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Area: Hertfordshire

www.madnanny.co.uk

'Started out at the beginning of 1999 as the Mad Nanny! Folk Club. Our intention was to offer a diversity of folk and traditional music. Since then we've broadened the musical range and are noted for our diversity of musical style and quality guests and local performers.'

Category:Folk Clubs
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www.baldockfestival.org

'A community event that brings together the people of Baldock in Hertfordshire, UK. The Festival is probably the biggest event in the town’s calendar, providing a fortnight of events for a variety of ages and tastes during May each year ... A large selection of music tastes are catered for across a wide range of venues.'

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benslowmusic.org

'Whether your musical taste is for classical, jazz, popular, or folk, Benslow Music has a music course to suit you. Throughout the year expert tutors lead friendly, supportive residential and day courses. There is something for every level from near-beginner to advanced, and we regularly welcome guests from their teens to their nineties. Our beautifully cooked food will sustain your energies and our friendly staff will do all they can to make you feel welcome.'

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www.berkhamstedartstrust.org.uk

‘Formed to encourage and promote the arts in Berkhamsted. It comprises over twenty Arts Organisations based in the local area which promote arts events open to members of the public ... The Arts Diary was first published in 1985 to co-ordinate a Spring Arts Festival and has expanded since into its present annual form. While most of the events take place within Berkhamsted, the Diary contains information about events outside Berkhamsted that are arranged by member organisations primarily for Berkhamsted residents. These events are usually events which cannot be held locally because suitable facilities are not available.’

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www.berkhamstedjazz.co.uk

'Firmly established as one of the premier jazz venues in the South East of England, attracting the finest musicians. We are always pleased to receive visitors ... We have about 250 members, who receive significant discounts on ticket prices, and we are always pleased to welcome new members. Our belief is that jazz is for enjoyment and we wish to encourage listeners to all the different elements that jazz comprises. We are neither a "Traditional Jazz" club, nor a "Modern Jazz" club; we try to include as many facets of jazz as possible in our programme.'

Category:Jazz Clubs
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www.berkhamstedmusic.co.uk

Formed in 1954: 'The Society has enjoyed programmes from many famous artists over the years - these include Natalie Clein, Lesley Garrett, Steven Isserlis, Emma Kirkby, Freddy Kempf, Stephen Kovacevich, John Lenehan, John Lill, Tasmin Little, Lawrence Power, Raphael Wallfisch, Kathryn Stott and innumerable string quartets and other recitalists. Another highly valued feature of the society are the excursions to venues in London to hear orchestral concerts, or visits to other venues such as Oxford and Milton Keynes. These start from Berkhamsted in comfortable coaches and are usually planned for 4- 6 times a year'.

Visits to the Website52
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www.broxbournearts.org.uk

'Offers activities and events which are not usually provided by the Borough of Broxbourne's Leisure and Entertainments programme. It also represents the arts interests of individuals and member groups and negotiates with the Borough, so that the arts community may enjoy greater recognition and leisure facilities on a par with the provision for sports.'

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www.cadenzasummerschool.org.uk

Cadenza is open to anyone over eleven, including school pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates and amateur adults, and delivers solo and chamber lessons, usually half and half, but the balance can be varied by request. Older students in pre-formed ensembles often wish to focus on advanced chamber coaching and to enjoy the late night mixed staff/student chamber scene. Conversely every year students reach the final stages of competitions like the BBC, and need to focus on their solo work.' Held Mid July.

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www.hatfieldmusicfestival.co.uk

Held FebruaryALERT ’In June [2017], we emailed past participants and their families to appeal for help in running the Hatfield & District Music Festival. We were seeking an Administrator and a Manager along with stewards who could help on the Festival weekend. Unfortunately, we had a very limited response and therefore must inform you that we will not be running the Festival in February 2018. We are very sad to do this but, in common with most charitable groups, more and more work is done by fewer and fewer volunteers. We are hoping that we will be able to resume in 2019, possibly in a slightly altered guise or in collaboration with another organisation. Alternatively, we are investigating the feasibility of running a Festival in October 2018 during the half-term, but this will depend on achieving the level of support we are seeking. We will, of course, keep you informed.’

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hertfordmusicclub.co.uk

‘Founded in 1940 by Thomas Barber to promote music in Hertford. Meeting at the world’s oldest Friends Meeting House still in use, we stage and host a wide variety of live classical concerts from both local and world renowned artists.’

