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Area: Devon

baring-gould.co.uk

‘Taking place in indoor venues in Okehampton, the Festival is Wren Music’s annual celebration. A weekend of music and song is what you will get, with concerts, workshops, the festival feast, music sessions, singing sessions, a folk orchestra, festival choir, youth events, morris dancing and ceilidhs. Most venues are halls and churches around the town, with a few local pubs being used for sessions. The Festival is inspired by the folk song collecting of Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924), one of the Victorian era's great social historical researchers, who undertook the first serious and sustained attempt to collect the traditional songs of the English peasantry and workers, predominantly in west Devon.’ Held Late October.

Category:Okehampton
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Also indexedWren Music | Sabine Baring-Gould
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www.beerwurlitzer.org.uk

'Wurlitzer opus number 956 was dispatched from the Wurlitzer factory in North Tonawanda, USA, on the 1st December 1924. It was the first Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ to be exported to the United Kingdom. Its original home was at the Picture House cinema in Walsall. It has been installed at The Congregational Church situated in Fore Street, Beer, Devon, since 1957.'

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bidefordfolkclub.com

'Known as a club that encourages singers and musicians, we have seen beginners take their first faltering steps in folk music and then turn into performers able to perform on a national stage. Our guest nights have featured some fantastic performers ...'

Category:Folk Clubs
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www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/bideford/

'Our club meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month, excluding May to August, for the Club Nights and generally the 3rd Tuesday is for concerts ... by top class artists unless we have to shuffle dates to get a special artist ... The club season is from September to August excluding January.'

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www.bidefordmusicclub.org.uk

'Has been established since 1957 and their concerts have been a prominent feature of the musical life of the town. The aim of the club is to produce classical music concerts of the highest possible professional standard, engaging young artists of international and national repute ... Each year workshops are offered to primary and secondary schools in the area, paid for by the club.'

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www.budleighjazzfestival.org

Category:Jazz Festivals
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budleighmusicfestival.co.uk

Held Mid July. ‘Welcome to classical music on the Jurassic coast, evening concerts performed by top international artists and a series of free lunchtime concerts featuring local or up and coming talent. Evening concerts feature soloists, quartets and an orchestra, plenty for all to enjoy.'

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www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk

‘Over 100 performances, spanning almost every musical genre. Based at venues throughout the town: pubs, churches, restaurants, in the open – and it’s all FREE.‘ Held Mid May.

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www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/

'All about being creative during the day, in week-long courses, workshops and masterclasses. Every evening you can listen to up to three concerts, and perhaps perform in some of them too. The range of music covers classical, jazz, world music and folk, as well as courses in multimedia, film, visual arts and creative writing ...' Held During August.

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www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk

‘It was back in 1978 that local musician Bob Cann had the idea that he would like to start his own folk festival to help revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor, and in particular, the traditional music, dance, song and crafts of the area. The first three festivals were held in the grounds of Wood Country House near South Tawton, until 1981 when it moved to its present location in the picturesque village of South Zeal, on the edge of Dartmoor. Over the years the festival has grown making it possible to invite a high standard of folk artist from near and far, whilst maintaining its reputation for being a friendly, traditional festival.‘ Held Mid August.

Category:Folk Festivals
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dawlishartsfestival.org.uk

‘Founded in 1953 by Jim Holman whose vision was to create a festival designed to bring arts in all its many forms for the people of Dawlish to enjoy. Now a registered charity, the objects are to promote understanding and increased knowledge and participation in the arts for the public benefit of people of all ages in Dawlish and district by providing public access to music, art, dance, drama, poetry and literature by professionals and gifted amateurs in which there will be experiential teaching and critiquing to develop individual capabilities, competences, skills and understanding. We are completely dependant on volunteers and charitable donations to the Arts Festival.’

Category:Arts Festivals
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www.dmeh.org

'A collaboration between all schools, music teachers, services and practitioners in the County, aiming together to make musical opportunities available, affordable, enjoyable and beneficial to every young person in Devon. The Hub is led by Babcock LDP Music Service, governed by a board with representatives from many organisations, and includes all schools and providers of musical opportunities for young people in Devon.'

