Area: Berkshire

Sunday afternoon concerts at the Aldermaston Concert Centre: 'We'd love to welcome you to our Concert Centre if you have a free Sunday afternoon; you could even enjoy a pre-concert lunch. The William Penney Theatre is very comfortable and spacious with good vision and sound.'

* Aldermaston Concert Centre
Visits to the Website217
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'A friendly Club that meets monthly. It holds a mixture of professional and amateur nights and the occasional charity evening. This not only raises money for good causes, but also promotes the club. The club tries to give younger artistes just starting on the circuit a chance as well as the "OLD" favourites ...'

* Ascot Organ and Keyboard Club
Visits to the Website189
Views of The ‘Full’ Record464
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'Firmly established as one of Europe’s foremost early music courses ... The course offers inspiration and guidance to both singers and players of baroque music from an expert team of leading specialists in historical performance style.' Held Mid August.

* Baroque Week
Visits to the Website140
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'A dynamic partnership made up of strategic local, regional and national music organisations and individual professional musicians and artists as well as all schools and Unitary Authorities ... “Berkshire Maestros” is the lead organisation of the Berkshire Music Hub and the principal provider of high quality musical experiences for children and young people across Berkshire and beyond, delivered by a highly qualified and trained workforce of music teachers and skilled community musicians.'

* Berkshire Maestros
Visits to the Website164
Also indexedBerkshire Music Education Hub
Views of The ‘Full’ Record228

‘We hope to cater for as many tastes as possible by promoting organ recitals and concerts, master classes, talks on organs, discussions on church music, publishers' evenings, choir workshops, social evenings and visits to interesting organs. Since 1965 we have arranged regular recitals on the historic Father Willis organ in Reading Town Hall, and we also organise a series of lower-profile recitals given by members in local churches.‘

* Berkshire Organists' Association
Visits to the Website145
Views of The ‘Full’ Record388

'Umbrella organization representing more than fifty arts-based community groups that operate in the Maidenhead area.'

* Maidenhead and District Arts Council
Visits to the Website120
Views of The ‘Full’ Record283

‘All classes are open to amateurs irrespective of area of residence. Although the festival is mainly intended for amateurs, professionals may enter the Open Classes. For the purpose of this Festival, a professional is defined in relation to each individual class in the Syllabus as a person whose main occupation is in teaching or performing of the subject covered by that particular class.’ Held Mid October.

* Maidenhead Festival of Music & Dance
Visits to the Website49
Views of The ‘Full’ Record84

'Furthers the development of music in the Maidenhead area by presenting a series of professional classical concerts each year. All general concerts are open to the public, but anyone joining as a Member of the Society qualifies for generous ticket discounts and occasional special private events.'

* Maidenhead Music Society
Visits to the Website125
Views of The ‘Full’ Record276
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‘We have been delighting audiences for classical chamber music for more than 30 years now. Our concerts take place every two or three weeks on Saturday evenings between May and September in the 18th-century church of St Peter, by the Thames at Wallingford. They start at 8.00 p.m.’

* Music at St Peter's Wallingford
Visits to the Website114
Views of The ‘Full’ Record163
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'Encourage your promising musicians to experience the inspiring sounds of a full symphony orchestra. Let them be guided by experts and, in the company of their peers, encourage them to enjoy the vibrant and invigorating atmosphere of shared music-making.' Held Mid July.

* National Preparatory School Orchestras
Visits to the Website113
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‘The Association concentrates on the area administered by West Berkshire Council from Tilehurst in the east to Hungerford and Lambourn in the west. Within this area there are some fine examples of the organ builder's craft, and although the Association is centred on Newbury, visits are made and events organised in the surrounding towns and villages. People join the Association for a variety of reasons. Some are expert players who desire to share their knowledge and experience with others and welcome the opportunity to give lunchtime and evening recitals. Others are amateurs or beginners who want to learn more. Others still are non-players but nevertheless fascinated by the organ in all its shapes and forms, the music written for it, and the venues at which organs are found, whilst some enjoy the social side where the talk is musical and the discussion lively.’

* Newbury and District Organists’ Association
Visits to the Website70
Views of The ‘Full’ Record165

Held Early May. 'A glorious fortnight of world class music in Newbury and its beautiful neighbouring villages, with up to 45 events in 18 venues, and where international symphony orchestras, ensembles and soloists rub shoulders with jazz legends, world music artists and the stars of tomorrow.'

* Newbury Spring Festival
Visits to the Website107
Views of The ‘Full’ Record229

‘We are NUTS ... Come along for a Ukulele jam with simple to play songs ... It's a social session with all welcome from new starters to seasoned pros. Just bring your Uke, your voice for an uplifting jam and a drink or two!’

Category Newbury
* Newbury Ukulele Town Strummers
Visits to the Website84
Views of The ‘Full’ Record90

‘Friendship in Music: Enjoyment through music-making; high standards of performance alongside friendliness and good humour ... A music Summer School for adult amateur players and singers, with two orchestras, choir, string group and brass ensemble courses. Held Early August. (As well as the summer school, the Society has introduced a chamber music weekend, based in Leeds.) 

* NLMS Music Summer School
Visits to the Website165
Also indexedNew London Music Society
Views of The ‘Full’ Record264
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‘We invite you to come and play ukulele with us at Reading Ukulele Group. We have a wide mix of playing abilities in the group from those just starting out to seasoned players. As well as running the classes we play regularly at festivals and events in Berkshire and ​the surrounding area.’

