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Area: Dorset

www.bsharp.org.uk

‘Operates weekly groups and other regular events hosted by carefully selected music leaders who offer the highest level and range of experience as composers, musicians, singer songwriters, and technicians. Our music leaders are enthusiastic and inspiring with many being ex B Sharp participants who share a love of music and the B Sharp "way of working", and to maintain this approach we operate a skills cascade training model with clear pathways of progression for both our participants and our music leaders ...'

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www.beaminsterfestival.com

‘Created in 1995 ... An annual Festival of music, both classical and jazz, literature and an art exhibition of the work of local artists, potters, sculptors - open to all.’ Held Late June.

Category:Arts Festivals
Visits to the Website64
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www.iao.org.uk/bournemouth/

'Areas covered by the Association are generally south-east Dorset and south-west Hampshire. This includes Poole, Bournemouth and The New Forest. Part of the Association’s objectives are "to advance the education of the public in the study of the art of music with special reference to liturgical and organ music". A meeting is held on most months during the year, ranging from arranged talks, visits to local organs, an annual full day outing to a major venue and an Annual Dinner. In recent years, we have been pleased to enjoy trips abroad.'

Visits to the Website91
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artsbythesea.co.uk

'The festival brings intriguing, spectacular and (sometimes) down-right curious arts experiences to our seaside town. With over 60 events – a spirited mix of some of the best regional, national and international arts across dance, film, music, visual art, literature, theatre, comedy and more.' Held Mid October.

Category:Arts Festivals
Visits to the Website166
Also indexedArts Bournemouth
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www.bournemouthchambermusic.co.uk

'Promoting chamber music concerts by musicians of national and international repute - All concerts are held on Sundays at 3pm.' Typically half a dozen concerts October - May.

Visits to the Website92
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www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/bournemouth/

'Formed in 1966, as the Bournemouth branch of The Hammond Organ Society, under the chairmanship of Mr. Sydney Webb, the interest was such that by late 1967 it was becoming clear that the appointment of a committee was desirable. Subscriptions at that time were set at 1 guinea for the first member of a family with half a guinea for additional family members. Meetings were held in Hotels in the Bournemouth area ... We continue to enjoy a healthy membership, and can almost guarantee a full house for visiting artistes. An invitation is warmly extended to visitors at each concert where we endeavour to accommodate everyone.'

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www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/b-mouth.htm

‘If you have an interest in classical music or wish to learn more about it, then we are confident that you will enjoy joining us for an evening of entertainment. The society arranges a full programme throughout the season, of talks given on a wide range of subjects. Presenters include both professionals such as musicians, conductors, record companies and historians plus enthusiasts from both our own and other recorded music societies.‘

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www.bmcf.info

'To celebrate excellence and promote community participation in the performing arts by presenting an annual festival, enhanced by competition and professional adjudication.'

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broadstonemusicseries.info

‘We present to our audiences an annual series of musical events throughout the year, dedicated to the highest standards of excellence and providing performing opportunities for young aspiring musicians alongside renowned professionals. It is our goal to integrate professional musicians including those in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, with young talented musicians through workshops and joint performances ... We exist under the title of “Poole Society for Young Musicians”.’

Category:Poole
Visits to the Website25
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www.cwym-music.com

‘Saturday morning music centre providing quality ensemble training and music theory classes for young musicians of all ages and stages. Now with more than 200 members (and continuing to expand), it is one of the largest music centres on the South Coast. With three main concerts each season, a Wessex Young Soloists’ Concert Series, highly successful music festival performances, concert tours, charity busking events, visits to London’s West End and Southbank, a Centre newsletter and tuck shop, the CWYM not only offers high quality musical experiences, it makes it a lot of fun too. The Centre’s largest and best known ensemble is the Wessex Youth Orchestra ...’

Visits to the Website45
Also indexedWessex Youth Orchestra
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hurnway47.wixsite.com/xchurchmusiccentre

‘A volunteer led organisation that has, for more than three decades, supported the musical ambitions of many young people in the local area.'

Visits to the Website84
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www.christchurchpriory.org

‘Provides another opportunity to explore the universal language of music ... Celebrate music in both concerts and in other events perhaps more varied to what one might expect at a Music Festival ... All daytime concerts are free admission, but please leave what you can in the retiring collection.’ Held Mid June.

Category:Arts Festivals
Visits to the Website8
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www.daspmusic.co.uk

'Local charity (CIO) which aims to enhance musical education in Dorchester and beyond. It coordinates instrumental tuition across the Dorchester Pyramid, which comprises of 13 first schools, 3 middle schools, 1 upper school and 1 free school ... it provides a range of musical ensembles open to all local children under the age of 19, and organises regular concerts. It also offers curriculum support for the schools in the pyramid. Our aim is to give young people across the Dorchester area and beyond, first class, inspirational music making opportunities ... All money that we raise (through concerts, events, sponsorship etc) goes straight into specific projects within our schools or the local area.'

Visits to the Website100
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www.dorset-county-museum-music-society.org.uk

Seven recitals September - April. ALERT 'Please note that the concert veue will be elsewhere in Dorchester from January 2018. Please check Web Site for venue.' However, at Review, no concerts found beyond end 2017.

Visits to the Website81
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www.dorsetguitarsociety.org.uk

'Formed in October 1984 by a number of Dorset guitarists to promote the music of their instrument via solo and ensemble performances, master classes, workshops and concerts given by the guitar society and visiting artists.'

Visits to the Website107
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www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/education-and-training/dorset-music-service/dorset-music-service.aspx

'The main provider of music provision within Dorset. We are the lead organisation in the Dorset Music Education Hub and we are committed, with our partners, to providing all kinds of instrument playing and musical opportunities at the highest practicable level to as many young people in the county as possible.’

