A-Z of CATEGORIES

Region: West Midlands

www.open-concerts.co.uk/alcester/

The Category Alcester is a subset of Warwickshire. 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 Alcester 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):

- Alcester Male Voice Choir

- Bidford Area Community Choir

 

Category:Alcester

www.open-concerts.co.uk/birmingham/

The Category Birmingham is a subset of Greater Birmingham. 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 Birmingham 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):

- Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir

- Birmingham International Recorder and Early Music Festival

- Rainbow Voices

- Royal Ballet Sinfonia

- St Martin in the Bull Ring Birmingham

- Town Hall Gospel Choir

 

Category:Birmingham

www.open-concerts.co.uk/bridgnorth/

The Category Bridgnorth is a subset of Shropshire. 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 Bridgnorth 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):

- Bridgnorth Jazz

- Bridgnorth Sinfonia

 

Category:Bridgnorth

www.open-concerts.co.uk/bromsgrove/

The Category Bromsgrove is a subset of Worcestershire. 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 Bromsgrove which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

Category:Bromsgrove

www.open-concerts.co.uk/burton-upon-trent/

The Category Burton upon Trent is a subset of Staffordshire. 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 Burton-upon-Trent 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):

- Newhall Band

 

www.open-concerts.co.uk/cannock/

The Category Cannock is a subset of Staffordshire. 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 Cannock 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):

- Bridgtown Concert Band

- Cannock Chase Orpheus Male Choir

 

Category:Cannock

www.open-concerts.co.uk/coventry/

The Category Coventry is a subset of Warwickshire. 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 Coventry 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):

- Belles of Three Spires

- City of Coventry Male Voice Choir

- Coventry Philharmonic Society

- Finham Choral Society

- Forte Choir

- Heart of England Recorder Orchestra

- Silver Lining

- Warwick Arts Centre

- WorldSong

 

Category:Coventry

www.open-concerts.co.uk/dudley/

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

- Brierley Hill Choral Society

 

Category:Dudley

www.open-concerts.co.uk/evesham/

The Category Evesham is a subset of Worcestershire. 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 Evesham 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):

- Bretforton Silver Band

- Midland Festival Chorus

 

www.open-concerts.co.uk/great-malvern/

The Category Great Malvern is a subset of Worcestershire. 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 Great Malvern 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):

- Malvern Male Voice Choir

- Vital Spark

 

Category:Great Malvern

www.open-concerts.co.uk/hereford/

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

- Burghill and Tillington Handbell Ringers

- Herefordshire Performing Arts Festival

 

Category:Hereford

www.open-concerts.co.uk/kidderminster/

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

- Bewdley Choral Society

- Kidderminster Town Hall

- Kinver Light Operatic Society

- West Midland Light Orchestra

 

Category:Kidderminster

www.open-concerts.co.uk/ledbury/

The Category Ledbury is a subset of Herefordshire. 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 Ledbury 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):

- Market Theatre Ledbury

 

Category:Ledbury

www.open-concerts.co.uk/leek/

The Category Leek is a subset of Staffordshire. 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 Leek 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):

- Moorland Voices

- Phoenix Singers Leek

 

Category:Leek

www.open-concerts.co.uk/leominster/

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

- Bromyard Choral Society

 

Category:Leominster

www.open-concerts.co.uk/lichfield/

The Category Lichfield is a subset of Staffordshire. 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 Lichfield 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):

- Lichfield Gospel Choir

 

Category:Lichfield

www.open-concerts.co.uk/ludlow/

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

- Regal Theatre Tenbury Wells

- Shropshire Harmony Quire

 

Category:Ludlow

www.open-concerts.co.uk/nuneaton/

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

- Bedworth Folk Festival

- Coleshill Town Band

- Nuneaton Choral Society

 

Category:Nuneaton

www.open-concerts.co.uk/oswestry/

The Category Oswestry is a subset of Shropshire. 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 Oswestry which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

Category:Oswestry

www.open-concerts.co.uk/redditch/

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

- Alvechurch Community Choir

- Arrow Vale Singers

- Astwood Bank Operatic Society

- Palace Theatre Redditch

 

Category:Redditch

www.open-concerts.co.uk/ross-on-wye/

The Category Ross-on-Wye is a subset of Herefordshire. 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 Ross-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):

- A. W. Parker (Drybrook) Band

 

Category:Ross-on-Wye

www.open-concerts.co.uk/royal-leamington-spa/

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

- Divertimento Leamington Spa

 

www.open-concerts.co.uk/rugby/

The Category Rugby is a subset of Warwickshire. 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 Rugby 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):

- District of Dunchurch Brass

- Dunchurch Band

- Lutterworth & District Choral Society

- Lutterworth Town Band

 

Category:Rugby

www.open-concerts.co.uk/selly-oak/

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

- Bournville Young Singers

 

www.open-concerts.co.uk/shrewsbury/

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

- Of One Accord

- Shrewsbury Concert Band

- The Buttermarket Shrewsbury

 

Category:Shrewsbury

www.open-concerts.co.uk/solihull/

The Category Solihull is a subset of Greater Birmingham. 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 Solihull 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):

- AD Concert Band

- Core Theatre Solihull

- Sing! Bentley Heath

 

Category:Solihull

www.open-concerts.co.uk/stafford/

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

- Musical Theatre Stafford

- Stafford Recorded Music Society

- Stone Choral Society

- Walton Music Circle

 

Category:Stafford

www.open-concerts.co.uk/stoke-on-trent/

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

- Newcastle-Under-Lyme Community Orchestra

- North Staffs Accordion Club

 

Category:Stoke on Trent

www.open-concerts.co.uk/stratford-upon-avon/

The Category Stratford upon Avon is a subset of Warwickshire. 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 Stratford upon Avon 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):

- Holy Trinity Stratford-upon-Avon

 

www.open-concerts.co.uk/sutton-coldfield/

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

- Enigma Brass Ensemble

 

www.open-concerts.co.uk/tamworth/

The Category Tamworth is a subset of Staffordshire. 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 Tamworth 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):

- Tamworth Musical Theatre Company

 

Category:Tamworth

www.open-concerts.co.uk/telford/

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

- Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival

- John Moore Quire

- Sing4Fun

- Telford & Wrekin Music

- Telfordaires

- Wrekin & Telford Singers

 

www.open-concerts.co.uk/uttoxeter/

The Category Uttoxeter is a subset of Staffordshire. 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 Uttoxeter which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

Category:Uttoxeter

www.open-concerts.co.uk/warwick/

The Category Warwick is a subset of Warwickshire. 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 Warwick 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):

- Immanuel's Ground

- Warwickshire Singers

 

Category:Warwick

www.open-concerts.co.uk/west-bromwich/

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

- Anvil Chorus

- Black Country Accordion Club

- Lighthouse Folk Club

- Sovereign Brass

 

Category:West Bromwich

www.open-concerts.co.uk/whitchurch/

The Category Whitchurch is a subset of Shropshire. 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 Whitchurch 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):

- Border Singers

- Market Drayton Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society

- Market Drayton Choral Society

 

Category:Whitchurch

www.open-concerts.co.uk/wolverhampton/

The Category Wolverhampton is a subset of Greater Birmingham. 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 Wolverhampton 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):

- Acoustic Voices

- City of Wolverhampton Choir

- City of Wolverhampton Orpheus Male Voice Choir

- Wolverhampton Pipe Band

 

Category:Wolverhampton

www.open-concerts.co.uk/worcester/

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

Oakville Singers

- Rushwick Folk Club

 

Category:Worcester

www.abbotsholmeartssociety.co.uk

'Started in 1968 by Gordon Clark, the Director of Music at Abbotsholme School ... There have been well over a thousand concerts, films, readings, lectures and discussions by many of the finest in their field in the world during the four decades that have followed. The vast majority of events are held "in the round" in the fine chapel at Abbotsholme School but on occasion, because of the nature of the performance, the Society has staged its events at major concert halls throughout the Midlands ...'

 

acousticfestival.co.uk

Annually since 2006. Held Early June.

 

Category:Folk Festivals

www.adbastonccs.org.uk

'The Concert Society aims to present an interesting variety of programmes at an affordable price. Four concerts are organised each year by the committee and a patrons scheme is in place to allow friends of the concerts to provide further support for the costs of these events.'

 

www.artsinredditch.com

‘A voluntary organisation which supports all individuals and organisations involved in the arts in Redditch and those who would like to be.’

 

www.atherstonefolkclub.org.uk

'We aim to have something for everyone; traditional, modern, shanties, comedy, dance and sessions just for musicians, so they don’t feel left out. Entry (mostly) will be FREE, with a collection for the guests that night and a free raffle. Together with our sister clubs in Bedworth and Nuneaton, we aim to provide the best of folk music in the Midlands.'

 

Category:Folk Clubs

www.malvernfestival.co.uk

'Renowned series of artistic events & exhibitions held annually in the surroundings of the glorious Malvern Hills. Some of the most prestigious musicians, poets, writers, film makers and other artists perform during Autumn every year.' Held September - October.

 

Category:Arts Festivals

www.bandsinthepark.org.uk

‘Free Sunday afternoon brass band concerts ... Bands In The Park is a series of summer outdoor concerts, largely organised by volunteers, providing free live music for all to enjoy.‘ About a dozen venues in Warwickshire, Worcestershire - and Gloucestershire promoted by the organizers of Evesham Bands in the Park.

 

bedworthfolkclub.co.uk

'The Club is quite unique in that there is no admission charge despite the fact that there are top rate guests at almost every meeting (we just pass the jug around so you can give as much or as little as you wish: a minimum of the price of a pint - around about £3 - £5 is suggested). Our aim is always for everyone, guests, audience and floor singers alike to have a really good time.Floor singers are always welcome but we get very busy so we recommend a call or email to reserve a spot, on the night it is very much first come first served – if there is space available.'

 

Category:Folk Clubs

www.facebook.com/birminghaminternationalpiano...

Bringing ‘some of the world’s finest pianists and keyboard players to Birmingham. Performances will take place in the University of Birmingham’s world class concert halls in the Bramall Music Building and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts’. Held Early November.

