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Area: Greater Birmingham

2018 Competition 'You may enter in one or more of the instrument classes as long as the following three criteria are satisfied. Qualification: you should have achieved Grade 8 standard; Age: you should be 18 or under on 1 January 2018; Residency: you must be a resident of the United Kingdom (including the Channel Isles and Isle of Man) at the time of entry and for the duration of the competition – until May 2018.'

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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.

Also indexedUniversity of Birmingham
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‘This unique event combines fantastic professional concerts, demonstrations and participatory events.’ Held Mid February.

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‘A new chapter for independent jazz in Birmingham & the Midlands. Good gigs and a club atmosphere. New members welcome ... We run most of our gigs at 1000 Trades in the Jewellery Quarter with occasional visits to other venues including The Blue Orange Theatre, Coffee Tales, Saint Kitchen and UCB McIntyre Building.‘

Category Jazz Clubs
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'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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‘We have worked in close partnership with schools for more than sixty years in supporting and enhancing music education for all pupils through our extensive programme of high quality support delivered by our specialist instrumental, vocal and classroom teachers. We can provide expert tuition on more than thirty instruments in a range of styles and cultures ... The Music Service is the lead organisation for the Birmingham Music Education Partnership with our major partners; The partnership deploys the central government funding to extend and coordinate music education provision for all and reports to Arts Council England.’

Also indexedBirmingham Music Education Partnership
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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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‘Founded in 2013 by four, young Birmingham based third generation traditional musicians with the aim to reinvigorate the scene and host Trad bands in Birmingham again. The festival has since developed since its inauguration and now engages and connects with many people right across the UK, Ireland also many parts of Europe each year. The festival is held in the Irish Quarter of the city (Digbeth) each year and exhibits a colourful celebration of Irish culture, accumulating together a combination of gigs, concerts, sessions, workshops and a competition for musicians aged 25 and under. The festival is to appeal to a variety of different audiences from the city's Irish community youth, right through to the older generations, whilst embracing a diverse range of different cultural backgrounds.’

Category Folk Festivals
Also indexedThe Trip to Birmingham TradFest
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'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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‘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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‘For those who are interested in folk music in Birmingham with a traditional bias, then The Black Diamond Folk Club is the place for you ... The Club was originally formed as a singers’ club called “The Macdonalds Folk Song Club” in June 1964 ... It was in these early days that the tradition of strong audience participation in chorus singing developed, which has stayed with us right up to the present time. This was mainly due to a high proportion of sea songs being sung at the time. The song base today has broadened, but the chorus singing is as strong as ever.’

Category Folk Clubs
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'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.'

Also indexedUniversity of Birmingham
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'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.'

Also indexedUniversity of Birmingham
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'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.’

Also indexedUniversity of Wolverhampton
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‘Aims to provide a friendly and relaxing environment where competitors can share their interests with others. The Festival is for everyone from the very young to the older person to feel a sense of achievement in his or her area of learning ... Each competitor or group will receive constructive comments, and advice on how the performance may be improved from an experienced Federation adjudicator. This will be invaluable when preparing for examinations and future festivals, and will give vital experience and confidence in facing challenges in life ... At present the Festival has over 300 classes. Trophies are awarded for most of these and are retained for a year. Certificates are given to competitors who are placed first, second and third ... We would love more entries in Strings, Guitars, Keyboard, Brass, Orchestras and Choirs.’ Held during March.

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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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'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.'

Also indexedDudley Music Education Hub
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Forest Arts Centre is 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 ... Arts Council England provide a network of music education hubs across England.‘

Also indexedWalsall Music Education Hub
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West Bromwich: '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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‘A ukulele group for people who live in or can be bothered to travel to Moseley in Birmingham ... We’re keen to meet people who’d like to learn the ukulele and want to play along with other people. We like beginners coming along but we do not have a dedicated beginners group and we don’t teach people how to play. We’ve had many people come along over the years who haven’t been able to play a note but with perseverance they’re now core members of the group.‘

Category Ukulele Clubs
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'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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'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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'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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‘One of 122 Music Education Hubs being supported by DfE funding administered by Arts Council England ... The running of the Hub is managed through SIPS Education’s Music and Arts Service, which has provided music tuition and ensembles to schools and young musicians in the Sandwell area for many years.’

