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‘For over 150 years, we have aimed to offer inspiring performances of a wide range of sacred and secular choral works, fully justifying the recognition of Dundee Choral Union as one of the three great city choirs in Scotland ... We usually performs two concerts each year, a Christmas Concert in December and a Spring Concert in March, both held in the Caird Hall, City Square, Dundee.‘

Category Choral Societies
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‘Founded in 1995 to help blind and partially sighted children across the UK, who have a talent or love for music. We believe that visual impairment and other disabilities should not prevent children and young people accessing appropriate musical opportunities ... Many families in the UK who care for one of the 25,000 children with little or no sight, live in relative poverty and cannot afford to give them the musical experiences that can transform their lives. The Amber Trust provides grants to these children for music lessons, music therapy, instruments, equipment and concert tickets.‘

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‘The official Italian governmental body dedicated to promoting Italian language and culture in England and Wales. To this end the Institute ... organises concerts, cultural events and exhibitions ... Establishes contacts with institutions, bodies and personalities in the English and Welsh arts and scientific communities to promote projects that further the knowledge of Italian life and culture ...’

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‘Meets every Friday at the Bradford Arms, Ivetsey Bank [Staffordshire] ... Performers put in a lot of time and effort before they appear on stage to entertain us, and we always show our appreciation for this. Audience members are therefore kindly requested to remain quiet during the performance, thereby not putting off the performer or annoying other audience members. Conversely, we all want a fun evening and “friendly heckling” from the audience, when appropriate, is not frowned upon.‘

Category Folk Clubs
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Wide range of short courses in ‘Music, Sound and Technology’.

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‘Early music's “bit of rough” - this rebellious London-based medieval/folk ensemble pushes, and often transcends, the limits of what is thought of as early music.... Joglaresa embodies the boldness and improvisatory chutzpah that gets straight to the heart of medieval music ... Joglaresa comprises outstanding classical, world, folk and jazz musicians - a sound that is at once traditional and contemporary - combining intoxicating elements of Medieval, Middle Eastern and Celtic musics, they create a unique London sound that is both extrovert and intimate.’

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‘A charitable Trust whose principal object is to help young professional musicians to purchase high quality instruments, appropriate to their careers, which they would not otherwise be able to afford ... Loans are ONLY made for instruments which will be used for public performance, with the special exception of practice organs and pianos for organists and pianists who have already achieved public recognition as soloists or accompanists.‘

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‘Freckleton is a small village based in between Preston and Blackpool in Lancashire and there has been a brass band in the village since the latter part of the nineteenth century ... Freckleton Band has been a constant force in the North West for a good number of years during which time we have won many competitions ... We can now look forward to rejoining the Championship Section yet again in January 2019 where we will be competing with well known bands such as Faireys and Fodens.‘

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‘The Magazine for Traditional Music throughout the world ... We offer a simple way for people with an interest in folk, world or roots music, particularly the countless young people who have been attracted by the recent popularity of these genres, to take their interest a step further.  In Musical Traditions they can find in-depth critical reviews of records and books by real experts, and serious articles on seminal figures in traditional music.  We are prompting more people to develop an interest in their indigenous musical traditions - encouraging them to develop their musical and performance skills and incorporate traditional material and stylistic nuances.’

Category Music Magazines
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Formed 1967: ‘We have continued the tradition of performing at least four large-scale concerts per year ... Many of the bigger works have been with full orchestral accompaniment; we employ excellent professional vocal soloists, instrumentalists, and organists/pianists  ... We have established and maintained a love of choral music in the coastal area, and our members have a wide range of backgrounds and musical experience’.

Category Choral Societies
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‘A friendly, social choir, who enjoy singing and performing to the best of our ability. ... We now have around 30 members. Our general repertoire is very wide – including madrigals, French song, Elgar, Cole Porter, The Lord is My Shepherd (Vicar of Dibley theme), and even Queen! ... We are always on the lookout for new members. Experience and technical knowledge are less important than enthusiasm and the willingness to practice and learn.’

Category Community Choirs
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’Musicians, critics and concert promoters say that Orchestra of St John’s is one of classical music’s best kept secrets. Our Chamber Orchestra was founded 50 years ago by conductor John Lubbock and boasts some of the most exceptional musicians in the country. We have performed all over the world including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Festival Hall with world famous soloists such as Dame Felicity Lott, Sir James Galway, John Lill, Dame Janet Baker, Tasmin Little, Stephen Isserlis and many others.‘

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Chepstow Community Music Centre is a bit like a gym for musicians! ... It provides everything you need to enjoy growing into a stronger musician: * Space to practise; * Equipment to use; * Individual tuition options; * Music theory classes and mentoring; * Groups to join in with; * Opportunities to perform and record; * Impartial advice on all aspects of music making.’

