‘A professional trade association representing and advocating for the voice of American Roots music in the UK. Our membership comprises musicians, both from the UK and overseas, plus professionals from all sectors of the music industry, such as agents, promoters, venues, festivals, labels, distributors, retailers, management, touring, journalists, broadcasters and publicists.’


'The mission of ACMP - Associated Chamber Music Players - is to stimulate and expand the playing of chamber music for pleasure among musicians worldwide, of all backgrounds, ages and skill levels, by connecting people and supporting chamber music activities for individuals, groups and institutions.'


'The only UK organisation which is devoted entirely to supporting those leading choral music, both amateur and professional. We are committed to promoting, improving and maintaining opportunities for the professional development of all those leading singing of any kind, whether in the classroom or in the community. Our 800+ members represent nearly 2000 choral groups and include teachers, composers, singers and students, leading singing of all kinds. We run an extensive programme of courses and workshops, which cater for leaders of all kinds of singing, age groups and experience using a network of the best choral leadership trainers in the country.'


'The national body representing the collective interests of professional orchestras, youth ensembles and the wider classical music industry throughout the UK. Our mission is to enable and support an innovative, collaborative and sustainable orchestral sector by providing advice, support, intelligence and information to the people who make British orchestras a global success.'


'The members comprise performers, teachers and those with an interest in our core aim, which is "to encourage the communication of English words, in singing and speech, with clarity, understanding and imagination".'


‘A membership group of like-minded festival and event managers who believe in learning and teaching, sharing and networking to continuously improve the festival scene. Created in 1987 with a small gathering of people working in the community festival business, it now has over 250 members who exchange ideas and support one another to help develop our sector.’


Founded 1949: ‘Aims to promote, develop and maintain public education in and appreciation of the art and science of music and in particular Gaelic Choral Music. It was formed purely as a representative body seeking to further the interests of all Gaelic Choirs. It is a governing body and does not interfere in any way whatsoever with the management or work of any individual choir.’


‘A trade body established in 1999 to provide a collective voice for the UK’s independent music industry. AIM represents over 800 member companies, from the largest and most respected labels in the World, to small start-ups and individual artists releasing their own music for the first time. AIM promotes this exciting and diverse sector globally and provides a range of services to members, enabling member companies to grow, grasp new opportunities and break into new markets.’


‘Accreditation and development body for the ART Training Scheme and Learning the Ropes, on a mission to improve the learning experience of new ringers ... Our Purpose To develop and support the delivery, integrity, and standards in the teaching, instruction and education in the art of change ringing.’


‘Founded in 1975 to promote a wider understanding of all aspects of the teaching of singing. We create opportunities which bring together teachers from all over the world. All AOTOS activities and services are open to members specialising in teaching any expression of song: from classical, through music theatre and folk, to jazz, rock and gospel; privately or in school, college or conservatoire.’


Music, Dance and Speech: 'For nearly 100 years, we have been supporting community festivals to provide local opportunities for young performers. We support almost 300 festivals across the UK & Ireland and beyond’.


‘A vibrant membership organisation founded in December 1969, covering the widest span of arts and science festivals in the UK. Our members include a huge range of genres including performing arts, literature, music, visual arts and outdoor arts. These include many of the large international cultural events, such as the Edinburgh International Festival and Cheltenham Festivals, through to small dynamic festivals such as the Corsham Festival and volunteer run festivals like Frome Festival and Proms at St Jude's.’


'The professional body for music therapy in the UK, providing both practitioners and non-practitioners with information, professional support, and training opportunities. It is also a charity committed to promoting and raising awareness of music therapy, and providing information to the general public.'


‘A healthcare charity giving medical advice to people working and studying in the performing arts. BAPAM help you overcome (and preferably avoid) work-related health problems, and we are dedicated to sharing knowledge about healthy practice.’


‘A registered charity supporting male barbershop singing in the UK. We are the largest barbershop organisation outside of North America, and have 60 registered choruses (choirs) and over 100 registered barbershop quartets. More and more people are experiencing the thrill and excitement of singing harmony in the distinctive barbershop style, which has resulted in a significant increase in the membership of our association. They all share the joy of singing - but it’s the harmony that makes the difference!’


