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www.edgehill.ac.uk/performingarts/

‘The Department entered a new and exciting phase of development in 2010 with the introduction of a new approach to the delivery of courses, developing a curriculum founded on production or project based learning ... You will be joining a department in a new and exciting phase of its development, with courses designed to allow students to experience the nature of performance creation as it is found in the professional world.‘ Courses described included: Music; Music Production; Musical Theatre.

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www.langportcommunitychoir.co.uk

‘Based in the heart of the Somerset Levels and members come from villages all around the area. We come from all walks of life and range in age from 18 upwards! We started out in 2008 with a £500 grant from Somerset District Council with just a handful of members. Now, we have around 40 active members and new singers regularly come to join us. We have lots of experienced singers too who enjoy helping out with our learning. We enjoy peforming each year at local events and we also support larger events like the Bristol Choirs Convention and Sing for Water ...’

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www.lutonsymphony.co.uk

‘A classical-sized community orchestra with over 30 members ranging in age from 13 to 70. Our aim is to promote live orchestral music to a high musical standard and to serve both as a platform for local musicians and as a showcase for young, talented soloists. We are a friendly group, keen to welcome new playing members (especially strings) ... We currently give three concerts a year - two of the traditional "overture, concerto, symphony" format and one lighter programme in the summer concert. Where necessary, we augment our regular forces with extra brass and percussion players.’

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www.weymouthpavilion.com

‘Weymouth's premier venue for live theatre, music, arts, events and more. Our packed programme features world class comedians, live music, opera, ballet, musicals, drama and tribute acts.‘

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lincolncathedral.com

‘We welcome everyone and strongly encourage you, whatever your own beliefs or background, to join us by taking a few minutes out of your busy schedule to empty yourself of care and reflect on the wonder and vastness of this magical place, whilst listening to some of the most exquisite music to be heard anywhere in the world ... The choir sings Evensong every day except Wednesday during choir term with a sung Eucharist and Mattins in addition each Sunday and the choir also performs in concert throughout the year ... Lincoln Cathedral Consort is the mixed-voice, volunteer chamber choir of Lincoln Cathedral, who perform services and concerts at the Cathedral and around the Diocese ... The organ is admired by organists from all over the world. Organ concerts are held regularly in the Cathedral ...’

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www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk

‘It was back in 1978 that local musician Bob Cann had the idea that he would like to start his own folk festival to help revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor, and in particular, the traditional music, dance, song and crafts of the area. The first three festivals were held in the grounds of Wood Country House near South Tawton, until 1981 when it moved to its present location in the picturesque village of South Zeal, on the edge of Dartmoor. Over the years the festival has grown making it possible to invite a high standard of folk artist from near and far, whilst maintaining its reputation for being a friendly, traditional festival.‘ Held Mid August.

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www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/music/

‘Established in 1945, Cheltenham Music Festival is one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world. We make the most of our Cotswold setting with a programme of show-stopping concerts in Cheltenham Town Hall, intimate musical adventures in the Pittville Pump Room, and a feast for the senses in cathedrals, abbeys and churches across the region. With over 60 events and 650 performers joining us every year, we celebrate the very best contemporary composition alongside a feast of popular classics ... From hands-on family concerts, to world premieres by the world’s finest performers – Cheltenham Music Festival promises twelve days of sublime and surprising musical adventures for all ages.‘ Held Early July.

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www.tasminlittle.org.uk

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www.winkleighsingers.org.uk

‘Established in 1984 in one of the remotest parts of Devon, the Winkleigh Singers enjoy a broad repertoire from early to contemporary music ... We usually give three major concerts each year, one in Winkleigh just before Christmas and the two others usually being in Torrington (late March/early April) and Barnstaple (July). These concerts are well established and attract good audiences ... From time to time the choir has vacancies. There is no audition, but a three week trial period needs to be completed for full membership. A good standard of sight-reading and tuning, a pleasant voice with the ability to blend, and a positive attitude towards creating high quality music is required. Rehearsals are extremely enjoyable, with a social break ...’

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.henleazeconcertsociety.org.uk

Typically, half a dozen evening concerts per season, October - June.

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myhub.org.uk

‘Providing parents, carers & family members, young people, teachers with information about learning, playing, performing & studying music in Manchester ... On this Site you can find out about the work of the Hub and how we are funded; our commissioned partner One Education Music and the cultural organisations who deliver music tuition and music projects in and around Manchester. You can also find out what is happening through our news section and access some photos and stories about Manchester’s young people and their engagement in music. We will also direct you to other websites relevant to your needs.’

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www.sanderssociety.org.uk

‘Organist and Master of the Choristers at Gloucester Cathedral and Conductor of the Three Choirs Festival for over a quarter of a century ... His retirement from the Cathedral allowed him time to compose, something he had wished to do earlier but for which he had previously found little time. He spent many hours in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside walking his dogs, and gaining inspiration for his compositions. He wrote four cantatas for chorus, soloists and orchestra, three song cycles, the Requiem for unaccompanied choir, a Festival Te Deum, three settings of the Evening Canticles, numerous motets and anthems, including his sublime setting of the internationally-performed Reproaches, as well as some organ music. Much of his music was intended for performance within a liturgical context, and he had a particular flair for writing for the voice.‘

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www.cornwallmusicfestival.co.uk

‘Provides a platform for many talented amateur musicians and verse speakers of all ages and abilities. It gives the stimulus of preparing for a public occasion and an opportunity to listen and learn from the performances of others. As important is the constructive criticism, help and advice given by experienced adjudicators, which helps the competitors improve their respective skills. The Festival is held in March each year. In Festival week classes run from 9.30am to 9.30pm, with morning, afternoon and evening sessions.’