Visits to the Website66
Also indexedDorset Music Education Hub
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www.drms-music.co.uk

'We offer a range of activities alongside the regular lessons ... Singing for Pleasure Choir ... String Groups ... Day Courses ... There are regular Informal Concerts where students are encouraged to perform to one another and to parents and friends. Professional Concerts are also presented, often featuring DRMS staff or former DRMS students who are now performers in their own right.'

Visits to the Website72
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www.hurncourtopera.org

‘HCO artists are young singers usually in the later stages of study at music conservatoires or recently launched in their careers ... Inaugurating in 2018, the Hurn Court Opera Singing Competition provides an important platform for young vocal talent. It also provides a key to future performance opportunities with HCO, and offers the chance to develop over a period of time under the supporting wing of the professionals associated with the company.‘

Visits to the Website9
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jazzbytheseafestival.co.uk

‘Specially created to entertain visitors to Bournemouth and showcase local jazz musicians.’ Held Late June.

Category:Jazz Festivals
Visits to the Website84
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www.lymeregisjazzfestival.co.uk

Lyme Regis Jazz & Blues Weekend is a musical must for the May Bank Holiday, with over 20 acts, featuring jazz, blues and fusion in a four day wrap-around, music-filled weekend. With a rolling programme of free concerts on the seafront and elsewhere, B Sharp’s Busking Festival, as well as headline acts at Marine Theatre, plus the ever-popular BBQ and Brunch, the festival is the ultimate jazz and blues weekender with bags of Lyme appeal ... You don’t have to wait until next May’s jazz & blues festival to hear great music – Jazz Jurassica - the only pop-up supper club on the Jurassic coast, is back in October with another programme of jazz, soul, swing and latin including a 2-course supper ...’

Category:Jazz Clubs
Visits to the Website113
Also indexedJazz & Blues Weekend | Lyme Regis Jazz Festival
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sworgansociety.org

'Was formed as a response to a shortage of capable organists in many churches of all denominations up and down the country. For those interested in either taking up the instrument or extending existing abilities, the School offers individual lessons. Another focus is a range of workshops run throughout the year including a highly-acclaimed three-day Winter Workshop ...' ALERT Now the South Wessex Organ Society.

Visits to the Website91
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www.newmiltonmusicfestival.org.uk

Started in 2015: ‘This annual festival gives musicians and vocalists in the local area the opportunity to participate in competitions, leading to a fabulous Gala Concert‘. Held Mid March.

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

Fortnightly afternoon meetings, September - April: ‘For great music in good company - Visitors are very welcome’.

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pooleukes.wixsite.com/pups

Formed 2014: ‘Our aim is to provide a monthly event where ukulele enthusiasts can meet, play, sing, chat and generally have a good time. We do not have any ideas of grandeur - whatever your playing ability you are welcome to join us - and with 50 or more players, the occasional (?) duff chord is in good company! ... We do have “open mic” spots when some players perform solos or perhaps duets. Where possible we try to support local charities by attending fund raising events etc. But above all, PUPS is about ukulele players having fun’.

Category:Ukulele Clubs
Visits to the Website52
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purbeck-chambermusic.org.uk

'An exciting new artistic development curated by Natalie Clein and her fellow musician friends. The Festival takes place every year at the end of summer in the beautiful surroundings of Purbeck in Dorset in historic locations, churches, unusual sites and schools.' Held Early September.

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www.therichardelytrust.org.uk

'Set up to support young people who wish to pursue an interest in music ... You must be below the age of 21 at the time of making your application ... You must live in, or be educated in, the area of Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole ... You must be following, or intending to follow, a course of musical education or individual performance tuition; OR you must be a practising musician ...'

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www.ruthrogers.net/chamber-music/

Six evening concerts between October and July each year promoted by the violinist Ruth Rogers.

Visits to the Website112
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www.sherbornemusicsummerschool.co.uk

'Founded in 1952 as the Canford School of Music, a name it retained for the next 52 years before relocating to Sherborne School in the pretty medieval market town of Sherborne in Dorset.' Held Early August.

Visits to the Website106
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soundstorm-music.org.uk

'We are an award winning music education agency & lead partner for the Bournemouth & Poole Music Education Hub. With a partnership network of schools, local music providers, National Portfolio Organisations & independent practitioners, our work enables children & young people to experience, develop, progress & perform through music & the wider arts,'

Visits to the Website146
Also indexedBournemouth & Poole Music Education Hub
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sworgansociety.org

‘Successor to the well-established Lyme Regis Organ School. The Society has access to the beautiful Skrabl organ in St Michael’s Church, Lyme Regis with its 50 rank three manual mechanical action, and to many other fine organs in Devon and Dorset. It exists to encourage organ playing and the appreciation of the organ’s place in the musical repertoire. The Society’s purpose is realised through recitals, concerts, and Organ Schools and by encouraging young organists on their journey.’

Visits to the Website77
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www.swanagejazzfestival.co.uk

‘My name is Nigel Price and I am the incoming festival director. When I heard that the festival was to close this year [2017] I just couldn¹t stand to see such a fantastic annual event just disappear without a fight so I offered to do what I could to help it to continue. I promise you all that I will give it my best shot. I also promise to source all supporting businesses from Swanage itself where possible and, if I can¹t I will keep it as local as possible.‘ Held Mid July.

Category:Swanage
Visits to the Website70
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www.thewessexfestival.co.uk

‘A four day Summer Festival of music, poetry and art events ... in venues in Wimborne Minster and Lytchett Minster, bringing together choral singers, instrumentalists, young musicians and professional performers.’ Held Early August.