Category Ukulele Clubs
* Reading Ukulele Group
Visits to the Website74
Views of The ‘Full’ Record177

‘Local music service for Slough, Berkshire, and lead organisation of the Slough Music Education Hub. We are a not for profit service, part of Slough Borough Council's Education and Children's Services and funded by central government. We provide music lessons, training and events in and outside school for children and young people in Slough. We are proud to work with the children, young people and staff in Slough's schools, and with those in the community, to provide enhanced music services for all.’

* Slough Music Service
Visits to the Website44
Also indexedSlough Music Education Hub
Views of The ‘Full’ Record166

‘A celebration of music (of many kinds), literature, visual and performing arts, with talks, demonstrations, workshops and Fringe events that bring people together to explore new ideas and to be surprised and delighted by what emerges. All based in Goring and Streatley’s gorgeous, atmospheric spaces.’ Held Mid June.

* The Gap Festival
Visits to the Website60
Also indexedGoring & Streatley
Views of The ‘Full’ Record115

‘The Festival offers a platform for amateur musicians and singers of all ages to perform in front of an expert adjudicator and to receive encouragement and feedback. An experienced accompanist is also available. It culminates with a concert of prizewinners.’ Held Mid June.

* Wantage Music Festival
Visits to the Website176
Views of The ‘Full’ Record280

‘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
* West Berkshire Chamber Music Concerts
Visits to the Website20
Views of The ‘Full’ Record58

‘Our members come from all parts of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire and beyond ... We are a small society and our current membership is approximately 20 and is open to anyone. You do not need to be able to play the organ to join! We are an active Association and hold monthly events often based around a visit to play and hear one or more instruments. Over the past few years we have visited numerous churches in the local counties as well as London and Surrey. We also have an annual outing to visit and play an organ at a cathedral. We offer a warm welcome to anyone attending our events.’

* Windsor & District Organists’ Association
Visits to the Website41
Views of The ‘Full’ Record129

‘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].

* Windsor Festival International String Competition
Visits to the Website15
Views of The ‘Full’ Record28

Annual Competition with three Categories: A - Up to 12 years old; B - Up to 16 years old; C - No age limit. Held Mid July.

* Windsor International Piano Competition
Visits to the Website153
Views of The ‘Full’ Record318
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’Berkshire's friendly festival of music and arts. Open to all ages from 7 to 77+ in speech, drama, instrumental and vocal classes ... The Woodley Festival of Music & Arts provides a warm and friendly environment to perform before a professional adjudicator and a supportive audience. In addition to being an enjoyable artistic success, the 2017 Festival saw some 7,350 visitors including 2,400 performers and 1,064 performances.’ Held Mid March.

* Woodley Festival of Music & Arts
Visits to the Website120
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‘An amateur orchestra based in Reading, Berkshire. It’s named after the founder of Reading Blue Coat School, Richard Aldworth ... We present three concerts per year, plus occasional extra concerts, workshops and events. This isn’t unusual, but we do think that we are a little different from other orchestras. We try to be adventurous with our programming of a wide range of styles from a variety of periods and composers, trying less-known works alongside the popular classics. We especially love performing music by living composers, and have commissioned nearly 5 hours of new music from our young composers award winners over the last 15 years.’

+ Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra
Visits to the Website98
Views of The ‘Full’ Record113
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'Formed in Ascot in 2001 when twelve brass-playing friends came together to play at a wedding. The ensemble continued to rehearse together and soon expanded to become a full size concert brass band that presents a number of high quality concerts per annum in the Thames Valley area.' ALERT Link to Band Website replaced with Facebook URL at Review.

+ Ascot Brass
Visits to the Website166
Views of The ‘Full’ Record279

Founded 1898: ‘A community band based in the Surrey town of Bagshot. The Band is about 35 members strong and welcomes new players of all ages and standards. Our repertoire varies from serious to light and popular music ... The Band has had its usual ups and downs – poor attendance at rehearsals and engagements and conductors coming and going. However, a nucleus enabled the Band to survive and at present it is probably as strong as ever’.

+ Bagshot Concert Band
Visits to the Website35
Views of The ‘Full’ Record69

'A lively and entertaining group of female a cappella singers, who were founded in 1976 ... We rehearse weekly in Woodley near Reading, and perform regularly around Berkshire and beyond. Our repertoire spans 100 years of popular music; we sing in the barbershop style - four part close harmony.'

+ Barberettes
Visits to the Website113
Views of The ‘Full’ Record281
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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.’

+ Beenham Wind Orchestra
Visits to the Website20
Views of The ‘Full’ Record33

'We are an established award-winning choir for female voices ... We attract singers and audiences from many miles around. Our repertoire is mainly classical with some folk, madrigals, spirituals and contemporary works and we aspire to reach the highest standards. Whether you are an experienced singer or have sung in the past and wish to take it up again, you will be very welcome. Singing in our choir is fun, stimulating, challenging and a great opportunty to make new friends.' ALERT At Review, the Choir’s Website was inaccessible; so Link replaced with their Facebook Page.

