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Area: Cumbria

www.laverocks.co.uk/folkclub/

'Singers and players of all standards are welcome to this friendly Sing-Around. Whatever your talent, you are guaranteed a friendly welcome and an appreciative audience. And, if you just want to sit and sup, you will find some good company and an eclectic mix of folk.'

Category:Folk Clubs
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www.carlislemusicanddrama.com

Established 1896: 'Brings together performers from all ages and abilities and from all over Cumbria, and beyond. The Festival is set up to encourage and support performers to display their talents and skills in front of a professional Adjudicator and a welcoming audience'. Held Mid March.

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www.carlislejazzclub.co.uk

'Jazz fans meeting to listen to live talented jazz musicians from all over the UK and abroad. One of the few jazz clubs who maintain weekly gigs with talented line up every time ... Visitors always welcome.'

Category:Jazz Clubs
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carlislemusicsociety.weebly.com

'Arrnages six concerts a year in the months of September, October, November/December, January, February and March. At these concerts musicians of the highest calibre perform chamber music of all genres including piano and vocal recitals, string (and other) quartets and trios, and sometimes works for larger ensemble.'

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Also indexedNorth Cumbria Recitals
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www.cockermouth-music-society.org.uk

'The season promises to be as interesting and exciting as any in the past with very accomplished musicians performing as soloists or as members of ensembles. Once again, with the support of Orchestras Live we are able to offer an orchestral concert ... The new season brings with it an initiative - subscription members will be able to bring a non-member to one concert in the season absolutely free of charge ... Cockermouth Music Society is a successful society and we want to make it even more successful for the benefit of artists and audiences alike. Every year we provide a platform for local young musicians to perform in our Young Persons Concert.'

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www.cukes.co.uk

Cockermouth Ukulele Group meet weekly in Cockermouth, Lake District, UK to practise, enjoy and progress playing ukulele. Likeminded , friendly and welcoming to new members who share the love of the ukulele. We play purely for pleasure and where we can fundraise for a charitable cause we are more than happy to do so. Available and happy to play at local events by arrangement. Our pleasure !’

Category:Ukulele Clubs
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cumbriamusichub.com

'We are a partnership that brings together local organisations from right across Cumbria to deliver the best music education for children and young people ... The Hub has created six Local Area Networks, with a dedicated Network Leader for each, to support the wide range of people and organisations working with young people in music across the whole of Cumbria. Each Local Area Network provides a local focus, and offers a forum to share ideas and opportunities and to have your say in what the Music Hub does. Please get in touch with them with any questions or suggestions for your area ...'

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www.cumbrianorganists.org.uk

'Membership is open to anyone. We presently have about sixty members throughout Cumbria and surrounding districts, including players of all abilities from professionals to beginners, and others who do not play the organ at all but who enjoy organ music ...'

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www.furnessmusiccentre.com

‘We are a true community music centre in the Furness Peninsula in South Cumbria, catering for all ages and ability of people who want to make music with others.‘

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www.grangeoversandsconcertclub.org.uk

'Founded on 19 June 1973 ... Twenty years later and after a lot of fundraising the club acquired its own 1895 Steinway series B piano which is now its most treasured possession ... Currently six concerts a year are held on Friday evenings between May and October, and members of the club enjoy a Christmas get-together with lunch followed by the AGM.'

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www.kendalmiddayconcertclub.org

'The Club presents fortnightly concerts in Kendal Town Hall on Wednesdays 13.00 - 14.00 from October to March.'

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keswickjazzandbluesfestival.co.uk

'Unlike many festivals the Keswick Jazz and Blues Festival takes place in numerous venues in and around the town for which a valid ticket gives access to them all. Pick your favourite style, entertainer or location and head over for some fun, no separate booking required, just mix and match as you see fit.' Held Mid May.

Category:Jazz Festivals
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www.keswick-music-society.org.uk

'Currently has a marvellous membership of nearly 200 enthusiastic subscribers. Membership entitles each person to a reserved seat at all concerts in a season that runs from September to April. As well as eight concerts by professional musicians, the Society promotes one concert each season given by local young musicians as part of its aim to foster an interest in music at an early age. Members also enjoy one or two social functions during the season.'