‘The wind band/ ensemble is arguably the fastest growing medium in “classical” music-making over the last 50 years. Much of this growth is due to the tremendous popularity of wind instruments in schools - Government research proves that wind bands have 25% more members within LEA Music Services than orchestras. Brass bands, string orchestras and other ensembles lag further behind. Many young musicians then progress to further study within conservatoires and universities, the majority of whom have active wind ensemble programmes. Others join the military music services - the Army validly claims to be the largest employer of classical musicians in the UK - which are of course focused around military bands. The vast number of adult community bands which exist all over the country offer players of all ages the opportunity to make music at a level which suits them. Accordingly, the scope of BASBWE is far reaching, both geographically and in terms of contact and influence ...’


‘The aim of the British BMG Fedeartion is to promote the performance and education of banjo, mandolin and guitar. It is committed to creating educational opportunities for players of all ages to learn and improve on their chosen instruments through running workshops and courses and advertising courses run by other individuals and organisations. The Festival is one of the main events in the BMG Federation's calendar and takes place every other year ... The Summer School is the other main event that the BMG Federation organises. This is an annual residential weekend, usually in June, offering courses for banjo, mandolin and guitar.’


‘Formed in 1994 to support the understanding and enjoyment of the clavichord. It promotes recitals, workshops and lectures on the history, construction and repertoire of the instrument. It publishes a newsletter three times a year, which offers interesting and informative articles; reviews of concerts, books, music and recordings; and news of clavichord events in Britain and other European countries.’


ALERT 'The Society was formally dissolved on 31 July 2019; this website is now maintained by the Residual Committee as a service to former members of the society and the wider clavichord community.'


‘Founded in 1988 ... to further the interests of all involved with the oboe and bassoon ... whether students, amateurs, professionals or teachers ... The BDRS acts as a national forum for debate and the exchange of ideas, information and advice on all aspects of double reed instruments. It also fulfils an important role in encouraging greater interest in the instruments, and securing their place in the wider cultural and educational environment.‘


'Europe's oldest flute organisation has a lot to offer its members. Pan, the Society's journal, is recognised world-wide as a highly informative and entertaining flute journal. Three times a year Pan brings you articles on all aspects of the flute and flute playing. It is the authoritative guide to the latest flute news, listings of concerts, courses and reviews of new music, books and recordings.'


Also indexedPan

‘Aims to advance the study of musical life in its full richness and diversity. We provide a forum for engaging in debate and sharing the findings of research through our many conferences and study days and through the publication of our journal Ethnomusicology Forum ... We offer awards to recognize outstanding scholarship, including the BFE Book Prize and grants and prizes for student members ... Membership is open to anyone interested in the study of music and dance from all parts of the world.’


‘Promotes awareness, enjoyment, study, playing and ownership of harpsichords and related plucked keyboard instruments (such as the spinet and virginals) in Britain. Our aim is to create more public awareness and encourage more people to enjoy and play the harpsichord ... We compile a diary each month for our UK members; you can plan your concert-going with details of recitals and events featuring the Harpsichord that will take place throughout the British Isles during the forthcoming three months.‘


‘Exists to stimulate interest in all aspects of horn playing ... Membership includes three magazines per year and discounted tickets to the annual BHS festival each autumn.‘


Founded 1976: ‘Encourages and promotes the study of the pipe organ, including the history and design of the instrument and its music. It owns the National Pipe Organ Register and is the listing body for historic organs. BIOS is effectively the amenity society for the British organ. It lobbies Government, Historic England and other national bodies on behalf of the instrument’.


