A-Z of CATEGORIES

Area: Derbyshire

www.artsderbyshire.org.uk

‘The strategic arts organisation for the county; members include arts organisations, local authorities and public bodies with a remit for the arts ... There are more than 100 member organisations, including everyone involved in the development of the professional arts in Derbyshire.’

Visits to the Website132
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ashbournefestival.org

'Takes place every June and July ... Its rural location and Georgian buildings make it the perfect location for this small and eclectic festival. However, the festival is not just about this heritage, it aims to bring the best possible classical and contemporary arts to the town ...'

Category:Arts Festivals
Visits to the Website185
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www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/belper/

'Many people have the idea that organ music is all about being in church. Ok we are in a church building, which is used on a daily basis for numerous activities. The Address is The Congregational Church but when you experience one of our concerts you are transported away to a relaxed atmosphere of popular music created individually by our visiting artistes ...'

Visits to the Website91
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www.belperartsfestival.org

'Literature, art, theatre, film, photography, dance and music at venues throughout Belper in Derbyshire. It is a festival of inclusivity, not exclusivity.' Held In May.

Category:Arts Festivals
Visits to the Website141
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www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

'A happy marriage of opera, music and books.' Held During July.

Category:Arts Festivals
Visits to the Website130
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buxtonmsdfestival.co.uk/wordpress/

‘We are a Festival celebrating amateur music and drama performing, with opportunities for children, young people and adults to perform in both a competitive and non-competitive supportive environment and benefit from feedback.’ Held Mid May.

Visits to the Website99
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www.chesterfieldfolkclub.org/index.php

Monthly folk, acoustic, blues & contemporary concerts.

Category:Folk Clubs
Visits to the Website119
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www.darkpeakmusic.co.uk

'Welcomes young musicians from Glossop, New Mills, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Hayfield and the surrounding areas. The Trust provides opportunities for players from beginner to advanced levels to play together in a structured family of ensembles. With over 150 members, the emphasis is on high standards of achievement in an enjoyable and friendly atmosphere, giving young players the best opportunities to develop their interest in music and the friendships that are born out of playing together.'

Visits to the Website118
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www.derbyartsfestival.co.uk

‘Amateur competitive festival for Dance, Music, Speech and Drama.’ Held Late April - Early May.

Visits to the Website57
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www.derbychambermusic.org

'Our working definition of "chamber music" is music from the 17th century onwards played by a combination of conductorless instrumentalists ranging from solo recitalist to up to 13 players, each following their own solo parts. Our commonest line-ups tend to be solo piano, piano/instrumental duos, trios and quartets, with string quartets being a consistently popular grouping.'

Visits to the Website108
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www.derbyfolkfestival.co.uk

'The Festival is co-produced by Derby LIVE and PR Promotions and used to take place throughout every bit of space that the Assembly Rooms had to offer. With that venue out of action, we had to move outside, putting the main concerts into The City Marquee on the Market Place. Other concerts will be happening in Derby LIVE’s Guildhall Theatre, The Old Bell Hotel on Sadler Gate and Derby Cathedral. Added into that will be Folk Club events, a full fringe music programme (with free concerts for everyone including non-ticket holders), sessions, dance displays, workshops, craft stalls and a great atmosphere throughout the weekend.' Held Early October.

Category:Derby
Visits to the Website132
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www.derby-jazz.co.uk

‘A not for profit jazz development organization which has been continuously active since 1982 ... Since its inception Derby Jazz has worked in partnership with a number of organisations to promote performances and workshops, commission new music and develop local artists.’

Category:Jazz Clubs
Visits to the Website48
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www.derbymusicclub.org.uk

'Derby Music Club is different – perhaps unique! We provide an opportunity for members and their guests to perform to each other, to enjoy evenings of high quality music making which are full of variety and interest and to enjoy the company of friends. Listeners and performers are equally welcome.'

Visits to the Website134
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derbyshiremusichub.org.uk

'The two overriding aims of the Derbyshire Music Education Hub are to broaden and increase the opportunities for music-making for all children and young people in the city and county, regardless of their background or personal circumstances; and to raise the standards of music provision to the highest levels possible.'

Visits to the Website150
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www.dovejazzclub.co.uk

‘Dedicated to maintaining the tradition of Classic New Orleans Music!’ Up to a dozen Saturday evening gigs per annum.

Category:Buxton
Visits to the Website63
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www.glossoplabourclub.org.uk

'One of the oldest Socialist/Labour Clubs in the country. It was founded in 1906 by the ILP two years before the existence of the national Labour Party in Glossop.' Regular folk sessions on several nights each week plus special events from time to time.

Category:Folk Clubs
Visits to the Website125
Also indexedGlossop Folk Club
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www.glossopmusicfestival.org.uk

‘Our aim is to bring the highest quality of music to the widest possible audience through a year-long series of concerts, comprising a Summer Festival together with one-off concerts throughout the year ...  Founded in 2013 and operates under the auspices of the Glossop Concert Society, a registered charity which has put on professional classical music concerts for over twenty-five years.‘ Festival held Late June.

