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Area: Leicestershire

The Category Market Harborough is a subset of Leicestershire. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Market Harborough which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

! Market Harborough KEY
VISITS (to the Website)14
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)25

'An independent community arts and media organisation ... Our work encompasses most art forms including combined arts work and a wide range of approaches from long term community arts projects, performances, outdoor events and publications to web based and video productions, school and community residencies, exhibitions and ongoing groups.'

* Charnwood Arts
VISITS (to the Website)164
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)346

Loughborough: 'A traditional style folk club that meets on Monday nights in the friendly setting of a village pub serving a range of real ales. A place to sit back, relax and lose yourself for a few hours in the company of like minded people with a love of traditional music. Why not come and join us?'

Category Folk Clubs
* Grand Union Folk Club
VISITS (to the Website)162
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)228
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a summer music festival founded in 2014 and held during Early July in the beautiful village of Great Bowden situated in south Leicestershire. The series features local and international musicians performing classical music, jazz, music theatre, choral and chamber music over four days in the parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Great Bowden.’

* Great Bowden Music Fest
VISITS (to the Website)161
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)180

'Registered music charity providing music-related activities for the benefit of residents in South Leicestershire and North Northamptonshire. The Trust believes in making access to music barrier-free including keeping the cost of event tickets to a minimum, no auditions to any of its choirs and ensembles and a fully all-inclusive approach to each and every one of its activities.'

* Great Bowden Recital Trust
VISITS (to the Website)138
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)321
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An exciting live music venue providing a number of exceptional events throughout the year. We feature a combination of some of the finest local musicians in conjunction with an impressive array of exceptional singers and instrumentalists from across the World. The house PA system is of the highest quality and facilities for performers and the audience are comfortable and relaxing.’

Category Folk Clubs
* Hinckley ACT
VISITS (to the Website)164
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)234
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Established in 1963 by a leading private piano teacher in the town, Miss Marjorie King ... Marjorie had a talent for picking promising young musicians for the Club’s programme many of whom went on to develop national and international careers ... Today the Club continues to flourish, providing six occasions a year for the people of Hinckley to enjoy live performances of classical music, and looks forward to doing so into the future.' ALERT Website inaccessible at Review; linked to Facebook Page instead.

* Hinckley Music Club
VISITS (to the Website)175
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)407

Fortnightly evening meetings, September - May: ‘A pleasure shared is a pleasure squared!’

* Hinckley Recorded Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)113
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)344

Mission Statement: ‘To promote the love of pipe organs and all types of organ music throughout Leicester and Leicestershire region and beyond, being fully inclusive of players and non-players alike.’ Organize an annual programme of generally monthly meetings.

* Leicester & District Organists’ Association
VISITS (to the Website)92
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)157

'LEMA acts as a co-ordinator of Early Music in the area and runs Leicester Early Music Festival. This is an all-year festival and includes concerts (both free and paid) throughout the year; talks (musical and non-musical); a Newsletter with reviews, articles and concerts diary, workshops, talks, tastings and more.'

Category Leicester
* Leicester Early Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)139
Also indexedLEMA
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)402

Established in the early 1900s and has been run in amny different venues around and about Leicester: ‘All ages and grades are invited to take part ... Over the years a number of participants have gone on to become professional in their field and, if teaching, have entered their pupils. The Festival is run by volunteers and we are always looking for more people to help, so that, as the years go on the Festival will continue to run’. Held Mid November.

* Leicester Festival of Music and Dramatic Art
VISITS (to the Website)38
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)170

Founded in 1989: 'LIMF continues to attract international recognition for the high quality of its musical performances, attracting world-class artists to its unrivalled programme of lunchtime concerts and assembling a superb team of artists for our Festival in September.'

