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Area: Greater Birmingham

www.bcu.ac.uk/conservatoire/

'Music education since 1886. In 2017 we’ll be moving into the first purpose–built Conservatoire in a generation; the first of the digital age ... We host a huge range of public concerts and events throughout the year within the Conservatoire and at venues throughout the City.'

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www.birminghampianofestival.com

Bringing ‘some of the world’s finest pianists and keyboard players to Birmingham. Performances will take place in the University of Birmingham’s world class concert halls in the Bramall Music Building and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts’. Held Late October.

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Also indexedUniversity of Birmingham
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www.birminghammusicfestival.co.uk

'First held in 1937 ... In 2008, the Festival became a specialist piano only competition. It has been based in a variety of locations over the years, but for 2017 we will relocate to a fantastic new venue in The Performing Arts Centre at King Edward’s Schools in Edgbaston, Birmingham where our open classes will be held in Ruddock Hall, one of the finest concert halls in the UK, which is equipped with a Steinway Model D grand piano.' Held Mid October.

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www.bhamorgan.org.uk

Founded 1924: ‘Exists to promote the art of music, with particular reference to liturgical and organ music, in the Birmingham area.’

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theblackcountryaccordionclub.com

'First Monday Each Month Free and easy Social Night everyone welcome. Band practice, new members needed and very welcome for this band, junior members urgently needed. A large selection of accordions available to try or borrow. Refreshments available. Fourth Monday of the Month  We have a guest artist.'

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www.blackcountryartscouncil.org.uk

‘Charitable organisation in existence for 70 years, run purely by volunteers with the aim of encouraging involvement in and an appreciation of the arts and to raise awareness of arts organisations based in the Dudley borough, the Black Country and the West Midlands ... On the 1st October 2016 Dudley Arts Council gained permission from the Charity Commission to change its name to the Black Country Arts Council.’

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www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/lcahm/departments/music/research/cempr/index.aspx

'Exists to co-ordinate and encourage all kinds of early music activities within the Music Department and the University, from lessons for beginners on Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque instruments and in early vocal techniques, through workshops, master classes and concerts, to postgraduate programmes in performance practice, international symposia and research projects.'

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Also indexedUniversity of Birmingham
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www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/lcahm/departments/music/index.aspx

'The Department of Music is one of the most distinguished in the UK, with a history stretching back to 1905 when Edward Elgar was appointed the University's first Professor of Music, and looking forward to the latest cutting edge developments in the practice and study of music.'

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Also indexedUniversity of Birmingham
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www.wlv.ac.uk/about-us/our-schools-and-institutes/faculty-of-arts/school-of-performing-arts/undergra...

'The aim of the Music Department is to enable you to become a versatile and practical musician, able to write about and discuss aspects of music and be confident in using relevant ideas, theories and methodologies. At the University of Wolverhampton, you are in the best place to start your musical career.’

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Also indexedUniversity of Wolverhampton
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www.dipc.org.uk

Biennial Competition (held in 2017): 'The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities, studying or resident in the British Isles.'

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www.dudley.gov.uk/kids/performing-arts/dudley-performing-arts/

'Encourages people of all ages and abilities to participate in community music and arts activities. We work in partnership with schools and other organisations in Dudley to deliver opportunities for young people. Through our Music Hub we are committed to provide opportunities for children and young people to be involved in regular performance activities. We believe this is a vital part of a child’s musical tuition and enhances their musical development.'

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www.lighthouse-folk.co.uk

'All singers, musicians, storytellers and poets are welcome, along with anyone arriving just to listen. We use the word "Folk" loosely as we encourage an eclectic mix of musical styles. Performers arriving promptly can normally expect 2 songs or the equivalent, and there is no need to contact in advance.'

Category:Folk Clubs
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www.northfieldfestival.org.uk

'Our objective is to educate in the arts of Music and Speech in all their branches. We aim to foster the talents of participants by providing them with the opportunity to gain experience through performing in front of an audience and to be inspired by the efforts of their peers. Professional adjudicators give praise and encouragement through constructive comments. Further opportunity for talent is provided at a Concert held in June when selected winners of classes perform.'

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

'If you enjoy listening to classical music in the company of others, you are warmly invited to pay us a visit.'

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solihullmusicservice.wordpress.com

'Committed to working in partnership with schools and pupils to assist them in all forms of music making. It also enriches the lives of pupils and the community through the provision of a wide range of music making opportunities.'

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www.suttoncoldfieldtradjazzclub.com

'We aim to: PRESERVE Jazz Age music; PRESENT top trad bands; PROMOTE our jazz heritage; PROTECT it from decline; PAMPER dancers & listeners; Offer a PACKAGE of Real Music, Real Dance, Real Ale & well stocked bar for a Real Good Night Out.'