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’Guildford Opera has been performing opera and operetta since 1971 ... Working with experienced Music and Stage Directors and performing with talented soloists and an orchestra, we seek to achieve the highest musical and dramatic standards. We attract many young soloists who then go on to successful careers both in the main UK opera houses and internationally ... Our permanent chorus of amateur singers and backstage team are always open to new members, and we offer a regular programme of social events.‘

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‘Provides vital support and advice to individuals and organisations wishing to help advance the arts within the Manx community. The Council aims to increase involvement with the arts, from the youngest in the community to the oldest. We do this through a number of initiatives and funding schemes ... A vibrant arts and cultural scene is not just “nice to have”; it's vital both to our wellbeing and our sense of place. We want the very best for our creative and cultural communities. We want to support people to take part in whichever way is best for them. We want to make sure arts and culture belong to everyone.’

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‘Re-inventing the orchestra for the 21st century ... Our mission is to redefine what an orchestra can be. We see it as an extraordinary and perfectly synchronised body of instruments that draws on the tradition of centuries but is enriched and expanded by the talents, the instruments and the zeitgeist of the 21st century.  At our core is The British Paraorchestra, the world’s only large-scale ensemble for professional disabled musicians. This boundary-breaking group sets a new template for music-making, either on its own or in collaboration with its two partner ensembles ... the Army of Generals - an electrifying ensemble of non-disabled orchestral musicians that has built an enthusiastic following and is famed for its dynamic energy-fuelled performances ... and, Charles Hazlewood’s All Star Collective; an electronica band comprising some of the big names of pop and rock world.’

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‘We are The Worcester Ukulele Club! (also known as the WUCcies), and quite simply, we’re a friendly bunch, who love singing and playing our Ukes! ... There are approximately 100 active club members. Many members also perform at gigs, raising money for the club’s chosen charity for that year. Popular music from all eras and genres is played, with a repertoire of over 130 songs.‘

Category Ukulele Clubs
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Formed 2001: ‘Codetta is an internationally acclaimed chamber choir based in Derry, N. Ireland ... From an initial group of two choirs, the scheme has now expanded to cater for over 200 choristers performing in a variety of ensembles: Primary Girls, Junior Girls, Boys, Youth and Codetta. Codetta’s members are all originally from Derry but now live, work and study in towns and cities throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe. The wide-ranging repertoire that the choir performs is prepared at intensive weekend rehearsals held monthly throughout the year’.

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Croydon Minster has over 90 singers involved in four choirs. The Choir of Men & Boys, the Girls' Choir, the Choral Scholars and Lay Clerks sing five choral services each week, give regular concerts throughout the year, and have toured, broadcast and recorded. The church boasts a fine 4-manual organ by the celebrated 19th century organ-builder William Hill, and has a distinguished track record of sending young organists to Oxbridge and music colleges.‘

Category Churches
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‘An orchestra based in Gloucestershire, whose instruments are all members of the Recorder family ... There is also a Chamber Orchestra of 10-14 players which meets in the morning before main orchestra rehearsals, and gives separate performances, although all members also perform with the full orchestra. Membership of both is by invitation. Both groups play a wide range of repertoire on the full range of recorders from the tiny garklein to the contrabass, which blend to give a beautiful rich sound.‘

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‘The Gregynog Young Musician Competition was founded in 2005 and has become one of the most prestigious events of its kind. The competition is held annually at the highly acclaimed Gregynog Hall, which has a long history of association with music and the arts. Entrants must be aged 18 years and under and have reached Grade 8 standard or equivalent, on any orchestral instrument, brass band instrument or percussion.‘ Held Late April.

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Formed 2007: ‘The Fabulous 4 Villages Orchestra - 4VO - is an exciting orchestra drawn primarily from musicians living in and around the four villages of Duxford, Whittlesford, Hinxton and Ickleton ... It's geared towards people who are at least grade 4 standard or who have been playing for at least four years. 4VO usually performs two concerts each year, in May and November ... The music is light, mainly themes from films and shows with the occasional popular classic thrown in’.

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‘Each year, we present and produce over 600 events spanning music, theatre, dance, comedy, literature, spoken word, visual arts, film, digital and more. In addition to the year-round programme, each May we produce England's leading and most-progressive mixed-arts celebration, the internationally-acclaimed Brighton Festival. With a rich history spanning over 200 years (starting life as the Prince Regent's stables and riding house), Brighton Dome provides an extraordinary space in which to bring the arts alive.’

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‘A Choir dedicated to singing about the world around us, its inequalities and injustices, and our (4-part vocal harmony) opposition to such injustice. Commoners Choir is also dedicated to reclaiming the fun of making a big noise together without lugging a vanful of instruments and amplifiers around with us. We’re based in West Yorkshire, but we gather and sing wherever seems fitting.’

Category Leeds
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Founded 1958: ‘We are a small chamber choir of 20-25 singers ... based in the London borough of Hillingdon. We enjoy a wide repertoire of secular and sacred music, which includes major choral works, motets and part-songs. We are a vibrant and ambitious choir performing three concerts a year, in which we are joined by professional soloists and players ... New members in all voices are warmly welcomed ... The ability to sight-read is helpful but not essential if you can follow a score with an acceptable degree of accuracy’.