* Leicester International Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)287
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)362
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘One of five voluntary jazz organisations, funded by the Arts Council, working cooperatively in the East Midlands under our parent organisation EMJAZZ. Our aim is to promote jazz in Leicester. We organise a programme of high quality gigs which run throughout the year. And, we run a schools based jazz educational programme (for primary schools) plus a series of jazz workshops (for senior schools). We have developed close working relationships with our local venues, have a number of working partnership agreements and we support the local jazz scene. Our aim is to bring jazz music to as wide an audience as possible and make it part Leicester's cultural life.’

Category Jazz Clubs
* Leicester Jazz House
VISITS (to the Website)239
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)118
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a friendly group of people keen to learn more about music from composers, performers and others with expert musical knowledge ... Meetings run from October to June, usually on the second Tuesday of each month. However we sometimes vary the date to avoid clashes with other musical events in Leicester.’

* Leicester Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)89
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)137

'Offering a variety of masterclasses, workshops and recitals, as well as the competitions which are judged by professional adjudicators.' Held Mid February.

* Leicester MusicFest
VISITS (to the Website)199
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)261

'A collection of local and national partners and schools, working together to deliver the National Plan for Music Education to all young people aged 5-18 in Leicester and Leicestershire ... Our aims are to provide all young people access to excellent classroom teaching, instrumental and vocal tuition, as well as providing clear opportunities for progression, from beginners through to our high quality central ensembles.'

* Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub
VISITS (to the Website)257
Also indexedLeicester-Shire Music and Cultural Trust
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)358

'Meetings are held fortnightly throughout the season from September to April ... The annual programme also includes a number of social events. Presenters range from enthusiastic amateurs to professionals; the important thing being that they generate interest and provide entertainment.'

* Loughborough Recorded Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)147
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)290

'Focusses on promoting modern and mainstream forms of Jazz. Our aim is to not only provide Sunday sessions at our venue ... but also further promote local jazz events. We have an excellent reputation for providing jazz sessions from national and international names as well as rising local stars ... We look forward to seeing you at our lunchtime sessions on the second Sunday in every month to enjoy a friendly relaxed atmosphere, good food and the best in modern jazz.'

Category Jazz Clubs
* Market Harborough Jazz Club
VISITS (to the Website)226
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)363

‘The Festival features some well known and talented main acts, plus local and national, up and coming artists.’ Held Mid AugustMoira Furnace ‘is a nineteenth-century iron-making blast furnace located in Moira, Leicestershire, on the banks of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal. Built by the Earl of Moira in 1804, the building has been preserved by North West Leicestershire District Council as a museum featuring lime kilns and craft workshops’. [Wikipedia 2 January 2018]

Category Folk Festivals
* Moira Furnace Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)88
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)161
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Encompasses a broad and continually evolving range of artistic creation and theory focused on innovative application of new technologies to music. It emphasises electroacoustic music and sonic art. The MTI programme was established in 1999 and the research centre is now acknowledged globally to be a leader in its field.'

* Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre [De Montfort]
VISITS (to the Website)153
Also indexedDe Montfort University
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)248

Moira, Ashby-de-la-Zouch: Monthly concerts, Friday evenings.

Category Folk Clubs
* National Forest Folk
VISITS (to the Website)181
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)354
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Formed in 1962 as The Ashbeian Gilbert and Sullivan Society. This adult society grew out of the Ashby Boys Grammar School G&S Society.This new society annually performed G&S, opera and operetta until 1993 when the first of the "modern" musicals was performed. Since then as the Ashbeian Operatic Society and recently as the Ashbeian Musical Theatre Group,we have continued to perform annually this genre of musical entertainment.'

+ Ashbeian Musical Theatre Group
VISITS (to the Website)123
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)293

'The Big Band was the idea of Ashby-de-la-Zouch  trumpeter David Bradford who not only wanted to offer local musicians the chance to play in one of the best big bands around, but to also give the local community a band they could be proud of. The band is now one of the best Glenn Miller/1940s tribute bands in the country, with many players living in the Ashby area but also players coming from as far afield as Birmingham, Northampton and Chesterfield.'