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Bel Canto Chorus
Visits to the Website115
Views of The ‘Full’ Record297

'We are a friendly and thriving choir of 120 singers that enjoys singing large choral works ... Unlike some choirs, we don’t have auditions. We simply rely on our members’ ability to judge their own capabilities, which works well for us. Concerts are held in the wonderfully atmospheric Dorchester Abbey. Concert days start with rehearsals with the professional soloists and orchestra who are chosen by our Musical Director. Staging concerts is an expensive business, but the choir is well managed and on sound financial footing. This enables us to achieve the often ambitious plans that we set ourselves ...'

Category Choral Societies
+ Benson Choral Society
Visits to the Website126
Views of The ‘Full’ Record377
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Formed 1979: ‘Our repertoire ranges from Early Music to contemporary composers encompassing a wide range of musical styles. The members are local amateur musicians who aim to perform to a high standard whilst enjoying a friendly, social group ... Seven different recorders are currently used. The smallest is the tiny Garklein, descending in pitch and growing in size are the Sopranino, Descant, Treble, Tenor, Bass and Great Bass. In addition to recorders, the group features a variety of contemporary and period instruments in their interpretation of early music. Voice, percussion, traditional folk instruments and improvisation all combine to give the BRC a unique style’.

+ Berkshire Recorder Consort
Visits to the Website23
Views of The ‘Full’ Record52

’Enthusiastic, village brass band in Blewbury, Oxfordshire. Beginner Band, Learner Band and Main Band. New players of all ages welcome.‘

Category Didcot
+ Blewbury Brass Band
Visits to the Website170
Views of The ‘Full’ Record373

The Community Band began in 2008: 'We have gone from strength to strength and we now number over 120 adults in 3 bands. We are keen amateur musicians aspiring to a high standard, but mainly do it for fun and to entertain others. We are led by experienced, professional teachers and musicians from Berkshire Maestros ... We have started a number of other projects, including an introductory wind band (Beaufort Band) and wind ensembles'.

+ Bracknell and Wokingham Community Band
Visits to the Website142
Also indexedBeaufort Band
Views of The ‘Full’ Record296

'Formed in 1960 with a membership of fourteen and now has approximately 130 singing members. We perform three major concerts each season, with professional soloists and orchestral players. Our repertoire spans more than 400 years, and includes rarely-heard work, as well as more familiar ones.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Bracknell Choral Society
Visits to the Website159
Views of The ‘Full’ Record382
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‘The Band was founded in late 1975 and gave its first performance in December of that year as a youth band. The idea of forming an adult band from the original group flourished, and in 1977 it became the Burnham Concert Band. The Band numbers some 40 musicians from in and around the area, all of whom contribute their musical skills outside their own work and leisure time. Seasonal concerts take place at Burnham Park in the centre of Burnham and in addition the band supports local summer activities at various locations.’

+ Burnham Concert Band
Visits to the Website50
Views of The ‘Full’ Record129

'We are a small choir of 20 singers based in Newbury, Berkshire. Cantemus was founded in 1999 with the aim of performing a variety of sacred and secular music, both accompanied and unaccompanied, ranging from the Renaissance to the present day. The Choir undertakes four performances a year primarily in the West Berkshire area, and sometimes deputises for cathedral choirs elsewhere.'

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Cantemus (Newbury) Chamber Choir
Visits to the Website155
Views of The ‘Full’ Record342

‘An auditioned chamber choir of some 40 local singing enthusiasts ... All members of the choir have a strong enough musical background that each is able to work on music on their own before the start of rehearsals ... The choir’s first concert as The Cecilia Consort was a performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Vivaldi’s Gloria at St Mary’s Church, Speen in July 1990. Ever since then the Consort, which sings primarily a capella or with organ accompaniment, has performed two or three concerts each year, covering a repertoire of sacred and secular music from across a broad historical span that is not typically tackled by choral societies.‘

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Cecilia Consort
Visits to the Website63
Views of The ‘Full’ Record109

‘A friendly, non-contesting band based in South Oxfordshire. We run a main band and a training band ... Our current senior band membership is 35 drawn from an area including Oxford, Chalgrove, Didcot, West Hagbourne, Blewbury, Tilehurst, Reading and Twyford as well as Cholsey itself but new members are always welcome ...  Tuition is open to people of all ages and there is nearly always an adult in the learners group.’

+ Cholsey Silver Band
Visits to the Website36
Views of The ‘Full’ Record93

'We are a friendly 3rd section brass band, with a varied concert and contest schedule ... We also have a community band ... This is aimed at both the young and older generation and is a foundation into ensemble playing. Finally we have a quintet and a 10 piece brass ensemble that are available for smaller functions.'

+ Cold Ash Brass
Visits to the Website121
Views of The ‘Full’ Record243

‘Founded in 1995, we are a friendly, non-auditioned choir of about 50 men and women. Our members include people of all sorts of musical ability - some read music well and have lots of experience, some have experience but don't read music at all and others are much newer to choral singing and are still learning. We are an informal group who like to have a bit of fun at rehearsals but we still undertake some very serious works ... and we do achieve quite a decent standard of performance despite our apparent lack of seriousness! ... We perform two or three times a year in churches and other venues in and around Wallingford, Oxfordshire.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Cranford Choral Society
Visits to the Website7
Views of The ‘Full’ Record18

'Formed in 1950 by members of the Parish Church and since that time has performed many musical shows at various venues. Early performances were concerts and revues in local halls, progressing to pantomimes and light opera. Since the 1970s the society has produced at least one major Broadway or West End musical every year.'

