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Area: London (East)

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

 

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

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Bexley Phoenix Choir

- Viva Acappella

 

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

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Bollywood Brass Band

 

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

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- East London Symphony Orchestra

- Morris Folk Choir

 

Category Hackney
! Hackney KEY

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

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Becontree Brass Band

- HaverFolk

 

Category Havering
! Havering KEY

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

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- South East London Folk Orchestra

- Vocal Chords Choir

 

Category Lewisham
! Lewisham KEY

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

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Brick Lane Music Hall

- East London Clarinet Choir

- Forest Voices

- Stratford Circus Arts Centre

 

Category Newham
! Newham KEY

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

 

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

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- East London Evensong Choir

- Shuffle Festival

- Trad Academy Folk Music and Dance School

 

 

Category Tower Hamlets
! Tower Hamlets KEY

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

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Chigwell Row Operatic and Dramatic Society

 

Category Waltham Forest
! Waltham Forest KEY

‘The Community Music Service (CMS) provides individual and group tuition for children, young people and adults. We deliver weekly ensembles both in schools and at the music centre, workshops and projects including partnership work with professional orchestras and music education organisations. CMS teachers deliver a programme of live music concerts in schools and children’s centres ...'

* Barking & Dagenham Community Music Service

‘Music is often an expensive hobby and so many people therefore sadly never get the chance to learn an instrument. Some did not get the chance when they were young and others may have found it difficult to keep going with their instrument after leaving school when tutors can be so expensive. Here at the BCMA, we believe that everyone should get the opportunity to pick up an instrument and have that chance to create music. Whatever your age, wherever you come from and whatever your circumstances; music brings people together. Everyone is welcome here!’

‘One of the key events in our Summer of festivals’ programme ... A free family festival celebrating the best in English and World folk music and dance plus poetry, street theatre, art and family fun!‘ Held Mid June.

Category Folk Festivals

You do not have to be an organist or choirmaster to join the association ... Seeks to encourage and promote interest in all branches of church music. It organises an active programme of meetings including concerts, recitals, competitions, visits and social events.'

* Bexley District Organists' & Choirmasters' Association

'Bexley EOS has a friendly atmosphere, with comfortable seating and licensed bar - all making an excellent venue for club evenings. Guest organists include both newcomers to the circuit and household names. Members are sent a monthly letter giving biographical details of the organist booked, and the make and type of organ to be played.'

 

* Bexley Music Club
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Bird College Music Service aims to enrich the lives of children, young people and adults within the Borough of Bexley, by providing opportunities for them to become actively involved in a wide variety of music activities. Bird College is the lead organisation for the Bexley Music Education Hub which aims to ensure that all pupils have equal access to high quality music education. We employ a team of specialised instrumental and class music teachers to deliver a wide range of musical activities ...'

* Bird College
Also indexedBexley Music Education Hub
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Choirs, vocal ensembles and singing lessons – we have groups and classes for all abilities ... We run four choirs to suit everyone from the complete beginner to more advanced singers. Why not join us?'

* Blackheath Centre for Singing
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Festival has been held every year since 1988 and is one of more than 300 Festivals held in the UK every year. Some Festivals offer classes in music, speech and drama and dance. “Blackheath Music Festival” has always been a music-only Festival. Our adjudicators are all specialists in their subject - piano, singing and strings - and are nationally recognised musicians.’ Held Mid May.

‘World-leading multidisciplinary research group in the field of Music & Audio Technology. Since its founding members joined Queen Mary in 2001, the Centre has grown to become arguably the UK’s leading Digital Music research group.'

 

* Centre for Digital Music [Queen Mary London]
Also indexedQueen Mary, University of London

‘Chamber music courses for string players - aged 6 – 18, all abilities ... Whilst it is always possible to find chamber music parts to suit every player at any level, it is not always so easy for very junior pupils to fit into an orchestra for the first time. We have addressed this conundrum by introducing a junior musicianship class which takes place during the time when the junior string orchestra rehearses ... The class size is small, but open to any pupil who doesn’t yet feel ready to join the orchestra.' Annual Summer School held Mid August. Also: ‘Concerts of chamber music take place throughout the year’.

'We encourage an atmosphere of open-minded debate and a commitment to all types of music from classical to world and popular ... Ours is a hugely varied department, and former students have equally diverse lives - from classical musicians and Mercury Prize-winning pop stars, to lawyers, academics and administrators ... Many of our events are free and open to the public.'

