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Area: Cheshire

‘Delivers instrumental and vocal provision to primary and secondary schools across Warrington and Halton.’

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'The Festival provides a platform for amateur performances with an educational element provided by professional adjudicators. Our Vision is to encourage and provide a conduit through public performances for young children to express themselves through music, speech and drama and to showcase and nurture this talent in the performing arts. We still believe in the ideal that the youth of today are talented in the arts and will always have something to offer. This talent is in all of us, and if, as a Society, we can nurture even a small amount of that talent, then we are making a difference. It is this difference that keeps us working so hard to make the Festival what it is.' Held Early May.

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'We are an association for all those who love to hear and play the organ, and enjoy choral music. We hold a variety of events including talks, recitals and often there is an opportunity for those attending to play the organs we visit ... Events are held from September to July/August at different venues within West Cheshire, Wirral, Wrexham and Mold areas, with occasional events in Flintshire, Denbighshire and Conwy Borough.'

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‘The Chester Festivals warmly welcome entrants for their Speech & Drama and Music events. Everyone has the benefit of performing in a supportive environment with positive feedback from our teams of expert adjudicators. It’s a great way to improve your performing skills and confidence. There are many classes for a wide range of styles, standards and ages, for both solo and groups. Meet other performers, learn from each other and take the chance to visit the great city of Chester.’ Held Mid May.

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‘We are a group of folk enthusiasts whose aim is to promote folk music events in the Chester area. Our main activity is organising the Chester Folk Festival which takes place annually over the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend in the village of Kelsall, about 8 miles from Chester (UK).’

Category Folk Festivals
Visits to the Website148
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'The Society comprises three sections: Celebrity Concerts; Club Concerts and Choir. We present more than 20 concerts and musical events in Chester each year. Our concert season begins in October and continues through May.'

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Formed 1972: 'It organises concerts by professional performers; many internationally renowned, which take place monthly from September to April each year. They regularly attract audiences of up to 250 ... The atmosphere is friendly and informal and performers are encouraged to introduce the music and to meet members of the audience in the bar after the performance. Audiences enjoy coffee and a chat with friends during the generous interval. We go out of our way to welcome new members and listen to their views'.

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Ellesmere Port:  Open Acoustic Nights 'are informal evenings of fun, laughter, songs and tunes and performed by a very talented bunch of singers, musicians, poets and storytellers, each adept at performing in their own particular style' ... Concert Nights 'A good mix of music from the tradition and more modern singer/songwriter entertainment gives this type of night a "something for all occasion".'

Category Folk Clubs
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Live at St Wilfrid’s! organises an interesting and varied programme of classical music concerts which are held in the historic parish Church in Grappenhall, Warrington.’

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'We are the lead partner and fund holder for the music education hub for Cheshire East, charged by The Arts Council to help every child (5-18 years old) to have the opportunity to discover and develop their musical abilities.'

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'Independent, registered charity, offering everyone in Macclesfield and surrounding community the opportunity to enjoy making music. Music is performed by groups & ensembles at all levels, providing progressive training and experience of wind band, jazz band & orchestral playing ... Our members range from 3 months to 76+ years, so it really is a genuine community.'

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Typically five evening concerts, September - May.

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‘The Music Education Hub for Wirral with Cheshire West and Chester and is led by the two local authority music services working in partnership. Musical Routes is an umbrella organisation, working to co-ordinate music education and activities to ensure our children access as many opportunities for music making as possible.’

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‘A two week annual celebration of community spirit through a diverse range of activities from talks and walks to concerts, gigs, exhibitions, trails, quizzes and performances with a spectacular lantern procession through The Torrs Gorge ending in a Community Street Party in the centre of town. The overall aim is to enrich our community experience of and participation in different creative activities and to have fun.‘ Held Late September.

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'A non-profit Arts organization run entirely by volunteers. With 8 concerts a year ... a deliberately early start and finish time to our concerts, as well as reasonable ticket prices its aim is to encourage more families to attend classical music concerts. The structure of the concerts; a half hour spotlight concert by young musicians, followed by a half hour interval with an art exhibition, and then a one hour concert by the main artist is unique in the UK.'