+ Crowthorne Musical Players
Visits to the Website149
Views of The ‘Full’ Record358
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‘An exciting place to play, with a seasonal programme of interesting – if challenging! – concerts and workshops. The orchestra is gaining an excellent reputation locally for both players and audience ... Originally formed as Crowthorne Orchestra in 1991 by a group of players who’d met at an evening class at South Hill Park Arts Centre, the orchestra has developed into a full Symphony Orchestra ... The Orchestra has about 55 regular playing members who make music for enjoyment’s sake, and we are proud of our friendly and welcoming reputation. Rehearsals are of course taken seriously and the music we play now requires approximately Grade 8 standard for strings, and Grade 8 + for wind players.‘

+ Crowthorne Symphony Orchestra
Visits to the Website36
Views of The ‘Full’ Record112
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'Non-auditioning mixed voice choir of around 70 singers, drawn from Didcot and surrounding towns and villages. We encourage participation in choral singing for all ages and abilities, including those who have never sung in choirs before ... The choir performs three concerts a year in and around Didcot, performing a wide variety of choral music. In recent years, the choir has performed several concerts outside Didcot.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Didcot Choral Society
Visits to the Website137
Views of The ‘Full’ Record460
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‘Our repertoire is drawn from a wide range of musical genres, and new songs are added each term. Since our choir started in 2009 we have learnt over 100 songs together ... Our singers, around 100 at present, come from all parts of Didcot and the surrounding villages and range in age from 16 to, well, we don’t care! We neither hold auditions nor charge subscriptions.You don’t have to be able to read music, because everything is “taught by ear”. The only “qualification” needed is a desire to sing.‘

Category Gospel Choirs
+ Didcot Community Gospel Choir
Visits to the Website31
Views of The ‘Full’ Record102

‘EWSB are a non contesting village band. There are no auditions before joining; if someone is keen to join us then that is the primary requirement. The band has an active training programme and trainees can progress to the senior band once a good standard of playing has been reached. Players of any age are eligible and can have the use of a band instrument.’ The Band has its own ‘Silver Band Hall’ in Heath End, Hampshire near Newbury, Berkshire.

+ East Woodhay Silver Band
Visits to the Website25
Views of The ‘Full’ Record59

‘Founded in 1952 as East Berkshire Operatic Society, the society continues to produce award winning pieces of musical theatre and drama. We produce a minimum of four shows every year and perform in the Wilde Theatre at South Hill Park in Bracknell and in our own 70 seat Pinewood Theatre in Wokingham. Pinewood Theatre is the focal hub of the Society. As well as being our theatre, it is also our rehearsal space and is used for a variety of social activities during the year.’

+ EBOS Musical Theatre
Visits to the Website30
Also indexedEast Berkshire Operatic Society
Views of The ‘Full’ Record64
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‘The Band started life as a Brass Band in Goring before the 1st World War ... and played on until 1939, still as a Brass Band, but when war was imminent it proved impossible to carry on. In 1977 the Committee organising the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations in our twin villages suddenly realised that we had no local band to brighten things up. With much spade-work by people keen to see the band reform, and with encouragement and support from many others, the Band eventually reformed as a Concert Band, i.e. accepting woodwind players as well as brass ... We now also have a second band, known as the Starter Band but made up of a wide variety of players, from beginners to excellent and experienced musicians of all ages. The two bands play for concerts and other engagements throughout the year, sometimes separately and sometimes together, which is a spectacular experience involving more than 100 musicians.’

+ Goring & Streatley Concert Band
Visits to the Website41
Views of The ‘Full’ Record87

Brass band with typically each year about a score of performances and appearances around and about Hungerford in Berkshire.

+ Hungerford Town Band
Visits to the Website31
Views of The ‘Full’ Record138

'Kennet Opera is not a trading company; it is an unincorporated association run by volunteers to achieve our goal to encourage the participation and appreciation of concert song and stage opera works. No member of Kennet Opera gets paid for their work, the company is not run to make a profit - just to achieve the best possible for our audience ... We bring Grand Opera and concert song, in English, to Newbury and the surrounding areas. Established in 1993, we have staged a major production every year since then.'

+ Kennet Opera
Visits to the Website110
Views of The ‘Full’ Record237

‘A mixed four-part choir, meeting weekly in the town centre, to release some feel-good, classical singing endorphins ... We sing a variety of choral works, both classical and modern. We are an amateur choir with professional conductor and accompanist, and we use professional soloists in our concerts ... Our members have a wide range of experience, and we do not require auditions. The ability to read music is useful but not essential.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Maidenhead Choral Society
Visits to the Website63
Views of The ‘Full’ Record185

‘We perform a broad range of classic music theatre, including the comic operas of Gilbert and Sullivan; the operettas of Offenbach, Strauss and Lehar; and modern musicals from the great teams like Lerner and Loewe or Rodgers and Hammerstein. Having celebrated its 60th birthday in November 2010, it is also one of the oldest local societies.’