 

Also indexedUniversity of Birmingham

www.birminghamjazz.co.uk

‘A new chapter for independent jazz in Birmingham & the Midlands. Good gigs and a club atmosphere. New members welcome ... We run most of our gigs at 1000 Trades in the Jewellery Quarter with occasional visits to other venues including The Blue Orange Theatre, Coffee Tales, Saint Kitchen and UCB McIntyre Building.‘

 

Category:Jazz Clubs

www.birminghammusicfestival.co.uk

'First held in 1937 ... In 2008, the Festival became a specialist piano only competition. It has been based in a variety of locations over the years, but for 2017 we will relocate to a fantastic new venue in The Performing Arts Centre at King Edward’s Schools in Edgbaston, Birmingham where our open classes will be held in Ruddock Hall, one of the finest concert halls in the UK, which is equipped with a Steinway Model D grand piano.' Held Mid October.

 

www.servicesforeducation.co.uk/music-service/

‘Working with young people, schools and a number of strategic partners, we aim to enable, enhance and enrich the music education available to students in and around Birmingham ... We do not “select.” We make music available to all children and young people, regardless of their situation or background ... We want everyone to have an opportunity to learn music, so we provide free instrument loans to those who need it ... Services for Education is a unique charity that uses the power of learning and of music to create and build confidence amongst children, young people, adults and communities.‘

 

Also indexedServices for Education

www.bhamorgan.org.uk

Founded 1924: ‘Exists to promote the art of music, with particular reference to liturgical and organ music, in the Birmingham area.’

 

www.birminghamtradfest.co.uk

‘Founded in 2013 by four, young Birmingham based third generation traditional musicians with the aim to reinvigorate the scene and host Trad bands in Birmingham again. The festival has since developed since its inauguration and now engages and connects with many people right across the UK, Ireland also many parts of Europe each year. The festival is held in the Irish Quarter of the city (Digbeth) each year and exhibits a colourful celebration of Irish culture, accumulating together a combination of gigs, concerts, sessions, workshops and a competition for musicians aged 25 and under. The festival is to appeal to a variety of different audiences from the city's Irish community youth, right through to the older generations, whilst embracing a diverse range of different cultural backgrounds.’ Held Late November.

 

Category:Folk Festivals
Also indexedThe Trip to Birmingham TradFest

blackdiamondfolkclub.org.uk

‘For those who are interested in folk music in Birmingham with a traditional bias, then The Black Diamond Folk Club is the place for you ... The Club was originally formed as a singers’ club called “The Macdonalds Folk Song Club” in June 1964 ... It was in these early days that the tradition of strong audience participation in chorus singing developed, which has stayed with us right up to the present time. This was mainly due to a high proportion of sea songs being sung at the time. The song base today has broadened, but the chorus singing is as strong as ever.’

 

Category:Folk Clubs

www.bmemf.org.uk

'Exists to promote the enjoyment of early music. It doesn't matter if you're a singer or an instrumentalist; very experienced or a beginner; amateur or professional - if you enjoy early music, BMEMF is for you.'

 

Category:Early Music

www.bradfordarmsfolkclub.co.uk

‘Meets every Friday at the Bradford Arms, Ivetsey Bank [Staffordshire] ... Performers put in a lot of time and effort before they appear on stage to entertain us, and we always show our appreciation for this. Audience members are therefore kindly requested to remain quiet during the performance, thereby not putting off the performer or annoying other audience members. Conversely, we all want a fun evening and “friendly heckling” from the audience, when appropriate, is not frowned upon.‘

 

Category:Folk Clubs

www.bridgnorthfestival.org.uk

Founded in August 2006: Mission * To grow and diversify year on year; * To support and enable the arts; * To create a platform for local, national and international artists; * To encourage participation in the arts; * To raise funds for one local and one national charity each year. Held Late August.

 

www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk

'If you love live music performed by outstanding classically trained artists and would like to help ensure the continuation of our 50 year tradition through our Friday evening series of chamber music, then please consider supporting us. Our programmes are wide ranging, from the classics like Haydn , Beethoven and Mozart to new works by living composers, taking in the rich romantic repertoire and modern music, with a strong thread of music by 20th century English composers. Our Box Office receipts do not come near to covering the total cost of putting on our concert series and Bromsgrove Concerts are reliant on grants and donations from charitable bodies and individuals for their continued existence.'

 

www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk

‘Established in 1960 as a vibrant celebration of the arts and culture in their broadest sense. Since its inception, the Festival has included a multitude of art forms and hosted many performers and artists of world renown. In recent years ... Bromsgrove Festival has celebrated mainly classical music with some excellent musicians in stunning venues ... [However, in 2017,] Bromsgrove Festival will once more celebrate the diversity of arts and culture by expanding to incorporate an impressive number of events in a wide variety of media. There really WILL be “something for everyone”.’ Held Mid June - Mid July.

 

Category:Arts Festivals

bromsgrovecompetition.com

'Began in 1981 as an international platform for talented young instrumentalists and singers between the ages of 18 and 25 (28 in the case of singers). Since then many outstanding finalists have found The Bromsgrove a stepping stone to national and international recognition and success.'

 

www.bromyardfolkfestival.co.uk

'The best folk festival/cultural event in the Welsh Border area, featuring over 170 hours of entertainment in just one weekend of traditional music, song and dance.' Held Mid September.

 

Category:Folk Festivals

www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/burntwood/

'The monthly shows with top line artistes are augmented by profesional stage lighting, a camera and video screen presentation and the venue boasts plentiful safe parking good disabled access, a licenced bar and a sizeable raffle at each event.'

 

burtonfolkclub.org.uk

‘The original club was formed in the mid-60s as the Barley Mow Folk Club at The Barley Mow pub in Stapenhill, by Burton born folk singer Dave Bull. It has had a number of changes of name and venues since, now being again named and based in Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire.

 

Category:Folk Clubs

www.burtonvocalfestival.com

'Held in March each year. It has classes that are open to all age groups.'

 

www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/lcahm/department...

'Exists to co-ordinate and encourage all kinds of early music activities within the Music Department and the University, from lessons for beginners on Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque instruments and in early vocal techniques, through workshops, master classes and concerts, to postgraduate programmes in performance practice, international symposia and research projects.'

 

Also indexedUniversity of Birmingham

www.chambermusicatworcester.com

'Annual Festival promoting Music in the Community concerts, education workshops and chamber music recitals of the highest quality in Worcester and the surrounding areas. It aims to create a vibrant, accessible and enjoyable environment, where people of all ages can interact with classical chamber music concerts and events. The Chamber Music @ Worcester Festival delivers opportunities where musicians and composers can collaborate with members of the community to produce a music festival for the whole family.' Held Early October.

 

Also indexedAstaria String Quartet

www.communitychoirsfestival.co.uk

'A wonderful day of mass harmony singing workshops followed by a concert, by the choirs, for the choirs. It is open to any choir or singing group who welcome all voices without auditions and sing a cappella.' Held Early April.

 

www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/cookhill/

‘Quite unlike most organ and keyboard societies in that it does not run a monthly programme of concerts by touring professional organists. Rather, the Club is a forum for anyone interested in keyboard or organ music whether as a player or a listener. it is very much a “hands-on” club, giving all members the opportunity to play whether they are advanced players and confident or beginners and more diffident ... The Club also organises three Professional Celebrity Concerts in March, July and November of each year, given by leading UK and International organists, with the latter entitled "The Ernie Huggins Memorial Concert" in honour.of the Club's Founder who passed away in August 2005.‘

 

sites.google.com/view/covwarksorganistsngs/

'Encourages membership from all in the area covered by The Diocese of Coventry ... Eight or nine meetings are held per year, visiting and playing interesting local instruments, attending recitals and having talks on various aspects of organ music, organ operation, construction and history.'

 

www.coventrymusichub.co.uk

‘The major provider of music (and associated performing arts) activity across Coventry and will deliver this in partnership with schools, Hub partners and regional arts organisations ... Strives to support schools, raise standards and to provide an inclusive, rich and balanced programme along with opportunities for training and development ... We ensure high-quality teaching and learning for children and young people across the city and provide a number of high profile performance opportunities which showcase talent, progression and achievement.‘

 

www.keele.ac.uk/music/

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

 

Also indexedKeele University

www.wlv.ac.uk/schools-and-institutes/faculty-...

'The aim of the Music Department is to enable you to become a versatile and practical musician, able to write about and discuss aspects of music and be confident in using relevant ideas, theories and methodologies. At the University of Wolverhampton, you are in the best place to start your musical career.’

 

Also indexedUniversity of Wolverhampton

droitwichartsfest.org

‘Four weeks of mostly free events: Music, art, crafts, dance, exhibitions, drama, and poetry.’ Held During July

Category:Arts Festivals

dudleyfestival.co.uk

‘Aims to provide a friendly and relaxing environment where competitors can share their interests with others. The Festival is for everyone from the very young to the older person to feel a sense of achievement in his or her area of learning ... Each competitor or group will receive constructive comments, and advice on how the performance may be improved from an experienced Federation adjudicator. This will be invaluable when preparing for examinations and future festivals, and will give vital experience and confidence in facing challenges in life ... At present the Festival has over 300 classes. Trophies are awarded for most of these and are retained for a year. Certificates are given to competitors who are placed first, second and third ... We would love more entries in Strings, Guitars, Keyboard, Brass, Orchestras and Choirs.’ Held during March.

 

www.dipc.org.uk

‘The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities, studying or resident in the British Isles.' Last held 2017; next Competition announced for 2020/2021.

 

www.dudley.gov.uk/kids/performing-arts/dudley...

'Encourages people of all ages and abilities to participate in community music and arts activities. We work in partnership with schools and other organisations in Dudley to deliver opportunities for young people. Through our Music Hub we are committed to provide opportunities for children and young people to be involved in regular performance activities. We believe this is a vital part of a child’s musical tuition and enhances their musical development.'

 

Also indexedDudley Music Education Hub

easterorchsoc.org

‘We run two programmes each year: Easter Orchestra Week An opportunity to play exciting repertoire in a fun and friendly orchestra; Brass Weekend A fun weekend for brass players, making good music with like-minded people ... Our two exciting programmes are aimed at keen adult amateur musicians and budding professionals. We tackle a very wide range of challenging repertoire in a fun, friendly and supportive environment. Come and play pieces you’ve always wanted to try!‘ Originally held in York, but more recently at two venues near Oswestry in Shropshire. Orchestra Week held Mid April; Brass Weekend Mid October.