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www.wessexfolkfestival.com

‘The Folk Festival takes place on the weekend following the second May Bank Holiday each year, on the harbourside at Weymouth, Dorset ... Wessex Folk Festival is effectively a free festival, with many acts on the open air stages and in the pubs around Weymouth's historical picturesque harbour.’

Category:Folk Festivals
Visits to the Website37
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weymouthmusicfestival.co.uk

’We have changed our name and the Weymouth Music Festival is now the Weymouth and Dorset Music Festival, to reflect the wide area from which our entrants are drawn. We have even had entrants from as far afield as Devon and Somerset! The Weymouth and Dorset Music Festival is a non-competitive festival open to all musicians of all ages and abilities. Entrants have the rare opportunity to perform their music in front of an audience – many for the first time – and get feedback from a highly qualified and friendly adjudicator.’ Held Early March.

Category:Weymouth
Visits to the Website123
Also indexedWeymouth Music Festival
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www.weymouthchamberconcerts.com

Typically nine recitals September - June.

Visits to the Website63
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weymouthmusic.moonfruit.com

'Every year we promote a series of six concerts in Weymouth from October to March. We also support the performing of amateur music in the area.'

Visits to the Website47
Also indexedWeymouth Sunday Concerts
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wimbornefolk.co.uk

'Folk, Family & Fun!'. Held Mid June.

Category:Folk Festivals
Visits to the Website100
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allingtonstrings.yolasite.com

'A friendly orchestra that always welcomes new members; there are no auditions ... We play a wide range of repertoire enjoying new challenges to expand and improve our playing as well as tackling more familiar works. Our leaders are all experienced players and teachers happy to offer a bit of technical advice and support when requested.'

Visits to the Website69
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www.bhchoir.org.uk

'A unique choir based in the Poole & Bournemouth areas: it is a combined workplace & community choir, providing opportunities for both Barclays employees past and present, and members of the local community to sing together in a friendly choir ... The choir continues to receive generous financial support from Barclays PLC, to whom we are immensely grateful. Barclays House Choir is now the only choral group associated with Barclays, and has sung at major corporate events.'

Visits to the Website81
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www.bgq.org.uk

'We like to play and sing mainly the sort of music that was heard in the majority of English parish churches between about 1730 and 1860 ... For performances and services we generally wear costumes, loosely based on the period 1825-1840. Most of the folk we portray would have been quite poor, relying on cast-offs and hand-me-downs, so we use considerable latitude.'

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www.alfx.com/singers/

'A choir for every occasion, Beaminster Singers formed after the cast of the 1987 Beaminster Community Play stayed together to sing. Since then, the choral society has become a feature of the town's musical life, giving two or three concerts a year in the town and surrounding villages.'

Visits to the Website75
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www.belvederesingers.org.uk

'We have approximately 50 members and give at least two concerts each year which often involve both amateur and professional soloists, with the object of providing an enjoyable and enlightening musical experience for our audience and choir members alike. We also run "Come & Sing" sessions, workshops and take part in community events.'

Visits to the Website103
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www.bournemouthanddistrictconcertband.online

Founded 1990: ‘We’re a community concert band and perform across Dorset including Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Wimborne and Ferndown. We’re one of the area’s largest concert bands with around 50 musicians of all ages, playing wind band instruments of all shapes and sizes ... We love seeing new faces in the band. To join, you’ll need to be 14 years or over and play a wind instrument or drums/percussion. We don’t ask for a specific grade but we recommend you’re around Grade 5 or equivalent and ideally you’ll have some band experience’.

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www.bournemouthbachchoir.org

‘Launched in 1987 ... We are a 40 strong chamber choir, performing in Christchurch Priory, Wimborne Minster, Ringwood Parish Church ... Our wide repertoire includes a lot of Baroque music.’

Category:Bournemouth
Visits to the Website58
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www.bournemouthgands.org.uk

Founded 1947: ‘In the early part of the year we rehearse for our Spring Show, usually performed in April and May. We perform our Spring Show in several surrounding theatres, usually featuring popular numbers from many G&S operas. We also on occasion include some non G&S numbers too. Our main production each year is always at the end of October and takes place in the theatre of Poole’s Lighthouse’.

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www.bournemouthmalechoir.co.uk

'Fresh from a podium finish at a national choral competition under the expert guidance of our experienced Musical Team, we are looking to welcome men, not necessarily with any prior musical experience, who share our love of a broad range of music and are looking to learn and develop alongside us. Our repertoire ranges from Morley, Mendelssohn and Schubert to Eric Whitacre, Take That and Seal!'

Visits to the Website100
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www.bschoir.org.uk

‘Dorset's most exciting chamber choir, well known for its imaginative programming and engaging performances ...The choir relies heavily on the commitment, as well as the talents, of its members, who come from a wide area, travelling from Hampshire and Wiltshire as well as across Dorset to rehearse each week in Blandford. BSC performs in a wide range of places – the intimate historic churches of Dorset, abbeys and cathedrals across the south of England, concert halls and smaller secular venues ... Its repertoire includes sacred and secular music from the 16th to the 21st centuries and its concerts range from a cappella programmes to performances of the great choral works ... The choir has a particular interest in new music and regularly commissions works ...’

Category:Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website64
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www.bschorus.co.uk

‘Has a membership of around 150 singers, and gives the majority of its concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. However, it has also performed regularly with other orchestras, and gives regular concerts independently, either a capella, with organ or small ensembles ... The Chorus actively promotes singing with young people, and established and manages the Bournemouth Symphony Youth Chorus.‘

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www.bsolive.com

'The only UK symphony orchestra not based in a major city, the BSO defines what it means to be an orchestra serving a whole region whilst maintaining important national and international significance ... both at our home venue at the Lighthouse in Poole and at venues throughout the South and South West, not least as the major provider of symphonic scale concerts to the cities of Bristol, Exeter and Portsmouth.'