+ Maidenhead Operatic Society
Visits to the Website54
Views of The ‘Full’ Record130

‘The Newbury Chamber Choir was founded as the Newbury Singers by Gerald Finzi in the 1940’s. Giving four or five concerts a year it has become known for reviving works outside the mainstream choral repertory and presenting them in new and accessible ways, as well as for the quality of its performances of more familiar pieces. The choir’s concerts have spanned several centuries of music - from the thirteenth to the twenty-first.‘

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Newbury Chamber Choir
Visits to the Website33
Views of The ‘Full’ Record64

Founded 1884: ‘We are a large, non-auditioned choir that has performed a wide and varied repertoire from Mozart to Tavener ... We aspire to a high musical standard and aim to thrill our concert audiences. Joined by professional musicians such as the renowned chamber orchestra London Concertante and the region's leading orchestra Southern Sinfonia, we perform three concerts a year in the Newbury area’.

Category Choral Societies
+ Newbury Choral Society
Visits to the Website68
Views of The ‘Full’ Record141

Founded 1879: ‘NSO comprises sixty to seventy enthusiastic amateur musicians of all ages and draws its members and audience from four counties ... A major objective of NSO is to encourage young and up-and-coming soloists by inviting them to perform concertos’.

+ Newbury Symphony Orchestra
Visits to the Website43
Views of The ‘Full’ Record105
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Opera at Bearwood is an amateur operatic society who present ... annually one main operatic production in July and a new year concert (of operatic delights) in January. From time to time we also present smaller concerts at other times of the year.‘

+ Opera at Bearwood
Visits to the Website53
Views of The ‘Full’ Record124
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‘The Pangbourne Band plays at a number of events through the year including fetes, bandstand and evening concerts and the occasional contest. If you are looking for a traditional local brass band and enjoy making music with a friendly group of like-minded people please feel free to come along and see how you get on. We would really love to see you! ... The Pangbourne All Comers’ Band was established in September 2009 and is open to anyone wishing to play any musical instrument.’

+ Pangbourne Band
Visits to the Website81
Also indexedPangbourne All Comers’ Band
Views of The ‘Full’ Record163

‘A thriving, non-audition choral society based in Pangbourne, Berkshire, with over 100 active members ... Our repertoire is mainly focused on the larger choral works ... The summer concert normally consists of a lighter, more mixed programme ... We welcome keen singers of all ages and voice parts, but if you happen to be a soprano, or even better a tenor, we will reserve you our warmest welcoming hug!’

Category Choral Societies
+ Pangbourne Choral Society
Visits to the Website12
Views of The ‘Full’ Record20
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Based in the village of Froxfield on the West Berkshire and Wiltshire border. It is completely self-financing since it does not have any direct sponsorship nor any regular financial input from any local authority or organisation. Phoenix Brass has a strong membership across the Main Band and Training Band ... Both Bands have a mix of adults and children performing together. We welcome anyone, of all ages and mixed abilities, who enjoys playing. We play a mix of crowd-pleasing favourite arrangements of modern music, movies, classical, traditional marches, a few challenging pieces and even some music arranged by the Musical Director!’

Category Newbury
+ Phoenix Brass [Froxfield]
Visits to the Website10
Views of The ‘Full’ Record25
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'Playing the flute can be a solitary occupation, particularly for adults. Many adults find that their instruments are unused and musical talents forgotten after school or college, when the pressures of careers and family take hold. Our aim is to give amateur flute players, especially (though not exclusively) adults, a club at which they can meet to play music together and revitalise their skills.'

Category Flute Ensembles
+ Phoenix Flutes
Visits to the Website105
Views of The ‘Full’ Record273

Established 2010: ‘An award winning not-for-profit organisation - singing songs that you want to hear and join in with, whilst raising money for charity ... With around a hundred and twenty members, the choir performs both nationally and for the community’.

Category Community Choirs
+ Pop Goes The Choir
Visits to the Website30
Views of The ‘Full’ Record94

‘Formed in 2011, the A440 is one of the leading amateur choirs in the area. The choir has a passion for exploring new and innovative ways of presenting choral music as part of a larger narrative. This distinctive quality has been showcased through collaborations with a broad range of artists including actors, poets, painters and dancers. The choir’s wide repertoire which ranges from sacred to contemporary music engages all audiences and leaves them feeling uplifted. Members share a love of singing and an enthusiasm for striving for the highest possible standard of singing ... The choir has enjoyed success at a number of choral festivals and competitions.’

Category Reading
+ Reading A440 Choir
Visits to the Website91
Views of The ‘Full’ Record140
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‘The choir was formed in 1970 to sing liturgical music in a church setting ... but now our range of music is broad, spanning the renaissance to the 21st century and encompassing both sacred and secular works, folksongs and choral jazz. And we like to set ourselves challenges, learning and performing works that are new to the choir, as well as performing more familiar “old favourites’” ... Our season runs from early September through to early July with holiday breaks at Christmas and Easter. During this period, we typically perform four concerts as well as singing to raise money for charities and to raise funds for the choir at events such as weddings.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Reading Haydn Choir
Visits to the Website26
Views of The ‘Full’ Record55

‘A 50 strong mixed voice choir. It is considered one of the finest amateur choirs in the UK ... One of the most remarkable qualities about the choir is that it performs concerts “off-copy” - every choir member sings their part entirely from memory. In addition, the choir does not sing in the traditional arrangement of bass, tenor, alto and soprano, but in mixed formation. This enables the singers to fully engage with the other voice parts, creating a great aural blend.’

Category Reading
+ Reading Phoenix Choir
Visits to the Website32
Views of The ‘Full’ Record90
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‘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.’