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www.ldsm.org.uk

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www.lakelandcomposers.org.uk

‘The Lakeland Composers are a group of active composers, dedicated to writing and performing new works. Based in the north west of England, the group organise regular performances of their own and others' music. The group's works collectively comprise a range of styles and approaches to composition. Pieces are written for solo instruments and solo voice, choir, ensembles and orchestra. Each member of the group is an accomplished writer and performer of serious music. This website offers information about each of the composers and their works, together with details of upcoming performances.’

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www.lakelandsinfonia.org.uk

'Each season, from October to April, the Society stages a series of eight concerts featuring the Royal Northern Sinfonia (three concerts) and either Manchester Camerata or EUCO, plus the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic symphony orchestras. The Lakeland Sinfonia, which is the Society’s own orchestra, plays two of the season’s concerts ...'

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www.lakelandvoice.co.uk

'Large harmony singing group open to all. Voice warm-ups & songs from UK & around the world taught by ear from rounds to more challenging 2, 3 & 4 part songs. Join each term or one-offs.' [Natural Voice Network]

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Also indexedBentham Community Choir | CancerCare Choir | Penrith Community Choir | Sedbergh Songsters
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www.appleby-concerts.org.uk

'NWA has been running its concert series in the Appleby district since 1969 in various venues including, for many years, the town's castle. It has been able to attract musicians from all over the UK and beyond, many of whom are equally at home in the Bridgwater, Carnegie or Wigmore Halls as they are in Appleby's more modest Public Hall.'

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www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/penrith/

‘The musical spectrum is very wide, encompassing ”classical”, “popular classical”, “show music”, “jazz”, etc. How you rank the styles is very much a matter of personal choice. The Penrith Organ Society aims to provide a programme of music which, while it might not always be exactly to your taste, will appeal to the widest audience, Thus, it is probably best described as “middle of the road”. The majority of the guest artistes play a modern, two manual electronic organ.'

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www.penrithmusicclub.com

Typically, half a dozen evening concerts, September - March. The Club also has a Piano Circle which can organize recitals by local artists and talented young musicians from specialist music schools or the junior department of the RNCM.

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www.sedbergh.org.uk/view-event/sedbergh-music-festival-2018/

‘The Festival will offer an enticing mix of high octane international and local talents with music ranging from the exotic and authentically medieval to both modern folk and exuberant brass band via string quartets, traditional and wonderfully eccentric singing groups, aspiring young soloists.’ Held Early June.

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southcumbriamusicalfestival.co.uk

‘Formed in 1976 and has developed over the years to become one of the most respected competitive events in the country. The Festival is well known for its high standards, friendliness and efficient organisation. It gives competitors an opportunity to perform on a stage in a beautifully refurbished venue, with ideal facilities. All aspects of the performing arts are catered for in the many and varied selection of classes in music and speech. Individuals, schools and groups of all ages and standards can acquire invaluable experience and have the benefit of performing before an audience. The helpful comments and advice given by the renowned and often international adjudicators engaged by the Festival, gives competitors the stimulation to go on to further achievements.‘ Held Late March.

Category:Ulverston
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www.southlakesguitarclub.co.uk

‘We try to encourage members to get up and play but it’s optional and some members just come along and listen to the ones that do and then have a natter over coffee and biscuits in the interval. You can play solo or get together with other members or friends to play as a group. There are a few local bands that have formed from club members getting together on club nights.’

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www.ulverstonmusicfestival.co.uk

'Our main event is the June Festival which is supported by a winter series, and together with an education programme of in-school workshops, master classes, a family concert and our Ulverston Festival Chorus for local singers, we provide a packed musical calendar giving people of all ages in the community the opportunity to experience the very best of classical music either as a listener or participant, and to help develop their skills and confidence through interaction with professional musicians.'

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www.ulverstonjazz.co.uk

'Enjoy vintage and contemporary jazz recordings on top quality audio equipment in comfortable surroundings and the congenial company of like minded enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned fan or a newcomer to jazz you are sure to find music to suit your taste and perhaps discover something new.'