Visits to the Website100
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www.briantspuddlesingers.uk

Founded 1943: ‘Performs three to four concerts per year, with a diverse, exciting repertoire of classic and contemporary choral music ...  We are always pleased to encourage new members. There are no auditions – and no pre-qualification requirements. We support and encourage all levels of experience. Simply turn up at one of our Tuesday night rehearsals ... You will be made very welcome.’

Visits to the Website45
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www.bridportchamberorchestra.co.uk

‘Formed in the autumn of 1975 ... originally the New Elizabethan Players ...  We are a string orchestra of about 25 players ... and normally perform three concerts each year ... and we occasionally play full symphonic concerts.‘

Visits to the Website40
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bcc.webs.com

'A friendly choir ... We currently have over 70 singers, men and ladies. Four concerts a year are performed, in local venues, mostly of sacred choral music but also including some secular pieces. We often have orchestral accompaniment and usually engage professional soloists.'

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www.broadstone-community-concert-band.co.uk

'We’re an amateur wind band offering its members a fun and yet challenging opportunity to play within a large wind band ... We usually play a couple of large charity concerts each year, local venues have included Poole Lighthouse, Wimborne Minster and The Tivoli in Wimborne.'

Visits to the Website60
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bryanstonchoralsociety.com

'In 1932, only 4 years after Bryanston School opened, a Musical Association was formed that led eventually to Bryanston Choral Society ... Bryanston Choral Society  has about 100 singers, swelling to an exciting 250 musicians when we sing with the students of Bryanston School ... We sing in two concerts each year, one in March or April ... For this concert we join with Bryanston School Choir ... We rehearse separately from the school. Our second concert is at Christmas.'

Visits to the Website71
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cmvc.btck.co.uk

‘Formed during the Second World War in 1942 by a group of Air Raid Wardens in their off duty hours ... We are a really social bunch of keen amateur male singers who enjoy what we do: singing that is. The Concerts that we put on are mainly for charities in the local area of Dorset.’

Visits to the Website14
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christchurchanddistrictband.co.uk

‘A community concert band ... If you already play, or have played and would like to perform with us, why not get in touch and come along for an evening to see if you enjoy it? The Band are a friendly group of musicians getting together to create music and perform entertaining concerts. Rehearsals are relaxed and fun. An exciting time is ahead. If you want something different from your musical experiences, get in touch !’

Visits to the Website41
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christchurchgands.org.uk

Formed 1984: ‘Since then we have performed all but two of the operettas. We have our own team of set builders who each year strive for bigger and better things ... The Company is approximately 40 strong and has performed every September since 1984’.

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www.royalbritishlegionband.co.uk

‘We are a community band. We constantly update our musical repertoire so that we play a varied repitiore and are always keen to meet new players.‘

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www.christchurchu3a.org.uk/vintagebrass/

‘Organizes concerts for local charities, often in conjunction with local singing groups ... Players of all abilities are welcome as the band provides training for the inexperienced and improving players ... We have three major concerts each year; Spring, Autumn and Christmas.’

Visits to the Website48
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www.dorchesterchoralsociety.org

‘A large, welcoming, enthusiastic and sociable choir ... working under the guidance and leadership of an excellent and experienced conductor ... singing a wide range of music, including classic Requiems and Masses, but much, much more ... Dorchester Choral Society is proud of its outreach work, where we take free concerts to outlying rural villages to find audiences who might otherwise not be able to attend a live concert. These are very popular and well attended. We also take carol concerts to outlying churches and to the local Hospice, General Hospital, and formerly to HM Prison Dorchester. These works are supported by the District Council and the Town Council.‘

Visits to the Website9
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www.dorsetchamberchoir.com

‘A friendly and sociable choir with approximately 20 members. Many of us also sing in other local sacred and secular choirs and several were members of the former Wimborne based Wessex Singers ... We perform, mainly in churches, all around Dorset. Much of our repertoire is a capella, although from time to time we also perform with piano or organ accompaniment. Our choir membership is fairly stable, though from time to time we do have vacancies for new members.  We would expect new members to have previous experience of singing in similar small choirs, and to be reasonable sight readers.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website6
Also indexedWessex Singers
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www.dorsetchamberorchestra.org

‘Based in Dorchester, our players are drawn from all parts of Dorset, and beyond. We offer high quality performances of a wide range of classical music in a part of the County not regularly visited by full time professional orchestras. One of the orchestra’s main aims, championed by our founder and Music Director Emeritus Robert Jacoby, has always been to support the careers of young professional soloists. We have been privileged to provide a concerto platform for more than 80 young musicians over the past 30 years, some of whom are pursuing distinguished professional careers ...’

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www.dorsetcountyorchestra.org.uk

'The members of the orchestra are semi-professional and amateur musicians from all over Dorset and ... perform a wide selection from the classical repertoire. There have also been many successful joint ventures with local choral societies. As a local amateur orchestra they welcome membership enquiries from enthusiastic and committed players. The orchestra typically performs three concerts a year in different venues in Dorset. We usually have around five rehearsals for each concert; these take place on Saturday or Sunday afternoons ...'

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www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/education-and-training/dorset-music-service/playing-opportunities/playing-op...

'It is really important when learning an instrument to engage in playing opportunities aside from regular weekly lessons and practise. Dorset Music Service works with a wide range of partners to provide opportunities for playing right across Dorset.'

