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Area: Dumfries Galloway

www.absoluteclassics.co.uk

'Brings the best in classical music to the people of Dumfries and Galloway. Our work includes a summer festival, international masterclass residency, classical concert series and education and outreach programmes ... with concerts being staged across the Region.'

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www.dgartsfestival.org.uk

‘Established as the region’s premier calendar entertainments event since 1979, the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival is Scotland’s largest rural multi-artform festival ... The festival has an excellent reputation for bringing top quality world-class performances to rural locations at the end of May each year. Musical events range from unforgettable operas, to classical, jazz, traditional, contemporary and world music that are usually only experienced in the world’s city venues.’

Category:Arts Festivals
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www.gallowaymusicfestival.org.uk

'The syllabus has been chosen by a group of local musicians and includes classes for a wide variety of skills. Our name, the Galloway Music Festival, illustrates the main area from which entries are received ... Members of the public are most welcome to attend all events during the festival, both daytime and evening sessions; admission to all events except the Festival Concert is FREE.' Held Early March.

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www.kirkcudbrightjazzfestival.co.uk

'A Celebration of Trad New Orleans, Dixieland and Swing Jazz in South West Scotland.' Held Mid June.

Category:Jazz Festivals
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www.lockerbiemusicsociety.co.uk

'The Society promotes monthly concerts from October to February inclusive, normally on the second Tuesday of each month with the exception of January when the concert may be held on the third Tuesday. There is no need to be a member of the Society to attend its concerts. Visitors are made very welcome to any or all of its concerts and tickets are available on the door (free entry for school children). Where possible, the Society also arranges workshops in partnership with local schools.'

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www.musicgatehouse.com

‘Founded 2006 ... The main aim of Gatehouse of Fleet Festival Group is to organise Festivals of Music, Arts and Crafts in Gatehouse of Fleet in order to foster and encourage the development, interest and participation in Music, Arts and Crafts amongst members of the community by providing forums for their public representation.’ Midsummer Festival held Late June.

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www.dumfriesmusicclub.com

'Presenting high quality chamber music to music lovers within Dumfries and beyond ... We organise an annual season of six or more concerts of exceptionally high quality, from September to March, with varied programmes of inspiring music, performed by professional musicians from the UK and abroad.'

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Also indexedDumfries Music Club
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www.tradmusic.com

Held Early July. Broader aims and objectives of the Festival Association include: 'to organise, facilitate and deliver music education through a range of workshops, talks, training days and other educational events and opportunities ... to encourage, develop and support original music composition through annual music and song writing competitions ... to provide performance opportunities for musicians who reside, or have resided, in Dumfries and Galloway ... to organise, facilitate and deliver concerts and live music events throughout mid-Galloway'.

Category:Folk Festivals
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www.ddmfa.org

‘Our Festival is competitive and currently encompasses four disciplines, namely Music, Speech, Accordion & Fiddle and Scottish Country Dancing ... These events currently take place over four weekends from the end of February through March in local venues and provide a platform for the many talented youngsters and adults we have in the region and beyond. The competitors are given positive feedback about their performance from well-qualified adjudicators, together with pointers and encouragement on how to improve their skills.’

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Also indexedDumfries and District Music Festival
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www.dalgarnosingers.co.uk

‘A Thornhill-based choir, formed in 1974, with about 40 singers ... We sing a mixture of traditional songs (folk tunes and such as those of Burns), classical choral works (typically Haydn, Handel, Mozart, Rutter and Schubert), and show tunes (recently from Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, My Fair Lady and a Beatles Medley). A few of our members can sing the notes straight off the printed sheet, but while we value those with musical skills, the most important qualification is enthusiasm and a willingness to work on your music between rehearsals. There is no audition - if you can hear a sequence of 4 or 5 notes and then sing them back, you will almost certainly be able to enjoy developing your skill from there with the choir.’

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www.dumfrieschoralsociety.co.uk

'We are essentially a group of amateur singers and welcome new singers in August and at our mid-term point in the New Year. Entry is by simple audition, but don’t be put off by this – we are always interested in welcoming new members, and auditioning helps us gauge vocal range and ability with singing scales and arpeggios. Some ability to read music is desirable ... We rehearse for three main concerts each year, with classical concerts in November and in the Spring, and a Christmas Concert of Music and Carols in December.'

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dumfriesmvc.org.uk

Dumfries Male Voice Choir have been singing and having fun doing it since 1950. We are a friendly bunch, who meet together to rehearse ... from September to May. We often sing for our supper by performing at charity events throughout the South of Scotland. During these performances we invite young musicians and singers to join us as our policy is to encourage them and to provide a platform for them to perform in public ... The highlight of the choir’s year and the culmination of all our practicing is our annual concert which is usually held in April ... The choir also enjoys occasional away days, or even weekends to take part in competitions or concerts. The choir have competed in Scotland, Wales and Ireland.’

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www.feralchoir.co.uk

'A vibrant, no-audition community choir based in Castle Douglas, SW Scotland. Anyone can join!'

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kirkcudbrightchoralsociety.org

‘KCS is an adult, mixed voice choir with over 70 members. Although based in Kirkcudbright, we attract members from many parts of Dumfries and Galloway. The Choir performs a wide variety of music of different periods and styles from major choral works with orchestral accompaniment, to Christmas repertoire with organ and brass.’

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www.solwaysinfonia.org.uk

'Members are drawn from a very wide area - from Ayr to Penrith and from Whithorn to Jedburgh. It relies on the goodwill of its members who play for the love of it and also on generous sponsorship and patronage ... We have aimed to put on a major concert in Dumfries in the late Autumn with a smaller event in the Spring elsewhere. So far we have performed in Newton Stewart, Lockerbie, Castle Douglas, Carlisle, Kirkcudbright, Gatehouse of Fleet, Langholm, Annan, Stranraer and Moffat. We would value any suggestions for other suitable venues ...'

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www.oldwelltheatre.co.uk

Tucked away in the spa town of Moffat is the Old Well Theatre, home to the Upper Annandale Dramatic Society for over sixty years. Come and join the fun! ... The Old Well Theatre supports charitable events and encourages other productions to visit the theatre, productions that bring drama, comedy and music of a different variety to that produced by U.A.D.S. itself. The theatre also has its own choir The Moffat Theatre Choir and "Young UADS" for younger members of the Upper Annandale Dramatic Society.'

Visits to the Website94
Also indexedUpper Annandale Dramatic Society | Moffat Theatre Choir
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swallowtheatre.co.uk

'50-seat venue in rural Dumfries and Galloway, and is located about three miles from Whithorn (Scotland's earliest Christian settlement and one of its very oldest towns) and ten miles from Wigtown (Scotland's book town) ... Over the years the number of productions presented at the Theatre has grown. We try to provide a wide range of events — drama (including original work), music (classical, folk and jazz), poetry and play readings, and "theme nights".'

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