Area: Hampshire

'The Festival's objectives are to promote excellence in the performing arts at all levels and to encourage the participation of the people of Rushmoor, of all ages and abilities.' Pianoforte Competition held Early May.

* Aldershot & Farnborough Festival of Music and Art
Visits to the Website154
Views of The ‘Full’ Record421

'The Club was founded nearly 70 years ago by Miss Gladys New who was a well-known singer in Andover. Not just the founder of the club, Gladys was also the Secretary for 46 years and the Treasurer for many years. "Her" Music Club has steadily developed, to become one of the best-supported in Southern England ... We present six concerts every season. The aim is to offer a wide range of music performed by professional artists.'

* Andover Music Club
Visits to the Website187
Views of The ‘Full’ Record289
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Held Early March. 'We are consistently commended on being a friendly festival with a strong emphasis on fun and all-round participation! We’d love to see entrants of all ages and abilities taking part this coming year, and we endeavor to see smiles, creativity and enjoyment from all involved.'

* Basingstoke Music and Arts Festival
Visits to the Website142
Views of The ‘Full’ Record317

'Brockenhurst Music Society in the heart of the New Forest presents five musical concerts per year which feature a range of small chamber groups and soloists.'

* Brockenhurst Music Society
Visits to the Website140
Views of The ‘Full’ Record300

Southampton is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in music. In the most recent national research evaluation (REF 2014) we are the top-ranked Music department in the UK ...'

* Department of Music [Southampton]
Visits to the Website145
Also indexedUniversity of Southampton
Views of The ‘Full’ Record341

Fareham Music Festival (like the other 300+ Festivals affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance & Speech) is a charitable organisation run entirely by volunteers. The Federation is dedicated to providing a platform for people of all ages interested in the performing arts. We organise a weekend of music-making in Fareham with the benefit of constructive criticism from experienced adjudicators. Despite its competitive nature, we pride ourselves on creating a friendly atmosphere for all our visitors.’ Held Early May.

* Fareham Music Festival
Visits to the Website64
Views of The ‘Full’ Record150

'Puts on monthly jazz performances from some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians ... in a “jazz club” environment ... The Club has an enthusiastic and growing membership since it started in January 2013, and we are always very happy to see new people too ...'

Category Jazz Clubs
* Fleet Jazz Club
Visits to the Website157
Views of The ‘Full’ Record333

'Wednesday evenings at The Guide Dog, Bevois Valley, SO14 6SF. Occasional guests at another Southampton venue.'

Category Folk Clubs
* Fo'c'sle Folk Club
Visits to the Website147
Views of The ‘Full’ Record334

Fareham: ‘Forest Folk meets on the first Monday of the month for Singarounds – 7.30 to 11 pm; and third Mondays of the month for Concert Nights – 8 to 11 pm, doors open 7.30 pm, unreserved seating.'

Category Folk Clubs
* Forest Folk
Visits to the Website120
Views of The ‘Full’ Record236

'Formed in 1977 under the leadership of local grocer Mr Harry Cook at the local Thorngate Halls Community Centre. In 1981 the thriving Club built the organ chambers at the rear of the Ballroom stage for the purpose of installing the Compton Organ from the Regal Hammersmith. However, before this could happen the larger 3/12 Compton from the Gaumont Wood Green was obtained and the Hammersmith Compton was sold on ... This is one of the few locations that members can actually play a Compton Cinema Organ on a regular basis, a neccesity to keep this magnificent instrument in playable condition.'

* Gosport and District Organ Club
Visits to the Website159
Views of The ‘Full’ Record371

‘Exists as a non-profit making organisation to provide and promote high quality live traditional jazz in Gosport and surrounding areas. The Club arranges live performances ... by mainly British bands, although there have been visits by bands from as far away as Australia, the USA and Europe.'

Category Jazz Clubs
* Gosport Jazz Club
Visits to the Website163
Views of The ‘Full’ Record328

‘Founded in 1949, by a small group of local volunteers who wished to help and encourage Gosport residents, particularly young people, to gain confidence and aspiration from musical performance ... Entirely non-sponsored the Festival has grown from strength to strength over the years and now attracts entries from across the South of well over 2000 annually. Dance Schools, Choirs, Barbers Shops are encouraged. Always a “grass roots” event the Gosport Music Festival has welcomed many entrants with exceptional standard of performance who have gone on to achieve national acclaim and TV fame.' Held Mid November.

* Gosport Music Festival
Visits to the Website181
Views of The ‘Full’ Record280

‘Hampshire County Council's Music Service is a successful and valued business unit within the Education and Inclusion branch of the Children's Services Department of Hampshire County Council (HCC). It provides a comprehensive music education service to Hampshire schools and colleges and is proud to promote the highest quality learning opportunities ... Hampshire Music Service has been the Lead Partner of the Hampshire Music Education Hub since September 2012 ... Partnership working has always been a keystone of HMS’s work. In our role as lead partner we aim to strengthen the range and depth of partnership working across Hampshire, ensuring the best possible opportunities for young people, whatever their musical tastes and ambitions.‘

* Hampshire Music Service
Visits to the Website66
Also indexedHampshire Music Education Hub
Views of The ‘Full’ Record158

Igloo Music provide Music Lessons, Groups and Workshops. We give people of all ages a wonderful experience of music! Join any of our friendly groups, choirs and workshops in Portsmouth and across Hampshire or book group or individual music lessons with our fun, talented music teachers. We guarantee it’ll be great for your health, brain and social life! Whilst we teach people of all ages, we are really well known for helping reluctant, nervous adults rediscover a childhood passion, or unleash the singer within. Or just learn a new musical instrument for the pure enjoyment of playing ... Our wide range of music lessons includes instruments like the guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, piano, keyboard and drums. We also provide singing lessons and have our very own choir.’

* Igloo Music
Visits to the Website99
Also indexedIgloo Choir
Views of The ‘Full’ Record108

'Offers students between the ages of 14 and 18 a unique musical and cultural experience. This includes tuition from world-renowned musicians, performances in top British venues and the opportunity to meet like-minded friends from all over the world within our environment of creative excellence.' Held Late July - Early August.

* Ingenium Academy
Visits to the Website268
Views of The ‘Full’ Record251

‘The small festival with the big names. Located to the north of The New Forest National Park near Southampton it's an ideal venue for campers with its riverside campsite and unspoilt farm setting. The site opens Wednesday lunchtime to allow travel and a chance to relax for the afternoon before the music begins. Additional attractions include local trade and crafts folk, and of course real ale.‘ Held Early July.

Category Folk Festivals
* New Forest Folk Festival
Visits to the Website267
Views of The ‘Full’ Record186

‘This Society was formed in 1979 and the membership steadily increased from 15 people until 1994 when the number reached 200, and it soon became necessary to form a membership waiting list. Since then the concert evenings are either full or nearly full - the hall holds 200 ... Concerts are held monthly and are usually - but not always - on the fourth Tuesday in the month ... The Society welcomes visitors from other Clubs and we are always pleased to hear from anyone who is on holiday in our area.‘

* New Forest Organ Society
Visits to the Website4
Views of The ‘Full’ Record15

Founded 1966: ‘You do not have to be an organist or choir director to belong to the NHOA. Anyone who loves the organ and its music, whether a player or not, is welcome to join. NHOA arranges visits to interesting organs in our area and has biennial visits elsewhere in the UK. And there are social and educational events including “NHOA’s Ark” where small groups get together to play in an informal environment (normally one another’s homes) and discuss problems and solutions in a friendly way ... We are keen to support young people who are interested in the organ: to that extent we have a special fund that can help with bursaries and in other ways’.

* North Hampshire Organists’ Association
Visits to the Website82
Views of The ‘Full’ Record91

‘For more than a century, the Festival has promoted music-making in and around Petersfield, bringing together local singers and instrumentalists of all ages to share the platform with visiting musicians of national and international standing. The Festival takes place at the Petersfield Festival Hall, built for the purpose and officially opened in 1935.’ Held Mid March.

* Petersfield Musical Festival
Visits to the Website13
Views of The ‘Full’ Record16

‘We are the CPDOA. The City of Portsmouth and District Organists Association ... The Association welcomes all those with an interest in the organ, its construction and its music, whether or not they play the instrument themselves. Our activities include visits to hear and play local organs, from small instruments in rural churches to large instruments in local cathedrals and town halls, visits to organ builders, organ recitals by members, educational metings and social events.’

* Portsmouth & District Organists Association
Visits to the Website43
Views of The ‘Full’ Record129

‘Founded in 1917 with the aim of improving the quality of life for the citizens of Portsmouth. Records of the Festival prior to 1948 and a large number of the original trophies were destroyed during World War II because the Guildhall was badly bombed. However, some information is available in newspaper articles written during the years leading up to that date ... For many years the festival has been a platform for at least 4,000 performers each year. Together with the parents and supporters of the participants, a very large number of people have been touched by the benefits of performance and adjudication offered by the organisation.’ Held February - March.