Visits to the Website14
Also indexedGlossop Concert Society
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glossoprecordclub.wordpress.com

'Think of Glossop Record Club as the musical equivalent of a book group or a film society – coming together once a month to listen to albums on vinyl and in full on a decent hi-fi, in a relaxed environment as free from distraction as possible.'

Visits to the Website102
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www.hayfieldconcertsociety.co.uk

‘Formed in 2001. The objectives of the society are to hold concerts and recitals of classical and jazz music (and sometimes a combination of them both).‘

Visits to the Website67
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www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/derby.htm

‘Come and enjoy listening to good music in the company of other music lovers. We meet on the second Tuesday afternoon in the month ... for informal programmes of recorded music. The Jubilee Music Circle is a new name for Derby Music Circle, to mark our change of venue and format in the Queen’s Jubilee year, 2012.‘

Visits to the Website34
Also indexedDerby Music Circle
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www.matlockmusic.org.uk

Eight evening concerts, September - May.

Visits to the Website71
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mayfieldmusic.org.uk

Mayfield Music is a music society run by a small group of enthusiastic volunteers who share a wide appreciation of music. Our aim is to arrange a series of concerts – usually four in a year – for the community in and around Mayfield and Ashbourne. Our concerts take place in local venues, often in the beautiful setting of Mayfield Parish Church.’

Visits to the Website44
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melbournefestival.co.uk

‘The Melbourne Festival is eagerly awaited by local people and visitors from far afield, it has established itself as the highlight of South Derbyshire’s cultural calendar ... The Festival is always a great chance for local people to see some great events within walking distance of home and no parking fees for drivers! This year we will spread the concerts performances and talks over six weekends so that people can fit in more events.’ Held September - October.

Category:Arts Festivals
Visits to the Website28
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www.musicatduffield.com

Typically six evening recitals, September - May.

Visits to the Website65
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peakmusicsociety.btck.co.uk

'A flourishing music society based at the Cavendish Hall on the Chatsworth Estate. Its members enjoy a series of high quality chamber concerts throughout the autumn and spring each year. Tickets may be available on the door for some concerts ...'

Visits to the Website118
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www.pipesinthepeaks.co.uk

‘The Unique Home of the Ex-Regal/ABC Derby Compton Cinema Organ, at Dovedale Garage Car Showroom, in the Beautiful Peak District ... The organ now at Pipes in the Peaks originally came from the Regal/ABC Derby in East Street. It was a standard design of Compton comprising of 3 manuals, 6 ranks of pipes, and a melotone attachment, serial number A432. It was billed on the cinema as “providing the most sensational and tonal effects ever heard in a cinema”.’ The Organ was purchased for Dovedale in 1990, and ‘on the evening of 3rd October 1999, The Old Lady first echoed in the valleys to a packed house ... The organ had not been heard in public for over 35 years’.

Visits to the Website73
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www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/ripley.htm

'The aim of the Group is to promote interest in and appreciation of classical music through the recording medium. A cordial invitation is extended to all who are interested.'

Visits to the Website88
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www.ripleymusicfestival.co.uk

‘Supporting the local Music scene and bringing a varied collection of music to the community! ... From its humble beginnings as “ROMFest”, a one day festival celebrating original music, Ripley Music Festival has now grown to include over a week of live music events in and around Ripley. The festival embraces a D.I.Y. spirit - it is organised by volunteers who are passionate about live music.’ Held Early July.

Visits to the Website21
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www.southderbyshiremusic.org

'We provide opportunities for players of all orchestral and band instruments, and for singers, to make music together in a friendly, purposeful atmosphere. The Centre has a team of qualified music teachers, most of whom are accredited to the Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership.’

Visits to the Website134
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sedmc.co.uk

'Welcomes young musicians at every ability level to perform in high-quality music making opportunities. Our ensembles show progression from the first experience of playing alongside others in an after-school satellite club to a tiered system of wind bands, orchestras and choirs taking place on a Saturday morning. These are interspersed with smaller chamber groups and our most individual “Guitar Fusion”. We pride ourselves on being a very friendly Music Centre, giving high-quality ensemble tuition, nurturing musical potential and enabling students to develop greater self-belief, creativity, knowledge and understanding.'

Visits to the Website113
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wirksworth-music-centre.org

'A social and educational organisation for children from reception to year 13. It is staffed by professionally qualified musicians and teachers ... Although based in Wirksworth, the music centre attracts students from Matlock, Ashbourne, Crich and many local villages.'

Visits to the Website95
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facebook.com/achoirdtaste/

'We are a mixed choir of approximately seventy members, two thirds female, one third male. We are very friendly and welcoming. Our repertoire is eclectic. It ranges from Abba to Opera, Handel to Leonard Cohen. Our inaugural concert in Spring 2010 sold out to a local audience. We have subsequently performed many times during the Melbourne Arts Festival and we also have regular concerts throughout the year. Our Christmas concerts include an opportunity for the audience to "join in".' ALERT Website not accessible at Review; cf Facebook Page.