Also indexedNational Pipe Organ Register

‘A discovery platform for new music in the UK. It grows all the time as more and more composers contribute their work, and as a diverse group of curators weave its content together in unique and original ways ... A treasure trove for anybody interested in new music from the 20th and 21st Centuries (including the present day), particularly music which has not been created for commercial gain and could otherwise be side-lined ... The British Music Collection is a space for composers who were either born in the UK or have worked in the UK to upload information about themselves and their works ... The Website is closely related to the British Music Collection physical archive – a publically accessible collection of over 40,000 scores, 21,000 recordings and other artefacts including books, programme notes and photographs housed at the state-of-the-art archive centre Heritage Quay at the University of Huddersfield. The British Music Collection celebrated its 50th Anniversary in November 2017.’


Also indexedUniversity of Huddersfield

‘Founded in 1979 by a group of musical enthusiasts, both amateur and professional, who believed in the need for an organisation which by its specific promotional efforts might help combat the generally indifferent attitude then widely displayed by many music lovers in this country towards their home-grown British musical tradition ... This aim is pursued through the dissemination of recordings and printed publications issued under the Society's own imprint, and the promotion of lecture-recital series and occasional concert performances for which the Society acts as sponsor.’


Formed 1985: ‘We exist to promote the trombone and its repertoire in all musical styles. The BTS commissions new compositions, arranges concerto performances, recitals, workshops, lectures and seminars. Once a year, we usually stage a major festival, held at a different location on each occasion, when a full day of trombone education and entertainment is on offer. There are also local and regional events and there is always a massed trombone choir session which everyone is invited to play in’.


'The British Viola Society exists solely for the purpose of promoting the performance, teaching, composition, research, making and development of the viola in Great Britain. The BVS aims to accommodate professional, amateurs and all those people interested in this unique and incredible instrument. The board of the British Viola Society is made up entirely of volunteers, all deeply people passionate about the viola. We are devoted to supporting students, teachers, performers, composers, researchers and instrument makers around the country and hope you will all join us in celebrating the rich and fascinating tapestry of the viola.'


Also indexedInternational Viola Society

'Founded in 1994 and formally incorporated in the following year out of the belief that there should be a society in Britain to promote a fellowship between makers and all those interested in the history of violin making. In other countries, national associations of violin making took the form of professional organisations with barriers to entry for those who didn’t have the required training, but in Britain there has always been a very strong tradition of amateur making that includes both very talented makers, and amateurs whose background in other fields, as musicians or in such fields as acoustics and engineering has provided extremely valuable cross currents of information and learning.'


'Our remit is the encouragement of a healthy voice, vocal skills and communication in such areas as the performing arts, business and industry, medicine and education. The British Voice Association recognises the human voice as an essential element of our communication and well-being. It is devoted to people with voice problems, ranging from severe pathology and cancer to subtle difficulties of artistic performance, all of whom are entitled to the best care available. To that end, we are dedicated to supporting, informing and encouraging members of all professions who work with these individuals.'


‘We are a charity founded in 1956 and our purpose is: * To sustain our priceless heritage of cathedral music and support a living tradition; * To increase public knowledge and appreciation of that heritage and tradition; * To encourage high standards in choral and organ music; * To raise money by subscriptions, donations and legacies for choirs in need.’


Also indexedFriends of Cathedral Music

‘Choir Schools are amazing places where young choristers enjoy learning and playing. Their work takes them into stunningly beautiful buildings on a daily basis. There is no better educational and musical training start for boys and girls aged 7 years and up who love to sing. The Choir Schools’ Association is here to help parents and youngsters to make the most of this incredible opportunity.‘


'The Society caters for everyone interested in organ music as entertainment. It aims to promote the highest standards of theatre organ performance, presentation and technical skill. The Society advises on theatre organ installation and encourages the use of the instrument in public places. It also encourages the tuition of aspiring players and seeks to support the work of other groups with similar interests.'


