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Area: London (North)

'Barnet Education Arts Trust absolutely loves to make music! Whether you are a young classical, jazz or rock musician we have bands and groups ... If you sing we have choirs, and if you are a teacher we have training opportunities and advice. We can hire out orchestral instruments ... We stage concerts regularly ... If you are three years or older we have something for you!' The Trust is the Lead Organisation for the Barnet Music Education Hub.

Also indexedBarnet Music Education Hub
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DaCapo is a music education organisation with a child friendly programme from toddler to teens ... DaCapo's dynamic music education programme draws on the methods of Kodaly and Dalcroze Eurhythmics ... DaCapo put on a wide range of concerts and events throughout the year in addition to our regular term-time activities. From extra concert opportunities for our pupils such as The BIG Performance to special events showcasing professional musicians such as the Founder's Day Concert, as well as our week-long Summer School, DaCapo are always seeking to bring their innovative and inclusive approach to a variety of audiences.‘

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‘You want to be a qualified, confident musician, able to hold your head high in the global, professional world of music making. You want to build experience as an informed performer, composer, music producer, music director or all of these, working in a specific field ... You want to be as comfortable and adept in the recording studio, as conducting or performing with orchestral players from manuscript. You want to meet professionals and learn from them ...’

Also indexedMiddlesex University London
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‘The EDOA region covers an area of Hertfordshire, Middlesex and north London roughly corresponding to the southern part of the Anglican Diocese of St Albans, and the Episcopal Areas of Edmonton and Willesden in the Anglican Diocese of London. Regardless of its handy ecclesiastical boundaries, the EDOA welcomes members from all faiths, and none.’

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'Founded in 1981 to enable guitarists of all standards to play ensemble music. Aligned to the academic season, we meet on most Friday evenings (except August).'

Category Guitar Societies
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‘Provides inclusive instrumental lessons to thousands of children and young people, including those with Special Educational Needs ... We offer inspiration and opportunities for children and young people throughout Enfield, working with schools and families to provide the best musical experiences in a range of settings, from instrumental tuition and whole class music lessons, to after-school choirs, bands and orchestras. We are proud to be the lead partner for Enfield Music Hub ... an exciting partnership with various organisations, to develop music education. We work with schools, parents, carers, children and young people.’

Also indexedEnfield Music Education Hub
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'A vibrant and busy organisation through which young people are encouraged and nurtured to build on their musical ability and experiences to strengthen their: skills; knowledge; understanding; and develop an appreciation of music as an art form.'

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‘An informal group of players of the instrument, mostly classical but not exclusively so. We enjoy playing for, sometimes playing in ensemble with and listening to likeminded people. It is open to anyone of any age, gender, ethnicity or ability with the slightest interest in guitar. Some members don't play the guitar, some play another instrument or sing and enjoy duets with guitar accompaniment. We have members who are keen regulars and those who come when they are able or so motivated.’

Category Guitar Societies
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Founded 1999: ‘Has been running successfully for many years as one of the best value clubs around ... The Jazz Club is for everyone with a passion for live jazz, blues and soul. We have had the pleasure to play host to some of the best jazz artists in the world at this London Jazz club, and to provide our patrons with world class jazz at a fraction of the price they would pay in the West End. If you like jazz, the Mill Hill Jazz Club is the place to hang out’.

Category Barnet
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'Takes place each year, usually in April and May. We offer a huge range of competitive classes covering Piano, Singing, Choirs, Orchestral and Chamber Groups, Composition, Stringed and Wind Instruments of all descriptions, Speech and Drama. We aim to offer something for everyone, but if you don’t find a class that suits you, do get in touch and we will try to create one especially for you. Our Festival Competitions are open to amateurs and students whatever their age or ability. Entrants are given the opportunity to perform in front of an audience and may win a cash prize, trophy or certificate. Everyone takes away with them a copy of the adjudicator’s written comments and a certificate of participation.'

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'We offer a wide range of music, from classical to jazz, with international artists and rising young professionals. On the first weekend, we also have eight authors in our LitFest, run in association with The Henrietta Barnett School. And there are a series of walks where you can see familiar parts of London with new eyes. Run almost entirely by volunteers, the Festival gives all its surplus funds to charities Toynbee Hall and the North London Hospice.' Held Late June.

