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Area: Essex

belvederejazz.co.uk

'Weekly concerts are held on Wednesday evenings throughout the year except December. Featuring a wide variety of jazz genres including Big Band, Swing, Mainstream, Easy Listening and foot tapping music – there’s something for everyone! A friendly atmosphere and candlelit tables await you.'

Category:Jazz Clubs
Visits to the Website110
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www.brentwoodarts.org.uk

'Fosters and promotes artistic and cultural activities in the Borough. It acts as a co-ordinating body between the many arts groups in the area and the local authority. Membership represents all branches of the arts: music, drama, visual arts, crafts, heritage, writing and poetry, and a large number of associate members whose individual support is much valued.'

Visits to the Website107
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www.chelmsfordjazzclub.co.uk

‘Almost every month Chelmsford Jazz Club puts on music ranging from swing and mainstream to a touch of modern, and plan to keep doing so for a long time to come. As well as old favourites, there are always new names to discover and new approaches to explore.’

Category:Jazz Clubs
Visits to the Website46
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www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/clacton/

‘There is a general misconception that the word “organ” means it is either the traditional theatre organ or a church or classical organ. As much as this view is still appreciated and respected, there is a whole world of difference in the modern day instruments. The sounds that today’s artistes produce are amazing. Anything from a full string orchestra or brass band through to an electric guitar or violin, every type of instrument and style is acheived by these multi-talented musicians. So don't be put off by the word organ. Go along to your local club and see and hear for yourself, you will be pleasantly surprised we assure you.’

Visits to the Website58
Also indexedClacton & District Organ Society
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colchesternewmusic.com

'Cooperative of composers based in East Anglia, reaching out to London and the south of England. We consist of composers of all ages – from students to professionals – and our aim is to build opportunities for all our members to fulfil their potential through training workshops, sharing skills, advice and support and providing a range of performance opportunities. As with most composer collectives, funding presents a challenge, so we strive to share what each member can offer to the group. We are always looking to expand, develop and grow our membership ...'

Category:Colchester
Visits to the Website111
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www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/colchester/

'Top artistes are engaged to entertain members each month, some are very well known to our Society, but there are times when we engage an unknown artiste ... The Society prides itself in being one of the most friendliest in the country(artistes will bear this out) and besides being an Organ Club our meetings are a social gathering where friends with a common interest can meet each month.'

Visits to the Website87
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www.colrotfest.org

‘Festival with a wide range of classes organised by age of entrant. Each participant gets a written adjudication and the first three in each class are awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze medals. These days the adjudicators are always chosen from the British and International Federation specialist adjudicators. This ensures that the quality of the feedback is of the highest standard and that the running of the Festival is compliant with all of the national standards. Adjudicators are also always from out of the Essex/Suffolk area to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest.’ Held Mid June.

Visits to the Website17
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www.essexmusichub.org.uk

Essex Music Services – part of Essex County Council – is the lead partner in Essex Music Education Hub which is supported by funding from the Department for Education which comes to us via Arts Council England. Along with partner organisations that make up the Hub, we offer a range of musical services, projects and opportunities throughout Essex schools and within the community.’

Visits to the Website116
Also indexedEssex Music Services
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www.essexorganists.net

‘A friendly group of both players and non-players, who meet each month in different venues in Essex and beyond, for an exciting and very broad series of meetings and events.’

Visits to the Website41
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www.frintonfestival.com

'Enjoy listening to beautiful music in intimate surroundings ... performed by exuberant musicians in charming local venues.' Held Late May.

Visits to the Website75
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www.leighmusicfestival.co.uk

'The object of the Festival shall be to advance the education of the public in the Art, and in particular the Arts of Music, Singing and Drama, by the promoting of annual competitions.' Held During May.

Visits to the Website113
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musiconsea.co.uk

'Music on Sea is the strategic lead organisation for the Music Service and Music Education Hub of Southend on Sea. Music on Sea supports schools to provide outstanding teaching and learning across the curriculum; delivers good quality individual and group instrumental tuition and instrument hire service alongside providing exciting ensemble and performance opportunities.'

Visits to the Website76
Also indexedSouthend Music Education Hub | Southend Music Services
Views of Full Record223

runningwellacousticmusicclub.weebly.com

Wickford, Essex: ‘We meet on the 2nd Friday of each month (except August) ... We normally have 10 performers each doing a 10 minute support spot, ranging from first timers through to professionals. It is a very popular club and the support spots are always oversubscribed, so you need to let us know well in advance if you'd like to perform!’

Category:Folk Clubs
Visits to the Website90
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www.southendchambermusic.co.uk

‘Most music societies engage visiting professional musicians to perform at their concerts, but at ours it is the members themselves who play the music. We encourage all ages and levels of ability and many enjoy the opportunity to get together with like-minded people to enjoy playing music together. But performing at our concerts is not compulsory!  The majority just come to listen.  Most concerts contain a wide range of music types, composers and ensembles. Everyone is welcome.’

Visits to the Website12
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www.sosac.co.uk

Objectives are: Promote the appreciation of the Arts; Encourage the foundation of new and assist in the development of established charitable societies, clubs and other organisations within Southend On Sea; To act as a co-ordinating body for such organisations; To act as a link between them and Southend Borough Council.