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www.dpaf.org.uk/wp/

'We provide the opportunity to perform your chosen performing art before an audience and a highly skilled and experienced Adjudicator. Most classes may be entered competitively, but non-competitive entries are welcomed too. Many classes have trophies for the winners.'

Category:Exeter
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exonsingers.org.uk/festival/

'The Exon Singers hold their annual festival in the historic market town of Tavistock, with recitals and services in the town’s beautiful 13th century parish church and in nearby Buckfast Abbey.' Held Early August.

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www.vaccari.co.uk

'Every third Thursday of the month (except August) the old former Crediton cinema, now Buccaneers Bar is taken over by The Moon Jazz House band, some eight players in total. We have a young jammers session to start, followed by a set from the house band or guest band and then an older jammers session. Jam sessions are supported by the rhythm section. We ask jammers to bring music charts for chord reference. Jammers can sit in on the rhythm section or take lead. We also welcome singers.'

Category:Jazz Clubs
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www.torbay.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/music/

Web Pages for the Torbay Council Music Service - part of the Council’s Schools and Learning Section: ‘Information on schools and learning services within Torbay for children, young people and adults’. Link to the Torbay Music Hub.

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www.nadsa.co.uk

'NADSA, as it has been affectionately known for almost the whole of its existence, was saddled with the title of Newton Abbot and District Society of Arts by its founding fathers back in 1946. To date there is no record of NADSA’s constitution ever being amended, so it is still living with such lofty aims as: “The Objects of the Society shall be to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education of the public in the arts and sciences of music, opera, ballet, drama, film, photography, literature, painting, drawing and sculpture by the presentation of performances, exhibitions and other activities.” ...'

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Also indexedNewton Abbot and District Society of Arts
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www.shammickacoustic.org.uk

Second Saturdays 'An environment in which to share songs, words and music, without amplification, to provide somewhere people can perform, and to encourage them to do so. Everybody is welcome, to perform or not, as we go around the room. You can hear poems, stories, modern songs and various musics as well as folk stuff. Occasionally we also have a Visiting Performer, from "furrin" parts, who we ask to do a few extra items! There is no admission charge, but we pass the pot round during the evening ... A series of special guest performer nights on most Fourth Saturdays, which also feature local (and sometimes not-so-local) support spots. Our guests are nationally and even internationally acclaimed performers. There is a charge for admission on these nights.'

Category:Folk Clubs
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Also indexedShammick Acoustic
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cmr.soc.plymouth.ac.uk

'Offers a glimpse of how musicians, scientists and linguists are re-inventing voice through an ambitious programme exploring new means, forms and usages of voice in communication and musical creativity. It will premiere new compositions by University of Plymouth composers and guests, including the world premiere of a concert for a beatboxer with an orchestra in her mouth, a choir of real and virtual singers and a fully-fledged invented language, created specially for the festival by David J. Peterson, the inventor of the language Dothraki, of the series Game of Thrones.' Held Late February.

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Also indexedInterdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research
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www.users.waitrose.com/~pennymoor/index.htm

'A welcoming and friendly folk club centred in Mid Devon. It holds regular monthly sessions - (3rd Wednesday), as well as a number of occasional events. Its aims are to encourage participation in folk arts, music and culture through singing, instrument playing, story telling, dance and folk theatre at all levels of ability.'

Category:Folk Clubs
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www.plymouthmeh.com

'Currently engages over 4000 children and young people in weekly musical activities across the city. As well as traditional ensembles, which include bands and orchestras, we also offer Steel Band, Guitar and Rock and Pop groups and activities. We hope you’ll find something to suit your taste in music and, if not, please get in touch. We’re always open to suggestions! ...'

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www.bonifaceconcerts.co.uk

'Founded in 1981, following a successful series of concerts presented during the 1300th anniversary of the birth of St. Boniface in 680 AD. Since then the Society has presented over 150 concerts, bringing outstanding artists ... to perform in Crediton.'