Category Highgate
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'Established in Bigwood House, Hampstead Garden Suburb in 1967 and since that time has become one of the foremost Saturday morning music schools in London. The essential aim of YMC is to welcome all children from the age of two to eighteen years into our community and to help them achieve their highest musical potential within a creative and happy environment where they can come together to enjoy making music.'

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'Launched in April 2012 Ziggy's club nights ... featuring the finest Jazz and World music artists in the UK. Showcasing new talent, established artists and star performers.'

Category Jazz Clubs
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‘Has a history of providing creative, entertaining programmes using music from a wide spectrum of genres, guaranteed to appeal to a broad variety of tastes. Many of our concerts include visual material to accompany the music, bringing an extra dimension to well-loved classics as well as to more contemporary material. Concerts are often compèred in an informative, humorous and thought provoking way that helps engage the audience in the whole evening ... As a Christian organisation, we aspire to be a “musical missional community”, supporting and encouraging one another and striving for musical excellence.‘

Category Gospel Choirs
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‘One of Barnet’s oldest musical organisations. During the summer, we play at fetes, community events, and bandstands, while Christmas sees us participating at Barnet’s Christmas Fair in The Spires shopping centre. We also give concerts for local charities, and over the years have been privileged to help many worthy causes. Barnet Band is a not-for-profit organisation run by its members. As a community wind band, we accept new members without audition and we don’t ask for grades. We aim for rehearsals to be fun and sociable occasions. There’s always a teabreak. If that sounds what you’re looking for, please come along and try us out. You will find us very friendly and be made extremely welcome.’

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‘A very friendly amateur orchestra based in North London. We give musicians the opportunity to play and perform classical music in a fun and sociable setting. We aim for high standards but we firmly believe that playing music should always be enjoyable. The orchestra performs three concerts a year, usually December, March and July and always welcomes new players.’

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'Unique female vocal ensemble dedicated to bringing high quality performances of choral music to audiences in North London and beyond ... We perform regular concerts, with appearances at venues such as St. James's, Piccadilly and St. Martin-in-the-Fields. We also sing at charity and community events as well as weddings ... Our sound is a vibrant fusion of sacred and secular works, encompassing folk songs from around the world, songs and music from past and present, modern choral works and popular show-stopping anthems.'

Category Ladies Choirs
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‘Based in the town of Borehamwood in Hertfordshire although some of our players come from surrounding areas ... Founded in 1971, when pupils from the former Holmshill School Brass Band ... found themselves with no musical outlet on leaving school ... The Band performs throughout the year but most of our engagements are in the June/ July and Christmas seasons. We have a wide selection of music which has been acquired over many years. Our library includes many of the classic brass band pieces as well as “pop”, film and TV themes, and many solo pieces.’

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’Come and be part of a truly uplifting community experience! Everyone is welcome to join us – young, youngish and not so young. Don’t be shy, there are no auditions, there’s no need to read music, just bring yourself and a bottle of water (it can be thirsty work!). We have close to 100 members at most of our rehearsals, with our alto and soprano sections full but we are looking for tenors and basses. The names of potential soprano or alto singers will be added to a waiting list. We sing a variety of different songs selected from the genres of classical, world and popular music.’

Category Community Choirs
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‘Widely acknowledged as one of the most exciting and innovative large choirs in the country and has gained both national and international recognition. The chorus is independent and promotes its own season of concerts in major London venues ... With some 150 singers on its books, Crouch End Festival Chorus is known for its versatility and eclectic repertoire, ranging from the traditional classical works to modern and specially-commissioned pieces ... Crouch End Festival Chorus is always looking for good singers, and we hold auditions throughout the year ... We also hold periodical open rehearsals, at which all singers are welcome.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘Formed in November, 1997, for adult musicians in the North London and Hertfordshire area. Da Capo Concert Band was established with the principal objective of providing amateur adult woodwind, brass, and percussion players with a friendly, dynamic and challenging environment in which to play. This is where the name of the band derives: Da Capo - from the beginning ... The Band performs a varied repertoire for wind band ... In addition, Da Capo Concert Band sets itself to explore classic and contemporary symphonic band works with a view to entertaining and challenging its players, and for the audience's delight.‘

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‘We are a non-profit making and award-winning musical theatre society based in Winchmore Hill N21 in the London Borough of Enfield. Founded in 1953 as The Wheatsheaf Players, the name was soon changed to Enfield Light Operatic and Dramatic Society and from performing mostly Gilbert and Sullivan in the 50's and 60's, the society soon took on the challenge of producing more modern musicals and this has continued to the present day. We produce a mix of classic shows and new productions and are a fully inclusive society, welcoming adults of all ages and children when a show requires under 18's. We perform two musicals per year, usually in April and October.’