 

* Department of Music [Goldsmiths]
Also indexedGoldsmiths University of London
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are an East London based teaching string orchestra for adult late starters, regardless of age, background, experience or income and we want to encourage people to play music. We provide a genuinely supportive and non-competitive environment and this is reflected in our methods and in the music we play. There are no auditions and from Day 1, even complete beginners will be able to join in orchestral playing ...'

 

'Founded in 1956 ... We present evenings of classical and light classical music on CD played on first class equipment. Programmes are presented by the members themselves and we have three guest speakers each season, usually professional musicians who talk about their lives and careers.'

 

* Forest Recorded Music Society
Also indexedWaltham Forest Music Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Wide range of short courses in ‘Music, Sound and Technology’.

‘GAMD provides performing arts ensembles, holiday courses and tours in the Borough of Greenwich ... We run a range of ensembles for wind, brass and percussion players, and singers during term-time and in the holidays. Our range of ensembles/groups are based on age and ability provide a clear pathway for each individual’s progression as their skills and knowledge develop.‘

* Greenwich Academy of Music and Drama

'As the number one music education provider to Hackney schools, HMS works closely with Headteachers and partners to ensure that our work is flexible and responsive to the needs of schools, and that our combined delivery of provision is strategic and joined up. We offer a variety of programmes to schools and young people ...'

 

* Hackney Music Service Network

'Partially funded by an annual grant from the Borough, we seek to encourage local groups to hold events and activities which will raise awareness of the Arts and will increase participation in Arts activities by members of our local communities across the borough.'

Havering Music School is the specialist music service for the London Borough of Havering. Instrumental lessons at our Saturday and Weekday Music Centres are available to children of any age or standard. We teach more than 3,500 primary, secondary and college students every week, focusing on developing sound technical and musical skills to promote self-expression and confidence. A further 1,500 children in 23 primary schools take part in weekly class ensemble tuition ... Havering Music School is the lead in the Havering Music Education Hub.’

* Havering Music School
Also indexedHavering Music Education Hub

Our Vision ‘Being musical is at the heart of human experience. Our vision is a world where every person has access to musical engagement, transforming lives and communities particularly for children and young people, those in financial need and those in challenging circumstances. In a Borough where opportunities for engagement with arts and culture is all too often uneven and localised on account of differences in financial means and social aspiration, we will target resources to groups and localities where there are barriers to participation. Our high quality learning opportunities will enrich lives, support social integration and cultural regeneration, and enable the fulfilment of musical potential.’

Usually meet twice per month, afternoons, apart from December and August: ‘New members and visitors welcome’.

 

* Lewisham Recorded Music Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Complementing the world's largest exhibition of early musical instruments is an exciting programme of concerts.' Held Mid November.

 

* London International Exhibition of Early Music
Also indexedRoyal Greenwich International Early Music Festival & Exhibition

'The award-winning music hub for Newham. We are committed to providing high quality music education and opportunities to children and young people in schools throughout the borough and at “Newham Music Academy”, our after school and Saturday music centre.'

Plumstead Peculiar Press was founded in 2014. The Press exists to bring high quality new editions of a number of out of print compositions for the horn.’ Since 2016, the Press has sponsored a regular series of roughly hour-long Sunday afternoon chamber concerts in Plumstead, Greenwich.

 

* Plumstead Peculiars
Also indexedPlumstead Peculiar Press
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A unique non-profit making local community organisation with its charitable article to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education and appreciation of the public in the art of music ... Our team relies exclusively on volunteer help. We're always happy to welcome new volunteers who would like to dedicate some of their time to charity. If you would like to join us, please don't hesitate to contact us, new members are always welcome.‘

‘Providing opportunities for children of all ages across Redbridge to be involved in music making ... Performance is an essential part of learning an instrument. There are many performing opportunities for all levels of ability. Early performances may begin in instrumental lessons, class or school assemblies. Each year instrumental festivals are organised to include a wide range of age and ability in concerts. Pupils are encouraged to take part in school ensembles and school concerts. If a pupil shows sufficient progress and promise there may be opportunities to join a club or other group at Redbridge Music School where many performing opportunities exist for a variety of abilities.’