‘Founded in 1976 for the benefit of anyone with an interest in these instruments and the music playable on them (which increasingly means just about anything!). We are very proud to be an organisation for everyone, young or old, keen amateur, student or celebrated soloist, from Great Britain or abroad. We know that everyone who joins will be looking for something slightly different from the Society ... CASS believes passionately in keeping the arts in a prominent place in contemporary society, and in these challenging times we hope to be among those to support the arts that they might be there for all to enjoy in the future. With this in mind, we offer funding for events and new works.‘


Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. We’re a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world ... We’ve been working for the cause of Irish music since the middle of the last century (1951 to be precise). Our efforts continue with increasing zeal as the movement launches itself into the 21st century ... The Branch is the fundamental and most important unit of our movement, making it possible to propagate and strengthen our native cultural characteristics within local communities. Our members come together to organise sessions, classes, concerts, festivals, exhibitions, fleadhanna cheoil, and other events both for their own enjoyment and that of the community at large.’


‘Formed in the UK in 1986, the Concert Promoters Association works to promote the interests of its members; and to represent them at a national level both to the public, and to other organisations, such as UK Music, the Office of Fair Trading, the Home Office, and the Departure of Culture, Media & Sport. If you are a member of the public, we highly recommend you visit the section on this website titled "About Your Concert Tickets".’


‘The voice of conservatoire education in the UK. We represent the collective views of eleven UK conservatoires. Our role is to develop best practice for training and education in the performing arts and to promote the sector’s excellence nationally and globally ... Each of the eleven UK conservatoires has its own distinct history, purpose and identity. Their different “flavours” provide applicants with an exceptionally wide range of study-options.‘


'Founded in London, 1977 with the primary aim of preserving and promoting drum, fife/flute and bugle music based on the traditions of the British Army. Corps of Drums are still included within the establishment of the English and Welsh infantry battalions — the Scots and Irish have the Pipes and Drums — but their survival depends on the retention of the skills and knowledge needed to train new drummers, flute players, and Buglers in the Light Division ... In addition to its involvement with the Army, the membership of the Society includes civilian and Cadet Corps, who base their music on the military traditions; we also have many individual members.'


‘The Association's membership consists of male voice choirs primarily from the Midlands and south west of England but this is not an exclusive criteria and other English male voice choirs would be very warmly welcomed to this organisation. The Associations aims are to raise charitable funds using the collective voices of English based Male Voice Choirs. Many thousands of pounds have been donated, to date, to various worthwhile charities.’


‘EFDSS is the national folk arts development organisation for England. We are here to champion the English traditional arts – music, song, dance, storytelling, customs and traditions – as part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the UK.’


‘EPTA - the European Piano Teachers Association, UK Ltd was founded in 1978 by Carola Grindea, who also founded a Europe-wide co-ordinating body, EPTA. EPTA now has Associations in almost every European country, and an International Conference of all EPTA Associations is held in a different country each year ... The aims of EPTA UK are to promote excellence in piano teaching and performance, to bring teachers and performers together and to raise standards within the profession.‘


Mission is ‘to support String Teachers - from teachers just starting out to those teaching at conservatoire level and beyond! ... We believe in the possibility for music to change lives; that every child has the right to learn music; and that as teachers we are responsible for the future generations of musicians and music lovers‘.


‘The Federation of Cathedral Old Choristers’ Associations (FCOCA) exists for the benefit of those Associations to which old (former) choristers of any of the following foundations can belong: Cathedrals, Chapels Royal, Collegiate Churches, College Chapels of Oxford and Cambridge, and such other Choral Foundations as may from time to time be recommended by the Executive Committee for affiliation to the Federation ... The Federation exists to promote friendship amongst people from like backgrounds, to assist in maintaining and improving the high standard of cathedral music and help member associations to enter closer contact with one another.‘


‘Exists to raise the profile of the guitar, and in particular stimulate interest amongst younger people. The current means to this end is by forming a network of existing societies to offer mutual support in the interest of promoting the classical guitar and related instruments, and providing a source of help and advice to enthusiasts.’


’As the "National Federation of Gramophone Societies", the Federation was launched in 1936. Although the title has been changed to reflect more recent developments, the aims of the movement have remained basically unaltered and the attraction is still present in the 21st century as over 200 societies continue to ply their trade. Recorded Music Societies are an integral but often unsung part of our musical fabric offering appreciation and understanding of music in stimulating and convivial company.’


