

 

Category Folk Clubs
* Bridge Folk Club
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Vision is to create an annual programme of events that showcases the little known music written during the Holocaust, to be held here in Newcastle and Gateshead ... The greatest music, art and literature has often emerged from the most threatening of circumstances, bringing comfort and expression to those in need. There is a vast wealth of relatively unknown, yet wonderful music that has struggled to get the recognition it deserves on its own merit, despite the broad range of cultural and musical activities we enjoy here in the UK. During the Festival, works by these lesser known composers will be shared and explored alongside well-loved works from the more mainstream repertoire.’ Main Festival held Late January - Early February.

 

’We are a community organisation, based in Newcastle, that creates opportunities for young people to perform and listen to live music ... We aim to provide musically talented young people with opportunities to perform live and for other young people to listen, enjoy and participate in supporting musical performances. For both groups this may increase their confidence, help them develop useful life skills and possibly result in them pursuing a career in the musical arts.’

 

‘Presents monthly lunch-time and occasional evening concerts at venues in the North Yorkshire market town of Stokesley and the seaside resort of Redcar ... The concerts receive no grants or sponsorships and their continuing viability depends entirely on their being self-supporting.’

 

* Classical Cleveland
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Members consist of those who simply enjoy listening to live music in a relaxed atmosphere as well singers and performers (absolute beginners to professionals). In spite of its name, in addition to organ recitals and choral music  the Association organises performances of instrumental and vocal music including solo performances and, occasionally, illustrated talks on church music.'

 

* Cleveland Organists' and Choirmasters' Association

‘We are a registered charity in the heart of Tyneside set up with the objective of providing access to music lessons and ensemble playing for young and old, and as a by-product providing music recitals for the community. We currently have tuition groups in various instruments including violin, viola, cello, guitar and viol and we can provide music theory lessons and assessments (exams). We also have a number of ensembles and orchestra groups and we organise regular recitals.’ An annual William Shield Festival has celebrated ‘the life and times of this great, but often forgotten, local musician of yesteryear. William Shield was born in Swalwell in 1748 and rose to the position of Master of the King's Musick and was principal violinist at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. He is buried at Westminster Abbey’.

 

* Community Music Whickham & Swalwell
Also indexedWilliam Shield Festival

'A not for profit festival that's all about enjoying a family day out listening to live music and raising awareness of local small businesses that can't always afford the advertising they need to get established. Chips, Fresh pizza, Hog Roast, Real Ale and Draft lager/beer for the grownups. Attended by over 3,000 people in 2017 ...' Held First Weekend June.

 

‘World class chamber music in the heart of glorious Tynedale.’ Held Late July.

 

Category Hexham
* Corbridge Chamber Music Festival
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Established in 1972 and we are one of the longest running folk clubs in the country ... There are guest performers every other week and singers nights in between. It's quite common to have as many as twelve to fourteen acts on singers nights! We have always provided a wide variety of music and styles from traditional and contemporary folk to blues and bluegrass. If you are in the area please drop in, you may be pleasantly surprised ...'

Category Folk Clubs
* Cramlington Folk Club
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Redcar: Weekly get-togethers: Tuesdays, 8.00 pm.

 

Category Folk Clubs
* Cutty Wren Folk Club
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’DDOCA membership is open to all who are interested, on payment of the appropriate annual subscription. We include among our members professional and amateur musicians of a wide range of interest in and expertise at the organ, students, and non-instrumentalists - as individuals or as a family. New members are always very welcome.‘

* Darlington & District Organists’ & Choirmasters’ Association

Founded 1932: ‘We have acquired a reputation as one of the friendliest festivals. Due to the hard work of the small committee, the word has spread amongst adjudicators that we are a festival worth coming to, and we hope we can keep up these standards for many years to come.’ Speech & Music Section held in March.

* Darlington Festival for Performing Arts

Formed 1982: ‘Guest Nights will usually take place about every 4 weeks weeks between the singarounds but not always so depending on booking availability for certain guests and a brief August lay off. This room has bar facilities at the back. We have a quality, PA system. The ambiance is very good and attracts, on average about 40 but can accommodate up to 70 people. Full wheelchair access is available to this location’.

 

Category Folk Clubs
* Darlington Folk & Acoustic Club
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Set up late in 2010 to help protect and promote arts and culture in the town. It was established as a co-operative in Spring 2011 and members include representatives of arts and community groups.'

‘The Darlington Jazz Festival, hosted by Darlington Jazz Club, began in April 2011 taking place entirely at The Forum in Darlington. Over the past 7 years, the festival began growing with events taking place across the country and involving renowned Jazz artists ... The Festival is a perfect place for Jazz fans, old and new and is always open to more and more players. For a taster of what we do, don’t miss our Darlington Jazz Club nights, hosted on Sunday nights every fortnight from 5.30pm - 8.00pm.’ Festival held Early May.

Category Darlington
* Darlington Jazz Festival
Also indexedDarlington Jazz Club

Six evening concerts, October - April.

 

* Darlington Music Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club has promoted live jazz in the town since 1996, and it is our aim to continue bringing quality jazz to Darlington. From ragtime to swing, through the hot dance music of the 1920’s, to the revivalist years and the “traddy pop” of the 1950’s and 1960’s, with perhaps some be-bop and jive, we try to provide a programme which has something for everyone. Jazz has always been about entertainment, and the connectivity between the musicians and their audience, but most of all it is about tapping your feet and enjoying yourself. So don’t be shy, give us and jazz a try! You’ll be sure of a warm welcome.’

 

Category Darlington
* Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Established in 1996 to use the town's new Steinway, Darlington Piano Society presents piano recitals at 3.00pm on Sunday afternoons in The Central Hall of the Dolphin Centre. Recitalists are soloists of international standing.’

* Darlington Piano Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Held the first Saturday of the month in the Arts Centre, Washington. Each night starts with an informal session from 7.30 p.m. which welcomes musicians of all levels of ability. Visiting singers and musicians are always welcome.'

 

Category Folk Clubs
* Davy Lamp Folk Club
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We focus on modern and contemporary practice. Our courses will extend your skills and theoretical understanding of Dance, Drama and Music, and enable you to explore established and new ideas about performance.'

 

* Department of Dance, Drama and Music [Sunderland]
Also indexedUniversity of Sunderland

'We are rated as the top UK music department in the Complete University Guide 2018, and consistently appear in the top three across other leading rankings ... The Department has internationally recognised research expertise in a wide variety of topics including musicology, theory and analysis, ethnomusicology, music psychology, performance, composition, and music technology ... Durham enjoys a rich musical life: the University boasts numerous choirs, orchestras, opera, jazz and early-music ensembles, and the Department runs its own annual concert series, which attracts soloists from around the World.'

 

* Department of Music [Durham]
Also indexedDurham University

Music in Schools 'We aim to inspire young people in our communities to enjoy music throughout their lives. We provide a wide range of high quality musical educational opportunities aiming for the highest standards.' The Service is the Lead Organisation for the Durham and Darlington Music Education Hub.

