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

- Midwest Big Band

- Swindon Concert Band

- Swindon Symphony Orchestra

- Town Gardens Bandstand South Swindon

- Wyvern Theatre & Arts Centre

 

! Swindon KEY

'If you enjoy playing an instrument, acting, singing or all kinds of speaking in public we have opportunities for you to perform in public and gain invaluable feedback on your work.’ Organized in two parts: ‘ Held Mid November.

 

 

* Royal Wootton Bassett Arts Festival

’Founded by Ted & Ivy Poole and friends in 1960, the club (formerly Swindon Folksingers’ Club) has a long history of keeping traditional music alive in this busy town in north-west Wiltshire. From its beginnings in the folk revival, the club has seen Swindon’s character change from railway town to a modern centre of new technology and financial services; but through it all, Swindon Folk Club has remained as a friendly, relaxed and welcoming place where anyone can come and sing, play or listen.‘

 

* Swindon Folk Club
Also indexedSwindon Folksingers’ Club
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A not-for-profit association of over 50 self-employed specialist music teachers. We provide a wide range of instrumental and vocal tuition in the Swindon area, working in over 70 local schools and colleges, as well as providing out-of-school tuition to both young people and adults.‘

 

‘The Festival encourages entries from all ages and offers classes for the under 8s up to the mature voice (upper age no limit!). We also offer a wide range of classes including Choirs, Church Choir, Church Organ, Vocal, Pianoforte, Strings, Woodwind, Guitar, Brass, Keyboard, Ensembles and Composition.’ Held Mid March.

 

Swindon Music Service (SMS) is an organisation of associated tutors who work with schools delivering the majority of the Core Roles within the National Plan for Music Education and are the major supplier of music education hub when delivering services in Swindon schools.‘

 

* Swindon Music Service
Also indexedMake Music Swindon

‘A professional chamber music recital series based in Swindon, Wiltshire. We are unique in providing regular, high quality, professionally performed chamber music to audiences within the Swindon area, at affordable and inclusive ticket prices, as well as undertaking a number of educational events every season ... The Music Of Renown Ensemble ('MORE') is an ensemble of professional musicians associated with the Swindon Recital Series from which many of our performers are drawn.‘

 

* Swindon Recital Series
Also indexedMusic of Renown Ensemble
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Started in 1974 ... Met at a Highworth pub, The White Horse Inn, though in fact the club took its name from the Vale of the White Horse ... The club starts at 8pm every first and third Wednesday of the month at the Church Room, and the format allows for plenty of floor singers even on nights with a guest performer.'

 

* White Horse Folk Club [Highworth]

‘Formed in 2000 and formerly known as NUBISS (the New University of Bath In Swindon Singers). We are a chamber choir of between 25 and 30 singers who enjoy getting together to rehearse and perform both accompanied and unaccompanied music, encompassing sacred and secular works. We perform around three concert programmes anually in the Avebury, Swindon and Marlborough area, plus at least two Christmas carol celebrations each year. Each concert we aim to provide a large central choral item, either unaccompanied or with organ, and supported by smaller motets, madrigals and part songs.’

 

+ Avebury Vocal Ensemble

‘Encourages young players into the Brass Band movement from Swindon and the surrounding area ... The band are always looking for new players to join, whatever standard. The Rising Stars band includes members who have only been playing for a few months and the Youth Band includes players who are currently practicing for their diplomas ... If you are 18 or younger and would like to start learning to play a brass instrument, here is your chance! We can usually provide an instrument (stock of specific instruments will vary) and basic tuition and professional help on a Saturday morning will be given.’

 

Founded 1978: ‘Our concert season runs from September to July, consisting of three main concerts: a Christmas performance with seasonal works and traditional carols; a Spring concert which tends to be our “big” concert of the year featuring larger-scale works; and the Summer event, at which we take the opportunity to sing more light-hearted music in a “song & supper” atmosphere ... We sing with professional orchestras and soloists, but in many cases draw soloists from our own ranks’.

 

+ Highworth Choral Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Like no other choir you will ever have seen before ... the Choir delivers songs from its vast repertoire with energy, passion,movement and style! From blues to ballads, showstoppers to swing, and classics to chart toppers, the Choir creates a sound that can take your breath away. Then one of the many talented soloists will step forward to deliver a performance that would take some beating on the West End stage. Many of the songs featured have been specially arranged for Kentwood by both local and nationally acclaimed musicians.’