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‘Meets every Tuesday at 8.45 pm at The Market Tavern for live acoustic music ... A first class venue to play in. It's small enough to retain the intimate atmosphere of the Club but large enough to allow a much bigger audience to enjoy the music away from the noise from the bar.’

Category Folk Clubs
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‘WACIDOM was originally formed in 1994 to find ways to support and encourage music-making in the Warrington and surrounding area. It subsequently funded several series of recitals at various venues in Warrington to provide a platform for musicians of all levels of ability - but especially young musicians.’ Organizes the biennial Warrington Competition for Young Musicians and a series of free Saturday lunchtime concerts.

Also indexedWarrington Competition for Young Musicians
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'All-on-one-site festival of folk & acoustic music, dance, comedy, poetry & crafts.' Held Late May.

Category Folk Festivals
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'The Alderley Edge Orchestra is one of the friendliest in the North West. Established in 1922 ... we give three concerts each year ... In June 2015, we launched a new joint venture with the Alderley Edge Festival: a highly successful Gala Concert when four past winners of ther respective sections played pieces of their choice with the orchestra. We also hold a full-day Workshop each year to explore and perform larger scale compositions.'

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'Founded in 2005 ... Players come from Alsager and the surrounding communities and have continued to grow in numbers! Run under the umbrella of U3A, members meet ... to explore a wide repertoire of 20th century music from major films and the great stage shows. South Pacific – Oklahoma etc. The orchestra arranges occasional concerts to showcase its achievements, supporting local charities in the process.'

Category Light Orchestras
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'As the name suggests an all male choir singing anything from medieval chants to the latest pop hits with traditional male voice pieces, opera, musicals and some devotional music interdispersed. Nothing is considered taboo or too difficult or easy for that matter. We are not an eletist choir and consider all "men" should be given the opportunity to learn to sing.'

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'Formed in 1967. In our history, we have performed at many prestigious venues, including numerous civil occasions, and the honour of playing at Royal events. In common with most other bands, players perform entirely in their own free time, and are all proud to represent the Cheshire Constabulary. It's a common ( though understandable) misconception that the members of the band work within the Police Service. Whilst some do, most of our players come from all walks of life.'

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'Formed in 1922 and has presented many concerts over the years both in the United Kingdom and Abroad, as well as entering numerous competitions and winning a high number of accolades and awards.'

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'A friendly, enthusiastic band based near Macclesfield, Cheshire. We currently compete in the North West First Section and enjoy a busy schedule of concerts and contests throughout the year.'

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‘A friendly choir which retains its village roots while welcoming singers from a wide area. Giving three concerts a year in Bollington and hosting the annual “Messiah for All” in aid of local charities, and a public Singing Day, it is known for imaginative programming and high standards of performance. All this is achieved by welcoming all who wish to sing, without audition.’

Category Macclesfield
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Inclusive ‘We welcome all ages and abilities’ ... Friendly ‘A warm and friendly welcome is guaranteed’ ... Community ‘We thrive on community spirit and friendship’ ... ‘Why not come along and see what we are about?’

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‘We are a very friendly choir and are always looking to recruit new members, preferably, but not essentially, with some experience and music reading ability. There is no audition for membership, and we provide a supportive atmosphere in which to get your singing voice into shape ... Concert performances are given at our rehearsal venue, but also in churches and halls throughout the Vale Royal area of Cheshire and sometimes further afield - many in aid of charitable organisations. There are usually 6 or 7 concerts a year and during the Christmas period we also perform carols and other Christmas music at various informal and formal venues, both outdoors and indoors.‘

Category Community Choirs
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‘Based in Stockton Heath in Warrington ... We began life as a small madrigal group of eight voices, formed to provide quality music for the 800th anniversary celebrations of St Wilfrid’s, Grappenhall. Since those beginnings, when the eight founding members were active in the church’s life, we have gradually expanded to eighteen voices and no longer have any formal link to Grappenhall church. Our raison d’etre therefore changed: accordingly we have broadened our repertoire to include traditional English songs, a capella and songs from the shows whilst retaining our love of performing sacred music from the medieval period right up to the present.’