* Portsmouth Music Festival
Visits to the Website127
Views of The ‘Full’ Record318

Mission 'To provide high quality music education and support for children, young people and learners in and around the diverse Portsmouth community; To inspire all young people to sing and play a musical instrument, developing their talent through progressive performance pathways; To promote high achievement through diverse partnerships; To transform lives through music and cultural engagement'

* Portsmouth Music Hub
Visits to the Website183
Views of The ‘Full’ Record225

A relatively new Annual Festival held Late April: ‘A 4-day celebration of chamber music in Hampshire ... We are registering as a charity and ran our first festival in April 2018 and are launching the 2019 festival with a concert on 12th October 2018’. 

* Romsey Chamber Music Festival
Visits to the Website19
Views of The ‘Full’ Record67

'Founded in 2013 with the aim of attracting the highest possible calibre of classical music performances to the beautiful sailing town of Lymington Inspired by the romantic tradition, we endeavour to programme different ensembles within one programme. In Schumann’s time, for example, it was common to programme individual movements of symphonies along with piano solos, string quartets, singers – even poetry readings ...' Held Mid September.

* Solent Music Festival
Visits to the Website112
Views of The ‘Full’ Record326

‘The Society has existed as an informal guitar circle since 1960s but was officially founded in 1972. It has met continuously since then. In 2004 we became a registered charity ... The Society organises concerts by world class performers: the Celebrity Series, by recent graduates; the Young Artist Series; and also our members play solo or in shared concerts in the Members Series.‘

Category Guitar Societies
* Southampton Classical Guitar Society
Visits to the Website46
Views of The ‘Full’ Record126

Southampton Festival of Music and Drama is a charity which runs one of the oldest competitive festivals in the country. The festival takes place in March.’

* Southampton Festival of Music and Drama
Visits to the Website72
Views of The ‘Full’ Record249

‘Brings a breadth of musical resource, specialism and activity to all communities in our city. Southampton Music Service is the lead organisation for the “Southampton Music Hub Partnership”. This is a network of local and national organisations that work together to provide: * Instrumental and vocal tuition; * Concerts; * Special events; * Family music making; * Workshops; * Holiday courses.’

* Southampton Music Service
Visits to the Website70
Also indexedSouthampton Music Education Hub
Views of The ‘Full’ Record105

‘Joining the Southampton Ukulele Jam couldn’t be easier. There are no membership fees, nothing to sign, no auditions. You can just turn up at any one of our sessions and join in.’

Category Ukulele Clubs
* Southampton Ukulele Jam
Visits to the Website121
Views of The ‘Full’ Record151

‘Held mainly in the spring each year, in Liss and Petersfield (UK), the festival aims to 'CREATE, NURTURE and INSPIRE' across a broad range of musical styles and mediums by holding concerts, talks and workshops which are fully inclusive. The area is blessed with a large number of expert and professional musicians, many with international reputations, and the common desire is to share good music in a way which can be enjoyed by everybody. Local composers are encouraged and showcased, music students share their learning, and both children and adults can participate in enjoyable workshops to gain new experiences in making music under the guidance of enthusiastic experts. Equally, people who just want to hear good music played brilliantly in concerts which are both local and inexpensive, are delighted with what is on offer every year.’

* Spirit of Music Festival
Visits to the Website45
Views of The ‘Full’ Record119

'Stockbridge Music has as its objective to provide high quality classical music at affordable prices to residents of the central Test Valley area. We also attract attendance from the Cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury and from the market towns of Romsey and Andover.'

* Stockbridge Music
Visits to the Website127
Views of The ‘Full’ Record302

‘Mindful of the continual need to maintain an interest in its activities, and the world of electronic keyboard music in general, the Society is not afraid to attempt “something different” from time to time – especially when charities can frequently benefit from their efforts. The Club does not consist of organ aficionados: those who attend the monthly concerts simply do so because they enjoy music and live entertainment.’

* Weyhill Electronic Organ Society
Visits to the Website99
Views of The ‘Full’ Record325

Re-launched in October 2017: ‘Runs once a month at either the Parish Hall or the Gill Nethercott Centre in Whitchurch, Hampshire. We book artists performing traditional music from the UK and Ireland’.

Category Folk Clubs
* Whitchurch Folk Club
Visits to the Website46
Views of The ‘Full’ Record104

Established 1921: ‘We are not a choir, as such, but an umbrella organisation that organises annual gatherings of seven constituent choirs in the Winchester Area, on two successive Saturdays in May to perform wonderful works from the choral repertoire ... The established pattern is for two annual Spring concerts in Winchester Cathedral and Romsey Abbey respectively, a series of combined choir rehearsals, an advance “taster day” on the selected repertoire and a choral workshop or “Come & Sing” in the Autumn. The Compton & Shawford Festival Choir is the only society still in existence which performed in the first Festival, although Easton & Martyr Worthy (now known as the Itchen Valley Choral Society) and Winchester City Festival Choir joined the following year, followed by Botley Choral Society in 1925’.

Category Choral Festivals
* Winchester and County Music Festival
Visits to the Website138
Views of The ‘Full’ Record359
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘WDAO - promoting all aspects of the pipe organ in the Winchester area: performing, listening, teaching, learning, development and preservation.’

* Winchester and District Association of Organists
Visits to the Website54
Views of The ‘Full’ Record158

'An annual four-day celebration of sublime chamber music and song with the acclaimed London Bridge Ensemble and brilliant international guests.' Held Late April - Early May.

* Winchester Chamber Music Festival
Visits to the Website119
Views of The ‘Full’ Record250

The Winchester Uke Jam meets at The Winchester Club and all are welcome, regardless of ability. You don’t have to be a uke player to join in. We welcome any stringed instrument or if you fancy playing a bit of percussion, having a sing or just want to listen then come along... and if you’re visiting Winchester and you’re looking for a night out, you’d be more than welcome to stop by.’

Category Ukulele Clubs
* Winchester Uke Jam
Visits to the Website16
Views of The ‘Full’ Record34

‘Making music by yourself isn't half as much fun as singing with others. Come along to a practice or a concert and find out by seeing and hearing us and feel what we mean! We are always happy to welcome new folk whether very experienced or complete novices ... Men, women as well as young people can join us. Everyone is warmly welcomed and, next to hard practice, to achieve high musical standards, it’s all about the spirit of fun and enjoyment.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Alresford Community Choir
Visits to the Website89
Views of The ‘Full’ Record97
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A friendly, non-auditioned choir ... We perform two concerts per year, usually with orchestra. New members are always welcome!’

Category Choral Societies
+ Andover Choral Society
Visits to the Website125
Views of The ‘Full’ Record193

'Our line-up includes all the usual orchestral instruments, plus some band instruments such as saxophones which help to create our unique ALO sound. We play a variety of music: light classics, music from the shows, film music, folk songs and dances, extracts from the romantic classics, and many others ... We aim to to enjoy ourselves making music, practising instrument technique, and improving our musicianship and sight-reading by playing together with others.'

Category Light Orchestras
+ Andover Light Orchestra
Visits to the Website118
Views of The ‘Full’ Record260

'The choir sings in three or four part unaccompanied harmony in a style that borrows much from the “West Gallery” and other largely rural singing traditions such as that exemplified by the Copper family of West Sussex. Much of the repertoire is local and is arranged for unaccompanied voices by local musicians.'

+ Andover Museum Loft Singers
Visits to the Website134
Views of The ‘Full’ Record263

‘An enthusiastic group of local people bringing you the chance to enjoy listening and taking part in the pleasure of brass band music. Re-formed in 2011, this friendly, progressive, busy band has been promoted to the 1st section in 2018. The Band enjoys a good mixture of concerts, other events, foreign tours & contests. We offer a full education programme for children and adults and are always open to new members. Why not join the band for the next exciting stage of its journey?’

+ Andover Town Band
Visits to the Website71
Views of The ‘Full’ Record195

'An amateur mixed adult choir ... We sing a wide variety of music - you may not like everything we do, but you're sure to like something, and if your favourite isn't in our programme there are plenty of opportunities for choir members to make suggestions for future concerts. Typically we put on 3 major concerts in a year, but we also sing by invitation at other local events.'

Category Community Choirs
+ Basing Singers
Visits to the Website106
Views of The ‘Full’ Record366

'Founded in 1922; we are Basingstoke’s oldest musical society and we pride ourselves on providing first-class entertainment to audiences in Basingstoke and the surrounding areas.'