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www.hertsmusicfest.org.uk

‘Hertfordshire boasts a vibrant classical music culture, with thriving choirs and non-professional orchestras in almost every town, a renowned music education service, and excellent concerts in venues across the county throughout the year. HFoM celebrates this by bringing new visitors and friends to this beautiful part of England - especially the county town of Hertford - with performances by world-class musicians whom audiences might usually need to travel to London or other cities to hear.’ Held Mid June.

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www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk

‘One of the largest Local Authority Music Services in the country with over 560 teachers and 25,000 pupils across the county ... It is the Lead Partner for the Hertfordshire Music Education Hub.’

Visits to the Website59
Also indexedHertfordshire Music Education Hub
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hertsjazz.co.uk

‘We've been presenting jazz since 1969 and continue to maintain only the highest standard of performers each week, both national and international ... Our gigs take place in a brilliant 100+ seater auditorium which audiences and musicians love. The Herts Jazz Team wishes you a warm welcome and hopes that you can pay us a visit soon ...’

Category:Jazz Clubs
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www.hoddesdonmusic.org.uk

‘For over seventy years the club has been organising classical music recitals for Hoddesdon and the surrounding areas. Concerts are held seven times a year ... The season starts in September and runs until May.'

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letchworthmusicclub.co.uk

'We present superb music in a comfortable and friendly setting. Musicians find Howgills the perfect home for chamber music and non-members are warmly welcomed to join us.'

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www.musicatstansted.co.uk

Our Mission Statement  'music@stansted gives people of all ages in the Stansted area the chance to enjoy live music performed by international artists and young rising stars, as well as providing an occasional platform for talented young local musicians'. Four concerts per year between October and March.

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www.musicale.co.uk

'A centre of musical achievement since 1977 ... The Musicale Leisure Centre offers opportunities to play in bands and orchestras with all genres of music from classical to popular on offer and concerts take place three times a year ...'

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www.nlmsmusic-summerschool.co.uk

‘Friendship in Music: Enjoyment through music-making; high standards of performance alongside friendliness and good humour.’ Summer School held Mid August. (As well as the summer school, the Society has introduced a chamber music weekend, based in Leeds.)

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Also indexedNew London Music Society
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www.organfax.co.uk/clubs/northherts/

‘The Society usually meets on the first Wednesday of each month. Concerts start at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7pm.’

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octagon-music.weebly.com

'Our aim is to present a broad spectrum of music played by top class artists and we have built a reputation for choosing young performers of great promise who have gone on to distinguished careers. We encourage our audiences to be adventurous in their musical tastes so we hope the programme offers something for everybody and the opportunity to try something new.'

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radlett-music-club.weebly.com

‘Since 1936 the Clubhas been presenting artistes of the highest quality and programmes with a wide variety of interest. Our informal concerts are all held at the Radlett Centre, with its excellent seating, attractive bar for coffee or drinks, and easy free local parking. Seats are unreserved so you can choose your favourite spot to sit. You are welcome to come and pay at any individual concert or become a season-ticket member, Members are also of course entitled to attend our Annual General Meeting, with entertainment and refreshments. We would be delighted if you would join us and support your local music club.’

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www.sarrattfestivalofmusic.co.uk

‘Takes place every year over the last two weekends of September in Sarratt Village Hall, Hertfordshire and since its inception in 2000, has gone from strength to strength, attracting the very best in high-profile, eclectic musical talent and highlighting Sarratt as a vibrant, thriving village community ... We believe in the value of top quality musical performances and maintain that great art lifts the spirits and binds us together as a community. To maintain our principles of accessibility and a warm welcome to all, ticket costs are kept at an affordable level and the Festival welcomes faces old and new alike.‘

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www.herts.ac.uk/apply/schools-of-study/creative-arts

'Music at the University of Hertfordshire is vibrant, and our students are successful. Shape your future in music, with guidance from top industry personnel. All our tutors have extensive professional experience and teach with enthusiasm and commitment on our cutting-edge courses ...'

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Also indexedUniversity of Hertfordshire
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www.organfestival.com/St_Albans_International_Organ_Festival/

'Arguably the world’s leading organ competition. Its roll-call of past prize-winners includes many of today’s most influential organists. For two weeks our biennial festival celebrates organs and a lot more besides. Our diverse mix of large-scale and intimate concerts, talks, workshops, art exhibitions and fringe events offers something for everyone and complements the St Albans International Organ Competition itself. Events are centred around the magnificent Norman cathedral of St Albans and spread out all around this beautiful historic city. Important venues in London host additional competition rounds and performances.' Held Mid July [2017].