Category Warrington
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‘A mixed community choir, whose members have a love of singing and enjoy meeting peiple and having a good time! ... We have sung a wide and varied selection of works, ranging from classical, folk, film, musicals and popular ... Formed in 1988 ... the group was established as an amateur, non-denominational choir, performing concerts in the locality for charitable purposes.’

Category Community Choirs
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‘Many of the arrangements we sing are in the barbershop style, where the melody is surrounded by harmonies above and below, creating wonderful natural overtones. Women with any voice range, from low to high, are able to find a suitable harmony part. Our repertoire is more modern than classical and varies from contemporary, pop, swing, jazz, ballads and songs from films and shows. Some of our songs are performed with choreography to enhance the overall musical presentation ...’

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'A versatile, vibrant, award winning ladies acapella chorus based ... specialising in exciting, high energy performances. As a chorus we perform a wide variety of songs and styles; from ballads to jazz; pop to barbershop and some just plain fun.'

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‘The Love Music Trust as lead partner and fund holder for the music education hub in Cheshire East provides a number of ensemble pathways for young musicians in the borough, both through groups that we run ourselves and through our extensive network of partners. Our own ensembles are financially supported by the Trust.’ Categorized as: Brass; Choir/Vocal; Guitar; Percussion; Strings; Woodwind; Folk; Orchestra.

Also indexedLove Music Trust
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'Formed in May 2005 with the intention of providing excellence in music making for players and audiences alike. The orchestra comes together for a brief but intensive period of preparation before each concert and players join by invitation or audition on a concert by concert basis. This flexibility enables the orchestra to attract the best available players for each concert. Over the course of twelve years, Cheshire Sinfonia has attracted widespread acclaim for its quality of ensemble, blend and the sheer freshness and exuberance of its performances. In addition to its own season of concerts, Cheshire Sinfonia collaborates in performances with its sister organisation, the chamber choir CHORALE, and has accompanied a number of the region’s choral societies.'

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‘Comprises some of the most talented young musicians from all over Cheshire. The Cheshire Youth Orchestra and the Cheshire Youth Training Orchestra provide a fun and friendly environment where young musicians can meet and play in a symphony orchestra setting on a regular basis to develop their musical skills.’

Also indexedCheshire Youth Training Orchestra
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'Best known for its critically acclaimed performances of baroque music, especially Bach and Handel and with a burgeoning reputation for championing the music of contemporary British composers, Chester Bach Singers performs a broad spectrum of choral music from the fifteenth to twenty-first centuries.'

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘We are a group of about 40 ladies of all ages who love to sing! We have been established as a choir since 1955 ... We have members from across Cheshire, Wirral and North Wales. We meet ... to sing a wide range of music from classical pieces to modern pop and jazz for our own concerts and other community and charity events.’

Category Ladies Choirs
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'The Society celebrated it's 90th anniversary in 2012 and continues to go from strength to strength, attracting members across all age ranges and from the wider local community. The Society performs a mix of stage shows, both classical opera and stage musical, together with a lively concert programme.'

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‘Founded in 1884, is one of the premier non-professional orchestras in North West England. We strive to perform music from a wide repertoire which will appeal to playing members and audiences alike.The CPO is a registered charity, is self-funding through member subscriptions, Box Office receipts from concerts and occasional fundraising activities. Sponsorship is also sought and we would be very pleased to hear from any organisations that wish to sponsor us. The orchestra originally known as the Chester Orchestral Society, has a large playing membership and welcomes competent musicians who wish to contribute to the musical life of Chester and its environs.’

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‘Are you interested in joining a group of musicians who meet once a fortnight in Barrow? Chester Sinfonia has a mix of amateurs and professionals. The orchestra meets fortnightly ... We play symphonies and other works by Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Faure, Elgar, Dvorak and Mendelssohn, etc. We aim to give two concerts a year with a professional soloist ... Players need to be of a minimum standard around grade 6/7. There is no audition. Just turn up and give it a go !‘

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‘We are a chamber choir of about 24 singers ... We sing regular concerts in and around the north-west, as well as visiting various cathedrals to sing services ...  We sing choral music, especially the classic repertoire of great English cathedrals and parish churches. Our concerts include secular music of similar style to the sacred repertoire.’