+ Reading Spring Gardens Brass Band
Visits to the Website127
Also indexedWatkins Brass
Views of The ‘Full’ Record201

‘The premier amateur orchestra in Reading, Berkshire, led by a professional conductor. We present four main concerts a year, and are often engaged to work in collaboration with other musical organisations and for private functions ... The orchestra is keen to encourage young performers, and holds an annual Young Musicians’ Competition. This is open to instrumentalists and singers of school age who live or study within a 30-mile radius of Reading and who have reached a standard at least equivalent to Grade 7 of the Associated Board.’

+ Reading Symphony Orchestra
Visits to the Website40
Also indexedYoung Musicians’ Competition
Views of The ‘Full’ Record89
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'The Group, whose membership is evenly split between boys and girls, does one big concert a year but there are summer workshops and summer trips. They also play Christmas carols at Reading station to fundraise and offer A level showcases where school students can hear pieces on their syllabuses being performed. In choosing music for their own performances, the aim is to give the youngsters a really good range and repertoire so they get to know the classic pieces.'

+ Reading Youth Orchestra
Visits to the Website117
Views of The ‘Full’ Record295

‘Formed in 1973, by Benedict Gunner, from a small group of parents of pupils of the Royal Free Boys School in Windsor. With a current membership of around 150 singers, it is now a thriving and enterprising choral society  ... We do not audition potential new members. Our view is that if someone enjoys singing and wants to sing with others of like mind, then a warm welcome awaits them at the RFS. We have many strong singers who encourage those with less confidence. We are all learning ... The choir has performed a diverse repertoire of primarily classical, sacred music, including occasionally some classical jazz, light opera and popular songs. Because we are a large choir, we are able to take on major pieces of music.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Royal Free Singers
Visits to the Website27
Views of The ‘Full’ Record84

’A 50-strong male chorus specialising in imaginatively staged and innovative performances of songs from across the spectrum of modern music. We bring our special brand of four-part harmony to pop, jazz/swing, barbershop, gospel and songs from the shows.‘

+ Royal Harmonics
Visits to the Website114
Views of The ‘Full’ Record201
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‘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.

+ Sandhurst Silver Band
Visits to the Website109
Also indexedSandhurst Community Brass
Views of The ‘Full’ Record163

'We are a friendly, very informal amateur orchestra that meets on Saturday mornings from 10:00am - 12:15pm to enjoy playing classical music. All ages and abilities are welcome. Music is arranged to suit ability with help and encouragement given by the more experienced musicians. We hold three concerts a year for family and friends with the Easter concert in aid of an agreed charity.'

+ Saturday Morning Orchestra
Visits to the Website123
Views of The ‘Full’ Record375

'Has been rooted in the community for more than 70 years from its visionary war-time birth to its current dynamic involvement with the town’s schools and music-lovers throughout the area. The chorus and orchestra were founded in 1941 by SEGRO (then Slough Estates Ltd) which despite the outbreak of World War Two in 1939 pursued a far-sighted policy enabling people to enjoy artistic, cultural and sporting activities locally. Slough Phil is still generously supported by SEGRO plc. Its twin structure of orchestra and chorus is its strength, allowing members to perform a hugely-varied repertoire ... from the great symphonies, showpiece concertos and choral works to pop classics, musicals, jazz and opera.'

+ Slough Philharmonic Society
Visits to the Website121
Views of The ‘Full’ Record355
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Has its origins way back in 1953 when a group of like minded performers in the Slough area came together ... Some 60 plus years later we are still going strong and attracting performers from all over the East Berkshire and West London areas. We are a friendly and sociable group who put on two major musical performances a year. Formerly Slough and District Operatic Society and laterly Slough Musical Theatre Company, as of November 2008, to reflect our work in the Maidenhead theatre community and also the diverse area our membership is from, we became ... Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead Theatre Company. We welcome performers from the age of 16 to 60+ who have a love of theatre and want to learn and gain experience taking part in some very challenging shows. Alternatively, if you have an interest in backstage work, we would also like to hear from you too.'

+ Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead Theatre Company
Visits to the Website128
Views of The ‘Full’ Record381

'Founded in 1976, with the aim of forming a true community band, allowing musicians of all abilities and ages to meet together to improve their playing, both individually and as a band. The band has evolved over the years, but still remains true to this ideal ... Three times a year we have an evening concert ... A popular attraction for all of our concerts are the cakes available in the interval!' Venues for outdoor events include bandstands, fetes & galas, outdoor proms.'

+ South Berks Concert Band
Visits to the Website102
Views of The ‘Full’ Record262

‘We are a long established choir based in Sonning Common performing three concerts a year in various locations within Berkshire and South Oxfordshire. Our repertoire is varied - classical, traditional, easy listening, jazz and contemporary - and gives both singers and audience a chance to experience the full range of music.’

Category Choral Societies
+ South Chiltern Choral Society
Visits to the Website52
Views of The ‘Full’ Record78
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‘Various choirs for all ages, who rehearse together towards performance, providing a centre for singing excellence in the area: * Children's Choir - for School Year 3 and upwards; * Boys' Choir - for School Year 5 and upwards; * Girls' Choir - for School Year 5 - Year 10 (entry by audition); * Youth Choir - Girls Year 11 upwards, Boys, with changing voices, year 9 upwards (entry by Audition).’