Visits to the Website140
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www.alfretonmvc.co.uk

'One of Derbyshire’s leading male voice choirs, with around 35 voices. It was founded 1903 ... The choir is constantly updating its repertoire and is available for hire for concerts and events and enjoys a lively and often busy calendar.'

Visits to the Website111
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www.altonhandbellringers.org.uk

'The group is based in the village of Alton, Staffordshire, with members coming from the surrounding villages and towns. We ring on 3½ octaves of handbells and handchimes and give regular tune ringing performances at a variety of local venues.'

Visits to the Website108
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www.arnfieldbrass.co.uk

'The Band formed in 2001, starting from scratch. We worked hard to raise funds from jobs to start to purchase uniforms, stands, banners and music. When the band formed our aims were to entertain and have fun! We did this by playing a wide range of music - from old to new. We even introduced a few singers to the band! This has set us apart from traditional brass banding ... the Band have continued to grow and develop. We have become a well established community band playing at Broadbottom Rememberance Day parade, local carnivals and fundraising events, as well as concerts and the occasional contest.'

Visits to the Website101
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www.ashbournesingers.org.uk

'The Ashbourne Singers is a community choir that exists for the benefit of members of the public with an interest in singing and who wish to do so in a friendly group. It is open to all over the age of 18 years ... The Young Ashbourne Singers choir is for children aged from 8 up to 18 years ... YAS has been running since 2008 under the umbrella and support of the adult choir. We perform regularly giving recitals and concerts in aid of charities.'

Visits to the Website115
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www.ashbournetownband.co.uk

'We are always on the lookout for additional experienced and semi experienced players to join our friendly non-contesting band ... We also welcome players who are visiting the area to come and have a "blow" with us ... The band plays at many different functions including indoor/outdoor concerts, church services, parades, shows, garden parties, weddings and more.'

Visits to the Website96
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ashoverband.com

'We are a non-competing band and encourage a relaxed, but professional, approach to our music making. The Band performs for a range of public and private events across Derbyshire throughout the year. We are always delighted to take on new engagements.'

Visits to the Website123
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badcc99.wixsite.com/badcc

Launched in 2016: ‘ This is an opportunity for people to come along and enjoy the well known benefits of singing ... There is no commitment to attend each and every session, it's pay as you go ... New members are always welcome. We sing for the fun of singing and no auditions required.‘

Visits to the Website92
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www.bakewellchoral.org

'Friendly, mixed choir of around 80 members ... The choir performs four public concerts each year, including the popular Christmas Words & Music concert in December. Other concerts are a blend of sacred and secular choral music, covering a wide repertoire from classical to contemporary works including commissioned works for the Society.'

Visits to the Website108
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www.bakewellband.co.uk

'Has been in existence ... since 1907 and it now enjoys the position of being Derbyshire's premier brass band. It has its roots in the community and combines the all important job of providing music for community and religious events in the town as well as hosting a number of its own concerts around the area. The band also enjoys contesting ... The band is self funding and is willing to take on musical engagements of all types ... Players on holiday in the Peak District are very welcome to attend rehearsals either to listen or play and with a little notice the band can loan out most instruments for visitors to use.'

Visits to the Website101
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www.baslowchoir.co.uk

Established in 1971 and currently has over 60 members. In addition to performing at least three concerts a year, the choir presents additional concerts in support of charitable events in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. The Choir sings a wide range of music, from serious choral works to more light-hearted offerings. Baslow Choir also specialises in exploring the lesser-known parts of the choral repertoire.'

Visits to the Website107
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www.belcantomalechorus.org.uk

‘Male Voice Chorus based in the lovely Amber Valley - The Heart of Derbyshire in the UK - which aims to introduce you to a new génre of male voice singing. BelCanto intends to make male voice singing an interesting, enjoyable and stimulating experience for those new to group singing and a new challenge to those already familiar with male voice singing ...’

Visits to the Website93
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belpermusicaltheatre.blogspot.com

'Amateur theatre company which performs musicals and concerts in Belper ... Most of our main productions are performed at Belper School in their Theatre Hall which had a massive facelift back in 2011. We are also delighted to be able to perform smaller concerts throughout the year at other venues, as a form of fundraising. We perform two main productions each year. These are our main show in February and a Concert later in the year ... Belper Musical Theatre was founded in 1975 by local residents who were keen on Amateur Theatre, but who did not want to have to travel to Derby to fulfil their ambitions.'

Visits to the Website83
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belpersingers.webs.com

‘An experienced chamber choir of about twenty-five voices ... Our current repertoire includes both sacred and secular works, mostly sung unaccompanied or with organ, but occasionally with a small orchestral ensemble.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website81
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www.burbageband.co.uk

Founded 1861: ‘We were formed as a village band, with the patronage of the Church and Duke of Devonshire, to teach music without charge, provide an educational and constructive pastime, develop community spirit and entertain. The band has earned an enviable repuation and has taught many hundreds to play. Today, Burbage Band continues to promote and represent Burbage and Buxton both locally and abroad at a whole host of differing concerts, functions and celebrations, providing music in a wide variety of styles, and has active members from every generation.’

