'Formed on 13th September 1996. In response to a great demand from brass musicians in the Martlesham area ... Martlesham Brass is split into 4 bands (beginners, preliminaries, intermediates and main). Most people play in one band only, with new entrants being placed in a band depending on musical ability. No previous experience is required to join Martlesham Brass - all we ask for from our members is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.'


‘On 29 October 1972, a small group of enthusiastic Ipswich musicians walked on stage in the Ipswich Council Chamber to give their first public performance as the Wolsey Chamber Orchestra. We spent the following years performing three concerts per season, always to an exceptionally high standard, often playing challenging modern works which normally only got an airing in London's contemporary music scene. Wolsey Orchestra later developed into a full-scale symphony orchestra pioneering the performance of large scale works, bringing high quality performances to Ipswich audiences of such landmark pieces as Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Firebird and Petrushka ballet scores, Mahler Symphonies Nos. 1, 5 and 8 [Symphony of a Thousand], to select but a few.’


'Founded in 1883, we are a friendly choir who welcome all voices, young and old.'


'A community brass band based in the town of Woodbridge, Suffolk where the band has been in residence since 1846. Available for hire all year round, we play at a wide variety of functions ranging from concerts, beer festivals, weddings, fetes and private parties. During the Christmas season we are often to be seen playing carols in Woodbridge and Ipswich area. During the summer months we can often be found performing in local parks, on seafronts and in bandstands. We have a long tradition of providing free concerts and generally put on four such concerts a year at the Woodbridge Community Hall. These are non-ticket events and well attended by the local community. We are a contesting band that constantly strives to improve our performances and we are proud to represent Woodbridge when we go away to national competitions.'


‘The orchestra’s repertoire is of classical music from across the sixteenth century to the present-day and ranging in character from miniatures to full scale symphonic works. Authentic editions are used whenever possible; special musical arrangements are adopted occasionally to overcome the absence of a particular instrument ...  Players of all standards are welcome without audition subject to available places. Present members range from RSM Grade 3 to full professional qualifications. The main requirement is for members to attend rehearsals regularly and to play in the orchestra’s ”at home” concerts.’


'Music at Woodbridge School is nationally regarded as exceptional. Many pupils regularly train and perform with some of the UK’s most prestigious youth orchestras and choirs. Yet music is not an elite activity at Woodbridge – the emphasis is on enjoyment and involvement for all. The ethos of Woodbridge’s music department is based around the classical repertoire, but there are many opportunities for pupils to play other styles of music such as rock, jazz and swing ... Through all of the musical activity within the music school, the School performs a pupil-led programme of over 60 concerts every year.'

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