Category Chamber Choirs
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’Sixteen days at the end of November each year are devoted to glorious music-making in Wimbledon and nearby areas. The Festival period was chosen to embrace St Cecilia’s Day, November 22nd, and we like to celebrate the Patron Saint of Music with events involving the community.’

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‘A classical music concert series based at the workshop of harpsichord maker Malcolm Rose and clavichord maker Karin Richter, in Lewes, East Sussex, UK. It celebrated its 25th anniversary in the 2016-17 season, and has built up an enviable reputation for presenting world-class artists in an atmospheric, intimate and friendly setting ... The Workshop has a relatively small seating capacity (approx 50), so we strongly recommend advance booking. Either way, we don’t issue tickets but will reserve you a place.‘

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‘A community ensemble based in the City of London. Set up in 2009, membership is open to all woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. CWO is run by a committee of playing members and there is no formal audition. CWO give concerts usually three times a year and the repertoire is focused on original compositions for wind orchestra, often balanced with lighter, contrasting music. Since 2009 much of the European and American wind orchestra repertoire has been performed.’

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Oldham Choral Society, with about 130 members, is one of the leading amateur choirs in North West England. The repertoire includes most of the major choral works by Bach, Elgar, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Rossini and many others. The society organises about 4 concerts a year in Oldham, elsewhere in Manchester and further afield ... Membership is open to anyone who wants to sing; we do not hold auditions.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘A ladies choir based in Weston-Super-Mare ... in 2014. We sing a wide variety of music from Abba to Rutter, songs from the shows, Disney, and classical, so there’s something for everyone. Reharsals are great fun and hard work and the camaraderie between members is second to none. We are very welcoming to new members.’

Category Ladies Choirs
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‘Founded by volunteers in 2010, Opera Prelude presents critically acclaimed and exciting lecture recitals, workshops, masterclasses, concerts and rare or rediscovered operas in historic and prestigious locations in London and Oxfordshire. A small charity, passionate about bringing opera to new audiences, our events form a bridge across the footlights, introducing you to our young singers and their wonderful, enriching world. We aim to support the early career development of young artists, showcasing their talents and advocating for them, whilst advancing the understanding and accessibility of opera. We believe that opera is for everyone, whether seasoned aficionados or absolute newcomers, and our mission is to open access to this thrilling art form.’

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’Music has a always been an important part of ROSL and ROSL ARTS. Since the beginning of the Annual Music Competition in 1952 music at ROSL ARTS has gone from strength to strength. We now offer a year round programme of concerts at Over-Seas House, London as well as at venues around the UK.‘

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‘Flintshire's biggest mixed voice choir around 70 voices strong ... We present up to four concerts a year of the classical choral repertoire, sacred and secular. We are a bilingual choir (English and Welsh) but also sing in other languages as required by the music. Come and join us either to sing or to listen to our concerts. Based in the historic market town of Mold in Flintshire, North Wales, the choir gives concerts in Mold Parish Church, Capel Bethesda and other venues around the area, including St. Asaph Cathedral.‘

Category Choral Societies
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Docklands Sinfonia has become a major cultural force in the Docklands - bringing high quality music to the area, staging ground-breaking concerts and creating a lasting legacy by inspiring generations of young people ... With one in every two children (49%) living below the poverty line in Tower Hamlets – London’s most deprived borough - few young people in the area have, or will ever, experience the joy of listening to a live symphony orchestra ... Our repertoire celebrates multi cultural London by seeking out innovative collaborations to reach new audiences. Our home is the stunning Hawksmoor-designed St Anne's, Limehouse.‘

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‘A 5-14 piece brass ensemble based in the South West ... who originally got together in 1977 to perform a charity concert to demonstrate that an entertaining programme with a wide range of styles and a dynamic sound can be best produced by a group of ten or eleven players. After a succesful concert it was decided to form Bold Brass. Some of the original members remain as well as some newbies that have only been around for twenty odd years. They continue to perform their own syle of versatile and entertaining programmes which have been enthusiastically received.’

Category Brass Ensembles
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Founded 2006: ‘We’re a group of “lapsed” amateur musicians based around the Inverness & Moray Firth area, who enjoyed playing music earlier in life and have decided to dust off their instruments & get playing again ... Every December the TTO holds its now-legendary annual Charity Christmas concert and we’ve raised thousands of pounds for local charities ... Are you an aspiring “Terrible”?! We have lots of opportunities for keen amateur musicians. As the name suggests, our attitude to music-making is about the joy of music-making and having a great time – all you need is enthusiasm and a sense of humour! We play a wide variety of music from Disney to Dvorak and Bacharach to Beethoven’.

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‘Herefordshire’s leading musical theatre company. We perform two major musicals a year and a whole host of smaller performances too. We’re a friendly and fun community of like-minded individuals, all with a love of musical theatre. If that sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, why not join us? ... Are you aged 8 to 15? Do you want to perform on stage, sing and dance? Why not join our Youth Group! ... There’s a lot of fun, singing and dancing and the chance to perform in a Youth Group show every year, along with other concerts and performances too.’