Visits to the Website82
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www.studiomusicbrightlingsea.com

‘Chamber music concerts have taken place monthly at The Studio since 1991. The intimate nature of the performing space and the studio’s location in a garden and field on the edge of Brightlingsea Creek make for an unusual and attractive setting that is particularly suitable for the enjoyment of music of this nature. We have been especially fortunate in the very high quality of those musicians who have played here and who have subsequently brought other colleagues with them on their return visits.‘

Visits to the Website46
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www.thaxtedfestival.org.uk

‘Four weekends of exceptional music - orchestral to chamber, choral to folk, with an infusion of cool jazz, all in the unique setting of Thaxted’s magnificent Parish Church on a beautiful summer’s evening. Where every concert becomes a magical experience!’ Held Late June - Early July.

Category:Braintree
Visits to the Website12
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thejazzcentreuk.co.uk

‘We are a UK Charity. Our aim is to preserve, promote and celebrate the causes of jazz in the UK and beyond. We also interview musicians and other jazz icons! ... “People have died for jazz" said the legendary trumpeter John Birks 'Dizzy’ Gillespie" - and you still have a problem calling it 'serious music?'" The great British tenorist Alan Skidmore echoed the thought on a recent visit to 'The Jazz Centre (UK)'. "I've given six decades of my life to this art-form" he said " - and I appreciate its full celebration in words and deeds". Our Trustees believe him. And while we have a long way to go we believe that “The Jazz Centre (UK)” can soon remove the brackets from its last two letters.’

Visits to the Website51
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thurrockmusic.co.uk

'Facilitates opportunities to participate in and experience the best possible music making as part of personal development, educational, social, cultural and leisure activity. This is achieved by providing access to the broadest musical experiences, maximising learning and development for our communities in general and specifically for all children and young people.'

Visits to the Website69
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www.ukeonthebrain.org.uk

‘Our ukulele club had its first meeting in November 2016 ... We plan to meet every fortnight on a Tuesday ... We will perform for charity events. We have rehearsed sets of songs. We have a PA system with 5 microphones, 4 foldback stage monitors and a 500w stereo main PA. Although we do not make a charge we do have our own charities that we support and would welcome donations ... We've called our venture Uke on the Brain as Braintree has the River Brain flowing through it and what better to have on the brain than a ukulele!’

Category:Braintree
Visits to the Website6
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www.wethersfieldchamberconcerts.org.uk

'Wethersfield Chamber Concerts are held at St Mary Magdalene Church with the support of the Vicar and the Parochial Church Council. Our aims are to: * encourage the careers of young professional musicians; * present music of the highest calibre; * make use of an historic building within the village; * provide enjoyable events for the wider community within the spiritual calmness of the Church. The Chamber Concerts are non-profit making. The artists presented are professional musicians and the cost to bring them to our village is met by ticket sales only. There are no subscription members.'

Visits to the Website45
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www.aveleyandnewhamband.co.uk

'The Band regularly give concerts and also play at fetes, weddings and corporate events. It has a large range of musical styles and ensembles available from a full brass band to five or ten piece ensembles and individual soloists.'

Visits to the Website73
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www.army.mod.uk/music/23961.aspx

'Official musical band for the Regiment and attends a variety of formal, commercial and commemorative events. Highly trained musicians, they are recruited from Bandsmen and women across the Army ... Their proud presence at special Airborne occasions and commemorative events is much-prized and hugely appreciated by serving personnel, veterans, their families and the general public.'

Category:Military Bands
Visits to the Website71
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basildonchoral.org

'We are a welcoming group of amateur singers with a warm friendly atmosphere and always looking for new members. Previous experience is not necessary. We sing a variety of great music – sacred, popular, folk and songs from the shows.'

Visits to the Website118
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basop.org.uk

‘The origins of the society go back to the 1930s when the organist at St. Mary’s Church, Langdon Hills, decided to stage Pirates of Penzance to keep the children in the church choir out of trouble at the weekends. Curiously then known as St. Mary’s Athletics Club, the society grew over the years to become first Laindon and District Amateur Operatic Society, and then more recently Basildon Operatic Society. The society performs in both shows and concerts, currently producing its annual show in late May. Then concerts over the summer and in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Originally BasOp’s shows were exclusively selected from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Savoy operas, but these days a good number of musicals are produced too.’

Visits to the Website34
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www.benop.org.uk

'A small friendly society. We perform shows and concerts and have an active social calendar... We always welcome new members of all voices. Most people are convinced that they can’t sing, but very soon are pleasantly surprised with what they can achieve.'

Visits to the Website63
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www.essexinfo.net/billericaychoral/

'We have over 40 members and perform a wide range of music, including popular song arrangements and larger choral works. We give 3 or 4 concerts each year, some jointly with other choirs, and enjoy a high reputation for our performances.'

Visits to the Website95
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www.billericaycommunitychoir.com

‘Join us ... Enjoy being part of a friendly, committed local choir ... Enjoy our Music Director's enthusiastic and encouraging style ... Learn new arrangements in a lovely atmosphere ... You may have always wanted to try singing but never had the courage: here is your chance to make your dream come true!’