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www.plymouth.ac.uk/schools/hpa

‘By studying music at Plymouth University you will join a vibrant community that combines versatile undergraduate programmes in Music, Performance, Technology, Composition and Ethnomusicology with world-leading research in computer music and topics in musicology and creative practice ...'

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Also indexedPlymouth University
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www.seatonmusic.org

'Has been presenting concerts at Seaton Town Hall since 1951. It owns one of the finest pianos in East Devon - a modern Steinway grand. In addition to the annual season of concerts, it promotes music workshops in local schools and is committed to encouraging music making among young people. SeatonMusic also has a history of commissioning new works.'

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Also indexedSeatonMusic
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www.shaldonfestival.co.uk

‘Shaldon is a small coastal village in South Devon between Teignmouth and Torquay ... The aim of our four day summer Festival is to provide local people and visitors with access to first rate, professionally-performed classical music at affordable prices.' Held Late June.

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www.sidmouthmusic.org.uk

'Sidmouth Concert Society presents a series of 6 public concerts in Sidmouth, East Devon, from October to March each year ... Our artists are either established performers of international repute, or up-and-coming prize- or award-winners. Our concerts are open to everyone, and our audiences are assured of a warm welcome.'

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www.stpetersmusic.org.uk

'Formed in 1994. The intention was to provide regular concerts, mainly, but not exclusively, chamber music, to enable local residents to enjoy serious music without the need to travel to Exeter. Since then the organisation has changed little and the aim not at all ...'

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www.tavistockmusic.co.uk

‘Features concerts (of a wide range of musical genres), lectures, art exhibitions and workshops, literary workshops and events, theatrical and dramatic performances and an arts market in Bedford Square.’ Held April - May.

Category:Arts Festivals
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www.teignmouthjazz.org

'If you love jazz why not join us? Yearly membership ... secures benefits at reduced rates at our popular Club Nights and of course at the annual Jazz Festival in the Autumn.' Festival held Mid November.

Category:Jazz Clubs
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www.topshamfolkclub.org

'Every Sunday (apart from concert nights) for our singers’ nights from 8pm- 10.30pm. Informal tunes session from 7.30pm. Free entry. All welcome – sing, play, listen, join in ... If you’d like to play just ask the evening’s compère. People normally do two songs or tunes in a 10 minute spot.'

Category:Folk Clubs
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tsdmc.org.uk

'Music Centre members enjoy playing their instruments together, and improving their musical skills. Orchestras and bands are led by experienced musicians and there are opportunities to play in concerts and weekly rehearsals. There are groups for players of all standards and ages, particularly under 25’s.'

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www.torbaymusichub.co.uk

'If you’re a young person interested in making music, you've come to the right place. Whether you’re a complete beginner or already playing or singing, find out about places, people, events and opportunities that can help you make the music you love ...'

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www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/torbay.htm

'All meetings & events are held on Wednesday evenings starting at 7.30pm.'

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www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk

'TEMS has been running since 1999. Our performers are professional musicians respected in the Early Music or folk fields with a sprinkling of younger performers who are establishing their careers. Most have trained at top colleges and conservatoires and have played with nationally recognised ensembles such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Our concerts achieve national listings with people attending from as far away as Bristol and Penzance. More than half of our members come from beyond Totnes – from villages and towns in the South Hams, Torbay and from Exeter and Plymouth.'

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www.thetwomoorsfestival.co.uk

'A nationally renowned rural music festival where people from all walks of life experience and enjoy extraordinary music performed by world-class artists, in stunning locations. The Festival was borne out of the devastation caused by the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in 2001, which decimated the UK farming and tourism industries. John and Penny Adie, Devon locals, were inspired to help regenerate the local economy and bring light and encouragement to people’s lives by producing a week of stunning music-making on the "Two Moors" of Exmoor and Dartmoor.' Held Mid October.

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www.appledoreband.org.uk

'The Band provides services to the surrounding area playing for church services, parades, carnivals and ship launching! The band has even played for The Prince of Wales on no less than two occasions.'

