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Area: City of Edinburgh

Inaugurated 2008: ‘Over three weeks the Balerno Music Festival has so much to offer ... For adults there is a mix of instrumental, vocal and folk concerts, cabaret, jazz and more. Children’s events cover ages three to secondary, and some events are free ... Balerno is located to the south-west of Edinburgh on the A70 (Lanark Rd)’. Held Late September - Early October.

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'Music students benefit from our state-of-the-art teaching, rehearsal and practice rooms; recital area and music library; the latest in technology with three high quality recording studios and fully networked computer suites running Logic, ProTools, Sibelius and a range of other industry-relevant software.'

Also indexedEdinburgh Napier University
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‘We run an annual festival which provides an opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages to perform their pieces in a friendly environment and, along with other performers of a similar ability, receive constructive feedback and advice from a specialist adjudicator. Our programme of competitive and non-competitive classes allows performers of all abilities to take part. There are classes in a wide range of classical and traditional instruments, or combinations of instruments, as well as for singers, choirs, orchestras and bands.’ Held Early March.

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‘An unparalleled celebration of the performing arts and an annual meeting point for peoples of all nations. Committed to virtuosity and originality, the International Festival presents some of the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre for three weeks in August.’

Category Arts Festivals
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'Annual celebration and gathering of musical talents. Every Easter we bring harpists from across the globe together to rub shoulders with you, the audience.' The Festival is organized by The Clarsach Society.

Also indexedClarsach Society
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‘From the Festival's commencement the artistic policy has been to concentrate on musical excellence (rather than the "star system") and to champion spontaneous creativity: music making on the spot in Edinburgh. These virtues have been developed in the 21st Century with the production of a wide range of new music, the establishment of the Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra, and an on-going commitment to supporting Scottish musicians to realise creative ideas, and to link with international musicians. Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival has also grown its world outlook, presenting high quality musicians from all over the world.‘ Held Mid July.

Category Jazz Festivals
Also indexedEdinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra
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‘Membership of the ESO is around 220 and we have events approximately once a month from September to June. We are affiliated to the Incorporated Association of Organists and the Scottish Federation of Organists. You don't need to be an organist to join; an interest in the organ, its music, and meeting other like minded people is what's required! If you'd like to join then please email us.’

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

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‘Runs weekend and full-week orchestral courses for serious amateurs and future professionals ... We offer high-level training through intensive rehearsal, exploring the core orchestral repertoire under the batons of prominent conductors. A Rehearsal Orchestra course is typically a draining but rewarding experience, and you should come away from it tired and satisfied.’

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‘We are home to two extraordinary historic concert halls, unique collections of musical instruments, a world-class music library and well-equipped studios ... Our Music Society is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s best, and our city is a rich cultural resource of orchestras, ensembles, choirs, world music groups and venues.’

Also indexedUniversity of Edinburgh
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‘One of Scotland's biggest traditional music festivals, promoting & sustaining traditional fiddle music since 1996 ... We always welcome new volunteers, particularly for the Festival weekend, but also throughout the year. Get in touch and you will be made to feel very welcome and will be joining a friendly bunch.’ Held Mid November.

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‘Scotland’s only independent specialist music school, offering a world class standard of music and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years in an inspiring, inclusive and supportive environment. It is also the Choir School of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh. It is co-educational, non-denominational and attracts day and boarding pupils from across Scotland and beyond – England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Europe and internationally.'

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‘We are a Community Concert Band, based in Bristo Baptist Church, Edinburgh ... We are open to woodwind, brass and percussion players of all ages and abilities.’

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‘Founded in 1992 by a group of singers who were keen to be more than “just another Edinburgh choir”. It has since come to be regarded as one of Edinburgh’s leading mixed-voice chamber choirs. Cadenza is now about 50-strong and performs music dating from the Renaissance to the present day, and in all styles – sacred, secular, folk and jazz ... The Cadenza calendar centres on two annual fixtures: our Edinburgh Festival Fringe Concert, every August, is the largest concert of the year and includes a major choral work, usually accompanied by an orchestra and professional soloists, in the magnificent Greyfriars Kirk. Our Christmas concert is generally a more light-hearted, festive event, with carols old and new, and an opportunity for some audience participation. In addition, each year, usually in the spring or early summer, we give concerts in support of various charities.’