Category:Jazz Clubs
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www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/wvlhamtn.htm

'The Society has been in existence for many years, principally for the playing of classical recorded music using the Society's own equipment in four formats - CD, Cassette, DVD and LP. We are a small group averaging about twenty at each of our weekly meetings. Knowledge of classical music is not at all necessary, merely an enthusiasm for it and its sharing with other like-minded folk. Visitors are always welcome to join us as a temporary member for an evening.'

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www.adband.org.uk

'Formed as a youth band by the late Arthur Doyle, following his retirement as Principal Tuba with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). This makes us one of the oldest civilian Concert Bands in the West Midlands.'

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www.anvilchorus.uk

Performing chorus for the West Midlands Barbershop Harmony Club - a chorus of approximately 35 males from all age groups ... We are West Midlands based, but will perform outside of that area if required. We're not a theatrical, theological or thespian organisation; we sing unaccompanied four-part close-harmony (a capella) in traditional barbershop style.'

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Also indexedWest Midlands Barbershop Harmony Club
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asklepios-orchestra.org.uk

'Founded in 1969 by Dr. David Humphreys, a Physician in the Birmingham General Hospital where the orchestra originally rehearsed. However, following refurbishment of the General, our orchestra needed to move and we now rehearse in the Medical School of the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston.Although the orchestra has a "medical" origin and we are based within the Medical School, we welcome players from anywhere. You do not have to be "medical" or a member of the Medical School or the University to join us ... The title of the orchestra derives from the ancient Greek healer Asklepios (Ἀσκληπιός, Latin form Aesculapius) ...'

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www.bcmg.org.uk

'As a world-leading contemporary ensemble, BCMG has premiered over 160 works, most commissioned through its pioneering Sound Investment scheme, with a family of Investors supporting each new piece. In addition, BCMG’s extensive Learning and Participation Programme supports young people as composers, performers and listeners of new music through an exciting range of projects in- and out-of-school.'

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www.birminghamflutechoir.com

'Adult flute players, with an approximate standard of Grade 7 or above, will be welcome to apply ... We invite all potential applicants to come along for a taster session to see if they would like to join us ... We meet together to play and rehearse a wide variety of music arranged for flutes (including piccolo, standard C flute, alto and bass) and from time to time we perform at concerts and other gigs.'

Category:Flute Ensembles
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www.brb.org.uk

'Birmingham Royal Ballet shares the ambition of the city of Birmingham to be recognised internationally as a successful, innovative and culturally diverse city by becoming a focus for excellence in dance development and performance.'

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www.bmtcweb.co.uk

'For performing members a brief audition will be required so we may “see what you are capable of”. It is nothing to worry about, it is just our way to assess where you would best fit in the society. After all, if you join you will be performing to audiences in theatres such as The Crescent. We place members in singing voices, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone and Bass. If you don’t know where you fit into the above – don’t worry we will help you! Can you dance? Presently we have dancers who both sing and dance and have joined us from a number of dance schools and have featured in many of our major productions.' Alert The Company writes best contact them via Facebook or email rather than through the Website.

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www.byoungsingers.org.uk

'We are a community youth choir based in Bournville, South Birmingham. We encourage children and young people to sing, develop their vocal skills and musical knowledge, and participate in regular and varied concerts. We enjoy making music together by exploring a wide-ranging repertoire of choral music, which includes classical, jazz, folk, pop, gospel and spiritual songs. We always welcome new members, so why not come along and give singing a try?'

Category:Selly Oak
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cbso.co.uk

'Based in Symphony Hall, it gives over 130 concerts each year in Birmingham, the UK and around the world, playing music that ranges from classics to contemporary, film music and even symphonic disco. With a far-reaching community programme and a family of choruses and ensembles, it’s involved in every aspect of music-making in the Midlands. But at its centre is a team of 90 superb professional musicians ... making the world’s greatest music, right here in the heart of Birmingham.'

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www.dudleychoralsociety.co.uk

'Formed in 1945 and gave its first performance in Dudley Town Hall on the 29th December. They performed Handel's Messiah under the baton of the founder Dr Mainwaring. Since then there have been seven conductors. In that first performance there were 114 ladies and 70 gentlemen. Today we have a more modest chorus of approximately 30 members. However we would always welcome new members! In the past we have had orchestral accompaniment, but this became too unwieldy as well as too expensive ...'