‘Run by the Royal Greenwich Music Hub ... the Centre caters for students aged 8-18 who show exceptional musical promise and offers tuition on a wide range of instruments. With a strong emphasis on ensemble activities, RGMC aims to help children and young people develop their skills in tandem with their fellow musicians, building up strong social and artistic relationships along the way ... The Hub sits within Children’s Services in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and manages a ring fenced budget via its funders, Arts Council England. The Hub works to ensure that every child in the borough has the ability to access musical learning to the highest level, creating an environment that allows musical interests and enthusiasm to thrive.’

* Royal Greenwich Music Centre
Also indexedRoyal Greenwich Music Education Hub

'We bring together world class artists and local people in one of the most unusual and creative corners of London. Drawing inspiration from our area, we produce an annual festival and run creative music projects throughout the year in the local community. In an area often seen to be full of challenges, we focus on music and its power to bring people together, change perspectives, engage the body, emotions and intellect and to spread energy. Since 1976, we’ve been putting music at the heart of Tower Hamlets.'

 

‘Begun on a shoestring in 1995, the Stoke Newington Early Music Festival has grown and flourished through the years. Generously supported by local businesses — but always independent of public funding — it is now an indispensable feature of the Stoke Newington summer, loved by local residents and by fans of early music from everywhere.’ Held Mid July.

 

‘Founded in 1882, the Stratford & East London Music Festival is a competitive Music, Speech & Drama Festival with over 200 classes in various categories: Solo & Ensemble Singing; Choirs, Orchestras, Bands, Organ & Recorder; Piano; Instrumental Classes; Concerto; Recorder; Speech & Drama; plus Young Musician and Millenium Classes.’ Held Mid February.

* Stratford & East London Music Festival

'Bringing classical music of the highest quality to Hackney audiences at affordable prices in a friendly relaxed setting.'

 

* Sutton House Music Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Blackheath’s Local Independent Arts Centre ... Established in 1881 by William Webster, the Conservatoire is part of the oldest surviving purpose-built cultural complex in London, and a vibrant and much-loved local institution. It was founded to provide art, music and drama education to the community, who purchased bonds to help to finance it, and its values remain those of Creativity, Quality and Community.‘

‘The lead organisation for the Music Education Hub in both Tower Hamlets and The City of London. Working closely with all schools, we provide regular quality music and arts education opportunities for all children and young people in both Tower Hamlets and the City. We also work in partnership with local and national Arts organisations to offer our schools the best opportunities for enhancing their curriculum work.’

 

* Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service

'The UK’s only conservatoire of music and contemporary dance. The unequalled expertise and experience of its staff, and its world class facilities housed in landmark buildings, put Trinity Laban at the forefront of vocational training in music and dance.'

* Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
FEATURED: Multiple Concerts and RecitalsYes

'One of the UK’s premier jazz venues, programming almost 400 performances a year in an intimate space. We were winner of the Live Jazz Award category at the 2013 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. As a volunteer-led jazz club in North London, Dalston, we have been given the accolade of being one of the world’s best, and have even been singled out by the prestigious Downbeat magazine as one the top 150 jazz venues in the world.'

 

Category Jazz Clubs
* Vortex Jazz Club
FEATURED: Multiple Concerts and RecitalsYes

‘Waltham Forest Music Service is the lead partner in Waltham Forest Music Education Hub (WFMEH) which was established in 2018. The Waltham Forest Music Service gives children of all ages and abilities the opportunity to: learn to sing; learn to make music with others; fulfil their potential in music.’

* Waltham Forest Music Service
Also indexedWaltham Forest Music Education Hub

'London's friendliest folk ... Doors open at around 7:30. We have floorspots and the band up until our main guest who appears at around about 8:15 for the first of their two sets. We aim to finish at around 10:30. An evening at the club is a relaxed affair with plenty of time for chatting and meeting new people. We also have a raffle and a selection of CDs for sale including rare and hard to find albums.'

 

Category Folk Clubs
* Walthamstow Folk Club
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 1994, and is a community choir. Membership is open to all and there are no auditions. We have a reputation for performing concerts of the highest standard in Newham ... Our repertoire of music is extensive, ranging from the 15th century to the current day. Included are the great works of many major composers ... The All Saints Orchestra is a mix of seasoned professional players featuring instrumentalists from many of the major London orchestras. Together with the Chorus and our dedicated group of acclaimed soloists a wide audience is given the chance to experience great music in the historic setting of West Ham Parish Church.’