 

englishhaydn.com

'The inspiration of the late John Reid who, in partnership with Bridgnorth Councils and collaboration with Robbins Landon, had organised the annual event since 1993 ... The Festival offers a fascinating array of the music of Joseph Haydn and his contemporaries.' Held Mid July.

 

www.entrust-ed.co.uk/our-services/entrust-mus...

‘We are passionate about delivering the best service to young people. Our professional music teachers can deliver specialist, high quality tuition across the full range of instruments and through whole class tuition. We also deliver a wide range of music programmes and can support schools and families from Early Years right through to the end of Further Education.‘

 

www.evesham-music-club.co.uk

'Founded in 1948, is a charitable organisation which promotes a number of professional classical concerts throughout the year. Its aim is to bring classical music of a high calibre to Evesham and the Vale for the benefit of all. EDMC engages groups, usually with international reputations, who play in the big venues in London and in many cases, worldwide. They cover the complete range of classical music, including duets, trios, string quartets, piano recitals, vocal concerts, brass bands and orchestras. Usually, each year there is one concert which encourages the participation of school aged students.'

 

www.eveshamfestivalofmusic.org.uk

'Launced in 2007 offering local musicians a platform on which to perform and the opportunity for the public to experience the wide array of musical talent that Evesham has to offer. Since 2007 the Festival has run as a biennial event with each Festival building on the success of the last, the introduction of the Young Musician of the Year competition in 2009 proving so popular that it has now become a permanent feature of the Festival.' Held Mid June.

 

Also indexedEvesham Young Musician of the Year

www.espressivo.org.uk

'Principally promotes concerts in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire ... We feel that a welcoming and relaxed environment greatly enhances the audience’s experience and we take care over this aspect at all our concerts. Whenever possible, we like to add complimentary extras, for example strawberries and cream at some of our summer concerts and mince pies/cakes in the winter.'

 

www.encore-enterprises.com

'We have over 60 professional musicians and teachers working with around 3,000 children and young people every week in our schools and communities, backed up by our friendly and efficient managers and office team.'

 

Also indexedEncore Enterprises CIC

sites.google.com/site/herefordshireorganistss...

'Founded in 1992 ... We currently have around 80 members and hold meetings usually once a month. These meetings take the form of visits to local organs of interest and those further afield, talks about organs and organ music, and social events ... Our membership is made up of all sorts of people interested in the organ: professional and amateur players, those who enjoy listening to organ music and those interested in the construction and sound of the organ.'

 

jazzamatazz.org.uk

‘Promoting live jazz in Coventry ... Whether you are new to jazz or a seasoned jazzer: our live music sessions offer a great value for money afternoon of music and entertainment. The different jazz styles range through Traditional, New Orleans, Hot Club, Swing and Be-bop, no genre is unheard of!‘

 

Category:Jazz Clubs
Also indexedWestwood Jazz

www.keele.ac.uk/artskeele/whatson/music/

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

 

Category:Stoke on Trent

www.kidderminsterjazzclub.co.uk

‘Bringing the best performers in jazz ... Kidderminster Jazz Club is here to entertain you! We'll provide mainstream jazz, in an atmosphere where the classic sounds of the jazz vocalist; easy vibes of the saxophone; mellowness of the trumpet and the relaxing flowing feeling of the keyboards: mixes effortlessly with the rhythm of the drums, while grounded by the heart beat of the double bass ... This is Jazz!‘

 

Category:Jazz Clubs

leamingtonmusic.org

'Launched in July 2006 and aims to maintain Leamington and district as a musical centre dedicated to promoting excellent music. Music-making at an international level like this can only be put on and sustained by the generosity of our supporters and if you would like to be involved in ensuring that Leamington Music continues to flourish please join the Friends of Leamington Music.'

 

www.leamcompfest.co.uk

'The Leamington Spa Competitive Festival is a competitive Festival. The aims of the Festival are to help to promote and encourage the study and practice of the Arts of Music, Dance, and Speech and Drama in all their branches.' Held During June.

 

leekartsfestival.co.uk

Founded 1977: ‘Over the years it has expanded to nearly six weeks – it now runs from the end of April to the beginning of June each year – and features anything between 30 and 40 events including national and internationally-known artists ... Many events, including the festival committee’s own “core” activities, take place at Leek’s Foxlowe Arts Centre’.

 

Category:Arts Festivals
Also indexedFoxlowe Arts Centre

www.facebook.com/LeominsterFestival/

'Run by a local unpaid committee since 1978 (first festival in 1980), is well known and respected. It has put on a wide variety of events in many genres over the years, bringing top quality performers right to the doorstep of Leominster people. It seeks to engage and involve the whole community.' Held Early June.

 

Category:Arts Festivals

www.iao.org.uk/lichfield/

‘Our region covers Lichfield and surrounding districts of South Staffordshire, South Derbyshire,and parts of the West Midlands and East Midlands adjacent to Lichfield ... The Association welcomes all those with an interest in the organ, its construction and its music, whether or not they play the instrument themselves. Our activities include regular visits to hear and play local organs, from small instruments in rural churches to large instruments in local cathedrals and town halls, visits to organ builders, organ recitals by members, our AGM, and an annual dinner.‘

 

lichfieldarts.org.uk

'Independent charitable organisation ... that has promoted music concerts, festivals and other events in Lichfield since 1974. The organisation plays a key role in Lichfield district’s thriving arts and creative community and has around 300 members including 125 registered volunteers.'

 

lichfieldfestivalofmusic.co.uk

'Our aim is to offer an opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages to gain experience, to perform before an audience of fellow singers and players and to benefit from the advice of adjudicators who are professional musicians - adjudicators who bring a wealth of experience and can be relied upon to offer helpful and constructive comments, including written notes, on each performance.' Held Mid November.

 

Also indexedLichfield Competitive Music Festival

www.llanfyllinfestival.org.uk

‘The Allegri String Quartet, Britain's longest running chamber music ensemble (founded in 1953) has been playing each summer to delighted audiences at St. Myllin's Church, Llanfyllin, in the heart of Mid Wales. Those first concerts held by the original quartet developed into the beatingheart of what is now the annual Llanfyllin Music Festival, or Gŵyl Gerdd Llanfyllin, as it is known locally. Over the years, the Festival has expanded to include performances by other musicians and artists of international calibre. In recent years, as part of the Festival, the Allegri has been involved in educational out reach work to Music Masterclasses and Concerts for young musicians within the county.’ Festival held Late July.

 

Also indexedAllegri String Quartet

www.ludlowmusicsociety.org.uk

'Would you like to join us in Ludlow Arts: Classical? You can do so in many ways: Sing: with Ludlow Choral Society or the Edge Chamber Choir; Play: with Ludlow Orchestra or BISYOC; Subscribe: to Ludlow Music Society's subscription concerts; Help us: to organize Ludlow Arts: Classical; or join one of our Committees; or helping us on concert days; Sponsor: a concert, a soloist, or part of our activities; Advertise: in the Ludlow Arts: Classical brochure, or one of our concert programmes; Join: the Friends of Ludlow Arts, the Friends of Ludlow Assembly Rooms or the Ludlow Palmers.'

 

Also indexedLudlow Music Society | Arcadia Music Festival

ludlowenglishsongweekend.com

'Has taken place since 2001. Inspired by the musical world of Gerald Finzi, it is a unique celebration of poetry, music, culture, and ideas. Drawing on the work of a wide range of poets and composers working in the English language, the Weekend explores the sensibility evoked through their art. It offers opportunities to reflect on a distinctive musical tradition, to speculate on what it has taught us, and what it might also teach us as we look to the future.' Held Early April.

 

malvern-concert-club.co.uk

'Ever since its first concert on 31 October 1903, Malvern Concert Club, founded by Sir Edward Elgar, has been a cornerstone of musical life in Worcestershire. Over one hundred years later, today’s Concert Club is proud to continue that tradition of bringing the best chamber music to this part of the country. Whilst grounded in the tradition of the string quartet, each season brings a varied selection of music for small ensemble, with and without keyboard, and voice. Our performers are British and overseas musicians of international standing, with a balance of established artists and promising newcomers.'

 

www.malvern-on-tour.co.uk

‘Set in the beautiful Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, Malvern Winds has become one of the UK's most established and popular summer course for amateur wind players. A chamber music course for wind players who are seeking an inspirational approach to their music-making. Course open to Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn players of grade 6 to performance diploma standard in graded ensembles.’ Held Late July.

 

minsterleyeisteddfod.btck.co.uk

'An annual event held on the 3rd Saturday in March at Minsterley Parish Hall. It started in1962. It is a day of music, recitations & singing competitions.'

 

www.moselele.co.uk

‘A ukulele group for people who live in or can be bothered to travel to Moseley in Birmingham ... We’re keen to meet people who’d like to learn the ukulele and want to play along with other people. We like beginners coming along but we do not have a dedicated beginners group and we don’t teach people how to play. We’ve had many people come along over the years who haven’t been able to play a note but with perseverance they’re now core members of the group.‘

 

Category:Ukulele Clubs

www.musicatleamingtonhastings.co.uk

'Music at Leamington Hastings is a charity and the voluntary donation element is very important to us. I stress that it is voluntary, and whereas most people are happy to contribute the amount we suggest, some give less and some give more, and are quite free to do so. We do not receive any grants or public subsidies and your generosity is therefore very important ...'

 

www.hhct.co.uk/music-in-quiet-places/

‘Identifying with the needs of Herefordshire people, Music in Quiet Places delivers homegrown talent direct to many of our beautiful outlying villages, with the aim of establishing a following of people who appreciate top quality music in intimate surroundings and have an interest in visiting our rural churches ... Events are often free of charge. Most performers are giving freely of their time in order to build up funds to support the work of HHCT, and to engage the services of an increasing number of professional musicians in subsequent seasons (whilst maintaining a unique Herefordshire feel, of course).‘

 

Also indexedHerefordshire Historic Churches Trust | Hereford Cathedral School

www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/BSMBreaks/

'We have changed the name of this page to Musical Breaks to reflect the fact that we now hold events at both Bewdley and Llandudno.The Bewdley events were originally known as “Brian Sharp Musical Breaks” ... Brian Sharp was probably the most well-known organist in the UK. His career spanning over fifty years, encompassed all aspects of the Theatre and Electronic Organ World ...'