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www.ellenvalesingers.org

‘The choir has established a tradition of performing May and Christmas concerts ... Support acts for these concerts have been brass and jazz bands, local comedians ... male voice choirs, school choirs, soloists and, on occasions, comedy pieces by groups of choir ladies. These events have raised many thousands of pounds over the years for a variety of local causes which benefit charities, organisations and local individuals. The choir also enjoy performing smaller concerts in churches, nursing homes, community centres and private parties ... The choir enjoys singing a wide range of music from all musical era and members are encouraged to be involved in the selection of new pieces.’

Category:Ladies Choirs
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enigmabrass.org.uk

Category:Brass Ensembles
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excathedra.co.uk

‘A leading UK choir and Early Music ensemble with a repertoire that reaches from the 12th to the 21st centuries. We are known for our passion for seeking out the best, the unfamiliar and the unexpected in the choral repertoire and for giving dynamic performances underpinned by detailed research.‘

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www.midlandmusicmakers.org

‘Midland Opera is a full-chorus opera company with high creative standards. Run as a membership, our productions are sung in English and range from popular classics to rare operas. Members enjoy a week's production of a fully-costumed, orchestrated opera within a well-appointed theatre environment ... Spring and Christmas concerts help fund the opera, they keep members' vocal cords oiled, and are an opportunity for aspiring soloists to be heard. The company's chorus and principal singers achieve high standards and critical acclaim through teamwork and dedication to the whole project, driven by excellent and creative leaders. And Midland Opera appears on many an operatic résumé.’

Category:Birmingham
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www.shirleyband.org.uk

'Established in 1919, the Shirley Band is a traditional British brass band based in the town of Shirley in the Borough of Solihull in the West Midlands. Every year we have a full programme of concerts in Solihull, Birmingham and throughout the West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the surrounding region, supporting local community events and activities ... The band is an active contesting band ...'

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sing2gether.co.uk

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www.solihullsymphony.org.uk

'A welcoming and friendly group that enjoys taking on the challenge of a lively and varied repertoire. Our members span an age range from under 18 to over 80. The orchestra began life as an evening class in Solihull, moving to its independent status in 1990 ... Since 2004, Solihull Syphony Orchestra has organised an annual Rising Stars programme each spring. The programme allows a small number of talented young local musicians the opportunity to perform a movement from a concerto, an aria, a song cycle or something similar with a full orchestra - usually for the first time. The performance is not a competition - it is an informal family affair and always attracts a large audience of family, friends and regular concert goers. It is open to all musicians of school age living or studying in or very near Solihull.'

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www.facebook.com/South-Birmingham-Sinfonia-214272088586800/

'Thriving non-professional orchestra with over 65 members, performing a wide range of music including major symphonic works and concertos with professional soloists. Concert series are presented twice yearly ... Playing to an extremely high standard, SBS is a non-professional ensemble that has flourished in recent years, expanding its musical horizons and playing increasingly exciting and challenging repertoire.' Alert Website not accessible at Review; cf Facebook Page.

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sovereignbrass.co.uk

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www.suttonchoral.com

'Although the choir has been in existence for over 40 years, the history of choral singing in the town goes back much further to 1902 when a choir gave a concert at Blackroot, in Sutton Park, to celebrate the Coronation of King Edward VII. We are a mixed voice choir of approximately 55 members and perform works from a Sacred and Secular repertoire in two concerts each year. These are usually in May and December.'

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www.thepeoplesorchestra.com

'One of the UK’s leading community orchestras, encompassing committed & talented amateur musicians, supported by professional musicians. We exist to inspire people to perform music, offering weekly rehearsals and a packed events calendar at a variety of venues across the Midlands. We ask that musicians play to a Grade 7 standard as a minimum. You don’t need certificates, but you must have good sight reading skills. With a varied repertoire of Film, TV, Games & Show music, light classical & popular pieces the public recognise our concerts are well attended and attract families, new and seasoned concert goers alike ...'

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www.walsallchoral.org.uk

‘The Society's year includes two seasons: September to January and January to May. Each season ends with a concert and the first also includes a pre-Christmas carol concert. Members thus have the opportunity to sing a variety of popular items and major works of the choral reportoire.'

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walsallgands.co.uk

‘A friendly and enthusiastic amateur operatic society, specialising in the works of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, as well as performing works by other composers and librettists. We currently produce one main show and a number of concerts each year.’

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walsallsymphonyorchestra.weebly.com

'Exists to enable the young and not so young to experience the excitement and enjoyment of playing in a full Orchestra ... The WSO would not exist without players and, although it has a good membership, is always on the lookout for more ... If you're not sure if the orchestra is for you, then why not come along to a rehearsal to find out? Even if you feel you may be a little rusty, we'd love you to come along and give it a try ...'

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www.wbos.co.uk

‘A theatre company that has built a reputation of producing the best in Musical Theatre to the highest of standards. We produce two full-scale productions each year, and pride ourselves on taking on challenges and exceeding expectations ... Our aim as an amateur company has been to continue performing in professional theatres and to keep the standard of production as high as possible.'