Also indexedEnfield Light Operatic and Dramatic Society
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Enfield Chamber Orchestra (formerly Enfield String Players) was founded in 1942. We are a very friendly orchestra who first and foremost enjoy playing great music. As a guide, a minimum standard of Grade 7 is needed to join, but a commitment to rehearsals and improving standards are the most important requirements.’

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‘Although amateur in status we have gained a local reputation for giving performances of a high standard, often with professional soloists and ensembles ... We perform mainly classical choral works ... with the summer concert usually being much lighter ... We have also sung pieces composed by members of the society, works arranged by our music director ... Membership is open to all singers over the age of sixteen and there are currently approximately 70 members. We are a local choir in that most members live within the London Borough of Enfield. We aim to be inclusive and accessible. No auditions are required, but a good singing voice and enthusiasm are essential.’

Category Choral Societies
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'FFBOS, as we refer to ourselves, is a thriving amateur musical theatre society based in North London.'

Also indexedFFBOS
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‘The Choir consists of approximately thirty local singers of a calibre to provide its own soloists, interested in performing a wide range of music from the Middle Ages to the present day, including commissions and first performances ... It was formed in 1973 and maintains close links with its sister organisation, Finchley Symphony Orchestra, both groups giving regular seasons at Trinity Church, North Finchley, including some joint concerts.‘

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘FCMG was founded in 1958 to give the first amateur performance of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde, and for most of its life has been the most celebrated children’s choir of its kind in the UK. Since its formation it has pursued an ongoing commitment to the commissioning of new music for children’s voices ... FCMG is regularly invited to supply the children’s chorus for major choral works ... New members are always welcome to join FCMG. There are four different choirs and the age range of the children is from four to eighteen. The Beginners and Intermediates choirs are open to all. In order to enter into the Senior and Chamber choirs, it is necessary to audition. Children may join FCMG at any time – it is not essential to have passed through the early stages of FCMG in order to audition for the Senior Choir.’

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‘FSO is a community-based orchestra comprising ex- & semi-pros, music teachers & administrators, & talented amateurs ... We give 5-6 high standard concerts a year and are constantly looking for new challenges and opportunities ... Our repertoire is wide ... we changed our name from “Finchley Chamber Orchestra” to match this diversity.’

Also indexedFinchley Chamber Orchestra
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'HGO brings live opera, fully staged, at reasonable prices to the people of north London and offers performance opportunity to young singers. We perform our operas twice a year, May and November.'

Category Opera Companies
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'Founded in 1878 ... HCS has grown from modest beginnings into a vibrant and dynamic choir of over 200 singers ... In partnership with the outstanding New London Orchestra and professional soloists, the choir now regularly commands sell-out performances and critical acclaim for the high standard of its concerts and its enterprise in championing new commissions and rarely-performed works.'

Category Choral Societies
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'Consists of 10 – 15 enthusiastic players, playing a variety of clarinets which cover most of the clarinet family. They range from the tiny Eb, Bb to the Alto, Bass, Contra-Alto and the enormous Contrabass. The Choir has been making music since its formation in November 1970 ... We aim to hold at least 2 concerts per term, usually in the local area and often in churches but sometimes in care homes for elderly people.'

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'We wanted somewhere for local musicians to come and enjoy playing together, without the pressure and minimum standard often required by other amateur classical ensembles ... The main thing to say is that we are not high brow, we are inclusive and it's okay to make mistakes ... that's the way we learn. New players sometimes find themselves sitting with a novice on one side and a seasoned professional musician on the other. Everyone is friendly and encouraging and that's the way we like it.'

