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Area: Hampshire

www.aldershot-festival.org

'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.

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www.andovermusicclub.co.uk

'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.'

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basingstokemusicandarts.org.uk

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.'

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www.brockenhurstmusicsociety.co.uk

'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.'

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www.southampton.ac.uk/music/

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 ...'

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fleetjazz.wordpress.com

'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
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www.focsle.org

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

Category:Folk Clubs
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sites.google.com/site/forestfolkden/

'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
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www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/gosport/

'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.'

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www.gosportjazz.org.uk

‘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
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www.gosportmusicfestival.co.uk

‘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.

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www.ingeniumacademy.com

'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.

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www.newforestfolkfestival.co.uk

‘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
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www.portsmouthmusicfestival.co.uk

‘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.

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www.portsmouthmusichub.org

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'

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solentmusicfestival.com

'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.

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southamptonukulelejam.co.uk

Category:Ukulele Clubs
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www.stockbridgemusic.uk

'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.'

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www.weyhill-eos.co.uk

‘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.’

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www.wcmf.org.uk

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’.

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www.winchesterchambermusic.com

'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.

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www.andoverchoralsociety.org.uk

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

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www.andoverlightorchestra.co.uk

'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.'

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loftsingers.org.uk

'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.'

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www.basingsingers.org.uk

'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.'

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baos.org

'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.'

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baschoral.wixsite.com/bcsoc

'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 ...'

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www.bhmvc.org.uk

'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.'

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www.batalaportsmouth.com

‘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.’

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www.bayo-hampshire.org.uk/ensembles-overview

‘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.’

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Also indexedFriends of Basingstoke Area Youth Orchestras and Choirs
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brockenhurstchoir.com

'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.'

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www.cantemushavant.moonfruit.com

‘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
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www.fpchoir.org

'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.'

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www.farnboroughconcertband.org

'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.'

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www.farnboroughsymphony.org.uk

'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.'

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www.flutesalad.org

‘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?’

Category:Flute Ensembles
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Also indexedFlute Cocktail
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www.gosport-solent-brass.org

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www.hago.org.uk

‘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:Havant
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www.hampshirerecordersinfonia.org.uk

‘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.‘

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www.harmoniumsingers.org.uk

‘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
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www.havantorchestras.org.uk

‘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.‘

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Also indexedHavant Symphony Orchestra | Havant Chamber Orchestra
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www.lowrygirls.co.uk

‘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
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www.lydiansingersfarnborough.co.uk

'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
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www.lymingtonchoral.org.uk

'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.'

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lymingtontownband.org.uk

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 ...'

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www.portsmouthcityband.co.uk

'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.'

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romseychoral.weebly.com

‘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.’

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rushmoormvc.com

'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.'

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www.solentmalevoicechoir.org

‘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 ...’

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www.syjo.co.uk

‘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.’

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www.spinnakerbrass.co.uk

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'.

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www.stvincentsingers.org.uk

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thegrangefestival.co.uk

'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
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www.maddingcrowd.org

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’.

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www.warsashband.co.uk

‘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.’

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www.winchestercollege.org/chapel-choir-and-the-quiristers

‘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.'

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Also indexedThe Quiristers
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www.musicatbeaulieu.org

‘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
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Also indexedMusic at Beaulieu
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thedart.co.uk

‘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.’

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www.plazatheatre.com

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.’

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Also indexedRomsey Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society
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www.portsmouthguildhall.org.uk

'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 ...'

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www.romseyabbey.org.uk

‘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.

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Also indexedMusic in Romsey
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thespring.co.uk

‘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.’

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www.turnersims.co.uk

'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.'

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www.winchester-cathedral.org.uk/whats-on/

Category:Cathedrals
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musicinportsmouth.co.uk

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

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