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intermusica.co.uk

‘We represent conductors, instrumentalists, singers and composers, tour orchestras internationally and develop award-winning projects ... Our headquarters are in London and we have colleagues working in Berlin and Beijing.‘

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www.halle.co.uk

‘Our Mission is to: * Produce an ambitious and wide-ranging programme of work both on and off the concert platform developing new audiences for the Hallé’s work as well as continuing to appeal to loyal long-term supporters; * Act as a cultural ambassador for Manchester; * Provide a comprehensive education and outreach programme firmly embedded in the Hallé’s core work to reach young people and other groups who may not otherwise have ready access to high quality musical experiences.’

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www.birminghampianofestival.com

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 Late October.

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www.yamsen.org.uk

‘An association dedicated to providing and promoting high quality musical activities and tuition for adults and children with a wide range of special needs. As its members, we recognise the unique contribution that music plays in people’s lives, especially in the lives of those with difficulties and disabilities. We currently offer choirs for those with learning difficulties, deliver bespoke music and multisensory projects, and organise CPD workshops for those who work with those with special needs.’  Alert  YAMSEN:speciallyMusic (with the Gordon Parry Centre) is no longer based at the West Park Centre. The Centre was suddenly closed for Health and Safety reasons on the 2nd November 2012 without any prior warning. (The Centre has since been demolished.) At the time of Review, YAMSEN operated out of the ArtForms offices.

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www.makingmusic.org.uk/get-involved/projects/adopt-a-composer

‘Pairs amateur choirs, orchestras and ensembles with a composer for a year culminating in a première performance and a broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The composer has the opportunity to get to know a performing group and write a piece especially for them to première, while the group has the chance to contribute to the creation of a new work by some of the UK’s most promising composers. Pieces that are composed are usually around ten minutes long (as a very rough approximation) ...’

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www.thenewelizabethansingers.org.uk

‘A 70-strong choir based in Bridport, Dorset. We perform two concerts a year in the beautiful St Mary's Church, working with the best musicians in Dorset and professional soloists from around the country.’

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www.oneeducation.co.uk/services/teaching-learning/music/

‘Provides high quality music lessons in singing and on a wide range of instruments. This may be at any time during the school day including breakfast, lunchtime and after school clubs ... We support schools, academies and communities with an emphasis on enjoyment, progression and personal achievement.’ One Education Music also supports nine Music Centres throughout Manchester which ‘offer opportunities to develop musical skills and talents in a collaborative environment‘.

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bdorganists.org.uk

‘Covers the South area of East Sussex, along the coast from Eastbourne to Worthing. It welcomes all those with an interest in the organ, its music and construction, whether or not they play the instrument themselves. Meetings cover a wide range of activities, including master classes, recitals, talks, social events, help for inexperienced organists and visits to instruments of all sizes, from small one manual organs in country parishes to those in Cathedrals ... There are nine association meetings and a recital series per year in various locations in the Brighton area and further afield.’

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www.liverpool.ac.uk/music/

‘Liverpool is a city full of music. The Campus is bursting with the musical activities of students of all instrumental and vocal abilities. Anyone can enjoy music at the University of Liverpool ... Whether or not you are a Music student, you can play in the University Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra and a range of smaller ensembles, or sing in a large number of classical and popular vocal ensembles, including both auditioned and all-comer choirs ... The Department of Music hosts many events open to the public, with a regular lunch-time concert series and research colloquia.‘

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www.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk/music

‘As a proportion of total music composed, religious music has declined in recent centuries - in particular since the mid-20th century - though many composers still work in this area, harnessing the power of music to help communicate, explain and explore religious texts, and to capture some of their spirituality ... All Saints was one of the first Churches in London to use Viennese Masses, and the choir currently sings 11 Masses by Mozart and 7 by Haydn ... In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the revival of traditional liturgical worship within the Church of England from the mid 19th century - of which All Saints was an important part - saw a significant stream of settings from Britain ... The church's repertoire continues to represent a wide cross section of music and worshipers can hear music from the 16th century until the present day - the repertoire embracing such figures as Purcell, Blow, Boyce, Bairstow, Dyson, Harwood, Jackson, Mathias, Walton, Tavener ...’

Category:Churches
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www.todmordenorchestra.org.uk

‘A symphony orchestra based in the Pennine town of Todmorden – a place with a long tradition of music making ... A thriving part of Todmorden’s cultural life, with a loyal following. We perform with some of the UK’s most talented soloists at Todmorden’s magnificent, Grade I-listed Town Hall ... Our players come from Todmorden and beyond, from Manchester to Halifax ... We are part of a thriving amateur music making scene in the north of England, performing classical music at the highest levels with passion and commitment.’