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www.stevenageartsguild.org.uk

'Founded in the 1950's to encourage, to sustain and to co-ordinate the artistic endevours of the people of Stevenage. The Arts Guild has a wide range of members -from the performing arts, choirs and orchestras to floral arts, photographic societies and locomotive societies. This web site aims to provide information on the services that the Arts Guild provides and listings of events and contact details for the various groups.'

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www.hertsmusicservice.org.uk/stevenage-music-centre/

Part of Hertfordshire Music Service: ‘All performing groups rehearse a wide variety of music, and give regular concerts at the Centre. Groups from the North Herts Music Schools may also have the opportunity to perform at outside venues such as the Gordon Craig Theatre. Experienced staff work to develop instrumental skills through listening and playing as part of an ensemble’.

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www.trms.elgar.org

'Principal aim to promote music in all its aspects by organising concerts and recitals not only by established, talented performers but also aspiring youngsters. TRMS organises an annual programme of around six evening and four lunchtime chamber concerts at local venues.'

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wgconcertclub.org.uk

'Founded in 1944 by Dorothy Hess, an esteemed piano teacher in the town. Not only had she many friends and acquaintances of renown in the chamber music world who were willing to come to play, but she had a talent for discovering young artists of great musical ability whose fees were still within the Club’s means. As far as possible, this is a practice the Club has aimed to continue ... Each year we arrange a series of six chamber music recitals which take place between October and May ... We have been able to engage high quality professional artists, many with international reputations, because of the financial support the Club has received from a number of external organisations, to whom we are extremely grateful.'

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www.westonmusicsociety.org.uk

'Promotes four or five chamber music concerts a year by professional musicians in our small friendly parish church. At least two concerts are given by classical guitarists, often of international stature. Other concerts are deliberately varied and include baroque, string groups and singers. Audiences of about 100 are seated '"in the round" with good sight lines. Tickets include programme and interval drink.'

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abbeygateway.org

‘An amateur orchestra in St Albans that performs regular concerts of major works, and offers a more relaxed musical experience at a much lower cost than larger orchestras in the area. We have a policy of welcoming all ages and a wide range of abilities from St Albans and beyond. This leads to a varied mix of musicians which produces fresh and stimulating results. Abbey Gateway Orchestra is different to most amateur orchestras in that we don’t just perform full concerts every term, we also mix up workshops and community events, developing a large repertoire of pieces which we perform more than once over the course of the year.’

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algss.org.uk

‘Has performed the G&S operas annually since its foundation in September 1950. We have remained firmly based in the village of Abbots Langley, although now our members come from a much wider area. Gone are the days when, as quoted after the very first production, “You could meet the whole cast by walking up and down Abbots Langley High Street”. As well as our main annual production, we always try to perform each year in our home village with a concert or small production in the local village hall.’

Category:Watford
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www.alorchestra.org

‘We are an amateur symphony orchestra based in Abbots Langley with players drawn from the village and surrounding area. We normally give three concerts each year ... We don't believe there are many villages that have their own symphony orchestra full of committed and talented players, under a professional conductor. Abbots Langley does!‘

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www.aeoliansingers.org.uk

'We usually have four concerts a year. Typically the Easter and October/November concerts are classical and the Christmas and Summer concerts less formal. Concert venues are usually in Hemel Hempstead, where we can be accompanied by a variety of instruments including piano, organ, harp or small orchestra. Occasionally we join forces with other choirs ... to allow us to perform larger scale works.'

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www.amadeuschamberorchestra.org.uk

'Amadeus has performed in and around St Albans for 40 years, establishing itself as the leading chamber orchestra in the area ... Players from the area, including many music teachers as well as talented amateurs, meet several times throughout the year, giving their services free in order to make music together. The orchestra varies in size from 25 to 50 players, depending on the repertoire being performed.'

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www.berkhamstedchoral.co.uk

'100-strong mixed voice choir ... Our usual schedule is to perform three main concerts a year, in May, September and December. We also present concerts on tour every summer, generally in mainland Europe,'

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bsband.org.uk

'We are a friendly, non-competing brass band based in Bishop’s Stortford ... Our ages currently range from teens to 70+ but we welcome players from age 8 upwards. We play for school and village fetes, the town’s Remembrance Sunday Service, private events and of course there is a lot of carolling at Christmas. We also put on concerts so that we can have the opportunity to showcase our music.'

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www.singwithbscs.org.uk

'The premier choral group performing large scale choral works in Bishop's Stortford. We perform two or three concerts each year, with orchestral or keyboard accompaniment and sometimes in conjunction with other choirs. Though our repertoire has sacred as well as secular music, we are independent of any religious organisation.'