Also indexedSandwell Music & Arts Service
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'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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'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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Wolverhampton Music Education Hub aims to provide children and young people in the City of Wolverhampton the opportunity to learn an instrument, sing, perform and access high quality musical experiences. Wolverhampton Music Service is the lead organisation for the hub and, along with its partner organisations, strives to provide a high quality, broad and balanced offer of support for music education to schools and young people across Wolverhampton.‘

Also indexedWolverhampton Music Service
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'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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‘One of the premier live music clubs in the West Midlands: Folk .. Roots .. Blues .. Acoustic.’ Weekly Friday night meetings, September - July.

Category Folk Clubs
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Formed 2007: ‘A mixed voice A Cappella ensemble ... Our repertoire Is taken from a mixture of old folk songs, ballads, popular standards and 50s, 60s and 70s pop songs ... Most numbers have three part harmonies, rising to five part to include tenor and contralto voices at times. Some pieces involve solo singing with ensemble backing, most with our own unique arrangements ... The choir is based in Wombourne, West Midlands and ... we perform at public and private events throughout the year’.

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'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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Aldridge Musical Comedy Society, or AMCS for short, is a Drama and Theatre group that prides itself on musical prowess and acting talent. Formed in 1967 in a corroboration with Brownhills, we have performed over 70 shows in a wide variety of theatres in the West Midlands area.’

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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.'

Also indexedWest Midlands Barbershop Harmony Club
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'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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‘Birmingham's leading large chamber choir ... giving inspiring live performances with a distinctive mix of choral music from JS Bach and the Baroque period to 21st century British music.’

Category Birmingham
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‘Founded in 1966. Many of the singers are Welsh, and the choir has a strong allegiance with Wales, and with the tradition of Welsh male voice choirs ... Birmingham Canoldir are always keen to welcome new voices and we would love you to come and join us ... Throughout the year we give many concerts to raise funds for charities and good causes. We even have some weekends away, those are always good fun ...’

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'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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‘Originally started as the chorus for the Birmingham Triennial Music Festivals which ran from 1784 to 1912. Birmingham Festival Choral Society gives at least three main concerts per season with music ranging from the Baroque period to the 21st Century. We also give a Christmas Charity Concert. We have sung many premières over the years, from Mendelssohn's Elijah, conducted by the composer himself in 1846, to Bob Chilcott's “Circle Song” (2012) and Patrick Larley's “Birmingham Spirituals” (2014) ... We perform to a high standard while welcoming singers with different levels of experience ... Why not come along? Come for a couple of rehearsals to try us. If you decide that you would like to join, a friendly Voice Test will then be arranged. Subs are only payable after this, once you have officially joined.’

Category Choral Societies
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'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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‘We are a forward looking, lively bunch of “ordinary blokes”, who wish to share our joy of singing with all – something we have been doing for over 100 years ... The choir aims to perform about 12 concerts per year, the main one being our annual autumn concert to which we invite professional guest artists to appear with us at a prestigious venue.

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'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.'

Category Ballet Companies
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‘The UK's premiere wind orchestra, giving regular concerts in Birmingham and taking the music of the Midlands to the world ... The 45-strong orchestra is made up of players living and working in and around Birmingham and the wider West Midlands, whilst others travel from different parts of the UK to participate with the ensemble ... In 2014 Birmingham Symphonic Winds were invited ... to become “Ensemble in Residence” at Birmingham University forging links between Birmingham Symphonic Winds and the University Wind Band.’

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'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.'