‘An international organisation dedicated to the study of musical instruments. Founded in 1946, membership is open to all ... The Galpin Society is named after Canon Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), who had a lifelong interest in studying, collecting and making musical instruments. His enthusiasm is reflected in the Society’s broad remit today to promote the study of all kinds of musical instrument.‘


‘The Guild was formed in 1888 and exists to encourage all musicians within the Church to attain the highest standards of music in the worship of Almighty God. Membership is open to anyone interested in church music and whilst the majority of members live in the UK the Guild has members living in all parts of the world.‘


‘The home of songwriting for all songwriters, composers, singer songwriters, performing artistes, lyricists, DJs, poets and all those involved in the music industry whatever your age or experience.’


Guitar Circus is first and foremost a charity that is dedicated to delivering opportunities that develop and nurture classical guitar education and performance across the UK. We offer ensemble training for talented students wishing to perform at the highest level and learn from world-class tutors through the National Youth Guitar Ensemble (NYGE). Every other year we present the World Youth Guitar Festival (WYGF) attracting students and whole ensembles of any ability from all over the world. Our festival features guitar workshops, concerts and other music activities including creating a giant classical guitar orchestra.‘


Also indexedNational Youth Guitar Ensemble | World Youth Guitar Festival

‘The aim of the Society, which was formed in 1967, is "To advance, provide and encourage for the public benefit the art of handbell tune ringing in all its forms." It is the only national organisation supporting handbell, handchime and Belleplate players ... The Society is organised into 8 regions giving access to a nationwide network of handbell ringers from all walks of life and of varying abilities. Each region holds rallies where teams have the chance to ring individually or to combine to ring the same piece of music in “massed” ringing.’


‘Britain's national harmonica association, with members world wide, supporting, helping and encouraging the playing of all types of music on the chromatic, diatonic, tremolo, octave and chord harmonicas.’


Also indexedNational Harmonica League

'A diverse group of people, all sharing an interest in hymns. There are about 450 individual members (and over 50 subscribing libraries and other institutions). Some have a special interest in words and/or music, there are hymn writers, composers, hymn book editors; many members are responsible for the choice of hymns in worship, others are hymn enthusiasts or simply enjoy singing hymns ... It is a fully inclusive organisation, its membership being open to anyone who has an interest in hymns.'


Founded 1913: ‘The IAO is an umbrella organisation which offers a national voice to all of its affiliated local associations. Including all of these associations the IAO comprises over 6,000 members worldwide. All people who love the organ and its music are welcome to join. Whilst many of our members are indeed organists and/or choir trainers, our wide range of programmes (many of which are arranged by our 90 affiliated associations) have a wide appeal to all.’


‘The UK's professional body for musicians. We support and protect the rights of those working in all areas of the music profession through our services, campaigns, and advice ... The Schools Music Association (SMA) became part of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) on 1 July 2014.‘


Also indexedSchools Music Association

‘The professional association for those involved in making, restoring, rebuilding and maintaining pipe organs in the UK. The work of our members is diverse, and a number of firms operate overseas. More than 35 businesses are accredited members, ranging in size from 1 to 50 employees. We also welcome anyone interested in the British pipe organ, either as individual or subscribing members.’


‘The  only worldwide association for classical music artist managements. It is dedicated to serving all its members' needs including Affiliate and Group members and it strives to raise professional standards in the business of music.’


‘Bringing together waits, waites,waytes, wayts, stadspijpers, stadtpfeiifer, ratmusik, piffari, piffaro and all those who perform as (or who are interested in) town and civic musicians from before 1836.’


Also indexedWaites

‘An arts agency dedicated to the promotion, understanding and enjoyment of the guitar, its music and artists. Our work places the guitar at the centre of an adventurous programming ethos that specializes in large-scale participatory events, reaching new audiences, nurturing talent and creating new music.’


'The Society was founded in the United Kingdom on 1st January 1977, initially from members of the Band Section of the Military Historical Society ... The Society expanded rapidly with the formation of overseas branches and in 1998 an International Committee was formed to govern the Society, whilst the United Kingdom membership was established as a branch of the Society rather than the central nucleus as hitherto.'