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www.harpsichord.org.uk

‘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.‘

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www.harmoniumsingers.org.uk

‘The group was formed originally in 1971 with friends getting together to sing Christmas carols to the accompaniment of an antique portable harmonium. The instrument itself has long been left behind but the group has gone from strength to strength and established itself as a successful local chamber choir ... The choir has a fairly stable membership and we like to limit numbers to the low 20s. However we are always on the lookout for good voices and there are sometimes opportunities to cover when somone has to stand down for a time.‘

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www.collinghamband.co.uk

‘A friendly community wind band of woodwind and brass players. Our members are from all points on the age range spectrum from school students to retired adults. Collingham Band performs at local events in the Wetherby area throughout the year, raising money for charities ... If you can play a wind or brass instrument to the standard of Grade 1+ to Grade 3 and would like to join a band, Collingham Training Band will give you plenty of enjoyable experience. We play wind band arrangements of popular tunes from films and shows, together with folk tunes - all music that you know and love! There is no minimum age to join Collingham Training Band - and no maximum age either!’

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www.aberdeenbachchoir.com

‘As well as works by J.S. Bach, the Choir, with over 100 voices, performs a wide variety of choral music from the 16th to the 21st Century ... Our members have varying degrees of musical expertise. We are by no means all expert musicians or sight readers, but we define what it takes to be a choir member as: “to be able to sing accurately and in tune, with a secure sense of rhythm and be familiar with musical notation”. If that sounds like you, I am sure you will enjoy the experience of rehearsing and performing with us ...’

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readingband.com

‘The Band has been entertaining the community in and around Reading in the form of a brass band since 1904 ... The origin of the band dates back to the 19th century when a ladies’ sewing circle at the Spring Gardens Mission raised sufficient funds to purchase brass instruments for the Spring Gardens Wesleyan Mission Concertina Band. Records show that the band became a brass band in circa. 1904 and went from strength to strength winning many contests. However, in circa. 1933-34 it severed its connection with the chapel because of a dispute over the selling of scent cards and football tickets to raise money for the purchase of new uniforms and instruments which the leaders of the chapel objected to ... Membership of Watkins Brass provides a great opportunity for young people to learn how to play a brass instrument within the discipline of a group under the direction of an experienced brass tutor ... and welcomes young brass players under the age of 17 who have achieved or can perform to the equivalent of Grade 2 standard or higher.’

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www.integramusic.co.uk

‘Here in South Gloucestershire, we offer individual, small group and whole class vocal and instrumental teaching in schools for thousands of children a week. Our music centres provide an excellent progression pathway to develop ensemble playing. Anyone is welcome to join. We run a variety of singing workshops in primary and secondary schools. We create memorable events such as our Carol Service at Clifton Cathedral and our Gala Concert at the Colston Hall. We work in partnership with organisations such as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. The South Gloucestershire Music Hub serves to create the very best opportunities for children and young people to get involved in music making.’

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www.singforpleasure.org.uk

Sing for Pleasure is a national charity. We encourage the enjoyment of better singing in class and choir through four main areas: * Conductor training; * Singing events and courses; * Publications: * Scholarships and bursaries ... We actively promote choral excellence on behalf of our Membership. Join us today ...’

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www.lymebaychorale.co.uk

‘A choir of about 28 auditioned SATB singers ... We work with specialist guest choral directors or organists and professional ensembles to perform glorious choral works ... The choir usually gives two concerts of classical and modern choral music a year (April/May and November / December).’

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sworgansociety.org

‘Successor to the well-established Lyme Regis Organ School. The Society has access to the beautiful Skrabl organ in St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis with its 50 rank three manual mechanical action, and to many other fine organs in Devon and Dorset. It exists to encourage organ playing and the appreciation of the organ’s place in the musical repertoire. The Society’s purpose is realised through recitals, concerts, and Organ Schools and by encouraging young organists on their journey.’

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www.worcserenade.co.uk

‘Promotes live concerts by top-quality professional musicians and organises music-related educational events at Huntingdon Hall, an historic building in the centre of Worcester. We regularly provide a platform for outstanding young players, singers and groups with local connections ... Membership is designed to enable local community access to diverse, high quality chamber music and not least to encourage younger people to develop a taste for good, live music.’

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www.cliftoncathedral.org/music

Clifton Diocese Music Service ‘is based at Clifton Roman Catholic Cathedral in Bristol, where we provide a wide range of music for Masses and other celebrations at the Cathedral, both as a part of parish life and as a part of the wider diocese ... We have a dynamic music team here at Clifton and we aim to bring a fresh approach to music in the liturgy. We compose and arrange music for the liturgy in differing styles, so we can truly say that the music we provide ranges from plainsong to music on which the ink is still wet. Our mission is to bring ourselves and the people we meet closer to God through our music, meeting them where they are in their journey in faith, in their understanding of what music can do for them and with them in the spirit of what we sing for and with them’.

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www.igf.org.uk/whats-on/london-guitar-festival/

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.’