Category:Dorset
Visits to the Website71
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www.dorsetopera.com

'In 1976 Dorset Opera was registered as a charity with the object of presenting opera with professional soloists and orchestra, and at the same time giving large numbers of young people the opportunity to take part in the chorus and other production roles. Since then an opera has been performed every summer to much critical acclaim. For many young people this has been their first exposure to fully staged opera and is frequently the beginning of a lifelong passion.' Dorset Opera Festival held Late July.

Category:Opera Companies
Visits to the Website83
Also indexedDorset Opera Festival
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dorsetsinfonia.co.uk

‘An amateur classical orchestra drawing on the talents of musicians throughout Dorset. We play for the pleasure of making music as a group, advancing our abilities and encouraging newcomers. Our repertoire covers popular classical music, film music and music from the shows. We ... entertain audiences with our concerts held at the end of each term.’

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www.gisb.co.uk

‘The Band are on hand for civic events, such as remembrance parades as well as church services, carnivals, and community concerts ... As well as performing concerts, Gillingham band takes part in several contests throughout the year. Perhaps the most important contest the band take part in every year is the regional qualifier (also known as “the areas”). There are 8 separate area contests in the UK which take place on the weekends throughout March & April time every year.’

Visits to the Website68
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gillinghamsingers.org

‘An amateur SATB choir of about thirty members. We have been established for over 60 years ... We meet during term time, to rehearse a wide variety of works for our concerts. Our concerts are held at various local venues. We also arrange social events for our members. We are not a church choir & members of all denominations or none are welcome.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website85
Also indexedSilton Singers
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www.grangechoralsociety.co.uk

‘The Society was formed in 1961 by Geoffrey Stark and since this time, has increased in numbers and in strength to over 150 members. The venue for our concerts is the beautiful Christchurch Priory Church where over 900 years of history lends the perfect ambiance to the music of traditional and modern composers of the great choral works through the centuries.’

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www.lanovasingers.co.uk

'An award-winning female vocal ensemble, performing an eclectic repertoire of classical, sacred, operatic and contemporary choral music. Recognised as the premier women's choir in the Dorset area, the singers are committed to creating exciting classical music concerts.'

Category:Christchurch
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www.lymebaychorale.co.uk

‘A choir of about 28 auditioned SATB singers ... We work with specialist guest choral directors or organists and professional ensembles to perform glorious choral works ... The choir usually gives two concerts of classical and modern choral music a year (April/May and November / December).’

Category:Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website70
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www.lymeregistownband.co.uk

‘Lyme Regis Town Band was re-formed in 1981 after a lapse of thirty years and supported by a donation from the making of ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ filmed in Lyme Regis during that year ... The main work of the band is in the summer months when it plays regularly to entertain both holidaymakers and locals. The most popular location is on Marine Parade Lyme Regis, where each Tuesday evening from the beginning of July until the end of August, the band presents a series of concerts aptly entitled “Music by the Sea”. Over the years, these have proved extremely popular, often attracting several hundred listeners on fine evenings ... However, a glance at our Diary page will clearly show that the band’s engagements are not confined to Lyme Regis alone ...’

Visits to the Website43
Also indexedMusic by the Sea
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www.magnasinfonia.org

‘An auditioned amateur orchestra consisting of some of Dorset's most talented musicians ... Our vision is for an orchestra for Dorset that is committed to music-making of the highest quality. We exist primarily for the musician, devising programmes and rehearsal experiences that focus on the pleasure of playing orchestral music ... Three concerts a year with a burst of rehearsals (4-5) beforehand. We think this suits busy musicians best. It also makes it easier for us to book renown conductors and soloists ... As we expand into a full-size symphony orchestra we're on the lookout for new players. We have a minimum Grade 8 standard.’

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milborneportopera.co.uk

‘We specialise in Gilbert and Sullivan but regularly explore other musical works, including those of our resident operatic composer Neil Edwards whose first full opera “The Lost Continent” was performed in 2007. Productions are decided on by our cast and crew each year. Do contact us if you with to join us or have any questions about our shows.’

Visits to the Website70
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www.thenewelizabethansingers.org.uk

‘A 70-strong choir based in Bridport, Dorset. We perform two concerts a year in the beautiful St Mary's Church, working with the best musicians in Dorset and professional soloists from around the country.’

Visits to the Website61
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www.pandp.org.uk

'We are Poole and Parkstone Productions, better known as P&P, and based in Poole and Bournemouth in Dorset. We perform at major venues across Dorset, including Lighthouse, Poole; Regent Centre, Christchurch; Barrington Theatre, Ferndown; Layard Theatre, Wimborne; Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch.'

Visits to the Website119
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www.pooleboroughband.co.uk

Successful contesting band founded 1989: ‘We are a brass band rehearsing twice weekly playing a wide range of music that appeals to both player and listener alike ... Our band performs throughout the year at events such as, summer fetes, formal concerts and on bandstands ... If you are new to the area, returning to playing, or on holiday, get in touch if you would like to play with us!’

Visits to the Website52
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www.poole-light-orchestra.org.uk

‘An amateur orchestra which meets weekly to play a mixture of classical and light music. The orchestra currently numbers about forty players. We play in a relaxed environment essentially for our own enjoyment, working towards at least one public concert each term.‘

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www.purbeckartschoir.org.uk

‘Open to anyone who wants to sing! We presently have 60+ members in all voice parts (SATB) ... We sing mainly (but not exclusively) 4-part choral music and previous experience is helpful but not essential ... We normally have two concerts each year – December and April/May but are also involved with many other events during the year with local musicians and singers.’

Visits to the Website76
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www.quanglewanglechoir.co.uk

‘A vibrant and lively Weymouth based choir with members from all over Dorset. We love harmony, singing songs of all types from all over the world, unaccompanied ... We put on several concerts each year and also sing for weddings and other special events ... Whether nervous beginner or seasoned singer you will be equally welcome. There are no auditions and no need to sing on your own. We normally sing in 4 part harmony - men's and women's voices ... Imagine a life without friends, fun or music. Such was the fate of the Quangle Wangle Quee in Edward Lear's poem until things took a turn for the better ...’