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bishopsstortfordsinfonia.com

‘Founded in 2015, Bishop Stortford’s Sinfonia gives Bishop’s Stortford something that very few small towns can boast, orchestral concerts of truly professional standard. Drawing from the core of excellent professional and semi-professional musicians living locally, the reputation of the orchestra has quickly spread and now many superb musicians travel from far and wide to join the Sinfonia for their concerts ... Sustaining an orchestra on the scale of Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia is a massive ongoing challenge. Our players already support the orchestra by accepting fees that are only a fraction of the professional rates to play with us, but even then, the costs of bringing this many musicians together, music hire, instrument hire, venue hire, advertising and insurance cannot be met by ticket sales alone. We therefore urgently need further funding if the orchestra is going to be able to continue ...’

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www.bridgewater-sinfonia.org.uk

'Berkhamsted's own local orchestra. Formed of local professional musicians, the orchestra has been enriching the cultural life of Hertfordshire since 1997 ... The orchestra draws on the wealth of professional musicianship in the locality and also aims to offer performing opportunities for young student musicians on the threshold of their careers ... Offers symphonic concerts of the highest calibre, covering a wide spectrum of styles and periods, the great classics as well as unfamiliar and new works especially by British composers.'

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www.busheysymphony.org.uk

’Since 1975, the BSO has been bringing live, high quality orchestral music to Bushey. In the early days the orchestra was financially supported by Hertsmere Council, but like so much arts funding, this was cut several years ago. We currently promote a series of five concerts per year and have an annual turnover of approximately £25,000. Over recent years, concerts have become extremely costly events to mount; music societies are finding sufficient funding a major challenge at the moment and the Bushey Symphony Orchestra is no different ... (There are) a number of ways in which you might support the BSO - please consider doing this and help us plan a bright and exciting future for this wonderful orchestra.'

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www.cantate.co.uk

Founded in 1994 in Bishop’s Stortford: ‘Cantate is divided into three distinct groups which perform on their own and in combination with the other groups. Each choir performs at least one concert a term and sometimes more, depending on the demands of the season. Most rehearsals take place on Sundays during the school term, though occasionally there are Saturday and mid-week rehearsals ahead of performances ... The Senior Choir is often asked to perform on a national stage, and is a partner choir for Gabrieli ROAR – a training scheme run for some of the finest youth choirs in the UK.’

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Also indexedGabrieli ROAR
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www.chilternchoir.org.uk

Founded in 1980: ‘Based in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, has about 70 members from Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, Watford, and the wider Chilterns area ... The Choir performs three to four concerts each year.’

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www.cwgq.co.uk/home.shtml

'Group of around twenty-five singers and instrumentalists, performing the distinctive psalms, hymns, anthems and carols that were sung in the west galleries of English country churches in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The Quire started nearly 20 years ago in 1993 when some local singers were asked to perform in a Victorian Christmas weekend ...'

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www.choironfire.co.uk

‘A youth choir for 11 years and above ... Fire Starters Choir for 7 - 10 year olds ... We believe that singing is for everyone, and that if you add a bit of movement and an element of fun, you get a musical performance which is engaging for both audience and performer. We launched our community youth choir on 10th September 2015 and have 50 young people join us each week for our sessions.’

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chorleywoodchoral.co.uk

‘We are a large, mixed-voice choir of committed and enthusiastic singers of all ages and backgrounds, united by a love of music and choral singing. Our musical heritage in Chorleywood goes back over 100 years! We perform a wide range of choral music and welcome anyone who loves singing – no auditions are necessary. We stretch ourselves to produce great music, with three performances a year, and we always have great fun in the making.’

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www.cuffleyoperaticsociety.co.uk

'We are a "family friendly" style company, enthusiastic and committed, and everyone gets involved in the production of the show, both backstage and technically. Everyone has a contribution to make, either on off stage - be it Singing, Dancing, Acting, as well as the practical skills and talents of set and prop or costume design. All talents we try to nurture.'

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www.dacorumcommunitychoir.org

'We aim to give members the opportunity to sing together in a choir, perhaps for the first time, singing a wide repertoire from classical, world music and folk to gospel and pop. You don’t need to be able to read music to take part – it’s all explained as we go along ... Unlike many other choirs, we rehearse during the day, providing a chance to sing for those who are unable to join an evening group. Our membership therefore reflects a wide range of the community, from students, young parents, those not working during the morning, to those who are retired. There are no auditions – all adults are welcome.'