+ Basingstoke Amateur Operatic Society
Visits to the Website116
Views of The ‘Full’ Record345

'We have come a long way since it began - possibly as long ago as 1889 - but our aims vary little from those initiated when the Society first came into being. The choir remains strong, with around 140 committed members ...'

Category Choral Societies
+ Basingstoke Choral Society
Visits to the Website180
Views of The ‘Full’ Record251

‘A traditional wind band with over forty playing members. The Band performs various engagements throughout the year, including charity concerts, bandstand concerts, and our own very popular Spring and Christmas concerts.’

+ Basingstoke Concert Band
Visits to the Website66
Views of The ‘Full’ Record166

'Formed in March 2011 to provide a means of relaxation for hospital staff and for the benefit of patients who can visit the hospital restaurant on Wednesday Evenings (with the agreement of the nursing staff on their ward) - when the choir rehearse. The initial membership was 8 and has now increased to 35+ and includes people who are not staff members but enjoy singing in a choir.'

+ Basingstoke Hospital Male Voice Choir
Visits to the Website133
Views of The ‘Full’ Record420

‘BLC is well known for its entertaining performance and its imaginative presentation. We are a 55-strong choir who sing all styles of music from secular, folk, show-stoppers to the latest chart-busters. In concert songs are sung from memory. The choir has made broadcasts on television and recordings and has performed with many UK and international choirs both at home and overseas.’

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Basingstoke Ladies Choir
Visits to the Website72
Views of The ‘Full’ Record137

Formed 1964: ‘The Choir always welcomes new potential members. Novice or experienced singers can come along to our rehearsals, sit in with us, join in with us. Whilst having the ability to read music would be an asset it is by no-means a requirement. Potential members are first given a period of a few weeks to become familiar with the Choir’s requirements and procedures whilst rehearsing within their particular section: either Bass, Baritone, Second Tenor, or Top Tenor. When you feel comfortable and you decide that you would like to become a full member, a private audition with the Musical Director is arranged. This takes the form of singing scales and notes within your voice range so that the Musical Director can judge where best your vocal range fits within the choir. Although it sounds terribly formal be assured it is far from it and you can be sure of our help and support in encouraging you to use your voice’.

+ Basingstoke Male Voice Choir
Visits to the Website57
Views of The ‘Full’ Record125

‘Formed in 1930 by local musicians for the enjoyment of making music through rehearsals and concerts. For over 60 years we were the only symphony orchestra to perform regularly in Basingstoke. The Anvil has transformed the musical scene in Basingstoke and we are now one of the many symphony orchestras who enjoy the Anvil's wonderful acoustics - likened by one expert to “an Italian courtyard in summer”. The high standard of presentation achieved by the BSO, coupled with the Anvil's acoustics and facilities means that we have been able to attract many top name soloists to perform with the orchestra over the past few years.’

+ Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra
Visits to the Website57
Views of The ‘Full’ Record117
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A local samba band playing authentic Afro Brazilian Samba Reggae music. We entertain at many music festivals, carnivals, processions, sporting events, weddings, corporate events, and launches ... If you are interested in learning to drum with us then contact us about our weekly workshops.’

+ Batala Portsmouth
Visits to the Website200
Views of The ‘Full’ Record342

‘Our eleven ensembles have a reputation for excellence and a membership of over 300 young people aged from 6 to 18. Ensembles are provided and run by Hampshire Music Service who charge a fee per term for membership ... The Friends of Basingstoke Area Youth Orchestras and Choirs is a charity which exists to provide ongoing financial, administrative and staffing support to the Ensembles in excess of that provided by Hampshire Music Service. Staffing is provided by volunteers. We have no paid employees.’

+ BAYO Ensembles and Charity
Visits to the Website103
Also indexedFriends of Basingstoke Area Youth Orchestras and Choirs
Views of The ‘Full’ Record186

'A lively amateur mixed choir of over 80 voices, which meets regularly each week on a Tuesday evening, to rehearse for two annual concerts in May and December. Professional soloists and orchestra join with the choir for performances.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Brockenhurst Choir
Visits to the Website95
Views of The ‘Full’ Record269

‘A mixed voice choir (SATB) with around 45 members ... We sing a variety of sacred and secular music, giving three public performances every year in the Havant area ... The choir’s repertoire has covered works from the 16th to 21st centuries ... accompanied and unaccompanied.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Cantemus Choir Havant
Visits to the Website102
Views of The ‘Full’ Record280

‘We are a friendly ladies choir based in central Portsmouth ... The Choir is made up of around 20 ladies from all walks of life who share a love of singing. There is a real sense of camaraderie within the Choir. We have had several new choir members join us recently which has been wonderful. It has been proven that singing is good for your health and makes you happy - don't believe it? well then, come along and find out for yourself.’

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Cantrelle Singers
Visits to the Website11
Views of The ‘Full’ Record35

‘Female chorus singing unaccompanied four part harmony ... We have such a lot of fun each week, warming up before singing, learning new songs and developing our voices. Some of our Chorus have been singing Barbershop for more than twenty years, some for less than a couple of months. We always welcome newcomers, the more the merrier! So if you fancy having a go, just come along.’

+ Cascade Southdown Ladies Harmony Chorus
Visits to the Website65
Views of The ‘Full’ Record111
Concerts and Recitals Season

‘The Chorus would be delighted to sing at your event. Our repertoire is varied and covers many genres ... We adapt ourselves to the occasion, and have sung at weddings, fetes, concerts, parties, retirement homes and Christmas functions.‘

‘We are a friendly, village choir and our goal and our passion has been to work hard, entertain our audiences and have fun in the process. We have about 30 members of varying ages and abilities.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Cheriton Singers
Visits to the Website38
Views of The ‘Full’ Record89

‘One of the leading non-professional orchestras in the south of England, performing a wide variety of interesting works from across the orchestral repertoire. We ... perform five concerts each year, including one concert designed specifically to introduce children to orchestral music ... Like most orchestras, we have more vacancies in some sections of the orchestra than others, but we welcome enquiries from players of all instruments ... We welcome enquiries from new volunteers who are able to offer us non-performing support so that we can get on with the business of playing the music!‘

+ City of Southampton Orchestra
Visits to the Website44
Views of The ‘Full’ Record65
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are the premier musical theatre company providing high quality amateur productions for the Rushmoor and surrounding area. Our diverse range of award winning productions include some of the best and newest releases available for groups to perform ... We rehearse throughout the year ... and stage two major musical productions annually in late March and September.’

+ Cody Musical Theatre Company
Visits to the Website22
Views of The ‘Full’ Record39

‘Founded in 1986 by members of Southampton CND who enjoyed singing, and began giving occasional concerts ... The idea evolved to have fun and to raise money for various good causes. Our original name was Concord Singers (without the 'h'), devised ... to include the letters CND. Eventually the choir was permanently constituted ... At this time we revised our name to Conchord Singers ... We are always looking for new members in all parts. There is no audition, but an ability to follow music notation and a sense of pitch are important. Do try us out at a few rehearsals before deciding to commit.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Conchord Singers
Visits to the Website32
Views of The ‘Full’ Record88

Formed 1980: ‘An amateur orchestra whose members form an eclectic mix of ages and backgrounds as well as playing abilities ... We usually perform three concerts per year, normally to raise money for charity or local good cause ... We welcome enquiries from prospective members’.

+ Deane Sinfonia
Visits to the Website57
Views of The ‘Full’ Record136

‘Formed in 1993 by a small group of enthusiasts.Many of the original founders had already had distinguished careers in local amateur concert and theatre performance which provided the solid foundation on which the quality of the new society was built. Since those early carefree days, a strong organised structure has evolved which any society must have if it is to survive and move forward ... Our varied repertoire ranges from Musicals to the Movies, and the Beatles through to Gilbert and Sullivan.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Downland Singers
Visits to the Website3
Views of The ‘Full’ Record10
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Has been entertaining audiences for many years with a wide variety of musicals, operettas and concerts. We currently perform 2 shows a year ... We are a lively and friendly group and new members of all ages are welcome, whether you would like to join as a chorus member, potential principal, to help back stage or front of house, or even produce, direct or play the piano at rehearsals. New performing members can join during the first few rehearsals of each show.’

+ Eastleigh Operatic & Musical Society
Visits to the Website13
Views of The ‘Full’ Record15

‘A community wind band encouraging local musicians to stretch their potential by playing a challenging and entertaining repertoire. At Emsworth Concert Band we believe that music making has to be enjoyable ... We always welcome enquiries from musicians for all sections of the Band ... We would normally expect musicians to be of Grade 6 standard or above. If you do not have this as a formal qualification we normally take in to consideration general musical ability, age and experience.’