 

www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/newcastle.htm

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

 

newcastlefestival.org.uk

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

 

www.newportmusicclub.org

'Professional artists introduce and perform from a classical and contemporary chamber music repertoire, bringing together both well and less known works and composers. Six concerts are held annually ... in an informal and friendly atmosphere. Our artists not only entertain with well-known works, they also educate and inform with works that are seldom heard and that step outside the normal spectrum of work our members are used to hearing.'

 

iao.org.uk/nsdos/

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

 

www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/northstaffs/

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

 

www.northfieldfestival.org.uk

'Our objective is to educate in the arts of Music and Speech in all their branches. We aim to foster the talents of participants by providing them with the opportunity to gain experience through performing in front of an audience and to be inspired by the efforts of their peers. Professional adjudicators give praise and encouragement through constructive comments. Further opportunity for talent is provided at a Concert held in June when selected winners of classes perform.'

 

www.nuneatonfoa.org.uk

'The festival is held every year in and around Nuneaton, and is open to all ages, children and adults, all cultures and abilities from anywhere in the UK. Entries are welcomed from individuals, groups, schools, etc. Classes can be non- competitive or competitive. All classes are adjudicated and all entrants receive a comment sheet from the adjudicator. The performing arts include the piano, stage dancing, speech and drama, vocal and woodwind, strings and brass sections. Performance days are held during April and May where entrants perform, are adjudicated and awards presented to winners of the competitive classes. Members of the public are welcome to watch ...'

 

www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/oltonrms.htm

'If you enjoy listening to classical music in the company of others, you are warmly invited to pay us a visit.'

 

www.oswestryrms.co.uk

‘Founded in 1958, the brainchild of employees of the Post Office’s telephone department (then part of the state-owned GPO and the predecessor to British Telecom) ... CD recitals are presented on alternate Thursdays from October to May ... A warm welcome is extended to all those who find pleasure in listening to music, as has been the case since 1958.’

 

www.facebook.com/OswestryRecitalSeries/

Typically, half a dozen evening concerts per session, September - June.

 

www.oswestry-tc.gov.uk/council-services/oswes...

Held March. 'Oswestry Music Festival goes from strength to strength. It dates back to the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations of 1977, is now well established in the County Music Calendar and entries are attracted from Shropshire, Cheshire, Wrexham and North and Mid Wales ... The Festival includes a programme of individual, group and school opportunities linked with celebrity concerts. Trophies, certificates and prizes are awarded to competitors and past overall winners of the Festival have gone on to successful professional musical careers.'

 

www.penkhullfestival.com

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

 

Category:Arts Festivals

www.pershoremidsummerbrass.org

'Our Bands, who are not competing with each other at Pershore Midsummer Brass, choose their own programme. There are those who meet to make excellent music to entertain as well as those who have enjoyed success in the highest competitions in the country.' Held Early July.

 

www.poppyfolkclub.co.uk

Launched 2011: ‘The Folk Club meets once a month ... In our madness, once or twice a year we will organise a whole day of folk music. We generally start off with a singaround and music session in the morning then have two afternoon concerts featuring some of the best local performers and a big concert in the evening to finish off the day’.

 

Category:Folk Clubs

presteignefestival.com

'Held each August in an intimate setting nestling on the Powys/Herefordshire border, the Presteigne Festival has become a focal point for those seeking musical nourishment and artistic discovery in the beautiful surroundings of the Welsh Marches. With a truly forward looking commissioning policy, the organisation works closely with composers and artists to create and curate inspiring programmes and events for an ever-widening Festival audience and to bring experience broadening opportunities to its host community. The Presteigne Festival's six music-filled days span the August Bank Holiday period.'

 

www.powledbury.co.uk/live-music

'What do you look for in a pub? A friendly and relaxing environment? Delicious home cooked food? Live music? Great customer service? Here at the Prince of Wales in Ledbury in Herefordshire, we offer all of the above, and much more besides.'

 

Category:Folk Clubs

sandwellmusic.org

‘One of 122 Music Education Hubs being supported by DfE funding administered by Arts Council England ... The running of the Hub is managed through SIPS Education’s Music and Arts Service, which has provided music tuition and ensembles to schools and young musicians in the Sandwell area for many years.’

 

Also indexedSandwell Music & Arts Service

www.coventry.ac.uk/study-at-coventry/facultie...

The Website 'embodies the teaching and learning philosophy of the School, which is highly forward-looking and aims to: work at the leading edge of media practice; seeks to enable staff and students to work collaboratively to make media and academic content; and vitally, seeks to make that work publicly visible to leverage the strengths of the media environments that our graduates will seek to enter as professionals.'.

 

Also indexedCoventry University

bmep.servicesforeducation.co.uk

Services for Education Music Service is the lead organisation for the Birmingham Music Education Partnership which deploys the central government funding to extend and coordinate music education provision for all reporting to Arts Council England ... Services for Education is a unique charity that uses the power of learning and of music to create and build confidence amongst children, young people, adults and communities. We bring music and learning to life.’

 

Category:Birmingham
Also indexedBirmingham Music Education Partnership

www.severnarts.org.uk

‘Provides the following services to the young people of Worcestershire: - Lessons in schools; - Projects, workshops and whole class tuition; - Six Area Music Centres throughout the county; - Wide range of orchestras and bands; - Instrument hire, collection and delivery service; - Trips, tours, courses and performance opportunities.’  Severn Arts (formely known as Worcestershire Youth Music.) is the Lead Organization for the  Worcestershire Music Education Hub.

 

Also indexedWorcestershire Youth Music | Worcestershire Music Education Hub

www.shipstonmusic.org.uk

'Offer eight live performances and two illustrated talks in our season of concerts. With around 100 members we aim to keep our subscriptions as low as possible whilst offering a programme of events to rival that of much larger music societies. Our concert programme includes a wide range of music from Classical to Jazz and cappella to Opera ... In addition to our own concerts we arrange outings to concerts in and around the Midlands.'

 

shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk

'One of the country's leading folk festivals - the most fun you can have during August Bank Holiday weekend! ... Four days packed with fantastic music, dance, and entertainment all on a centrally located site in the heart of Shrewsbury.'

 

Category:Folk Festivals

www.facebook.com/shrewsburyjazznetwork/

‘Was started in 1997 by local jazz players and enthusiasts to encourage interest in live modern jazz by: * booking and promoting jazz events featuring nationally known and up and coming young artists; * arranging jam sessions and workshops for local musicians; * developing the local audience for jazz by communicating news and information about the programme and other jazz events in Shropshire ... The Network arranges a monthly concert, usually at The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury, except in the months of August and December.’

 

Category:Jazz Clubs

www.shropshirecharityconcerts.org.uk

Shrewsbury School Community Choir is 'a friendly, non-auditioning choir aiming to perform a wide range of classical and contemporary choral works to a high standard ... We give at least four concerts each year, including under the Shropshire Charity Concerts banner ... The Choir was formed in 1982 and is now some 170 strong'.

 

Category:Shrewsbury
Also indexedShrewsbury School Community Choir

www.shropshiremusichub.co.uk

‘Shropshire Music Education Partnership (Shropshire Music Hub) is a group of organisations whose collective aim is to promote and facilitate high quality musical learning and experiences throughout the county ... As the lead partner in the Shropshire Music Education Hub, Shropshire Music Service works with local and national organisations to deliver the national plan for music education ... The Hub receives funding from central government via Arts Council England in order to deliver the opportunities as laid out in the National Plan for Music Education (NPME).’

 

Category:Shropshire
Also indexedShropshire Music Service

www.shropshiremusictrust.co.uk

'Since its first season in 1983-84 Shropshire Music Trust has brought the world's best live music to Shrewsbury and surrounding towns and villages: orchestral concerts to solo recitals, early music to cutting-edge contemporary work, workshops, masterclasses, lunchtime concerts, participation for young musicians.'

 

darrenrjones.wixsite.com/stot

'Come and enjoy a couple of hours of wonderful entertainment with a variety of music, sounds and styles from some of the Country's top organists and what remains Shropshire's only theatre pipe organ installation in a public venue. The WurliTzer now requires no additional amplification with sound coming through the swell shutters, which have been described as "dancing doors" and The Buttermarket is a nice intimate venue in which to enjoy a theatre organ concert, see the organist up close and enjoy a thoroughly good afternoon of entertainment.'

 

solihullmusicservice.wordpress.com

'Committed to working in partnership with schools and pupils to assist them in all forms of music making. It also enriches the lives of pupils and the community through the provision of a wide range of music making opportunities.'

 

stafforddistrictartscouncil.org.uk

'On this Website you will find information about the role we play within Stafford Borough’s arts scene and how you can get involved. We have information about the services we offer our members if you’re starting up an amateur arts group or if you’d like to find out about the activities and events of our member societies.'

 

staffordfolkclub.com

‘Although the idea of re-starting a Traditional Club has been brewing for many years, we have always stumbled over the perennial problem – a suitable venue. With so many of the bigger pubs with function rooms closing it looked very much like the idea was nothing more than a pipe dream till the newly refurbished Bird in Hand opened, and what’s more, the landlord and landlady ... were very keen on our ideas. We aim to bring to Stafford some of the very best traditional Folk performers, not just people who are the household names of the folk world, but also up and coming spectacular new talent.’

 

Category:Folk Clubs

www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/stonerms.htm

‘Our aim is to bring pleasure to those who are interested in recorded music (mainly but not exclusively classical ) within a pleasant, comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Recordings are from CD, with high quality speakers and audio equipment providing the enjoyment of hi-fi sound ... For newcomers, the first visit is free. Do come and see whether you enjoy the music. We’re sure you’ll enjoy our company!‘

 

www.facebook.com/wordsmusicfest/

‘A celebration of the power of language to inspire thought and feeling, insight and reflection – through an innovative programme of themed concerts and talks, designed to engage audiences of all ages and cultures.’ Held Late September.

 

Category:Arts Festivals

www.stratfordjazz.org.uk

‘Presents high quality modern jazz on a regular basis from September to July.’

 

Category:Jazz Clubs

stroudvmc.wixsite.com/svmc

‘The aim of the Stroud Valleys Music Club is to provide Good Recorded Music in a variety of styles. Presenters come from both professional and amateur sources. Meetings are informal. A refreshment interval gives a chance to Socialise. Visitors and Members' friends are especially welcome. The sole qualification for joining is a liking for good music.’