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dacorumso.weebly.com

‘The DSO gave its first concert in 1972 and has performed an annual series of symphony concerts ever since. It has accompanied a long list of famous soloists, and over the years there have been many overseas visits and exchanges. The orchestra gives at least four concerts a year, mostly in the Centenary Theatre, Berkhamsted School.’

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www.uharts.co.uk/about-us/de-havilland-philharmonic

‘Formed in 1969 as The Hatfield Philharmonic we are the resident orchestra at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield ... The de Havilland Philharmonic Orchestra is a friendly group of musicians made up of talented amateurs, music teachers, and semi-professionals ... Generous support from UHArts, the University's Community Arts programme enables us to perform up to 7 concerts a year in the University's award winning Weston Auditorium.‘

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Also indexedUniversity of Hertfordshire | Weston Auditorium
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ehos.co.uk

Founded 1960: ‘EHOS ( East Herts Operatic Society) are one of the county’s leading theatre companies, with the aim of producing at least two fresh and innovative pieces of theatre every year at The Spotlight Theatre (Broxbourne), Hertford Theatre and in Harlow. A fun theatre company to be part of which is always open to new members on or off stage’.

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Also indexedEast Herts Operatic Society
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www.fleetvilleswingband.co.uk

‘We are a friendly, welcoming band of musicians from the local area & welcome new players of all ages who enjoy swing, jazz and big band era music.‘

Category:St Albans
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www.greenroomproductions.co.uk

‘Strives for innovation and inspiration in musical theatre, by staging newly released productions and giving a fresh interpretation to classic shows ... The company has staged several premieres ... Through our productions we hope to demonstrate that non-professional theatre can be as impressive and enjoyable as shows on the West End stage. We have an active membership of around 50 performers, supported by our production and front of house teams and over 100 Friends of Green Room ... The company presents two musicals a year at the Wyllyotts Theatre in Potters Bar.‘

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www.hardyngechoir.org

'Hardynge is the ancient name for Harpenden, dating from when it was a farming hamlet growing wheat for the nearby manor of Wheathampstead. The choir's name and logo symbolise these enduring connections. The Hardynge Choir started in 1966 and continues to provide a challenging outlet for singers wishing to perform mostly the mainstream Choral Society repertoire. The choir currently has 70 to 80 members. There are no formal individual auditions for entry or ongoing membership. We believe that singing should be taken seriously and worked at hard, but above all it should be fun and open to as many people as possible. Three or four concerts are given each year, usually with professional orchestras and soloists.'

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www.harpendenchoralsociety.org

‘A highly regarded amateur choir with a membership of approximately 90. With four concerts each season and an annual open workshop we aim to share our appreciation of choral music, performing in venues in Harpenden and the surrounding area with professional orchestras and soloists.’

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www.harpenden-operatic.co.uk

‘HLOS has been staging shows for over 60 years. We are all amateurs who enjoy singing, dancing or acting (or all three!) and we are always keen to welcome new members. As well as those on the stage we also welcome those who would like to help in the many jobs which have to be carried out behind the scenes, and we always acknowledge that those who work with the stage crew as well as the many other behind-the-scenes jobs, are just as important as those on the stage if a show is to be a success.’

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www.harpendenpipeband.co.uk

Formed 1997: ‘Play at numerous events throughout the year, contact us to find out how we can add something special to your event. We can supply anything from a solo piper or mini band, to a full complement of pipes and drums ... Harpenden Pipe Band members enjoy playing a variety of styles, switching frequently from traditional marches, through to more "contemporary" styles. In short, we can best describe the Harpenden experience as innovative, professional, and most importantly, a lot of fun!’

Category:Pipe Bands
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www.hatfieldwelwyncommunitychoir.com

'As a choir, we are open to all age groups, there is no audition and you don't need to be able to read music. We welcome people of different levels of experience, from those who say they are "tone deaf" to those who are confident singers ... We sing pieces from simple rounds to four part harmony; traditional and modern from all over the world ... Whatever we do, we try to make it FUN  ... We love to perform and enjoy singing at a host of venues across the community. If you would like us to perform for you at your event we would be happy to oblige but please give us several months notice.'

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www.hemelhempsteadband.com

‘The full brass band of 25 players regularly performs at a variety of public and private functions such as: carnivals, fetes, park bandstands, church events, sports meetings, weddings, shopping centres, Remembrance Day parades, and its own concerts, mostly within easy reach of the Dacorum district of Hertfordshire.‘

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www.hertfordchoral.org.uk

Who Are We?  ‘We’re a large friendly community choir of mixed ages with over 120 singers across the four main voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor and bass). Our members come from ALL over Hertfordshire. We don’t hold auditions and we don’t expect members to be able to read music – we have resources and support in place if you have no musical background. We are led by professional musicians ...’