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘Has established itself as one of Edinburgh's most prominent chamber choirs, performing a varied and challenging repertoire to high acclaim. Performances are often a cappella and characterised by fresh and dynamic interpretations of works from a wide range of eras, with an emphasis on less frequently performed compositions. Calton Consort was founded in 2001 by 12 friends, who were also singers, for a concert in aid of a church roof appeal. The choir now comprises around 30 singers and typically performs four concerts a year including appearances at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.’

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘We are a community wind band based in Edinburgh. We perform several concerts a year in support of various charities. A sociable group of amateur musicians, we believe music and fun go together. Our members are not only from Edinburgh, but also from as far afield as Fife, Perthshire, and the Scottish Borders ... Membership is open to players of all ages. We do not hold auditions but you should be at least Grade 5 standard.‘

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‘Amateur choir based at at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh ... We usually present two choir concerts a year in Edinburgh. We also sing the Cathedral services about six times a year when the Cathedral Choir is on holiday; in return, the cathedral allows us to rehearse in the lovely Song School, with its famous murals by Phoebe Traquair.‘

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Founded 1928: ‘An amateur orchestra in Edinburgh that plays a variety of music ranging from baroque to 21st century ... The orchestra has a membership of around 50 of all ages ... Joining does not involve an audition ... We perform two concerts per year, normally in December and May’.

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‘Formed from an idea in May 2006 between 11 players, with the idea of creating a relaxed, fun, friendly band for wind players of all ages and abilities ... From small beginnings the band has grown to approximately 45 playing members, playing several concerts and festivals every year in addition to our popular “Play away” rehearsal days. As a community windband, we have also supported several local charities with fundraising concerts.’

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‘With around 70 singers, we perform three concerts per year one of which is dedicated to J S Bach ... Edinburgh Bach Choir has been central to our capital city's musical life since its founding in 1910. The three concerts the Choir normally sings each year have covered a large variety of music from Renaissance to new commissions ... The Choir aspires to perform to as professional a level as possible and indeed many of its concerts are accompanied by professional instrumentalists. To this end, new members must pass an audition, and existing members must be re-auditioned on a regular basis to ensure that standards are maintained. This is standard practice in choral societies across the country.‘

Category Choral Societies
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‘Founded in 1988 with the aim of providing an opportunity for community musicians, school leavers and the student population to come together to make music. While the band consistently performs to a high level, the ethos is focused on being inclusive and welcoming. Today ECB is a true community band, with over 60 members aged 18 upwards and from all walks of life, performing and enjoying a wide range of music across the concert band repertoire. The Band undertakes a number of varied engagements each season, with a strong commitment to community and charity events.’

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‘EHRSS was founded in 1881 ...  by a group of people who wanted to foster the playing of traditional Scottish music ... and was the first of the strathspey and reel societies to be established ... To give us a reason to practise and to promote Scottish fiddle music, we have at least two concerts each session, one close to St Andrew's Night in November and our Annual Concert in March ... The EHRSS now has a Junior Section.’

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‘The Orchestra has been established since 2008, and our aims are: * to enable mandolin and guitar players to play music together; * to encourage the study of our instruments and music through the development of repertoires, technique, and musical understanding; * to promote public awareness through concerts and recitals. Our instruments are from the plucked string family – mainly (but not exclusively) mandolins, mandolas and guitars – and our repertoire is drawn from a wide range of musical genres spanning classical to popular, baroque to contemporary, and dipping into many different cultures along the way.‘

Category Guitar Ensembles
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‘An established group of amateur musicians of all ages and abilities. We meet throughout the year for rehearsals and performances, aiming to increase our knowledge and enjoyment of orchestral music in a friendly atmosphere. New players are very welcome – we encourage all ages and abilities, and have a friendly atmosphere. We aim for high standards, but have no auditions.’