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www.theappledoresingers.co.uk

'Founded in 1985, the Choir of 40 is a well-established and popular part of the North Devon music scene. We perform at all sorts of occasions and venues including Weddings, Churches, local Theatres, Clubs and Organisations, Schools and Residential Homes and we are proud to have raised considerable sums for Charities both locally and nationally over the years.'

Category:Ladies Choirs
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barnstapleladieschoir.org

‘The choir was formed in 1984 and has a present membership of 36. We have a varied repertoire for Concerts which includes songs from the shows, sacred and popular music. Our Concert programmes usually consist of Choir items, Solos, Duets, Recitations and Piano Solos. We enjoy performing at concerts however large or small the audience.’

Category:Ladies Choirs
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www.barnstaplemalevoicechoir.co.uk

‘Founded in 1919 under the initial name of Barnstaple YMCA Male Voice Choir. A local organist and musician was asked to form a choir in order that the YMCA could hold a charity concert to mark its re-opening after the end of World War I. It proved a great success and the singers agreed to stay together. By 1920 the links with the YMCA were no longer relevant and the Choir's name was changed to the Barnstaple Male Voice Choir and has so remained until this day.'

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www.barnstaplemusicalcomedy.co.uk

‘BMCDS is a multi award winning amateur dramatics group which started in the 1920's ... Our large membership ranges from age 16 to 80 and everyone is welcome. We present an annual musical show every November ... and a summer play at local venues ... We have a junior group called Barnstaple Young Generation for 9 - 21 year olds. They stage a musical each year in the Spring ... We would love to see you - on stage, backstage or in our audiences!’

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Also indexedBarnstaple Young Generation | Centre Stage School
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www.bidefordyouthpipeband.co.uk

‘The Band was started in 1991 and is made up of youngsters between the ages of 10 and 18 and their teachers. The band has grown into the popular band it is today that can be seen performing all over the South West in carnivals and parades etc ... You don’t need to read music or have any musical skills, playing in a pipe band really isn’t as hard as it looks!’

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www.blazingsounds.org.uk

'The Ilfracombe & District Youth Band "Blazing Sounds" welcomes young people aged six to eighteen, living in Ilfracombe and the surrounding villages. If any adults would like to join, bandmaster Emma would be very pleased to hear from you as well.'

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www.brentsingers.org.uk

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www.britanniachoral.co.uk

'Founded in 1946 by Gerald King, Director of Music at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. The choir originally consisted of cadets and staff of the College supplemented by a few local civilians. The collaboration between town and college continued well into the 1980s, when changes within the college resulted in the choir becoming a self-supporting, independent society. Under successive directors, the choir has sought to maintain the established traditions of first-class programmes and performances.'

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www.brixham-orpheus-choir.co.uk

'Each year the Choir has a varied list of engagements in and around Torbay and the West Country area ... The Choir looks forward to meeting our regular supporters on these occasions and to meeting and making many more new friendships. The Choir is always interested in supporting a wide range of charities and good causes ... The BOMVC also has a flourishing Friends of the Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir group who always welcome new members. A busy Ladies Support group also helps with fund-raising and offers practical support.'

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brixhamtownband.org.uk

‘We are a traditional town band rehearsing and playing for fun! We have a busy calendar including Christmas and summer Quayside concerts. Players of any age and ability always welcome ... Our Training Band is primarily a feeder band for the main Brixham Town Band. As such it welcomes anyone interested in learning an instrument, particularly those still at school and those that can read music. All ages and abilities are welcomed. The Band has always considered that the recruiting and training of new players is one of the most important things we can do.’

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www.brncvolunteerband.com

‘A symphonic wind band encompassing all the instruments found in a military band. Its repertoire can cover every genre of music from classics through film scores, jazz, rock and pop as well as military music. We rehearse ... at the Britannia Royal Naval College and have a full diary of events both in the locality of Dartmouth as well as the wider Devon community. Membership requires applicants to be an average of Grade 6+ (exam pass is not necessary but an audition may be required) and emphasis is placed on musicality and regular attendance.’ Note also the College’s Big Band, Parade Band, and Corps of Drums.