Visits to the Website46
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www.ringwoodandburleyband.co.uk

‘The band has been part of Ringwood's life since 1879. In 1978 the band amalgamated with the Burley Band which started life around two years after the Ringwood Band ... The Band is well known in the New Forest/Wessex area and is a member of the Wessex Brass Band Association. Although it does take part in contests, the Ringwood & Burley Band is primarily a concert band playing an average of 30 engagements per year.’

Visits to the Website14
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sites.google.com/site/shaftesburyorchestra/

‘A group of amateur musicians who rehearse in term times on Monday nights at Port Regis School, Motcombe, near Shaftesbury ... We end each term with a concert at Port Regis. Entry to concerts is free, with a retiring collection for local charities ... We aim to steadily improve our standard, while at the same time enjoying ourselves!’

Visits to the Website55
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sherbornechamberchoir.org.uk

‘An auditioned group of about 45 singers from Sherborne and the surrounding region. The choir was established in 1979 and ... we thrive on variety and sing a wide range of repertoire, both sacred and secular, ranging from the Renaissance to the present day. We rehearse weekly during term time from September to June and perform three major concerts a year, mostly in Sherborne Abbey, both a capella and with orchestra, as well as a number of concerts at other venues in the area.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website91
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www.sherbornecommunityorchestra.org.uk

‘Founded in 1997 as a rehearsal orchestra for amateur musicians from Sherborne, Dorset, and the surrounding areas. It meets four times a year, the fourth session including an informal public concert. The orchestra is around fifty strong, with a professional conductor and leader. Concerto soloists are often taken from members of the orchestra. New members are always welcome, especially string and percussion players. As a guide, players should have reached Associated Board grade V or above.’

Visits to the Website18
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sherbornefestivalchorus.org.uk

‘A non-auditioning community-based choir of 140 people, formed in 2006, in collaboration with Sherborne Abbey Festival, to enable and to encourage local people to sing to a high standard within an informal environment. It aims to provide more local people with the opportunity to perform in Sherborne Abbey and to involve members of the community in Sherborne Abbey Festival.’

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www.sherbornesingers.co.uk

‘The Choir welcomes new members who enjoy singing including both church music and music of a more light-hearted nature. The Sherborne Singers give carol concerts in December each year, sing church services in Salisbury Cathedral and Sherborne Abbey and perform concerts of secular music ... Previously known as Wyncantores until 2013 is a chamber choir formed in 1970.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.sherbornetownband.co.uk

‘A First Section brass band who play regularly in and around the community for the people of Sherborne and surrounding towns and villages. Since 1961 the band have been entertaining and also contesting in local and national competitions.’

Visits to the Website83
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www.st-aldhelms-orchestra.co.uk

‘Rehearses weekly in the St Aldhelm Church in Branksome (Poole, Dorset UK). Written into its constitution is the aim to provide an opportunity for amateur musicians to play the standard orchestral repertoire, to develop musical ability, to enhance the skills of ensemble playing and to contribute to the local cultural amenities. The name of the orchestra derives from our rehearsal venue, but we are non-denominational, and all orchestral musicians are welcome.’

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www.sturminsterchoral.org.uk

’We warmly welcome new members and are happy for people to try us out for a couple of weeks before signing up. We all love music, but some of us have not sung before, some are coming back to singing after a break (perhaps for the first time since school) and a few of our members are more experienced singers. Some of us can sight-read, some of us can’t. We do not hold auditions, much preferring to give anyone the chance to sing. At the start of each term, we hold an Open Rehearsal where you can come along to get a taster of our rehearsals, and to see if our society is for you.’

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sturminsternewtono.wixsite.com/snorch

‘We are a group of musicians of all standards and ages who meet on Saturday mornings during term time to play a variety of music and enjoy playing music together ... As a rule we do not put ourselves under pressure by giving public performances, but at the end of each term we put on a very informal “open rehearsal/concert” at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton to anyone who wants to come and hear us!’

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www.swanagemtc.co.uk

Typically offer one major production each year: ‘Newcomers are always welcome to come and join our company ... Our aim for the future is to entertain you, the audience, and in so doing enjoy ourselves!’.

Visits to the Website45
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www.swanband.org.uk

‘We are a concert band ... playing at local events as well as our regular bandstand performances ... Our instrumental range includes: cornet, oboe, flute, clarinet, horn, saxophone, trombone, bass (brass & string) & percussion. Our repertoire ranges over show medleys, popular songs and marches.’

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www.subb.co.uk

‘Founded in 2001 with the primary aim of providing opportunities for local musicians to play the widest possible range of “Big Band” music. Following on from this was the desire to perform this music, bringing pleasure to local audiences ... There are over 120 musicians currently members of the SUBB Group. They all have one thing in common - a love of live music making and a desire to be the best that they can be. Membership is drawn from all walks of life, professional musicians, doctors, teachers, students, even professional ebayers! Musicians are generally attached to one band, but some members do appear in several groups.’ The Groups include: Swing Unlimited Big Band; Swing Unlimited Community Big Band; Swing Unlimited Dance Band. There is also a Swing Unlimited Jazz Club.

Category:Big Bands
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Also indexedSwing Unlimited Jazz Club
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www.thechoironthehill.org.uk

'The choir rehearse regularly throughout the year, putting on a number of concerts to raise money for local charities and the occasional flash mob! ... Our repertoire is varied and includes "classic" pop, songs from the shows, inspirational songs, some jazz and gospel. We strive for great singing whilst having fun! We'd love to welcome you to our very friendly choir.' Also known as Viva VOICES and formerly as The Leaf Choir.