 

* Durham Music Service
Also indexedDurham and Darlington Music Education Hub

Founded 2017: ‘We celebrate the vibrant vocal music both local and national, celebrating the heritage, education, spirituality and variety of repertoire of vocal music ... World famous artists ... Thousands of performers ... World Premieres’. Organized by Durham Music Service’. Held Late January - Early February.

 

Category Choral Festivals
* Durham Vocal Festival

‘Sage Gateshead’s Folkworks programme aims to develop interest and practical involvement in traditional music, song and dance. This is achieved through various activities, including unique performances, one-day workouts, weekly classes, weekend courses and three week-long Summer Schools, for all ages.’

 

Category Gateshead

‘A strategic partnership of two well-established, high quality and ambitious local authority music services and a diverse range of successful and highly respected partners and collaborators.’

 

Category Gateshead
* Gateshead and South Tyneside Music Education Hub

'A team of dedicated, highly qualified and skilled music educators and performers ... Our achievements are noted nationally - we are rated amongst the few "Outstanding Music Services" in the UK ... Nearly 5,000 pupils in Gateshead benefit from weekly lessons both in school and at outreach centres. All orchestral, band and popular instruments are taught and pupils engage in a wide range of activities. From beginner to conservatoire entry, the Music Service’s holistic and structured approach ensures that every learner makes good progresses. Over 3000 instruments and loaned free of charge ...'

 

* Gateshead Schools Music Service

‘The Sunderland University Big Band is a community big band who rehearse regularly within the university. Band members range from school leavers through to current students and alumni of the university. As well as regular weekly rehearsals the band also host quarterly workshops open to musicians of all ages ... This is an ideal opportunity to work with some of the North East's greatest jazz musicians. As well as regular gigs the Band also host the North East's most successful big band competition and festival.’ Held Early March.

 

* Great North Big Band Jazz Festival
Also indexedSunderland University Big Band

'We have been in action "along the Guisborough road" since 1975. During those 40+ years we have hosted many of the Folk World’s leading performers as well as visitors who becoming friends of the club return often. Visitors are always welcome- singers, musicians, poets, music hall, dancers, & audience. We are not precious about musical styles or genres and no pressure to perform.'

 

Category Folk Clubs
* Guisborough Folk Club

‘An annual festival for Hartlepool, featuring the very best folk and acoustic music from around the country - and closer to home! ... From the most contemporary folk and acoustic music through to a wealth of traditional singers and musicians, there really is something for everyone. Special concerts and events will celebrate the rich music, heritage and traditions of Teesside and the North East.’ Held Mid October.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Hartlepool Folk Festival
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Hartlepool Music Society has been promoting high quality, live classical music concerts in the Town for more than thirty years and hopes to continue for a further thirty years if we retain your support. We always need members, sponsors, donors and practical assistance. If you wish to help, get in touch with the Chairman ...'

 

* Hartlepool Music Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Annual Festival founded 1953: ‘Central to the Festival is Hexham’s glorious medieval Abbey, which acts as the main venue and provides a stunning backdrop and world class acoustic for music making.’ Held Late September.

 

Category Hexham
* Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The development agency for jazz in the North of England. Our mission is to increase the profile of contemporary jazz in the North by developing opportunities for artists and building audiences through collective partnership working. Our vision is that the North becomes recognised nationally and internationally as a place that enables jazz artists to reside, work and develop their practice in dialogue with interested, supportive and open-minded audiences.'

 

‘Established in 1966 and is the oldest grant-supported jazz promoting body in the UK.’ Now dependent on discretionary funding rather than regular grants, together with assistance from international cultural bodies, and sharing costs with other promoters: ‘We aim to mount a regular programme of around 40 concerts per year’.

* Jazz.Coop Featured

‘We are a community cooperative set up to support the learning, performance and development of jazz, related music and the arts. Based at the Globe in Newcastle upon Tyne, we are the first cooperative in the UK to own a music venue and education centre. We put on gigs and courses there and at other venues.’

 

* Jazz.Coop
Also indexedPink Lane Jazz Co-op
FEATURED: Multiple Concerts and RecitalsYes

Started in 1990: ‘Running from mid day on Friday until late on Sunday evening, the programme explores jazz from the first 40 years, with special jam sessions in the Victory Pub in the wee small hours! All concert themes are chosen by the musicians themselves ... The Festival showcases music that you won't hear anywhere else. Alongside regular classic jazz staples are the music and musicians seldom featured at other festivals. The concert takes place in 4* luxury, with assigned seating of 8 to a table. We rotate the tables twice a day so that nobody gets a poor view.‘ Held Early November.

 

 

Category Jazz Festivals
* Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Party
Also indexedWhitley Bay Jazz Festival
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Morpeth Music Society is proud of its central role in the cultural life of Morpeth, presenting an annual series of classical concerts performed by professional artists of national and international standing.'

 

* Morpeth Music Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'An exciting three-day annual festival of street entertainment, indoor events, music, dance, craft, dialect, heritage and traditional fun - held the weekend after Easter.'

* Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering

'Great chamber music performed by outstanding musicians, a stunning backdrop of works from the National Galleries collection, and the peace and quiet of the Scottish Borders countryside on the River Tweed.' Held Mid July. ALERT The Festival Website was inaccessible at Review.

 

 

* Music Durham Featured

‘We are the organisation within Experience Durham that manages and coordinates the music ensembles within the University, from the 22 ensembles at University level to the numerous College music societies ... Music Durham is a forum of musicians, ensuring unity among the many ensembles in Durham and coordinating and promoting music making around the city. We work directly with society presidents to discuss issues such as collaboration, funding, coordination of events, equipment and society needs.‘‘

 

 

* Music Durham
Also indexedExperience Durham
FEATURED: Multiple Concerts and RecitalsYes

‘Since 1992 we have been organising first-class chamber-music concerts between May and October each year in the beautiful church of St Cuthbert's in the centre of Allendale, 10 miles from Hexham. Musicians of international standing love to come and play in this superb acoustic to warm, responsive audiences. We have four concerts this year [2018], which will be a make-or-break year financially - unless we get full houses and attract generous sponsorship it seems likely we may not be able to continue, at least on this scale, after next year ...’

 

* Music in Allendale
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Music Partnership North is one of 122 music hubs across England set up to support and enhance music education for children and young people in their area in line with the aims of The Importance of Music: A National Plan for Music Education (NPME) ... This is a partnership between: Northumberland County Council music service; Newcastle City Council music service; Sage Gateshead. Northumberland is the lead organisation within the hub.’

 

* Music Partnership North [Northumberland]
Also indexedNorthumberland County Council Music Service

‘Musicon is first and foremost a professional concert series for both the University and the City of Durham as a whole. Our aim is to bring world-leading performers to the North-East, and to offer our audience the chance to experience something unique in the region. At the same time, Musicon is linked to the work carried out in our Music Department. It is often our connections with musicians all over the world that allows us to bring performers of such a high caliber to the city. As a result of this, we are proud to be able to present a programme that is both rich and varied, exploring Western music from the middle ages all the way up to our own time, as well as from a wide range of other cultures around the world.’