+ Emsworth Concert Band
Visits to the Website36
Views of The ‘Full’ Record91

'If you enjoy singing and want to be part of a friendly group of like-minded people, why not come and meet us? We typically perform three or four times per year, in the Ferneham Hall and local churches. You are welcome to attend a few rehearsals before you make up your mind to become a member; if you decide to stay you will be asked to carry out a short voice assessment with our musical director ... Previous experience and ability to sight read are desirable but not essential.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Fareham Philharmonic Choir
Visits to the Website67
Views of The ‘Full’ Record231

'Formed in 1987 and consists of over 50 enthusiastic musicians who enjoying performing and entertaining. The band performs at a wide variety of engagements throughout the year including traditional bandstands, concerts, charity events, remembrance parades, mess dinners and visits abroad.'

+ Farnborough Concert Band of the Royal British Legion
Visits to the Website107
Views of The ‘Full’ Record306

'One of the foremost non-professional orchestras in the south of England. It has had a commitment to live performance of music in the North East Hampshire region since its formation in 1922 as the Royal Aircraft Establishment Orchestral Society. It now performs four concerts every season, regularly attracting high-quality national and international soloists.'

+ Farnborough Symphony Orchestra
Visits to the Website119
Views of The ‘Full’ Record354
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We welcome flautists from across Hampshire, and with the instruments owned by our group provide a unqiue opportunity for our members to gain experience playing alto, bass and contrabass flutes ... We rehearse and perform much music from our extensive library of challenging repertoire written specifically for flute choir, many of which have been written specially for Flautissimo, together with excellent arrangements of other works for flute choir by our own members, as well as selections from those which are commercially available. Our repertoire includes classical, jazz and extended techniques ... If you are a beginner or rusty player, or below Grade 5, please come and join our additional flute choir Piccolissimo!’

Category Flute Ensembles
+ Flautissimo
Visits to the Website69
Also indexedPiccolissimo
Views of The ‘Full’ Record78

‘We are a good, friendly choir, with around 100 members at present, and perform a wide variety of religious and secular works in three concerts per year. Our main concerts are in May and October with a Carol Concert at Christmas, and generally invite professional soloists and an orchestra to join us.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Fleet Choral Society
Visits to the Website40
Views of The ‘Full’ Record56

‘We regularly play at local events and also spend time in the recording studio. Flautists from Grade 3/4 and above are more than welcome and there is no audition! The emphasis is on having fun as well as improving musical skills and meeting other flutey friends. For flautists who would like more of a challenge, and are Grade 6 and above, why not try out Flute Cocktail?’ ALERT At Review, no information on future concerts and recitals available directly from the Website.

Category Flute Ensembles
+ Flute Salad
Visits to the Website116
Also indexedFlute Cocktail
Views of The ‘Full’ Record185

‘We have around 45 members and our repertoire extends from the great choral works, such as Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Magnificat in D major and David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus, to lesser known pieces ... Two or three major concerts per year ... Some of our activities involve participation in church services. You do not need to be a confirmed member of any church to take part in these events, but you should be willing to participate in Christian services ... Based in the village of Froxfield near Petersfield, in Hampshire.’

Category Petersfield
+ Froxfield Choir
Visits to the Website25
Views of The ‘Full’ Record48

‘Created in 2011 when two great local bands amalgamated. Gosport Silver Band has been a staunch community band supporting Gosport and the surrounding areas. With Gosport in the title it has been the band of choice for civic and community events in Gosport for decades. Solent Concert Brass was, for most of its history, a formidable contesting band and one of the finest bands in Southern England. It was widely recognised as a "factory" for quality players, taking children from the local community and turning them into some of the most sought after players in the area. Gsoport Solent Brass is a wonderful blend of these two fine traditions.’

+ Gosport Solent Brass
Visits to the Website138
Views of The ‘Full’ Record332

‘Began in 1999. We've a reputation for unusual music presented with a real sense of fun. We aim to change our audience's perception about classical guitar! ... We play 4 different sizes of Guitar, like the different sizes in a recorder consort, brass band or string quartet. We're one of handful of guitar orchestras - free from the limitations of pitch that constrain guitar ensembles.’

Category Petersfield
+ Hampshire Guitar Orchestra
Visits to the Website100
Views of The ‘Full’ Record291

‘The area and county ensembles are part of a network of 60 groups run by the Hampshire Music Service ... Being a member of a music group is an enriching and rewarding educational experience. Group playing or singing helps improve individual musical skills. It is also great fun and a good way to meet other young people with musical interests. They celebrate their achievements in many concerts, festivals and musical events throughout the year as well as take groups on residentials and tours to widen horizons and provide enriching experiences for all members. Voluntary committees support each ensemble with fundraising activities. Committee members are usually parents of current players. New volunteers are always very welcome.’

+ Hampshire Music Service Ensembles
Visits to the Website133
Views of The ‘Full’ Record273

‘One of the leading male voice choirs from the South of England ... Our repertoire is extensive and covers all genres of music ranging from the most sacred to sea shanties, folk songs and “show stoppers” ... New members are always welcome. You do not have to be a policeman - just someone who enjoys singing and would like the opportunity of singing with us.’

+ Hampshire Police Male Voice Choir
Visits to the Website48
Views of The ‘Full’ Record71

‘An independent group of some 30-40 players of mixed ages and musical backgrounds who perform as a recorder orchestra ... The members of HRS are as diverse and versatile as are their instruments. Some players are professional musicians, others are gifted students or enthusiastic and talented amateurs. They all meet with a common aim - the pursuit of excellence and the enjoyment of good music.‘

+ Hampshire Recorder Sinfonia
Visits to the Website105
Views of The ‘Full’ Record302

‘The group was formed originally in 1971 with friends getting together to sing Christmas carols to the accompaniment of an antique portable harmonium. The instrument itself has long been left behind but the group has gone from strength to strength and established itself as a successful local chamber choir ... The choir has a fairly stable membership and we like to limit numbers to the low 20s. However we are always on the lookout for good voices and there are sometimes opportunities to cover when somone has to stand down for a time.‘

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Harmonium Singers
Visits to the Website111
Views of The ‘Full’ Record169

Formed 1975: ‘The Choir currently has 65 members who perform songs from a varied repertoire with traditional male voice choir songs as well as songs from the shows, operatic pieces, folk songs and classic hymns. Solo singing is encouraged as part of the development of individual voices and to inspire confidence in overall singing performance ... As one of the foremost choirs in the south-east of England, Hart is keenly sought after not only for concert performances, but also by budding singers’.

+ Hart Male Voice Choir
Visits to the Website14
Views of The ‘Full’ Record21

‘We are a mixed voice choir which achieves a high-standard of singing from a non-auditioned choir, normally performing four concerts each year across three terms running from September to July. Our programme varies from stunning major choral works to satisfying chamber music programmes and the occasional light programme of popular numbers! Singers are drawn not only from Fleet and the surrounding area, but also outlying towns including Guildford, Farnborough, Reading and Basingstoke ... Our combined experience and enthusiasm enables us to explore new musical horizons - both in repertoire and venue.‘

Category Farnborough
+ Hart Voices
Visits to the Website2
Views of The ‘Full’ Record6
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Havant Orchestras are the Havant Symphony Orchestra and Havant Chamber Orchestra. Both orchestras are made up of a mix of professional and gifted amateur players. The orchestras perform 6 main concerts a year (3 each), at Oaklands School in Waterlooville and Ferneham Hall in Fareham, and also perform at additional venues including Hayling Island.‘

+ Havant Orchestras
Visits to the Website109
Also indexedHavant Symphony Orchestra | Havant Chamber Orchestra
Views of The ‘Full’ Record232

‘An Amateur Musical Theatre Society based on Hayling Island, Hampshire ... We currently run three sections of the society: Hayling Musical Society The adult section that performs a range of musical shows; Hayling Youngstars The children's section which ranges from the ages of 10-17, who also perform a variety of musical shows; Hayling Little Stars An afternoon/evening class for children between the ages of 4-9 to learn musical techniques, including; singing, dancing, acting through the use of games and showcases ... Contact us and come along to one of our rehearsals if you feel the urge to pursue your thespian inhibitions!’

+ Hayling Musical Society
Visits to the Website45
Also indexedHayling Youngstars | Hayling Little Stars
Views of The ‘Full’ Record95

‘Formed in 2000 and currently consists of 20 regular musicians who enjoy playing big band, swing and jazz music ... The addition of a dedicated flute section offers a great versatility to the band's sound - at full pelt, the full sound of the woodwind is a perfect contrast to the strength of the brass whilst in the softer numbers, the flutes add a wonderful lyrical dimension to the sound. Count Basie used flutes in many of his pieces and this is a sound we wish to recreate.‘

Category Big Bands
+ Innovations Jazz Orchestra
Visits to the Website32
Views of The ‘Full’ Record47

‘A dedicated group who meet every Wednesday during term time to rehearse and perform great choral music. We put on two formal concerts each year (Christmas and Summer) and a third, lighter event at the end of the adacemic year.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Lee Choral Society
Visits to the Website63
Views of The ‘Full’ Record146

‘Started in 2009 in the Lowry Room at St Faith's Church, Lee-on-the-Solent, with the intention to form a choir for ladies who wanted to sing, but perhaps didn't feel very confident about their voices !  A measure of success is that ... many ladies have grown in confidence and have felt able to sing with other choirs.’