 

www.suttoncoldfieldtradjazzclub.com

'We aim to: PRESERVE Jazz Age music; PRESENT top trad bands; PROMOTE our jazz heritage; PROTECT it from decline; PAMPER dancers & listeners; Offer a PACKAGE of Real Music, Real Dance, Real Ale & well stocked bar for a Real Good Night Out.'

 

Category:Jazz Clubs

www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk

Tamworth Arts & Events is a creative hub for Tamworth and the wider region. Showcasing exciting and immersive arts activities and events both outdoors and in venue.’

 

www.tamworthfolkclub.co.uk

'The Club meets every Friday evening for a fairly prompt start at 8.30pm. We operate an informal sing-around format on most of these evenings and we welcome any visiting performers. You are sure to get the opportunity to do a "turn" or two ... We have special guest evenings about four times a year as well as occasional feature nights.'

 

Category:Folk Clubs

3choirs.org

‘A week-long programme of choral and orchestral concerts, cathedral services, solo and chamber music recitals, masterclasses, talks, theatre, exhibitions and walks, rotating each summer between the beautiful English cathedral cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester. It is the oldest non-competitive classical music festival in the world.’ Held Late July - Early August.

 

www.uptonjazz.co.uk

Annual weekend event taking place Late June. The Friends of the Upton Jazz Festival is 'Worcestershire's Premier Jazz Society for the best live jazz in the area featuring top musicians from Britain and abroad'.

 

Category:Jazz Festivals
Also indexedFriends of the Upton Jazz Festival

uptonfolk.org

'The Folk Festival is promoted by the Upton upon Severn Folk Dance and Song Society. Membership of the society is available on application and acceptance by the committee. Membership is open to all those who wish to promote Folk Dancing and Folk Music in the district of Upton upon Severn in South Worcestershire.' Held Early May.

 

Category:Folk Festivals
Also indexedUpton upon Severn Folk Dance and Song Society

www.walmused.co.uk

Walsall Music Education Hub is renowned for its high quality music provision and resides in the Walsall Arena and Arts Centre (formerly Forest Arts Centre). Providing the rhythm of life to everything from jazz to samba from heavy metal to Indonesian folk music. Walsall Music Education Hub is the place to come to listen, learn and enjoy music ... Arts Council England provide a network of music education hubs across England.‘

 

Also indexedWalsall Music Education Hub

www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk

Warwick Folk Festival has been long established as one of the best family music festivals in the UK. With a variety of venues, including the large marquee and purpose built Theatre, safe and clean site full of craft stalls, eateries and entertainment, along with some of the world’s best music artists and a spectacular fringe festival located in the town centre, this festival continues to delight music fans of all ages and generations!’ Held Late July.

 

Category:Folk Festivals

www.warwickshiremusichub.org

Warwickshire Music provides instrumental, vocal and curriculum music across a full range of educational settings as well as through our five music centres located in each of the five regions of Warwickshire. Warwickshire Music is the lead organisation for the Warwickshire Music Hub ... Launched in 2012 Warwickshire Music Hub has brought together partners from a variety of organisations with a shared vision: “To ensure children in Warwickshire have the very best opportunities to learn to play an instrument, learn to sing, play together in ensembles and progress to the next level of excellence”.’

 

Category:Warwickshire
Also indexedWarwickshire Music

www.wenlock-olympian-society.org.uk/live-arts...

Wenlock Olympian Live Arts Festival has taken place each year since 1979. Competitions were held in the performing arts as part of the original Olympic Games. The Festival is held in March each year ... There are competitive classes in dance, music and speech & drama for children and young people aged 18 and under. The Festival is organised and staffed entirely by volunteers.’

 

www.whittingtonmusicfestival.org.uk

Annual Festival which has taken place since 2013 in a village near Oswestry, each year focussing on works of a single composer. Held Mid May.

 

wolverhamptonmusicservice.org.uk

Wolverhampton Music Education Hub aims to provide children and young people in the City of Wolverhampton the opportunity to learn an instrument, sing, perform and access high quality musical experiences. Wolverhampton Music Service is the lead organisation for the hub and, along with its partner organisations, strives to provide a high quality, broad and balanced offer of support for music education to schools and young people across Wolverhampton.‘

 

Also indexedWolverhampton Music Service

www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/wvlhamtn.htm

'The Society has been in existence for many years, principally for the playing of classical recorded music using the Society's own equipment in four formats - CD, Cassette, DVD and LP. We are a small group averaging about twenty at each of our weekly meetings. Knowledge of classical music is not at all necessary, merely an enthusiasm for it and its sharing with other like-minded folk. Visitors are always welcome to join us as a temporary member for an evening.'

 

www.woodmanfolk.co.uk

‘One of the premier live music clubs in the West Midlands: Folk .. Roots .. Blues .. Acoustic.’ Weekly Friday night meetings, September - July.

 

Category:Folk Clubs

www.worcesterartscouncil.co.uk

'We are funded by Worcester City Council and our remit is to "promote the arts in Worcester". The benefits of being a member of Worcester Arts Council include: Promotion of your activities; Help and advice; Grants for projects and events; Networking Opportunities.'

 

www.worcesterguitar.co.uk

‘The Society's aims are to promote the classical guitar in our region, through ensemble playing in our Guitar Orchestra, development of skills in the Youth Guitar Orchestra and arranging professional concerts ... Performing in the orchestra certainly helps to develop a person's musical skills and sight reading ability. It is a different discipline from solo playing, it gives the opportunity to perform at public concerts as part of an ensemble - how many of we amateur guitarists would have the opportunity to do this as a solo performer?’

 

www.wcaf.org.uk

‘The perfect opportunity to test your skills in music or drama. Thousands of budding musicians and actors have entered classes in the ... distinguished history of the “Friendly Festival” ... Why not test your own nerve and performance ability in a nurturing and supportive environment, in the wonderful city of Worcester? Prizes, awards and a festival concert are all on offer to those who dare!’ Held Mid March.

 

www.worcserenade.co.uk

‘Promotes live concerts by top-quality professional musicians and organises music-related educational events at Huntingdon Hall, an historic building in the centre of Worcester. We regularly provide a platform for outstanding young players, singers and groups with local connections ... Membership is designed to enable local community access to diverse, high quality chamber music and not least to encourage younger people to develop a taste for good, live music.’

 

www.worcester-uke-club.co.uk

‘We are The Worcester Ukulele Club! (also known as the WUCcies), and quite simply, we’re a friendly bunch, who love singing and playing our Ukes! ... There are approximately 100 active club members. Many members also perform at gigs, raising money for the club’s chosen charity for that year. Popular music from all eras and genres is played, with a repertoire of over 130 songs.‘

 

Category:Ukulele Clubs

www.earlymusicworcs.org

‘Aims to promote the enjoyment and understanding of music composed before 1800. We achieve our aims through: * An annual Festival and concerts during the year. We promote historically informed performances offering the history and social context of the music performed on authentic instruments. Our audiences enjoy the intimate and sociable atmosphere and the opportunity to ask the performers questions; * Outreach Programmes; * The Pride and Prejudice Ball.’

 

www.worcestershireorganists.org

‘Founded in 1964 ... A friendly group of people dedicated to furthering knowledge and appreciation of the organ and its music – open to all, not necessarily organists.’

 

www.festivalofbrass.co.uk

'The Wychavon Festival of Brass was the result of an initiative developed by the Vale of Evesham Commerce and Tourism Association which, in the late 80’s, was seeking to raise the profile of the town. An exciting brass band contest was seen as an interesting and novel way of attracting visitors and offering the local population the opportunity to hear and experience some fabulous brass music!' Held Late October.

 

www.alcestermusicaltheatre.com

‘An amateur group holding events and shows in and around the Alcester area including Redditch and Stratford Upon Avon ... Hyperactive, talented and fun loving this young at heart company work hard and play hard. With a strong management team and commitment to good quality yet affordable live entertainment, the company is optimistic about the future and looks forward to many years of success.’

 

www.alcestersingers.co.uk

'The Choir was formed in 1980 by Malcolm Brinson and several of the original founder members still sing with the choir ... We perform a variety of music based on 3 main concerts. Our Easter concert is usually a major choral work. At our summer concert we perform lighter pieces and the Christmas concert is seasonal with audience participation. We sponsor the annual Alcester Young Musician Competition and the winner is invited to perform at one of our concerts.'

www.facebook.com/AlcesterVictoriaSilverBand/

'Since its formation in an Alcester coffee house in 1897, the AVSB has retained close links with the town of Alcester regularly playing at town events, including the Court Leet parade, the Remembrance Concert and the annual Street Market. The band also performs regularly at bandstands around Warwickshire and Worcestershire. The band has a strong regular core membership, some newer, keen, young members, and is always on the look out for new recruits with enthusiasm and a brass instrument!'

 

aldridgemcs.co.uk

Aldridge Musical Comedy Society, or AMCS for short, is a Drama and Theatre group that prides itself on musical prowess and acting talent. Formed in 1967 in a corroboration with Brownhills, we have performed over 70 shows in a wide variety of theatres in the West Midlands area.’

 

www.altonhandbellringers.org.uk

'The group is based in the village of Alton, Staffordshire, with members coming from the surrounding villages and towns. We ring on 3½ octaves of handbells and handchimes and give regular tune ringing performances at a variety of local venues.'

 

www.facebook.com/AlveleyVillageBand/

‘Play all your favourite music in the Alveley Village Band. Our members go away happy and refreshed after playing the best arrangements possible for brass, woodwind, strings and percussion. We are unique - our band offers parts for all instruments so all musicians can participate. We guarantee you'll love being part of the band. Local children give the band a thumbs-up too! Come and join us!’

 

www.amingtonband.co.uk

'Amington Band have been in existence for nearly 100 years, rehearsing every week, entertaining the people of Tamworth and taking part in contests. As a band we take pride in this, and we're committed to keep the legacy going, the entertainment flowing and brass players blowing. Over the years the Band has been placed in all sections; from fourth to the championship section. Right now we're a 2nd section band but we aim high and constantly try to improve ...'

 

www.arrowvalleybrass.co.uk

'Classic English brass band based in Inkberrow in the heart of the Worcestershire ... having moved there several years ago from our previous home in Alcester. Dedicated to the enjoyment of music, we have members of all ages from 9 to much much older.' Formerly Alcester Victoria Youth Band.