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘CYSO's first official rehearsal took place in September 2014 and is aimed at young players of orchestral instruments based in Chester. The Orchestra gives Chester's young players the chance to play in a full symphony orchestra. The atmosphere in rehearsals is fun and friendly whilst working hard to achieve a high level of professionalism developing musical skills and experience. Entry is through a short, informal audition and applications are welcome at any time.‘

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‘We are a company of young people who put on musicals and plays in Congleton twice a year. We are pretty good, get great reviews and even awards! ... The group has a membership ranging in age from 9 to 21.’

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'This busy and friendly mixed choir ... meets weekly on Monday evenings to rehearse, and performs four major concerts a year at local venues ... If you can sing in tune and have some basic musical knowledge why not come along to a few rehearsals to see if it's for you? You will receive a very friendly welcome.'

Category Choral Societies
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'First established in 1994, gives young local musicians from Congleton and the surrounding areas an opportunity to learn, play and perform music. With currently around 100 members CYO has a senior full orchestra and two training groups (strings; woodwind & brass), which all perform together at concerts at least 3 times a year.'

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‘A second section competing brass band in the North West area and is well known throughout South Cheshire and further beyond! Rehearsing twice a week with a busy sechedule of contests and concerts the band is also a very social one and even has its own twin accordion band in Bischofsheim, Germany! Crewe Brass also has a community band which is open to any player of any age, ability or experience.’

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'Formed in 1982 and until April 2011 were known as Crewe West End Concert Band. We have a wide and varied repertoire from classical to big band, stage and screen and popular hits.'

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'A traditional brass band which strives to provide quality entertainment for the general public by playing concert music rather than entering contests.'

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'Founded in the early nineteen fifties by a group of largely local enthusiasts as a concert society with the aim to contribute to the cultural life of Ellesmere Port and district by mounting concerts of choral and other music. EPMS soon developed a choral section, which has become the main activity for today’s society.'

Category Choral Societies
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‘An award winning society who have been performing since 1930. We perform two main shows each year in addition to a variety of concerts and smaller productions ... Footloose Musicals was established in 2001 and is our junior section for young people aged 8-21. Footloose perform one main show each year and are encouraged to use their thoughts and imagination to create lively performances.’

Also indexedFootloose Musicals
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‘We are known as the "Friendly Band" and work hard to keep it that way. With a history dating back more than 100 years, we have been providing the opportunity for hundreds of local people to learn to play and enjoy music. We perform regularly at local fetes and concerts. We are run by a small group of dedicated volunteers and fund ourselves through our performances and 100 club.‘

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'The repertoire includes the full spectrum from light popular music both old and new through operatic, film and light orchestral works to the serious original brass band music performed by outstanding soloists and supported by an enviable collection of fine musicians. The aim of the band is to consistently provide music of the highest quality at a cost which reflects outstanding value for money. The benefits for concert promoters are the guarantee that the reputation and stature maintained will always command audiences which fill concert venues. The top British brass bands are renowned throughout the world for the standard and quality of their concert performances and the Foden's Band are no exception.'

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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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‘A group of amateur musicians who form a traditional brass band. We are drawn from all walks of life and join together to make music for the benefit of the local community and our own enjoyment. The Hawk Green Band was originally formed in 1982 as a junior feeder band to The Marple Band and was known first as Marple Brass and then as Marple 'B' Band. In 1986 it started to compete in contests ... In 1997 the band took its current name of Hawk Green.’

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Award-winning chorus: ‘We have been described as dynamic, entertaining, inspiring and dazzling. We sing a wide range of 4 part, unaccompanied harmony and our passion for singing is as important as our passion for socialising and having fun!’

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‘An amateur orchestra based near Chester, was founded in 2001 to enable musicians of all ages and abilities to participate in a performing amateur orchestra. The atmosphere is friendly, informal and geared towards encouraging the best performances from its members and aiding their musical development. An annual concert is held in July and a Christmas concert in December. The orchestra occasionally performs away from its base in Great Barrow Chester and are free to give concerts for charity. We are a not for profit Community Based Orchestra.’