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'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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We are a thriving mixed choir of around 45 singers ... Based in Brierley Hill in the West Midlands, we hold two concerts each year, usually in May and December, engaging professional soloists and instrumentalists where appropriate ... Our varied repertoire is based around the principal classical choral works ... We welcome new members who will be assured of friendly company and a lively, enjoyable musical experience. Or why not come along to one of our concerts? They are always well attended and well received and are usually followed by a drink and a bite to eat.’

Category Choral Societies
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’From playing in concert halls to playing in parks, from raising money for charity to regular trips to the pub - City of Birmingham are in every sense a traditional British brass band ... The Band has a broad repertoire to suit its wide variety of audiences. This ranges from traditional and modern brass band music, through classical works arranged for brass, to film/television theme tunes and arrangements of popular melodies ... We've worked with singers, dancers, actors, African drummers, film makers and composers to ensure that the concerts are unique. As a result they're attracting a growing audience, and we're building a reputation as a band that can put on quite a show! As well as our concert schedule, the band usually enters a couple of competitions a year.’

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‘Since 1921, the City of Birmingham Choir has entertained audiences with a wide and adventurous repertoire. Singing from the start in the historic Town Hall and, since its opening, in the magnificent Symphony Hall, we have also enjoyed a warm musical partnership with the city’s international orchestra, the CBSO.’

Category Choral Societies
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'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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‘Formed in 1972 and initially ... comprised of a mix of school students and other local players recruited by advertising and friend’s recommendations ... We are always ready to welcome new players into our friendly ranks. All you need is some experience of playing a brass instrument, or percussion. The band are looking forward to growing in number and developing their repertoire, whilst entering a few contests along the way in order to progress.’

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‘Wolverhampton’s premier choral society ... Evolved from the Wolverhampton Civic Choir and can trace its roots back to 1948. Currently the choir has around fifty members and usually performs three concerts a year within the city.’

Category Choral Societies
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'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 ...'

Category Choral Societies
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‘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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‘A group of orchestral brass musicians mainly based in the Sutton Coldfield area of Birmingham. We are rapidly gaining a reputation for the variety and quality of our performances. We mainly appear in the 10 piece format made popular by the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and subsequently London Brass, though we have been known to appear with as many as 25 performers on stage! We aim to make our music as approachable and enjoyable as possible, but we always try to introduce our audiences to less well known or new music.’

Category Brass Ensembles
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‘Brings together amateur and professional musicians from across the West Midlands. Aiming to set the highest standards in amateur music-making, the orchestra specialises in performing masterpieces from the Classical repertoire as well as Romantic and Modern chamber orchestral works.’

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‘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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‘The friendliest choir in Solihull ... We formed in 1952 when a group of singers met on a Sunday evening to sing together for their own enjoyment and for the enjoyment of others ... We are passionate about singing and have a repertoire which is ever-changing to meet members’ and audience’s tastes. Don’t let our longevity fool you: we sing equal quantities of current popular music, together with a few old favourites.’

Category Community Choirs
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‘Founded in 1986, is a flourishing amateur group of about 40 regular players serving Halesowen and the west of Birmingham ... We promote three concerts a year, performing a wide and varied repertoire ... The orchestra is open to players of a reasonable standard, regardless of age or previous orchestral experience. If you are enthusiastic about music, you will find that a very warm welcome awaits you. There is no formal audition, although players will need to cope adequately with the parts they are asked to practise and perform. As a general indication, given the type of music we tend to play, this means that players should ideally be at least Grade VI standard or equivalent, although this is not a strict minimum requirement.’

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‘Established in 1980, we are a mixed choir of about 40 people from Hampton-in-Arden, Knowle, Solihull and surrounding areas ... Our rehearsal programme includes “training evenings” led by our vocal coach ... We usually perform two concerts a year, plus our traditional Christmas Concert. We like to make one of our concerts an orchestral one when we work with professional soloists.’

