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'The object of the Festival shall be to advance the education of the public in the Art, and in particular the Arts of Music, Singing and Drama, by the promoting of annual competitions.' Held During May.

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'Music on Sea is the strategic lead organisation for the Music Service and Music Education Hub of Southend on Sea. Music on Sea supports schools to provide outstanding teaching and learning across the curriculum; delivers good quality individual and group instrumental tuition and instrument hire service alongside providing exciting ensemble and performance opportunities.'

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Also indexedSouthend Music Education Hub | Southend Music Services
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‘Most music societies engage visiting professional musicians to perform at their concerts, but at ours it is the members themselves who play the music. We encourage all ages and levels of ability and many enjoy the opportunity to get together with like-minded people to enjoy playing music together. But performing at our concerts is not compulsory!  The majority just come to listen.  Most concerts contain a wide range of music types, composers and ensembles. Everyone is welcome.’

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‘An annual competitive festival of music and drama, founded in 1911. The Festival runs every day for a fortnight in November, and has classes for all ages and abilities in the following sections: * Singing; * Piano; * Woodwind & Brass; * Strings; * Speech & Drama.’

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Objectives are: Promote the appreciation of the Arts; Encourage the foundation of new and assist in the development of established charitable societies, clubs and other organisations within Southend On Sea; To act as a co-ordinating body for such organisations; To act as a link between them and Southend Borough Council.

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‘We are a UK Charity. Our aim is to preserve, promote and celebrate the causes of jazz in the UK and beyond. We also interview musicians and other jazz icons! ... “People have died for jazz" said the legendary trumpeter John Birks 'Dizzy’ Gillespie" - and you still have a problem calling it 'serious music?'" The great British tenorist Alan Skidmore echoed the thought on a recent visit to 'The Jazz Centre (UK)'. "I've given six decades of my life to this art-form" he said " - and I appreciate its full celebration in words and deeds". Our Trustees believe him. And while we have a long way to go we believe that “The Jazz Centre (UK)” can soon remove the brackets from its last two letters.’

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‘The Essex Concert Orchestra performs popular programmes three or four times a year. Works included in the programmes are typically preceded by a short verbal analysis presented by the conductor, during which sections of the Orchestra may play selected excerpts before the performance in full. This has become the Orchestra’s popular characteristic style of performance. The Orchestra is a “not for profits” organisation and, as such, occasionally makes donations to charities ... It is also seen as a high calibre semi-professional orchestral body ... made up of top musicians from the Essex area. These individuals include professional performers, students at prominent London and Essex music colleges, and local music teachers.’

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‘A chamber choir of about 28 voices, based in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Since we were founded in 1988 we have grown from strength to strength and have developed a reputation as one of the elite choirs of Essex. We sing a wide range of music, from the middle ages to the present day, unaccompanied and accompanied by piano, organ or orchestra, but we are particularly noted for our unaccompanied a cappella singing, be that Byrd, Bach, Stanford or Cole Porter.’

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Founded 1974: ‘SEYSO is a cross-schools organisation set up to give aspiring young musicians all manner of orchestral training and the thrill of participating and performing in a full symphony orchestra ... A series of monthly workshops, three substantive annual courses and major public performances ... There is a friendly and relaxed social atmosphere over a wide age range. (Over 18s can remain members as long as they are in further education.)‘.

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‘Highly respected children's choirs drawing from the Southend area performing in major London venues and overseas. Regular broadcasts and recordings ... Southend Boys' and Girls' Choirs always welcome new members, and the start of the term is an ideal time to join, and remember there are no joining or membership fees for any of the Southend Choirs. The choirs cater for all ages and experiences, from the youngest Step Up Choir to the 4 – part harmony senior choirs.‘

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Also indexedSouthend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs
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‘Formed in 1943 at the request of the Essex County Welfare Committee for the recreation of Service personnel. The Choir consists of about 100 Singers, mixed voices, with ages ranging from 16 to 90, and offers a warm welcome to all newcomers. The Choir usually presents 4 concerts each year, two with the Southend Concert Orchestra, A Summer Concert with soloists, and a Family Christmas Concert with a Children's Choir and a Brass band, usually the Southend Band.’

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'Founded in 1890 and research concludes that probably only six societies in the whole of the country came into existence before that year and still survive. These are based in Brighton, Evesham, Paignton, Settle, Spalding and Tunbridge Wells ... The SODS have two paramount and parallel responsibilities: they have to provide the audiences with productions which are consistently of the highest possible standard and at the same time provide all the members with a hobby which is both rewarding and enjoyable ... Every artistic aspect has always been firmly underpinned by strong organisational, financial and stage management and the Society has now evolved into a business – it is only “amateur” in as much as the cast are not paid! Accordingly, the continuing success of the Society in three centuries is every bit as much thanks to a succession of committed and unsung administrators as to its performers on stage ...'

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‘Was formed as an association in 1921 from the orchestral section of the Westcliff Operatic and Dramatic Society. The aims of the orchestra were, and remain to this day "to perform, for the benefit of members and friends, the works of the Great Masters as created in Overtures, Symphonies and Concertos for Solo Instruments". There were few opportunities at this time to hear such works outside of London, other than that performed by Military Bands.​‘

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'Formed in April 2002 ... A minimum entry of grade 6 standard for rank and file players, with at least grade 8 for principals was established. Since then, many talented young players have been encouraged to join the band along with more experienced musicians, boosting membership to 50. The players come from a broad range of backgrounds, ranging from full-time students, to peripatetic music teachers, people working full-time in other professions and those close to or even in retirement.'

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Founded ‘as a training orchestra for the young people of Southend, playing alongside more proficient adult musicians. Over the years, we have evolved to include players of all ages, some returning to playing after a number of years. Today we still hold true to our founding principles, with a mixture of all ages playing and improving together. We play a wide range of music ranging from classical to film music, aiming for 4 performances each year. We welcome new players of around Grade 3 and above’.

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‘Come along to the Southend Bandstand in Priory Park for free concerts performed by a number of talented musicians from across the county and further afield. Performances are every weekend from April 1st - September 30th.’

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