Category Big Bands
+ Ashby Big Band
VISITS (to the Website)225
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)432
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The band boasts a membership of over 50 players and is one of the leading concert bands in the East Midlands ... ACB is a true community band and welcomes players of all ages. The entry level is ABRSM Grade 5 or equivalent. Admission to the Band is subject to a satisfactory audition.'

+ Ashby Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)106
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)420
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Choir was founded in 1994, and since then has acquired a reputation for wide-ranging and high quality performances in concert ... The choir performs 5 or 6 concerts each year, mainly in Leicestershire, but also across the UK and abroad ... We encourage singers with a sound voice and some music reading ability to consider joining us ... Those considering joining are welcome to come and sit in at three of our rehearsals to find out more about us and our repertoire. If you decide you would like to join the choir you will be asked to take a straightforward voice and reading test ... The name “Cantamici” is derived from the Italian cantare, to sing, and amici meaning friends.  Singing with friends remains an important principle underpinning the choir and several social events are built into our programme each year.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Cantamici Choir
VISITS (to the Website)77
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)107

‘Mixed chamber choir of high repute based in Leicester. Our broad repertoire includes a vast range of styles from the Renaissance to the present day. The choir was formed in 1982 from a group of highly committed singers. All members have wide experience of choral singing and many have well-earned reputations as soloists in their own right. Since being established the group has performed with many celebrities well known in the musical world.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Cecilian Singers Leicester
VISITS (to the Website)82
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)138
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Loughborough based, Charnwood Concert Bands are 3 friendly community bands, providing musical performances around the East Midlands, with a mixture of indoor and outdoor concerts held throughout the year. Our aim is to make music fun and enjoyable, both to play and listen to, while at the same time improving the standard of the musicians involved. The bands are delighted to encompass a broad age-range in their membership, (currently from ages 8 to 80), underlining the commitment to making music in a joyful and friendly atmosphere. Less concerned with formal playing qualifications, we are keen to attract committed musicians willing to help us move forward. One advantage we have over other Bands, is that, for beginners, you can start off in the Training Band and as you improve, move into the Concert Band and eventually, the Symphonic Wind Orchestra.’

+ Charnwood Concert Bands
VISITS (to the Website)90
Also indexedCharnwood Symphonic Wind Orchestra
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)164
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Orchestra is made up of sixty regular musicians, most of whom live in the villages of Charnwood as well as Leicester, Loughborough and the environs. Since its founding it has been a focal point for local musical talent, and today attracts players of all ages who perform together with genuine enthusiasm and musicality.'

+ Charnwood Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)126
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)279

‘Formerly Shepshed Singers, is an auditioned SATB choir of some 45 voices based in Charnwood, Leicestershire. Founded in 1977, the choir has gained a well-deserved reputation for performing neglected and unfamiliar music as well as better known and popular pieces, both sacred and secular ... As a choir we have competed in music festivals and, in addition to our own concerts, we are available for weddings, Christmas functions, and social or fund-raising events.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Charnwood Voices
VISITS (to the Website)45
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)100
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1963: ‘We are a friendly choir, whose members enjoy meeting to make music together. With some 70 members, we enjoy a wide range of music ... from well-known choral works, to The Beatles. Over recent years we have introduced the city to the work of contemporary composers ... The choir's singing year is from September to June during which three major concerts are performed, including a Christmas Concert which supports local charities. In addition, we support the musical life of the city and county at various events throughout the year, including the annual Remembrance Day event’.

Category Choral Societies
+ City of Leicester Singers
VISITS (to the Website)68
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)171

‘A friendly adult amateur orchestra based in Leicester ... We aim to give musicians the opportunity to play and perform classical & more contemporary popular pieces in a friendly and sociable environment. Whilst we strive to always improve our playing and individual skills we also believe that playing music should be fun with more emphasis on the rehearsals than public performances. We welcome new players from the more experienced, those that maybe wish to revive old skills and those who have begun to play more recently but not beginners. There are no formal auditions. All that we ask is that you can cope with the music, feel reasonably comfortable sight reading and are able to regularly attend rehearsals.’

