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Held Late July: 'Has rapidly established itself as one of the largest and most exciting events in the cellists’ calendar. Conceived in 2005 by Aboyne resident and cellist Myrtle Watt, the festival attracts students from all over the UK, as well as from Canada, Germany and South Africa. Our three inspiring tutors are also all top level performers, and the public face of the Festival – a series of 6 concerts in 8 days, is built round them ... The concerts take place in Aboyne, Tarland, Finzean and at Woodend Barn in Banchory.'

 

‘A jam packed programme of the some of the world’s most talented guitarists! ... This annual event remains fresh and vibrant with sell out performances every year.’ Held Early April.

 

Bringing ‘some of the world’s finest pianists and keyboard players to Birmingham. Performances will take place in the University of Birmingham’s world class concert halls in the Bramall Music Building and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts’. Held Early November.

 

Also indexedUniversity of Birmingham

‘Over the weekend of the 7th to 9th July [2017], the inaugural BrassFestUK event was held. Over 130 brass bands across Great Britain performed to members of the public to show the country just how wonderful the sound of a brass band is. BrassFestUK was a project that set out to encourage as many brass bands as possible to head out to the local bandstand, park, market square, pub garden, or anywhere really, to go and perform to the public. Each band performed the commissioned piece for the event, “The Spirit of Brass”, which was composed by Gavin Somerset. More than 3,000 bandsmen and women played to an estimated audience in excess of 10,000 people over the 3 days.’ [Brass Band World] Held Early July.

 

‘The Cardiff Guitar Festival team is committed to inspiring a real enthusiasm for music making in guitarists young and old. With our annual festival of outstanding professional concerts, and inspiring workshops we aim to provide the best possible experience for our participants ... All participants get FREE access to each of our six outstanding professional concerts included in their festival pass.‘ Held Late July.

 

‘CM took place in Houston, Texas for 14 years and is now moving to England! [2020]... ”Classical Minds” Guitar Festival seeks to promote fine arts, music education as well as fostering artistic growth and creativity through the classical guitar while creating a sense of community for professionals and aficionados alike.‘ Held Mid March.

 

'Annual celebration and gathering of musical talents. Every Easter we bring harpists from across the globe together to rub shoulders with you, the audience.' The Festival is organized by The Clarsach Society.

 

Also indexedClarsach Society

'Celebrates the glorious sound of wind, brass and percussion. Building on the successful format of the St Andrews Brass Festival Fringe of Gold mixes international performers with University students and staff, as well as musicians from across Fife.' Held Mid November.

 

Also indexedSt Andrews Brass Festival

Founded 2013: ‘Each year, over the three days, we present afternoon and evening concerts, plus lunchtime recitals, given by performers of national and international renown. It is also important to us to showcase talented local amateur pianists and to put on events aimed at people of all ages, including an annual children’s concert’. Held Mid April.

 

‘The most significant event in the IAO calendar is the Music Festival, which offers a wonderful opportunity for members and guests to gather and enjoy a varied programme of concerts, lectures, masterclasses, and visits to local points of interest. The festival aims to feature the organ, and place it within its wider classical musical context. Recent festivals were held in Bath and Oxford and received plaudits for their musical and historical qualities, as well as their warm and friendly atmosphere.’ The Association has also co-sponsored OrganFest together with the British Institute of Organ Studies and Royal College of Organists.

 

Also indexedOrganFest

'Every year we organise probably the biggest non-competitive celebration of brass band music in England. The Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival takes place annually over one weekend In July and entry is absolutely free of charge in the daytime on both Saturday and Sunday.'

 

The Festival is organized by Leeds Cathedral in the Diocese of Leeds: 'Organists young and old will have the opportunity to hear, meet and perform alongside renowned international concert organists who will join the local resident team. A range of music from Bach to theatre organ repertoire will be played on the Cathedral’s magnificent Klais organ, with other events in Huddersfield and Ossett, showcasing some of the finest instruments in West Yorkshire'. Held May - July.