 

Category Choral Societies
+ All Saints Chorus and Orchestra
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘All pupils learning an instrument are invited to join a music ensemble, band or orchestra. Membership is free to pupils attending LBBD schools and having a CMS instrumental lesson (small charge for music centre pupils) ... It’s recommended that all pupils who learn an instrument should play in a school or music centre ensemble, band or orchestra. Performing and music making with other pupils is lots of fun and essential to a child’s music development. All pupils from the age of 7-18 are also invited to attend the Young Singers or Senior Singers. These sessions are held weekly and are open to all pupils attending LBBD schools who enjoy singing. There are no auditions but pupils will be expected to attend each week.’

+ Barking & Dagenham Music Service Ensembles

‘Formed in 1984 ... as The Music for the Blind and Disabled Trust ... The Trust is a charity founded to enhance the life of disabled people through the medium of music ... We are always looking for new members to play in our Concert Band, the current compliment of which is around 30+. All standards can be accommodated and instruments may be available for loan. Both disabled and able-bodied people can be assured of a warm welcome! All woodwind, brass and percussion players welcome.'

+ Barking Concert Band
Also indexedThe Music for the Blind & Disabled Trust

'Barking Operatic Society was started in the 1970s as a Council night school class and was originally called Barking Operatic Workshop ... The Society currently has more than 30 members and is now a well established feature of the musical life of the Borough. In November 2005 Barking Operatic Society decided to change its name and as from January 2006 has become Barking Music and Drama, or ... Barking MAD.'

 

+ Barking Music and Drama
Also indexedBarking MAD
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Based in the London Borough of Bexley, Belvedere Concert Band has gained a reputation as one of the leading concert bands in the South-East attracting both experienced and aspiring musicians from the surrounding areas. The Band performs a wide repertoire of music ranging from light classical and traditional music to music from stage and screen, “big band” and popular standards. Dependent on the nature of the concert the Band may engage supporting vocalists or join forces with a full choir. For most concerts the Band will use its full complement of around 45 musicians but, for certain special occasions, a smaller band may be provided.’

Formed 1973: 'Award winning society specialising in the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. Our aim is the promotion and advancement of public appreciation of operatic and other musical works, particularly by promoting productions of the Savoy Operas. We put on at least one full production a year, together with several concerts, and are also available to perform Gilbert and Sullivan, Olde Tyme Music Hall and songs from popular musicals at private functions'. ALERT 'At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Chapel End Savoys Players, the members present, reluctantly, decided to wind up the Society. Much as we have wished to avert this, the current number of permanent members and other factors mean that we are no longer able to sustain a company that performs staged productions.'

 

CADOS is a friendly, thriving amateur theatre group based in Chingford on the East London/Essex border. We stage two musicals or plays a year ... We have two types of membership - Active and Patron .. You need to be over 16 years old and to pass a company audition to become an Active CADOS member. This is in two parts: a simple acting audition (e.g. a short monologue or poem) and a singing audition for those wishing to perform in musicals (you will need to prepare a short piece and bring along a backing track or sheet music unless you wish to sing unaccompanied) ... We're always looking for people to assist backstage or front of house too, so please get in touch however you would like to be involved!’

 

+ Chingford Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A friendly four-part chamber choir based in Woodford, East London ...  New members (over 16) are always welcome: there are no formal auditions – selection is by mutual agreement after a few rehearsals ... We reach a good standard of chamber singing with the majority of members being able to read music and sight-read. We suggest some experience of choral singing would help.‘

 

Category Chamber Choirs

Docklands Sinfonia has become a major cultural force in the Docklands - bringing high quality music to the area, staging ground-breaking concerts and creating a lasting legacy by inspiring generations of young people ... With one in every two children (49%) living below the poverty line in Tower Hamlets – London’s most deprived borough - few young people in the area have, or will ever, experience the joy of listening to a live symphony orchestra ... Our repertoire celebrates multi cultural London by seeking out innovative collaborations to reach new audiences. Our home is the stunning Hawksmoor-designed St Anne's, Limehouse ... In 2019, Docklands Sinfonia launched two orchestras following huge success in both our local community and further afield. Our family is now made up of the Docklands Sinfonia professional orchestra and our non-professional e14 orchestra.'