 

* Musicon
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Provides access to high quality music making for young people in the Tees Valley. We know that young people can bring about positive change in their lives and the lives of those around them by getting involved in making music. Therefore we work with some of those most in need – young people (age 10-24) living in challenging circumstances in the local authority areas of Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool and Redcar and Cleveland. We run several open access music groups for young people, we deliver intervention projects within particular settings, and we support music leaders by providing training and networking opportunities.‘

 

* MUSINC - The Teesside Musical Inclusion Partnership

‘The NDSO is for young and old alike. The Society seeks to encompass all who have an interest in the organ and its music. Novice or professional, player or listener; All are welcome to share our enthusiasm for, and interest in The King Of Instruments and to join our activities. In the same way as anyone who plays football is a footballer, anyone who plays the organ is an organist. Perhaps surprisingly, only some 25% of our membership hold a permanent church appointment. So we really are open to all. Newcastle is home to a number of fine and historic organs, the works of builders like Lewis, "Father" Willis, Harrison & Harrison, Binns and others are to be found in the City's churches, schools and concert hall.’

 

* Newcastle and District Society of Organists

‘We are proud to be the oldest chamber music society in Britain - the first concert took place in 1880. We promote a series of classical concerts featuring a range of chamber music: all held in Sage Two at Sage Gateshead, the most prestigious venue for classical music in North East England. Concerts are held on Wednesday evenings from Autumn to Spring, and contain an exciting mix of classics of the chamber music repertoire together with less frequently heard works, performed by the finest artists of today.’

 

* Newcastle Chamber Music Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Provides instrumental teaching and music support activities in every school in Newcastle. Our forty expert teachers, musicians and performers work in every phase of education from early years to sixth form ... Music Partnership North (MPN) is the Music Education Hub for Newcastle and Northumberland.‘

 

* Newcastle Music Service
Also indexedMusic Partnership North - Newcastle

‘The NEEMF workshop diary lists all the forthcoming early music workshops that are arranged by us, and the “other events” page lists other early music events that we think might interest our members. Under links you will find links to all the other early music forums; to a large list of small publishers specialising in early music; to sites that offer early music in sheet form that you can download, to sites that offer MP3s of early music, to specialised pages on instruments, and that celebrated category Misc.!’

 

Category Early Music
* North East Early Music Forum

The Association manages a Wurlitzer console which formerly ‘rose from the depths of the orchestra pit in the New Victoria Theatre, Bradford to entertain patrons with musical interludes. Now installed in a specially converted building, the New. Vic. Organ plays once again, recreating the atmosphere of a different and more leisurely age ... We have a regular concert series where you can see and hear one of the largest theatre pipe organs in Europe, we also participate in the national Heritage Open Days Weekend in September. Everyone is welcome to come along and look around (both front-of-house and behind-the-scenes) to find out what a “Mighty” Wurlitzer is all about! People of all ages are fascinated by the theatre organ, its history, its music, its technology and the way in which it played a major role in the social history of the mid twentieth century’.

 

* North East Theatre Organ Association
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Whether you are a school, parent or student, you should find the information on these pages useful. Find out about the support we offer schools, how to start learning an instrument in school and what to do if you would like to join an Ensemble. You can also check when our concerts and events are and how to get involved in a all areas of music in North Tyneside.'

* North Tyneside Music Education Hub

Opened in 1966 and based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne: ‘A unique and dedicated establishment offering private tuition in a wide range of musical instruments. We have seven dedicated teaching studios, each equipped with pianos, both acoustic and digital. We currently teach in excess of 450 students per week ... Our youngest student is 6, our oldest over 80! Over 30% of our students are adults - many starting to learn an instrument for the first time. The NMC is a private enterprise and receives no funding from external sources’.

 

'The Northumbrian Recorder and Viol School (NORVIS) was founded as an annual summer school in Durham in 1971 ... NORVIS covers a broad range of early music interests, welcoming viol-players, recorder-players, lutenists and baroque string enthusiasts as well as renaissance instrument and harpsichord players – not to mention solo and choral singers. There is a very generous provision of expert tutors.' Held Early August.

 

‘A small, friendly, community based music festival set in the heart of Northumberland in Rothbury in the beautiful Coquet Valley Rothbury Festival has established a unique atmosphere that has drawn musicians and singers from throughout the country and beyond to spend a weekend sharing music and experiencing Northumbrian traditions.’ Held Mid July.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Rothbury Traditional Music Festival
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Based in the North East of England, is a charity run by volunteers from the local area ... and provides a platform for music and drama performers of all ages. There are varied classes including organ, choral speaking, singing and individual verse ... The Festival is run each year over four weekends in late February and early March. It is held at a number of different venues in and around Ryton.’

 

* Ryton & District Festival of Music, Speech & Drama

'Takes place annually during the last week in June. It is a competitive festival - a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech - which seeks to provide a platform for performers of all ages who wish to develop their performance skills in a friendly and supportive environment.'

 

'The International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS) is the largest part of the School of Arts and Cultures. The study of music is intellectually challenging and physically demanding. A well-educated student of music is therefore, more than anything, both an agile thinker and an accomplished practical musician ...'

 

* School of Arts and Cultures [Newcastle]

'From its modest beginning within a single venue in September 2006, the festival has gradually expanded to cater for the tastes and interests of travelling folk music enthusiasts and local residents alike ... A monthly Folk Club operates at the Cricket Club outside of the cricket season. Also a number of Festival Fundraisers and charity events are organised throughout the year.'

 

Category Folk Festivals

Usally meet: 'Every Tuesday evening 7pm - 10.30pm. The format for these evenings is 7-30 to 8-15 everyone who wants to play can join in to a set programme to be used on guest artist nights. The time after that is made up of anyone who wishes to play solo or in groups'.

* Seghill Comrades Accordion & Fiddle Club
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Shine! is a mixture of the traditional and contemporary with both competitive and non-competitive classes. This Festival is not so much a new idea, but a fresh look on a tradition that continues to thrive in other areas across the country and even internationally ... The Tees Valley has seen a strong tradition of competitive music festivals over the past 60 years, notably Stockton Music and Drama festival and Middlesbrough Music Festival, both of which have disbanded in the past 5 years. With financial support from a variety of individuals and organisations it has been possible to re-invent this new festival which will serve musicians across the whole Tees Valley.‘ Held Late April - Early May.