+ Taplow Choirs
Visits to the Website9
Views of The ‘Full’ Record10
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Founded 1958: ‘Based in Purley on Thames, near Reading, and are a friendly, fun-loving group which sings a wide range of music ... The Choir’s repertoire includes part songs, spirituals, madrigals, popular music and the sacred and classical - almost anything in fact! ... We believe that the social nature of the choir, the wide repertoire and the accent on enjoyment gives the Thames Valle Singers its unique character. We are very much a community choir and support local churches and other organisations’.

Category Community Choirs
+ Thames Vale Singers
Visits to the Website36
Views of The ‘Full’ Record80

‘An exciting mix of stunning harmonies, energy and enthusiasm sets the 40+ male voice Thames Valley Chorus singers apart from conventional choral groups ... Our fabulous repertoire of ballads and up-tempo songs in the barbershop style ranging from old love songs to Broadway hits, guarantees high quality entertainment at events and functions both large and small.’

+ Thames Valley Chorus
Visits to the Website49
Views of The ‘Full’ Record122

Founded 1967: ‘Our objectives are recorded as "the study and practice of choral music in order to foster the public knowledge and appreciation of such music by means of public performance". A more poetic view comes from Ben Jonson, which is to cultivate "the voyce so sweet, the words so fair, as some soft chime had stroked the air", and gave rise to the change of name to Thames Voyces in 1974 ... We pursue a love of singing through a wide repertoire of works from early music through to the present day, whilst aspiring to reach the highest possible standards. We perform around four concerts each year, in venues based around Bracknell and Crowthorne’.

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Thames Voyces
Visits to the Website33
Views of The ‘Full’ Record76

‘A symphonic wind band based in Lower Earley in Reading, Berkshire. We play music from a wide range of sources – classical transcriptions, original band compositions, music from stage and screen, pop and swing as well as the traditional marches!’

+ Trinity Concert Band
Visits to the Website38
Views of The ‘Full’ Record106

‘A friendly and welcoming ladies' choir ... The enthusiastic singers perform for various groups in Maidenhead and the surrounding area, as well as giving two public charity concerts a year raising money for deserving causes. So if you enjoy singing and would like to join a friendly choir group, please do get in touch, you will be most welcome.’

Category Maidenhead
+ Tuesday Singers Maidenhead
Visits to the Website70
Views of The ‘Full’ Record143

‘A friendly village choir with ... around 45 members ... We perform a Christmas and summer concert each year and an Easter performance on Palm Sunday. We are invited to sing at other events and also visit local residential homes for a sing-along with the residents ... You do not need to be able to read music and we do not hold auditions, but you should be able to sing in tune. We welcome singers of any level of experience.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Twyford Singers Berkshire
Visits to the Website54
Views of The ‘Full’ Record79

‘A group of around 35 ladies who love to sing ... We meet for two hours in Tilehurst, Reading every Wednesday afternoon to practise a wide variety of songs which we then perform in informal afternoon concerts to raise money for various charities ... A small group of us form a chamber choir which performs slightly more demanding pieces at each concert. This usually involves quite a lot of individual work since rehearsal time is very limited.‘

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Vivace Voices
Visits to the Website80
Views of The ‘Full’ Record179

'A traditional British brass band in the heart of the East Berkshire countryside, Waltham St Lawrence Band was founded in 1886, and continues to make a significant contribution to local events. We are a non-contesting band, open to players of all levels of ability who want to make music for pleasure and entertain the public.'

+ Waltham St Lawrence Silver Band
Visits to the Website95
Views of The ‘Full’ Record182
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‘A mixed voice choir of around 70 singers, drawn from Wantage and surronding towns and villages. We normally perform three large-scale concerts a year. The Autumn and Easter concerts usually feature substantial choral works, often in Wantage’s beautiful parish church; the December concert may or may not be traditional Christmas fare:  in some recent years we have co-promoted with Wantage Church of England Primary School. The summer concert usually involves what some music enthusiasts regard as “lighter” repertoire (although we are not prepared to let our musical standards slip). As well as performing as a distinct ensemble, we have often cooperated with other local choral and orchestral groups to perform some of the works for which we simply do not have the voice-power to perform on our own.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Wantage Choral Society
Visits to the Website37
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‘Founded in February 1977, to provide an opportunity for local musicians, including schoolchildren, to play together ... New players are welcome ... We normally give three concerts a year.’

+ Wantage Orchestra
Visits to the Website58
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‘The Wantage Silver Band is an amateur brass band organisation, based in the small market town of Wantage, Oxfordshire. The organisation currently comprises 8 bands, possibly making Wantage the largest brass organisation in the country ... We provide entertainment to local audiences through concerts and open-air events such as summer fetes, and compete in county and national/area competitions ... Three of Wantage Silver Band's sections are active on the contesting scene, competing in the London and Southern Counties region ... Occasionally we travel further afield for contests of particular interest, or for holidays combined with scheduled concert performances ... The organisation is very active in providing musical training to the young population of the area (and to adult beginners too!), offering a worthwhile pastime, sometimes leading to a lifetime involvement with music.’

+ Wantage Silver Band
Visits to the Website127
Views of The ‘Full’ Record147
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'Our members are drawn from all walks of life and with an age difference between our youngest and oldest members of over 50 years, we embrace the philosophy that "music is for ALL". Watership Brass’s motto is "Serving the Community Musically" and we achieve this by being available for local events. Past venues have included fetes, wedding receptions, church recitals, charity events and bandstand concerts and whilst parades are not often requested, The Remembrance Day Parade is one that we are proud to lead.'