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Lowry Girls Choir
Visits to the Website85
Views of The ‘Full’ Record223

'We are a light-hearted and fun ladies' choir of 40-45 members and we sing a wide variety of different styles of music, from McCartney to Mozart. We perform three concerts a year in Farnborough, Hampshire UK and sing at weddings and private functions. In addition to 4 or 5 fantastic social events per year, we also aim to tour abroad occasionally. The minimum age for membership is 18.'

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Lydian Singers [Farnborough]
Visits to the Website102
Views of The ‘Full’ Record296

'This exciting choir is always looking for new members from the New Forest area. There is no audition – some sight-reading is helpful and there must be a commitment to regular attendance at rehearsals ... The aim continues to be to explore both regular and lesser-known repertoire, to collaborate with and employ local musicians wherever possible together with talented young soloists from London and to perform to a high standard.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Lymington Choral Society
Visits to the Website116
Views of The ‘Full’ Record279

Wind Band 'The band has a wide ranging repertoire of music including popular melodies and jazz as well as marches, hymns and classical works. Hear us in Lymington and the surrounding area, at various venues ...'

+ Lymington Town Band
Visits to the Website114
Views of The ‘Full’ Record215
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1996: ‘Made up of professional musicians, teachers and students. The object of the ensemble is to rehearse and perform wind band music of all styles to the highest possible standards ... This ranges from the best of contemporary music through transcriptions of film and TV scores to the more conventional military band fare of marches, waltzes and overtures ... As well as our concert work, we are always delighted to play for the local community based festivals ... We also work closely with local schools and colleges, encouraging young musicians to enjoy their music making and broadening their knowledge of this very accessible medium through workshops and concerts.’

+ Meridian Winds
Visits to the Website56
Views of The ‘Full’ Record86

Successful competitive band ‘based in Michelmersh & Timsbury just north of the market town of Romsey, Hampshire. MSB are a very active Band performing at many Concerts and other functions in the Romsey locality, and competing in Regional and National Competitions ... The Band rehearse in their own freehold premises in Timsbury ... and guest players are always welcome to drop in to have a blow or listen’.

+ Michelmersh Silver Band
Visits to the Website65
Views of The ‘Full’ Record101

Founded 1948: ‘Objects are the advancement of the appreciation of the public in the art and science of music, and in particular the art of choral music by the presentation of concerts ... It began with a small group of singers drawn mainly from St. James Church, Milton in Portsmouth, England and has grown to its present membership of 100 drawn from the greater Portsmouth area ... The choir perform three concerts annually in Portsmouth Guildhall to capacity audiences of 2,000 people performing a range of music from Part Song to Grand Opera; Oratorio to Songs from West End and Broadway Musicals. In addition to this, they give regular concerts at smaller locations for many charities’.

Category Portsmouth
+ Milton Glee Club
Visits to the Website36
Views of The ‘Full’ Record95

‘Has been in existence since 2002 ... We are amateur musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds and span a variety of ages! We aim for a high standard; there is no entrance audition but we would suggest Grade 5 standard as a minimum ... New or prospective players can be sure of a friendly welcome. We see it as part of our function to be able to offer orchestral experience to improving players and to rusty players who might want to come back to orchestral playing after a gap of some years. We find that resuming regular playing in an orchestral setting always leads to both improvement and enjoyment ... We hold 3-4 concerts a year, in various venues in the New Forest. We usually perform in both the Lymington Arts Festival and Milford on Sea Arts Festival.’

+ New Forest Orchestra
Visits to the Website28
Views of The ‘Full’ Record99

’We are a non-profit making mixed voice (SATB) choir based in Hedge End, Hampshire. Formed in 1970, the choir has gone from strength to strength ... and sings a mixed genre of music to suit all tastes, from musicals, rock, pop, choral to jazz and much more. Our members come from a wide area of Hampshire ... You do not have to read music, as apart from going through the notes at rehearsals, choir members are supported by a choir buddy when joining and also CDs, MP3s and an online music player are available to help learn the music.‘

Category Community Choirs
+ New Music Makers
Visits to the Website43
Views of The ‘Full’ Record89

‘An amateur string orchestra based in Southampton performing since 1926 ... The name “Northwood” was adopted to enter the first Southampton Music Festival in 1926; the founder, Mrs Winifred Caesar taking the name of her house on The Avenue where the orchestra met regularly on the lawns ... We hold two concerts a year and are proud to maintain the long tradition of supporting charities each time.‘

Category String Ensembles
+ Northwood String Orchestra
Visits to the Website43
Views of The ‘Full’ Record107

‘Formed in 1998 from the amalgamation of two Southampton based bands called Solent Brass and Southampton Central ... We perform in the traditional 25 piece British brass band format in and around Southampton and Hampshire ... We are available to be booked for any event from Weddings to Summer Fetes, Charity Events to Christmas Parties. If a full Brass Band is too much for the location we are also able to offer smaller Brass ensembles.‘

+ Ocean Brass
Visits to the Website52
Views of The ‘Full’ Record120

‘The Pelly Concert Orchestra, based on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire, gives four or five concerts a year, with more than 40 experienced players of all ages ... Our repertoire covers a wide range of music, which includes well-known classical works, music from stage, screen, radio and TV ... We believe that everyone who belongs to an orchestra should derive the greatest enjoyment from their contribution to the music being played. Rehearsals are not only an opportunity to improve playing and ensemble skills while learning more about the music being played, they are also fun.’

+ Pelly Concert Orchestra
Visits to the Website55
Views of The ‘Full’ Record128

‘Our aim is to provide our members with challenging, rewarding and enjoyable music to rehearse, leading to participation in memorable concerts. We give three concerts a year in November, March and June, with the March concert forming part of the Petersfield Musical Festival.’

+ Petersfield Orchestra
Visits to the Website34
Views of The ‘Full’ Record77

‘Has approximately 25 members. We perform a wide repertoire of music from the late Renaissance period to works of contemporary composers, including several works which have been written especially for the choir. Many works are performed unaccompanied, but we especially enjoy singing when accompanied by an orchestra. We normally undertake four concerts each year: in October; a Christmas concert in December; at Easter-time; and in midsummer - in churches and cathedrals in Portsmouth and the surrounding district.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Portsmouth Baroque Choir
Visits to the Website24
Views of The ‘Full’ Record41

‘Founded in 1880 as the Portsmouth Temperance Choral Union. The Choir is now one of the leading large amateur choruses in the south of England: Approximately 120 Voices ... Holds four major concerts a year ... Accompanied by professional orchestras and soloists ... Performs the choral repertoire from classics to 21st-century works ... Encourages new singers and new musicians ... Provides tailored tutorials for its members to develop their individual voice ... Hosts an annual New Year “Come and Sing” concert for members of the public and choir’.

Category Choral Societies
+ Portsmouth Choral Union
Visits to the Website30
Views of The ‘Full’ Record66

'We are a traditional and friendly Brass Band based in the Portsmouth area for players of all ages and abilities, undertaking an extensive range of engagements throughout the year ranging from formal concerts and civic events to fetes, parties, church services, carnivals and celebrations.'

+ Portsmouth City Band
Visits to the Website118
Views of The ‘Full’ Record297

‘Recognised as one of the top choral groups in the region, gives at least three major concerts annually, joined by soloists, orchestral musicians and accompanists of the highest calibre. Its aim is to provide a stimulating musical experience for its members and for its audience in the Portsmouth & Hampshire area ... Portsmouth Festival Choir usually performs three concerts per season, working regularly with professional soloists and orchestral musicians ... We welcome enquiries from enthusiastic, talented singers. You will be asked to attend a brief audition during your first term for which no subscription fee is payable.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Portsmouth Festival Choir
Visits to the Website25
Views of The ‘Full’ Record106
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Established in March 2009, initially named the "Portsmouth Philharmonia" by a small group of amateur musicians wanting to rehearse together on a regular basis. We have since grown in numbers and established a strong position within the local community. Locally known as the "Sunday Orchestra" or the "Charity Orchestra" we're currently the most active orchestra in Portsmouth.’