 

‘SSFC resident singers' and musicians' material is mostly traditional, as are most of the guest performers we book, but we do like to hear other kinds of music as well, and very much appreciate visitors who perform contemporary, country, blues, or their own material. Even when our guest diary is full floor singers are especially welcome, as are new resident singers and musicians.‘

 

Category Folk Clubs
* South Shields Folk Club
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘South Tyneside Council recognises the importance of providing children and young people with access to high quality, affordable musical opportunities. In South Tyneside, we encourage maximum participation in music making activities. We try to reach as many children and young people as possible, nurturing talent through excellence in teaching and learning and offering opportunities for ensemble / orchestral performances.‘

 

‘Staithes has a long and celebrated history of art from the 19th century Staithes Group of Artists to the present day ... Visitors will be able to walk the maze of lanes visiting “galleries” as well as taking part in a programme of guided walks, workshops, talks and film shows. Heritage too plays an important part in the life of the village and will be celebrated in events and exhibitions throughout the weekend. There will be a vibrant programme of music ranging from street buskers to concerts.‘ Held Early September.

 

Category Redcar
* Staithes Festival of Arts & Heritage
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We aim to have guest-nights twice a month: other Mondays are "singarounds" ... At a singaround everyone is encouraged to get up and sing, play a tune, recite, clog dance or do whatever they want to do, provided it falls under the wide umbrella of folk. But don't worry, nobody is coerced into getting up, and we have a healthy core of talented performers to ensure an entertaining night ...'

 

Category Folk Clubs
* Stockton Folk Club
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Works with schools, teachers, practitioners, young people and organisations across the Local Authority, to ensure all young people can access a high quality music education. The partnerships provide a range of music education activities from instrumental tuition, ensembles, access to progression routes, singing opportunities and large scale performances and events.'

 

'We present a series of piano recitals at the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. Our season includes six public concerts of a high standard.'

 

* Sunderland Pianoforte Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We provide instrumental and vocal tuition, covering all styles for all ages across out four partner authorities of Stockton on Tees, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland. All of our pupils receive free membership of TVMS ensembles and choirs, ranging from beginner level to advanced bands and orchestras in each area and county-wide.'

 

* Tees Valley Music Service
Also indexedTees Valley Music Education Hub

'Organises a winter series of high calibre chamber music concerts, both instrumental and voice, by visiting professional ensembles ... Do come and experience the joy of listening to live chamber music, along with our regular supporters. We look forward to seeing you for another season of great music making.'

 

* Teesside Music Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘For more than 100 years, during March each year, the Tynedale Music Festival has produced a feast of music for the people of Tynedale ... It provides a platform for musicians from all parts of the north of England where they can demonstrate their talents and enjoy the pleasure of playing to a live audience ...‘ ALERT ’At an extraordinary meeting of the Tynedale Music Festival Committee on September 12th 2018, the future of the Festival was considered. It was decided reluctantly that, for financial reasons, the Festival could not continue to function and its activities would cease from October 1st, 2018. This was a difficult decision after the Festival has provided a service to musicians in the Tynedale region for 115 years. There has been an ever increasing level of costs - particularly the costs of payments for the hire of premises; payments to adjudicators; payments to accompanists - together with a decrease in income from the falling number of entries as young people turn to other activities.’

'Founded in 1933, although records of a Choral Society can be traced to the middle of the 19th Century. During World War II the Society was suspended although Jackie Burn kept a choir going in Alnmouth until the Choral Society was restarted in 1947. Since then, regular concerts have been performed in local Churches, halls and the Playhouse, as well as more informal events in places such as Cragside, Hulne Park and Brinkburn Priory.'

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Alnwick & District Choral Society

'We are an award-winning musical theatre company ... performing excellent quality Broadway and West End shows year after year!'

+ Alnwick Stage Musical Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A small a cappella chamber choir with a particular interest in early sacred music. One of the choir’s main aims is to sing sacred music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods in the context of the church services for which it was written. As a result, the choir has had the opportunity to sing in some of Northumberland’s most beautiful medieval churches ...'

 

Category Chamber Choirs

'We are a mixed voice choir based in Chester-le-Street, with loyal members travelling to join us from all over the North East: with some coming from as far afield as Yorkshire and Lancashire. Our repertoire has something to suit all tastes, including sacred choral music, folk songs, spirituals, jazz swing and pop arrangements, and seasonal Christmas music.'

Category Chamber Choirs

'We are a friendly group with a common interest in singing ... If you like to sing and would like to come and join in there is no audition and you don’t have to be able to read music but if you can great.'

+ Ashington & District Male Voice Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Choir was founded by the local miners of Backworth Colliery in 1951 and although the pits are long-gone, the Choir is more active than it has ever been ... Today’s Choir is a sixty strong community choir, attracting members from all walks of life. We are proud to support the work of many regional charities and organisations through our performances.'

+ Backworth Male Voice Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Based in Esh Winning, approx 6 miles west of Durham City. The band have their own rehearsal premises and welcome any player who would like to join the band or come along for a blow ... The Band also has a learners section ... The Band usually has a full a varied programme to suit all tastes. We have engagements throughout the North East throughout the Summer season and a very full list throughout December. The Band does Contest work within the year at both traditional and entertainments contests ... There is a good atmosphere within the Band as we all enjoy performing without the pressure some higher section Bands endure. So if you would like to join a relaxed group who enjoy giving concerts - come along and find out for yourself.‘

 

‘A community wind band based at The Sage Gateshead. Originally based in Springfield School in Jarrow, it was formed in 1989 to allow pupils of the school to continue playing after leaving. It now attracts musicians from all across the north east of England. We have performed at indoor and outdoor venues both home and abroad over the past three decades, including tours in the US and Europe.’

‘Plainsong in the 21st Century ... The Benedict Biscop Gregorian Choir draws singers from across the North-East of England to learn and perform gregorian chant and other plainsong. We enjoy singing together as we explore some of the roots of Western music and try to relate the heritage of this music to life in the 21st century.‘

Category Community Choirs
+ Benedict Biscop Gregorian Choir

'We are a friendly mixed voice choir performing major choral works based in Berwick ... Our musical season usually starts in September and ends in May when we take a summer break ... Singers in all sections of the choir will be made most welcome. There is no audition, and the ability to sight-read to a high standard is not required.'

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Berwick Arts Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Established in 1993. We play at events and concerts in the Scottish borders and North Northumberland. The band are a friendly and welcoming bunch and are always looking for new members.'

 

’Established in 2014, Berwick Festival Opera produces major operas re-orchestrated for intimate live performance in Berwick’s exquisite Georgian Guildhall and The Maltings Main House, and on tour. The creative team unites internationally acclaimed artists, orchestral ensembles and producers in a unique creative partnership with The Maltings.‘ ALERT Webste inaccessible at Review, so Link changed.

 

 

Category Opera Companies
+ Berwick Festival Opera
Also indexedRocket Opera | The Maltings

Founded 1920: ‘Each year The Society stages a musical and on occasion concerts and plays. The Society’s primary aim is to bring the magic of the theatre to local people, by local people and we are very grateful to all our members and audiences who continue to give support in order for us to continue ... We are as strong a Society as ever and regularly welcome new talented, young members, which augurs well for our future. Whatever your age and in whatever capacity you would like to join us in, you can be assured of a very warm welcome indeed’.