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www.wlmuscentre.org.uk

'Music is for everyone whatever your age 5 or 95; whether you're a beginner, relearning or have years of experience we provide an opportunity for everyone who has learnt to play an instrument to enjoy making music together. Orchestra, bands and ensembles are led by experienced musicians and there are opportunities to play in concerts as well as weekly rehearsals. There are groups for players of all standards and all ages and you do not need any previous experience of playing in ensembles, orchestras or bands.'

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www.zeffirellis.com

‘Contemporary Jazz and world music performances most Wednesday, Friday and Saturday's upstairs in the Jazz Cafe Bar.’

Category:Jazz Clubs
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www.abbeysingers.org.uk

‘One of Cumbria's leading small choirs performing a wide variety of music throughout the county and more widely. Based in Carlisle we draw our membership of rather more than thirty singers from the city and the surrounding area. We are particularly renowned for the broad range of our repertoire, encompassing many musical genres and styles: sacred and secular, classical and popular, spanning choral music of six centuries with diversity from Bach to the Beatles. Since our foundation in 1962 we have been at the forefront of Cumbrian musical life and have maintained consistently high artistic standards. We perform a capella, with organ or piano accompaniment or with professional orchestras.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.amblesidechoralsociety.org.uk

'One of the leading choirs in South Cumbria and the Lake District with members coming from Ambleside, Windermere, Grasmere, Hawkshead and Coniston. We are a very friendly choir whose members really enjoy singing and we are always very keen for new members to join us. We normally perform two major concerts in the year, one in December and the other in May and take a break during the summer months of June, July and August. There is a modest fee for singing with the choir which can either be paid annually or at the beginning of each term.'

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www.applebyband.org.uk

'Our members range from 10 to 80+ ... and most play instruments belonging to the band. These were originally purchased by public subscription when the band was formed. We are regularly invited to perform at various events throughout the Eden Valley and any funds raised are used to maintain the instruments, buy new ones and add to our collection of music.'

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www.acjj.co.uk/bmvc-homepage.htm

‘The Choir includes members of all denominations and politics, but we have at least one thing in common and that is a love of singing. Anyone who shares this love is invited to come along to a rehearsal without any obligation, or to contact any member of the choir. You do not need an exceptional voice but just the ability to sing in tune and blend with the choir. It is not necessary to be able to read music. Help will be on hand if you require it in order to learn your line of music and enjoy this most rewarding pastime.’

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www.barrowsteelworksband.talktalk.net

‘A brass band, entertaining the people of Barrow for 130 years, looking for new members. We are especially keen to recruit mature players, experienced players or absolute beginners. Tuition and instruments are provided.’

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carnegiesingers.org

‘We are a community choir of mixed voices from Workington and the surrounding districts ...We perform several concerts throughout the year in Workington and the local areas using facilities such as theatres, churches, museums, village and church halls. The range of music in the choir repertoire is varied and encompasses classical choral works, sacred music and anthems of all periods, including: 16th to 21st centuries, folk songs, songs from the shows, jazz and pop music. We have had several pieces of music composed for us, and we also have commissioned works.’

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www.cockermouthharmonic.org.uk

'The Society was founded in 1867, making it one of the oldest choral societies in the country - second only to the illustrious Huddersfield Choral Society, founded in 1836 ... Everyone is welcome to join at any time. You don’t have to audition, be a trained singer. All you need is a love of music, a good ear and loads of enthusiasm. Joining a choir can help you improve singing technique and, as a bonus, it’s a fantastic way to exercise. Our members come from all walks of life and all age ranges ...'

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www.cumbria-rural-choirs.org.uk

‘Cumbria Rural Choirs comprises: Wigton Choral Society ... Keswick Choral Society ... Ullswater Choir, Penrith ... together with singers from all around Cumbria ... If you would like to sing some of the world’s choral masterpieces and perform them with the professionals then why not join us? Cumbria Rural Choirs welcome all singers – especially young singers, and tenors and basses of all ages.’

Category:Cumbria
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Also indexedKeswick Choral Society | Ullswater Choir | Wigton Choral Society
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www.edensingers.org

‘A community choir of all ages drawn from the Eden area of Cumbria. Our aim is to provide enjoyment, both for our members and audiences, by performing a wide variety of music styles. We are a mixed choir singing in 4-parts: sopranos, altos, tenors and basses.’

