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Adding New Entries

If you wish to suggest a new Entry to the Directory, simply send me its Title and the URL of its current Website: I will do the rest (I create and maintain all the Entries in the OCR Directory). Note that the prime aim of ‘Open Concerts and Recitals’ is for Entities referenced therein to have Websites (not just Facebook Pages) which allow users to garner up-to-date details of forthcoming concerts and recitals germane to their activities. If such is not the case, I may well not add the Entity - though obviously Entities can occasionally stop maintaining their Websites or stop being involved with concerts and recitals after I have added them in (in which case I will aim to add an ALERT if I am informed or notice it at Review).

All Listings

Appears top right on most pages of Listings of ‘Brief’ Records, toggling with This Category. Primarliy used to produce a collated group of Listings of ‘This Category’ and any Sub-Categories it has. The collated group can then be sorted by  ‘Popular’, ‘Most Visited’, or ‘Recently Added’, as an alternative to the default ‘Alphabetical’ (by Title of Brief Record) / ‘Featured First’. But also, the group of Records can be filtered using a range of parameters: press Filter Listings displayed top left, once you have invoked ‘All Listings’.


The subject classification scheme used has been specially designed for this Directory - with all the caveats that such an attempt implies. The scheme is basically in three Sections. The first comprises what I term the Providers of concerts and recitals - Organizations, Performers, Soloists, Venues - and new Entries to the Directory are first allocated to a Category within one of these areas (their ‘Primary’ Category). The second Section is the EXPLORE Categorization, and the new Entries - as appropriate - are then indexed with one of the places therein: this is their ‘Secondary’ Category.  These two Sections comprise the bulk of the Directory; but there is also a small ‘World of Classical Music’ category as a third Section. You may well not find a Record of interest categorized where you expected! But the Category Headings are all listed in the A-Z of Categories at the top of each Page of the Directory; and they are searchable using the SEARCH the Website Box. There is also the drop-down list of all the Categories in the box headed ‘Categories’.


All the entities I reference will have a community or communities they interact with. But I have tended to restrict use of the ‘Community’ Categories (‘Choirs’, ‘Festivals’, ‘Orchestras and Bands’): either to bodies where, literally, everyone is welcome to participate (e.g. no auditions, just turn up, etc); or to those who place a particular emphasis on working for and with specific communities (e.g. charities); or both. The musical level and sophistication of the offerings also plays a role here. For instance, if a ‘choral society’ or a ‘symphony orchestra’ regularly tackles the big and demanding works, then they would generally be placed in those Categories, rather than in the related ‘community’ Categories.


Where a Description is provided (I do not give Descriptions in the Records relating to Persons), the text is almost always simply 'copied and pasted' from the Organization’s Website. Inevitably, the result will only be a partial portrait. But by reproducing what the body says about itself, rather than making up my own text, I have tried to let the Organization speak for itself, and to avoid making a judgement on its relative value in the world at large. My choice of text inevitably is bound to be subjective, reflecting what I find to be of importance and interest (or just amusing!); and this might well not be what you would have chosen to highlight about the Organization. Naturally, the Organizations themselves are always free to suggest changes to their ‘Descriptions’ in my Directory; and one or two have done.


This is the core of Open Concerts and Recitals and consists of a collection of Records, each Record giving a Description of a single Organization, with a Link to its Website. (There is also a much smaller number of Records relating to Persons, but without Descriptions.)

EXPLORE Concerts and Recitals in the UK

Each Record is cross-referenced to the most precise geographical part of the UK relevant to its entity’s prime field of operation. (Entities which do not have a precise field of operation are simply tagged ‘UK’’.) The geographical parts chosen are arranged in a hierarchy. Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are divided into the official administrative areas currently used by the governments in each country, with the areas gathered together into self-made ‘regions’ so as to map what I do with England. For a few of these (non-English) areas I have further sub-divided into ‘Localities’ (e.g. ‘St Andrews’ within ‘Fife’); but the majority become the reference point for the Field Nearby as well as the Field Area. In contrast, for England, not only have I divided the Country into the nine ‘Regions’ still occasionally used for various purposes. I have also then allocated to each Region its ‘Counties’. Many of these Counties will indeed be current Unitary Authorities, but they also include Metropolitan Areas such as Greater Manchester, Tyne and Wear. (I have also invented ‘Greater Birmingham’.) However, a few of the designations here are now only of historical relevance, but they still seem most appropriate for a venture of this kind (e.g. Avon, Berkshire). London has been sub-divided into five parts characterized in some strategic studies of the capital. These are the English Areas. Then, apart from Isles of Man and Wight, the Areas within England are divided into their own ‘Localities’, the reference points here for Nearby. Inevitably, given the complex current and historical use of local, area, and regional names for parts of the UK, there is no perfect way to divide up the Kingdom, and one just has to make compromises ...