 

+ Berwick Operatic Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Founded in 1951 and is still a very active group of singers. With over 40 members, both male and female, the choir enjoys singing from a wide repertoire of music including items from the musicals and modern songs which are always popular with audiences.'

 

Category Community Choirs
+ Billingham Choral Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’The Society is well established, having given its first performance in 1949. Since then it has provided regular concerts in Sunderland with a repertoire which has been mainly classical - sacred and secular - with occasional pieces which are more contemporary. The choir seeks to achieve a very high standard musically in the chosen works and performances are always in conjunction with professional soloists and orchestras of a very high standard. In addition, the Society has a section for younger singers, Bishopwearmouth Young Singers, who rehearse separately and prepare for their own concerts as well as sometimes taking part in the main Society events.‘

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Bishopwearmouth Choral Society
Also indexedBishopwearmouth Young Singers
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Cappella Novocastriensis was founded in 1960 by Dr Frederick Hudson to specialise in early choral music for worship. However, that is only part of the story. We sing in concert hall, church and cathedral and give one or more concerts per term, as well as an annual carol service for Newcastle Law Courts and occasional engagements for choral evensong, weddings and other services and events. The choir has about 35 members and often sings unaccompanied, bringing both clarity and intimacy to its performances.’

 

+ Cappella Novocastriensis
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Founded by Tim Jackson in 1981. It now enjoys a reputation as one of the best non-professional ensembles in the North-East and performs a wide variety of music in venues across Teesside and North Yorkshire.'

+ Cleveland Chamber Orchestra
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'This Windband is made up of people from all walks of life and age groups. Our youngest player was just 9yrs old when they started and our oldest is into their 80's. Every member of our band is willing to help others to improve in their ability to play good entertaining music. You don't need to have a music grade to play in this band. That's what makes this band stand out from others, no matter what the age or ability, the Cleveland Concert Band are a happy bunch of friendly musicians to be associated with and enjoy what we do ...'

 

‘A mixed-voice choir which aspires to professional standards and has a good reputation in north-east England ... Has over 120 members, currently aged from 17 upwards, from Middlesbrough, Stockton, East Cleveland, Hartlepool, Darlington and North Yorkshire; Gives at least three concerts a year, using professional soloists and a good orchestra.‘

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Cleveland Philharmonic Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Full-sized symphony orchestra with about 80 members, including many music teachers from the area, which gives two challenging concerts each year, generally in October and March. Each concert is preceded by two Sundays of intensive rehearsal. Membership is by invitation.'

 

+ Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A multi-award winning open-access community orchestra based in the North of England. We welcome players of all standards to our weekly meetings at eight venues between the Scottish Borders and North Yorkshire, and to our programme of study days, residential courses and concerts throughout the region and as far afield as Italy and Hungary. We are a friendly and welcoming group that exists so that people can enjoy playing music together. It is open to anyone who wants to come along and join in, whether they have just started learning an instrument, have been playing for years, or haven't played for years ... The Cobweb Orchestra as well as off-shoot groups such as The Baroque Ensemble, The Cobweb Cabaret Ensemble and The Cobweb Chamber Orchestra often give an eclectic variety of performances at various venues throughout the North of England. These concerts are nearly always free although we do invite you to make a donation to The Cobweb Orchestra.'

 

‘A Darlington based brass band which have been running since 1870 ... The Band takes part in a number of competitions & concerts during the year ... The bulk of the band’s fundraising is done through December with many caroling jobs entertaining Christmas shoppers. Please give generously!‘

 

+ Cockerton Prize Silver Band
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Our membership is open to anyone who would like to sing with about 90 other like-minded souls. Previous choral experience is welcomed, of course, but several of our members joined as novices. All find choral singing an enjoyable and satisfying way of spending a Wednesday evening ... Concerts are held twice a year, normally in November and April, and in most years we also do a "summer sing". We also occasionally perform concerts "on request" for other organisations, to celebrate special events, etc.'

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Darlington Choral Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Community orchestra featuring local amateur musicians. We perform two regular concerts per year and occasionally participate in other events.'

 

‘The Society has performed twice a year since 1958 at the beautiful 900 seater Darlington Civic Theatre, re-opening as the 1000 seat Darlington Hippodrome in 2017 following a multi-million pound restoration. We are an “amateur” theatre company but our production values and approach to all aspects of the business are totally professional. We have a national reputation for producing large scale, lavish productions that run for 10 nights. We always welcome new members who are 16 years and over who have bags of enthusiasm and talent - we hold two sets of new member auditions each year (generally April and November).’

 

+ DarlingtonOS
Also indexedDarlington Operatic Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We perform regularly at concerts across the North East, including community events such as Dunston Carnival, Ponteland Beer Festival, Newcastle Pride and Durham Miners’ Gala ... We have a varied programme, ranging from traditional brass band arrangements to modern pop and film tunes, to classical orchestral arrangements. We are very versatile, playing at events including marches, park bandstand entertainment, evening concerts, weddings, and heritage and community events. We can also perform as a quintet or small band if requested.'

 

 

‘A mixed voice choir with around 150 members. We sing two major concerts a year in the prestigious setting of Durham Cathedral. Our concerts have full orchestral accompaniment, and professional soloists are brought in as required ... The repertoire of the Society is varied, including traditional choral music such as Bach's B Minor Mass and Mozart's Requiem and works by more modern composers such as Peter Maxwell Davis. We have also performed specially commissioned works by new composers such as Durham born Will Todd, and more recently Will Lang. We're not afraid of a challenge, as shown by our performances of works like Vaughan William's Sea Symphony and Beethoven's Ninth.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Durham Choral Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A community choir that prides itself in drawing members from all backgrounds and walks of life. In common we have an interest in singing and performing songs from  many different times, communites and traditions. We have performed gospel, doo-wop, Georgian, Balkan, contemporary English, local folk and African music. Members of the choir may have had some or no previous experience but they all enjoy the tremendous feeling that comes from singing with others in an atmosphere that is warm, friendly and fun. From time to time, we perform concerts around the area, both indoors and out.’

 

 

Category Community Choirs
+ Durham Scratch Choir

'We are an amateur chamber choir of about 40 singers, founded in the 1970s in the tradition of other great chamber choirs around the UK. Our core aim is to put on concerts of largely unaccompanied music, in and around Durham City, with a repertoire that ranges from the great polyphonic works of the Renaissance through to exciting contemporary music, and to build an enthusiastic audience through imaginative programming and top-quality singing.'

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Durham Singers
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Formed 1925: ‘The 80’s saw a period of great success for the Band, winning many contests. The Band moved confidently into the 21st century, qualifying twice for the National Brass Band Championships and winning promotion up to the First Section. However the closure of Ellington Colliery in 2005 and the loss of the miner’s support was a severe blow to the band. Fortunately Northumbrian Water kindly offered to support the band and continued to do so for over a decade. The Band is now one of the busiest (and best) concert bands in the North East.’