Category:Billericay
Visits to the Website43
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www.billericayoperaticsociety.co.uk

'The society started in 1929 and despite having some moments throughout the years where it looked like we wouldn't be able to continue, we have fought on and produced shows of increasingly high quality. BOS produce one musical show each year at The Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood in March and smaller shows / concert throughout the year.'

Visits to the Website90
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www.braintreemvc.com

'The Choir was formed in 1971 ... and our aim is to reach a membership of 50, this being the optimum for the venues in which we perform and rehearse ... We are a friendly Choir and have toured Austria, Hungary, France and Italy, as well as in the United Kingdom. We have taken part in, and won, a number of competitions, although these do not feature highly in our priorities ... Our two main concerts are held in May and at Christmas.'

Visits to the Website104
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braintreemusicalsociety.wordpress.com

'We are an amateur musical theatre group ... performing two musical shows per year.'

Visits to the Website85
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deanfoley.wixsite.com/brentwoodhornclub

‘Run for the benefit of its members and meets quarterly to rehearse and perform Horn Ensemble repertoire, both existing and new arrangements and compositions. If you're a horn player, grade 5-8 or above and over 18, living or working near Brentwood in Essex (or willing to travel to us), please use the contact form ... to express your interest. We're always happy to hear from new friends. There is a small fee for each meeting and a discounted fee for those willing to commit to membership.'

Category:Brass Ensembles
Visits to the Website55
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www.facebook.com/Brentwoods-Orchestras-for-Young-Musicians-177158892365476/

'We are a group of seven orchestras of varying ages and abilities, linked by our love of music and how much we enjoy playing together. Our mission is to advance the musical education of young people in Brentwood and surrounding areas by the provision of training in orchestral playing and the presentation of public concerts. We are very welcoming and are always on the look out for new members, so if you are interested in joining one of our orchestras, then please contact us ...' ALERT Website inaccessible at Review; Link changed to Facebook Page.

Visits to the Website73
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www.brentwoodphil.org.uk

Brentwood Philharmonic is Brentwood's community orchestra and plays an exciting and varied repertoire. New players of a high standard are always welcome.’

Visits to the Website33
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www.burnhammusicgroup.org.uk

‘Consists of a number of amateur singers, some trained and very experienced, others less experienced, but all excited by choral music.  The Group has existed since 1977, always aiming to explore and perform a wide range of choral music.  It prides itself on the breadth of its repertoire and often chooses to sing pieces that are less familiar to its potential audience and especially choral music of the present and although much of what the choir produces is challenging, we hope that it proves satisfying to choir and audience alike ... Aims to perform in public twice a year ... Although we expect high standards of ourselves in responding to the music we perform, we do not hold auditions, and anyone who is willing to commit themselves to the music week by week is most welcome to join us.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website5
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capricewindorchestra.co.uk

‘A wind orchestra based in Chelmsford and which performs regularly at a range of venues in the surrounding area ... The eighty-strong orchestra plays a wide-ranging repertoire of classics, themes from stage and screen and arrangements of popular music. It has a loyal following of concert goers and a reputation for providing accessible, quality concerts which are enjoyed by players and audiences alike. Caprice gives four to five concerts a year, raising money for local and national charities.’

Category:Chelmsford
Visits to the Website5
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www.chelmsfordgospelchoir.com

‘Was started in June 2008 by a group of black youths who loved to sing and wanted to learn more about the gospel music style and heritage. That early group created a warm, inclusive and therapeutic environment, enabling its members to develop and contribute, and this captured the interest of others in the community ... We are now an independent, community-based, membership organisation. Managed by committee, we are funded by members’ contributions, grants and bookings.’

Category:Gospel Choirs
Visits to the Website22
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chego.co.uk

‘There are relatively few classical guitar orchestras in existence compared to the many and varied groups of assorted strings, woodwind, brass and percussion which have the ability to sustain notes and employ a wide range of dynamics and tone colours. However, guitar players are very keen to show what can be done with six nylon strings stretched across a wooden box; each string can be an instrument; melody, harmony and bass lines can all be played simultaneously by one player and when those resources are shared amongst a group of players the possibilities are even greater. Chego consists of some of the best guitar players in our city and who have come together to show what can be done with such instruments and with a bit of imagination and ingenuity.’

Category:Chelmsford
Visits to the Website15
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www.cmvchoir.co.uk

‘Can trace its origins back to 1903 when it sang to raise funds for British troops fighting in the Boer war. The choir was re-formed in 1948 by Bill Gane, who was eventually succeeded by his son Jack ... The choir has a membership in excess of 70, drawn from many walks of life. Our repertoire includes many modern as well as traditional male voice choir pieces ... We sing locally, throughout East Anglia and other parts of the British Isles - proud of the widely acknowledged reputation we have achieved. But we are only as good as the members we have and we are keen to have you. For whilst we know we sing very well, you can help us to sing even better!‘

Visits to the Website10
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www.clacton-choral-society.org.uk

‘We give two concerts a year, one in the Spring and one in the Autumn with occasional additional performances at Christmas. Don’t worry if you can’t read music, we’ll teach you the notes and provide the scores. We also organise Choral Workshops at least once a year, to which we invite all-comers (you need to book your place) and in which we study some music during the morning and afternoon before producing a performance in the early evening. We have a flexible membership scheme to suit all sorts of availability, although you will have to reach the required standard to sing in a concert.‘

Visits to the Website90
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clactonconcertorchestra.com

‘Founded in 1966 and gives some four or five concerts a year in the Tendring area, performing a wide range of music to suit all tastes from classical and light orchestral music to selections from popular musicals. The Orchestra places great emphasis on young people and has provided a platform for several young players over the years, some giving solo performances with the Orchestra and others being welcomed as occasional players or as members of the Orchestra.'