Visits to the Website76
Also indexedThe Leaf Choir | Viva VOICES
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verwoodconcertbrass.co.uk

‘We are proud to boast three thriving bands, Verwood A, Verwood B and a Training Band. All three bands regularly perform in concerts and local events. The A and B Bands also take part in contests with the A Band currently in the 1st section and B Band in the 4th section of the West of England region.’

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www.wareham-whalers.org.uk

‘The Wareham Whalers have been rocking the boat with our powerful shanties since 2004 ... We sing Shanties as they would have been sung for work on board ship and for the rare moments of recovery down below. We aim to capture the strength of this music and ensure that there is never a dull moment when the Whalers are about! Somebody once made the mistake of spelling our name Wareham Wailers – our Bosun ensured that that would never be repeated. As well as our performances we also run hour long workshops illustrating the history of Shanty singing and showing how the shanties were used…. with real rope!’

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www.wavelength.cool

‘We are an a cappella vocal group whose motto is “Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Excellent" ... Although the choir is the largest part of Wavelength we also have other smaller groups such as quartets and octets but in all cases our aim is to make great music together. Our repertoire will consist of popular songs from across the years, from Adele to Irving Berlin, Ella Fitzgerald to Tears for Fears and perhaps a little bit of classical, we hope to have something for everyone.’

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wessexchorus.org.uk

‘A Bournemouth community choir which was established in 2008 as a not-for-profit organisation with the aim of giving through music to raise money and supporting local charities ... We are a very friendly choir and our membership has grown to over 50 active members. We have a varied social calendar ranging from a fun fish ‘n chip supper to a skittles evening and a Christmas Social. New members are welcome - there's no audition - just turn up and join in ...’

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www.wessexharmony.com

‘A group of women who sing, play and perform together. We have a wide range of songs in our Repertoire, from shows, modern hits and songs for the festive season. The most important thing for us is to entertain our audiences and to have fun whilst doing it. We aim to challenge, encourage, train, support and develop each member in vocal and performance skills. We are always looking for new members to join us. We are based in Dorset and compete in local Music Festivals and the National Barbershop Competition, as well as singing at local functions, events and weddings when requested.’

Visits to the Website44
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wessexstrings.wixsite.com/orchestra

Formed 1997: ‘The repertoire of the orchestra extends from Baroque to 20th century and no doubt will soon include 21st century works. The orchestra often invites other instrumentalists and singers to perform with them, either as soloist or as part of the orchestra ,,, Wessex Strings gives three concerts a year. These have been performed in a variety of venues over the years but increasingly the majority are given in The Cheap Street church in Sherborne which is an intimate venue with an excellent acoustic’.

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www.weymouthchoralsociety.org.uk

‘We perform four concerts a year and take part in other musical and charitable events. We perform a wide variety of choral works, often accompanied by professional musicians and soloists around the Weymouth and Portland Boroughs ... We have vacancies in all voice ranges and new members are welcomed. The first three rehearsals in September each year are tailored for new members with a “no-committent” policy on either side, so that you can see if you would like to join us before you have to pay a subscription. A friendly, short audition will follow if you decide that you would like to join.’

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www.wimbornechoralsociety.org.uk

'The current membership of the choir numbers about 80 singers in 4 voices - Soprano, Contralto, Tenor and Bass. Membership is open, without audition, to all who enjoy singing and new members, especially tenors, are always welcome ... Three concerts are normally performed each year in the Minster Church: in early December, late March and late June. Choral Workshops are frequently provided for members and sometimes also for the wider public.'

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thewimborneorchestra.org.uk

‘We are a true community orchestra, so we aim never to turn anyone away, or to have limits on the number of instruments in any section ... We do not require any particular grades, just a reasonable knowledge of the instrument and a willingness to join in and make music with others. All the usual orchestral instruments are represented, as well as brass band instruments and saxophones. (Suitably transposed parts are provided.) We currently have about 80 members, with an average of around 50 - 60 players attending each week ... Giving concerts is not our primary purpose, though we do aim to give our members concert experience when possible, and are always ready to support a local charity when we can, including putting together small groups for special events.’

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wincantonchoralsociety.co.uk

‘Since its inception in 1990 Wincanton Choral Society has grown enormously both in membership and repertoire ... The Society presents two concerts each year – one just before Christmas and the second in May ... For its concerts, the Choir is accompanied by an orchestra made up of local professional musicians, and performances frequently include well known and high quality soloists who are always eager to sing with the Society.’

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www1.bournemouth.ac.uk/students/things-do/music-0

'University Music offers a range of exceptional musical opportunities to BU/AUB [Arts University Bournemouth] students and staff, as well as to members of the local community. Whether you are looking to sing in a choir, play in an orchestra or band, take lessons, or you just want to listen to excellent music - find out ... how you can access all that we offer.'

Visits to the Website88
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www.bridport-arts.com

'Hosts a wide variety of national and regional productions in theatre, music and dance along with an exciting programme of exhibitions, which attract over 10,000 visitors each year. Bridport Arts Centre enjoys extraordinary success in reaching the wider community in Dorset with innovative, vibrant participatory programmes ...'

Visits to the Website98
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www.bryanston.co.uk/music

'Bryanston has an outstanding musical tradition, and music is at the heart of school life in every aspect – socially, academically and spiritually. A focus on participation and performance ensures that music touches the lives of the whole school community. Inclusion as well as excellence is a core value, and to achieve this every pupil in the first year has instrumental or singing lessons for the entire year. Pupils perform in an extraordinary range of concerts, recitals and musical groups, and over 600 individual music lessons are taught each week.'