 

+ Ellington Colliery Band

‘With a membership of 80 singers and growing, the Choir is always pleased to entertain audiences and to welcome new members. The choir performs regularly throughout the region and the United Kingdom and looks forward to foreign trips. Since 1920, the choir has promoted male voice singing by developing a increasingly wider repertoire. With music from Palestrina to the popular, from local folk to global music, we hope that there is always something for everyone at every rehearsal and concert.’

 

+ Felling Male Voice Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Formed by the miners of the Mainsforth Colliery in 1909 and named the Mainsforth Colliery Brass Band. In the early years the miners contributed 1/2d per week to support the band. Part of their contribution also went towards supporting the cricket team, bowls team and many more activities that were associated with the colliery at that time. The importance of the colliery and its mineworkers in the community can never be underestimated: without their support so many organisations and activities would never have existed. Although the Band has changed names in its one hundred year history, its roots in the Ferryhill community have never changed.'

 

‘The origin of Fishburn Band stems from the mining community of the small village of Fishburn near Sedgefield in the North East ... Over the years the band formed links, via sponsorship, with various firms associated with the mining industry, such as “National Smokeless Fuels” and “Coal Products Limited” whilst remaining loyal to the village of Fishburn. However, following loss of sponsorship the band fought back from financial collapse on three separate occasions ... The band is very much aware of its responsibilities as one of the North's premier bands and continually strives to maintain its high profile both on and off stage. Fishburn Band is registered as a charity but members still find the time to become involved in numerous local charity events in the village and surrounding areas.’

 

Formed 1967: ‘The Society usually performs three concerts a year. High quality soloists and / or instrumentalist are engaged for the performances - using local talent, wherever possible ... The Society is always open to receiving new members. There are no initial auditions, but the ability of new members to blend with the choir will be reviewed by the conductor after a few weeks ... We extend our thanks to all those wonderful conductors and accompanists who have served us so well ... to the members who have shared the responsibilities for running the Society and putting on concerts, and to the patrons and audiences who have supported the work in many ways’.

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Guisborough Choral Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Hartlepool Male Voice Choir had its beginnings in the late 1950s with a group of lads having a sing song after Rugby matches for Hartlepool Old Boys RFC ... You don’t have to be a musical genius to join us. Believe it or not, many choir members have no formal music training and most do not read music. The only requirements are for you to be able to sing in tune and show a commitment to the choir concerts and rehearsals. In return you can be certain of a friendly reception, a common interest in good music of all types, a great deal of fun and humour and trips to prestigious venues ...'

 

‘Performs three major concerts each year. In addition, the choir participates in a variety of musical events, such as carol concerts and charity fundraising events ... As a non-auditioned choir, the Orpheus provides a platform for people of differing musical backgrounds to come together and perform a wide variety of choral music, from renaissance to contemporary. New members are always made very welcome, and are encouraged to participate in the choir’s active social calendar.’

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Hexham Orpheus Choir

Successful competing Band based in Houghton-le-Spring and formed in 1983 ‘using players from the Houghton Schools Band who wanted to continue as a group rather than leaving to play for other adult bands in the area ... The band also enjoy performing an array of concerts throughout the year and have also enjoyed many tours to mainland Europe over the years, including the likes of Holland, Austria, Germany and Switzerland’.

 

+ Houghton Brass
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Comprises brass, reed and percussion players from Darlington, Durham, North Yorkshire and Teesside. We aim to provide an opportunity for people from all walks of life to pursue their musical interests and develop their instrumental skills as well as providing a musical resource for the local community. New players of all standards are always welcome so if you play an instrument come and join us ...'

 

‘A ladies' community choir of 40 voices, based in Washington, Tyne & Wear ... The choir aims to bring women into a relaxed atmosphere where they can develop a love of singing together, build lasting friendships and present their singing to a listening public through concerts, private bookings and in support of the Women's Institute ... The choir is still connected to the Women's Institute though it is no longer a pre-requisite that choir members are WI members ... The name "Inspire" was brought into being in 2014 and is adapted from the WI logo - "Inspiring Women".’

 

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Inspire Ladies’ Choir

‘A friendly and welcoming organisation consisting of players from a range of abilities, ages and backgrounds. We are always on the look out for new brass and percussion players, from beginners to the more experienced ... A 4th Section band based in the North East of England ... From January 2018 we will be competing in the 3rd Section.’

+ Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band

'One of Durham's friendliest bands! ... Our rehearsals are very fun and friendly and players of all levels and ages are welcome!'

'Renowned mixed chorus of 25-30 voices based on Teesside. Developing three to four concert programmes each year we perform a wide range of music, unaccompanied or with keyboard or chamber orchestra; we specialise in music of the 16th and 17th centuries and the past hundred years.'

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Michelmas Singers
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1977: ‘The choir performs throughout the Tyne & Wear area and holds an annual concert to raise funds for local charitable organisations. The choir has also performed at weddings and at Citizenship Ceremonies at local Civic Centres ... If you love to sing and are interested in joining a fun and very friendly choir, there is an open invitation for any ladies to come and take part in rehersals to see if it's for you’.

 

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Music Makers Ladies Choir

'A very successful amateur orchestra based in Newcastle. We have over 70 members and perform at least 3 concerts a year.'

+ New Tyneside Orchestra
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Formed in 1986 ... The aim of the group is to enjoy playing music together and to further the musical experience of all age groups and improve musical standards in the common bond of musical performance ... The band has around 40 regular players ... We perform in many different venues throughout the region.'

 

'A guitar orchestra is made up of several "standard" classical guitars, plus a number of specialised instruments that extend the range of the orchestra both upwards and downwards ... Founded in 2012, we aim to promote the enjoyment of orchestral music for classical guitar. If you play classical guitar and can sight-read a simple line of music then you are most welcome to join.'

 

Category Guitar Ensembles
+ Newcastle Guitar Orchestra

‘The choir was founded in 1915 by Bach scholar W.G. Whittaker. The choir continues to perform Bach's choral music regularly. We also promote lesser known British music through our performances ... We currently have over 100 choir members ... All new members will have a short voice trial ... This will usually take place after the first or second rehearsal and a place in the choir will be dependent on the outcome of this ... The choir performs three or four concerts each year.’

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Band is believed to have been formed by Lady Lambton from workers on the Lambton estate near Chester-le-Street well over 100 years ago. Earliest existing records referred to the registration of the Band as a Workmen's Club in 1893 under its old name The New Herrington Military Band. The word "military" refers to the combination of instruments, being woodwind and brass. This was and still is a unique combination to the North East, an area dominated by Brass Bands ...'

 

‘Formed in January 2004 to enable recorder players in the North East of England to rehearse and perform some of the quite large repertoire that is now available for recorder orchestras. At present it has some 30+ members and involves the full range of recorders from sopranino down to contrabass.’