‘A Trade Body for Songwriters and Composers ... We are the independent professional association for music creators across each and every genre – whether you create song, symphony or sync. And we are entirely self-funded, relying on the continued support of our members and partners to carry on our work ... While we have only been known as The Ivors Academy since 2019, we have existed since the 1940s, when the Composers Guild of Great Britain and the Songwriters Guild of Great Britain were formed. Along with the Association of Professional Composers, these three entities later became the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. And our flagship awards, The Ivors, have existed since 1956.’


Also indexedBritish Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors

‘Grew out of informal discussions between jazz promoters, who felt the need to increase the profile and health of the music, and developed into a proposal to set up a formal network ... Membership is open to a wide variety of organisations and individual people who promote live jazz. This includes, for example, professional and voluntary promoting organisations, and festivals/ venues/ arts centres which feature jazz as part or all of their programme. We also welcome as members individuals or organisations who support the promotion of jazz. This includes, for example, organisations or people in education or media roles.’


’LABBS is one of three barbershop-singing organisations in the United Kingdom. Our members love to sing and we take every opportunity to share our love of barbershop and our passion for harmony, wherever we can. Since its establishment in 1976, LABBS has grown to have 50 clubs and over 2000 members who are located up, down and across the country from Cornwall to Scotland. The choruses vary in size and are made up of women of all ages but at the heart is their shared love of singing, friendship and being part of a modern and dynamic association.‘


'Lesbians and Gays singing together | Umbrella Organisation for Lesbian and Gay Choirs in Europe'


'Exists to promote and champion Light Music throughout the world. It is also provides the necessary administration for the Library of Light-Orchestral Music ... The Society promotes a huge number of events throughout the year and annually mounts its own event where members can share their love for the Light Music genre.'


'Founded in 1946, is the UK’s premier Bach Society and is dedicated to bringing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach "live" to both the devoted follower and curious newcomer. Our story is about a pioneering voyage of continuing musical discovery, innovation and adventure presented in the company of a Who’s Who of solo artistry, and a loyal and enthusiastic public following.'


‘Promotes the art of cello playing, preserving its great traditions while encouraging its continuing development. The Society exists for the benefit of young students, professional players and teachers, for amateur players and lovers of the cello and its repertoire. As the “home” for cellists in the United Kingdom, the Society has presented some of the most exciting cello events of the concert season ... Our annual season also features educational events at major venues and cellist-composer celebrations, as well as a CelloDay for young students and special events for adult learners.’


'Membership is open to composers living in and around London, UK ... LCF supports and promotes the work of its members (both amateur and professional), provides opportunities for learning, feedback on works in progress and discussion of ideas, and organises concerts for performance of new works by its members. The group also helps stimulate the creation of new works by co-ordinating workshops, tutorials and seminars on a wide range of composition related topics, from composition styles and theory through to the quirks of writing for particular instrumentations. There are no selection criteria for membership and the member composers range from beginners to professional composers with many years experience.'


‘Exists to promote the lute and its music. Members get a new member's pack of 100 pages of lute music, a quarterly magazine, Lute News, with music supplement, an annual journal, “The Lute”, discounts on our growing range of publications and other benefits. Even if you can't make it to our meetings, playing days, and residential weekends in Britain, joining is an excellent way of building up your music library, and keeping in touch with other lute players, and with news in the lute world.’


‘The umbrella body for all organisations connected with music education in the UK, exists to provide a forum for debate and effect change through advocacy, representation and action.‘


‘The UK trade body that represents the interests of UK businesses making and selling musical instruments and associated products. Manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishers and supporting businesses all come within our scope.’


'The Music Libraries Trust's aim is to provide unique support for the education and training of music librarians, and to encourage research into music librarianship, bibliography and related disciplines.'


Music Mark is a membership organisation for Music Services and/or Lead Organisations of a Music Education Hub, their teaching and support teams, their partners and their schools. We aim to enable our members, and the wider music education sector, to deliver high-quality musical and social outcomes for all children and young people.’