+ Clarendon Park Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)85
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)168

‘Come and join us! We’re always happy to welcome new people - ability to read music is not a pre-requisite. You will be assigned a "Mentor" who will help you settle in and guide you through your first few rehearsals ...'

+ Coalville Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)151
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)485
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Considered one of the finest exponents of the brass medium. Its wide range of styles and flexibility of performance has bought it world-wide fame. This British Band comprises of twenty-five brass musicians with percussion and performs a repertoire spanning Baroque to Jazz, its soloists some of the finest you will hear.'

+ Desford Colliery Band
VISITS (to the Website)232
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)366
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘One of the largest and highly respected amateur musical organisations in the UK. The organisation consists of five bands, catering for players of brass and woodwind instruments of all abilities, from complete beginners to advanced players and of ages from seven to seventy-plus. Our base is in Enderby’s neighbouring village of Huncote, to the South of Leicester, and the organisation has players from all over Leicestershire and its surrounding counties. Each of our bands perform in concerts, music festivals and - in the case of the Youth Band and Senior Band - competitions throughout the year.’

+ Enderby Band
VISITS (to the Website)132
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)161
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Band can trace its roots back to 1902, forming as the “Bread Street Mission Band”. Via several other guises, including The Leicestershire Constabulary Band and the Leicester Home Guard Band, the band began its association with The Foresters Friendly Society in 1957, which is thought to be the longest unbroken sponsorship of any brass band in the country.

+ Foresters Brass
VISITS (to the Website)109
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)133

'We are a Community Choir, a friendly and informal group who have fun singing a wide range of unaccompanied harmony songs from all over the world. We enjoy rhythms from Africa, stirring Eastern European harmonies, songs from the Southern Seas and the Americas, soulful gospel and blues to name but a few - as well as traditional folk and rock and pop from our own culture.'

Category Community Choirs
+ Global Harmony
VISITS (to the Website)138
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)382

A hard-working and ambitious Band ‘providing entertaining concerts both in the local community and around the country relying entirely on income from engagements, donations, fund raising, and the enthusiasm of its members for its survival ... Since the 1970’s Gresley Colliery Band has enjoyed considerable competition successes having been both regional and national finalists’.

+ Gresley Colliery Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)58
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)193

Based in Swadlincote, nestled at the southern tip of Derbyshire, England, Gresley takes its name from the Parish of Church Gresley nearby, where the choir was born in 1904. The choir has over 50 members and fulfills on average 22 engagements a year performing for a range of societies from small groups, churches to national bodies, and has toured extensively, in the U.K., Ireland, Europe and U.S.A. including a number of choir exchange visits.

+ Gresley Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)22
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)48
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a community choir with around 300 members in all. You will be welcomed, whatever your singing experience and ability ... To date we have staged two concerts each year, singing a variety of songs from the shows and classic favourites. Practices are scheduled in the months leading up to each performance and traditionally we have a break in the middle of each practice to get to know each other, have a drink and eat cake!’ Comprises an Adult Choir rehearsing either in the afternoon or the evening; and a Youth and Children’s Choir.

Category Community Choirs
+ Groby Sings
VISITS (to the Website)60
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)202

‘One of the Midlands' leading amateur chamber choirs performing in the UK and abroad ... Members are drawn from Market Harborough and the surrounding areas and perform several times a year, both unaccompanied and with small ensembles.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Harborough Singers
VISITS (to the Website)160
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)336
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

The successful contesting Leicestershire-based Hathern Band ‘is part of the Hathern Band organisation consisting of Youth Band, Concert and Training Bands ... Hathern Concert Brass is a non-contesting band comprising players who have graduated from the youth band, players who have retired from the main Hathern Band, and players who simply want to make good quality music in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere ... Instruments, music and tuition are provided free of charge to young people wishing to learn to play brass or percussion instruments. Absolute beginners start with one-to-one tuition, then progress through to the Training Band ... Hathern Youth Band is for players graduating from the Training Band ... The Band plays both popular modern pieces and old classics, all with the aim of improving musicianship and having fun’.