Visits to the Website118
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buxtonmusicalsociety.org.uk

'Chorus and Orchestra ... Founded in 1944, the Buxton Musical Society draws on the rich cultural life of the Buxton area to form a group of singers and players who regularly perform orchestral and choral works ... The Society performs five or six concerts per year.'

Visits to the Website115
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www.cantabilechoir.co.uk

‘A mixed-voice choir based in South Derbyshire ... The choir has a varied repertoire ranging from the standard choral classics through to lighter, close-harmony pieces. From time-to-time the choir shares the concert platform with professional guest soloists or instrumental ensembles ... There are no formal auditions for the choir, but potential new members are invited to take part in two rehearsals, sitting alongside one of our members. During this period, we will be able to ascertain the extent to which your voice blends with the rest, and also what contribution you are able to make to the whole.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website57
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www.chapel-en-le-frithladieschoir.co.uk

‘The Choir has reached a total of 60 members, so we now have a waiting list ... Everyone is welcome: any age, any voice. Low, high in the middle or not sure. We sing in three parts: alto, second soprano and top soprano. You'll soon find the section where your voice feels most comfortable. You don't need any experience and don't even need to read music. Nobody will ask you to audition or perform solo. You don't need a large powerful voice - the idea is to blend all our voices in harmony. All you need to do is be willing to listen and learn.’

Category:Ladies Choirs
Visits to the Website48
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www.chapelmalevoicechoir.co.uk

Chapel en le Frith Male Voice Choir was formed by servicemen returning from The Great War. This year [2018] we celebrate our centenary and as part of those celebrations we are looking for new recruits to come and join us. We will be giving a series of special concerts featuring music and stories from the WW1 period. Come and join us now and you could be part of those momentous evenings. There are no special requirements, no auditions, no need to read music, just a willingness to sing. All you have to do is volunteer!’

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www.chesterfieldchoir.com

‘Singing can be good for your physical and mental health! It exercises the lungs and helps breathing. Not only that, but it can also improve sleep, increase alertness, improve posture and help lower blood pressure. Singing in a choir can reduce social isolation, improve mood and build confidence – as well as being a distraction from worries! Joining a choir can be a big step, so we don’t audition our members: all we ask is a passion for singing and a commitment to learn the music.’

Visits to the Website22
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www.chesterfieldgands.co.uk

‘A lively, mixed-voice and mixed-age society ... with a rich history and strong performance record ... The Society was first formed in 1971, and began by performing concert versions of the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. In 1981 the society made the transition from concerts to fully staged productions.’

Category:Chesterfield
Visits to the Website59
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www.chesterfieldmalevoicechoir.co.uk

'Formed in October 1922 following a meeting at Chesterfield Market Hall, CMVC started with a few members but within 6 months the membership had risen to over 60 ... Over the years the choir has taken part in numerous music festivals and competitions. It has also sung at several massed choir events at places like Cardiff Arms Park, (on YouTube – type in "male voice choir Jacob’s Ladder"), at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall in aid of The Royal British Legion and, in 2015, at London’s Royal Albert Hall in aid of Cancer Research UK.'

Visits to the Website70
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www.chesterfieldoperaticsociety.com

‘An exciting, friendly and ultimately professional group of musical people. Come and join us ... Consists of around 60 members of all ages. With well over a hundred years of history, the Operatic as it is affectionately known, is one of the best amateur theatre companies in the East Midlands. We're not just saying that either, we regularly win awards for Best Musical in the area and have also won the Cole Hinks Award for Best Overall Performance, beating groups from as far afield as Milton Keynes.‘

Visits to the Website46
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chestphilchoir.org.uk

‘We are an innovative and exciting choral society ... performing imaginative and stimulating concerts ... A minimum of four concerts a year and an exciting choral day, as well as other activities ... You might want to attend one of our concerts to “check us out” before your join or you might have attended one of our Choral Days. You can simply come along and join us at one of our weekly practice sessions ... Ability to read music is an advantage and members will be expected to be able to pitch the notes of the scale. New members might be asked to give an audition with the musical director who will establish the range of your voice and assign you to a suitable section of the choir.‘

Visits to the Website59
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www.chesterfieldsymphonyorchestra.co.uk

'Founded in 1982 to provide orchestral music for Chesterfield and the surrounding area. Beginning with a group of just fifteen the orchestra has flourished into a group of almost fifty permanent players. Its aim is to provide a wide range of orchestral music and concerts, devised to attract as many music lovers as possible, provide a range of music from popular to serious in carefully planned programmes and at the same time give its members the chance to enjoy becoming familiar with repertoire.'

Visits to the Website82
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www.cressbrookband.org.uk

‘A non-competing band based in the Peak District village of Cressbrook, formed in 1880 ... The Band supports local villages playing for well dressings and galas during the summer. At Christmas the band plays at venues such as Cressbrook Hall and Peak Cavern. The band is a social band playing to enjoy brass band music, entertain and support local village events.’