+ North East Recorder Orchestra
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a brass band based in in the Middlesbrough area. Originally we rehearsed in the former mining village of North Skelton. In more recent years we have relocated to Nunthorpe ... As a band we take part in competitions, and also perform concerts. We are always on the look out for new players. If you require the services of a brass band, or or looking for a friendly band to join then please get in touch.’

‘A chamber choir, nominally of twenty-four members, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. It was formed in 1973 initially to perform sacred music of the 16th Century, but over the years the repertoire has been extended to embrace choral music of all periods ... In a typical year we stage three concerts, of which one is on a larger scale, such as our regular and well-supported performances of the Messiah in Hexham Abbey ... We participate in a wide variety of other musical activities including Christmas carol concerts and services, large-scale choral works with other choirs, special church services and celebrations, weddings, and private functions.’

 

Category Chamber Choirs

‘Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, was founded in 1877 and is one of the oldest amateur orchestras in England. We are a lively society of musicians from all backgrounds and walks of life with one thing in common – we love to rehearse and perform a wide variety of orchestral music. We rehearse weekly during term time, and usually give three concerts a year.’

 

+ Northumberland Orchestral Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Based in the Tees Valley in the North East of England ... Performs opera music at a variety of venues throughout the region ... The only amateur organisation in the area to promote and stage opera and aim to provide professional quality entertainment accessible to a wide audience ... Opera Nova provides a forum for operatic soloists and chorus to develop their abilities and new members are always welcome.‘

 

Category Stockton-on-Tees

‘We have a roster of around 80 high calibre musicians drawn from across the north east of England and invite them to take part in forthcoming concerts. Because most of our members make their living from music, the orchestra varies from one concert to another depending on who is available ... We hire professional conductors, soloists and leaders, many of whom have established international reputations ... Rehearsals take place the week before a concert - usually three rehearsals in one week. Members give their time freely in return for the opportunity to play larger scale repertoire.’

 

'This Concert Band 'has 50+ players of all ages and abilities and welcomes new members particularly younger players .... We play a wide range of music from simple but fun pieces, to challenging classical scores. Whatever your style we are bound to have a piece you enjoy playing. Many younger players have developed their abilities whilst playing in the band and have gone on to study music in higher education and achieve very high standards. We play at various venues throughout the year culminating in our annual concert'.

'We always extend a hearty welcome to anyone who would like sing with us. Open to men of any age the warm fellowship of the choir can add a new dimension to your life. Being able to read music is not essential ... The Choir perform a fairly wide range of music including sacred/oratoria works, Welsh Hymns, Gilbert and Sullivan, Folk Songs from all over the world and musical shows (both ancient and modern!). We have a particular affinity for Northumbrian and Tyneside songs which figure greatly in our repertoire and some of which have been specially arranged for us.'

 

Founded in 1910: ‘Based in Stanley, County Durham ... The Reg Vardy Band has become one of the most successful brass bands in history having won the Northern Regional Championships more times than any other brass band in the country and are the only North East band to have competed in every major UK competition as well as the World Championships in Kerkrade, and they consistently feature in the World Brass Band Rankings top 20’.

 

‘The Riding Mill Choral Society is a long established part of Riding Mill village life. We are a four part choir of about 35 members who live in and around the area. We usually perform two concerts a year, normally in the Parish Hall ... Our repertoire is fairly extensive, ranging from Haydn’s Creation to Bernstein’s West Side Story, Gilbert and Sullivan and a lot more in between ... We are always pleased to welcome new members – no audition! Although the months between April and September are free from rehearsals, we are sometimes called upon to perform at various functions in the summer months. We are a non-profit making happy band of singers who enjoy singing for the love of it!’

Category Community Choirs
+ Riding Mill Choral Society

‘Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra. Founded in 1958, RNS has built a world-wide reputation for the North East through the quality of its music-making and the immediacy of the connections the musicians make with audiences.’

+ Royal Northern Sinfonia
FEATURED: Multiple Concerts and RecitalsYes

Details of auditioned and non-auditioned Ensembles 'for aspiring young musicians aged 4-19'.

‘We are an enthusiastic and flexible group of players of various ages and musical abilities. The aim of the group is to bring live music to hospices, nursing homes and sheltered accommodation in the Newcastle area. We play anything we enjoy – as long as the joy is infectious ... Our programmes contain classical and popular music, folk tunes and songs to which the audience sing along. We go to great lengths in ensuring the audience enjoys the music we play and that the repertoire of music in the programme is suitable ... Our group consists of singers, and players (12+) of mostly classical instruments such as violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone and piano or keyboard. If you play an instrument at grade 3 level or higher and you are interested in playing with Semitones, please contact us.’

 

‘The Silverwood Band was formed in 1981, providing an opportunity for people across Teesside to play music together. The band was established by local musician, Allan Waller, with the band name originating from its silver and woodwind instruments, such as Clarinets, Flutes, Saxophones, Trombones, Tubas, Horns, Cornets, Oboes, Euphonium and Percussion and the area it was based in ... While some of our concerts are free, such as the ones in any of the North Easts Parks or Bandstands, we also perform for a lot of good causes and these concerts will have tickets available for them. In many cases you can turn up at the door and get a ticket but if you are worried you might miss out then please contact us to arrange your tickets.‘

 

‘Anybody and everybody, young and old, are welcome to join the band, and free tuition is offered for those wanting to learn how to read music and play a brass instrument. We don't charge subscriptions, and we have an assortment of instruments which we offer on loan to members ... Anyone is welcome to pop in to have a casual blow at any of our rehearsals.’

‘Has been established since 1979 as a charity organised by a committee consisting of members’ parents. The aim is to provide string players from Grade 1 to beyond Grade 8 (ABRSM) standard the opportunity to rehearse and perform varied styles of music under the direction of professional string tutors. We strive to provide an educational and enjoyable environment as well as encouraging the social aspect of being a young musician. The two orchestras meet on a Saturday, almost every three weeks ... There are three concerts a year offering the opportunity to perform repertoire in front of an appreciative and friendly audience.’ Based in Benton, North Tyneside.

+ St Paul’s Youth Ensemble
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a small, friendly choir ... singing for pleasure and to produce two or three concerts a year, which are performed locally in Stokesley. We sing a wide range of repertoire from Baroque to 20th Century, secular and sacred ... New members are very welcome!’

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Stokesley and District Choral Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Established 1999 ... Following a public meeting in West Park Church on Friday 1st October 1999, it was decided to go ahead and form an orchestral society, to be known as "The City of Sunderland Millennium Orchestral Society (CoSMOS)". Initially, the intention was to build an orchestra, the “Sunderland Symphony Orchestra”, because it was felt that Sunderland was big enough to sustain an orchestra and also that the people of Sunderland deserved the best ...'

 

+ Sunderland Symphony Orchestra
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1952: ‘The original intentions were to confine ourselves to Gilbert & Sullivan, but after many years it was decided to broaden our canvas ... In 2007 we changed our title to Teesside Musical Theatre Company to hopefully attract younger members. This has proved very successful, as many of those same youngsters have gone on to performing arts colleges, where they are hoping to further their careers’.