 

Also indexedAlcester Victoria Youth Band

asklepios-orchestra.org.uk

'Founded in 1969 by Dr. David Humphreys, a Physician in the Birmingham General Hospital where the orchestra originally rehearsed. However, following refurbishment of the General, our orchestra needed to move and we now rehearse in the Medical School of the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston.Although the orchestra has a "medical" origin and we are based within the Medical School, we welcome players from anywhere. You do not have to be "medical" or a member of the Medical School or the University to join us ... The title of the orchestra derives from the ancient Greek healer Asklepios (Ἀσκληπιός, Latin form Aesculapius) ...'

 

www.audleybrass.org

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

 

www.avonbankbrass.co.uk

‘A brass band based in the town of Evesham, Worcestershire, England. It is made up of roughly 25 players with percussion and entertains the local community in concerts both for local charities and also to support itself.’

 

www.barntgreenchoralsociety.org

'Founded in 1951 having developed from the local Women’s Institute Choir. We are a mixed voice choir and currently have around 55 members. The Society gives three concerts per year at local venues, performing a variety of choral works with professional soloists and orchestral accompaniment, as well as lighter music.'

www.beauchampsinfonietta.org.uk

‘A “by invitation” chamber orchestra based in Leamington Spa. Players are drawn from throughout Warwickshire and beyond. Many players are music teachers, others follow a range of careers and enjoy performing music as a recreational activity. Concerts take place in October, January and April ... Professional soloists are engaged to perform concertos with the orchestra ... The orchestra also accompanies choral societies and plays for festival and “Prom” concerts.’

 

www.beaumarissingers.org

'We are a mixed adult choir of around 20 voices performing in the Newport, Shropshire area and beyond. We love to encourage others to enjoy taking part, explore repertoire and improve their singing! Members come from a wide geographical area and a range of backgrounds and age ranges. We are an experienced choir with several long serving singers, but also many newer singers too. We sing to create beautiful music and for our own enjoyment. Our repertoire is broad, from sacred classical works to popular music arrangements.'

 

Category:Chamber Choirs

www.biltonsilver.co.uk

'We are a sociable bunch, rehearsing twice a week (Mon & Fri) and always welcome new members. We have a training band which meets once a week (Fridays), and we also offer lessons to beginners just starting out in our Mini-Brass group on Monday evenings.'

 

www.birmingham.bachchoir.com

‘Birmingham's leading large chamber choir ... giving inspiring live performances with a distinctive mix of choral music from JS Bach and the Baroque period to 21st century British music.’

 

Category:Birmingham

www.canoldir.co.uk

‘Founded in 1966. Many of the singers are Welsh, and the choir has a strong allegiance with Wales, and with the tradition of Welsh male voice choirs ... Birmingham Canoldir are always keen to welcome new voices and we would love you to come and join us ... Throughout the year we give many concerts to raise funds for charities and good causes. We even have some weekends away, those are always good fun ...’

www.bcmg.org.uk

'As a world-leading contemporary ensemble, BCMG has premiered over 160 works, most commissioned through its pioneering Sound Investment scheme, with a family of Investors supporting each new piece. In addition, BCMG’s extensive Learning and Participation Programme supports young people as composers, performers and listeners of new music through an exciting range of projects in- and out-of-school.'

 

bfcs.org.uk

‘Originally started as the chorus for the Birmingham Triennial Music Festivals which ran from 1784 to 1912. Birmingham Festival Choral Society gives at least three main concerts per season with music ranging from the Baroque period to the 21st Century. We also give a Christmas Charity Concert. We have sung many premières over the years, from Mendelssohn's Elijah, conducted by the composer himself in 1846, to Bob Chilcott's “Circle Song” (2012) and Patrick Larley's “Birmingham Spirituals” (2014) ... We perform to a high standard while welcoming singers with different levels of experience ... Why not come along? Come for a couple of rehearsals to try us. If you decide that you would like to join, a friendly Voice Test will then be arranged. Subs are only payable after this, once you have officially joined.’

bhamflutechoir.wixsite.com/home

'Adult flute players, with an approximate standard of Grade 7 or above, will be welcome to apply ... We invite all potential applicants to come along for a taster session to see if they would like to join us ... We meet together to play and rehearse a wide variety of music arranged for flutes (including piccolo, standard C flute, alto and bass) and from time to time we perform at concerts and other gigs.'

 

Category:Flute Ensembles

www.bgso.org.uk

‘The Midland's LGBT orchestra. BGSO promotes musical talent directly from within the LGBT community, illuminating the diversity that exists within it to the wider community and beyond. As an LGBT orchestra we provide a safe “non-scene” environment centred around a shared interest where people can come together to express who they are without any additional pressure or expectations. We welcome all musicians whether they identify as LGBT or not.’

 

bpo.org.uk

'Founded (as the South Birmingham Orchestra) in the early years of the Second World War to raise money for war charities, the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra received its present title in 1947. It retained its vigour at the cessation of hostilities and remains one of the country’s leading large non-professional symphony orchestras, drawing its members from all walks of life throughout the West Midlands. For most of its members, playing in the BPO is a recreational activity, but for others it is a stepping stone in their musical careers. The BPO engages professional conductors and leaders, aiming to achieve the highest possible standards of performance.'

 

www.bsw.org.uk

‘The UK's premiere wind orchestra, giving regular concerts in Birmingham and taking the music of the Midlands to the world ... The 45-strong orchestra is made up of players living and working in and around Birmingham and the wider West Midlands, whilst others travel from different parts of the UK to participate with the ensemble ... In 2014 Birmingham Symphonic Winds were invited ... to become “Ensemble in Residence” at Birmingham University forging links between Birmingham Symphonic Winds and the University Wind Band.’

 

blackwellconcertband.co.uk

‘The Band was formed in 1998 when woodwind were invited into the Blackwell Brass Band to encourage further growth. Since these humble beginnings it has gone on to reach its current strength of around 55 players. There are a wide range of players in the band of varying experience and calibre. The repertoire includes marches, jazz, calypso, blues, pop, rock, film scores and more.

 

www.bournvilleclarinetchoir.org

Bournville Clarinet Choir is dedicated to creating and presenting new music for clarinet ensembles.  The choir is an exciting opportunity for committed and enthusiastic clarinettists to rehearse and perform to a high standard while supporting local community events. Although the majority of our members are amateurs (aged 18+) they include music students, teachers and retired professionals.  Some are local Brummies but others travel from as far afield as Coventry, Leicestershire and Gloucestershire. At present there about twenty members mostly playing the standard Bb clarinet as well as Eb, Bass, Contra Alto and Contra Bass.’

 

Category:Selly Oak

www.bmtcweb.co.uk

'For performing members a brief audition will be required so we may “see what you are capable of”. It is nothing to worry about, it is just our way to assess where you would best fit in the society. After all, if you join you will be performing to audiences in theatres such as The Crescent. We place members in singing voices, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone and Bass. If you don’t know where you fit into the above – don’t worry we will help you! Can you dance? Presently we have dancers who both sing and dance and have joined us from a number of dance schools and have featured in many of our major productions.'

 

www.bridgnorthmalevoicechoir.org

'We have 30 or so members coming from all walks of life. Age is not a factor as men of all ages are made very welcome. All enjoy the singing, fellowship and fun the choir affords ... If you enjoy singing and want to sing well, then you will fit perfectly in our choir. There are no auditions and no requirement to be able to read music although of course it helps ... Bridgnorth Male Voice Choir does not consider itself to be an elitist choir. We exist for men who want to sing to be given a chance to perform. So come along to one of our practices, sit down and try it out ...'

 

www.bromyardwindband.com

‘Made up of players from a very wide area around the town of Bromyard in Herefordshire in England. Although “Wind Band” is in our title, we are a full Symphonic Concert Band / Ensemble ... We play all types / ranges / styles. Most original Wind Band music is relatively modern, but we do try to play pieces from all music genres. Pieces can range from “Classical” arrangements through the “Miller” era, to modern pieces by present-day composers.‘

burtonconcertband.co.uk

‘Burton upon Trent has a long history of Brass Bands, which still continues. However, because of a very strong Local Education Authority policy in Woodwind tuition, the need for mixed Woodwind and Brass groups had caused a rise in Concert Bands in the U.K. In order to fill this gap in Burton on Trent, David Haines (our current Musical Director), held a meeting in 1992 of local woodwind, brass and percussion players. As a result of that meeting, the Burton Concert Band was formed. Several members of the original band still play with us regularly.

www.burtonmusicaltheatre.co.uk

‘Formed as Burton Operatic Society in the 1920s and re-formed in the early 1950s producing mainly Operetta. Since the late 70s, the Society has moved on from Operetta to Musicals and performs two shows a year ... In 2014 the society was renamed “The Burton Musical Theatre Company”, which we feel reflects our true identity. Our shows range from well known “box offcie hits” to lesser known shows that give our audiences the opportunity to see some first class productions with sets built by our crew, and music provided by our excellent band of musicians.’

 

 

www.cantiones.org.uk

'Founded in 1982 by Michael Smith, the then organist of the Parish Church of St. Oswald, King & Martyr, Oswestry. Under its original name "Cantiones Sacrae" the choir comprised 15 voices and set its sights on performing some of the more challenging music in the chamber choir repertoire. Before long it swelled to well over 20 voices and concerts were given as far afield as Chester and Shrewsbury, as well as an appearance at the Llangollen International Festival. Cantiones dropped the "Sacrae" from its title in the mid-nineties when its repertoire widened to include more and more of the quality secular music available.'

Category:Chamber Choirs

www.celebrationreedandbrassband.org.uk

‘The Band, now styled on Military Band instrumentation, was originally founded by a small nucleus of 7 or 8 young musicians in February 1992, following the demise of the Evesham Sea Cadet Corps Band. The number of members achieving good results for examinations set by the Royal Schools of Music has resulted in the Band rapidly gaining recognition as a successful training ground for young musicians and aspiring adults within the Vale of Evesham.’

 

www.ceramiccitychoir.org.uk

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

 

www.chamberchoir.org.uk

‘Formed in 1993, we have grown to be a group of 30 choral singers of various ages and singing backgrounds ... We always welcome enquiries from potential singing members. Although the choir operates on a maximum of 28 singers, there are frequently vacancies in all voice parts.’