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Also indexedBritannia Royal Naval College| Big Band | Parade Band | Corps of Drums
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www.budleighmvc.co.uk

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www.facebook.com/Choir-86-1745073655708322/

‘Choir86 are based in Kingsteignton and enjoy rehearsing on Monday evenings. They have a new musical director, a new sound and are at the top of their game! ... Choir 86 comprises around 40 - 50 members with the predominant strength in numbers being found in the soprano and alto ranks. Tenors and basses are smaller sections but as always make up for their numbers through making a significant noise! The blend is in fact very pleasing and the sound quality is well received by our audiences.‘

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www.codsonline.com/new/

'Crediton Operatic Society, now known as CODS, began life in 1964 with a public meeting to form a G and S Society. The first musical production "HMS Pinafore" was staged in 1965 ... HMS Pinafore cost approximately £280 to stage. Contrast this with our current main Musical Productions which cost on average about £15,000- £18,000 to produce. There is no theatre in Crediton so each CODS production is staged in one of two halls at the local College Academy. Everything has to be transported and constructed at either of these halls, and of course, cleared away afterwards!'

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Also indexedCODS
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www.creditontownband.org.uk

'We are a non-contesting brass band who concentrate on playing concerts and engagements throughout the year. We are a mixture of local people of all ages and playing abilities who enjoy playing music together. New players of all ages are always welcome or even people visiting the area and would like to come along on our rehearsal night for a "blow" ...'

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culmvalleymusic.btck.co.uk/Orchestra

‘We are an amateur group which meets ... to play classical orchestral music for the personal pleasure of our members. However we do give occasional concerts to provide the opportunity to present the music which we have been studying in recent months. These are usually associated with orchestral days to which we invite other competent players, who are not able to attend on a regular basis. Though our performances may not achieve perfection, we hope that our enthusiasm and inclusivity may bring freshness and insight to the music.’

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www.eastdevonchoralsociety.org.uk

‘Has been based in Tiverton since 1973 ... EDCS sings a broad repertoire covering many of the major choral works as well as exploring other musical influences from Negro Spirituals to Opera ... There are no auditions.’

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www.emgsymphonyorchestra.org

'The original Exeter Music Group was founded in 1967 and since that time has grown to the full-scale symphony orchestra that exists today. The EMG Symphony Orchestra provides musicians with the opportunity to perform a wide variety of repertoire and to working with talented soloists, local choirs and a professional conductor.'

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Also indexedExeter Music Group
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www.exetersymphonyorchestra.co.uk

'The Orchestra has its origins back in the 1930s, although what you would recognise as "ESO" started life in 1989 ... Since those early days in the 1980s, we have developed to be the leading symphony orchestra in the City. Members are involved in choosing and developing the musical programme for each year, which we hope is a balance between true classics and also more modern and perhaps lesser known pieces.'

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exmouthchoralsociety.org.uk

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www.exmouthlightorchestra.co.uk

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www.exmouthtownconcertband.org.uk

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www.flutecocktail.co.uk

‘Evolved from the flute players of Blowzone (Tavistock wind band) towards the beginning of 2000 and comprises flute players from the Tavistock area and beyond. We meet fortnightly to rehearse, learn and most of all enjoy the experience of ensemble playing. Several concerts each season are enjoyed by growing audiences who appreciate the variety of music offered. We have been privileged to share in concerts with other local organisations and maintain a policy of making donations from our concerts to the churches in which we perform.’

Category:Flute Ensembles
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www.wrenmusic.co.uk/en/Folk-Orchestra-of-Torbay-FOOT/

‘An open access instrumental group. We play a huge variety of folk music which is all taught by ear but sheet music is also available. There are no auditions and all acoustic instruments and abilities (14 and over) are welcome.’

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Also indexedFOOT | Wren Music
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www.gilbertandsullivantorbay.co.uk

'The Society was founded in 1973, mainly as an appreciation Society. Since then, however, it has performed all the operas of Gilbert & Sullivan and also hold regular concerts at various venues throughout South Devon.'

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www.ticketsource.co.uk/imperial

'Imperial Productions perform plays, musicals and operettas in London and Budleigh Salterton.'