‘Represents the full diversity of the UK’s music publishing sector. We act on behalf of 260 businesses that invest in, license works by, and support the livelihoods of songwriters, composers and lyricists – ranging from the UK’s largest and most established music publishers to independents and start-ups across all genres. These companies are the engine room of British music – they support our music makers – and drive an extraordinary cultural and economic success story.’


‘The largest and longest established association of music teachers in the UK, supporting all who are connected with a school music department ... In challenging times we must work together and stand together for the future of music education.‘


'A trade union run for its 30,000 members ... You're a musician, not a lawyer. You want to make music, not unduly worry about unpaid fees, cancelled bookings and intellectual property rights. That's why you join the Musicians' Union  ...'


‘We exist to support accordion players young and old and all lovers of the instrument. We promote the accordion in the UK and worldwide ... Holds national competitions throughout the year, culminating in the UK Accordion Championships in the Spring. We celebrate the accordion and its players around the United Kingdom and Internationally in all styles and levels and welcome entries from all over the world.’


'An organisation run by volunteer officers with the aim of promoting choral music across the UK. To do this we provide help and assistance to member choirs, via this website, our periodic magazines News & Views, contact numbers and email addresses ... Our membership is growing rapidly, and numbers in excess of 700 choirs all around the UK. If you would like to find a choir local to you, see the Choirs link, and follow either the Choirs map or go to the geographic Group that interests you.'


‘Has existed since 1981 to bring together all concerned with early music and to forge links with other early music organisations in the UK and around the world. NEMA also acts to represent musicians in the early music field to outside bodies, when required. Whatever your interest in early music - amateur or professional, scholar or performer, listener, instrument maker or CD buyer - you should join Nema.’


‘We are a network of people who work with voice and song, and who believe that singing is everyone’s birthright, regardless of musical experience or ability.‘


‘The Association, which is non political and non sectarian, provides a service to Flute, Brass, Concert and Accordion Bands within the one organisation. The North of Ireland Bands’ Association organises the Championship of Ireland Band’s Contest (including the Championship of the World for Flute Bands) and supports leagues which organise regular contests for different types of bands as well as solo, quartet and small ensemble competitions.‘


Aims ‘to promote male voice singing in North and Mid Wales’. About two dozen choirs in membership with contact details and links to Websites, where available. Also includes a Calendar of forthcoming events for some of the Choirs in membership.


‘The Organ Club was founded by the famous British organ-builder, Henry Willis III. We aim to promote public awareness and appreciation of the art and science of the organ, its players and its music. Membership is open to all who are interested in the organ and organ music, anywhere in the world. Both players and non-players are equally welcome.‘


‘Founded in 1995 with the aim of raising the profile of this important musical genre. We provide a network for professional trios, encourage links with composers, organize master classes for student trios, sponsor lectures on the piano trio and its history, and seek in general to give it a more prominent role in the musical scene. Our reach is international and includes professional trios, composers, teachers, students, amateur players and others – we welcome everyone who values the piano trio medium and would like to support its development.’


‘Founded in 1888, exists to promote the performance and study of liturgical chant and medieval polyphony, through the publication of editions, facsimiles and scholarly articles, and through educational and liaison events.’


'Aim is to further the cause of hymnody. It seeks to achieve this by allocating grants to organisations and individuals whose work falls within that area. Over three decades the charity’s trustees have followed the hymnwriter’s wishes that they should concentrate on projects that are unlikely otherwise to be fulfilled, and to spend funds, rather than hoard them for undefined future needs ... A major project that fulfils both these conditions is HymnQuest, a database of over 30,000 hymns and songs that was first published in May 2000 and has been updated and improved in each succeeding year.'


Also indexedHymnQuest

’We're a network of most of the UK & Ireland's LGBT choirs and are really happy to share our experiences of starting up and growing. No choir is the same, but all choirs need a bit of elbow grease to keep them flourishing.’


'The foremost society in the UK dedicated to the study of music. Membership is open to any individual interested in musical research.'