Visits to the Website67
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www.facebook.com/cmts1929/

'Over the years the society has seen several variations to its name which have included the terms "operatic" and "musical comedy". Following a recent rebranding exercise involving the members of the society it was decided that a name change was needed. We felt that "Clacton Amateur Operatic Society" no longer reflected our style of performance and instead our name should include the word "musical", so on 1 September 2009 "Clacton Musical Theatre Society" was born.' ALERT Website unobtainable at Review; replaced with Link to Facebook Page.

Visits to the Website89
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www.colchesterchamberchoir.org

Established 2009: ‘To complement the repertoire of other choirs in Colchester, the choir seeks to promote and perform challenging works suitable for the smaller choir, particularly from the pre-baroque era as well as the 19th and 20th centuries. Lesser known works and works in their original language are given special attention‘.

Category:Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website24
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colchestersymphonyorchestra.org.uk

‘The members of the orchestra are mostly professional musicians. Opportunities are also given to new, talented students. The Orchestra does not receive any grants or subsidies but is delighted and very grateful to receive sponsorship and donations from Friends. Ticket sales also form an important contribution to our income. Colchester Symphony Orchestra makes a unique contribution to high-standard professional music-making in the Colchester area.’

Visits to the Website59
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www.colnephil.org.uk

'Formed in 1989 through the enterprise of former Chairman of the CPO and local Halstead GP Paul Bristol. As a musician himself he felt the need for an orchestra in the area which provided good amateur players with the opportunity to enjoy rehearsing and performing music together under the direction of a professional conductor. Since then, the orchestra has built a reputation for quality performances, with a varied and challenging repertoire ... The CPO usually performs three major concerts each year ... and attracts players from as far afield as Cambridge, Bishop's Stortford, Southend and Colchester.'

Visits to the Website87
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www.cvyo.net

‘The Colchester-based Colne Valley Youth Orchestra (CVYO), made up of the CVYO Main Orchestra and its junior partner, the Colne Valley Training Orchestra (CVTO), was established in 1980 ... The aim of the orchestra has always been to afford musical and social opportunities to youngsters aged 7-18 no matter what their background. Many CVYO members have since gone on to become professional musicians.’

Visits to the Website10
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www.demerc.org.uk

‘A compact, versatile, mixed-voice adult choir, performing mainly in West Essex/East Hertfordshire ... The choir is a friendly group, enjoying an eclectic but accessible repertoire, ranging from the 16th century through to contemporary works. Most concerts are a cappella and often include forgotten or neglected classics by well-known composers, in addition to music by new and lesser-known composers.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website82
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www.doubleupyourspirit.uk

‘A Harlow community choir created in 2016, now well established, supportive of many local events and charities, recognised by many as a high quality performing arts group.’

Visits to the Website46
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dunmowwindband.weebly.com

‘Based in Great Dunmow. We play a variety of music from show, film, classical, modern and traditional ... Consists of Brass, Woodwind, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboard and Drums and our musicians are all ages and musical abilities. We are a fun relaxed concert band who enjoy playing a wide range of music and all new members are welcome so feel free to come along to a rehearsal to see what we are all about.’

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www.singlereeds.co.uk

‘Formed in January 2000 by Angela Fussell in response to the need in the area for a specialist ensemble. The members are drawn from a wide area within East Anglia and the Choir is open to clarinet and/or saxophone players who live/work in the East Anglian community.The repertoire is varied and includes classical music which is often written or arranged for the ensemble and the lighter styles of jazz and folk music.’

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www.essexchamberorchestra.co.uk

‘Established in 1979 for players who were "retired" from the Essex Youth Orchestra, ECHO varies its forces to perform a wide variety of exciting programmes ... There are three intensive rehearsal weekends per year followed by a series of concerts, usually at venues in Essex.‘

Visits to the Website22
Also indexedECHO
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www.chelmsfordstarharmony.co.uk

'We invite members and musical directors from other Essex male voice choirs to our open chorus rehearsals on a Monday evening to experience singing in the barbershop style. These rehearsals are always open to the public ... You can sit back and enjoy the singing and get to see the way we work. You can even join in if you wish! We are sure you will enjoy the experience of harmonising along with a group of friendly guys singing their hearts out. Probably the most important thing is that there is no way we will put you under any pressure to join us. Whether or not you do is entirely your decision ... Our reportoire consists of a wide selection of songs, ranging from upbeat to romantic ballads - many of which are well known and have stayed popular over the years.'

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www.epms.org.uk

‘In the late 1940s a few police officers and their wives started a group called “The New Court Players” and performed small plays in an old wooden hut near Police Headquarters, Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex. Several of the original members were moved from Headquarters and this, together with retirements, meant the members sadly depleted. However, a small number remained and the decision was taken to perform a musical and The New Court Players became The Police Headquarters Musical Society. Our first musical, Calamity Jane was performed in 1966 in the newly constructed Assembly Hall at Headquarters. Back in the 1980s the society was renamed The Essex Police Musical Society and since then the Society has produced two shows each year at the Assembly Hall.’