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‘Set in the picturesque heart of the South Lanarkshire countryside, close to The Borders, the town of Biggar offers residents and visitors a variety of art, music, theatre and general entertainment, of which Clydesdale Folk Club is an integral part. Our regular club nights are held on the last Thursday of every month and we also host various concerts throughout the year. If you like traditional or contemporary folk music and blues, Clydesdale Folk Club gives you the opportunity to see local, national and international artistes and bands at an affordable price.’

Category Folk Clubs
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‘The Society was formed in 1967 and has staged concerts at least twice a year ever since. Our concerts are held in Spring and Autumn and our popular Carol Concerts take place in December. Other special public events and several social events take place during the year.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) was established on the 1st of  April 2013, replacing the eight previous fire and rescue authorities and joint fire and rescue boards. The main purpose of the SFRS is to work in partnership with communities and with others in the public, private and third sectors on prevention, protection and response to improve the safety and wellbeing of people throughout Scotland. The SFRS Pipe Bands play a major part in promoting the Service all over Scotland from their base ... We have a competing Grade 2 Band and Novice Juvenille band which between them represent the SFRS at many ceremonial and social functions throughout the year. Both bands compete at all Major Pipe Band Championships.’

Category Pipe Bands
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Formed 2007: ‘A mixed voice A Cappella ensemble ... Our repertoire Is taken from a mixture of old folk songs, ballads, popular standards and 50s, 60s and 70s pop songs ... Most numbers have three part harmonies, rising to five part to include tenor and contralto voices at times. Some pieces involve solo singing with ensemble backing, most with our own unique arrangements ... The choir is based in Wombourne, West Midlands and ... we perform at public and private events throughout the year’.

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‘Jazz With Pzazz! ... A vibrant group of Polish singers based in London ... Marta Mathea Radwan founded Alle Choir in 2015 in response to a commission from the European Commission ... Since then, they’ve added jazz classics, modern vocal compositions and traditional material to their repertoire – mostly a cappella, occasionally with cool instrumental backing. Between them, this group of singers have decades of experience making music in many styles, working as soloists and musicians. As Alle Choir, they like nothing better than jamming together on a Friday night or on stage.‘

Category Jazz Choirs
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Organize Tuesday Lunch Time Concerts and Saturday Organ Recitals - also at lunchtime: ‘The organ originally had two manuals and was made by J. J. Binns in 1926. A third manual was added by the same builder in 1948. The organ was cleaned and renovated in 2000 by David Wells’ [Wikipedia]

Category Churches
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Formed 1982: ‘Based in Barnburgh, a South Yorkshire village virtually equidistant from Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley, BMVC is an active choir which performs solo and joint concerts at various venues around the district ... The choir sings for pleasure and has a wide and varied repertoire, including songs from the shows, past and present ... many popular songs from throughout the 20th Century ... as well as a variety of more classical scores ... There's no audition or requirement to be able to read music, so if you enjoy singing why not give us a try!!??’

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‘Formed in 2016 by students from the University of Manchester. We are a collection of musicians, both singers and instrumentalists, dedicated to the accurate performance of Renaissance and early music. Based in the north west, the ensemble aims to perform four or five concerts every year, both lunchtime and evening. The concerts range from acapellachoral and instrumental ensemble to solo performer in content. The ensemble is project based and pools musicians from both the University of Manchester and Royal Northern College of Music. We are always keen to collaborate with other ensembles and performers.’

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‘Originally set up in 1997 Worcester City Brass provides the many talented young brass players in Worcester and the surrounding area the opportunity to meet and make music. WCB earned an enviable reputation both locally and nationally when the Youth Band performed at the British Open Brass Band Championships Gala Concert at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the Junior Band performed at the National Youth Brass Band Championships. For a number of years WCB was mothballed whilst the musicians and musical director took a change of musical direction. Worcester City Brass reformed again in the summer of 2015 ... We currently have 2 brass bands: Training Band and Youth Band.’

Category Worcester
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‘Founded in 1892, Dover Choral Society presents two major concerts every year. Programmes contain a wide variety of choral works, both sacred and secular, using professional instrumentalists and soloists ... Each summer we join with other local musicians to present the Dover Festival Proms Concert in support of local charities. Other musical and social events also take place throughout the year. New members are always welcome - rehearsals are intensive, but friendly!’

Category Choral Societies
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‘Performs a wide range of concerts, shows and musicals to suit all tastes. Our members come from a wide range of backgrounds but we all share a common love of music and singing ... The Company has strong roots in light opera, which come from its origins as Ballymacarrett Operatic Society, and today BOC continues to draw on its extensive choral experience as it widens its musical horizons by embracing contemporary shows. Our annual performances in the Belfast’s Grand Opera House have included not just the well known classics but also shows that are entirely new to Belfast.’