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www.flutesandco.org.uk

‘Started in 1994 as a flute band of 6 young players ... We currently have nearly 30 members with an age range of 11-70 who come from both Cumbria and North Lancashire ... The group rehearses twice a month ... giving numerous public performances a year. The number of flute players looking for the opportunity to play with others is always growing. One of our main aims is to provide challenging musical experiences for them and at the time have some fun and meet other flute players.’

Category:Flute Ensembles
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www.furnessbachchoir.org

‘We are a choir of thirty to forty voices, singing music composed over the past thousand years. Choristers live in and around the Furness Peninsula. We were formerly known as the Ulverston Bach Choir and still rehearse in Ulverston.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
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Also indexedUlverston Bach Choir
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www.ghyllsingers.org

‘Prizewinning ladies choir ... started in September 1941 as part of Ulverston Townswomen's Guild. Just a couple of months after the neighbouring town of Barrow was bombed, a group got together to start a ladies' choir! It may be noted that our friends, Barrow Male Voice Choir actually suspended choir activities from 1941 till 1945, but then their members will have been called up into the armed forces ... It’s good to know that our predecessors were at least as determined as we are!’

Category:Ladies Choirs
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kendalconcertband.com

Kendal Concert Band performs a variety of Wind Orchestra music, ranging from classical to modern popular repertoire and symphonic film scores ... We rehearse weekly to prepare for 8 concerts a year plus smaller ensemble group performances and Big Band outings. INSTRUMENTATION – Piccolo, Flutes, Clarinets, Oboes, Bassoons, Alto Saxophones, Tenor Saxophones, Baritone Saxophones, French Horns, Trumpets, Cornets, Trombones, Euphonium, Tubas, Drums, Timpani, Tuned Percussion and Bass Guitar.’

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Also indexedKendal Big Band
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www.kaoskeswick.com

'New members of all voices and ages are always very welcome. We have roles for those for those who are happy to go on stage, as well as those who prefer to work behind the scenes – costumes, make-up, sets and scenery, props, stage management, marketing, front of house etc.'

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www.keswickchoral.org.uk

'We are a mixed voice choir of more than 60 members, and welcome singers of all ages and abilities who would like to join us. Our aim is to enable people from Keswick and its surrounding area to come together and enjoy learning and performing a varied repertoire of classical and modern choral music. We give two concerts each season, in the winter and spring. Fees are modest, and a sympathetic hearing will be given to anyone experiencing financial difficulties.'

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kssb.org.uk

'An established part of community life in this town and the Upper Eden valley and we play at most civic events, celebratory and commemorative. It currently has about 25 members ranging from almost complete beginners to very accomplished musicians ... We also have a group of new players of all ages who are having lessons until they are ready to participate with the band in performances in the near future ... There is a good, friendly spirit in this band ... Obviously people make mistakes, especially with new music, but more advanced players help newcomers because in the end everyone just wants the band to get better and better ...'

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www.lakesgospelchoir.co.uk

'Has been one of the fastest growing choirs in Cumbria. From humble beginnings in the South Lakes in 2003, the choir which is based in Bowness-on-Windermere in the heart of the English Lake District, now numbers between 80 and 100 enthusiastic members.The choir's growth is not just in numbers, but increasingly in its ministry of worship in song ...'

Category:Gospel Choirs
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www.penrithsingers.co.uk

‘We are one of Cumbria’s leading choirs and perform two large-scale works each year ... We are a 70 member strong choir which draws its membership from across Cumbria ...  We are a friendly group and welcome your support as a member of the choir or in the audience for a concert.’

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www.penrithtownband.co.uk

‘We perform all over Cumbria at many community and private events. We also travel out of Cumbria for competitions and marches. We welcome new players of all ages and abilities ... Three Bands to suit all musical abilities ... Training Band is our band for beginners of all ages from seven upwards. Developing new musicians ensures the future of Penrith Town Band. We welcome new players – children and adults – who are keen to learn a brass instrument from scratch. We encourage parents to learn alongside their children, rather than sitting in the car! ... Intermediate Band is not just a bridge between Training and Main Band. It is very much a band in its own right with its own repertoire and concert schedule.’