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www.hdos.org.uk

‘Since our first production "Of Mice and Men" at the Corn Exchange in 1919 we have captivated our audiences with a wide range of theatre from hard hitting dramas and lavish musicals right through to our annual pantomimes. HD&OS caters for all ages. There is something in our programme for everyone. We provide opportunities for everyone to get involved too - on and off stage. Those members who are aged between 9 and 17 are well looked after by our Young Idea section.’

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sites.google.com/site/hertssymphony/

‘Draws its membership from a wide area and has gained an enviable reputation for accomplished performances and wide ranging repertoire. In addition to adventurous classical programmes the orchestra takes pride in presenting the highly popular Robert Kiln children’s concerts and the annual Christmas concert as regular highlights of the season. We very much look forward to seeing you at our concerts!’

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www.hertsbigband.co.uk

'Formed in 2003 after various members of the Hertfordshire Concert Band were lamenting in the pub that there were no local big bands we could join to play big band music we had previously played in bands when we were younger. After some discussions we realised we had enough players to form a band, and so the Hertfordshire Big Band was born ...'

Category:Big Bands
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www.hertfordshirechamberorchestra.org.uk

‘HCO is an amateur orchestra of a very high standard. Each performance is led by an experienced professional player, and the orchestra works with a diverse range of distinguished guest conductors and directors. We promote our own concerts three times a year, each of which is prepared intensively over a residential rehearsal weekend. We also accompany choral societies.’

Category:Hertfordshire
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www.hertfordshirechorus.org.uk

'An auditioned choir and always looking for good singers. We have singers of all ages. If you’re looking for a high quality friendly choir, look no further ...'

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www.hertsphil.org.uk

'Formed in 1994 by a group of amateur musicians who wished to make orchestral music of the highest standard together. Since then, the orchestra has grown to comprise a group of some hundred musicians who, between them, perform around 6 concerts annually, in a variety of venues throughout Hertfordshire. The orchestra represents the best of Hertfordshire, and draws its players and audiences from all over the County and beyond.'

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www.hitchinband.co.uk

Hitchin Band is ‘a friendly Brass Band with an active concert and contesting schedule’ ... Hitchin Youth Band ‘began in 2009 and is now firmly established, providing weekly rehearsals and regular public performance opportunities for young brass players’ ... Hitchin Community Brass started in 2017 ‘to offer a playing opportunity for brass players who no longer play with a regular band or are still learning and would like to gain some ensemble experience’.

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www.hitchinsymphony.org.uk

‘Formerly known as Hitchin Concert Orchestra, was founded in 1929 by Mary Ibberson at the Rural Music Schools Association. The orchestra was for many years run as an evening class at North Hertfordshire College but, when the College authorities decided in 1997 that artistic ventures such as the orchestra were no longer financially supportable, it became a self-governing body and changed its name. The orchestra’s motto is “Promoting Live Music” and its aim is to promote live orchestral music in the Hitchin area by providing audiences with symphonic concerts performed to a high standard and to serve as a concert platform for local musicians, whether orchestral players or soloists.’

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www.justacappella.org.uk

‘We are an award winning vocal group based in Hemel Hempstead. Blending the voices of men and women in close unaccompanied harmony, we sing popular songs from the 1930’s through to the 21st Century.‘

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www.klmtc.org.uk

‘Formerly known as KLLOC, is a small and friendly amateur theatre group that performs one show a year in the village of Kings Langley in Hertfordshire. Performances are held at the Kings Langley Community Centre, built for the purpose of Music and Theatre. There is a licensed bar, tiered seating, orchestra pit and a very warm welcome.’

Visits to the Website44
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www.kingsofherts.co.uk

'In the 1980s, a group of young men in a Harpenden local put their heads together and decided to sing in harmony. They succeeded. Kings always succeed. Today, we number around thirty, including a healthy regular turnout of twenty plus at weekly rehearsals, plus singouts, concerts, national events and home-and-away do’s with other harmony clubs. Ages range from early twenties to infinity.'

Visits to the Website50
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www.knebworthchorus.org.uk

‘Formed to sing in the 2010 Village Festival. Since then, the choir has performed at each Festival and every Christmas ... We welcome all local singers who are enthusiastic about and interested in singing. There is no audition and you do not have to be able to read music. We have a wide range of experience and ability in the choir, and not all of our singers are able to sing in every concert. For each concert we come together for a few rehearsals over around 6 weeks before the concert date.’