 

+ Kentwood Show Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a community choir and our aim is to derive pleasure from making music amongst friends and to perform concerts of a wide range of music three times a year. The choir’s repertoire is based in the classical choral tradition but encompasses a wide range of music from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century, including much newly written music ... In keeping with the choir’s philosophy, solo parts have always been taken by singers from within the choir’s own ranks and concerts have frequently involved small-group and solo vocal contributions as well as a variety of instrumental items.’

 

 

+ Royal Wootton Bassett Choral Society

‘A friendly, fully inclusive orchestra since 1982 ... welcoming members from all walks of life, of all ages. Several of our members have been with the Orchestra for more than 25 years! Younger players often come and go, joining from school, leaving when they enter further education, but rejoining us as guests or full time players when they return to the area. We play a range of music centred around two major concerts a year and an open rehearsal.’

 

+ Royal Wootton Bassett Orchestra
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘SALOS, Swindon's Premier Musical Theatre Company, has played an important role within the town's Arts scene since it was formed in 1951. SALOS presents an annual musical at Swindon's modern, yet intimate, Wyvern Theatre, as well as other concerts throughout the year.  We are a society and therefore have a regular membership comprising of members who are involved both on and off stage; the society is always keen to hear from people interested in joining our membership.’

 

 

+ SALOS
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Initially developed as an extension of Swindon Young Musician's Youth Brass Band in 1982, to provide an outlet for band members who were over eighteen years of age. In January 1986 the band registered as Swindon Youth Brass to enable them to contest. The band continued to function under the auspices of Swindon Young Musician's until 1991 when, the band became known as Swindon Band ... In early 1992 the band competed in the Regional Championships, and we have competed ever since. We were fortunate to be awarded a National Lottery grant for a new set of instruments.’

 

‘We are a Society of about a hundred and ten amateur singers who stage, on average, four choral concerts in and around Swindon each year and ... have performed most of the major choral repertoire, as well as a number of specially-commissioned works ... We particularly welcome enquiries from singers who possess pleasant, musical voices and who can show enthusiasm and commitment. Previous choral experience would be an advantage and there would be a brief, informal audition during your first term ... The Society also incorporates the Swindon Chorale, an increasingly active and dedicated group providing sacred and secular music by request for weddings, funerals, fund-raising concerts for ourselves and others, together with other events.‘

 

+ Swindon Choral Society
Also indexedSwindon Chorale
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘WS Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan collaborated on fourteen comic operas between 1871 and 1896. Since 1969 the Swindon Gilbert and Sullivan Society have been performing their works to audiences in and around Swindon and beyond. We are an amateur performing society consisting of an enthusiastic and talented pool of people of all ages who pride themselves on bringing these works to life for modern audiences.‘

 

+ Swindon Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘In 1919, the Great Western Railway Running Sheds Male Voice Choir was formed from workers of the traditional Swindon Steam Railway Works. Subsequently the Choir has become known as the Swindon Male Voice Choir. Through the years, Swindon’s longest established choir has maintained it’s pride in a high standard of both singing professionalism and competition acclaim. It has produced a pedigree from high profile concert performances.’

 

‘Contesting band based around Stratton in Swindon ... the oldest established musical organisation in Swindon, tracing its heritage back to the early 1900s ... The Band perform a varied calender of contests and concerts throughout the year ... New learners and returners of any age are welcome at Swindon Pegasus School of Brass. We rehearse in the band hall on Saturday mornings and provide free instruments and tuition. We do a number of concerts through the year independently and together with Pegasus. Volunteer tutors from Pegasus and other local bands lead and support the sessions.‘

 

+ Swindon Pegasus Brass Band
Also indexedSwindon Pegasus School of Brass

Formed 2001: ‘We are ambassadors for song, inviting and encouraging men of all ages to discover the joy, health benefits, and social inclusive pastime of singing together. We run outreach projects with schools and colleges, support local causes and national charities, and we have a jolly good time while we're doing it! We're a registered charity and a highly collaborative organization - we'd like to hear from you if you think we can work together!’

 

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