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‘We’re a music society comprising three sections: a large mixed-voice Choir, an Orchestra and a Concert Band. Our friendly members, who cover a wide age range, have one thing in common: we take making music very seriously, always striving for the best possible performances.’

Category Choral Societies
Also indexedKing Edward Musical Society of Macclesfield
Visits to the Website73
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'Enthusiastic mixed voice choir of around 40 singers. The choir was founded in 1964 by a group of friends in Wilmslow, who met to sing in a flat near Lindow Common. Since then the choir has grown but the aim of singing for fun and friendship remains core. The choir gives four main concerts a year, in the Wilmslow, Handforth and Alderley Edge areas, and also at the RNCM. We sing a range of music, both sacred and secular. From time to time we join forces with other Choral Societies to perform larger works.'

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘The organisation was formed in 1989 as the Crewe & District Brass Band, by a group of parents whose children played brass band instruments. At the beginning of the year there were 29 players in the Youth Band and 18 in the training band. The membership quickly increased and the organisation began to receive financial support from the local Lions clubs of South Cheshire and North Staffordshire and which continues to this day. The band changed its name to Lions Youth Brass, and is believed to be one of only two organisations of its kind in the world to operate in the name of Lions Youth ... Honours include 2 national youth brass championships as well as many other tites.‘

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'LCB was formed in the 1980’s from what remained of a struggling Warrington Concert Band. It was decided to relocate rehearsals to Lymm in 1992 with the possibility of attracting players from the Altrincham, Bowdon, Hale and Timperley areas. Within twelve months new members were joining from these areas. Some of the older members of the WCB left to join bands or orchestras in Warrington ... The Band enjoys an excellent reputation and regularly excites and enthralls audiences around the North West.' ALERT Website not accessible at Review.

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'A friendly orchestra, always ready to welcome new members ... Its 25 members meet weekly to rehearse and enjoy playing a wide range of music to suit a variety of tastes. The orchestra gives its services free to support local charity groups through regular concerts.'

Category Light Orchestras
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‘Established in 1955 and now numbers over 70 choristers from all walks of life. The atmosphere, camaraderie and fellowship within the choir are unparalleled and there is a very warm welcome for any male wishing to join the choir, provided they have a love and enthusiasm for singing. It is not necessary to be able to read music.’

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'MYBB has three bands and a drum corps and welcomes total beginners and advanced musicians alike. With over 120 members, most playing instruments owned by the band, and with membership subs of just over £1 per week, MYBB is a dynamic organisation, run entirely by volunteers who are determined to further the brass band tradition in a way that attracts and inspires today’s youth.'

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‘The Society was formed over 30 years ago from the previous Overdale Singers and we currently have over 70 members; some new and some very experienced, but all sharing their love of choral singing. In our weekly rehearsals, we prepare for four concerts per year, including our popular Christmas concert and we perform works from a wide range of classical repertoire,’

Category Choral Societies
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‘Based in Plumley, between Northwich & Knutsford in Cheshire ... The Band was established to allow people to have fun while playing and achieving their musical potential. The Musical Director has focused on ensuring the band play a wide variety of modern music mixed with some traditional brass. This is to ensure the band entertains as well as appeals to a wide variety of musical tastes. The band’s repertoire varies from classical and traditional brass right up to modern musicals, movie scores and pop. The band is made up of many talented musicians from all over the Cheshire area who have extensive brass and musical backgrounds.’

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‘Comprises musicians of all ages & backgrounds. Membership is open to anyone who plays an instrument to grade 5-6 standard, subject to vacancies in the orchestra ... While some members are or have been professional players and/or teachers, the majority of members are keen "amateurs", who enjoy a common interest in playing a wide variety of musical genres.‘

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‘Founded in 1972 ... and is now one of the largest and most successful amateur choirs in the area with a membership drawn from all over South Cheshire and North Shropshire ... The season runs from September to June and will typically comprise three or four major performances, with a number of smaller events, such as Singing Day, a Bring-it-and Sing-it and Carol Singing ... Our chosen venue is the Parish Church of St Mary at Nantwich. Often described as “The Cathedral of South Cheshire”, this fourteenth century gem was considered by Sir John Betjeman to be architecturally one of the most satisfying mediaeval churches in the country. The vast nave, originally designed for public performance, has witnessed many musical offerings in its six hundred year history, and its acoustics are superb.’