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www.leasingers.co.uk

'It all started in 1960 on the 08:20 commuter train from Harpenden to St Pancras, when a chance meeting between music enthusiasts sparked the idea of forming a small four-part choir based in Harpenden. On 21 September 1960 seven singers – two each of sopranos, altos and basses and just one tenor (‘twas ever thus!) – met at the house of Clive Bright, conductor of the Harpenden Salvation Army Band. The Lea Singers were born, named after the river at the heart of the local community ...'

Category:Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website45
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www.lcbb.org.uk

‘Formed in 2010 by a group of professional brass players, teachers, and community members with the aim of providing Ledbury with a brass band to represent and support the area both in local events and further afield ... Come and join this very friendly bunch of enthusiastic musicians as we embark on a sensible summer engagement schedule [2017] complemented with our first ever contest. Exciting times are ahead for this band ...’

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www.letchworth-chorale.org.uk

‘Formed in 1982 as the Letchworth Garden City Choral Society, the Letchworth Chorale is an amateur chamber style choir. We perform various types of choral music from mediaeval to modern, often including major choral works. Letchworth Chorale prides itself on being a friendly choir and we are always delighted to welcome new members for all voices. We strive to achieve high standards of performance, but also to enjoy ourselves in the process ... Formal voice training is not required, and we do not hold auditions for membership, but you must be able to read music sufficiently to follow a score, and sing in tune.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
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letchworth-sinfonia.webs.com

‘We are a friendly and popular amateur chamber orchestra ... Performances take place each January and June, and we are always on the look out to grow our forces ... Can you help Letchworth Sinfonia? From putting up posters, to graphic design and social media, there are lots of ways you might be able to help us. Please visit our joining in page ...’

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www.northwoodband.co.uk

‘A friendly, enthusiastic and progressive wind ensemble which performs as a concert band and marching band. Its members are drawn from serving and former serving members of the Armed Forces and civilians from the unit and local area. The repertoire is common to most concert bands and includes popular classics, overtures, film music, selections from West End shows, military marches and contemporary works. It is constantly refreshed with new and challenging pieces.’

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www.orpheusnorthherts.com

'Founded 1969 ... Our repertoire includes music in many styles, from Renaissance and Baroque to contemporary pieces composed by members of the choir. We also let our hair down with rousing renditions of lighter songs, traditional spirituals and popular standards. A friendly and light-hearted group covering a wide age range, we take our music making seriously but have fun doing it.'

Category:Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website59
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www.rickmansworth-players.org.uk/presenting/choir/

‘Established in 2010, and is a fun, friendly community choir for singers of all ages (16+) and abilities. We tackle a range of different styles: from Madrigals to Madonna; Rock to Baroque. We work hard on our music, but there’s still a fun, sociable atmosphere in rehearsals. We aim to get the very best out of every singer, whatever their level of experience. The first rehearsal is free, as a taster session.’

Visits to the Website55
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stalbanschamberchoir.org.uk

'St Albans Chamber Choir has been a major contributor to the musical life of the St Albans area and further afield for nearly 60 years, delighting audiences with music from the last six centuries and winning awards for its innovative programming ... Extensive repertoire and a cappella performances are the Choir’s hallmarks ... The Choir continues to explore new repertoire, often bringing its audience little known compositions ranging from modern performances of early works to new commissions from contemporary composers.'

Category:Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website30
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saso.org.uk

'Its members include professionally trained musicians, teachers and music college students. The orchestra is developing into one of the UK’s leading non-professional ensembles. We present a full season of large-scale concerts in St Albans and the surrounding region. These include major symphonic repertoire, concertos with leading soloists, an annual New Year concert in St Albans Abbey, weekend workshops, and chamber orchestra programmes.'

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www.stevenagechoral.org.uk

‘A mixed voice choir with around 70 members of all ages and abilities. No audition is necessary to join our choir and we welcome anyone who wants to sing to come along and "give it a try" ... We pride ourselves on a varied and interesting musical repertoire ... We perform with both amateur and professional soloists using amateur/professional orchestras and bands for accompaniment ... The Choir is committed to outreach work and we try to work with different groups in the community each year.’

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stevenageladieschoir.co.uk

'We are a choir of about 70 members of ages ranging from 16 to 90. We sing a wide variety of music from Eva Cassidy to show tunes to Mozart ... and normally hold four concerts a year. There are no auditions necessary in order to join the choir and we welcome new members throughout the year. If you are thinking about joining then please come along to any rehearsal or to our new members' evening which is held annually.'