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www.essexsymphony.org.uk

‘A Chelmsford based Orchestra typically performing 4 to 5 concerts each season. Formed in 1949 we try to choose adventurous programmes and have the resources to bring to our audiences the large symphonic works of the 19th and 20th centuries. Over the years we have been able to bring to Chelmsford some of the finest international soloists and in addition we have provided a platform for many young artists both from Essex and the national scene.‘

Category:Chelmsford
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www.gaudeamuschoir.co.uk

‘A chamber choir of about 28 voices, based in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Since we were founded in 1988 we have grown from strength to strength and have developed a reputation as one of the elite choirs of Essex. We sing a wide range of music, from the middle ages to the present day, unaccompanied and accompanied by piano, organ or orchestra, but we are particularly noted for our unaccompanied a cappella singing, be that Byrd, Bach, Stanford or Cole Porter.’

Category:Southend-on-Sea
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www.halsteadchoral.co.uk

‘A friendly, non-audition North Essex Choir ... We sing a variety of music and perform 4 concerts a year ... New members are always welcome to come and give us a try. We will give you a warm welcome and hope that after a few weeks of trying us out you will want to join.‘

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www.harlowbrassband.co.uk

‘The Band consists of local players who provide live music for the local community. Although at present the band does not contest we are of 4th section standard. We are considering returning to the contest arena with the hope of improving our standard ... Our music repertoire consists of tradition Brass Band music as well as contemporary pieces and Brass Band arrangements of some pop music!! We are a friendly band who always welcome players who either wish to join or just come along for a blow.’

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www.harlowchorus.org.uk

‘Harlow Chorus aspires to high standards and enjoys critical acclaim. It is one of the most successful choirs in the country with some 80 members drawn from South West Essex, Hertfordshire and London. We sing a programme of four or five concerts each year, covering a broad repertoire, with professional soloists and orchestras ... In addition to already established works, Harlow Chorus supports contemporary composers and commissions new pieces ... We also run ad hoc vocal technique workshops with visiting professionals. This encourages every member of the choir to make the most of themselves musically by providing opportunities to develop knowledge of choral repertoire, vocal technique and ensemble singing.’

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www.harlowconcertband.co.uk

‘Formed as a band of young musicians in November 1969 ...The Concert Band has seen many changes over the years, which has enabled it to mature to its present standard. The current membership stands close to forty players. During the year the Band undertakes many engagements, the highlight of which is their Annual Grand Concert.'

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www.harlowsymphonyorchestra.co.uk

’The orchestra was founded in the early 1960s. Membership numbers have varied over the years and are currently very strong, although we are always pleased to hear from local players who may be interested in joining ... It meets each Tuesday during term times preparing a concert which is performed towards the end of term.‘

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harmonie.org.uk

'Established in 1976 (as the Basildon Concert Band), and now comprises about 50 musicians ... We are always keen to attract new players – brass, woodwind and percussion – and all are assured of a warm welcome. Auditions are not required; new members are encouraged to just come along and sit in at rehearsals.'

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www.thehedinghamsingers.com

‘First started out as the Hedingham Choral Society in 1984. In 1995 our name changed to the Hedingham Singers as it was more appropriate to the sort of music we perform ... Our repertoire includes songs from the shows, light classical music, popular songs, sacred pieces and jazzy numbers ... Anyone can join ... Whatever your music ability, you are welcome ... There is no formal audition.’

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www.hscs.org.uk

‘Established in 1967 and is the largest choral society in Brentwood and, with 120 singers, one of the leading choirs in South Essex ... We generally perform 4 major concerts a year with professional orchestra and soloists as well as a concert of lighter music. The society’s membership is drawn mainly from the Brentwood area but some singers travel from a much wider area, drawn by our high standards and the reputation of the choir ... We actively seek to encourage young people to become members.’

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www.ingatestonechoral.org

‘We are an enthusiastic and friendly four part choir of about 50 singers and are always happy to see new members who will be sure of a warm welcome.  If you have always wanted to sing and join a choir and haven’t done so yet why not come along and give us a try?  We will provide you with good music (copies loaned free of charge), good company and the opportunity to enjoy a high standard of singing ... The atmosphere is informal ... and there are no auditions and no fees for newcomers for the first term and reduced fees for young singers.’

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www.lexdenchoral.org

‘Formed by Sarah Blake in 1992 from a few members of Lexden Church Choir, augmented by a number of friends. The objective was not only to pursue quality but also engender a friendly atmosphere, with no hierarchy, so that new members would feel immediately at home. The idea has worked well and is one of the main attractions of membership. The Choir has grown steadily in both membership and reputation, and can muster up to one hundred singers when performing the larger scale works such as Verdi’s Requiem and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. The Society performs 4 concerts a year – April, June, November and December.’

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www.theorpheussingers.co.uk

'The all-female choir based in Hadleigh, Essex, very near to Southend on Sea. Our 140+ members with an age range of 25 – 85 enjoy the exhilarating and uplifting joy of singing together. As a registered charity, the many concerts performed throughout the year enable significant funds to be raised for a variety of local, national and international charities.'