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www.jspianos.com/events

Held Late October: ‘Annually since 1996. Our competition aims to provide students with an opportunity to compete against like minded musicians, to gain experience in piano specific competitions and give outstanding students the opportunity to perform at well-known London concert venues ... The competition is open to all students (first year to postgraduate) of the four main London music colleges: Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The students must be enrolled in one of the colleges at the time of the final.’

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www.drakemusic.org

‘The leading national organisation working in music, disability and technology ... Our vision is an open, inclusive and accessible musical culture. A world where disabled people have the same range of opportunities, instruments and encouragement, where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals ... We are experts in inclusive music-making in education and in using technology to break down disabling barriers to music-making at all levels.‘

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www.sheffield.ac.uk/music

‘We're a centre for world-leading research and inspirational teaching in music ... The Department sponsors about 50 public concerts every year, including a subscription series given mainly by visiting professional artists, and a weekly lunchtime series at which students often perform. Staff in the Department conduct the University Orchestra, University Chorus, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir, and students are encouraged to play regularly in smaller ensembles. Staff and students also become involved with local music-making organisations ...’

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thedart.co.uk

‘Community venue for all ages who wish to engage with performing and visual arts. With an emphasis on arts, crafts and music, our centre-run courses are all led by professional practitioners or artists in hour long, half day or full day workshops, including children’s holiday activities.’

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www.rhymneyvalleymusicclub.org.uk

Founded 1962: ‘Over the years, it has provided a wide range of professional concerts ranging from brass bands and orchestral music to opera and incorporating concerts by choirs, solo singers, instrumental groups and soloists ... Season lasts from September to May with one concert per month.’

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chamberstudio.org

‘Created to provide a centre where talented musicians who are devoted to chamber music, and no longer in further education, can receive coaching, inspiration and encouragement from some of the world’s best chamber players and teachers. Located in central London and running masterclasses throughout the academic year, ChamberStudio provides accessible, affordable and regular support for young professional chamber musicians ... Masterclasses are open to observers, giving chamber music lovers and aficionados the opportunity to see the detailed work that goes on in preparation for performance of the great chamber repertoire.’

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www.wwconcertband.org.uk

‘A community ensemble consisting of brass, woodwind and percussion instruments ... The band always welcomes players of all ages and all abilities on any instrument that features within a concert band. We do not require new players to complete an audition, and there are no minimum grade requirements. Just turn-up and see if you like the band ... The band has a core of quality players that enables us to deliver a very good performance. On practice nights we offer the opportunity of “ensemble” playing to musicians of all ages and abilities.’

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westmorlandorchestra.org.uk

‘Gave its first concert in 1945. The membership is made up of over 60 dedicated amateur musicians who rehearse weekly in Kendal from September to May and give three public concerts a year. In its performances of large-scale works, professional musicians augment the orchestra. It presents the full range of the established symphony concert repertoire, and also newer, lesser-known works of the 20th and the 21st century. It actively supports and encourages young musicians embarking on a professional career.’

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www.unicornsingers.co.uk

‘A choir of around thirty: specialises in exploring exciting repertoires from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Baroque periods.‘

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www.holmanclimaxmalevoicechoir.co.uk

Formed in 1940 to raise funds to alleviate distress caused by the bombing of Plymouth: ‘The Choir has continued with its policy of charitable work bringing help to many hundreds of charitable organisations and thousands of pounds for their various causes. Over the years, the choir has competed successfully in contests throughout Britain from Llangollen to London ... In keeping with their position as one of the premier Choirs in Cornwall and the Westcountry, the Choir has completed successful tours of America and Europe and is continuing this policy both to gain international experience and to further the good name of Cornish singing.’

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www.songlines.co.uk

‘Launched in 1999, Songlines is the leading magazine covering traditional, contemporary, folk and fusion music from around the world. Packed with the latest album reviews, artist interviews, festival profiles and travel adventures, every issue comes with a free compilation CD with tracks from the best new releases, as well as an exclusive guest playlist ... Music is about culture, politics, history and the environment and Songlines is your essential guide to it all.’

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www.nybbgb.com

‘The National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBB) and the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain (NCBB) are the UK’s leading brass bands for children and teenagers. The Band exists to give exceptionally gifted young brass instrumentalists the opportunity to perform advanced music and receive the highest quality teaching, care and help to provide the brass band movement and the music profession with the next generation of brass players. At all times the Band's first priority is the safety and well-being of the brass musicians of the future ... NYBB applicants should be age 14-19 and grade 8 standard; NCBB applicants should be 8 - 14 and grade 5 standard.’

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sinfoniaverdi.org

’Founded in 1990, Sinfonia Verdi gives vibrant and relevant concerts, workshops and events both in the community and for the corporate sector. Based in Luton ... the orchestra has strong local roots. We are particularly lucky that some of the finest instrumentalists in the world happen to live in this region ... Ultimately Sinfonia Verdi’s choice of modern instruments, period instruments or a combination (usually modern strings/wind with period brass and timpani) depends on the occasion and the size and acoustics of the venue. We became “the world’s most flexible orchestra” because we are all convinced that the process of reaching an audience is the same whatever tools you use – but if you have the choice, the selection of the most appropriate tools for each occasion can be extremely helpful!‘

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www.sco.org.uk

’The internationally celebrated Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) is made up of a unique collection of talented musicians who inspire and connect with people of all ages. We aim to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to hear live orchestral music by touring the length and breadth of Scotland ... SCO Connect inspires and supports creativity throughout Scotland’s communities. Our extensive and imaginative programme enables people of all ages and abilities to engage with the music and the musicians of the SCO. Projects and events range from family days and concerts for babies and toddlers to creative composition and performance workshops for schools, universities and colleges. We also run weekend study days, music-making weekends for adults and long-term projects in healthcare settings.’