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www.iscaensemble.org.uk

'The full Ensemble comprises of over 60 experienced amateur and some former professional players drawn from the South West of England. The orchestra rehearses in the centre of Exeter on Sunday afternoons leading to the presentation of a series of classical concerts each year. National and international soloists often feature in concerts that frequently take place in Sidmouth Parish Church, Devon. This beautifully renovated church near the famous Victorian seafront has fine acoustics and accommodates a large audience.'

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www.kingsmen.org.uk

'An enthusiastic group of over fifty men from South West Devon anywhere from Torquay to Plymouth, who love singing together in four-part close-harmony Barbershop style ... We are well known throughout the region for our entertaining performances, and we focus on the singing of four part harmony in the barbershop style, straight from the heart.'

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www.wrenmusic.co.uk/en/Mandolin-Orchestra-of-Devon-MOOD/

MOOD is a friendly group of plucked string enthusiasts who come together once a month to make beautiful music. Our repertoire ranges from Early Music through Baroque and Classical as well as folk tunes and some fun pieces. Because the mandolin is a relatively rare instrument it is unusual for mandolinists to get an opportunity to play together. The idea of this Orchestra is to bring players together to meet each other, to learn specific mandolin repertoire, and to develop technique and expertise. Parts will cater for a range of abilities - basic knowledge of your instrument required. All ages are welcome - minimum age 14 years old.‘

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Also indexedMOOD | Wren Music
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www.marinersaway.org.uk

Mariners Away home port is the village of South Zeal on the northern flanks of Dartmoor. (OK so we are at least 20 nautical miles from the sea!). We formed on 22 November 2007 when Bill Murray, a well known local folk music performer, was asked by Mike Eastman to provide some musical entertainment at the annual dinner of the local (Lyme Bay) Section of the Cruising Association (www.cruising.org.uk), one of the oldest and largest cruising yacht clubs in existence ... We take our name from the Mariner’s Way, a fabled ancient route used by sailors to travel between the ports of Bideford on the North Devon coast, and Dartmouth on the South Devon coast. South Zeal lies en-route and the King’s Arms is believed to have been one of the hostelries.‘

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nadmcs.org

‘We are the only permanent theatrical group operating in the town of Newton Abbot, Devon, England and we are a member of N.O.D.A. ... We produce a Pantomime in early January followed by a musical show later in the year. This is sometimes supplemented by a NEWTS production – our junior society – which usually takes place in the spring ... The Pantomimes ... have become so successful that they now provide the majority of the income of the Society.’

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Also indexedNEWTS
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www.northdevonsinfonia.org.uk

Award-winning 'full scale symphony orchestra made up of between 50 and 80 players (depending on repertoire) performing three or four concerts per year in venues across North Devon ... Our membership reflects a broad cross-section of North Devon society including students, doctors, teachers, care workers, factory workers, postmen, a horticulturalist, students, farmers, a vicar and pensioners. Ages range from the teens to the 70s and the orchestra is exclusively amateur; none of our players is paid to perform'.

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www.plymouthareapolicechoir.com

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www.redearthopera.net

'Opera in Devon, for Devon: Community, not Corporate ... Our aim is to present affordable opera which is complementary to that offered by the large touring companies or the corporate opera pops, and which is approachable and enjoyable for those who are not already keen on opera. We also want to give performers opportunities at all levels.'

Category:Opera Companies
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www.rivieraconcertbrass.com

'Started in February 2005. It was the brainchild of former members of the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary Band, which was unfortunately disbanded. RCB is a friendly and inclusive band for people of all ages and standards. We are a non-contesting band welcoming anyone, regardless of standard, into a friendly and fun filled atmosphere.'

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www.riviera-singers-brixham.co.uk

'We are a traditional Ladies choir that sing in parts and currently have a membership of around 30 ladies of all ages, and welcome new members who may be interested in joining us ... The Riviera Singers combine the pleasure of singing with raising funds for charities. We enjoy social activities together, such as our annual garden party and Christmas lunch.