Category Portsmouth
+ Portsmouth Philharmonic Orchestra
Visits to the Website45
Views of The ‘Full’ Record84

‘Established in 1981, Romsey Choral Society numbers about 85 singers - drawn from the local area and as far afield as West Sussex, Wiltshire and Dorset - and presents four concerts each year, two of which are in the historic surroundings of Romsey Abbey. The Society is now widely recognised as one of Hampshire’s most interesting and vibrant choral groups, having programmed a wide range of music, with everything from plainchant to jazz.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Romsey Choral Society
Visits to the Website75
Views of The ‘Full’ Record136

Formed 1968: ‘A chamber choir of almost 40 mixed voices based in Romsey, Hampshire ... We sing sacred and secular music, both unaccompanied and with instrumentalists ... We have at least three concerts a year. Christmas and Easter concerts take place in the wonderful setting of Romsey Abbey, where the 12th century building offers a unique atmosphere and a fine acoustic for our wide-ranging programmes of sacred music’.

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Romsey Singers
Visits to the Website35
Views of The ‘Full’ Record110

‘RYC consists of three choir groups: * Romsey Youth Choir –  for young people aged 11 to 18; * Romsey Youth Chamber Choir – for older more experienced members; * Romsey Youth Children’s Choir – for children in school years 4-6. All are non-audition choirs. RYC has a membership of around 100 singers ... Each year the choirs perform in around 15 concerts or festivals ... However, the home venue for the choir is Romsey Abbey where we have our Christmas and summer concerts as well as taking part in other local joint concerts for the community.‘

+ Romsey Youth Choir
Visits to the Website17
Views of The ‘Full’ Record52

‘If you love to sing then we may be the choir for you. We’re a sociable and lively group of people of all ages from Aldershot, Farnborough and the surrounding area who perform a range of great classical and popular music with professional musicians. Come join us for an uplifting weekly sing with inspiring musicians ... What makes us different? We have an excellent professional conductor and vocal coach, and accompanist, that will help you take your singing to the next level. We welcome all ages and abilities. We like to be sociable and have fun – and we have cake at rehearsal.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Rushmoor Choir
Visits to the Website53
Views of The ‘Full’ Record75

‘Has a membership of around 30 enthusiastic amateur and retired professional musicians from varying backgrounds, including ex-military players ... We regularly perform concerts in venues in Fleet, Farnborough, Aldershot and the surrounding areas of North Hampshire. We play a variety of light and classical music, including music from the shows, jazz, blues and anything else that fits in with a particular event! Our venues range from Band Stands to Concert Halls.’

+ Rushmoor Concert Band
Visits to the Website47
Views of The ‘Full’ Record80

'Founded in 1960, the Rushmoor Male Voice Choir has since been entertaining audiences with a repertoire ranging from classical to modern, from anthems and spirituals to show tunes and popular songs. The choir provides its services free of charge to charities and helps to raise around £10,000 every year for local good causes.'

+ Rushmoor Male Voice Choir
Visits to the Website143
Views of The ‘Full’ Record346

‘A contemporary mixed community choir based in Titchfield, Curdridge and Chandlers Ford. Our main aim is to provide a fun and safe environment for anyone to sing.  We raise self esteem and develop general singing ability and to support and promote positivity.  Within the local community, Singsational Voices is inclusive and gives all individuals the opportunity to enjoy singing with others.  All abilities are welcome!  SV is ideal if you want to be part of a choir but may find it difficult to go out in the evening.‘

Category Community Choirs
+ Singsational Voices
Visits to the Website17
Views of The ‘Full’ Record57

‘Formed in the mid 1970s and specialises in a form of a cappella four-part harmony for men known as Barbershop singing ... We encourage male quartet singing and we boast several medal-winning quartets over the years. We also complement our barbershop repertoire with a variety of popular songs which include pop, blues, traditional, spiritual, show songs and timeless classics - all sung unaccompanied and in harmony.’

+ Solent City Chorus
Visits to the Website39
Also indexedPortsmouth & District Barbershop Harmony Club
Views of The ‘Full’ Record102

‘We are a group of amateur musicians from the Southampton area.  The aims of the orchestra are to give enjoyment and practice to its members, to encourage musicians to join and obtain higher musical standards and to bring music to audiences in Marchwood and beyond ... During the year we perform three or four concerts with a wide repertoire, from classical to light modern which includes symphonies and concertos ... Following the separation of Marchwood Orchestra and Marchwood Prelude, and after careful consideration it has been agreed that from 1st July, 2018 Marchwood Orchestra will be known as Solent Concert Orchestra.’

+ Solent Concert Orchestra
Visits to the Website41
Also indexedMarchwood Orchestra
Views of The ‘Full’ Record112

Singing in the Rainbow!  ’We now have an active membership of over 30 men of all ages and abilities and welcome Gay, Bisexual & Transgender males of all ages (minimum age 18)! We’re always looking for new members of all abilities who love to sing and there is no audition to join us.’

Category LGBT Choirs
+ Solent Gay Men’s Chorus
Visits to the Website80
Also indexedSouthampton Gay Men’s Chorus
Views of The ‘Full’ Record81

‘The choir originally formed in 1961 by a group of Portsmouth Postmen, singing as they sorted the mail. Based at the Head Post Office Portsmouth, in 1974 the name of the choir changed to what it is known by today, The Solent Male Voice Choir ... Recently we have moved our base of operations to St Faiths Church Hall in Havant, where there are better acoustics, a great piano, and support from the church ... We are always looking for new members ...’

+ Solent Male Voice Choir
Visits to the Website132
Views of The ‘Full’ Record350

‘We are a friendly chorus welcoming women from 16 years to infinity to come and join us. We sing four part harmony. All we need is a note from a pitch pipe and we can sing anywhere - and we do! It's FREE to visit on rehearsal night for four weeks, so what have you got to lose? ... We are part of an organisation called Sweet Adelines International, which began in the USA over sixty years ago and has progressed all around the globe. The worldwide membership of Sweet Adelines extends over five continents and has more than 500 choruses and 1,200 quartets amongst its members.’

+ Solent Sounds Chorus
Visits to the Website101
Views of The ‘Full’ Record175

‘Founded in 1992 by a number of forward thinking musicians.  Given the city of Portsmouth’s rich cultural heritage, the need for a first class symphony orchestra was recognised and so the SSO was established ... Since its inception, the orchestra has provided a forum for local musicians to perform in historic venues as part of a regular concert series.  Our current musicians range in profession from teachers to students, marines to computer programmers.’

+ Solent Symphony Orchestra
Visits to the Website27
Views of The ‘Full’ Record61

‘A Choir with Ambition, High Standards, Social Conscience and Where People Matter ... Our performance goes from ppp to fff: passionate, progressive and professional to formidable, fresh and friendly ... Southampton Choral Society is a prestigious choir with 130 members. We perform with professional orchestras and soloists, and we sing in various venues in the Southampton area ... We usually invite prospective members to come along to one or two rehearsals, without obligation, to see if they feel this is the right choir for them.  If you decide to join you will need to take a short voice assessment with the conductor ... Being a member of the choir is fun, but it is also challenging and exciting, and you need to be committed and able to attend rehearsals on a regular basis. We are also expected to do “homework” in preparation for rehearsals and to learn difficult passages.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Southampton Choral Society
Visits to the Website8
Views of The ‘Full’ Record12
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The first full amateur symphony orchestra in Southampton ... founded in 1964 ... The orchestra plays a wide range of music from light to serious to classical, and has given debut performances of works such as Concerto for Orchestra (Judith Bailey), Variations (Geoff Badley - an oboist with the orchestra) and many works by the composer Adrian Connell ... Our members are a truly cosmopolitan group of young and old people drawn from all walks of life: clerks, teachers, academics, doctors, engineers and craftsmen to name but a few.’

+ Southampton Concert Orchestra
Visits to the Website25
Views of The ‘Full’ Record75

Southampton Concert Wind Band is an important part of the amateur musical community. We provide the opportunity for wind, brass and percussion players to make great music. The band's repertoire incorporates a variety of musical styles including original, classical, shows, popular, traditional and jazz.‘

+ Southampton Concert Wind Band
Visits to the Website41
Views of The ‘Full’ Record100

‘A predominantly amateur group of musically minded people who have formed a flexible musical ensemble. The Band is primarily a wind band, playing everything from show tunes to original pieces composed by members of the band ... We are always on the lookout for new players ... No audition is required to join, though players are expected to have a reasonable level of musical ability ... Usually two formal concerts and three or more informal concerts per year.’