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Trentham Brass Band is a friendly, welcoming band based in Longton, Stoke on Trent ... New players always welcome. We run a beginner and Training band ... No experience necessary. Instruments available for loan ... Trentham Brass prides itself for being a band which encourages its younger players to achieve their very best potential, both individually and as part of the team.’

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‘Aims to help a young conductor establish an international conducting career, bridging the gap between conservatoire training and professional life. The winner of the competition is offered, in addition to an award of £15,000, the opportunity to become Assistant Conductor of the LSO for up to one year. The competition is open to conductors aged 30 or under who are citizens of the 28 countries with full membership of the European Union, plus those in Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland.’ Biennial [2018], held Late November.

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Cradley Singers is a choir of approximately 30 singers performing three concerts each year in and around the Malvern and Worcester area. Although we originated as Cradley Village choir, our members now come from many villages and market towns in the area, such as Ledbury, Bromyard and Malvern. We sing a wide variety of music ranging from serious works such as Vivaldi’s Gloria and the Duruflé Requiem to light-hearted jazz and contemporary pieces.‘

Category Community Choirs
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SPARC contributes to the interdisciplinary field of 21st Century sound practice in all its magnificent plurality. SPARC members work at the boundaries between improvisation, performance, sound art and composition. SPARC promotes dialogue, debate and creative activity in sound and composition practices through the production of new creative work, publications, multi.modal recordings, public fora and new collaborative relationships.’

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‘Continues to offer music-lovers the opportunity to experience chamber music of the highest quality without the need to go to London! As usual, we have a tremendous mix of older established musicians and ensembles together with some younger and new faces who, like so many who have performed here, will go on to become distinguished artists of the future.  We welcome music lovers from Kent, Sussex and beyond to the Chaplin Theatre, which is a 250-seat purpose-built venue with excellent acoustics, visibility; it also benefits from a superb Bosendorfer piano.’

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‘The Hitchin Light Orchestra is a unique institution and is difficult to describe in words ... Imagine a concert orchestra – violins, cellos, trumpets, trombones, flutes, clarinets, percussion and so on. Then add a bunch of saxophone players and a jazz rock rhythm section and a group of about twenty singers, around seventy people in all. This gives you the size of it, but the next thing you would notice at a gig is that there are all different age groups. You have 10 year olds playing next to 70 year olds, students and teachers playing from the same part! ... Anyone can join - come along, bring your instrument and if you like it - you're in!’

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‘The ECO is one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras, having performed in more countries than any other orchestra, recorded over 1,500 works and played with the world’s greatest musicians ... The illustrious history of the orchestra features many major musical figures. Benjamin Britten was the orchestra’s first Patron and a significant musical influence.‘

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‘We are one of the oldest jazz clubs in the world. We opened in 1959 and since that time have featured most of the legendary and popular names in modern jazz and jazz fusion ... Main Jazz Club (downstairs): We're a live venue so you need to book tickets in advance to come and see a show. Once you're inside, we allocate you seats and then you can order food and drinks (to be paid for on the night) from your seats, there's a service table throughout the whole show ... Upstairs @ Ronnie's is a 140 capacity bar and live music venue (separate to the main club). There is live music every night of the week.’

Category Jazz Clubs
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‘The present Beenham Band was formed in 1999 as part of the village's millennium celebrations, with the help of a grant from the Parish Council. From very modest beginnings (there were six performers taking part in the first concert in Beenham Church), it has grown to its present size of 35 members ... We normally put on three or four local concerts each year, and often play at local fetes and events.’

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‘Concert series in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Bringing world class performances in a year round concert cycle.’ Typically half a dozen or so recitals per annum at venues in and around Aysgarth.

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The Winchester Uke Jam meets at The Winchester Club and all are welcome, regardless of ability. You don’t have to be a uke player to join in. We welcome any stringed instrument or if you fancy playing a bit of percussion, having a sing or just want to listen then come along... and if you’re visiting Winchester and you’re looking for a night out, you’d be more than welcome to stop by.’

Category Ukulele Clubs
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‘To the delight of countless audiences, the Orchestra has, since 1982, given regular public concerts around the North West of England, and further afield. There are usually two concerts a year promoted by the orchestra themselves, and a further concert given in association with a charity, or similar worthy cause ... Players are mainly from the Greater Manchester conurbation but as many as a fifth of the forty plus players travel long distances to take part. The instrumentation of the group is currently about 1 Sopranino, 6 Descants, 12 Trebles, 12 Tenors, 9 Basses, 5 Great Basses and 3 Contra Basses ... For each concert the orchestra invites one or more soloists to play with them. This offers valuable contrast to the recorder sound. Soloists are chosen to give experience to young performers as well as more established local players.’