Featured Listings

The most Recent Listings added to the Directory are labelled ‘FEATURED’ and appear first by default in any group of All Listings. Abbreviated Entries of a random subset of the current group of Featured Listings are also displayed under the Heading ‘Recently Added Listings’ (and click SHOW MORE to reveal the complete set of current ‘Featured Listings’).

Filter Listings

You can ‘filter’ a set of All Listings - once created. This is most effectively used to narrow down a generated ‘All Listings’ of particular types of Organizations, Performers, Venues by ‘Country’, ‘Region’, or ‘Area’ (e.g. ‘Choral Societies’ in ‘Wales’) - because for each of those geographical parameters there are drop-down lists of the keywords I use in indexing. However, I have also provided access to other free-text filtering Fields (‘Search’, ‘Title’, ‘Description’), as well as the keyword Field ‘Nearby’: these might occasionally come in useful, I guess. Note that the Filtering facility indeed scans “ALL” the Listings you have invoked, not just the ones displayed on its first page if there is more than one page of ‘All’ Listings. This can be helpful when you are cross-referencing two large Categories whose Listings already extend over several pages (e.g. ‘Orchestras and Bands’ AND ‘London’). The filtering process naturally filters the Google Map icons, as well as the listings themselves.

Google MAP

Where it seems likely it might be helpful, I place an Icon on a Google MAP. For the Organizations this is usually at the address from which the body (primarily) operates; for Performers at the (principal) rehearsal venue I discovered when creating the Record; for Venues at the venue itself - accompanied in the ‘Full’ Record here by the Venue’s postal address. The relevant Map appears at the foot of the ‘Full’ Record. Most Pages of Listings of ‘Brief’ Records include at the top a Map collatiing the Icons of the Records whose brief details are displayed below. (If there is no Map try clicking ‘All Listings’ top right, if present.)  On the Map itself, click the Icon and then ‘Read more’ to Link to the relevant ‘Full’ Record. Naturally, check the Provider’s own Website for an up-to-date location: things may have moved since I created the Record and placed its Icon. I do not systematically check whether its icon location is still appropriate when I Review a Record. However, I would hope that the location will continue to give you at least a rough idea of where the relevant body is based.


Umbrella term used here to encompass the bodies who - directly or indirectly - ‘provide’ concerts and recitals in the UK. Three prime categories: Organizers; Performers; Venues (but also including the restricted category Soloists).


The collection of Fields of data captured for each Organization in the Directory. After clicking a Category heading or carrying out a Search, the system displays a set of 'Brief' Records, sorted and displayed alphanumerically by Record Title. Clicking the Title of a 'Brief' Record displays its 'Full' Record on its own Page. In comparison with its 'Brief' Record a 'Full' Record will contain additional information in the Fields: Website URL checked; Address (where present); Nearby (Tag); Area (Tag); Region (Tag); and Postcode (where present). There is also a collection of icons for Sharing the Record as well as its Google MAP (where provided). And finally - at the foot of the ‘Full’ Record - you can click to the ‘Next’ or ‘Previous’ ‘Full’ Record within its (prime) Category.


I try to maintain a programme of ‘reviewing’ whether the Website (and Facebook Page) Links I provide are still relevant: the Field ‘Website URL checked’ should record the latest date of review for each Record. Note that I do not routinely check whether the other information I capture at Record creation is still accurate - though obviously if I notice (or am informed) that something is amiss, I will rectify it.

This Category

When you link from a Category Name (e.g. ‘England’, ‘Music Festivals’, ‘Singing Groups and Choirs’), the default is to display - and only display - Brief Records of Directory Entries specifically assigned to that (i.e. “this”) Category. Particularly if the Category has one or more Sub-Categories, there might in fact be “No records found”, simply because, indeed, no Entries have been specifically indexed with that (higher-level) Category Name. However, pressing ‘All Listings’ will then reveal all the Entries indexed with Category Names lower down that segment of the overall Categorization - as well of course as any Entries indexed with the Category Name you originally chose. The ‘All Listings’ function (with which ‘This Category’ toggles) provides a number of other useful facilties: see its Entry above.


Field which provides a Link which should normally take you to the ‘official’ Website of the Entity referenced within its Record. This ‘Website’ Field is followed by a second Field Visits to the Website which should record the number of occasions on which users of the Directory have clicked through from the relevant (‘Brief’ or ‘Full’) Record to the Website itself. In the ‘Full’ Record, there is also a Field Website URL checked which should give the latest date when I confirmed that the Link does indeed take you to the Entity’s ‘official’ Website.


Further Glossary Entries to come

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