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‘If you think “choir” means standing still and singing old fashioned music while holding scores, think again. The Edinburgh Police Choir is a bit different.  We consistently delight and surprise our audiences with our lively interpretation of songs you might, or might not know ... Some of our members work for the Police Service but there’s no need to have a police connection to join us ... We welcome choristers from our community as well as police staff.’

Category Community Choirs
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‘One of Scotland's foremost choral societies and Edinburgh's oldest choir. Established in 1858, the Choral continues to perform a wide variety of major works from the choral repertoire ... The Choral has played a significant part in the musical life of the Scotland, having given the first Scottish performances of many works, including Bach's B Minor Mass. The choir also performed at the opening of the Usher Hall in 1914 and retains a strong association with this venue to the present day. The Choral comprises around 120 members who rehearse every week.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘Since 1952, The Edinburgh Singers have been at the forefront of the city's musical heritage as one of its leading amateur choirs ... We typically perform four concerts a year (autumn, Christmas, spring and summer), with occasional extras, such as Concert Tours abroad, Carol Singing for charity, and performing on Songs of Praise and other TV and Radio programmes ... Newcomers are always welcome to audition ... We are always on the look out for enthusiastic and talented singers.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘Founded in 1964 to give amateur musicians the opportunity to play a symphonic repertoire to a high standard. It ... currently presents three or four concerts each season, normally in November, March and May ... Programmes often include works outwith the standard repertoire and the Orchestra is committed to supporting local composers. Over the years, opportunities have been given to young soloists early in their international careers.’

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'Formed in Edinburgh in 1947 by Mollie Scott (a Lady Supervisor in the then Rose Street Telephone Exchange). The original ladies only choir recruited gentlemen in 1950 to enable a wider range of music to be undertaken with part singing. Since the 1950’s the Choir members have come from various occupations other than telephonists, however being well known by the original name we have decided not to change it. The Choir has become popular throughout Edinburgh and the surrounding districts with many charities benefiting from monies donated by the group.'

Category Community Choirs
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‘Formed in 1961 by Edinburgh University students to promote and perform the operettas of William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Since its inception EUSOG has expanded beyond this original aim and enchanted Edinburgh audiences with innovative performances of Savoy Opera and musicals alike. Today the society enthusiastically preserves its reputation for theatrical excellence and diversity as we present musicals from the likes of Larson, Gershwin and Sondheim alongside Gilbert and Sullivan ... As the University of Edinburgh’s oldest musical theatre society, we perform 3 shows per year: a fall musical, a spring Gilbert and Sullivan show, and a musical for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.’

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‘A symphony orchestra of young musicians aged 13-21 from all over Scotland. Under the guidance of an internationally renowned conductor and soloist and with a team of professional tutors, the main EYO course takes place over a full week each spring, immediately followed by concerts in major venues around Scotland. The orchestra has a long history of touring, both within the UK and abroad, and will normally meet again during the summer months to prepare for concerts, either on home ground or further afield.‘

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‘Scotland’s LGBT Choir ... Our members represent a range of musical experience; previous singing experience and an ability to read music are not required. We take in new members every September and January, though there may be a waiting list in some sections ... We also encourage non-singing members who would like to be involved with Loud & Proud in other ways ... As a singing member you are welcome to perform at our three main concerts each year: a spring concert in May, a Fringe festival concert ... and a festive concert in December ... We are also open to sing at smaller or one-off events when asked.’

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‘Has performed regularly and with critical acclaim to audiences in Edinburgh and beyond. A tradition of imaginative programming and exciting performances has given the Orchestra a unique place in Scottish musical life ... The Orchestra normally promotes three or four concerts a year in Edinburgh - typically in late October, early December, March and May.'