Category:Ladies Choirs
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shaldonsingers.weebly.com

‘A choir of about 80 singers. We give two concerts a year, in December and May ... There is no audition. An ability to read music is an advantage, but more important are enthusiasm and a commitment to attend rehearsals. There is a short waiting list for all sections of the choir.’

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sites.google.com/site/sidmouthchoralsociety/

'We were founded in 1856 and perform two major concerts per year, one in the Spring and the other in December. We are a friendly group of around 60 singers, meeting one evening per week for about 10 weeks before each concert.'

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www.sidmouthtownband.co.uk

'There has been a Band in Sidmouth for over 150 years, with the earliest record being a picture of the band taken in 1862 ... Thanks to the dedication and hard work of both the Band and the Musical Director ... we got promoted to the Third Section in 2008, progressed to the Second Section in 2012 and gained promotion to the First Section from January 2017 ... In addition to competing in contests throughout the year, we hold regular summer concerts ... Sidmouth Town Band has a close relationship with the town council and local community.'

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southdevonchoir.org

‘New members are very welcome and we do not require you to have an audition although you will find it an advantage to read music or to be able to follow it to a degree. Come to rehearsals for 2 or 3 weeks to see if you enjoy being in the Choir and there is no obligation for you to stay or pay. If you do decide to continue singing with us then we will ask you to become a member. All voices (we have soprano, contralto, tenor and bass sections) are welcome and we are delighted to have students and young people as members (under 19s do not pay a membership fee). For the sake of harmonious balance we may from time to time restrict the numbers of people joining each section ... We perform a concert at the end of each term and you are encouraged to attend sufficient rehearsals to be concert ready, that is, knowing the music and confident to participate in your section of the Choir.’

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www.facebook.com/lympstoneband/

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spectrummusic.band/home

‘We are a 30+ piece concert wind band specialising in swing, popular, stage & screen music. Based in Kingskerswell South Devon we are available for gigs, parties, functions, weddings, bandstands, theme events & festivals all throughout the Southwest and beyond ... Anyone is always welcome to come along and join us for a rehearsal.’

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teignmouthsings.org.uk

Formed 2009: ‘A community choir for people who like to sing for fun ... Locally, we have become well known for our wide and ever-increasing repertoire of songs. These include songs from shows and musicals ... We almost always perform as a whole choir, but occasionally our members perform solos or duets. Our musical director is more than happy for members to suggest new material ... Our Christmas repertoire is particularly enchanting ...’. At Review: ‘Due to our popularity, the need to keep a balance of voices in the choir and the number of Sopranos and Altos who joined us last year, we are not recruiting any new members for these sections for the time being’.

Category:Teignmouth
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www.thechordettes.co.uk

‘A fun group of ladies of all ages, from 16 upwards who get together for the enjoyment of singing well known songs in a capella four part harmony. Members come from a variety of backgrounds but with so much in common; our love for singing, our desire to learn to sing better through education and to be part of a friendly, happy chorus.‘

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www.tivertontownband.co.uk

'We are a traditional Brass Band, all musicians are amateurs, who enjoy performing to audiences at fetes and concerts, and with contests in our schedule we have our sights set on moving up the rankings, from the Fourth Section, at a steady pace ... Our mission is to entertain all our audiences to the best of our ability whilst all enjoying ourselves making music ... We also welcome holiday makers who are staying in the area and need their weekly fix of brass banding.'

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www.torbaysymphony.org

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www.totnesband.co.uk

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www.creditonwestgallery.org.uk

‘In 1990, three of today's Quire members took part in a televised celebration of Thomas Hardy's life. They so enjoyed themselves that the West Gallery Quire in Crediton was born. Since then we have sung for concerts in churches, chapels, for the Devonshire Association, from pub to Bishop's Palace, and for services such as Evensong for the 950th anniversary of one of Exeter's oldest churches. Quite deliberately, much of our repertoire is by West Country composers ... if you are a potential singer or instrumentalist you are very welcome to join us at one of our rehearsals.’