'The heart and home of Pipe Bands world wide. The RSPBA is the recognised Centre of Excellence for the promotion and development of Pipe Band Music internationally.'


‘Most children at state schools in Scotland do not have the opportunity to learn piping and drumming as part of their curriculum in the way they can learn other musical instruments. Most children at independent schools do. But this is not about class - it's about culture. Why should young people in Scotland not be able to learn piping and drumming at school - but they can learn the picolo or glockenspiel? If you would like to introduce piping and drumming tuition or a pipe band at your school get in touch and we can make it happen ...’


‘Aims are to advance the education of the general public in the history, theory and performance of Indian Classical Music and Dance in general, and the Sitar in particular.’


‘The SMA welcomes interests in all musical repertoires and cultures and promotes music theory and analysis in the broadest sense, including formal and critical theory, aesthetics, semiotics, music psychology, cognitive science, music technology and many other subdisciplines and interdisciplines.’


‘Open to all organists active in the funeral business, and especially those playing at Crematoria ... Fellowship of the Society is available free of charge to organists of any ability who fulfil the following simple criteria: Do you act as an organist for funerals or play at a crematorium? If so, you are cordially invited to join this internet-based Society which aims to share information and conviviality with others involved in this important ministry.‘


‘Promotes the study, practice and appreciation of the recorder.’


'Have you ever noticed: * that women feature rarely in organ recital series?; * that the vast majority of organ association directors and members are male?; * that few female musicians hold cathedral, collegiate and church positions? The Society of Women Organists (SWO) is dedicated to celebrating female organists in all areas of music-making.'


‘We are a membership organisation that provides support to organisations and individuals who help people make music in their communities - through leading music workshops and teaching - by providing these services: * supporting their professional development and providing opportunities to network; * giving information and advice and helping people make contacts; * raising awareness of issues in community music; * running a membership scheme.’


‘The QUARTET OF NATIONS REGION 31 is a dynamic community of women singers representing Sweet Adelines International in England, Scotland, Wales and the Netherlands. We come together regularly to celebrate singing a cappella four-part harmony in barbershop style ... Today’s Sweet Adelines choruses and quartets sing exciting a cappella, four-part harmony music, barbershop style. The music includes special arrangements of today’s ballads, classic songs, popular show tunes and mainstream music.‘


Founded 2005: ‘Our purpose is to promote the Pipe and Tabor in all aspects including: performance, research, understanding and public profile. The Society holds a number of events, including an annual international festival. Our annual symposium explores the history, morphology, music and context of the tabor pipe around the world. We maintain a repertoire of music for the pipe and tabor.  This is available on-line to our members’.


‘We are very much a “Club” at heart, aiming to provide a friendly focus for like-minded people who enjoy light music played on the Theatre Organ. The Club's work is facilitated by maintaining two districts (the North and the South) which ensures members' interests can be more closely catered for. There is also a bi-monthly newsletter to which members' contributions are encouraged. We are proud of our long-term appeal and along with members who have been with the club for over 60 years, there is also a steady stream of newer members ... The Club also has a fund available to make grants to worthwhile Theatre Organ projects.’


‘Since its foundation in 1966, The Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland has helped to foster and promote Scotland's unique musical traditions. It is a membership organisation and members include music enthusiasts, amateur and professional performers, tutors, and academics ... Encouraging both widespread popular participation and individual artistic excellence, the TMSA branches work on a local level to provide opportunities for universal participation by running festivals, ceilidhs, concerts, workshops and competitions. In this way they are able to sustain the specific cultural traditions of their area, as well as those of Scotland generally.’


Founded 1998: ‘A national organisation based in the UK that brings together those interested in the research, collecting and performance of traditional song ... Our aim is to be inclusive of all the traditions found in Britain, Ireland and the English speaking world, although the majority of forum members are interested in the songs originating in these islands ... Although forum members are serious about their interests, the style of the organisation is informal and we are determined not to get stuffy or bureaucratic ... TSF members meet two or three times a year to share progress on their work and to seek advice of other forum members.’


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