 

+ Docklands Sinfonia
Also indexede14 orchestra
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We have been making music for over 40 years. We are a lively, friendly group of singers, performing at the highest level in Central and East London venues. The choir is based in Stratford at the University of East London and draws members from the University and the wider community in Docklands, East London and beyond ... We give four concerts per season in East and Central London. In addition we are regularly engaged to sing at weddings, carol concerts and corporate events.'

 

Category Choral Societies
+ East London Chorus
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Has been making music since 1974. The Band serves all ages and abilities: our youngest members are 4-5 years old; there's no upper age limit! We run a range of musical activities every Friday night at the Shadwell centre, from smaller ensembles in a range of styles, low cost lessons, and our "main band" where most players join in ... For lessons and most of the band we are a wind music ensemble. We do have a very small number of string players in our early music group ... All wind instruments at any level are welcome!'

 

+ East London Community Band
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An amateur, mixed choir of around 90 voices that rehearses and performs in the South East of London ... It admits singers without formal audition, though occasional voice appraisals are held. Bursaries are available for two young singers; currently the age range is from 18 to 70 plus ... Concerts are usually given locally three or four times a year, with orchestra and/or piano or organ accompaniment, with professional soloists for major choral works.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Eltham Choral Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'English National Ballet's move to east London will transform the future of ballet, both in the capital and nationwide. It will mean they can put on more inspiring performances, can develop the stars of tomorrow and reach more people through their education programmes than ever before. It will also breathe new life into City Island – highlighting the importance of embedding cultural projects into the heart of a major new development.' [Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London]

 

Category Ballet Companies
+ English National Ballet
FEATURED: Multiple Concerts and RecitalsYes

‘We are a friendly company and have fun but our aim is to put on the very best productions we can. We pick shows that many other companies wouldn’t, like “Honk!” and “Hot Mikado”, as well as the old standards. Our greatest strength is our ability to work together as a group and perform with joy and vibrancy together. We are noted for our ensemble singing and high production standards and our ability to work as a team on and off stage.’

+ Forest Musical Theatre Company
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Has gained an impressive reputation for the high quality and vitality of its performances, and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014/15. Originally the Leyton Municipal Orchestra, it was reconstituted under its current name in 1964 by its first Artistic Director, Frank Shipway. The first President was Zoltan Kodaly, followed by Sir John Barbirolli, with an illustrious list of patrons including Leonard Bernstein, Sir William Walton, Benjamin Britten and Lorin Maazel and soloists including pianists John Lill and Stephen Kovacevich. Today, the orchestra continues to perform with top artists ... and also gives opportunities to young musicians in the local Waltham Forest community through open rehearsals and a participation programme ...'

+ Forest Philharmonic
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 2019, Gothic Opera curates mysterious performances of rarely-seen operas in uncanny, atmospheric spaces, taking the dark, eerie intensity of gothic fiction as its starting point.’

Category Opera Companies

‘Formed in 1988 with musicians who originally formed the Greenwich Youth Band, but wanted to extend their repertoire with more advanced music ... Regarded as one of South London’s foremost amateur concert bands attracting experienced and talented musicians from the surrounding areas. Many of Greenwich Concert Band's members are, or have been, professional musicians and tutors with a number coming from the senior military bands ... Our repertoire covers music from “stage and screen” to light classics and traditional pieces and, with a number of “big band” musicians on board, the band excels in performing “40s swing” and popular standards. We perform concerts at a variety of venues throughout the South East which include concert halls, yacht/golf clubs, churches, “marquee” events, bandstands and summer festivals ~ as well as carrying out fundraising activities for charities and other organisations.’

‘Have a wide repertoire of unaccompanied choral pieces, ranging from Elizabethan madrigals to arrangements of popular songs. and sing regularly in National Trust properties in Kent, Queen’s House in Greenwich and many churches. Their annual concert season often includes a weekend away and they have sung all over England.’

 

Category Greenwich
+ Grove Singers [Eltham]

‘A150-strong community choir drawing members from Hackney, surrounding boroughs and across London ... We present at least two concerts a year, working with professional orchestras and soloists, and particularly the Forest Philharmonic ... We are different from many other singing groups. We have an open-door policy and do not hold auditions — everybody, regardless of experience, is welcome to join the Thursday night rehearsals.’

 

 

Category Choral Societies

‘A vibrant symphony orchestra performing three concerts a year and promoting classical music to audiences within the borough of Lewisham and its neighbouring boroughs. Offering a performance platform for both local amateur players of a high standard and music students from local universities, Harmony Sinfonia also aims to work with local music services to provide performance opportunities to school pupils of an advanced standard.’