Visits to the Website53
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dalediva.com

Founded 2007: ‘I love the fact that I'm able to empower women with confidence and a new “Diva” attitude. I'm so proud of the way we improve, the experiences we share and of friendships that will last a lifetime. DaleDiva is all about sharing the journey - and I don't ever want it to end ... Since our early days progress has been swift and successful with highlights including medals in various national and international competitions, recording albums and winning Channel 5's "Don't Stop Believing". Our achievements mean we're a popular chorus and now have a thorough audition process and probation period to make sure our standards stay high. But despite our success we never lose sight of who we are. We're ordinary women doing extraordinary things - and singing together because we love it’.

Category:Matlock
Visits to the Website11
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www.dalesmen.org

‘Formed in 1987 from the white dust of a limestone quarry that is Middleton by Wirksworth, the Dalesmen have grown from a few like-minded friends to a near 70 strong choir. Their original aims of bringing the enjoyment of choral music to the wider public and of supporting charitable institutions are still very much what the choir is about. Each year we take part in over 12 concerts in venues ranging from modest village halls to grand concert halls, and in the process we entertain many hundreds of people and over the years have raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity.’

Visits to the Website53
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derbyacappella.co.uk

‘A men's Barbershop and Close Harmony chorus - singing classic Barbershop standards as well as more contemporary a cappella arrangements ... The chorus is a member of the British Association of Barbershop Singers, giving us access to their vast resources and also to the Making Music Organisation ... We perform in a wide variety of locations in and around Derby and the surrounding counties, in diverse locations: theatres, pubs, churches, hospitals radio, and outside in the open air ...  ... We welcome men of all ages to visit our rehearsals and see and hear what we do, and maybe have a go with us. You don't need to read music - but you do need a sense of humour!!!’

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www.derbybachchoir.com

Formed 1959: ‘Made up of hundred singers from across the Midlands and from all walks of life and age groups. It is renowned in the East Midlands as a leading amateur group performing a wide range of classical music in and around the city of Derby. Using top professional orchestras and soloists, Derby Bach Choir's concerts attract large audiences ... If you are interested in joining the choir you can come along to any one of our rehearsals and if you decide to stay you will be asked to do a brief audition with our Conductor within the next 3-4 weeks, nothing to be worried about!‘

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www.dcu.org.uk

‘Derby’s longest-running voluntary choir and has performed concerts every year since its formation in 1866. With over 100 members, we hold three concerts each year, performing choral works from the classical to the contemporary to the highest standards ... We are looking for people passionate about music to join our thriving choir ... It’s free to give us a try and you will be made very welcome.’

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www.derbyconcertorchestra.co.uk

‘Founded as “The Derby Light Orchestra” in 1949 ... the orchestra originally concentrated on “light classical” repertoire. Performance standards were initially high and the orchestra continues in this tradition ... With time, the name and characteristics of the orchestra changed as it matured and grew. Now the entire orchestral repertoire is played, from smaller scale baroque performance to the mightiest symphonic works ... We often invite new and emerging singers and instrumentalists to perform, usually leading to some extraordinarily exciting and memorable concerts.‘

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derbyhospitalschoir.co.uk

‘A voluntary choir, open to all, with the aim of raising money for selected local health-related charities, primarily by performing an annual Christmas Concert for which it rehearses between September and December.’

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www.dymt.co.uk

'Created in 2013 by a production team who are all highly experienced in working in musical theatre ... The aim of the production team is to offer to young people the opportunity to perform to the highest of standards and to produce, for our audiences, a show of outstanding quality in order to showcase the young talent in the East Midlands area.'

Visits to the Website105
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www.derbyshiresingers.org

'We are a choir of some 70 to 80 voices with members from north Derbyshire. We employ national and international professional soloists, groups and orchestral players to work with us ... The choir usually performs three or four concerts per year and is a non-profit-making organisation.'

Visits to the Website123
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www.derventiobrass.co.uk

Formed in 1993: 'The musical repertoire of Derventio Brass ranges from works written specifically for brass ensemble through to arrangements of major classical works,well known light music, film scores and jazz. Derventio Brass is happy to perform at formal concerts or for less formal occasions and are able to prepare varied programmes from their wide repertoire to suit the event'.

Category:Brass Ensembles
Visits to the Website103
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www.derventiochoir.org.uk

Founded 1992: ‘The choir aims to provide a sociable and friendly environment for members who enjoy singing together with a view to giving varied and enjoyable concerts on a regular basis ... The choice of music is varied, ranging from shows, traditional folk songs, spirituals and sacred music’.

Visits to the Website35
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www.derwentbrass.co.uk

‘A widely popular, entertaining and award winning “Championship Section” musical ensemble, equally at home in all venues from private functions to large concert halls. The Band regularly perform to local capacity audiences and have represented Derbyshire in both concerts and contests further afield in the UK and internationally ... Though initially from Derby City, Derwent Brass have established their roots as a non-for-profit organisation in Belper where they have formed very close relationships with both the “Strutts Community Project” and Belper Town Council.’

