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(A selection of Category SCOPE NOTES follows the GLOSSARY Entries)

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 the Entities referenced therein to have Websites (not just Facebook Pages); and for the Websites to 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 create a Record for the Entity, or I might just include their Titles in the relevant KEY Records.  Of course, Entities can stop maintaining their Websites and providing details of future events after I have referenced them in the Directory. However, if such Entities seem still committed to keeping their Facebook Pages current, I will usually retain their Titles in the KEY Records, rather than just discard them completely.

All Listings

Appears top right on most pages of Listings of ‘Brief’ Records, toggling with This Category. Primarily 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). 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’.

Alternative LINK

Almost always used for a Link to the Entity’s ‘official’ Facebook Page - where I have been able to discover such, and its Postings and other information seem at least reasonably current. From time to time I replace a Record’s Website LINK with the related Facebook LINK, because the former has become inoperative; and I then place just the Title in the relevant KEY Records. The Entities of newly created Records should always have up-to-date Websites before they are added to the Directory. This is principally a Directory of Websites, not of Facebook Pages.

Category

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’.

Community

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. On the other hand, even if a group of performers offers works at a very high level, if their prime focus is a particular segment of society, I will normally have placed them in one of the ‘Community’ Categories.

Description

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 Entity’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 Entity 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 Entity. Naturally, the Entities themselves are always free to suggest changes to their ‘Descriptions’ in my Directory; and one or two have.

Directory

This is the core of Open Concerts and Recitals and consists of a collection of Records, each Record giving a Description of a single Entity, 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 ...

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.

Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

To Search for the dates of forthcoming Concerts and Recitals in the UK captured for the Directory so far, you could select the Month/Year you are interested in using the parameter labelled ‘Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals’ in ADVANCED SEARCH. The resulting Listings could then be filtered to a Day of the Month by entering its Date in the ‘Search’ Box, using the format e.g. 2019-10-05 (for 5th October 2019). You could also filter the results by Nearby/Area/Region/Country - allowing you to find concerts and recitals offered in particular places on certain dates. For very active concert and recital providers (cf MULTIPLE Concerts and Recitals), I just capture the Month or Months during which they are especially active, rather than each Day within the Month(s). Note that I try only to capture a Date when I sense what is on offer is a relatively formal UK classical music concert or recital open to the public. Thus I tend to ignore: appearances in competitions; events offered as courses or workshops including ‘Come and Sing/Play’ gatherings, lecture-recitals, presentations aimed at introducing classical music to children and other young persons; also, small-scale performances in line-ups at local festivals and gigs; and so on.

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.

KEY Records

These Records are being developed to allow me to include Titles of Organizations, Performers and Venues for which I have not (so far) included a ‘Full’ Record in the Directory. There is a Link to the Entity’s Website (or Facebook Page) from the Title; and the words of each Title will be searchable from the Search Box.

MULTIPLE Concerts and Recitals

Some Providers are offering so many concerts and recitals in their Season(s) that overall it does not seem helpful to try to capture and display each Day within the Month when events are taking place. Instead, I simply register these busy Providers as Featured.

Providers

Umbrella term used here to encompass the bodies who - directly or indirectly - ‘provide’ concerts and recitals in the UK. Three prime sections: Organizers; Performers; Venues (but I have also labelled ‘Providers’ the restricted section Soloists, and the Entries in the World of Classical Music Section).

Recently Added Listings

Click the latest tally of total Listings in the Directory Statistics, then Sort by ‘Recently Added’. Reverse chronological order. Alternatively, check the column of Listings under the Column headed ‘Recent Additions’: brief summaries of the latest 25, which you can expand to fuller Descriptions of the latest 100 at the foot of the Column.