Category Choral Societies
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'Founded in 1983 ... We offer a varied repertoire of music, from the traditional wind band pieces through to more modern pieces and music from stage and screen ... The band performs at local fêtes, festivals and carnivals throughout the summer ... The Community Training Band is a dedicated training band, open to beginners of all ages, including those wishing to gain confidence in playing as a group ... The Community Band helps players to gain as much musical experience as possible and strives to include a special section for them to perform in the concert programmes. Progression to the main Concert Band is encouraged but not compulsory and players from the main band who find they are struggling can always opt for a "refresher" in the training band. A few of our Concert Band members come to the Community Band sessions for the opportunity to gain more experience on their second instruments.'

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‘Founded in the 1970s as the “Tudor Consort” but changed its name to reflect the broadening of its repertoire which, as well as including music from the 16th century, extends through baroque, classical and romantic eras into the 20th century ... The choir comprises a flexible grouping of about 18 singers, some of whom are soloists in their own right. They perform regularly with orchestras and instrumental groups, as well as with organ or piano accompaniment, but at the heart of the choir is the enduring excitement of unaccompanied music, both sacred and secular.’

Category Chamber Choirs
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New Mills Brass Band (1812) is the oldest brass band in the country & still thriving today. Ages 8-80+, new members of all ages are always welcome to play.’

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‘A symphonic wind orchestra based just south of Warrington in Cheshire, England. The membership of around 40 players is drawn from throughout the North West of England and whilst a number of members make their living from music, the group is essentially non-professional. Over the last few years the NCWO has developed to the point where it is now regarded as one of the finest ensembles of its type in the UK.’

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'The Northern Chamber Orchestra (NCO) has come a long way since it was set up in 1967. It now presents a successful, annual series of eight concerts at the Heritage Centre in Macclesfield, which attracts top-flight soloists ... The NCO is the " orchestra in residence" at Buxton Festival, playing for its main opera productions, and now regularly gives orchestral concerts at Buxton Opera House / the Pavilion Arts Centre. The orchestra also performs across the North of England and is regularly included in Orchestras Live programmes across rural areas, including the Lake District. The members of the orchestra (approximately twenty in total) are distinguished chamber musicians who regularly appear as soloists.'

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'Aims to provide exciting, energetic and flexible wind ensembles for musical events. We are continually seeking to build an expanding enthusiastic membership and audiences for a viable and sustainable future. We aim to embrace diversity in musical taste, thereby appealing to the wider needs of the whole community. The Band is not a marching band and welcomes musicians who are differently abled.'

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Formed 1982: ‘In the early years the Band was made up of just a few young players but since then has blossomed to become a large and successful organisation, now consisting of a learners group, a training band, the Poynton Junior Brass Band with over 30 members and the Poynton Youth Brass Band with over 40 members. The band is now so successful that from time to time we have had to operate a waiting list. The organisation prides itself in taking young people of any ability. The band is run solely by parents of current and past players’.

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‘Our repertoire covers all the favourite choral works and we also like to perform less well-known and more modern pieces from time to time. Although we would describe ourselves as enthusiastic amateurs we take our music seriously, and for our performances we often engage top quality soloists and local professional musicians to provide orchestral accompaniment. We believe that we have earned a justified reputation for offering varied musical programmes of a consistently high standard ... We perform two major concerts each year, in Spring and Autumn, as well as a concert of Christmas music and a Summer performance of music often in a lighter and more secular vein.’

Category Macclesfield
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‘Founded in 1972, the Rivendell Singers are a mixed voice choir of around 30 members. We perform a wide range of music from Handel, Bach, Bernstein, Chilcott, Jazz performances of John Rutter and Bob Chilcott, through to a selection of modern popular songs, musicals and Christmas carols. Each year we perform in a series of Christmas concerts and carol singing events along with a number of major concerts, some including a chamber orchestra and always including a selection of solo artistes to broaden the musical interest for the evening.’