+ Southampton Grad Band
Visits to the Website25
Views of The ‘Full’ Record91

‘The combined forces of Southampton Philharmonic Choir and the SU Philharmonic Choir numbers around 185 singers, thanks to several particularly successful seasons of recruitment in the student choir! ... Membership fees are one of our main sources of income, helping to pay for the promotion of concerts and the professional players and soloists we use. Despite this, our subs are less than the fees for many adult education classes ... The Southampton Philharmonic was founded in 1860, making us Southampton's longest-established music society. We are noted for performing both from the established choral repertoire and also contemporary works.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Southampton Philharmonic Choir
Visits to the Website34
Also indexedSU Philharmonic Choir
Views of The ‘Full’ Record75

‘An award-winning group made up of 20-30 auditioned singers from around the university ... Established in 2004 ... the choir sings music from a range of genres focussing on contemporary classical repertoire, but including sacred music, madrigals, folk songs, and occasionally jazz and pop.‘

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Southampton University Chamber Choir
Visits to the Website30
Views of The ‘Full’ Record120

‘Made up of the best young jazz musicians in the Southampton area. It is recognised as one of the most successful and creative organisations of its type in the country. The band has won national awards, played at many major venues and jazz festivals ... The achievements of the Band are linked with its philosophy to promote jazz as a living, vibrant art-form to young musicians. Unlike numerous other youth jazz ensembles, the main bulk of SYJO's music focuses on “cutting-edge”, creative, contemporary British jazz and contemporary jazz composition.’

+ Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra
Visits to the Website104
Views of The ‘Full’ Record325

‘A chamber choir of about 40 voices, based in Winchester, England ... Southern Voices prides itself on tackling a wide repertoire of works large and small, introducing both singers and audiences to little-heard pieces by well-known composers and new works by less familiar names. Concerts have become widely acclaimed as inspirational journeys of musical and emotional discovery ... The choir performs in a variety of venues across the region and is committed to undertaking charity performances whenever the increasing cost of staging concerts allows ... Our concerts each year, usually five or six in number, typically include a Christmas concert in the Chapel of St Cross and a Passiontide concert in the Cathedral.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Southern Voices
Visits to the Website37
Views of The ‘Full’ Record82

Formed in July 2007: 'Each member of the band is committed to work hard to improve their own performance and that of the band as a whole with the aim of achieving success in local and national contests. The highlight of this being gaining promotion to the third section of the National Brass Band Championships in March 2014. Spinnaker Brass is a fun loving but hard working and ambitious band, who welcome brass players and percussionists who are of grade 5 standard or above'.

+ Spinnaker Brass
Visits to the Website69
Views of The ‘Full’ Record118

‘A modern, vibrant and friendly group of women who enjoy singing. We are a ladies barbershop chorus who sing a cappella (unaccompanied) in 4 part harmony ... If you would like to hear us, or you are interested in joining our chorus please get in touch - You will be made most welcome (and you could make over 70 new friends !!).’

+ Spinnaker Chorus
Visits to the Website96
Views of The ‘Full’ Record120

‘The Singers are a community choir of around 35 members and specialize in entertaining local groups in such places as old peoples homes, hospitals, churches, etc. Around 50 concerts are performed each year, with a particularly busy time at Christmas when, within a 4 to 6 week period, some 30 performances are given. Enthusiasm and dedication, necessary for such a busy programme, rather than vocal ability, are the watchwords of the Singers.‘

Category Community Choirs
+ St Vincent Singers
Visits to the Website90
Views of The ‘Full’ Record170

Surrey Heath Singers is a choir of 75 members. We stage at least three concerts each year – mostly with professional soloists and orchestra. What we all share is a love of music, singing and friendship. Our repertoire is varied and often challenging which gives us a great sense of achievement when we get it right! Mostly we perform the works of the great choral composers but we also embrace music from the lighter end of the spectrum performing pieces by Bernstein, Cole Porter and Lloyd Webber.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Surrey Heath Singers
Visits to the Website5
Views of The ‘Full’ Record9
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1979: ‘We are based in the Hampshire Town of Tadley, in our own purpose built band room ... The band competes in Regional and National Competitions as well as providing Concerts and playing at Local events, Shows and Church Services ... The Band plays in the  region of 20 Engagements per year ... We have our own Training Band ... open to anyone from school age up and any ability wishing to start playing a Brass instrument’.

+ Tadley Concert Brass
Visits to the Website34
Views of The ‘Full’ Record111

'Not since Thomas Beecham created his own international opera company in 1916, paid for with the proceeds from sales of Beecham’s Powders, has a new UK opera festival of such scale and ambition been born. It has quickly emerged phoenix-like to present world-class performance in the heart of Hampshire ...'

Category Opera Companies
+ The Grange Festival
Visits to the Website144
Views of The ‘Full’ Record147

Founded 1975: ‘The Madding Crowd researches and performs the church and secular music of the English village bands and choirs in the period 1660 to 1861 ... The Puritans destroyed most organs in country churches, so after the Restoration of the Monarchy, instruments were brought in to lead the singing. Galleries were built at the west end of churches for the singers and players, who, besides leading the musical parts of the Sunday services, played for dancing at harvest-time and Christmas, led the Club Walk at Whitsun, and when invasion threatened led the militia on parade’.

+ The Madding Crowd
Visits to the Website143
Views of The ‘Full’ Record305

‘A Capella choir based in Emsworth, Hampshire, UK, of approx 34 mixed voices, specialising in Renaissance music, but also more contemporary composers such as Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Rutter, Poulenc ... We are delighted to welcome new members ... We encourage singers to attend as many rehearsals as possible and to be prepared to put in additional time at home for note learning. However, we have our own home-grown midi file page to help members to learn the current repertoire. It is very helpful if you can sight read music, and it’s essential that you can hold your own musical line. There are frequent opportunities for semi-chorus or solo work. Entry is on completion of a successful audition with the Musical Director.’

Category Havant
+ The Renaissance Choir
Visits to the Website55
Views of The ‘Full’ Record78
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 2003 and draws many of its members from Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh and the surrounding area ... From the start the band has been characterised by the wide variety of its members’ age, experience and background. Several of the band members were previously members of Thornden School Wind Band; some members have played continuously throughout their lives, others have started playing again relatively recently after breaks of 20 to 30 years (or more), and a few have taken up playing an instrument later in life. As a result we have a huge range of skill and experience, from professional musicians and music teachers to those playing in a band for the first time. One thing we all share is a love of playing good music in a relaxed, friendly and fun atmosphere.’

+ Thornden Community Wind Band
Visits to the Website35
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Winchester Ladies Barbershop Chorus founded in 1985: ‘Since then the chorus has grown in numbers and ability. We now have about 35 members and each year sees us rising further up the national "league table". We regularly compete in local music festivals where we have won several trophies ... Besides competing at local, national and international level, we have a busy diary of bookings for entertaining at local events. In addition, we have played an active role in the community and have entertained in local residential homes, run free vocal workshops and participated in local Charity Concerts’.

+ Tudor Roses
Visits to the Website48
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Formed 1974: ‘It has grown from around 30 members to its current size of about 80 ... We are a friendly SATB choir and are proud to be non-auditioned; nevertheless previous choral experience and an ability to read music are both invaluable ... We give two main concerts per year. The first, usually held in February or March, normally alternates on an annual basis between Twyford Parish Hall and an ecclesiastical venue, such as St Mary’s Twyford or St Cross Chapel ... Our second concert is given with other local choirs as part of the Winchester and County Music Festival.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Twyford Singers Hampshire
Visits to the Website27
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‘Exists to give local people the chance to play and listen to quality music-making in a relaxed environment. We are an entirely self-funded military-style concert band with a varied repertoire, including marches, musicals and much more! The band is split into a main band and a training section. The training section allows beginners to get experience of playing in a band and also gives main band members a chance to try out a new instrument. The main band performs regularly for fetes, concerts and other community events around the local area and is available for bookings.’

+ Warsash Band
Visits to the Website84
Views of The ‘Full’ Record154

‘We have acquired an enviable reputation performing an extensive repertoire ranging from early music to challenging modern works. Named after William Waynflete, the fifteenth-century Bishop of Winchester, the choir was founded in 1970 to enable the performance of large-scale choral works in the city's own cathedral ... The Choir currently has some 110 singers who are drawn from many walks of life and from all over the region. Singers are admitted by audition.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Waynflete Singers
Visits to the Website5
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‘A choir based in Portsmouth that sing Evensong services in cathedrals along the South coast at times when the resident choir is on holiday. Formed mostly from members of Anglican, Roman Catholic and Free Church choirs in Dorset, Hampshire and Sussex, the group ... have regularly sung Evensong services at Salisbury, Winchester and Chichester cathedrals.’