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www.winkleighsingers.org.uk

‘Established in 1984 in one of the remotest parts of Devon, the Winkleigh Singers enjoy a broad repertoire from early to contemporary music ... We usually give three major concerts each year, one in Winkleigh just before Christmas and the two others usually being in Torrington (late March/early April) and Barnstaple (July). These concerts are well established and attract good audiences ... From time to time the choir has vacancies. There is no audition, but a three week trial period needs to be completed for full membership. A good standard of sight-reading and tuning, a pleasant voice with the ability to blend, and a positive attitude towards creating high quality music is required. Rehearsals are extremely enjoyable, with a social break ...’

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.wyndhamsingers.org

‘A male singing group of 20 to 30 voices - all of whom are from the village of Kentisbeare and the surrounding area in Devon, UK. Membership is open to all men who enjoy a good sing. There are no auditions for membership.‘

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calstockarts.org

'Community arts centre located in a beautifully converted Chapel on the banks of the River Tamar. We programme a wide range of events including folk, jazz, classical music, comedy, film, theatre, talks and exhibitions ... In addition to our ticketed events we also have Gallery Bar Specials. These feature live music and other events from well-known and emerging performers in the south west.'

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www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk

'The Cathedral makes a significant contribution to music in Exeter with a regular series of concerts, recitals and other events and also hosts other visiting groups ... In recent times our music department has grown to support other choirs who provide opportunities for adult singers outside of the Cathedral Choir as well as nurturing the next generation of musicians through our successful Outreach Programme ... The main organ at Exeter Cathedral is a particularly fine example of English organ-building. In 1665 local organ builder John Loosemore created what has become one of the most distinctive and striking organ cases ever built; successive generations of organ builders have provided instruments of pedigree which have brought joy to all who have worshipped and attended performances.'

Category:Cathedrals
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www.lustleighvillagehall.co.uk

‘The Hall has a capacity of 162 people for most events, and 145 for a seated stage production. It can be used for a wide range of activities, including music or drama performances ... There is a fully demountable stage available to hire, and tables and chairs are included. For entertainment productions, the hall has a full sound and light rig, customisable to your needs.’

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seatongateway.co.uk

'Previously the building was an under used and rundown Town Hall owned by East Devon District Council. It annually lost in excess of £30,000 per year and as such was at great risk of being sold. A community group (Seatons Voice) formed and generated a plan to lease out the building and hold events to cover the running costs. Roll on 6 years, lots of hard work and over 60 active volunteers the building has been transformed into a vibrant entertainment and much used community facility ...'

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www.stlawrencechapel.org.uk

Category:Chapels
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www.tavistockparishchurch.org.uk/music/

‘Music in the Parish Church is led by an energetic director of music who has an eclectic taste in worship music. St Eustachius has a fine Walker pipe organ and Steinway grand piano and both are used to maximum effect to enhance worship ... The church is a popular concert venue that regularly attracts ensembles of high calibre ... A series of free lunchtime concerts, especially those as part of the annual Tavistock Festival, is appealing to an ever increasing audience.’

Category:Churches
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theflavel.org.uk

Has 'a growing reputation as one of the best small arts venues in Devon'.

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www.artsandcultureexeter.co.uk

‘A varied arts and culture programme engages a range of audiences through exhibitions, performances, festivals and guest lectures, many in our purpose-built venues on campus. With a strategic approach, Arts and Culture inputs into the research agenda by brokering collaborations between artists and researchers of all disciplines and fostering artistic impacts of research. The University also works collaboratively with other arts organisations in Exeter, regionally and nationally and with other universities.’

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exedirectory.org

'Lists resources for contemporary and classical music making in Exeter and the surrounding areas, making it easier for you to find musicians, ensembles and services in a single search. Whether you are looking for information on music teachers, concerts, choirs, instrumental repair or festivals in this area of Devon, you will be able to find it here ...'

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www.plyclassical.co.uk

'A non-commercial website run to help classical concertgoers in the Plymouth area and to support local music organisations in publicising their activities. If you value the wealth of music represented here, please consider a donation to the Plymouth Music Accord which provides valuable support to music in the area and encourages the musical interests of children and young people.'

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Also indexedPlymouth Music Accord
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