 

+ Harmony Sinfonia
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A community orchestra serving the London Borough of Havering and surrounding areas. We exist to provide opportunities for local instrumentalists to practise and develop their musical skills, and to provide entertainment for members of the public. We have adult members of all ages, and endeavour to make our rehearsals and concerts approachable and friendly occasions. The orchestra works with local soloists wherever possible, and has a particular commitment to offering local young musicians solo performance opportunities. We have worked with several past winners of the Havering Young Musician of the Year award.’

 

+ Havering Concert Orchestra
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Musical Theatre group presenting shows and staged concerts. We have performed many of the classic musicals and have also enjoyed performing a number of the lesser known musicals ... We currently have around 40 members; some have been with the Society for twenty years or more while others are just taking part in their first show. As always, new members are welcome in all categories, from the back row of the chorus to leading roles - and if you haven't been on stage before, no worries. As long as you can hold a tune and can do some very basic movement, you can be on stage in no time!'

 

+ Havering Music Makers
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a choir of NHS workers, working in Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust. We first came together for the BBC Series “Sing While You Work” with Gareth Malone in 2012. The Choir is made up of a wide range of NHS workers, including doctors, nurses, therapists and many other staff from across the NHS workforce. In 2015, we achieved the UK Christmas number 1, with our single "Bridge over You", a mash up of Bridge over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel) and Fix You (Coldplay) ... We continue to perform at both small local concerts, to patients on our hospital wards, and at larger national events.’

 

Category Community Choirs
+ Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir

‘A large, lively community-based choir, with almost two hundred singers. Founded in 1950 by a group based at Lewisham’s parish church, it grew in size and ambition, marking its transformation by a change of name to Lewisham Choral Society in the early 1980s ... We are a performing choir, staging four concerts a year and taking part in other choral singing events and collaborations when opportunities arise ... Although we do not audition, the choir performs to a high standard and tackles some complex pieces which require a level of experience and musical ability. Rehearsals are relatively fast-paced, so may not suit complete beginners.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Lewisham Choral Society
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded in 1967, Lewisham Concert Band is one of London’s top community wind bands, comprising both professional and high-standard amateur musicians ... There is no formal audition: players should be at least grade 8 standard and will be invited to attend rehearsals for a minimum of three weeks before a permanent place is considered.‘

 

'The aim of the London Docklands Singers is to provide live classical music of a high artistic standard at affordable prices. The inclusive joining policy of the choir welcomes experienced choristers and sight-singers as well as those with more limited skills and experience. Weekly rehearsals as well as the high level of commitment, enthusiasm, mutual support and a friendly atmosphere help all singers attain the musical standard required to perform in concert. LDS gives three formal concerts each year, often accompanied by the Marcel Sinfonia.'

 

Category Community Choirs
+ London Docklands Singers
Also indexedMarcel Sinfonia
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Walthamstow-based choir, set up in 1950, singing a broad repertoire of choral music locally, in central London and abroad. New members welcome - no audition!

Category Waltham Forest
+ London Forest Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 1990 when a group of friends realised there was a gap in the local East London singing community. They were looking for a chance to sing music outside the mainstream a cappella repertoire and within a small and fast-learning group. Over two decades on the choir has around 35 singers who thrive on the wide ranging repertoire and the stimulating rehearsals ...’

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Meljon Singers
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Monteverdi Choir have always focused on bringing a new perspective to their repertoire. Their real difference as an ensemble lies in their ability to communicate music to their audiences worldwide, as they go beyond the music, seeking to create immediacy and drama in everything they do. This approach has led to the Monteverdi Choir being consistently acclaimed as one of the best choirs in the world over the past 50 years ... Besides their independent existence as a period chamber orchestra the English Baroque Soloists also participate regularly in joint projects with the Monteverdi Choir, with whom they famously took part in the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000, performing all of Bach’s sacred cantatas throughout Europe.'

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Monteverdi Choir & Orchestras
Also indexedEnglish Baroque Soloists | Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A friendly community choir based in Hornchurch in the London Borough of Havering ... Our members represent a variety of ages, backgrounds and musical abilities and are drawn from the local area around Havering. There is one thing we all share - a love of singing ... Our repertoire is varied and is sure to include: songs from the shows both old and new, medleys of popular songs and carols at Christmas, both traditional and original. Our programme of concerts will include at least two fixed "seasons" - Christmas Concerts and Summer Concerts.’