Visits to the Website85
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www.christchurchpriory.org/services-and-events

'The Priory is a popular venue for concerts. The unique atmosphere and spacious acoustic make it an ideal place to enjoy a wide variety of music ...There is a large scale evening concert on at least one Saturday each month ... The popular series of organ concerts takes place weekly on Thursdays, with 10 concerts each term ... In the summer months, we promote a series of Celebrity Organ Recitals on Wednesday evenings ...'

Visits to the Website140
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www.dorchesterarts.org.uk

‘Bringing the best of the arts to the county town. We programme about 200 events a year and aim to appeal to all sorts of people ... The shows take place mainly in our home venue, Dorchester Corn Exchange, but also outdoors in Maumbury Rings or in one of the many beautiful churches, barns or event venues in and around Dorchester ... We also support Dorchestra, the local community orchestra, where anyone who wants to pick up an instrument (perhaps after a long lay-off or as a beginner) can join in a joyful celebration of music.’

Visits to the Website81
Also indexedDorchestra | Dorchester Corn Exchange
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www.musicatgmc.org.uk

‘The special concerts at Gillingham Methodist Church started in 2004 as part of our appeal to raise money for the restoration of our beloved Sweetland organ. The restoration is complete, but the concerts continue! In 2008 we re-launched ourselves as Music at GMC.  Our aim is to bring top-quality music to Gillingham and the surrounding area by inviting local musicians and wider-known celebrity musicians to come and perform at GMC. With this in mind, we extend a warm welcome to all. We hope that you will enjoy our latest concert offerings and that we will see you at some of our events.’

Category:Churches
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Also indexedMusic at GMC
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www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

'Opened in 1978, Lighthouse was conceived as a receiving venue with the vision of injecting cultural provision into Dorset and providing a new home for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra ... Lighthouse is unique in that we are the only multi-space venue with four auditoria in the South West, and the largest outside London. We house a symphonic concert hall, mid-scale theatre, small-scale studio theatre, independent cinema, art galleries, and function room spaces. Our audiences can discover and enjoy an extraordinary mix of art forms, not possible elsewhere across the South West, all under one roof.'

Visits to the Website45
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www.eventsatmiltonabbey.co.uk

‘Our grounds are home to a stunning Abbey church, founded in the 10th century by King Athelstan, and an exquisite Georgian mansion house, set in one of Dorset’s most beautiful locations ... Be sure to visit our Events/Tickets page for details of the concerts, drama productions and themed lunches and dinners which we regularly host here at Milton Abbey where you can now book tickets online. We look forward to welcoming you to our special venue soon ...’

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www.portregis.com/402/a-port-regis-education/music

Port Regis is a co-educational day and boarding school for children aged 2-13 that enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the leading Prep schools in the country ... The stunning and purpose-built Farrington Music School is at the heart of musical life at Port Regis ... We have several wind, brass and string ensembles, two school orchestras, 2 senior and 4 junior choirs, samba band, swing band and many other formal and informal groups all of which give regular concerts throughout the year. Performance Days and Novices' Concerts introduce beginners to the thrill of performing in public and to the excitement of playing with other people and for other people. It is that thrill that makes the practising so much easier!‘

Visits to the Website50
Also indexedFarrington Music School
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sherborneabbey.com

‘The Abbey is available to a wide variety of choirs, orchestras and instrumental groups for concerts and recitals. Our main aim is to offer concerts of a high quality. Approximately twelve concerts are held per year and dates therefore tend to be booked well in advance, often two years, so we advise you to make any enquiries in good time ... The Abbey's magnificent pipe organ occupies a loft in the North Transept. It was originally built in 1856 by Gray & Davidson to a specification similar to their exhibit at the Great Exhibition of 1851 ... A major rebuild and improvement of the organ was carried out by Kenneth Tickell & Co. in 2004/5, most notably adding the Nave division, which sits below the great west window.’

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www.dorchesteranglican.info/churches/st-mary/music

'Music in St Mary's has for many years been an important part of the Dorchester and wider District scene. The excellence of the acoustic and the beauty of the architecture, itself a late example of the arts and crafts movement, are a good starting point. The welcoming attitude of the church to all musical groups has helped to make St Mary's the premier choice for large and smaller scale performances,'

Category:Churches
Visits to the Website75
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btcp.org.uk/who-we-are/st-stephens/

The St Stephen’s May Festival is ‘an annual celebration of music within the context of worship to be held here at St Stephen’s. We welcome many music lovers and many performers who join with us for these three glorious days’. Festival held Early May. The Church also organise a series of organ and other recitals throughout the year, usually held on Saturday mornings.

Category:Churches
Visits to the Website17
Also indexedSt Stephen’s Bournemouth May Festival
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www.weymouthpavilion.com

‘Weymouth's premier venue for live theatre, music, arts, events and more. Our packed programme features world class comedians, live music, opera, ballet, musicals, drama and tribute acts.‘

Category:Weymouth
Visits to the Website190
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www.wimborneminster.org.uk

‘The Minster has a lively musical life, and there are four groups involved in leading our worship: Minster Choir; Songbirds (Junior Choir); Informal Worship Music Group; Alternative Choir ... It has an important place in civic life, is a venue for concerts and school events, and draws large congregations for Remembrance, Carol Services and other special services. Most important, it is still a centre of spiritual life for many as it has been for over 1300 years.‘

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www.wessexbba.org.uk

‘Formed with its objectives to encourage the formation of Brass Bands in the area, and to improve existing bands, and to provide facilities for social interaction between the Bands. The Association organises an Annual Winter Competition for Adult Bands and an Annual Youth and Training Band Contest.’

Visits to the Website29
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