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Area: Aberdeen City

‘Aberdeen’s oldest and original music, drama and dance Festival began life in 1909 and is still very much alive today ... The Festival adopts the motto of Sir Henry Walford Davies “Not to gain a prize or defeat a rival but to pace one another on the road to excellence”. The Festival is run entirely by volunteers and relies on entry fees, fundraising and sponsorship to continue to offer performance opportunities to musicians, singers and actors from the North East and beyond. The Festival takes place each year in the first week of June, in halls throughout the city. The Festival is not just for the performers. All events are open to the public and audiences are warmly welcomed.’

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'Established in 1922 in order to encourage the art of organ playing and choir training and, in general, to foster music in churches in the North East of Scotland by means of regular meetings, courses, recitals and other events. Our membership consists of practising and retired organists from both within the Aberdeen area and further afield, along with a number of non-organists who simply have an interest in organ music.'

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'The objective of ACMC is to foster the appreciation and study of chamber music by the promotion of an annual series of six concerts from ensembles of the highest quality, of Scottish, national and international standing. We aim to provide a stimulating mix of different types of ensemble, with programmes including both the core chamber music repertoire and less well-known and contemporary pieces.'

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‘Music at Aberdeen is a thriving learning, performing and research community ... The University of Aberdeen is unusual in placing both Music and Music Education in the same department, which has a positive benefit for all staff and students. Our flexible BMus degree programme is one of only a handful of degrees in Music which incorporate a teaching qualification. Staff are active as musicologists, composers and performers and their work is recognised and valued throughout the world, both in research communities as well as in the concert hall and via broadcast media.’

Also indexedUniversity of Aberdeen
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‘NESMS exists to provide tuition at an advanced level for musically talented individuals of all ages. To do this we bring internationally recognized teachers to our centre in Aberdeen on a regular basis – normally nine times a year. We have four teaching studios, one of which is large enough to hold small concerts or recitals, and an extensive library ... We know that success in public performance increases musical confidence and awareness. And so for those who want to develop the ability to deal confidently with an audience we provide suitably supported opportunities to perform both within and beyond the School as a solo player or as part of an ensemble – in for example our Flute Choir, Chamber Group or Wind Ensemble.‘

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‘NESCGS is a group of like-minded people who have come together to broaden the awareness, understanding and appreciation of the classical guitar ... The Society meets twice a month where members can play solo pieces and get involved with the ensemble. We organise concerts and workshops with renowned guitarists that are held locally in Aberdeenshire.’

Category Aberdeen City
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‘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 ...’

Category Choral Societies
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‘Formed in 1982 and has established itself at the forefront of amateur orchestral playing in Aberdeen. Programmes have utilised the full variety of orchestral dispositions, from chamber to full symphony orchestra - from the music of the Classical period to contemporary film. We welcome players, particularly in the string section, who have achieved Associated Board Grade 8 standard or equivalent ... Currently, the ACO promotes an average of 3 concerts a year in the Aberdeen area.’

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Founded 1946: ‘Two concerts have been presented every year consisting of an annual performance of Handel's Messiah in the week before Christmas and a second concert in March drawn from the choral works of leading composers. The choir maintains a membership of over 100 and has always enjoyed a wide following in the city and the surrounding area’.

Category Choral Societies
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‘A chorus of around 80 women from Aberdeen, Scotland who sing in four part harmony a cappella style. It is one of the top women's barbershop choruses in the UK.’

Category Aberdeen City
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'Founded in 1987, originally as a small group of strings and harpsichord. In 1997, at a time when the group was beginning to feel the need to expand its musical repertoire, they were given the exciting opportunity to expand considerably in order to perform as a chamber orchestra in the Music Hall with Roger Williams as conductor, and with the brilliant Russian pianist Mikhail Kazakevich as soloist. Since then Aberdeen Sinfonietta has established itself as one of the foremost contributors to music-making in the north-east.'

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'We have been performing traditional Scottish music in concert since 1928. New orchestra members are always welcome at our rehearsals. The orchestras are available for booking for public and private performances in and around Aberdeen. Our recordings of traditional Scottish music on CD can be bought online.'

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‘A friendly, high quality, all year round, amateur, classical recording and performing orchestra based in Aberdeen, North-East Scotland. The aims of GCO are to offer a regular outlet for musicians in the Grampian area to practise and perform their art regardless of age, background or income and have opportunities to meet like minded individuals.’

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Founded 2006: ‘The orchestra brings together talented musicians from the Grampian region of Scotland (including Aberdeenshire and Moray), offering instrumentalists of school and university age the opportunities to work with leading conductors and to perform with international and local musicians ... Every year the orchestra gets together for a rehearsal day before embarking on a weekend course later that year, which ends with a concert ... Players of all orchestral instruments are invited to apply to audition for membership of GYO. Players from anywhere in the North East of Scotland (born or studying in) between the ages of 12 and 22 ... are eligible. Players should be at ABRSM Grade 7/8 level but players working towards this level are encouraged to apply’.

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Founded 1850: ‘We are one of the longest established Brass Bands in the north of Scotland, based in Aberdeen ... The Band performs in and around Aberdeen regularly at a wide variety of events such as fund raising concerts, local galas, church services ... The Community Band provides an opportunity for players of all ages and abilities to come together to make music in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere ...  From time to time there is an opportunity to also participate in joint rehearsals with Granite City Brass ... This is a superb opportunity to learn at another level with guidance and tuition’.

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'The chorus is one of over fifty such groups who are members of the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS). The chorus has a current membership of over forty singers and is the only BABS registered male barbershop chorus in the North of Scotland.'

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‘Has long been one of the most popular amateur orchestras in North East Scotland. We pride ourselves on our friendliness and welcome players of all instruments, at all standards. In a typical year we give three concerts, all supporting charities. Recent concerts have included works as diverse as the symphonies and overtures of the great classical masters to the sound tracks from popular films and arrangements of comic operas or popular dance music. We are aware that many people learn on a borrowed instrument, but are unable to carry on playing after they leave school. We have a number of loan instruments, so contact us; we may be able to help out.’

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‘World Championship successful band ... Formed in 1980, with humble beginnings, the town band performed at local events in and around Aberdeenshire. Today ... the Band is one of the city’s most progressive and fastest rising in the region ... We boast over 40 members and practice in Aberdeen city centre. The Band actively compete at minor and major contests and enjoy a well balanced competing and social life.’

Category Pipe Bands
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‘Worship at St Andrew’s is in the Anglican Choral Cathedral Style with an emphasis on liturgy ... providing a range of high quality music to enhance the worship at choral services, as well as a weekly recital series and a variety of other concerts and musical events. The building has a fine acoustic and the cathedral organ is a historic instrument, some of which dates back to 1818.’

Category Cathedrals
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