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘Our year runs from September to July, with short breaks for Christmas and Easter. We have an open door policy to new members, young and not so young, who are always welcome - there are no auditions. All we ask for is a love of singing and choral music, enthusiasm and commitment to our rehearsals and performances. Our musical director ... sets high and stretching musical standards, but also very much believes in keeping the fun in music making. Absolutely anybody has the opportunity to come along to give us a trial.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘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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‘Widely acclaimed as one of the U.K’s top big bands. Its reputation has been founded on a consistently high quality of performance ... In addition, audiences find they are infected by the enjoyment which band members bring to performances, and the excitement which the band generates ... The band performs regularly and is available for festivals, concert halls, theatres, conferences, workshops and functions. It has an extensive library of music which ensures that MYJO is able to suit the demands of each of these occasions, and produce an outstanding performance which will delight your audience, together with special guests if required.’

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‘The orchestra is a thriving musical ensemble with more than 30 dedicated musicians of varying ages, abilities and styles who all play fretted instruments. MFO prides itself on offering a unique musical experience for players and audiences; we bring together instruments not found in today’s orchestras, particularly mandolins, banjos, classical and acoustic guitars, mandolas, bass guitar and cello banjo. We welcome players of all ages and abilities who share a passion for fretted instruments; our members’ ages range from 7 to 70+ and players standards range from professional musicians to those playing less than a year.’

Category Guitar Ensembles
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‘A 70 member mixed voice choir based in Penn, Wolverhampton. The Choir sings a wide variety of music ranging from classical to popular music ... We organise 5 major concerts a year ... Small groups from within the choir also sing at weddings, funerals and residential homes as invited.’

Category Community Choirs
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‘Established in 1939, Quinborne Choir is a welcoming and friendly choir singing an imaginative range of choral music, including well-loved famous works and lesser known gems. We usually give two main concerts each year, often with professional soloists and an additional Christmas performance for a charitable cause.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘A Midlands based choir which was established in 1995 with the intention of providing an opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans people and their friends to meet together in a safe space and celebrate their diversity in song. The choir welcomes members from all sections of the community and sees diversity as a strength. Members are encouraged regardless of their previous musical and singing experience.’

Category LGBT Choirs
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‘Britain's busiest ballet orchestra, playing for Birmingham Royal Ballet's wide-ranging programme in the UK and abroad ... Concert performances at the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham's Symphony Hall and other major British venues also form a regular part of the Sinfonia's work ... The Royal Ballet Sinfonia also plays frequently for The Royal Ballet and many of the world's other leading ballet companies.’

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‘The RSCO, founded in 1975, performs up to six concerts per year, including a young soloists concert ... The RSCO has approximately 50 members and performs across the Sutton Coldfield district under professional, guest conductors. Repertoire is very wide-ranging, and we often use extra players for larger works. We also have a thriving Youth Orchestra which caters for 8-16 year olds, and parts are adapted to suit the player. They perform regularly in their own right, but we also arrange an annual children's concert where members of both orchestras perform together.’

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‘Founded originally as a choral society, the choir now performs a more varied repertoire. This diversification has been guided over the years by several talented conductors. Concert performances about twice a year reflect this wide range of secular as well as sacred music ... In addition to formal concerts the choir hold Open Rehearsals during the year. This is an opportunity to observe the choir in rehearsal, interesting in itself and also informative for those who are considering joining themselves.‘

Category Chamber Choirs
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'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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‘One of the leading chamber orchestras in the West Midlands and, having been based at the CBSO Centre, performs around the region, as well as accompanying local choral societies ... Its close relationship with CBSO players, who regularly perform concertos, has given a strong base from which the Sinfonia of Birmingham has developed a style of its own ... Many players are music graduates wishing to gain experience before continuing their musical careers.  Others have chosen to follow different careers and keep music as a leisure activity. Players are selected from all age groups for their good standard of musicianship with good social compatibility and enjoyment - hence giving lively and exciting performances.‘

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’Fun and friendly contemporary community choir in Pelsall West Midlands. Get in touch to join - no audition required.’