+ Hathern Band
VISITS (to the Website)44
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)102
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are a group of people who enjoy singing and performing music from a wide range of genres. We sing classical works and modern compositions, songs from the shows and even Beatles’ work and Bohemian Rhapsody. In fact we will try anything!'

Category Choral Societies
+ Hinckley Choral Union
VISITS (to the Website)165
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)408
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Presents two musicals each year, at The Concordia Theatre Hinckley. Each run for two weeks, one in May and one in November.’

+ Hinckley Concordia Amateur Operatic Society
VISITS (to the Website)96
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)210

‘A versatile group of musicians under the direction of bandleader Eric Darlington. With an extensive range of performance styles, this live band is perfect for the concert stage or function room, offering a unique and unrivalled sound to suit any occasion. Typically playing as a 25-piece ensemble, The John Cleveland Band has been performing to sell-out audiences ... with timeless arrangements of Glenn Miller, ABBA, James Last and "West End Hit Musicals". Based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, the band has built a reputation both locally and further afield. There is a great sense of pride within the group and its success is due to the enthusiasm and commitment that the players bring with them.’

Category Big Bands
+ John Cleveland Band
VISITS (to the Website)99
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)210
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1992 ... midlands-based ...  this accomplished chamber choir of around 25 singers continues to provide outstanding concerts drawn from the widest repertoire. Kingfisher Chorale receives critical acclaim for its performances which are always in high demand.  With insightful programming, the choir has a reputation for providing enlightening, stimulating and inspiring concerts, from serious historical retrospectives to its popular lighter programmes. It has given a number of world premieres.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Kingfisher Chorale
VISITS (to the Website)51
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)142

Founded 2004: ‘The Orchestra aims to provide audiences and players with programmes not otherwise catered for in Leicester. The players are keen amateur instrumentalists and music teachers from around Leicester. KCO performs 4 concerts per year and every other year performs an opera under the name Knighton Opera.’

+ Knighton Chamber Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)15
Also indexedKnighton Opera
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)75

Founded 1928: ‘We are a choir of around 60 singers, performing the works of JS Bach and a wide repertoire of other music ranging from the 15th to the 21st centuries. Described as one of Leicester's best loved institutions ... Entrance is by audition, although prospective singers are welcome to join in for a couple of weeks before auditioning’.

Category Choral Societies
+ Leicester Bach Choir
VISITS (to the Website)71
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)116

Leicester Philharmonic Choir (LPC or the Phil) has been keeping music live since 1886. We sing a wide variety of music with concerts featuring many highly experienced and noted conductors, soloists and orchestras ... It is the largest choir in Leicestershire. With over 100 members it is considered one of the foremost choirs in the UK.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Leicester Philharmonic Choir
VISITS (to the Website)112
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)183
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1922 by Dr (later Sir) Malcolm Sargent, then a local parish organist and chorus master. The orchestra continues the Sargent tradition of recruiting talented local players and bringing to Leicester soloists of international calibre and fame, to give the people of Leicester symphonic music of the highest possible standard. Each year it performs three concerts at its regular venue, the De Montfort Hall in Leicester, and is available for others.’

+ Leicester Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)51
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)106

‘A chamber choir of about 40 voices which performs regularly with orchestras in Leicestershire and beyond ... Main concerts are usually performed in Leicester but recitals, including some lighter music, are given throughout the county in country houses and village churches. Leicestershire Chorale has been acclaimed by music critics as one of the region's leading amateur choirs. It performs a wide range of choral music by composers from the 15th to the 21st centuries. Outreach projects include workshops for members of the public and special choral events for school students.’