Record

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, complete with Google MAP (where provided). In comparison with its 'Brief' Record a 'Full' Record will contain information in these Fields: Record Reviewed; Address (where present); Area (Tag); Region (Tag); Country (Tag); Postcode (where present); (Date) Record Created; Website VISITS; Listing VIEWS. There is a button to Visit the Entity’s Website and also a collection of icons for Sharing the Record. And finally - at the foot of the ‘Full’ Record - you can click to the ‘Next’ or ‘Previous’ ‘Full’ Record within its (prime) Category.

Review

I try to maintain a programme of ‘reviewing’ whether the Website (and Facebook Page) Links I provide are still relevant. The Field ‘Record Reviewed’ should record the latest date of review for each Record, when I will normally have checked the Links - unless I have already captured dates of forthcoming concerts/recitals for the Record’s Provider at the time of Review.

Sitemap

The LINK appears at the foot of each Website Page and the Map is described in this Record.

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.

Website

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 Website VISITS 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 Record Reviewed which should give the latest date when I confirmed that the Link does indeed take you to the Entity’s ‘official’ Website (though I will often not check the Link(s) at Review if there are still dates to come in the ‘Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals’ Field).

 

SCOPE NOTES

Accordion and Fiddle Clubs (*)

‘The National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs is a national association of clubs dedicated to Scottish traditional dance music. In approx. 70 clubs in Scotland and Northern parts of England, players and audience meet monthly to share their love of this type of music ... Clubs and their members are kept informed through a magazine, Box & Fiddle.’ Also categorized here are a number of Accordion Clubs, generally located in Mid and Southern England.

Cathedral and Church Choirs (+)

Covers choirs in cathedrals and churches, also such as the Oxbridge chapel choirs, which have a significant and distinctive concert and recital programme, separate from and in addition to their worship service roles. I have also included here a number of chamber choirs which focus on singing choral evensong and similar in places of worship - usually whilst the resident choirs are on vacation. The Website Choral Evensong provides a useful overview of activity in this arena.

Choral Societies (+)

‘Choral Societies’ - as distinct here from ‘Chamber Choirs’ and ‘Community Choirs’ - will normally have at least 50 singers and will regularly tackle the large and demanding traditional and modern choral works, often performing with an orchestra and professional soloists. Frequently, though by no means always, membership will entail an audition.

Local Competitive Music Festivals (*)

Most, if not all, of the Festivals referenced here will be Members of the British and International Federation of Festivals whose Festivals’give the opportunity for amateurs to form an appreciation of artistic standards; to perform before a different type of audience; to participate in workshops and masterclasses; to be assessed, encouraged and inspired by active Professional Adjudicators they would not meet in any other way’.

Local Concert Promoters (*)

These, principally, are the concert societies and music clubs which, typically, offer subscription series of recitals running from the autumn through winter to spring. They will usually focus on soloists or small group ensembles (such as string quartets), with leading artists enjoying the intimacy of the occasions and appearing at several venues throughout each season. Many local promoters will be Members of Making Music (check out Group Type ‘Promoter’ under ‘Find a Music Group’) - who ‘fight for the best deals and provide the expertise, networks and support you need to set up, run and thrive as a leisure-time music group’.

Organists’ Associations (*)

In the UK, Local Associations are normally affiliated to the Incorporated Association of Organists whose prime purpose is ‘to help provide education and training relative to organists (playing, interpreting, caring for the organ and so on) and the wider public’. The majority of members of the LAs are associated with the organs found in cathedrals, churches, chapels and other places of workship.

Soloists in UK Concerts and Recitals (=)

A highly selective section, just to give an idea of the variety of Web Sites (and Facebook Pages) offered by Soloists active in concerts and recitals in the UK. I have aimed to choose performers who present attractive and informative Sites, especially if there appears to be a sustained effort to keep their lists of forthcoming events up-to-date. For a comprehensive survey of the leading soloists currently working in the UK classical music industry, see of course the Web Sites of the various Artist Managers and Agencies.

... ETC ETC

Further Glossary (and Scope Note) Entries to come

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