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Playlist for Life taps into a recognised phenomenon: personally meaningful music has the ability to improve life for people with dementia, their family and their carers. We have probably all experienced music which gives us “that flashback feeling”, when a certain song takes us back to a person, place or time whenever we hear it. That feeling is a sign that the music we are listening to is particularly deeply connected to our memories and emotions. For people with dementia it can be a lifeline. But Playlist for Life is about far more than listening to music. It's about creating personal connections. Helping someone to make a playlist brings people together and fosters understanding. It empowers family carers and ensures professional care is more person-centred.‘

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‘A Jazz Journal subscription brings you 12 monthly print issues in the post each containing around 40,000 words of expert jazz commentary from the longest-established English-language publication devoted solely to jazz.’

Category Music Magazines
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‘Launched in memory of festival founder Yehudi Menuhin, and the foremost competition of its kind in the world, WFISC seeks out exceptional young string soloists. Reaching all corners of the globe we encourage, nurture, support and enable prodigious talent to come to fruition, and launch the winner’s professional career. Sharing knowledge and experience, we forge international connections for the future.’ Biennial, held Late March [2019].

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Spectra Musica is an auditioned chamber choir ... based in Wincanton, Somerset. We perform three times a year throughout the South West of England. At our heart is a repertoire which spans six centuries and embraces all styles of music ... We have 27 singers and are always willing to audition potential new recruits, please get in touch if you are interested.’

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘Established in memory of the eminent pianist and teacher Harold Craxton. The first awards were made in 1978 and since that time over four hundred awards have been given to instrumentalists and pianists. Awards of between £400 - £1,000 are made every two years [2019] following an audition and interview. Assistance includes helping fund post-graduate studies, private lessons, fees or travel expenses to attend competitions and courses to other special projects such as the costs of concert publicity or a demo CD ... Many of today's leading musicians have benefited from awards given by the Craxton Memorial Trust and we are proud to have helped them in their early careers.’

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St Mary Redcliffe Church has a long and distinguished musical tradition. There are usually three sung Sunday services each week at which one of the church choirs (or a visiting choir) sings. The church has a large and famous pipe organ by Harrison and Harrison of Durham, built in 1912, which is highly regarded as a masterpiece of Edwardian craftsmanship ... Each week we host a free organ recital on Thursday lunchtime, with organists from around the country and from further afield ... For details of this month's music take a look at our monthy music list and remember to look at our events page for information about concerts in church.‘

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‘Formed in February 2006 by the merger of Praze and Hayle Male Voice Choirs. As with many smaller choirs in the County there is increasing age of members and a shortage of younger recruits. The solution was successfully sought in the two choirs coming together ... Praze Hayle Male Choir is committed to a strong programme of concerts, weddings and other local events both in and out of doors. The wide repertoire of the two former choirs has been successfully combined and expanded upon.’

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‘Highly respected children's choirs drawing from the Southend area performing in major London venues and overseas. Regular broadcasts and recordings ... Southend Boys' and Girls' Choirs always welcome new members, and the start of the term is an ideal time to join, and remember there are no joining or membership fees for any of the Southend Choirs. The choirs cater for all ages and experiences, from the youngest Step Up Choir to the 4 – part harmony senior choirs.‘

Also indexedSouthend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs
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‘The City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra was formed in September 1981 to fill a gap at that time for symphonic music making of a high standard for the many gifted amateur musicians in the Cardiff area. The orchestra has performed over 150 concerts in and around Cardiff with a repertoire of well over 200 orchestral works ... We perform at least five concerts per year with varied, challenging programmes, often with high-class, professional soloists.‘

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‘We are a medium sized mixed-voice choir based on the rural South Cumbria/North Lancashire border. We sing a wide range of music, religious and secular, ancient and modern, and normally hold 3 concerts a year; our Spring concert is usually a substantial work with professional soloists and orchestral accompaniment. We believe in encouraging young musicians and young singers and have collaborated with several youth groups in recent years ... We do not hold auditions but you will need to have a good ear, be able to hold a line in four-part harmonies and have some music reading ability. Most important though are a love of music-making, enthusiasm and willingness to work hard! ... Dating back to the early 1900's, Eversley Choir has an interesting history and been associated with some very distinguished musicians including Sir John Barbirolli and Sir Malcolm Sargent.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘The home of Musicals & Drama for Croydon, CODA (Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association) stages a variety of exciting musical and drama productions at the Ashcroft Theatre and various other venues in and around Croydon & Sutton each year ... Active in the borough since 1943, CODA believes the arts play an essential role in our everyday lives, our cultural identity and our economy. Performance art inspires, challenges and educates us.  CODA works to promote the wider positive impact art has on society and support more organisations to benefit individuals and communities through their work. CODA and its members also promote the philosophy that the fine arts provide non-academic benefits such as promoting self-esteem, motivation, aesthetic awareness, cultural exposure, creativity, improved emotional expression, as well as social harmony and appreciation of diversity.’

Also indexedCODA
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‘As a Community Band our philosophy is to enjoy making music above all and produce the highest possible standard for our players ... We like to create a friendly, but enjoyable working environment, but players must be committed. We encourage the development of younger players and many of our past members have pursued careers in the music profession and the armed forces ... Our repertoire consists of a varied programme including traditional Brass band music, pop, classical, jazz and film scores. There is something for everyone! ... The band is completely independent and self financing. The band has performed at many venues over the years, including Wolverhampton Civic Hall as part of the Multi-Faith Service held annually.’