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www.talent-unlimited.org.uk

‘A young charity that provides financial support to music students of exceptional talent but limited means. Talent, past performance and financial background are taken into consideration when assessing those who are selected for help ... We lend a hand to at least 12 music students per annum and give out about £12000-13000 in total. So far this money has come from ticket sales and small donations. Our aim at this point in the life of our charity is to find corporate sponsorships or very generous individuals to help us with our work ...’

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ahandfulofsingers.org

‘In 2002 a group of keen singers with good sight reading skills were looking for a choir to challenge them musically, both as individuals and within a small group. Handful was founded to fill that gap in Bath. From the outset we have covered an eclectic repertoire, from early to contemporary composers, close harmony to larger scale classical works whilst at the same time giving individuals opportunities to perform as soloists or in very small numbers ... The choir is 16-20 strong, of a size that can sing eight part works. Singers will therefore be able to hold what is effectively a solo line within a complex polyphony.’

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www.british-horn.org

‘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.‘

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www.soundcitybh.org

‘Brings together the leading organisations for music in the city, with Brighton & Hove City Council’s Music & Arts Service as lead partner. This partnership reflects the unique artistic and cultural landscape of the city, whose key mission is to enhance and further develop music education and opportunities that reflect the needs of children and young people. Alongside our colleagues in schools, our strategic partners are Brighton Dome & Festival, Glyndebourne, University of Sussex, Rhythmix, Royal Pavilion and Museums and representatives from Public Health and the Music Industry.’

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www.villagecarols.org.uk

Village Carols is a non-profitmaking organisation which exists to record and promote local carol singing traditions. Its main roles are undertaking fieldwork and research, organising the collection of source material, and promoting local carol singing traditions.’ Alert Although the future events listed tend to be around and about Sheffield, there are references to activity elsewhere in the UK, especially in the Links section of the Website.

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www.idbrass.com

‘We play at community events, remembrance ceremonies, weddings, garden parties, street parties, christmas events, massed musical events, airshows, in restaurants and bars…. in fact we can probably play just about anywhere – we’ve even done a concert on top of a moving lorry! We have a wide range of musical genres to choose from our music library – so if you want the band to play a particular style or even a specific piece of music for your event, contact us and we’ll see what we can do! ... Thanks to generous grant funding, the band were able to start a youth programme for kids from as young as 6. The Brasslets programme is for children starting out on a brass instrument, you don't need your own instrument - you just need to bring yourself! As our Brasslets develop their skills, they will progress into the Youth Band.’

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www.thebachchoir.org.uk

‘The Choir has a basic programme of around four core concerts each year, although corporate events, recordings and tours have often seen our demanding schedule rise to 15 or more engagements in a single season. All members are expected to commit to singing in all our core concerts.’

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www.ecse.co.uk

‘A virtuoso period instrument ensemble with a host of distinguished recordings to its name. Since its formation in 1993, ECSE has performed at many major music festivals in the UK and abroad ... In addition to its work with professional vocal groups and solo recitals, ECSE also works closely with other like-minded instrumental ensembles such as the Monteverdi String Band and the Altenburg Ensemble. ECE also performs regularly with choral societies throughout Britain, including many performances of Claudio Monteverdi’s magnificent 1610 Vespers.’

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www.carducciquartet.com

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www.canterburyorchestra.org.uk

‘Founded in 1953, The Canterbury Orchestra is a thriving group of enthusiastic players who regularly tackle major works from the symphonic repertoire ... Canterbury Orchestra normally performs 3 concerts each year, mostly at the University of Kent's prestigious Colyer-Fergusson Hall ... Over the past few years, the orchestra has encouraged good young players to join and the membership currently includes a wide range of ages, from school pupils to seasoned musicians who have been playing with the orchestra for over 30 years: a productive blend of youth and experience. The young players form a mobile population, so it follows that there are occasional vacancies, particularly in the brass and string sections, and talented players are always welcome.‘

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staplefordgranary.org.uk

‘An inspiring space in South Cambridgeshire providing educational activities for all ages. We host concerts and music workshops, and a diverse range of lectures and art courses in a range of disciplines. Stapleford Granary is the home of the ACE Foundation, our parent charity, which aims to support cultural and international understanding. The converted farm buildings provide the perfect setting for shared educational and cultural pursuits.’

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www.hxphil.com

‘Promotes high-quality chamber music concerts every year in a season between October and April ... Most of our audience are subscribers who have bought tickets at a discount for the entire season. The advantages of being a subscriber are: * you gain a substantial reduction in concert ticket prices; * you help give the Philharmonic Club a secure financial base; * you become a member with voting rights.’