Category Community Choirs
Also indexedPelsall Community Choir
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‘With a regular membership of around 80, this lively, well-established Choir ... gives at least 3 concerts a year, with a varied repertoire, in and around Solihull ... New members are always made very welcome and a simple audition takes place a few weeks after settling in ... The Choir is keen to encourage new music and young singers by commissioning, establishing links with junior choirs and offering free membership and music to young singers under its scholarship scheme.’

Category Choral Societies
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'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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'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.'

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‘One of the finest Championship Section brass bands in the midlands. Founded in 1987, this Black Country based band quickly established a reputation for high quality performances, both competitively and on the concert platform ... With a strong community focus, the Band performs regularly at prestigious venues across the region, introducing new audiences to its music. A combination of top-quality musicianship, imaginative programming and fine soloists ensure Sovereign Brass continues to produce performances at the highest level.’

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‘The Band was formed 100+ years ago and is still competing and entertaining audiences of all ages ... It has accepted an invitation to become the Brass-Band-in-Residence at the prestigious Forest Arts Centre, Walsall ... The Band now produce and perform 5 “themed concerts” at Forest Arts Centre, from September to June, which have been met with full houses and rave reviews - come and experience them - we promise you will not believe it!’

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‘The Society is an amateur society giving performances of choral and orchestral music. It was founded in 1884, and is one of the oldest choral and orchestral societies in England ... The Society usually mounts three concerts a year during the season which goes from September to June. In recent years the pattern has been established of including both choral and orchestral elements in each concert, always seeking to widen the repertoire ... If you sing or play an instrument and live in the Black Country or anywhere within easy travelling distance of Stourbridge, please come and visit us. No auditions are required for singers or players.‘

Category Community Choirs
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‘A group of four choirs: A Training Choir, the Four Oaks Cluster Choir, Sutton Coldfield Youth Voices and The Accidentals. They cater for singers from 6 to 90, and perform regularly in the West Midlands and beyond. We teach a wide variety of repertoire as well as musicianship, which includes: good diction, listening, intonation, breathing, dynamics and musicality ... All choirs take singing seriously, but have lots of fun in rehearsals - and of course, love to perform!‘ The Cluster Choir is the main children’s choir for boys and girls aged 9-13 years, competing successfully at events throughout the UK.

Also indexedFour Oaks Cluster Choir
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'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.'

Category Choral Societies
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‘SCMTC has been entertaining the Midlands since 1933 - why not come and see our next show? ... Join Us? No one particularly likes to audition - that's a well known fact. But all we require to give you membership status is a short audition including a bit of script reading, and to provide you with a chance to show us your singing style and range, with a song of your choice.’

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'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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Formed in 2009, Vivat! Choir brings together singers from all backgrounds to share their passion for singing good music. We recently decided to become a touring choir, with the intention of bringing a mixture of well-known and unknown pieces of music to audiences near and far. We are made up of singers from various musical backgrounds, and our “Basics of Music” training programme supports less-experienced singers in accessing some fine choral music’.

Category Birmingham
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‘Founded in 1997 ... A mixed voice choir, of mixed ability ... having around 70 singing members. Our aim is to introduce all people to the joys of singing as a Choir both sacred and secular compositions. Our members, male and female of all ages, meet to develop their knowledge, skills and techniques and sing for their own pleasure. In 2007 we formed a young people's Choir, Pure Harmony, for ages 8 to 16 with the aim of introducing youngsters to music and singing and hopefully eventually become members of Voices In Harmony! ... We hold about 6 Concerts a year, the majority of which we do to raise funds for Charities and local good causes.’

Category Community Choirs
Also indexedPure Harmony
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‘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.'