 

Category Havering

‘The friendly singers based in Redbridge ... Membership is open to anyone over 16. There is no formal audition although the conductor may advise over particular strengths and weaknesses.’ Typically perform in three concerts per annum.

 

Category Community Choirs
+ New Essex Choir
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A self-financing amateur group that rehearses and gives several concerts each year in the London Borough of Redbridge and its environs. The orchestra was established in 1996 and currently numbers around 60 players of all ages and from all walks of life, who come together each week to make music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our aim is to deliver concerts of a high musical standard but to have fun and enjoy our music-making along the way. The orchestra's repertoire is varied, with something to suit most musical tastes, including arrangements of well-known classical, popular pieces and music from stage and screen, as well as works composed especially for the wind band medium.‘

+ New Redbridge Wind Orchestra
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An ambitious, Olivier Award-winning opera company, producing innovatively staged, unintimidating, affordable and - crucially - high quality English chamber re-imaginings of well-known works and premieres of new operas ...  to over 50 venues around the UK each year ... We have a strong track record at reaching new audiences to opera: over a six-week run of La Bohème at Soho Theatre, 51% of the audience had never been to an opera before; at our performance of The Marriage of Figaro at G Live in Guildford, 31% of the audience were attending their first opera ... OperaUpClose moved into the Borough of Tower Hamlets at the beginning of 2017.’

 

Category Opera Companies
+ OperaUpClose
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Successful competititve Band, originating in the early 1970s from players within Redbridge Music School: ‘It  has won the title "Champion Band of the London and Southern Counties" region many times and represented the area in the national finals held at the Royal Albert Hall’.

 

+ Redbridge Brass
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 1991 by two local schoolteachers (Paul Servis and Tim Litchfield) who spotted a gap in the community for amateur musicians of differing levels of ability ... The idea was that there would be no daunting entrance auditions, with membership being open to anyone who can play a musical instrument, read music to a reasonable level and is willing to learn. Over time, the Orchestra has remained true to this founding principle and has provided people of all ages with somewhere to develop their skills and make the most of the talent they have ... The Orchestra is a happy blend where stronger players mix with others of lesser ability, where everyone helps each other and no-one is made to feel inadequate or out of their depth.’

‘SSO offers South East London audiences the opportunity to experience high-quality live orchestral music, old and new. We play both famous “standard repertoire” and music you will be unlikely to hear anywhere else. We also play a New Year's Concert where we mix adventurous repertoire which we know our audience will love, with traditional Viennese music and “pops”works including famous film, television and radio scores. SSO's musicians are drawn from all over London and beyond. Many members are professionally trained and teach locally, others are serious amateurs; all are committed to rigorous rehearsal preparation and making inspired performances.’

+ Sidcup Symphony Orchestra
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A community choir which has been performing major choral works in Hackney since 1997 ...  We rehearse and perform at St. John of Jerusalem Church and, although we are not a church choir, members have also sung in church events, including the annual carol service ... The choir is open to all regardless of ethnicity, age, religion, gender, nationality, identity, sexual orientation, disability or political affiliation and no one is excluded from membership on financial grounds. There are no auditions and the choir includes people with a variety of musical experience.’

 

Category Hackney
+ St John of Jerusalem Festival Chorus
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Chamber orchestra based in Greenwich, London. Great concerts every month, fantastic audiences, virtuoso players ... what's not to like?’

+ St Paul’s Sinfonia
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An amateur, mixed voice chamber choir ... The choir has been singing in Upminster and the surrounding area for nearly 40 years, and enjoys singing both old and newer music (from Tallis to Tavener). Despite our name, not all our concerts are “a cappella” (unaccompanied) – we sometimes have organ or piano accompaniment, and have sung with an instrumental ensemble and a harp ... We usually give 3 or more concerts each year (Spring, Summer and Christmas), featuring a variety of music ... Refreshments are available at each concert, so you can not only hear live choral singing, but relax and chat with the choir afterwards!‘

 

+ The Cappella Singers of Upminster

‘A women's a cappella choir who perform regularly in south London and elsewhere ... Trade Winds concentrate on intimate cross cultural projects, local festivals and site specific work.’ Their concerts typically range widely over folk music, jazz standards, rock classics and favourite pop songs.