Category:Ladies Choirs
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www.stevenagesymphony.org

'A friendly amateur orchestra comprising musicians from across Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. We typically perform 3 concerts a year. The aims of the orchestra are to provide quality performances of classical music for local people, and to enhance the enjoyment and understanding of the music for its members.'

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www.3valleymvc.org.uk

'We sing a wide variety of music, including popular songs, hymns, old favourites, songs from the shows, songs from the world of opera, and traditional male voice choir items. There are regular monthly concerts for charitable purposes and we have an active social programme which includes wives and girlfriends.'

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www.wareoperatic.org.uk

‘An award-winning society presenting a range of high-quality musicals, operettas, and concerts throughout the year. Our productions require chorus members, principal singers, dancers, a production team, backstage crew, front of house, make-up, props, and many others. We welcome any new members at all levels of experience and from all age groups. We stage one musical a year in March, a summer concert/review in July, and a cabaret in November. If you don't want to be in a production, then why not come along and be an audience member?‘

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www.welwynharmony.co.uk

‘A women's only Barbershop Chorus ... We are a lovely bunch of Ladies who love to sing for pleasure ... Welwyn Harmony is a group of enthusiastic singers who strive for personal excellence and a professional, polished performance. We are available for community or private performances, and are always keen to invite visitors to our rehearsal. If you are not sure what it's all about, why not come along one Tuesday and let us convince you!‘

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allsaintshertford.org/concerts.php

‘We run a weekly Wednesday lunch time series Soundbites ourselves. Our church is also used regularly for concerts by other organisations such as Hertford Choral Society, Hertford Symphony Orchestra and Hertfordshire Festival of Music.’

Category:Churches
Visits to the Website54
Also indexedSoundbites
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www.gordon-craig.co.uk

'The Gordon Craig Theatre is a 501 Seat Venue, boasting a Large Backstage Area with ample storage space and workshop facilities ... The Concert Hall is a 1200 seat venue located on the ground floor of the Arts and leisure Centre and has played host to a variety of acts including Comedians, Live Music and Sporting Shows.'

Visits to the Website61
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www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

'The original part of the main building on South Road is the birthplace of Cecil Rhodes, financier, entrepreneur and founder of the De Beers diamond company ... Today, Rhodes is a vibrant entertainment venue with a refurbished auditorium, new conference rooms, a dance studio and a cafe/bar. It hosts a wide variety of shows, workshops, events and exhibitions.'

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www.stalbanscathedral.org

'Music has been integral to the liturgy and central to the life of the Cathedral for centuries. This strong musical tradition is continued today with a Cathedral Choir of boys and male lay-clerks, an Abbey Girls' Choir, parish and young people's choirs and an orchestra ... The revolutionary design of the Cathedral Organ and the inception of the International Organ Festival and Competition by Peter Hurford (then Master of the Music), raised the profile of choral and organ music at the Cathedral, and consolidated the worldwide reputation of the Cathedral's musical foundation.'

Category:Cathedrals
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www.stpetersberkhamsted.org.uk

'St Peter's is at the heart of Berkhamsted's thriving cultural scene and a leading supporter of the arts in the town. Our programme of musical events includes lunchtime recitals, organ recitals and evening concerts featuring both local artists and international soloists - all in the beautiful setting of our historic church.'

Category:Churches
Visits to the Website70
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oldtownhall.co.uk

‘Built in 1852, a buzzing arts space full of entertainment for everyone: Art Comedy Dance Film Families Music Theatre.’

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www.watersmeet.co.uk

‘Watersmeet is a unique venue located in the heart of Rickmansworth. The venue allows visitors to experience a range of visual, literary and performing arts and arts related activities. Acting as a focal point for the residents in Rickmansworth, Mill End, Chorleywood, Croxley and surrounding areas, local people have been able to enjoy past productions and ballets which have been staged at Watersmeet include Billy Elliot, Les Miserables, Fame, The Nutcracker and Beauty and the Beast. In addition, the venue regularly works with production companies and theatre groups to support local talent in the area and promote art related activities.’

Visits to the Website50
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watfordcolosseum.co.uk

‘A 1,309 seat venue in the heart of Watford and is home to the best live music and entertainment outside London ... Watford’s premier concert venue is world renowned for its acoustic qualities ... The acoustics were analysed by an acoustics company in 2009, who reported that the size and "shoebox" shape of the hall, the flat floor, and the materials used in construction, allow for pleasant reverberation and good sound quality and clarity, such to make the hall among the best in Europe.‘

Visits to the Website63
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