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‘We are a friendly amateur orchestra of around 50 players ... and perform three concerts a year. Our repertoire includes new music, including several works commissioned by the NEO, along with a variety of more familiar classical pieces ... We welcome enquiries from potential new members - players usually join for a trial period, and for some principal positions an audition may be required.’

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‘Scotland’s contemporary music ensemble. We develop, perform, present and find new audiences for new music within Scotland, the UK and internationally.’

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‘Rudsambee is a choir based in Edinburgh. The name comes from the Gaelic expression rud sam bith idir, meaning "anything at all", which represents our eclectic taste in music ... Unaccompanied voices in harmony - about twenty singers - a wide range of modern music, world music, renaissance music, and anything that takes our interest - singing for pleasure, for the social fun, for the technical challenge, and for quality performances: that is the essence of Rudsambee.‘

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‘Scotland's most exciting orchestra! Based in Edinburgh with concerts throughout the year ... Sinfonia was founded in 1970 by Neil Mantle and is a highly successful mixture of professional players, instrumental teachers and amateurs with an age range of seventeen to seventy all united in one common aim; to make music to the highest standard of which they are capable. Although the orchestra has a wide range of repertoire, it has become especially noted for its Mahler performances which have for many years been a central feature of Fringe Music at the Edinburgh Festival ... Unlike other orchestras, Sinfonia does not do a regular weekly rehearsal; instead, it assembles about four or five weeks before each concert.’

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’We are a mixed voice community choir of about sixty people - a diverse group from a wide age range. We sing a wide range of songs and hold two main concerts each year ... We sing a wide variety of musical styles, with keyboard accompaniment: No auditions and no requirement to read music - just enthusiasm for singing!‘

Category Community Choirs
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‘Edinburgh's longest-established Amateur Orchestra ... The St Andrew Amateur Orchestral Society was founded in 1879 and has given concerts every year since then ...  The orchestra performs twice per year, once in early December, and once in May. Members are expected to be available to play in the concerts.’

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

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‘Built on the site of a pre-Reformation Franciscan monastery, our iconic building offers much to see and appreciate, from reading the words of the National Covenant (signed here in the Kirkyard in 1638), right through to contemporary additions, such as our magnificent organ that dominates the sanctuary ... Today Greyfriars is home to an active worshipping community of the Church of Scotland, with weekly services at different times. All are most welcome to join, whether of faith or not. We also have special services, concerts, ceilidhs, exhibitions, group visits and much, much more taking place here.’

Category Churches
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‘Edinburgh’s premier independent mid-sized live music venue, playing host to an extraordinary range of world-class artists from all musical fields: classical, jazz, folk and roots, rock and pop and Americana. Our perfectly-proportioned, intimate auditorium, flawless acoustics and adaptability make us a unique and valuable resource in Edinburgh’s cultural life. We have provided facilities for the Fringe, Jazz, Film, Fiddle and Science Festivals and for many local amateur and professional groups, as well as being a key venue for music, comedy and spoken-word acts touring (inter)nationally.’

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‘Home to one of the most important historic musical instrument collections anywhere in the world. St Cecilia’s Hall is Scotland's oldest purpose-built concert hall. Originally built by the Edinburgh Musical Society in 1762, the Georgian venue is a real hidden gem, tucked away in the heart of Edinburgh's Cowgate ... St Cecilia’s Hall comprises of a Concert Room, hosting a range of concerts and public events, and a Music Museum, which is open to the public and brings together the University's historic collection of musical instruments for the first time.’ Note also the events of the Friends of the St Cecilia’s Hall & Museum.

Also indexedFriends of the St Cecilia’s Hall & Museum
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‘Scotland's only five-star concert hall hosting a range of concerts from rock, pop, classical, jazz, world and folk music. The venue has hosted concerts and events since it opened way back in 1914! A beautiful Edwardian building with a modern twist, which is well loved by performers and audiences all over the world due to its magnificent acoustics.’

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