 

‘A friendly group of around 60 singers with a range of backgrounds and a shared love of choral music. The choir has gained a reputation, both locally and further afield, for high quality performances with a friendly atmosphere ... We give at least four main concerts a year as well as singing at various events, often by invitation, mainly in the local community ... The choir performs with professional soloists and instrumentalists, including a full orchestra at times. Suitably experienced choir members may also be offered solo opportunities.‘

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Valentine Singers
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A choir for people living in Walthamstow and surrounding areas with a diverse repertoire ranging from choral to folk and popular songs ... Membership is open to anyone living or working in the Borough of Waltham Forest.‘

Category Community Choirs

‘A fun, uplifting and modern choir for the people of E17 who love to sing. No need to be able to read music, with a focus on sounding great and feeling great. Popular music you’ll know, but not necessarily songs you’d expect ...’ Formerly Choir 17.

 

Category Community Choirs
+ Walthamstow Mixtape Choir

‘Formed in 1963 and has presented public concerts on a regular basis ever since ... The Orchestra often engages professional soloists for concerti and similar works, but advanced members are also given the opportunity to perform in such a capacity. Apart from presenting three major concerts each year, ensembles and various groups from Woodford Symphony Orchestra often perform at other events. The string section in particular gives extra concerts during each season.’

+ Woodford Symphony Orchestra
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An entertainment venue and concert hall in the heart of South East London. Built in 1895 by William Webster, Blackheath Halls is part of the oldest surviving purpose built cultural complex in London. Blackheath Halls presents a diverse programme of concerts and events throughout the year including classical, folk, comedy nights, talks, literary events, exhibitions and children's theatre. The Halls also run a varied community engagement programme from choirs and orchestra through to community opera and children's opera.‘

@ Blackheath Halls
Also indexedTrinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance
FEATURED: Multiple Concerts and RecitalsYes

‘The Charlton House Concerts bring together music lovers and both established and aspiring artists. With the enthusiastic support of Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust and a loyal and generous audience we present a continuing programme of wonderful concerts, inspiring competitions and creative sponsorship ... Charlton House illustrates a little-represented phase in the evolution of the English country house, linking the sprawling style of the Tudor age with the compact geometry associated with Inigo Jones.’

 

@ Charlton House
Also indexedRoyal Greenwich Heritage Trust

‘Our beautiful Grade II listed Georgian/Victorian house opened as an Arts Centre in 1973. Owned and operated by the London Borough of Havering, the house, together with its Billet and Annexe outbuildings, offer arts workshops, courses, activities and events for all ages and abilities, whether it's in our performing arts studio or fully equipped pottery or art rooms. We're home to artists, photographers, crafters and music teachers in their own private studios, and host to dozens of clubs, societies and groups from model railways to amateur radio, painting, music appreciation, accordion players - the list just goes on and on!’

 

Category Havering

‘Erected in 1891, the same year as the park's only surviving Victorian granite drinking fountain, this Grade II listed structure is located on the south-east side of Great Cross Avenue. The field surrounding it is known as Bandstand Field.’ The Friends of Greenwich Park ‘hold annual Midsummer Jazz Concerts in the Observatory Garden and organise and pay for concerts at the Bandstand on Sunday afternoons in July and August’.

 

@ Greenwich Park Bandstand
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'There are plenty of ways to get involved. Whether it’s through the Hackney Empire Community Choir, Youth Forum, School and College Programme, Elders Group, one of our workshops or maybe one of our annual projects – Artist Development Programme (ADP), Hackney Village, Alter Ego. Our flagship pioneering Creative Learning programmes is developing the Next Generation of artists ...'

 

Fortnightly lunchtime recitals on Thursdays, primarily on the ‘fine two manual Tickell Pipe Organ installed in 2003’. 

 

Category Havering
@ St Laurence Upminster
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The only surviving Elizabethan Church in London and one of the oldest in the country to have been built as an Anglican church ... The Old Church is a fabulous venue for a variety of artistic and community events: concerts, exhibitions, art workshops, dancing, singing, meditation, drumming ... Our flexible atmospheric space with its wonderful acoustic is perfect for them all. We can seat an audience of 110 – all with a good view.’

 

 

@ The Old Church Stoke Newington

Opened 1859: ‘A grade 2* award winning building & the oldest grand music hall in the world. Now showing exceptional live music, world-class theatre & education projects.’

 

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