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www.phoenixstrings.com

‘We are a friendly orchestra of adult string players meeting weekly in Thornton Cleveleys. We welcome anyone who has taken up a string instrument or perhaps returned to playing after some time, and wants an opportunity to play with others and work towards performances ... Public performance is a key focus of the orchestra and we have collaborated with brass bands, choirs, opera groups, and soloists.‘

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www.bbc.co.uk/concertorchestra

‘There are orchestras who will tell you that they were born to play Beethoven. And there are ensembles that mix it with modern music. But there’s nothing quite like the BBC Concert Orchestra. “Versatility” and “flexibility” are BBC Concert Orchestra’s bywords ... You’ll hear us on the world’s longest-running live orchestral music programme, BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night ... Over on BBC Radio 3 we search out the unusual and quirky, profile classical masterpieces and never forget to entertain ... And what about the world’s largest classical music festival, the BBC Proms? We are there every summer, both in the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park for the party that is Proms in the Park. The BBC CO loves to get out and about in the UK ...’

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www.lizwebb.org.uk

‘Provides project management, promotion and production for performers and composers, specialising in contemporary classical music and multi-media touring projects.’

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artsinredditch.com

‘A voluntary organisation which supports all individuals and organisations involved in the arts in Redditch and those who would like to be.’

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sfo.org.uk

‘One of Scotland’s foremost traditional music organisations. The Orchestra was formed in 1980, deriving its origins from Fiddlers’ Rallies which were – and are – held throughout the country. After one of these Rallies, a group of enthusiasts met to consider the formation of an orchestra which would draw its members from a’ the airts and would form a cohesive, vigorously rehearsed group of musicians. The aim was to have a group of approximately 150 keen and interested musicians who would play together consistently, provide a series of concerts in the main Scottish cities and work together to create the finest possible standard of orchestral fiddle playing without detracting from the strong traditional strains of our music.‘

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www.nyo.org.uk

‘The vision of NYO is to be the most inspirational orchestra for young people in the UK. This vision begins and ends with an unshakeable belief in the limitless potential of Britain's teenage musicians. NYO exists in order to make this potential a reality ... NYO is a performance organisation.While many great orchestral musicians, conductors and composers have benefited from the unique orchestral training given by NYO, our number-one goal is to give thrilling orchestral performances ...’

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www.artsfestivals.co.uk

‘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.’

Category:Music Festivals
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www.bschoir.org.uk

‘Dorset's most exciting chamber choir, well known for its imaginative programming and engaging performances ...The choir relies heavily on the commitment, as well as the talents, of its members, who come from a wide area, travelling from Hampshire and Wiltshire as well as across Dorset to rehearse each week in Blandford. BSC performs in a wide range of places – the intimate historic churches of Dorset, abbeys and cathedrals across the south of England, concert halls and smaller secular venues ... Its repertoire includes sacred and secular music from the 16th to the 21st centuries and its concerts range from a cappella programmes to performances of the great choral works ... The choir has a particular interest in new music and regularly commissions works ...’

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.oae.co.uk

‘Not all orchestras are the same ... Ok, it’s a not very snappy name, so we tend to call ourselves the OAE. The OAE is probably one of the top “period instruments” Orchestras in the world. What does this mean? Well, over the years instruments and techniques have changed. We try to be authentic, by using instruments and playing styles similar to those the composer would have been familiar with. You get to hear what Vivaldi actually wrote, not a modern version of it. You might be wondering what difference this makes to the actual sound. Well, it tends to be a more edgy sound than polished modern orchestras. It’s a gutsy and definitely a less “polite” sound. Plus the OAE is well known for its sheer enthusiasm for music, which comes across at every performance ...’

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www.anglia.ac.uk/arts-law-and-social-sciences/department-of-music-and-performing-arts

‘We're a community of students and staff working closely in a supportive environment to create new and challenging compositions and performances. Our courses offer a distinctive integration of practice and theory, and we encourage our students to be creative, critically engaged and intellectually curious about their chosen area.’

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croydonmusicandarts.co.uk

‘A service that works to ensure children and young people in the Borough have access to creative opportunities. We work as part of a network of local partners that include the majority of Croydon state schools, a range of cultural organisations and alternative education services.‘

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www.inaccordsingers.co.uk

In Accord is based in Guildford. We sing a mixture of 4 and 5 part “a cappella” harmony covering a broad repertoire of popular songs. Arrangements are written “in house” enabling us to choose songs we enjoy and that are popular with audiences. We can also arrange songs specifically for people we perform to, providing a personalised touch! We don't use written music once we've learned a song. In fact, we just sound a note and start singing. We perform regularly with audiences (and venues) wide ranging and varied, all of which adds to the buzz of showing off what we do!’

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www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival

’The Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the premier music events in Europe and one of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world.‘ Held Late July.

Category:Folk Festivals
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www.sandhurstband.co.uk

‘Founded in 1908, Sandhurst Silver Band is a contesting band currently competing in the 1st section. Funding comes from a mix of members’ subs, payment for engagements and concerts, and grants and donations from firms, councils and individuals ... We stage public concerts several times a year, featuring a mix of light and more serious music, and we are available for hire year-round for fetes, bandstand engagements and private gatherings ... Membership of the band is open to anyone, without discrimination on grounds of age, gender, race etc. Beginners and players who have not yet attained the standard required to play at the level of the main band are offered the opportunity to develop their skills within our non-contesting band, Sandhurst Community Brass.