 

+ Teesside Musical Theatre Company
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The TSO is a full-sized symphony orchestra which gives two concerts each year, generally in November and March/April. We play a wide variety of music, and also enjoy a number of social events each year.’

 

+ Teesside Symphony Orchestra
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Beuatiful music in beautiful places ... The Singers is a chamber choir of around twenty five mixed voices based in Newcastle ... The choir aims to maintain a sweetness and clarity of tone with impeccable tuning which is particularly appropriate for the earlier choral repertoire which is one of its specialities. A high standard of musicianship and sight-reading is required as the group does not meet on a regular weekly basis largely owing to the numerous other musical commitments of its members.’

 

‘The Tynedale Orchestra (formerly Tynedale Symphony Orchestra) was formed in 1988 to enable orchestral musicians in the Hexham area to rehearse together and give concerts. Currently it gives concerts twice a year in the Autumn and Spring terms ... The orchestra has no audition requirements.‘

+ Tynedale Orchestra
Also indexedTynedale Symphony Orchestra
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Formed 1967: ‘We have continued the tradition of performing at least four large-scale concerts per year ... Many of the bigger works have been with full orchestral accompaniment; we employ excellent professional vocal soloists, instrumentalists, and organists/pianists  ... We have established and maintained a love of choral music in the coastal area, and our members have a wide range of backgrounds and musical experience’.

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Tynemouth Choral Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'An enthusiastic and friendly string orchestra. The TCO is Tyneside's longest running Chamber Orchestra, having been in existence for over 50 years. We have regular rehearsals and give concerts three times a year.'

 

Category String Ensembles
+ Tyneside Chamber Orchestra
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are an all age concert band who have been playing together since February 2014 and would love it if you could join us. We welcome players of all ages and standards, to encourage inter-generational opportunities within our community. If you are bored playing by yourself and want to share your experience with others be sure to come along. The music we play (with a little practice) suits people of grade 1 to 3 standard and is interesting enough to keep more experienced players happy. Our bandmaster wants to encourage anyone to join us; even if lacking in confidence we always say "as long as you play the first and last note, we're happy!"'

 

‘The Music department runs an extensive and comprehensive programme of extra-curricular music with opportunities for playing, performing, practising and appreciating music available every day ... There are lunchtime recitals, afternoon tea music and daytime and weekend opportunities to perform in stunning locations including The Bowes Museum as soloists, ensembles, bands and orchestra. The Chapel Choir plays an integral part in services at School and has also taken its music to churches and chapels around the region and beyond, often to support their fundraising efforts. In addition, there are two full productions a year in which musicians and singers can perform. The School also attracts internationally renowned performed to encourage a wider appreciation of music. The School hosts Barnard Castle Rotary’s Young Musician of the Year competition, which is open to musicians aged 8-17 from across Teesdale, and is also the meeting place for Barnard Castle Choral Society.’

'Beamish is very grateful to have a number of local bands and choirs perform at the Museum across the year. If you are a member of a group that is interested in performing at the museum, please contact ...'

 

‘Music is incredibly high profile at Bede Academy and has been referred to as “the heart beat of the Academy”. There are many events to prepare for throughout the year including termly concerts, the carol service, presentation day, young musician of the year, and the annual Academy production to name but a few. Being a musician has become commonplace and the whole Academy is involved in Music in some way, whether it be through curriculum lessons, assembly singing, Technical Intelligence Lectures, extracurricular ensembles or private instrumental tuition. Music underpins the Christian ethos in Assemblies on both the North and South sites, which are accompanied daily by a worship band made up of students.‘

'The Cathedral Choir sings eight services per week. It has twenty girl and twenty boy Choristers and twelve men, continuing a centuries-old English tradition — indeed the choir can trace its roots back through many centuries. Concerts, recordings and broadcasts have broadened its reputation far afield, but its raison d'être remains the daily singing of choral services here in the Cathedral' ... The Main Organ 'Concept, design, placing, voicing and environment combine to make it one of the most triumphantly successful organs of the English-speaking world, a legend in its own lifetime'.

 

Category Cathedrals
@ Durham Cathedral
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Stunning Grade II* listed Victorian concert venue giving any event that’s staged here an extra special feel. Its two flexible spaces mean we are able to tailor the spaces to meet every requirement. Both venues host a wide range of events from concerts to comedy, conferences to theatre, weddings and workshops.'

@ Middlesbrough Town Hall
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Live Music programme at Newcastle University includes lunchtime concerts and student performances. These events are free and open to staff, students and members of the public.’

 

@ Newcastle University
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Theatre presents a regular programme of professional performing arts to its local community and has successfully brought amateur and professional practitioners alongside each other to develop work for the community ... and attracts audiences from a broad area including North Tyneside and rural Northumberland.'

'Stunning 750-seat performance venue based on the banks of the River Tees at Yarm School. The auditorium has been designed and built to the highest performance specifications ... There is an orchestra pit, a bespoke 4 tier digital organ and specialist acoustics.'

 

@ Princess Alexandra Auditorium
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘QHAC has established itself as a strong base for an extensive range of artistic activity, attracting the best international and national artists from music, drama, dance and national touring comedy to non professional shows put on by local community groups. In addition to programming within the building, QHA delivers an extensive outreach service bringing workshops and performances to communities throughout Northumberland.‘

@ Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Hexham
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Music is at the heart of our worship. The Cathedral Choir, Schola Cantorum, St Nicholas Singers, and a host of visiting choirs follow in the footsteps of a longstanding choral tradition at Newcastle Cathedral. During Choir Term there are six sung services per week, encompassing some of the greatest music from the 14th Century to the present day. We have no cathedral school, so our choristers are drawn from all over the City ... All are welcome to come to the Cathedral to enjoy 40 minutes of music during every Monday lunch time (from 1.05pm). Featuring the organs of the Cathedral, the recitals will be performed by a visiting performer, or one of Newcastle Cathedral’s “home team” ...’

 

Category Cathedrals
@ St Nicholas Cathedral Newcastle
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

@ The Sage Featured

To entertain, involve and inspire each and every person we meet through engagement with outstanding music and creative events ...'

 

@ The Sage
FEATURED: Multiple Concerts and RecitalsYes

‘Founded in 1940, as the Durham Brass Band League in order to further the camaraderie within the Brass bands of County Durham. Since that time membership has expanded to include bands from Northumberland, Cumbria, Cleveland, North Yorkshire and Lancashire ... The Durham County Brass Band Association organises four contests annually.’

 

~ Durham County Brass Band Association

‘Dedicated to bringing you classical music listings, previews, reviews and news for Durham, with a bit of random blogging thrown in. The what’s on pages bring together classical music events from across the City and the University, so whether you’re looking for a great concert to go to, or if you’re planning something and want to avoid clashes, this is the place to look.’

 

'This free site brings together forthcoming events planned by amateur choirs, orchestras, opera societies, bands, etc, in and around Teesside (UK).'

 

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