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www.derwentsingers.org.uk

‘We are an award-winning Derby-based chamber choir which has earned itself a distinguished reputation for performance of all musical genres, from the Renaissance to the present-day. Around twenty-five strong, we perform several concerts each year in the East Midlands, as well as occasional "away fixtures". As well as undertaking "lighter" concerts, we sing a hugely varied range of music: from Palestrina to Chilcott, be it sacred, secular, serious or light-hearted, well-known or more obscure, a cappella or with the composer's specified accompaniment of - say - organ, piano or orchestra, we will tackle it with enthusiasm and professionalism.’

Category:Derby
Visits to the Website17
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duffieldsingers.org

‘We are a community choir and have been singing in and around Duffield since 2003. We love to sing at concerts and festivals, weddings and parties. We welcome anyone who would like to sing with us ... We sing a wide range of music including choral, world, folk, jazz, gospel, songs from the shows and works composed specially for us.’

Category:Belper
Visits to the Website18
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www.ecmvc.org

‘ECMVC is now just one of only a handful of original colliery male voice choirs surviving in the country and we are very proud of our heritage. The choir is as vibrant today as it would have been in its early days and is no stranger to performing in prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall and Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall ... But we are equally at home in more modest settings and delight in helping local charities raise much needed funds for their own needs.’

Visits to the Website123
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www.erewashmusicalsociety.co.uk

‘Regarded as one of the leading amateur musical groups in the East Midlands, covering the Nottingham and Derby areas. Whilst our history spans over 100 years, we remain a dynamic group performing two musical productions per year with material ranging from the traditional Gilbert & Sullivan and Rodgers & Hammerstein, to modern shows such as “Our House, The Madness Musical” and our recent production of “The Witches of Eastwick”. We perform at the Duchess Theatre in Long Eaton.’

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www.erewashphoenixchoir.co.uk

‘We are a friendly and lively ladies choir based in Sandiacre, Derbyshire ... We sing a wide range of music from classical pieces, sacred works, pop songs and many, many more.  We have a sensible diary of bookings and enjoy singing together ... now grown to a 20-strong choir of Sopranos and Altos. The choir is always keen for new members to join in the fun and if you think you would be interested head over to our Join us page to find out more.’

Category:Ladies Choirs
Visits to the Website62
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www.fishpondchoir.com

'The Fishpond Choir, with its eclectic repertoire of world music, is unique. The choir started up in the Fishpond pub in 2001 as a mixed, open access community choir. Nobody knows if it was the country’s first pub choir but founder members like to think so ... The choir, which is about fifty strong, sings a wide selection of material which includes folk music from around the world, light classical pieces and items specially written or arranged ... However, its first love is African music - mostly from the south of the continent. Choir members work very hard ... to produce as authentic a sound as possible.'

Visits to the Website74
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www.gemconnection.org

GEM Connection Barbershop Chorus (GEM stands for Great East Midlands) was founded in May 1998 by 23 enthusiastic female singers. Since then the chorus has increased and now has over 50 members. The Chorus performs at a variety of events in the East Midlands, where we are based. We support both local and regional Music Festivals and community events and have also taken our music to Wales, Germany, Holland and Buffalo in New York state, performing on shows and competitions with other singing groups and musicians.’

Visits to the Website88
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glossopchoral.org.uk

'A non-audition but musically ambitious choir that brings together a wide range of people who share a love of singing and performing choral music. We rehearse weekly and perform three concerts a year. Performances cover a wide spectrum of music, from the classical choral works to lighter modern pieces, and an annual joint Christmas concert with Tintwistle Brass Band. When possible we also involve students from Glossopdale Community College.'

Visits to the Website87
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www.grandcentralchorus.com

‘An enthusiastic group of over fifty men who enjoy singing together in the four-part close-harmony Barbershop style. NB the term “chorus” is the American term for choir. Our main reason for singing is entertainment, both for our audiences and ourselves, but we also take part in competitions from time to time. Over the years the chorus has enjoyed considerable success, for example, winning the gold medal on five occasions at the UK National Barbershop Convention ... In fact, the chorus has never been out of the top few positions in all the years it has been eligible to compete in this competition. Consequently the chorus has travelled to the USA on several occasions to represent the UK at the International Convention.’

Visits to the Website52
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hayfieldsingers.org.uk

Formed 1992: ‘A keen amateur choir who rehearse and perform two concerts annually in St. Matthew's Church, Hayfield, Derbyshire ... The Choir is accompanied in concert by the Hayfield Ensemble, who are members of, or associated with, the BBC Philharmonic and the Northern Chamber Orchestra. The choir performs a wide range of the classical repertoire from Monteverdi and Schütz, Bach and Handel, Haydn and Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Finzi and Britten and carols old and new at Christmas‘.

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www.hmtc.rocks

‘Bringing musical theatre to your eyes and ears in the East Midlands.’ The Company usually produces one show per year, and have used as the venue for each production a range of theatres around Heanor.