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keyboardtrust.org

‘Mission is to help young keyboard players reduce the element of chance in building a professional musical career. The Trust identifies the most talented young performers (aged 18-30) and assists their development by offering them opportunities to perform throughout the world. For the most gifted, this means débuts in London, New York, Mexico, Berlin, Rome and other music capitals.’

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blackdownsearlymusic.co.uk

‘Established in 2004, Blackdowns Early Music Projects were principally conceived to draw together groups of experienced singers to work under the expert guidance of specialist music directors on programmes of infrequently performed early music (mostly pre 1720). Singers are invited from all over Europe and the UK to spend 3 or 4 days working together on music that is usually performed in a suitable venue in or around the Blackdown Hills, bridging the Somerset / Devon borders. Frequently the music is accompanied by specialist early music instrumentalists. The resulting choral concerts have become a mainstream event in the calendar for anyone who loves renaissance or baroque vocal music.’

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www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk

Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people's access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry.’

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artformsleeds.co.uk/music/

‘Offers music learning opportunities to learners at school, in the community and in out-of-school settings. Supporting learners from first access through to excellence, ArtForms Music offers a range of activity in all genres, and for learners of all ages. We offer vocal and instrumental learning in and out of school, in a wide range of instruments and across a wide range of genres. ArtForms Music Centres offer community-based music learning across the city, and City of Leeds Youth Music offers the opportunity for young musicians to play at a very high level. We support schools through CPD and through the Music Connect network, as well as delivering National Curriculum teaching.’

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www.gabrieli.com

‘Gabrieli are a choir and period instrument orchestra founded and led by Artistic Director Paul McCreesh. We perform and record great choral, vocal and instrumental repertoire from the renaissance to the present day for the widest possible audience, cultivating an international reputation for excellence, innovation and ambition. Our mission is to educate the public, in every sense – to be standard bearers for the highest quality of performance, to explain, illustrate and illuminate the guiding principles behind our performance ideals and to offer first-class performance opportunities to young people through our bold and ambitious education programme, Gabrieli Roar.’

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www.goldsmithschoral.org.uk

‘A high-quality, amateur choir that is still small and friendly enough to feel welcoming and inclusive. We’re looking for singers with good voices and reasonable sight reading ability, who would relish the opportunity to perform wonderful music with top orchestras and in fantastic venues ... GCU is a busy choir, promoting at least three concerts of its own each year, plus open choral workshops. It also takes part in joint promotions and in events staged by other organisations.‘

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www.cfmds.org.uk

‘Each year, the Chichester Festival for Music, Dance and Speech provides an opportunity for many hundreds of young people to perform in public and benefit from advice and encouragement from acknowledged experts in their field. Running the Festival is a complex, demanding task and fortunately we have a committed, enthusiastic and capable team of volunteers, but we always need more help. Perhaps you could become part of our team. It needn’t be a major commitment on your part, just a little of your time ...’ Held February - March.

Category:Chichester
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www.operanorth.co.uk

‘England’s national opera company in the North and one of Europe’s leading arts organisations. The Company is committed to producing work of the highest quality that excites, challenges and entertains. It tours not only throughout the North of England and to London, but also to opera houses on the continent ... and it performs at major international festivals ... Opera North is a vibrant, lively organisation which actively challenges conventional perceptions of opera. Breathing new life into the classics, the Company is also a strong advocate of lesser-known works and a champion of musical theatre. Opera North collaborates with artists and companies working in a variety of media, including film and visual art. Its versatile Chorus and Orchestra also perform independently, constantly revitalising their approaches to music-making.’

Category:Opera Companies
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www.essexmusichub.org.uk

Essex Music Services – part of Essex County Council – is the lead partner in Essex Music Education Hub which is supported by funding from the Department for Education which comes to us via Arts Council England. Along with partner organisations that make up the Hub, we offer a range of musical services, projects and opportunities throughout Essex schools and within the community.’

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stjohnsranmoor.org.uk/music/

‘Has one of the most extensive, vibrant and comprehensive church-based music programmes in the UK combining both liturgical and secular music to create an all-encompassing and unique experience that appeals to all. Generally considered a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture, grandiose yet still intimate and with a fabulous acoustic perfect for music making, St John’s has had a thriving choral and music tradition that has been renowned since the church’s consecration in 1879. Today it remains one of the last non-cathedral musical foundations to offer music on an almost daily basis.‘

Category:Churches
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barnsley-ymdfestival.co.uk

‘This is an annual youth Music and Drama Festival supported by the Co-perative Group and run by a group of enthusiastic volunteers. Held Mid June.

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www.gcs.org.uk

‘Dedicated to the promotion of historically informed performances of the highest standard on period instruments. It organises a regular series of Early Music concerts ... in the Georgian New Town ... The concert series features not only established Early Music performers but also exciting younger groups. Workshops and talks related to the concerts are also organised.’