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Leicestershire Chorale
VISITS (to the Website)63
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)127
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 2000: ‘The band plays a wide variety of music including songs from shows and films, light music and original concert band repertoire ... The band is open to anyone to join with no audition required and its membership covers a wide age range from teenager to 70 plus. If you are interested in joining a band, with a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere please get in touch ... We currently have an active performance schedule playing several concerts each year as well as performing in Queens Park, at the Remembrance Day parade and in the shopping centre at Christmas’.

+ Loughborough Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)18
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)47
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Formed 1967: ‘It has a long and successful history of singing and performing throughout this time. Although a relatively small choir it annually performs concerts across the county of Leicestershire. The choir has a large repertoire ranging from hymns, sacred music, songs from the shows, through to modern pieces by Lloyd-Weber and the Beatles, and welcomes invitations to sing at concerts, social events, weddings and funerals’.

+ Loughborough Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)62
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)121
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The orchestra welcomes players of all interests and backgrounds, provided they meet a minimum playing standard. In the larger string sections, where we already have some strong players, we are happy to accept most players, so anyone of Grade 5 standard (or with playing experience) is welcome. We do not hold formal auditions for string instruments and therefore we encourage you to just come along and play with us for an evening. For solo sections, for example woodwind and brass, we require good players perhaps of grade 7 or 8. Vacancies for wind players arise from time to time but it is best to check with us first ... We give concerts twice a year, in January and June.‘

+ Loughborough Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)51
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)162

'Meets weekly each Tuesday evening for rehearsals in Market Harborough (mainly during school term time) and perform a very wide repertoire of traditional and modern choral music. We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We are a non audition choir with over 70 singers of all ages and anyone is welcome, young voices included.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Market Harborough Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)65
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)304

‘We are an amateur orchestra based in Market Harborough. We perform several times a year, playing a broad range of classical music ...The Orchestra is always keen to hear from musicians interested in playing with us ... Hope to see you soon!‘

+ Market Harborough Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)50
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)132

'The Band has a full complement of players and will continue to keep a high profile locally and spread the message of brass band music to the highest possible standard at every opportunity. We celebrated our 175th Anniversary in 2013. In 2014 the band were promoted to the 3rd section, and in 2016 achieved their highest result at the Midlands Area. This has subsequently led to them for the first time in their history qualifying for the National Finals in Cheltenham ...'

Category Melton Mowbray
+ Melton Band
VISITS (to the Website)140
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)448

'Has been rehearsing and performing concerts together since being re-formed in April 2013. We are now over 50 strong and perform major concerts organised with professional soloists as well as a traditional Christmas Carol Concert each year.'

Category Melton Mowbray
+ Melton Mowbray Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)104
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)321
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 1992 by a group of enthusiastic players in the orchestra pit at Melton Operatic shows, and their desire to continue playing between performances ... We are a small group of both experienced and not so experienced players, currently comprising about eleven string and fourteen wind and brass players ... We are becoming more popular and are being asked to perform for a variety of events, such as fund raising for churches and charities, and performing for local events ... We aim to have fun as well as try to improve and to provide an environment in which people are encouraged to "have a go". We also socialise as a group and often have a celebratory meal after concerts!’

+ Melton Mowbray Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)124
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)229

'Formed in 1919, under its former name The Melton Mowbray Amateur Operatic Society, by Sir Malcolm Sargent, and is one of the longest running theatre groups in the town of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Performing twice annually at the local Theatre.'

+ Melton Musical Theatre Company
VISITS (to the Website)142
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)414
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Attracts sell-out audiences from across the whole of the UK to its annual summer opera festival. NHO has been staging critically acclaimed shows at its stunning Leicestershire home since 2013.'