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Also indexedWBOS Youtheatre
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www.westmidlandsconcertband.co.uk

‘We are a group of about 50 musicians who rehearse weekly ... in Wolverhampton. We perform around 15 concerts every year at local fetes, concert halls, churches and band stands.’

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www.wolvespb.org.uk

Successful championship band ‘formed in the late 1960's as the Wednesfield Sea Scout and Ranger Pipe Band. The name was changed to the Wolverhampton Pipe Band in the early 1970's in recognition of its expanding membership ... To everyone who knows us we look forward to meeting you at some stage on the contest circuit and to anyone who is interested in learning, or is already an established piper or drummer, come and see us. We always welcome new members’.

Category:Pipe Bands
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www.wolsymorc.org.uk

'A fully independent amateur orchestra formed in 1978 by a group of keen amateur players. The idea behind the formation of the orchestra was to satisfy a need for local players to prepare to as high a standard as possible interesting works for public performance, and this is still the primary aim of the orchestra today ... The orchestra meets on a regular weekly basis throughout the academic year and produces on average four to five public concerts a year.'

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www.wombournechoralsociety.org.uk

‘We are a well-established, mixed choir of some 80 singers, drawn from South Staffordshire, Shropshire and the West Midlands. We have a varied repertoire, mainly full scale classical works, often with an orchestra but sometimes performing more intimate pieces such as madrigals and part-songs. New singers are always welcome so do give us a try. There are no auditions and the only requirements are enthusiasm, and the ability to hold a note! Not everyone in the choir reads music fluently and CDs are often available to help people to learn their parts.’

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barber.org.uk

'The Barber Institute is home to Europe’s finest art deco concert hall, and boasts a chamber music and recital series dating back to 1945. The internationally acclaimed Barber Evening Concerts are presented alongside regular free Friday lunchtime concerts. We also present the Barber Opera and a variety of family/learning concerts, and performances in partnership with festivals including the Birmingham International Piano Festival, CrossCurrents, and the annual student Summer Festival of Music.'

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www.thsh.co.uk

‘Widely considered one of the finest Concert Halls in the world, Symphony Hall sits in the bustling heart of Birmingham City centre and as well as being home to the CBSO also hosts the best in jazz, world music, folk, rock, pop and stand-up comedy ... 

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www.thsh.co.uk

'For more than 180 years, Town Hall has been a hub of civic and cultural life in Birmingham. From classical to comedy to rock to pop, it’s now one of the city’s most versatile venues ... Famous classical premieres include Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles, The Kingdom and The Music Makers ... The organ’s reputation as one of England’s finest historical instruments has been confirmed by the excellence and reputation of the Birmingham City Organists who have continued to demonstrate the instrument’s versatility.'

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cbso.co.uk/whats-on/cbso-centre

'Built in 1998 to complement the performance facilities at Symphony Hall, CBSO Centre is the home of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, its sister organisation Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, and Ex Cathedra ... The Centre provides a range of performance, rehearsal and meeting facilities, including The Justham Auditorium, a magnificent 300-seat fully flexible space. When not in use by the CBSO the Auditorium is available for public concerts, conferences, educational workshops, meetings, exhibitions, dinner dances, weddings and much more.'

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Also indexedCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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thecoretheatresolihull.co.uk

'The busy venue hosts a varied mix of professional and amateur events including music, drama, comedy and dance. Most areas are available to hire and successful events are held almost every night ranging from local drama groups to national commercial promoters who find The Core Theatre a thriving, successful venue with loyal and supportive audience.'

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www.forestartscentre.co.uk

‘Renowned for its high quality music provision and is now home to the Walsall Music Education Hub. Providing the rhythm of life to everything from jazz to samba from heavy metal to Indonesian folk music, Forest Arts Centre is the place to come to listen, learn and enjoy music.'

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www.ruddockpac.co.uk

'A collaborative project between King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls designed to support our high quality performing arts provision. The centre is the most significant new building on the Edgbaston site since the two schools moved here in 1936.'

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thebramall.co.uk

The Bramall opened its doors in June 2012, providing the Midlands with an exciting arts and entertainment venue ... With a seating capacity of 450 and world class acoustics, the main auditorium in the Bramall provides an intimate environment for both performers and the audience – the perfect setting for enjoying entertaining comedy nights and classical music evenings ... The Bramall is home to the University of Birmingham’s Department of Music which boasts two symphony orchestras, a jazz orchestra, new music ensemble, choirs and many other groups that regularly perform at the Bramall.‘

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Also indexedThe Bramall | Elgar Concert Hall
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