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‘The Arts in Residence organisation offers classical music events and classical music breaks in country houses and country hotels that have been picked for their superbly appointed positions. They all create an atmosphere in
which you can enjoy the experience of music and the arts in style, comfort and good company. The delicious food, excellent wine and friendly ambience are as important as the music you will hear and explore. Our prices for a weekend or midweek break are fully inclusive ... There are no hidden extras. We aim to create a friendly house party atmosphere with people who have plenty in common. An Arts in Residence classical music break can prove the music-event of your year.’

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‘A professional music entertainment agency in Bournemouth, Dorset ... We’re able to provide musicians for weddings, parties, events, dinners, receptions, corporate events, conferences, festivals and all manner of social events. Based in the South of England in Dorset, we continue to provide professional live musicians and bands to Dorset, London, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Kent and everything in-between.’

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‘The object of COAST is to promote and provide access to the arts in the Cromer and Sheringham areas, celebrating the variety and quality of work produced in the local area and creating a vision to share for the common good – giving local communities and visitors the opportunity to experience local, regional and national creativity ... It took 6 years of successful October festivals to evolve from the Cromer and Sheringham Art and Literary Festival to COAST ARTS. More than a festival, more than a week in October, Coast Arts is now visible all year, but still culminates in the traditional half term focus. Not that it’s a change, just a quiet revolution, just adding to the success.’

Also indexedCromer and Sheringham Art and Literary Festival
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‘The OACC is an award winning, dynamic, inclusive choir based in Belfast, Northern Ireland ... The choir is an integral part of Open Arts, an organisation that engages with disabled people in delivering high quality arts activities, by promoting artistic excellence and encouraging the participation of people with and without disabilities ... Our choir is available to book for festivals, corporate events, conferences etc. All performance venues for the OACC must be wheelchair-accessible.’

Category Community Choirs
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‘Meetings every Thursday at 7.15; Recitals at 7.30 - 8.30 & 8.45 - 9.45 ... All jazz enthusiasts and friends welcome.’

Category Jazz Clubs
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‘The Essex Concert Orchestra performs popular programmes three or four times a year. Works included in the programmes are typically preceded by a short verbal analysis presented by the conductor, during which sections of the Orchestra may play selected excerpts before the performance in full. This has become the Orchestra’s popular characteristic style of performance. The Orchestra is a “not for profits” organisation and, as such, occasionally makes donations to charities ... It is also seen as a high calibre semi-professional orchestral body ... made up of top musicians from the Essex area. These individuals include professional performers, students at prominent London and Essex music colleges, and local music teachers.’

Category Southend-on-Sea
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Brief details of forthcoming concerts submitted by UK choral organizations: who, where, when, what, ticket information. Organized by month, and within that chronologically by date.

Also indexedBritish Choirs on the Net
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‘The inspiration for Traditional Carols in London comes from many of the small villages on the periphery of Sheffield in South Yorkshire where every weekend, from the first Sunday after Remembrance right up to Christmas, people squeeze into small rooms in their local pubs to sing carols together in a secular celebration of Christmas ... Carol singing itself is not new to London, but since about 2005 a group of us have been gathering in pubs to sing these "Sheffield" carols along with some from Sussex and a few of the more commonly known carols ... We hope to encourage people to come and join us to sing these beautiful songs over a beer or two, to help keep these old songs alive and, most of all, to enjoy a musical and secular celebration of this most magical time of the year.‘

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‘We are a vibrant arts venue right in the heart of Guildford with a warm and friendly atmosphere ... The Theatre is financed and managed as a not-for-profit venture by world leaders in music industry education, the Academy of Contemporary Music. ACM’s agreement with Guildford Borough Council ensures the future of the Electric Theatre and its vital commitment to the arts and the community, respecting its legacy and saving the local taxpayer money in the process ... Providing a platform for the many talented musicians who have passed through the doors at ACM ... The Electric Theatre has played a key role in the success of the prestigious music institution.’

Also indexedAcademy of Contemporary Music
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‘A major occasion in the Scottish music calendar incorporating the official Scottish Accordion Championships for traditional music alongside fiddle competitions and a range of individual and group sections covering a variety of musical styles ... Come along and listen to the competitions and enjoy the wonderful music ... The Grand Finale ... features the results of the Senior Scottish Championship and performances by some of the nation’s leading musicians.’ Held Late October.

Also indexedScottish Accordion Championships
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‘Founded in 1985 ... and is therefore the UK's third-longest-established recorder orchestra. It is based in the village of Ickwell, near Biggleswade in Bedfordshire. As a registered charity itself, one of Peregrine's aims is to assist other charities - often small, local ones - to raise funds. Our other aim, apart from enjoying ourselves of course, is to promote the understanding and appreciation of our much-maligned instrument! We do this in two ways; staging two or three concerts per year, and running a series of school visits in the local area.’

