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‘Established in 2004, Blackdowns Early Music Projects were principally conceived to draw together groups of experienced singers to work under the expert guidance of specialist music directors on programmes of infrequently performed early music (mostly pre 1720). Singers are invited from all over Europe and the UK to spend 3 or 4 days working together on music that is usually performed in a suitable venue in or around the Blackdown Hills, bridging the Somerset / Devon borders. Frequently the music is accompanied by specialist early music instrumentalists. The resulting choral concerts have become a mainstream event in the calendar for anyone who loves renaissance or baroque vocal music.’

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'World-class classical music in a Somerset village ... Programmes are based on classical repertoire ranging from early music through classical (Bach, Mozart, etc.), to 21st century works, and are always varied and interesting. A wide range of professional artists, ranging from string quartets and wind ensembles to duos and solo recitalists, perform a diverse range of music to suit all tastes.'

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'The National Centre for Folk Arts at Halsway Manor is a charity and the only residential centre in the world concentrating on the varied folk heritage of England. Nestling in the Quantock Hills within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it hosts courses, events and projects within this unique and magical setting ... It hosts over 340 days of residential and outreach activity every year covering all facets of folk arts from instrumental music, song and dance to traditional storytelling, crafts and instrument making.'

Also indexedNational Centre for Folk Arts
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'Glorious music in the calm and beautiful candle lit setting of St Michaels Church. Exceptional acoustics, bar and a warm welcome ... come and join us.'

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‘Reprsents the collective interests of community arts groups and organisations in and around the area. TAPA is a member of Arts Taunton and liaises with Taunton Deane Borough Council on behalf of its membership.’

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‘The Festival exists to encourage and promote the performance and enjoyment of arts. Aiming particularly, but not exclusively, at young people it provides a challenge and a unique opportunity to perform in a competitive and non-competitive situation in front of adjudicators, all experienced professionals, offering teaching at the highest level. Music classes are held in piano, strings, woodwind, brass, recorders, composition and vocal.’ Held Early March.

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'When you have something special there is no greater joy than to share it and that is exactly the aim of Apple County Chorus. Women of all ages and occupations are drawn together by a love of singing and the friendship found within the Chorus. Apple County Chorus is very popular in the Somerset area and frequently requested to sing at Charity Events, Shows, Functions, National Celebrations and around the Christmas Tree.'

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‘A chamber choir based in Somerset. We have developed a reputation for excellent performances of interesting programmes which challenge singers, players and audiences alike. Our vocal repertoire spans from the eleventh century to the present day, including several first modern performances of Baroque works, as well as projects involving collaborations with musicians from recognised professional period ensembles.’

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‘Founded in 1955 by a small group of church music enthusiasts, whose aim was to bring to the churches of Somerset part of the choral heritage of the Church of England. The choir was first known as the Rural Church Singers. They became well-known to many small country congregations to whom they travelled to sing Choral Evensong ... Our mission remains: to maintain access to the cathedral musical tradition for those whose resources or style of worship would not otherwise provide that opportunity. Most members live in the Wellington/Taunton areas. We generally sing two or three services in locations within reasonable travel distance from Taunton ... We also sing services in cathedrals up and down the land.’

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‘Allowing ordinary singers to do extraordinary things! ... We are an all male acapella (unaccompanied) harmony chorus, about 50 members strong, based in Taunton, Somerset ... Our aim is to encourage the enjoyment of singing through a continuous high quality educational barbershop singing programme. We are the only chorus of its type in Somerset. We perform at concerts, weddings, birthdays and anniversaries.’

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Formed 1984: ‘Since its foundation, the choir has established an enviable reputation for the quality of its concerts, presenting its audience not only with impressive programmes of varied and innovative repertoire, but also attracting the highest calibre of musicians to perform in Somerset ... The choir stages two annual concerts: one at Wells Cathedral in summer and one at King’s College Chapel, Taunton in winter. The choir’s size of around 60-70 singers means it can tackle a wide range of works, from a cappella renaissance polyphony, through baroque and classical music, to large-scale 20th century works with orchestra. The choir does not hold weekly rehearsals: it meets for six weekends per year (mainly in school and university holiday periods) to prepare intensively for these concerts. This makes it possible for people who have roots in Somerset, but work or study elsewhere, to be full members of the choir’.

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‘We are based in Taunton and are made up of both amateur and professional players ... and we give three or four concerts a year covering a wide ranging repertoire ... If you are interested in joining the SCO as a player, please contact the Secretary ... Members are invited to play in each concert by the Committee in consultation with the concert conductor and usually through section co-ordinators.’

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Founded 1992: ‘A Taunton based women's singing group who have a varied repertoire arranged in 4 part harmony (A capella) ... We welcome visitors at any time! Call in to see us – you can just listen or join in ... If you decide you would like to join us we will support you with fast-track teach recordings, easy to access music and high quality vocal tuition with a stimulating programme of music every week. Not only will your vocal and performance ability improve but you will see your confidence improve dramatically. In addition, you will have a ready-made new group of friends that will stay with you for a long, long time’.

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Founded 1974: ‘We are a registered charity and based in Taunton. We mount our own productions performed by our own members and regularly welcome guests who, once they appear, often return. Our main opera production each year is invariably performed in full costume with orchestra. In addition we sing concert performances of operas and choral works and, as SOG on Tour, perform across the county in forms ranging from complete G&S productions to concert parties‘.

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‘Formed in 1900, Taunton Amateur Operatic Society (TAOS) has celebrated over 100 years of consistent musical theatre and as such is one of the oldest operatic societies in existence. The Society is a consistent winner of both NODA and Rose Bowl awards and is a great stepping-stone for those who wish to join the professional theatre world. In the words of our local NODA representative, TAOS is “HOT HOT HOT”!’

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‘The largest and oldest choir in Taunton with a membership of around eighty singers, coming from all walks of life and with a range of musical abilities. Our aim is to provide audiences in Taunton and its environs with access to high quality choral music which is both local and affordable.  Our season starts in September and we usually perform concerts in autumn, spring and summer, offering a mixture of sacred and secular works in a range of musical styles and periods.‘

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‘Entertaining Male Voice Choir. Helps to raise funds for local charities. Great camaraderie amongst the members. Singing is good for your health.‘

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‘A small chamber group which performs on average five times a year, usually at local churches ... The Sinfonietta employs a range of soloists, aiming to encourage younger performers as often as possible. To this end, the winner of the Taunton Young Musician Competition performs with the orchestra as part of their prize. The orchestra is also happy to premier works by local composers. Programmes are varied and include pieces from the baroque, classical, romantic and more modern periods.‘

Also indexedTaunton Young Musician Competition
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‘An amateur choir, established in 1940 but with its roots in the mid-nineteenth century ... Our members are mainly drawn from Wellington and the surrounding parishes. There are currently around eighty members and our repertoire runs from the baroque and classical periods to the present day. We perform two main concerts each year with professional soloists and orchestra, in late November and late March, and these are usually held in St John’s Church, Wellington.

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‘A long-established, Taunton-based mixed voice choir with approximately 40 members.

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Chamber Music Weekends and occasional other concerts and recitals.

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