 

Category:Chamber Choirs

chandos.org.uk

‘Malvern’s own fine amateur orchestra ... Its membership, drawn from all over the Midlands region, now exceeds one hundred players ... The Orchestra rehearses intensively over two consecutive weekends culminating in a concert on the second Sunday. The Orchestra is committed to continuous improvement and with this aim we hold one-day workshops, and a Young Musician Competition, to provide opportunities for up-and-coming performers.  There is always a place for musicians of a high standard, particularly in the strings, so if you are interested in joining the Orchestra (auditions are not necessary, but grade 8 is advisable) please contact us.’

chetwynd-sing.co.uk

‘Formed in 2007, Chetwynd is a choir that takes its name from the family long-associated with its “home” since the outset, the church of St Mary the Virgin at Ingestre near Stafford ... The choir is well-suited to the intimate atmosphere of the church, in terms of both scale and repertoire. Properly described as a chamber choir, it is well-served in terms of soloists, accompanists and strength-in-depth across the range of parts. The choir performs two or three times a year, spending six to eight weeks in preparation for its concerts.’

Category:Chamber Choirs

www.facebook.com/circlesingersleamington/

‘The Circle Singers is a small, well established, mainly a cappella choir of approximately 30 members of all ages from around Warwickshire ... The choir does not require an audition and sight reading of music is not essential. Some previous singing experience, however, would be an advantage.’

 

www.birminghambrass.co.uk

’From playing in concert halls to playing in parks, from raising money for charity to regular trips to the pub - City of Birmingham are in every sense a traditional British brass band ... The Band has a broad repertoire to suit its wide variety of audiences. This ranges from traditional and modern brass band music, through classical works arranged for brass, to film/television theme tunes and arrangements of popular melodies ... We've worked with singers, dancers, actors, African drummers, film makers and composers to ensure that the concerts are unique. As a result they're attracting a growing audience, and we're building a reputation as a band that can put on quite a show! As well as our concert schedule, the band usually enters a couple of competitions a year.’

 

www.citychoir.org.uk

‘Since 1921, the City of Birmingham Choir has entertained audiences with a wide and adventurous repertoire. Singing from the start in the historic Town Hall and, since its opening, in the magnificent Symphony Hall, we have also enjoyed a warm musical partnership with the city’s international orchestra, the CBSO.’

 

www.lichfieldconcertband.co.uk

'The Band has a special relationship with the City of Lichfield and plays for civic events, including the Sheriff's Ride, twinning and other public ceremonies. Several concerts are given in the Guildhall each year and the band also plays at the annual "Proms in Beacon Park". Invitations are frequently received to play in other venues around the West Midlands ...'

 

www.cityofwolverhamptonbrassband.co.uk

‘Formed in 1972 and initially ... comprised of a mix of school students and other local players recruited by advertising and friend’s recommendations ... We are always ready to welcome new players into our friendly ranks. All you need is some experience of playing a brass instrument, or percussion. The band are looking forward to growing in number and developing their repertoire, whilst entering a few contests along the way in order to progress.’

 

www.coventrycathedralchorus.com

‘Formed in 1963 shortly after the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral and is regarded as one of the UK’s leading choral societies. From its formation until September 2017 the choir was known as Saint Michael’s Singers, taking its name from the saint to whom the cathedral is dedicated. However, the choir has felt for some time that it would like to be more closely aligned to this iconic building and all it stands for. With its new name the choir will now be instantly recognised for what it is and where it is based ... The choir has a membership of around ninety auditioned singers from all ages and walks of life and promotes its own season of concerts in Coventry Cathedral and at other venues in the English Midlands area.’

Also indexedSaint Michael’s Singers

www.coventrymusichub.co.uk/groupsandchoirs

‘We are always looking for new members for all our fabulous ensembles. If you play an instrument at school, either in a class group or individual tuition, no matter what level you are at there will be a group for you ... Come and be a part of something special and develop your talent, and have the opportunity to perform on a stage to a live audience.‘

 

cradleysingers.org.uk

Cradley Singers is a choir of approximately 30 singers performing three concerts each year in and around the Malvern and Worcester area. Although we originated as Cradley Village choir, our members now come from many villages and market towns in the area, such as Ledbury, Bromyard and Malvern. We sing a wide variety of music ranging from serious works such as Vivaldi’s Gloria and the Duruflé Requiem to light-hearted jazz and contemporary pieces.‘

sites.google.com/view/cravenarmsbigband/home

‘The line up includes 5 sexy saxes, 3 terrific trombones, 4 trustworthy(ish) trumpets, a classy clarinet, 2 gallant guitars, 1 punchy piano, a brilliant bass and a driven drummer. As if that wasn’t enough, we even have our very own female vocalist ... Please note we don’t take commercial bookings, we know there are many professional musicians out there struggling to earn a living, and they deserve those bookings. We like to play to support community events and to help fundraising for worthy charities. When we accept an invitation we don’t charge a set fee but a realistic donation towards our travel & other expenses is essential to keep us on the road.‘

Category:Big Bands

darbysingers.co.uk

‘We are a community choir based in Telford Shropshire ... Everyone is welcome to come and sing, you do not need any experience, or the ability to read music.’

 

www.diatonic.co.uk

‘Formed in 1987 by a group of enthusiastic singers who wanted to perform a wide range of works for mixed choir. The choir has a varied repertoire, consisting of early music, anthems, larger classical works, madrigals, spirituals, folk song arrangements and popular songs. They regularly give concerts in the Warwick, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa area.‘

 

Category:Chamber Choirs

www.dudleychoralsociety.co.uk

'Formed in 1945 and gave its first performance in Dudley Town Hall on the 29th December. They performed Handel's Messiah under the baton of the founder Dr Mainwaring. Since then there have been seven conductors. In that first performance there were 114 ladies and 70 gentlemen. Today we have a more modest chorus of approximately 30 members. However we would always welcome new members! In the past we have had orchestral accompaniment, but this became too unwieldy as well as too expensive ...'

 

edgechamberchoir.yolasite.com

Founded 2014: ‘An exciting chamber choir based in Ludlow ... specialising in singing 20th & 21st century choral works ... The choir now performs three concerts a year, and goes from strength to strength. With each concert the choir is expanding its repertoire, and has performed a wide variety of music including pieces written and arranged especially for the choir, as well as choral favourites’.

 

Category:Chamber Choirs

elgarchorale.com

‘Founded in 1980 the Elgar Chorale is one of the leading chamber choirs in the West Midlands. We are a mixed voice choir of about 40 singers, many of us professional musicians, based in Worcester. We have a busy and varied programme of concerts taking place around Worcestershire and beyond. Our repertoire ranges from medieval to the modern day, from unaccompanied to with a small orchestra. The choir sings at many events to raise money for charity.’

 

Category:Chamber Choirs

www.ellenvalesingers.org

‘The choir has established a tradition of performing May and Christmas concerts ... Support acts for these concerts have been brass and jazz bands, local comedians ... male voice choirs, school choirs, soloists and, on occasions, comedy pieces by groups of choir ladies. These events have raised many thousands of pounds over the years for a variety of local causes which benefit charities, organisations and local individuals. The choir also enjoy performing smaller concerts in churches, nursing homes, community centres and private parties ... The choir enjoys singing a wide range of music from all musical era and members are encouraged to be involved in the selection of new pieces.’

 

Category:Ladies Choirs

www.eso.co.uk

‘The Worcestershire-based ESO was founded by William Boughton as the English String Orchestra in 1978. It soon formed a reputation for performances of English music and made many recordings. For full orchestral repertoire, ESO grew to become the English Symphony Orchestra. Ever since then, “ESO” has served as an acronym with a dual meaning. The idea of ESO is to share the joys of live music with as wide a population as possible. Our typical concert programme will features performances by the Symphony and String Orchestras, and a variety of chamber ensembles, in locations around the West Midlands, Three Counties, Shropshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, plus invitations to appear elsewhere for festivals or in residence.’

 

Also indexedEnglish String Orchestra

www.eroica.org.uk

‘Brings together amateur and professional musicians from across the West Midlands. Aiming to set the highest standards in amateur music-making, the orchestra specialises in performing masterpieces from the Classical repertoire as well as Romantic and Modern chamber orchestral works.’

 

excathedra.co.uk

‘A leading UK choir and Early Music ensemble with a repertoire that reaches from the 12th to the 21st centuries. We are known for our passion for seeking out the best, the unfamiliar and the unexpected in the choral repertoire and for giving dynamic performances underpinned by detailed research.‘

 

www.exurbe.org

‘A chamber choir which draws its members from across the West Midlands, predominantly from Birmingham, Solihull, Knowle, Hampton-in-Arden, Bromsgrove and Stourbridge. It was formed in 1995 when a group of friends from the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus got together to give a charity performance of the Fauré Requiem under Simon Halsey, the CBSC Chorus Director ... The choir numbers around 20 singers comprising the usual four, mixed voice parts. We perform a wide range of music, usually presenting three concerts each year at various venues across the region.’

 

 

Category:Chamber Choirs

fellowshipsingersshirley.org.uk

‘The friendliest choir in Solihull ... We formed in 1952 when a group of singers met on a Sunday evening to sing together for their own enjoyment and for the enjoyment of others ... We are passionate about singing and have a repertoire which is ever-changing to meet members’ and audience’s tastes. Don’t let our longevity fool you: we sing equal quantities of current popular music, together with a few old favourites.’

gwcb.co.uk

'We are a group of local musicians who have been coming together to share music making since January 2000. The Band is made up of a diverse group of people of all ages and musical experiences. We play a wide range of music from jazz, classical, contemporary, to music from shows and films. Suggestions for new music are always welcome – you can even sponsor pieces if you wish.'

 

www.halesowenorchestra.co.uk

‘Founded in 1986, is a flourishing amateur group of about 40 regular players serving Halesowen and the west of Birmingham ... We promote three concerts a year, performing a wide and varied repertoire ... The orchestra is open to players of a reasonable standard, regardless of age or previous orchestral experience. If you are enthusiastic about music, you will find that a very warm welcome awaits you. There is no formal audition, although players will need to cope adequately with the parts they are asked to practise and perform. As a general indication, given the type of music we tend to play, this means that players should ideally be at least Grade VI standard or equivalent, although this is not a strict minimum requirement.’