+ Wessex Cantorum
Visits to the Website40
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‘The choir consists of 25 to 30 mixed voices. Members come from a variety of musical backgrounds and live in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire. We meet weekly near Basingstoke to rehearse throughout the year and perform in a variety of venues across the region. In addition, we visit cathedrals around the country several times each year to take part in services in the absence of their resident choir.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Wessex Chamber Choir
Visits to the Website66
Views of The ‘Full’ Record178

‘A lively, friendly, amateur orchestra that started as an evening class for adults wanting to experience playing in an orchestra ... We perform two classical concerts each year and one concert specifically themed for children ... We consider ourselves to be a "learning and training" orchestra. As such, we purposely do not have a formal audition for aspiring new members. We want to give adult "learner and returner" musicians the opportunity to experience playing in an orchestra. We suggest that those who have a playing standard of Associated Board Grade 6 or above would enjoy the experience of playing in our orchestra.’

Category Winchester
+ Winchester Chamber Orchestra
Visits to the Website64
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’In January of each year the choir presents a concert with professional soloists and musicians. The programme may consist of popular well known choral works as well as those performed less often. We also discover the delights of singing modern choral works ... Each May, the WCFC joins with other Hampshire-based choirs in the Winchester & County Music Festival to perform major choral works at either Romsey Abbey or Winchester Cathedral ... Please note that we do audition new singers, but it is not as scary as you think! Auditions are held for prospective members to ensure that all voices blend and that the voice parts of the choir balance to produce the quality of musical performance we can all be proud of.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Winchester City Festival Choir
Visits to the Website41
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‘When William of Wykeham founded Winchester College in 1382 he made provision for 16 boys called Quiristers to sing the Chapel services. The school has maintained its mediaeval choral foundation for more than 600 years and today this lies at the heart of a flourishing choral tradition, noted for its excellence and diversity ... The Quiristers also sing as a boys' choir in their own right and give regular concerts for local charities as well as broadcasts for radio and television.'

+ Winchester College Chapel Choir
Visits to the Website113
Also indexedThe Quiristers
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‘One of Hampshire’s longest established choral groups with about 100 members and an associated orchestra. An independent charity run by its members, the choir benefits greatly from a close association with Winchester College ... The choir not only enjoys first class facilities for rehearsal, but also the support of other music staff of the college to facilitate sectional practise sessions for the various voice groups.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Winchester Music Club
Visits to the Website16
Views of The ‘Full’ Record37
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‘Always friendly and welcoming Winchester Musicals & Opera Society has been entertaining Hampshire audiences since 1913. We enjoy performing a full range of musicals, operetta and light opera in the beautiful Edwardian setting of The Theatre Royal Winchester, enhanced by a Musical Director and live orchestra. WMOS is an inclusive membership society, whether you wish to be on the stage in the limelight or backstage helping with the vital elements of set design/construction, props, lighting, sound, social media/marketing, makeup, costumes or programme design – everyone has an important role to play to ensure a show is a success (both artistically and financially).’

Category Winchester
+ Winchester Musicals and Opera Society
Visits to the Website136
Also indexedWMOS
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‘Started as a Hampshire County Council evening class in 1951 ... During the troubled times of the early 1970's, the Orchestra, by now a thriving concern, was destined to be axed by Hampshire County Council as an evening class, due to the electricity cuts. The members were reluctant to give in so easily, so when Winchester College offered us the Music School facilities to rehearse in, they were gratefully accepted. These events precipitated the move to complete independence from the County Council, and the orchestra became a registered charity in 1984.‘ In recent years, the Orchestra has organized a Winchester Young Soloist Competition ‘open to all young people of school age in the Winchester area’.

+ Winchester Symphony Orchestra
Visits to the Website87
Also indexedWinchester Young Soloist Competition
Views of The ‘Full’ Record73

‘A friendly and inclusive group of music lovers who constantly strive to perform to our highest potential ... We perform four or five concerts a year with a variety of styles from classical to modern, including a concert of light music in the summer and a Christmas concert involving young local music makers. We aim to perform at least one concert a year with orchestral accompaniment. Alongside music making, our mission is to foster musical interest in the local community, particularly in children, and to support local charities wherever possible.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Yateley Choral Society
Visits to the Website35
Views of The ‘Full’ Record174

@ Anvil Arts Featured

Anvil Arts runs The Anvil, The Haymarket and The Forge in Basingstoke. It is the largest performing arts organisation in Hampshire, serving a region which stretches across central southern England.’

Category Basingstoke
@ Anvil Arts
Visits to the Website72
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FEATURED At Review, I only listed below the dates of the first dozen or so of the forthcoming concerts and recitals I found; check the Website for later dates.

Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Good music from classical to jazz in the wonderfully evocative setting of Beaulieu’s 800 year-old Abbey Church, once the refectory of the Cistercian Abbey of Beaulieu, with its splendid acoustics and in the heart of the New Forest National Park ... A charitable trust, run entirely by volunteers, Music ar Beaulieu arranges some 12 to 14 concerts each year, providing excellent inexpensive music from classical to jazz and offering a platform for young as well as established world-class musicians.‘

Category Lymington
@ Beaulieu Abbey
Visits to the Website61
Also indexedMusic at Beaulieu
Views of The ‘Full’ Record120

‘Community venue for all ages who wish to engage with performing and visual arts. With an emphasis on arts, crafts and music, our centre-run courses are all led by professional practitioners or artists in hour long, half day or full day workshops, including children’s holiday activities.’

@ d.@rt Centre
Visits to the Website160
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Host a regular series of concerts and recitals: ‘The church’s greatest treasure is the Handel organ. From 1718-1720, Handel was director of music to James Brydges, Duke of Chandos, and commissioned the building of this organ for the Duke’s new house on the Canons estate at Edgware, Middlesex. The builders, Abraham Jordan and his son, were the first to enclose the pipes of the swell organ in a wooden box with a sliding shutter in its front which could be opened and closed by means of a pedal, regulating the volume of sound produced ... Although it has since undergone extensive restoration, four of the stops on the great organ and five on the choir organ are original Jordan work’.

Category Churches
@ Holy Trinity Gosport
Visits to the Website26
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Romsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society  (RAODS) owns and operates The Plaza Theatre. Located between Southampton, Salisbury and Winchester, the Plaza Theatre is perfectly situated to serve the southern Test Valley's entertainment and arts needs. An art deco venue with bucketfuls of character, the Plaza offers Pantomime, Musicals, Operetta, Comedy, Drama, Dance, Youth productions and Live Music.’

@ Plaza Theatre Romsey
Visits to the Website150
Also indexedRomsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society
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'A 2000 seat entertainment venue which attracts world class music and comedy with sell out acts ... We offer a classical programme with a season of concerts by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, a range of smaller recitals and ensembles, plus a mix of family, music and dance shows. We also produce and manage our own events ...'

@ Portsmouth Guildhall
Visits to the Website263
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‘We play host to an extensive series of concerts throughout the year organised by Music in Romsey. Musicians involved range from local choirs and bands to international soloists and orchestras ... The width of the our nave means that we can accommodate a full symphony orchestra.’ Organize a series of Lunchtime Recitals and the occasional Organ Recital.

Category Greater Churches
@ Romsey Abbey
Visits to the Website153
Also indexedMusic in Romsey
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‘We are one of the few integrated arts and heritage centres in the UK and use this position to create innovative programmes to inspire and engage the 120,000 residents of Havant Borough and beyond. We want to create experiences that change the way people see the world; to enhance wellbeing and make our community proud.’

@ Spring Arts & Heritage Centre
Visits to the Website166
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'Acknowledged as one of the finest music venues in the country, with a year-round programme of outstanding classical, jazz, world and folk music, as well as talks from personalities. It was named as one of the UK’s top 10 chamber music venues by Classical Music Magazine (July 2012) ... With over 70 concerts a year, the venue regularly welcomes internationally renowned musicians ... Turner Sims’ intimate auditorium, outstanding acoustic and garden setting make it a favourite destination for artists and audiences alike.'

@ Turner Sims
Visits to the Website89
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‘Life at the Cathedral is anchored in a centuries-old pattern of daily worship, often enriched by glorious choral music, and the great seasonal festivals of the church year. We also work with our local communities and parishes, as well as national and international partners and networks. Our aim is to make this great Cathedral a special place where everyone can, in their own chosen way, feel the beauty of holiness ... The core of our present-day Organ dates from the mid 19th century, and was built by the master organ maker “Father” Henry Willis. His firm, Henry Willis & Sons Ltd, also built organs for many other cathedrals including Durham, Hereford, St Paul’s and Salisbury. It’s still in business today.’

Category Cathedrals
@ Winchester Cathedral
Visits to the Website222
Views of The ‘Full’ Record204

‘Provides listings of the concerts of (principally) amateur classical musical groups in the Portsmouth area – this includes Fareham, Petersfield, Chichester, Havant and Hayling Island.’

~ Music in Portsmouth
Visits to the Website140
Views of The ‘Full’ Record159

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