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘Formed from Middlewich Town Band after securing sponsorship from the Roberts Bakery in 1980. Since then the band has achieved Championship Section status with many contest successes over the years. The band’s love however, is its concerts and over the years it has forged a reputation as one of the most entertaining concert bands in the United Kingdom with a well-balanced repertoire of classical, traditional and “pop” music.’

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'Formed in 1837 as a fife and drum band, changing to its current brass band format in 1886 ... The band today plays at many events throughout South Cheshire and Staffordshire as well as entering contests that will challenge the players and develop its sound.'

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'Sandbach Choral Society, formerly Sandbach Voices, is a friendly, enthusiastic choir with a mission to bring choral music alive to the local community.'

Category Community Choirs
Also indexedSandbach Voices
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‘Founded in 1997, Silk Brass is based in the picturesque village of Marton half-way between Macclesfield and Congleton ... The Band performs throughout the North-West of England with concert programmes featuring something for everyone - from traditional brass band repertoire, to modern pop arrangements - enthralling audiences wherever they go. The Band is also a formidable contesting band, having competed, and won, at numerous competitions across the UK.’

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'Formed in 2015, we are a friendly concert band, formed from enthusiastic players with a love of a wide range of music and whom enjoy performing ... Membership is via an audition with the band on a rehearsal evening, so come and join us ...'

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‘Formed in Poynton, Cheshire in 1956 with 23 founding members drawn from the local community. Today, the Choir has over 100 members who travel from Cheshire, Derbyshire, Yorkshire and Greater Manchester, and is widely recognised as one of the most enterprising and innovative choirs in the North of England.’

Category Choral Societies
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'We are a Championship Section Brass Band based in Crewe, Cheshire, sponsored by the TCTC Group. All our musicians are volunteers. Our musical repertoire is extensive, ranging from the highly technical through popular and modern classics, film and TV music to sublimely traditional and lyrical pieces. We have superb soloists and fabulous music to suit all tastes, and tailor our musical programmes for every occasion and audience.' (Formerly the Co-op Funeralcare Band North West.)

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‘A mixed voice chamber choir based at Knutsford but drawing membership from a far surrounding area. The Choir was founded in 1980 and performs a wide variety of music in a wide variety of venues. The Lydian Singers has developed a specialism in church music performed in liturgical settings and has sung in most of the cathedrals in the North and Midlands.’

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘With a manageable blend of regular concerts and contests, we are Interested in genuine bandsmen and bands-women who are dedicated to music and with a true passion for playing. We recognise people are busy and have many commitments so rehearsals are normally once a week on a Friday nights, with additional rehearsal when required. Rehearsals are industrious (but lots of fun) at our own, purpose-built band room in Marple. We can provide an instrument or you can use you own. And you would be part of a friendly, affable team with plenty of post-finale socialising opportunities!’

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Founded 1978: ‘We are a choir, around 25 strong, who sing all kinds of music, from classical music to show tunes and arrangements of popular songs. We often sing at Weddings and to raise funds for Charities ... The name comes from Vale Royal Abbey, near Northwich, near where we rehearsed in the early days‘.

Category Community Choirs
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‘Founded on January 1, 1824 ... One of the North-West's premiere brass bands. Delighting audiences throughout the year with original and entertaining concert programmes, the Band is a regular prize-winner at contests throughout the country. Following the band’s victory at the Regional Championships in Blackpool in 2016 the band now compete in the Championship Section with some of the finest ensembles in the brass bands world.’

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‘A very social, non contesting brass band that perform thoughout the year. This includes summer marches, Christmas playing and more formal concerts ... The band is once again involved with teaching brass instruments to young people, although there are no age limits, and we offer free tuition to anyone wishing to learn a brass instrument. The band has many young members between the ages of 11 and 16. They are developing musical skills and socialising with people of their own age in a safe environment in the same way that we learned to become musicians all those years ago.‘

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‘One of Great Britain’s oldest choirs, tracing its formation to 1898. During its long history the choir has travelled widely and has performed in many famous concert halls and cathedrals throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe and Canada. A century of musical excellence has brought numerous festival honours including, National Champions of Great Britain, several times prize winners at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, and premier male choir at both the Sligo and Bangor International Choral Festivals. Following the IRA terrorist bombing of Warrington town centre in 1993, the choir became deeply involved in promoting peace and an end to violence in Northern Ireland.’

