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This Website is primarily a Directory of Websites offering details of forthcoming classical music concerts and recitals in the UK. The events listed on the Websites will almost always be 'open to all' - though of course attendance at the majority will be priced or at the least encourage a donation. I have divided the generators of the Websites into three main groups: the bodies directly or indirectly responsible for the organization of concerts and recitals; the groups of people who are the performers therein; the various venues where the events take place. There are also two smaller selective sections of Links to Websites: the first referencing soloists who regularly perform at concerts and recitals in the UK; the second the participants who provide the infrastructure of the world of classical music.

Each Directory Entry in the three main sections is then cross-referenced to the locality, area, region of the UK where the organizers, performers and venues are principally operative - with a Google Map icon aiming to pinpoint where the relevant activity usually takes place, unless the latter does not seem to be helpful or would be meaningless. Note that the performers icon is normally placed at the rehearsal venue discovered when the relevant Record was created (or updated): many performers - perhaps most - deliver their concerts and recitals at a variety of venues (the Websites of which venues can often be discovered via my 'Venues' section). In any case, you only have to click on the Link to the relevant Website to discover the current state of play.

I guess the main objective of my Directory is to encourage you to explore the really quite remarkable range, quantity and quality of classical music related activity which is taking place day in and day out throughout the various parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In our social media driven world it is very easy - I would argue too easy - continually to be funnelled on to Websites (and Facebook etc pages) which everyone else is looking at; rather than allowing yourself just occasionally to discover ones which - you never know - ultimately might turn out to be surprisingly fulfilling.

Finally inevitably I must add that:

* I am NOT responsible for the content of the Websites (and Facebook pages) whose URLs I cite

* This is NOT a commercial service and no guarantees express or implicit are offered

 

THE COMPILER

Ray Lester was School Organist for his last two years at Manchester Grammar School following which he graduated in Chemistry and took a PhD in Chemical Pathology. He worked for the multinational company Unilever as an information scientist/systems analyst, then as a Librarian at the University of Bradford, University College London, Queen Elizabeth College, and the London Business School - where he spent 15 years, eventually becoming Director of Information Systems in charge of its library, computing and networking systems. He then decided to move back into science for the last 6 years of his working life, taking a similar job at The Natural History Museum. He retired in 2002, subsequently being Editor-in-Chief for two volumes of a reference work The New Walford.

Ray has created and maintains this Website simply as an interesting challenge - and because he likes going to concerts and recitals ! This is a personal interest website - as are two similar Websites set-up during the last few years: Open Lectures and Talks and Open Paths and Trails.

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