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www.rosehillyouththeatre.co.uk

‘RYT is a youth theatre group situated in the west coast of Cumbria. Starting in 1983, the organisation has developed through the years, becoming well known in and around the local area for putting on shows, pantomimes, plays and concerts. The organisation is a charity group run entirely by volunteers for young people from 5-21 years of age, who are interested in acting, singing, dancing or helping backstage. The Youth Theatre aims to produce annual theatrical performances with other events such as Pantomimes and concerts.‘

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www.westlakesorchestra.org.uk

‘An amateur orchestra rehearsing in Gosforth and currently giving three concerts per year. The orchestra has 20-30 local members who attend rehearsals, to which we sometimes add a number of extra players for concerts, although we prefer to play as a purely amateur orchestra where possible ... We are always on the lookout for new players, particularly strings. If you play at a reasonable level (grade 6 or above as a guide) and would be interested in applying for a place, please contact us.‘

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westmorlandorchestra.org.uk

‘Gave its first concert in 1945. The membership is made up of over 60 dedicated amateur musicians who rehearse weekly in Kendal from September to May and give three public concerts a year. In its performances of large-scale works, professional musicians augment the orchestra. It presents the full range of the established symphony concert repertoire, and also newer, lesser-known works of the 20th and the 21st century. It actively supports and encourages young musicians embarking on a professional career.’

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www.wyo.org.uk

'An orchestra of about 50 young people from the South Lakeland area ... If you would like to come and watch a rehearsal we sometimes arrange open rehearsals or you could come along another evening by arrangement ... You will probably know quite a few of the players from school. All are aged between 12-18. You will recognise some of the adults who teach instruments in the schools ... We play new pieces that have been especially composed for the orchestra, music from classical composers, and also older music going back a few hundred years.'

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whitehavencats.wordpress.com

‘Founded in 1905. Our mission is to bring theatre to Whitehaven and surrounding areas, as our society has done sine 1905! Everyone is very welcome to join us, either on stage or behind the scenes.’

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www.wmvc.co.uk

‘Founded in 1977, the present Whitehaven Male Voice Choir has established an enviable reputation among the musical world of male voices in Britain, along with appearances on local radio and television. During the Choir’s existence, it has taken part in many musical festivals and proven its quality by winning many first prizes, has been joined in concert by world renowned soloists and choirs from Britain and America; and is proud to have helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.’

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www.carlislecathedral.org.uk

Category:Cathedrals
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carnegietheatre.co.uk

'The historic Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre is one of Workington’s much loved buildings and West Cumbria’s premier theatre, entertainment and arts centre. We programme a diverse range of performances, shows and events across the year featuring family shows, comedy, music, opera, ballet, lectures and spoken word events, rock and pop concerts and musicals from the professional touring circuit and from community based performers. The Carnegie Arts Centre is also home to weekly arts participatory classes and workshops featuring ballet, tap, modern and street dance, singing, acting, musicianship ...'

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www.florenceartscentre.com

‘Housed in the old mineworkers’ buildings the Arts Centre incorporates many spaces, from a small café, a Gallery, workshops and an 80-seat auditorium with full professional lighting and sound equipment. The schedule of events marries visual and performing arts across a broad spectrum, attracting local, national and international artists.’

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www.theforumbarrow.co.uk

‘The Forum is a middle scale venue in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria. We have a varied programme of events - music, comedy, theatre, dance, film, lectures, entertainment, children's events - and play host to many local talented amateur groups.’

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www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk

‘A 270 seat theatre-in-the-round situated in Bowness-on-Windermere, and a thriving cultural hub for residents and visitors to the Lake District ... Great drama, music, comedy and spoken word productions.’

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www.theatrebythelake.com

'Theatre by the Lake has brought the magic of theatre and the excitement of the imagination to one of Britain’s loveliest and remotest counties ... Between its own productions and four festivals, Theatre by the Lake welcomes to the Main House and Studio visiting theatre, dance, music, comedy and other performances for one night or more. Our backstage and technical teams provide full support.'

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