+ Watership Brass
Visits to the Website113
Views of The ‘Full’ Record269
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Gave its first public performance in Windsor in 1837 while William the Fourth was still on the throne, making it one of the ten oldest Choral Societies in the country. Founded by the then Organist of St George’s Chapel Windsor, it has always had a close connection with both St George’s Chapel and Eton College, conductors having been drawn in almost equal numbers from the two royal foundations ... The Society is about 150 strong and generally performs a very varied selection from the main choral repertoire. Most concerts take place in Eton College School Hall or College Chapel but also occasionally in St George's Chapel, Windsor.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Windsor & Eton Choral Society
Visits to the Website51
Views of The ‘Full’ Record127
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Founded over 50 years ago in1962, Windsor & Eton Opera (formerly Windsor & Eton Operatic Society) has risen from strength to strength, performing a wide variety of opera and operetta, including operas by Verdi, Wagner, Offenbach, Pucinni, Rossini, Bizet, Tchaikowsky, Mozart and most of Gilbert and Sullivan's ever popular pieces ... We perform at two different venues throughout the year.'

+ Windsor & Eton Opera
Visits to the Website106
Views of The ‘Full’ Record223

‘A highly regarded amateur orchestra based in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. We perform a wide range of works from well-known favourites to lesser known gems of the classical repertoire. Each year, we play three concerts at local venues. Our home venue is the prestigious Eton College Hall.’

+ Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra
Visits to the Website48
Views of The ‘Full’ Record98
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Local orchestra for all ages, including children above 9 years old, young people and adults, who meet to learn a wide range of music and perform together in the community. Anyone who plays a musical instrument is welcome to come and perform with us, whatever the standard. Currently, the orchestra contains recorders, guitars, keyboards,and saxophones as well as the more traditional orchestral instruments of violins, brass, woodwind and percussion. We welcome players of any grade or ability, but the orchestra is designed for those under grade 5.'

+ Windsor Community Orchestra
Visits to the Website121
Views of The ‘Full’ Record276

‘Launched in September 2010, we are a non-auditioned, mixed, training choir for anyone over 18 years who wants to start singing from scratch, keep on learning to sing or revisit existing singing skills. We are limited to approximately 110 singers.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Wokingham Choral Academy
Visits to the Website37
Views of The ‘Full’ Record105

‘Formed by a small group of enthusiasts in July 1951 and gave its first concert in November that same year. Membership has gradually increased over the years to around 120 singers with strength in all four voice parts ... WCS performs two major concerts a year with professional orchestras and soloists; a charity Christmas carol concert; a summer concert of a generally lighter selection of choral music.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Wokingham Choral Society
Visits to the Website53
Views of The ‘Full’ Record167
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A friendly, active and dynamic wind band based near Reading in Berkshire. We might be an ensemble of amateurs, but we’re proud of the extremely high standard we achieve, the lively and exciting performances we present and our thriving social scene!’

+ Woodley Concert Band
Visits to the Website49
Views of The ‘Full’ Record119

‘Has been presenting concerts since 2013 with a wealth of musicianship from across a variety of genres, including Baroque, Folk, Choral Music, Brass Bands, World Music and even a Pink Floyd tribute band! We have seen musical legends hit the boards and been privileged to hear some of the world’s greatest singers and instrumentalists. We’ve also promoted local talent, too.’

Category Churches
@ All Saints Wokingham
Visits to the Website49
Views of The ‘Full’ Record118
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The home of entertainment in South Oxfordshire ... Mission is to be a community theatre and entertainment venue for the residents of Didcot and surrounding towns and villages.’

@ Cornerstone Arts Centre
Visits to the Website43
Views of The ‘Full’ Record41
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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.’

@ Reading Town Hall
Visits to the Website11
Also indexedReading Concert Hall
Views of The ‘Full’ Record35
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Since its foundation in 1348, music has played a core role in the daily life of St George’s Chapel ... The Chapel’s choir, organists and organs ... over centuries ... have contributed to the development of the English choral tradition, provided inspiration in divine service and added to the splendour of many Royal occasions, including Royal weddings and Garter services ... As well as the choir’s work within the Chapel, it has won acclaim for its singing in concerts and recordings, both in Windsor and elsewhere. It regularly collaborates with London based ensembles and regularly gives one of the principal concerts in the Windsor Festival.’

Category Greater Churches
@ St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
Visits to the Website58
Views of The ‘Full’ Record127

‘Free Lunchtime Concerts  ... Every Saturday at 12 noon - 12.30, with refreshments available after each concert. Just 20 minutes by train from the centre of London!’

Category Churches
@ St Mary's Slough
Visits to the Website186
Views of The ‘Full’ Record551
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Converted flour mill which opened as a Dinner Theatre in 1982: ‘The Mill continues to go from strength to strength thanks to its ever loyal staff and audience, having produced an abundance of plays and musicals. In 1984 The Mill at Sonning was given a conservation award by The Times newspaper and The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors for the design, restoration and conversion of the derelict mill into a dinner theatre, and recently was nominated Most Welcoming Theatre by the Theatre Managers Association’.

@ The Mill at Sonning
Visits to the Website90
Views of The ‘Full’ Record103

'Throughout the year we organise an exciting variety of music events, featuring talented performers from within the University and visiting professionals ...'

@ University of Reading
Visits to the Website108
Views of The ‘Full’ Record231

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