 

hamptonsingers.org

‘Established in 1980, we are a mixed choir of about 40 people from Hampton-in-Arden, Knowle, Solihull and surrounding areas ... Our rehearsal programme includes “training evenings” led by our vocal coach ... We usually perform two concerts a year, plus our traditional Christmas Concert. We like to make one of our concerts an orchestral one when we work with professional soloists.’

 

Category:Chamber Choirs

www.harmonie-concert-band.org

‘The Harmonie wind band prides itself in providing the opportunity for players to rehearse and perform concerts.  We have no age restrictions or entry requirements - everyone is welcome to come and enjoy playing in a friendly atmosphere (including learners, returners and rusties).  Membership is free for those in full time education ... We perform several major concerts each year with special guest artists.  The band also commissions works and engages top professionals to conduct workshops to improve playing skills.  The type of music we play ranges from popular classics and show medleys to challenging new compositions.​ Proceeds from the concerts are channelled to local and national charities.‘

 

www.coventrycooporchestra.org.uk

Founded 1917: ‘We are a community orchestra made up of people of all ages and musical abilities ... with sponsorship from the Heart of England Co-operative Society ... We perform around six concerts a year to bring live, light classical music to people of Coventry and Warwickshire ... Our repertoire is usually well-known light classical pieces together with marches, overtures and film pieces ... Potential new members are welcome to come and join in with our orchestra or just watch rehearsals’.

 

www.facebook.com/HeartOfEnglandSingers/

‘Our year runs from September to July, with short breaks for Christmas and Easter. We have an open door policy to new members, young and not so young, who are always welcome - there are no auditions. All we ask for is a love of singing and choral music, enthusiasm and commitment to our rehearsals and performances. Our musical director ... sets high and stretching musical standards, but also very much believes in keeping the fun in music making. Absolutely anybody has the opportunity to come along to give us a trial.’

www.herefordchamberchoir.org.uk

‘Founded in 1983, and currently consists of around 30 mixed voices. The choir performs about 6 concerts each academic year in churches and other venues across Herefordshire and the West Midlands. We perform a wide variety of music from the choral repertoire, both sacred and secular, ranging from the Renaissance to the present day. The choir also enjoys singing for services at cathedrals and abbeys.’

Category:Chamber Choirs

www.herefordchoralsociety.org

Founded 1837: ‘We perform concerts in Hereford Cathedral three times a year, and rehearse in the autumn and spring. The Society has about 160 members, who come from all over Herefordshire and beyond. We love to have new members ... There is a simple voice test for potential members, and once you've passed, you're in and will be performing in a programme of concerts that is always varied and exciting’.

 

www.herefordgandssociety.org.uk

'At least once a year we perform a show, usually one of the famous operettas by W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan at our local theatre, The Courtyard in Hereford. We also perform in concerts around the county, singing a variety of songs from the traditional G&S tunes to the more modern melodies from musicals that are currently at the West End ...'

hmtc.org.uk

‘Herefordshire’s leading musical theatre company. We perform two major musicals a year and a whole host of smaller performances too. We’re a friendly and fun community of like-minded individuals, all with a love of musical theatre. If that sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, why not join us? ... Are you aged 8 to 15? Do you want to perform on stage, sing and dance? Why not join our Youth Group! ... There’s a lot of fun, singing and dancing and the chance to perform in a Youth Group show every year, along with other concerts and performances too.’

herefordpolicechoir.org

‘It all started in 1957 when the old Herefordshire Constabulary celebrated its centenary and a dozen officers made up a choir to sing at an anniversary event in Hereford Cathedral. They enjoyed it so much they kept on singing and eventually opened their ranks to men from all walks of life. Today the choir is 65 strong and welcomes new members to ensure the great tradition of male voice choral singing continues.’

herefordsymphonyorchestra.co.uk

'Founded in September 1958 as an advanced strings evening class. It quickly became established as an independent orchestra, and today it is the only regular adult orchestra in Herefordshire ... Although initially founded as a string group, it quickly developed a pattern of concerts including wind, brass and percussion players and sometimes choral groups.'

Category:Hereford

www.jaguarlandroverband.com

'A championship brass band that has entertainment at the top of its agenda. Based in Coventry, this famous brass band features thirty of the finest brass and percussion players from across the midlands region. The band is in great demand for concerts across the UK and has conducting numerous tours throughout Europe and the USA. The bands extensive repertoire stretches a wide spectrum of musical styles often reflected in the bands concert work which includes music from the classics, big-band, shows and traditional repertoires.'

www.jigsawsound.org

'A large, mixed voice, adult choir based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire who regularly perform at concerts, weddings and fund raising events throughout the County of Shropshire and over the border into Wales.'

www.kidderminsterchoralsociety.co.uk

'A unique family of three choirs. The Choral Society has a long established history, dating back to 1899, and a great tradition of singing all the great choral works. We also look to the future of choral singing and in addition to the main Choral Society, we have two choirs for young people. Wyre Forest Young Voices, our youth choir for young singers, and Primary Voices, our junior choir for children.'

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www.kidderminstermalechoir.co.uk

'We have an extensive range of male choir musical arrangements with over 130 items in our music library. However, at any one time our performance repertoire is about 30 songs and these are regularly refreshed with new items introduced and others given a rest. The repertoire is very varied and caters for all audience and choir member tastes. Not only do we sing in English but we also cover songs in other languages. Arrangements include show songs, popular music, spirituals, and other traditional male choir items.'

 

www.kingtonchoral.org.uk

'We are a group of people with widely differing musical skills and experience who enjoy choral singing ... We sing a variety of music which is selected by our Music Director and we give several public performances each year. We are not pre-auditioned but continuing membership depends upon commitment, co-operation and enthusiasm. We work together in rehearsals and performances to achieve standards that we can be proud of and our audiences can enjoy.'

 

www.kingtonoperatic.co.uk

'We pride ourselves on being an inclusive, community based group that is run by local people for the benefit and enjoyment of local people. We believe that the Telly and the Internet have their place, but for excitement and spontaneity nothing beats live entertainment! ... During the summer we present a number of concert evenings of popular music from Broadway and West End shows ... In the autumn we give a traditional presentation of one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operas ... The Society is always looking to recruit new members. Whether you prefer to sing, act, dance or help backstage, you can expect a very warm welcome from our friendly group. No special musical or dramatic talent is required, just a positive attitude and willingness to join in.'

 

 

Category:Leominster

www.knowlemusicalsociety.co.uk

KMS is an established, successful amateur theatre group, presenting one main production a year ... We are always looking for new members to join our wonderful group. It's not all about treading the boards, but there is a lot of background work which is essential to a good show, such as stage crew, wardrobe, front of house, props to name but a few.’ Held Mid March.

 

www.leamingtonandwarwickmusicalsociety.co.uk

‘Founded in 1921 as Leamington and Warwick Operatic Society, we specialised for many years in presenting early English operettas and the works of Gilbert & Sullivan. By the start of the 1960s, with new Broadway musicals becoming available for amateur companies to perform, the society began to evolve. As the early shows went out of fashion and new ones came in, the audiences began to change ... Our aim is simple. We want to bring our audiences first class musical shows, that live up to our extremely high standards. We have become renowned throughout the local area for the professionalism, skill and joy with which we put on productions.’

leamingtonchamberorchestra.org.uk

'An exceptional orchestra performing in Leamington Spa. Concerts are held 3 times a year at the Town Hall, Leamington Spa.'

www.leamingtonsinfonia.org.uk

‘An amateur symphony orchestra based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, with a membership of about 60 players ... We give three major concerts a year ... The culture is to aim to achieve the highest possible musical standards, within the capability of the members, whilst having fun playing together and giving performances for the benefit of the local community. The orchestra is also well-known for its sociability and takes a pride in including everyone in evenings out, parties, fund-raising activities and cycling weekends, to name but a few.’

 

ledburychoral.btck.co.uk

'Formed in 1962, is a small, friendly group of over 50 dedicated singers ...We present two major concerts a year, and often have other smaller engagements.'

lcbb.org.uk/Wordpress/

‘Formed in 2010 by a group of professional brass players, teachers, and community members with the aim of providing Ledbury with a brass band to represent and support the area both in local events and further afield ... Come and join this very friendly bunch of enthusiastic musicians as we embark on a sensible summer engagement schedule [2017] complemented with our first ever contest. Exciting times are ahead for this band ...’

www.ledburycommunitychoir.co.uk

'Has around 100 members from the town and the local area. We sing a wide variety of music, and we usually put on three major concerts every year, with the proceeds going to local charities ... We would love to see you as a new member, so whether you sing soprano, alto, tenor or bass - come along and see how much fun we have. There are no formal auditions, we ask only that you sing in tune!'

www.leominsterchoralsociety.co.uk

'A long established choir, its origins going back to 1902 - however, in its present form it was re-established in the mid 60s under the guidance of Vernon Thurgood who remained as musical director until he stepped down after 40 years in the post ... Although much of the membership comes from surrounding towns and villages, the Choral Society is very much part of the town ... Carols by Candlelight, a summer concert in May or June and an autumn concert usually in early November, all three in Leominster Priory, form the normal annual programme.'

 

www.lichfieldoperatic.org.uk

'If you are interested in starring on the stage and have experience of amateur dramatics, then please feel free to contact us. We are always looking for talented people of all ages who have an interest in acting. You never know this could be the step you were looking for to propel yourself into a professional role on the stage!'

 

www.lichfieldsinfonia.co.uk

‘The symphony orchestra of the City of Lichfield ... We perform three concerts a year. Our two main concerts, at Lichfield Guildhall in May and November, are normally traditional with an overture, concerto and symphony, whilst our summer concert sees us performing lighter film/show music in a venue outside Lichfield.’

www.ludlowchoral.org.uk

‘Founded in 1858, the Society currently has around 130 members. We are always keen to welcome new people and we do not hold auditions for entry ... We perform in three main concerts each year, in April, July and December ... The choir performs a wide range of music, from the traditional choral repertoire to less familiar earlier and more-modern works ... Rehearsals move quite quickly and it is important that choir members are prepared to devote additional time to learning the works away from weekly rehearsals.’

 

ludlowconcertband.weebly.com

‘We are a non competing local wind band. We play at community, civic and fund raising events in and around South Shropshire.’

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