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‘Our members are at all levels and we even have one or two experts. You can come for some or all of the session but it can be overwhelming for absolute beginners/learners. Therefore we’ve introduced lessons and separate sessions for them at our home ... We also play local fetes and festivals, private parties and we organise several charity gigs each year.’

Category Ukulele Clubs
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‘The Music Research Centre (MRC) is a community of composers, musicologists, ethnomusicologists, performers, songwriters, and sound artists who explore contemporary and historical music practice, theory, and scholarship.‘

Also indexedIntercultural Communication through Practice | Open Scores Lab | Sonic Arts and Visual Music | The Sonic Materiality Lab...
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‘We're a choir for girls, aged 12 to 20 years old. You will have the opportunity to make incredible music, tour abroad, travel and perform, have lots of fun, and sing a huge variety of music - ranging from classical to jazz, musical theatre to folk, and from “Palestrina to Pop”! (if you don't know what that means, don't worry, you will soon!) ... We're always looking for new singers, and we'll be happy to chat through how you go about joining.’

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‘A thriving, mixed voice, community choir of singers of all ages. Our repertoire ranges from the great classic choral works to modern contemporary pieces ... We rehearse from September through to July for our four main concerts, which are held in Frodsham, and also take our music to other venues in the area. Groups of singers from within the choir are available to sing at weddings and the choir regularly puts on events to raise money for local charities.‘

Category Choral Societies
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‘We are proud to be the spiritual home of the Household Division in their Ceremonial and Combat roles. We also serve all troops within London District who are not part of the Household Division. Indeed, we are the only Royal Military Chapel in London. If you join us, you will find a splendid professional choir and the finest military musicians. Our services follow the traditional Anglican pattern ... You will notice that we have regular lunch time Recitals and Concerts. Do pay us a visit when next in town or maybe consider becoming a regular member of our growing congregation.’

Category Chapels
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‘We’re dedicated to bringing back to life the music that was an integral part of worship in England for 150 years  – from about 1700 to 1850 ... We’re always looking for new members, particularly tenors! No previous experience is necessary, just a basic ability to read music and a willingness to enjoy yourself! We’re also available to put on a concert or enhance your church’s worship.’

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CADOS is a friendly, thriving amateur theatre group based in Chingford on the East London/Essex border. We stage two musicals or plays a year ... We have two types of membership - Active and Patron .. You need to be over 16 years old and to pass a company audition to become an Active CADOS member. This is in two parts: a simple acting audition (e.g. a short monologue or poem) and a singing audition for those wishing to perform in musicals (you will need to prepare a short piece and bring along a backing track or sheet music unless you wish to sing unaccompanied) ... We're always looking for people to assist backstage or front of house too, so please get in touch however you would like to be involved!’

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Founded 2016: ‘The orchestra is formed of friendly and talented local musicians from Lowestoft, Waveney and surrounding areas. The orchestra aims to provide live music to the local area by giving three or more concerts a year. We also aim to encourage any musicians in the surrounding communities that have not yet had the opportunity or experience to play or perform in such an orchestra, or . . . maybe they used to play and miss it’.

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‘Monthly live art/classical musical concerts held in Thatcham’s oldest building. The concerts are held on a Sunday afternoon. Coffee, Tea and Cakes are served at 15:30. The Concert starts at 16:00 and lasts for around an hour. Tea, Cakes and Live Music: What better way to spend an hour or two on a Sunday afternoon?’

Category Newbury
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‘A locally acclaimed chamber choir of about 25 singers, performing a wide variety of music from the very early to the present day ... The choir was formed in 1968, initially to perform the works of William Byrd at Stondon Massey, Essex, where the composer spent the last thirty years of his life. Whilst the singers remain committed to the music of the Renaissance, a far broader repertoire is now presented ... The choir gives several concerts a year ... Performances may be a cappella, accompanied by organ or piano, or with full orchestra and soloists.’

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘Founded in 1980 with the aim of bringing Robert Simpson's music to a wider public ... Robert Simpson [1921-1997] is internationally renowned to be one of the most prolific 20th-century composers of symphonies and chamber music, especially string quartets. But his eleven symphonies and fifteen string quartets are only a portion of his output, which equally includes concertos (his best-known one being the Piano Concerto), non-symphonic orchestral music, chamber music for a large variety of performers, piano music, even choral and organ music.‘

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‘Perfect for larger events, our beautiful Victorian Concert Hall provides a grand and atmospheric backdrop to your wedding, banquet, conference, exhibition and more. The grand cantilevered balcony provides additional seating without the pillars to block the views of those seated beneath, all the while retaining an intimate feel. Pride of place is the magnificent Father Willis Organ, recently refurbished, it is one of the best examples of its kind in the country, and has delighted audiences for generations.’

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‘Dedicated to the preservation of the former Sunderland Odeon Compton Organ, and to promote the instrument with regular concerts.’

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