 

Held Late October‘London’s most prestigious guitar festival with a wonderful series of concerts, international artist debuts, our Young Artist Platform, new music commissions, workshops and foyer events at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Milton Court Concert Hall, Kings Place and St James’ Church Piccadilly.’

 

‘A festival experience, in celebration of the saxophone through concerts, film, workshops and more. Bringing together lovers of the saxophone, worldwide musicians, music fans and students alike. This pioneering festival is for Londoners and visitors to celebrate, appreciate and learn more about the saxophone.’ Held Late May - Early June.

 

'Welcome to Organ Festival Canada: Hamilton 2021, the first virtual RCCO festival. Although this format is new to all of us, you will find that it includes many of the experiences we have all enjoyed at in-person festivals. Additionally, we are very pleased to offer an international flavour with performances from New York, Houston, and Cambridge, as well as Coventry and St. Albans Cathedrals. Our dynamic programme features world-class organists, award-winning choirs, engaging clinicians, and chances to socialise with your colleagues.'  8-13 August 2021 : ONLINE.

Also indexedRoyal Canadian College of Organists

'Our Bands, who are not competing with each other at Pershore Midsummer Brass, choose their own programme. There are those who meet to make excellent music to entertain as well as those who have enjoyed success in the highest competitions in the country.' Held Early July.

 

'One of the leading events in the musical calendar, taking in concerts, masterclasses and lectures.' Held Mid November.'

 

'Established in 1987 and since 1991 has been an annual event. The festival is keenly anticipated by piano music lovers, not only throughout the North West of England, but much further afield, many of whom return year after year ... Our list of performers over the years reads like a “who’s who” of classical pianists, including Moura Lympany ...' Held in July.

 

Also indexedBlackburn International Music Festival

‘The cast list for the RNCM Brass Band Festival reads like a “who’s who” of the best that the brass band world has to offer ... World class soloists ... Leading brass bands ... as well as a focus on youth bands and young performers and creators, including ... RNCM’s own outstanding brass bands and ensembles.’ Held Late January.

 

'Arguably the world’s leading organ competition. Its roll-call of past prize-winners includes many of today’s most influential organists. For two weeks our biennial festival celebrates organs and a lot more besides. Our diverse mix of large-scale and intimate concerts, talks, workshops, art exhibitions and fringe events offers something for everyone and complements the St Albans International Organ Competition itself. Events are centred around the magnificent Norman cathedral of St Albans and spread out all around this beautiful historic city. Important venues in London host additional competition rounds and performances.' Held biennially Mid July [2019] - but supplemented by a Saturday Organ Concert Series in between.

 

Live Music Internationally renowned ukulele players will entertain and delight you all weekend ... Workshops Learn the basics of playing the ukulele or advance your technique with the professionals ... Jam Sessions Play your ukulele, sing and enjoy each others company at this stunning venue.’ Held Late May.

 

'So why is the UGF so special? Perhaps it’s the mix of music old and new, of electric and acoustic, of steel and nylon, of seasoned performers and those, like the students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, just starting out on their careers. Perhaps it’s the location on Loch Broom and the drive up through some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. Perhaps it’s the informal air of the whole weekend: there’s no “us and them”, no VIP area. Everyone mingles, and you’re likely to find yourself sitting beside a guitar legend in the Festival Club – or even jamming with them on one of the trade stands ...' Held Early October.

 

Annual Festival organized by the charity Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias. Held Early April.

 

West Dean College once again offers the celebrated International Guitar Festival in the idyllic and relaxing surroundings which make this the perfect setting for concerts, lessons, masterclasses and ensemble coaching ... We have an exciting series of evening recitals by international concert artists, specialising in both solo and duo repertoire ... Concerts are included for those taking part in the festival and can also be booked separately by the public.’ Held Late August.

 

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