Category:Rayleigh
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www.rayleighbrass.com

'The Band is able to deliver high quality and entertaining concert programmes at the same time as maintaining a very friendly and inclusive atmosphere. Rayleigh Brass do not enter contests like many bands, but seek instead to broaden the appeal of the band beyond the traditional brass band image, playing a wide and challenging repertoire, at the same time trying to relate to their audience.'

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www.rods.org.uk

‘Formed in 1949 and our aim is to promote the performance of live theatre in the Rayleigh Area. Our productions have ranged from Wilde and Ibsen to Rogers & Hammerstein through to Pantomime. We have a wide age range and a try where possible to promote the involvement of all ages. We are a friendly and diverse group who are always pleased to welcome new members who wish to participate onstage, backstage, directing or in any administrative role. We usually present two productions a year.’

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www.roh.org.uk/learning/learning-in-thurrock/community-chorus

‘Offers local residents the opportunity to find their voice and join a Community Chorus. The Community Chorus meets weekly during term time and is open to anyone aged eight and over, living, working or studying in Thurrock. The Chorus works on a mixed repertory, chosen by its musical director with a focus on established and new work, as well as the Royal Opera House repertory. The Community Chorus is open to experienced singers and those with no previous singing experience ... Public performances across Thurrock and the wider region showcase the talent and commitment of the Chorus.’

Visits to the Website46
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www.seyso.org.uk

Founded 1974: ‘SEYSO is a cross-schools organisation set up to give aspiring young musicians all manner of orchestral training and the thrill of participating and performing in a full symphony orchestra ... A series of monthly workshops, three substantive annual courses and major public performances ... There is a friendly and relaxed social atmosphere over a wide age range. (Over 18s can remain members as long as they are in further education.)‘.

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www.southendchoral.org

‘Formed in 1943 at the request of the Essex County Welfare Committee for the recreation of Service personnel. The Choir consists of about 100 Singers, mixed voices, with ages ranging from 16 to 90, and offers a warm welcome to all newcomers. The Choir usually presents 4 concerts each year, two with the Southend Concert Orchestra, A Summer Concert with soloists, and a Family Christmas Concert with a Children's Choir and a Brass band, usually the Southend Band.’

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www.sodsofficial.com

'Founded in 1890 and research concludes that probably only six societies in the whole of the country came into existence before that year and still survive. These are based in Brighton, Evesham, Paignton, Settle, Spalding and Tunbridge Wells ... The SODS have two paramount and parallel responsibilities: they have to provide the audiences with productions which are consistently of the highest possible standard and at the same time provide all the members with a hobby which is both rewarding and enjoyable ... Every artistic aspect has always been firmly underpinned by strong organisational, financial and stage management and the Society has now evolved into a business – it is only “amateur” in as much as the cast are not paid! Accordingly, the continuing success of the Society in three centuries is every bit as much thanks to a succession of committed and unsung administrators as to its performers on stage ...'

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www.southendsymphony.com

‘Was formed as an association in 1921 from the orchestral section of the Westcliff Operatic and Dramatic Society. The aims of the orchestra were, and remain to this day "to perform, for the benefit of members and friends, the works of the Great Masters as created in Overtures, Symphonies and Concertos for Solo Instruments". There were few opportunities at this time to hear such works outside of London, other than that performed by Military Bands.​‘

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www.southendwindorchestra.org

'Formed in April 2002 ... A minimum entry of grade 6 standard for rank and file players, with at least grade 8 for principals was established. Since then, many talented young players have been encouraged to join the band along with more experienced musicians, boosting membership to 50. The players come from a broad range of backgrounds, ranging from full-time students, to peripatetic music teachers, people working full-time in other professions and those close to or even in retirement.'

Visits to the Website77
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www.stourchoralsociety.co.uk

‘We are a friendly, mixed-voice choir (SATB) who enjoy performing works from a large and varied choral repertoire including Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Mass in C minor, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Rutter's Magnificat, as well as lighter classical pieces. We usually give three concerts a year, within Manningtree and the surrounding area bordering Essex and Suffolk ... No auditions are required and we are happy to help with queries about vocal range and parts. Sight-reading ability would be helpful but this is not absolutely essential.‘

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www.sweetingswingband.co.uk

'Do you like Big Band music, but haven't got the space for a Big Band? Size isn't everything! We've trimmed our line-up down to 9 (saxophones, trumpets, trombone, piano, bass and drums), a manageable number that will still give you that Big Band sound, and won't break the bank! Like the idea of a Jazz Band, but worried that it mightn't suit all tastes? We have a varied repertoire, starting with the classics of Big Band swing, adding a pinch of Trad Jazz, a twist of your Rock n Roll favourites, a little rumba of Latin American, and those all time greats of film and stage. All served up with ballroom dancing standards ...'

Category:Big Bands
Visits to the Website86
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www.sweynechoralsociety.org.uk

'We are a popular and versatile choir ... which sings a wide range of music styles. We are always pleased to welcome new members. There are no auditions. Less experienced singers are given help and guidance by choir members and our Musical Director.'

Visits to the Website56
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www.swiftsingers.co.uk

‘A fun loving ladies choir based in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex. The choir was formed in 1989 and continues to grow every year having over 70 members. The choir sings in 4 parts and any lady, aged from 18 upwards is more than welcome to join us, there is no audition so don’t be shy!’