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

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‘The WYO consists of several ensembles suitable for different instruments and levels of playing. Progression from one ensemble to the next is by regular auditions. Vacancies are filled as they arise. There may occasionally be a waiting list for a particular instrument but where possible new members are accommodated immediately.'

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'They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer for the Waverton Handbell Ringers. Inspirational artists, Waverton Handbell Ringers have earned their reputation as talented musicians and skillful performers. From Weddings, live concerts to social sessions and more, Waverton Handbell Ringers continue to touch fans around the North West with their distinct and enjoyable musical style.'

Category Handbell Ringers
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'The music is arranged for the Band in 4 parts and practised with great enthusiasm by our players at our weekly band practices ... The Band is available for a variety of events including concerts, bandstands, fetes, private functions, garden centres etc. Our varied range of music includes Easy Listening, Classical pieces, Souza Marches, Latin and Christmas music. Feel free to contact us and pop along to a band practice if you would like to hear us or are interested in joining the Band.'

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'As a large symphony orchestra our repertoire is ambitious and includes works by Elgar, Nielson, Strauss, Britten, Janacek, Holst, Debussy, Stravinsky, Mahler and Shostakovich and many others and also more contemporary works ... Wind, brass and string groups play out in the local community ... We have also accompanied many of the local choral societies.'

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‘Formed in 1998 to give members the opportunity to play big band music and help keep the big band sound alive by playing to the local community. Rehearsals were held in Middlewich so the Band was named after the salt towns of Middlewich, Northwich and Nantwich and uses “Witchcraft” as its signature tune ... A traditional big band line-up of saxes, trombones, trumpets and rhythm. The emphasis is on performing high quality jazz and having fun ... If it’s good music then we’ll play it! We’ve played throughout Cheshire at a wide variety of locations, including concert halls, civic and village halls, golf and rugby clubs, marquees and open air venues.’

Category Big Bands
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‘In 1984 the Methodist Church was being remodelled and no longer needed the Sunday School situated at the top of the hill behind the church. Led by Dr John Coope and Mrs Pat Penney, a group of keen actors and singers formed a trust and negotiated loans in order to buy the Sunday School building, renaming it Bollington Arts Centre. After a lot of fundraising and hard work, the loans were paid off and the Arts Centre is still providing a rehearsal and performance space for its regular users as well as a programme of concerts, talks, classes and exhibitions for everyone to access. It is run entirely by volunteers and is self-supporting. The auditorium has excellent acoustics and a warm intimate atmosphere where one can almost “feel at home”.’

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‘As a fully functioning church, 20+ services take place each week within our walls. The multiple choirs that call the cathedral home are integral to the duties of worship and have transformed the very heart of an inspiring and vibrant community ... Each Thursday at 1.10pm the cathedral hosts a recital of the Grand Organ. Each week features a different organist and a different repertoire of music. Highly-skilled organists from all over the world play during these recitals along with our own renowned Music Department.

Category Cathedrals
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'Set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, Clonter offers audiences an opportunity to hear some of the world’s finest emerging musical talent from a wide range of musical genres including jazz, folk, opera, gospel and panto. We are passionate about live musical theatre and aim to provide a diverse programme of events. Clonter offers an exciting range of opportunities for our audiences to get up close to our work,with pre-performance talks, open opera studios, musical theatre workshops and much more.'

Category Congleton
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‘We are a large, growing and vibrant church in the centre of Nantwich. We attract people of all ages and outlooks to services that range from the contemporary to the traditional, from cafe style to choral and we would love to meet you. We are part of the Greater Churches Network and welcome thousands of visitors each year.’ Hosts a wide-ranging series of concerts and recitals including a weekly series of summer lunchtime concerts.

Category Greater Churches
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