Visits to the Website55
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highpeakorchestra.org.uk

‘Founded in 1975 as The Co-operative Orchestra. We are based in Whaley Bridge, although membership is drawn from a wide area, including Greater Manchester and Cheshire. We perform three or four times per season in venues in the High Peak. Our repertoire ranges from Eric Coates to Sibelius, Borodin to Weber and we like to think we are ambitious in our programmes. We take part in the Buxton Festival every year and we have won acclaim and recognition.’

Visits to the Website60
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www.choirsites.co.uk/holymoorsideCS/

'First formed in 1941 as a village choir. The tradition of singing a wide variety of music at local events and raising money for charity was established then, and has continued to the present day. Today we are a choir of 60 members ... We perform three main concerts each year and work hard to achieve high standards within a wide repertoire, including music from traditional to modern classics, from sacred and oratorio pieces to folk and show songs. Currently our membership is full, but we are always interested to hear from singers as circumstances may change. It is not essential to be able to sight read music, only to have an ability to learn and sing in parts, as help and encouragement is always available with learning CD’s provided for learning at home.'

Visits to the Website74
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www.ilkestonbrass.org.uk

'Derbyshire’s friendliest brass band ... Ilkeston Brass has a long standing history dating back to the 1930s, when it was known as “The Stanton Ironworks Band”. Today, as Ilkeston Brass, we are kindly sponsored by Ron Brooks Toyota  ... We are proud to be a competitive 4th Section Band, based in the East Midlands Area.'

Visits to the Website75
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www.ilkestontheatrecompany.co.uk

'Formed in 1988 ... At the time, the majority of local Amateur Theatre/Musical Societies required singing and acting auditions to be undertaken before any prospective candidate could become a member, but it was obvious that there many people who have a passion to be on stage, but didn’t have the necessary skills ... This principal is still maintained ... If you are keen, then you are accepted, and taught the rudiments of acting by the director/producer ... Ilkeston Youth Theatre is a place for kids to have fun, meet new people and build confidence in a safe and friendly environment. We aim to put on at least one show a year and come together with the Ilkeston Theatre Company for the annual panto season. Ilkeston Youth Theatre is for anyone aged between 10 and 16.‘

Visits to the Website122
Also indexedIlkeston Youth Theatre
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www.iccbb.co.uk

‘Being able to read and play music is a skill for life; it develops self-confidence and gives individuals the tools to achieve their full potential. The rewards of being part of a successful team are boundless and we hope you participate and embrace all that Ireland Colliery Chesterfield Band has to offer. ICCB is a place where you can flourish and develop, socially, educationally and artistically ... We have the instruments and means to teach you all you need to know to kick-start a rewarding and fulfilling hobby.’

Visits to the Website26
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www.longeatonoperatic.com

’Multi award winning Long Eaton Operatic Society is one of the leading operatic societies in the region. We are an amateur, non-profit organisation that perform musical shows and concerts at venues in and around Nottingham, UK.‘

Visits to the Website93
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www.matlock-musical-theatre.org.uk

'We are a company of amateur performers and singers, based at Matlock, devoted to the production of musical shows and concerts in and around Derbyshire.'

Visits to the Website90
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www.melbournemalevoicechoir.org

‘One of the East Midlands' premier choirs. The Choir varies in size between 20 to 50 members and currently stands more than 30, but there can never be too many and we are always looking for new recruits. The audition process is very strict and lengthy and very few make it. Not true! The Musical Director will shut you both into the audition room (i.e. the kitchen) and ask you to sing a few lines and notes to gauge your natural range. Are you a Bass or a Baritone, a Second Tenor or a Top Tenor? There's only one way to find out. And there's tea, coffee and biscuits at half time. A warm welcome awaits you.’

Visits to the Website85
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www.melbourneoperaticsociety.com

‘Has between 30 and 40 members drawn from Melbourne, Castle Donington and the surrounding area ... Our main event of the year is the performance of a Gilbert and Sullivan opera in March / April ... We also stage concert work, performing our own concerts in Melbourne and Castle Donington, usually in June / July and at Christmas. We can also provide concerts for other organisations in the area.’

Visits to the Website77
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www.mtb-brassband.co.uk

‘A friendly non-contesting community based brass band organisation ... Aside from the main band, our organisation consists of three further groups including a Training Band, a Beginners' Band and Drum Corps. The various bands put on many concerts each year in Melbourne and the neighbouring areas, consisting of a wide repetoire of popular music. Regardless of whether you've only just started playing, or have many years of experience, we have a band for you!’

Visits to the Website72
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www.merciachorale.co.uk

’Founded in 2014, the choir is formed of singers from around the East Midlands, and is completely unauditioned. They come from all walks of life; some musicians by day, but also a wide variety of backgrounds and experience. They meet on a project-by-project basis, and rehearse as often as is necessary to perform to a high standard, without the pressure of a weekly commitment. As such, there is no "home" for the choir, with rehearsals and concerts dotted around the region.‘

Category:Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website40
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www.pyehillmvc.co.uk

'We regularly give concerts across East Derbyshire and West Nottinghamshire areas in churches, community centres, nursing homes, hotels and conference centres. Although the choir has a full concert programme for the year, we are also available to give concerts for your private function.'