Category:Ladies Choirs
Visits to the Website47
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tendringbrassband.co.uk

‘We are a friendly, family orientated brass band based in North East Essex. We perform a number of concerts in and around the Tendring Peninsula and beyond ... Apart from the main band, we operate several subsidiary groups, including the Brass Band Music Academy, a Beginners Band and the A120 ensemble.’ The Band competes at the London & Southern Counties Region Brass Band contest.

Visits to the Website29
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www.thechoirforallseasons.co.uk

Founded in 1975: 'We give concerts in Billericay and other parts of Essex ... Most of our concerts are built around a theme, which gives us the opportunity to cover a wide range of music in one programme, often taking in a madrigal at one end and a pop standard at the other ...'

Category:Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website40
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thedeaneryorchestra.weebly.com

Founded ‘as a training orchestra for the young people of Southend, playing alongside more proficient adult musicians. Over the years, we have evolved to include players of all ages, some returning to playing after a number of years. Today we still hold true to our founding principles, with a mixture of all ages playing and improving together. We play a wide range of music ranging from classical to film music, aiming for 4 performances each year. We welcome new players of around Grade 3 and above’.

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www.thundersleybrassband.co.uk

‘A top flight, traditional community brass band striving for excellence in performance ... We are a competing Championship Section Brass Band based in South Benfleet, Essex. We perform at numerous concerts, contests, charitable events, private functions and civic events each year.’

Visits to the Website74
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www.thurrockchoralsociety.org.uk

'Founded in 1905, Thurrock Choral Society has been singing, under a variety of names, for over 100 years. Today the choir consists of around 25 singers ... We give several concerts a year, including a Christmas Concert with popular seasonal music, and our "Summer Soiree" - this is a mainly social evening at which the choir delivers popular repertoire alongside guest performers ... The choir also holds social events each year, all of which are open to non-members.'

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www.thurrockmalevoicechoir.co.uk

'The primary aim of the choir is to encourage the enjoyment of music and this is done mainly by giving concerts. Our concerts usually take place locally, however from time to time we are prepared to travel ... It is estimated that approximately £100,000 has been raised for charity through fundraising performances during the choir’s 75 year existence.'

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www.facebook.com/Tilburyband/

‘On 28 May 1919, at a meeting of the Tilbury Branch of the National Union of Railwaymen, it was agreed to form a brass band. By 1 July the Tilbury Railwaymen’s Band had called its first meeting and two delegates were appointed to travel to Shoeburyness to view a set of 24 instruments. At the next meeting 47 members were in attendance ... Today the Band continues to thrive, attracting talented players from both the local area and further afield and competes and performs at concerts and events throughout the year.‘ ALERT At Review, Website inaccessible; replaced Link with Facebook Page.

Visits to the Website34
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timesandseasons.co.uk/wordpress/

'A long-established mixed chamber choir of some 18 voices, based in Ingrave, Brentwood, Essex. All singing is a cappella, and the choir have a very varied repertoire from which to choose programmes. Times & Seasons‘ “mission statement” is to try to identify with its audiences in an informal atmosphere, to provide something for all musical tastes and to convey its members’ obvious joy of singing.'

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www.tiptreechoral.uk

‘Formed in the late summer of 1945 ... Currently has about sixty singing members and its repertoire ranges from light popular music to major oratorios. It has an excellent reputation for presenting concerts of a high standard and in addition to using its own soloists, regularly engages professional singers and musicians to take solo or orchestral roles to accompany the choir.’

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www.universityofessexchoir.org

‘Founded in 1977 and numbering 130 singers ... New members are very welcome – you don’t need to be a member of staff or student at the University. Our singers are from all walks of life; musical novices to experienced singers, some still at school, others working or retired ... If you would like to join us there is a simple voice test ... We sing twice yearly in prestigious venues in East Anglia such as Snape Maltings and St Edmundsbury Cathedral and on the University of Essex main campus.’

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www.walthamsingers.org.uk

‘We are one of the foremost mixed, adult choirs in Essex, rehearsing in Chelmsford town centre with 90+ members. Come and join us! ... There are no auditions, but we set ourselves high standards and relish the challenge of performing a wide range of choral music ... Waltham Singers gives three or four concerts each year.’

Visits to the Website57
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www.wbcb.org.uk

‘Established in 1978 and has been raising money for local charities every since. We play music for fun and welcome players of all ages and abilities.’

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www.waos.org

Our Mission 'To bring high class and professional shows to our local and surrounding communities!'

Visits to the Website70
Also indexedWAOS
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www.withamchoralsociety.org.uk

‘A well-established, friendly choir which usually performs three times a year with orchestra. There are no auditions but it helps if singers have some knowledge of music.’

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www.writtlesingers.org

‘A highly respected mixed-voice choir dedicated to performing music to the highest standard and enjoying ourselves doing it – that way, we know our audience will enjoy themselves too. Our repertoire is varied ... We are never afraid to mix the old with the new in the same concert ... With fewer than 30 singers, every voice makes a difference. Development of good singing technique is encouraged in our warm-ups ... and by workshops with an internationally renowned vocal coach. Unsurprisingly, then, our soloists are usually drawn from the choir.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website34
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yardarm.btck.co.uk

'A community-oriented organisation in south Essex, UK, playing British and international folk music throughout the region, often at community, charity or other fundraising events ... We want to bring folk music to as many people as possible, either as audience members or by involving them as participants. We welcome new players and encourage beginners and all levels of skill. There is a place for everyone who can play an instrument to some degree and who is prepared to join in and have some fun developing their potential.'