Category Opera Companies
+ Nevill Holt Opera
VISITS (to the Website)233
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)321

'An exciting initiative to provide Leicester's young singers with a first class choral education and to create a flagship ensemble to represent the city and shire of Leicester both locally and further afield. We are building one of the finest youth choirs in the country alongside our training choir, where we aim to develop choral singing and provide young singers in Leicester with high-level choral training and performance opportunities. New Leicester Youth Chorus welcomes young people aged 6-25 years through our two different choirs: Junior Chorus; Senior Chorus.'

+ New Leicester Youth Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)157
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)362

‘Consists of local musicians who play classical music concerts in south Leicester ... Musically, it has always been an important feature of the Civic Orchestra’s programmes to perform a really wide-ranging choice of music. Each season the repertoire includes established masterpieces, new works and popular programmes such as Viennese and "Prom" concerts. It is hoped to continue performing a similarly eclectic repertoire in future events.'

+ Oadby and Wigston Civic Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)180
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)394
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Ratby is a truly unique organisation in the brass world ... We are an organisation consisting of four brass bands ranging from our Beginner and Junior Bands through to our premier ensemble the Ratby Co-operative Senior Band. We our proud to have over 100 musicians through our doors each week and welcome new players at all levels of ability. Our bands perform across the country each year, and compete in regional and national competitions. Our Senior band currently compete in the Championship Section, the highest level of the national brass band championships.’

Category Leicester
+ Ratby Co-operative Band Organisation
VISITS (to the Website)108
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)221
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An enthusiastic group of about 30 people with a passion for singing in unaccompanied four-part harmony. Originally a Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) evening class, Songs of Struggle and Celebration from Around the World, we became an independent choir in 1996. We aim to be open access, so we have no auditions. We are members of Musicians For Peace and Disarmament and the National Federation of Music Societies (Making Music). We join together with other members of the Campaign Choirs network to sing at demonstrations and political events.’

Category Leicester
+ Red Leicester Choir
VISITS (to the Website)56
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)133

’With a company of over 50 singers, Stanley Opera stages a full length opera every spring at the Concordia Theatre in Hinckley as well as concerts in a variety of venues across Leicestershire and the Midlands ... New singers are always very welcome as are new members eager to help backstage. Auditions are not required to join the Stanley Opera chorus, although we will happily advise people if they are uncertain of their singing abilities or aptitude.’

+ Stanley Opera
VISITS (to the Website)52
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)138
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Award-winning ‘group of women in their 20s, 30s and 40s who began singing together in 2009. The choir’s singers are based across the UK and rehearse regionally as well as at their base in Leicestershire. A small number of the Chanterelles are professional musicians but for the majority singing is a hobby. Despite this, the Chanterelles derive much satisfaction from singing together at such a high standard and their professionalism and proficiency is evident in their music ... Many of the members had previously sung together in the Chanterelles’ previous incarnation as a youth choir through Leicestershire Arts in Education. This non-auditioned all-girls choir came to an end in 2001 after a decade singing together’.

Category Ladies Choirs
+ The Chanterelles
VISITS (to the Website)62
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)128
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Founded in 2002 by a group of choristers who sought the opportunity of singing in a small a capella chamber choir and facing the challenge of forging a balanced ensemble from a small number of voices ... Viva remains a small chamber choir, although it has now increased numbers a little in order to be strong enough to sing works written for double choir. ​In the early years, Viva gave few concerts while its repertoire was built ... Viva’s repertoire ranges across the centuries and embraces both sacred and secular music in various styles. As the choir has grown in ambition, it has begun to perform with success a variety of more difficult works for which many plaudits have been received. Though foundation members conceived Viva La Musica as an a capella ensemble, the choir’s natural development has led it towards repertoire that includes works accompanied by piano or organ.'