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www.johnwilsonorchestra.com

‘Formed by British orchestral conductor John Wilson in 1994. It is a symphonic orchestra that includes a big jazz band ... It’s modelled on the old contract movie orchestras in America. And that's basically the combination of a dance-band brass, rhythm and saxophone section, so four trumpets, four trombones, five saxes who all double, and a rhythm section, who are all very specific specialists in this style. And then on top of that you have a woodwind and French horn section. But I think the key thing is getting the right string players. It has to be a very high octane, high gloss, soloist sort of player. The string sound isn’t blended down, it’s blended up. You play up to the best. It’s a very in-your-face, expensive sort of string sound and it takes a lot of playing. You have to have the best players, but we're spoilt in this country for terrific orchestral performers.’ [Wikipedia 15 October 2017]

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www.icartists.co.uk

‘A deliberately boutique company, ICA’s Artist Management team combines recognised and respected industry leaders with some of the industry’s brightest young talents. We enjoy long-term relationships with our artists, working closely on creative and strategic career development, helping to fulfill their aspirations and ambitions ... Ranging from distinguished and established performers, to musical stars of the future, our roster comprises a handpicked collection of artists, each represented worldwide at the highest international levels.‘

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ivorgurney.co.uk

Ivor Gurney (1890-1937) is regarded as one of the greatest composers of English art-song of the twentieth century and one of the most significant poets of the First World War. His Collected Poems were published in 1982, edited by P. J.Kavanagh and many of his poems are included in anthologies, including the Oxford Book of English Verse ... The Ivor Gurney Society was founded in 1995 to promote interest and scholarship in and around the life and work of the Gloucester composer-poet ... The Ivor Gurney Trust’s primary role is to advise and support those involved in research of the life and works of Ivor Gurney. In this regard, the Trust can authorise the use of archival materials held in the Ivor Gurney Collection at the Gloucestershire Archives for the purpose of academic research, publication and performance.’

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thesixteen.com

The Sixteen is recognised as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. Comprising both choir and period instrument orchestra, The Sixteen's total commitment to the music it performs is its greatest distinction. Its special reputation for performing early English polyphony, masterpieces of the Renaissance, bringing fresh insights into Baroque and early Classical music and a diversity of twentieth century music is drawn from the passions of conductor and founder, Harry Christophers.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
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organistsreview.com

‘If you love to play, love to listen to or simply love to discuss organs as an instrument, this is the magazine for you.’

Category:Music Magazines
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www.jesuscollegechoir.com/site/the_choirs/college_choir

‘The Choirs of Jesus College are uniquely involved in the local community of Cambridge. Rather than maintaining a choir school, Jesus recruits all its Choristers from local schools, helping many young boys to gain access to an excellent and varied musical education. Additionally, the Choirs run Singing Days and “Be a Chorister for a Day” events. These are often held jointly with the girls' choir at St Catharine’s College, are not primarily intended as recruitment events, but allow the College to share its facilities and expertise with the local community.’

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www.nywogb.com

‘NYWO meets twice a year for residential courses (Spring and Summer) lasting around 9 days each. The orchestra is conducted by renowned national and international conductors and tutored by professional musicians. A full range of concerts are given each year in venues throughout the country and abroad. Players are aged between 14 and 21 years old and are of Grade 8 and above standard.’

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basca.org.uk

‘BASCA fosters a sense of community amongst British songwriters, lyricists and composers and encourages the next generation of professional music writers. Members benefit from the campaigning and lobbying activity we undertake on behalf of all UK songwriters and composers. The online members’ directory and forum are a great place for self-promotion, marketing, asking your peers for advice and scouting out collaboration opportunities. We have a First Performance Directory – designed to appeal to our ever-growing classical community, to upload details of premieres and this will appear in the Events calendar.‘

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www.snco.org.uk

‘We're a for-fun organisation of Edinburgh-area amateur musicians who like to get together ... for a bit of playing. We've been around since 1995. We work up two concerts every year - but we meet mostly just to play. We welcome all abilities, all ages, and all backgrounds - anyone who can handle grade 3 or 4 on up - and we hold no auditions, ever.’

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www.justacappella.org.uk

‘We are an award winning vocal group based in Hemel Hempstead. Blending the voices of men and women in close unaccompanied harmony, we sing popular songs from the 1930’s through to the 21st Century.‘

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www.nashensemble.org.uk

‘The Nash Ensemble, Resident Chamber Ensemble at Wigmore Hall since 2010, is acclaimed for its adventurous programming and virtuoso performances. It presents works from Haydn to the avant-garde, and is a major contributor towards the recognition and promotion of contemporary composers: by the end of the 2016/17 season the group will have premièred over 300 new works, of which well over 200 have been specially commissioned from 225 different composers ...’

Category:Westminster
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www.wolvertontownband.org.uk

‘As the oldest brass band in Milton Keynes (founded long before the city was thought of) we have a long and interesting heritage. The band owes so much to those who have gone before and this is why present members are determined to keep it going ... The band used to compete (the earliest records go back to 1909) but we now concentrate on being a local community band, developing existing players and teaching learners. We are a friendly and mixed ability group who enjoy making music and helping each other.’

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