Visits to the Website45
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www.cathedral-brentwood.org

’The Cathedral hosts a popular series of Lunchtime Concerts; our Programme is varied including regular Organ Recitals, especially by students from the Royal College of Music, London. In addition, we welcome performances from soloists and ensembles, both instrumental and vocal. Our recitals provide a wonderful opportunity to listen to beautiful music in splendid surroundings and to enjoy refreshments afterwards in the Song School.’

Category:Cathedrals
Visits to the Website58
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www.chelmsfordcathedral.org.uk

‘Since 1914 the Cathedral (and before that the Parish Church) has been filled with the sound of music and worship; a sound that attracts thousands of worshippers, visitors and music lovers each year and has led to the Cathedral becoming known as a centre for musical excellence ... The Choral Foundation helps to provide superb musical opportunities for the choristers, choral and organ scholars, lay clerks and singing men of the choir; it is responsible for ensuring a secure financial base for the development of music at Chelmsford Cathedral ... The Cathedral is available to hire and hosts concerts, meetings and lectures throughout the year ... Many concert organisers choose to hire staging for their event and a dance floor can be hired.’

Category:Cathedrals
Visits to the Website174
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www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres

‘Offer entertainment to the people of Essex and beyond. Situated in the heart of Chelmsford's West End, the Civic Theatre and Cramphorn Studio provide entertainment including concerts, plays, ballet, pantomime, opera, jazz, dance, musicals, comedy, cinema, live music and children shows.'

Visits to the Website104
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www.colchestercastlepark.co.uk/bandstand/

Colchester Castle Park is very lucky to contain a Victorian bandstand.  This is used through the summer by traditional silver bands and some more contemporary artists playing more modern music. There is nothing better on a sunny afternoon than packing a picnic, laying down a rug on the grass that surrounds the bandstand and then enjoying your picnic while relaxing listening to the music ... The really good news is that all of the events scheduled for the bandstand are Free.  Even more of a reason why you should make the time to come along.‘

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moothallorgan.co.uk

'Colchester Town Hall’s majestic Edwardian organ is at the heart of the town’s musical life, featuring in lunchtime recitals, concerts, civic ceremonies and weddings. First installed by Norman & Beard in 1902, a Heritage Lottery Fund-sponsored restoration was completed in 2015, enabling the Moot Hall Organ to be heard and enjoyed by people of all ages and by future generations.'

Visits to the Website81
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www.ingatestonehall.com

'The Hall stands in open countryside, one mile from the village of Ingatestone and substantially retains its original Tudor form and appearance with its mullioned windows, high chimneys, crow-step gables and oak-panelled rooms and is surrounded by ten acres of enclosed gardens comprising extensive lawns, walled garden and stew pond ... The public rooms and grounds may be hired for a wide variety of public or private events including receptions & dinners, lectures & seminars, concerts and plays, trade promotions & corporate events, garden parties, fairs & exhibitions and film locations.'

Visits to the Website66
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www.lakemeadows.org.uk

Occasional oper-air concerts: 'The Friends of Lake Meadows  is a voluntary organisation working with Basildon Borough Council, Billericay Town Council to help care for Lake Meadows park for the benefit of the community'.

Visits to the Website119
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www.visitsouthend.co.uk/culture/bandstand-concerts.aspx

‘Come along to the Southend Bandstand in Priory Park for free concerts performed by a number of talented musicians from across the county and further afield. Performances are every weekend from April 1st - September 30th.’

Visits to the Website14
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www.stjohnsarc.org.uk

‘Formerly the Parish Church of St. John The Baptist. The church was built by subscription in 1839-40 in memory of Charles S. Miller, a former vicar ...  The Church became redundant in 1979 and in the following year a suggestion was made by the Harlow Chorus that the building would make a good base. At the time Old Harlow did not have a community centre, the Diocese therefore granted a lease with covenants to restrict its use to serving the social and recreational needs of the area ... We offer a varied programme of activities and events for all ages which include concerts, exhibitions and workshops.’

Visits to the Website87
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www.music-at-st-thomas.org.uk

‘Music plays an important part in the worship and life of the parish of St Thomas of Canterbury, a church in the Anglo-Catholic tradition set in the centre of Brentwood, in the diocese of Chelmsford, Essex, England ... There are four choirs - the Parish Choir, The Girls' Choir, the Becket Singers and the Becket Consort of Voices - the Orchestra of St Thomas', a close-harmony quartet SongCycle, an Organ Scholarship scheme and Lunchtime Concerts. On special occasions the choirs combine to form the Great Choir ...’

Category:Churches
Visits to the Website91
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www.towngatetheatre.co.uk

Towngate Theatre is the best place for live entertainment in Basildon! Featuring a varied line-up including live music, drama, family favourites, opera, ballet, musicals and more! We also have a popular café bar open on weekdays and prior to performances.’

Visits to the Website64
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