Category Choral Societies
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‘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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‘In 1897, Walsall Harmonic & Social Society was founded “for gentlemen to cultivate a taste in music”. The Male Voice Choir was formed from that Society’s membership in 1970 and since then has continued to present a range of musical styles. Unfortunately, the Harmonic Society was disbanded in 2009, but we are proud to maintain their memory through our name. We perform for charity events, local community- and church-based activities, and also in joint concerts with other local choirs and ensembles.’

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‘Founded in 1955, Walsall Operatic Society is a vibrant and friendly society with a strong reputation for producing outstanding musical theatre. Though our members come from a range of different backgrounds and cover a huge age range (7 to 70), they share the same passion and are dedicated to staging only the highest quality productions.’

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'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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‘Formed in Smethwick in 1943 by a group of Air Raid Wardens who wanted to continue friendships made during the war. In performing up to twenty concerts a year, we are proud to share our music with audiences in venues which include Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucester Cathedral, Symphony Hall Birmingham, in local churches, and on other concert stages. We have undertaken several concert tours in the UK and overseas, enjoying both fellowship and music as well as raising money for the RNLI and local charities. Led by a young team of enthusiatic musicians, the choir has introduced a modern approach to its music.’

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‘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.'

Also indexedWBOS Youtheatre
Visits to the Website109
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‘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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‘A medium-sized chamber choir drawn from the city and nearby. Formed in 1974 ...  the choir has created a loyal following and occupies a unique place in the musical life of the city ... and gives three main concerts a year as well as performing at other musical events and at a number of other venues ... We perform a wide variety of musical styles from around the world, ranging from the Renaissance period to the present day.’

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘As a Community Band our philosophy is to enjoy making music above all and produce the highest possible standard for our players ... We like to create a friendly, but enjoyable working environment, but players must be committed. We encourage the development of younger players and many of our past members have pursued careers in the music profession and the armed forces ... Our repertoire consists of a varied programme including traditional Brass band music, pop, classical, jazz and film scores. There is something for everyone! ... The band is completely independent and self financing. The band has performed at many venues over the years, including Wolverhampton Civic Hall as part of the Multi-Faith Service held annually.’

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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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'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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‘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.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘Songs performed are a mixture of old and new music with some 2 and 3 part singing. The choir hold concerts and give performances in a variety of venues, including churches, concert halls, schools, nurisng homes and shopping centres.  Many such performances are to support local charities ... We are always willing to hold a concert for a worthy cause. We are always happy for new members to join the choir.‘

Category Ladies Choirs
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‘Based in Wythall, Worcestershire and is made up of members from across the community.  We are a very friendly bunch. We are not a church choir and sing all types of material. The choir now has over 80 members with ages ranging from 18 to over 80 ... with an average of 60 people attending rehearsals each week ... We welcome new members - no audition necessary.’

Category Community Choirs
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'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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‘Music is at the very heart of the Cathedral and is a centre of excellence for both sacred and secular music. The acoustic of the building is superb and we hope you will agree that it is a very fine performance space indeed in which to enjoy your lunch! The Lunchtime Recitals are just a part of the rich variety of performances which take place at the cathedral through the year.’

Category Cathedrals
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‘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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'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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'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.'

Also indexedCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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'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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‘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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'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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‘St Chad’s was the first Catholic cathedral erected in England since the Reformation. It became the Cathedral formally in 1850 when Pope Pius IX restored the Catholic hierarchy of England and Wales ... St Chad’s Cathedral Choir dates from 1841, when the Cathedral was opened ... In 2000, a re-organisation resulted in the establishment of a professional adult choir to sing at the principal services in the cathedral ... Since its installation, the organ has won plaudits from organists all over the world and is considered to be one the finest in the country.’ The Cathedral is regularly used for concerts and recitals - including a series of monthly lunchtime organ recitals.

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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.‘

Also indexedThe Bramall | Elgar Concert Hall
Visits to the Website155
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