Category Loughborough
+ Viva La Musica
VISITS (to the Website)93
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)340
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1972 by its Musical Director, Peter Ward, the Wigston choir has grown from an initial membership of 18 to its current strength of some 75 voices. The choir soon built up an enviable reputation for high class presentations and Celebrity Concerts, which have featured many top class artists from the world of music. Whilst the majority of the choir's performances are dedicated to the concert platform, we have, from time to time, entered competitive festivals with significant success, winning Male Voice, Large Choirs and Choral Championship competitions ...’

+ Wigston and District Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)219
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)1675
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Wigston Band Organisation is made up of three bands to provide musical opportunities, tuition and support to aspiring brass players of all ages and abilities: * Wigston Band is our First Section band which actively competes in contests and performs varied concerts and events throughout the year; Wigston Enterprise Band is the feeder band to the main Wigston Band and make regular appearances at local and regional events. We also run training workshops at local primary schools; * Wigston Horizon Band  is the beginner band at Wigston where instruments are available for any new learners.’

+ Wigston Band
VISITS (to the Website)123
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)336

'This Park is in the centre of Hinckley town and is easily accessed off Church Walk and the car park. Access is also available from St Mary's church, Mount Road, St Mary's Road and Hill Street. In 2006, major improvements took place which included the installation of a bandstand that will be available to host a wide variety of local and regional music performances ... All performances take place in the bandstand in Argents Mead on Saturday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm, with a short interval in the middle.’ Fortnightly, May to September (but the majority of the performers are typically outside the scope of this Directory).

@ Argents Mead Bandstand
VISITS (to the Website)564
Also indexedMusic in the Mead
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)375
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An independently run amateur theatre, hosting pantomime, musicals, dance, opera, plays, professional and corporate events.’

@ Concordia Theatre
VISITS (to the Website)190
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)159

'Leicester's largest entertainment venue and has been serving the city with quality live acts since 1913.'

@ De Montfort Hall
VISITS (to the Website)148
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)249
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Leicester Cathedral can be booked to hold special services and public events (e.g. concerts, lectures, receptions etc.), subject to availability, all year round. For most events the Cathedral’s capacity is between 300 and 400.’ The Cathedral hosts a range of concerts and recitals including a regular series of lunchtime concerts.

Category Leicester
@ Leicester Cathedral
VISITS (to the Website)169
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)230

'LU Arts is Loughborough University's arts programme and offers staff, students and the wider community a range of arts activities to see, get involved in and enjoy. Over the academic year LU Arts presents, in a variety of venues across campus, a series of live music and literature events by internationally recognised performers, companies and writers ...'

@ Loughborough University
VISITS (to the Website)162
Also indexedLU Arts
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)298

‘A maximum 500 capacity venue at the heart of Melton Mowbray, bringing you city shows at town prices. Offering the best in touring comedy, big name personalities, music all backed up by our fabulous community groups and incredible Brooksby Melton College productions!’

@ Melton Theatre
VISITS (to the Website)263
Also indexedBrooksby Melton College
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)124

'There are seven Students' Union music societies run by students and supported by Attenborough Arts Centre, the University of Leicester’s arts centre: Chorus, Chamber Choir, Orchestral Society, Concert Band, Big Band, LU Voices, and Band and Gig. These are all well-established and welcome members of staff and the general public as well as students ... There is a vibrant music scene at the University of Leicester ... There are lots of ways to engage with the musical life of the University ...'

@ University of Leicester
VISITS (to the Website)122
Also indexedAttenborough Arts Centre
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)205

‘Brass Bands are graded a bit like football leagues, with Championship Section bands performing at the very highest level. We also are proud to have a number of bands who are youth bands, or training bands, and bands that aren’t registered for competitions, but just perform for the fun of it! ... The LBBA has two key events each year; a solo, duet and quartet competition in the spring, followed by an open full brass band competition each November.‘

~ Leicestershire Brass Band Association
VISITS (to the Website)94
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)167

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