Visits to the Website151
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www.ramtc.org

'We are an award winning group of people of all ages and backgrounds who love taking part in musical theatre. Since 1936, we’ve put on over 70 shows and every year we stage at least one main production. Our shows are always of a high standard as we take time to get things right whilst carefully balancing the commitment required.'

Visits to the Website110
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www.vivaorch.co.uk

‘A virtuoso ensemble delivering original and extraordinary creative musical experiences. Founded in 1982, Sinfonia Viva has a national reputation as a leader in creative music activity in the UK. Its work offers relevant and enriching possibilities for all ... Hundreds of people take part in our ambitious music making projects each year. As well as introducing and sharing music from the past we work with contemporary composers, commissioning new orchestral and choral pieces. We supply opportunities for young people to create music with professional orchestral musicians and perform with us - building confidence and skills, supporting young people to develop as role models and mentors - and of course have fun!‘

Visits to the Website132
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www.massonmillsband.com

‘We are a first class non-competitive band, whose prime objective is to help raise money for local, national and international good causes. We rehearse once per month at our base at Masson Mills.’

Visits to the Website29
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sitwellsingers.org.uk

‘Widely regarded as one of the foremost chamber choirs in Derbyshire, The Sitwell Singers have been making music together for 50 years. We have built a reputation for “stylistically spot-on” performances of a varied repertoire, from the great choral masterpieces of European sacred music to folk, jazz and Billy Joel ... In a normal season the choir will present two large–scale concerts, one in mid-Autumn and one on the approach to Easter. There will also be a Christmas and a Summer concert, usually comprising a compilation of shorter items and seasonal readings ...’

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.somercoteschoralsociety.co.uk

’We are a mixed choir of around 50 singers, performing 2 concerts each year (April & October). We sing a wide variety of styles, including classical, jazz & popular music through the ages including “songs from the shows” ... If you love singing and would like to join us, there are no formal auditions and we are a friendly bunch; just come along.’

Visits to the Website44
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www.sonarasingers.co.uk

'The vision of Alfreton Ladies Choir was to reflect the changes of the Twenty First Century. To this end a new name was democratically chosen after much deliberation, and a new web site created ... The exciting programmes, concerts and recordings that Sonara are now engaged in confirm that this new image is popular with all.'

Category:Ladies Choirs
Visits to the Website106
Also indexedAlfreton Ladies Choir
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www.threecounties.org

'Formed in July 1988 from a nucleus of friends who had previously sung together the works of Gilbert and Sullivan on the Derby stage, but for whom a structured company no longer existed ... The annual stage production, in November, is generally one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Savoy operas or similar. A major Spring Concert is presented annually in early May, where a much wider variety of musical genres is incorporated - songs from the shows, choruses from opera, choral arrangements of pop songs, comedy items, etc.; many more opportunities arise in these concerts for singers to perform solos than arise in the casting of the shows.'

Visits to the Website85
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www.alstonefield.org

“Community spirit isn’t about keeping the village clean to win the Best Kept Village competition. Community spirit is about socialising ...” [Tim Eades, Alstonefield, Voices from the Edge] ... ‘Regular high quality concerts take place in the hall, usually on Saturday evenings. We like to feature a range of musical styles, such as folk, blues, singer-songwriters, jazz, Americana/ alt.country, etc. There is a licensed bar and all concerts start at 8pm unless stated (doors 7.30).‘

Visits to the Website68
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www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

'An exquisitely beautiful Edwardian theatre and one of the country’s finest examples of Frank Matcham theatre design ... An extensive programme of external and internal restoration was undertaken between October 1999 and June of 2001. Since the completion of this restoration work Buxton Opera House has been at the centre of a remarkable success story and has developed as a community theatre catering for wide-ranging tastes and ages ...'

Visits to the Website111
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www.duchess-theatre.com

‘A multi-purpose arts venue situated in the heart of Long Eaton. Located between Nottingham and Derby, the Centre is Long Eaton’s premier live arts and entertainment venue. Comprising the tiered 180-seat Duchess Theatre, the multi-purpose Devonshire Suite and John Barker Studio, the Chatsworth Arts Centre is the focal point in providing facilities for the arts in Long Eaton throughout the year.'

Visits to the Website153
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www.derbycathedral.org

'Derby Cathedral aims to promote musical excellence. On a day-to-day basis, this is fulfilled by the singing of the cathedral choirs, who enrich the regular round of worship with their singing, renowned for its excellence. But they also sing for special occasions ... The Cathedral is a great centre of music making for the City of Derby and the County of Derbyshire ...'

Category:Cathedrals
Visits to the Website145
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www.derbylive.co.uk

Our Mission 'We present and produce an excellent and diverse programme of performances, events and festivals. We are innovative, inclusive, sustainable and vital to the regeneration of Derby.'

Visits to the Website94
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