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‘A friendly 60 member mixed voice North London choir based in Mill Hill in Barnet Borough. We sing a wide repertoire including major oratorios and modern music to a high standard. We perform four concerts a year with professional musicians ... We always give a warm welcome to new singers. Although there is no formal audition, a degree of musical proficiency is assumed, in terms of notation, rhythm and pitch. CDs of individual parts are available to help learning notes.‘

Category Choral Societies
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‘We are a small ladies' choir performing concerts to raise money for various charities ... The music we sing is from a wide repertoire. Our programmes are broad and varied, with a mixture of sacred, classical and popular music, often taking us on a journey through time to include jazz numbers and songs from the great musical shows ... We welcome anyone who enjoys singing to come and join us ...There are no auditions and you don't need to be able to read music.‘

Category Ladies Choirs
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‘Offers a unique opportunity for girls and boys aged between 7 and 18 to enjoy all kinds of music. Launched by Ronald Corp in 1991, the Choir has appeared in all the major London concert halls with the UK’s finest symphony orchestras and conductors, has collaborated with opera companies in the UK and abroad, made dozens of recordings and broadcasts, and has appeared with internationally renowned artists ... With children drawn from schools from all over London (over 50 at the last count!) the children make close friendships with one another and across the age groups.’

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'We are a non-audition choir based in North London, open to all, which aims to unite and represent the wider community through a joy of singing. NTS has over fifty singers rehearsing each week and the main focus in rehearsals is preparation for performances. These performances can take the form of concerts and appearances in festivals and other events in the local community and the North London area.'

Category Community Choirs
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‘A long-established, intrepid and friendly amateur orchestra based in North Finchley, North London. We are open to musicians of all ages (no audition required) ... We give the opportunity to play to anyone who has enthusiasm and commitment! The orchestra currently includes active and retired professionals, accomplished amateurs, people returning to their instrument after a break and even people who originally began learning their instrument as an adut ...  if you feel that you can read and play well enough to contribute to the orchestra, please sit in on a rehearsal and see how it works out. All we ask is that players make a commitment to come to the weekly rehearsals, and to practise when they can ... We generally play more adventurous repertoire than a typical community orchestra and each concert includes a concerto with a (generally young) professional soloist.‘

Category Barnet
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‘An ambitious non-professional orchestra. Our aim is to present full large-scale symphonic repertoire featuring a varied mix of adventurous and lesser known works, together with popular well-known pieces ... We give three public concerts a year in the North London area ... New players attend for a trial period; there are no formal auditions.‘

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‘A large open-access woodwind ensemble, which aims to give intermediate adult players the experience of playing in a larger ensemble and at the same time improving intonation, sight-reading and ensemble skills. The Band now comprises about 45 regular players and there are also many opportunities for playing in chamber groups. The band takes its name from Alexandra Palace in North London, which is adjacent to the Community Centre where the band rehearses, on alternate Sunday mornings. There are no auditions, and the band has a relaxed and open ethos. The music is arranged in a four-part flexible format, which gives a choice of parts for the flutes and clarinets. There are parts for B flat soprano, alto and bass clarinets, all four saxophones and French horn. The more advanced and adventurous players also have the opportunity to play concerto movements occasionally.’

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'One of the premier amateur opera companies in London. Founded in 1964 the company performs an ever changing programme of productions featuring opera, operetta and musical comedy. Our productions are fully staged and costumed, feature a full chorus and are accompanied by an orchestra.'

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‘A North London symphony orchestra, performing concerts and open to amateur orchestral musicians. The orchestra has been part of Enfield's community for over fifty years ... The Orchestra is open to amateur musicians on all orchestral instruments ... If you are Grade 6 or above on any orchestral instrument, you would be welcome to join Southgate Symphony Orchestra. To join, you can either turn up a rehearsal, or download the membership form.’

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‘We are a group of friendly, enthusiastic musicians based in East Finchley. All new members are welcome – please drop us an email ... or pop along to a rehearsal!’ Typically give three concerts per annum, but also ‘aside from performing regularly in North London, we enjoy taking our music further afield’.

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'Established in 2009 by local residents, with the help of a Making The Difference grant from Haringey Council, to provide opportunities for people in Tottenham and Haringey to meet their neighbours and sing together. New and experienced singers of all ages and voices are welcome, and you do not have to audition ... We have a varied and diverse repertoire from Bernstein to The Beach Boys, Mozart to Bob Marley. We perform regularly within the community and further afield.'

Category Community Choirs
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'One of WSO's greatest assets is its friendly and welcoming membership ... From the person causing mischief at the back of the second violins to the cellist who insists on always sitting at the lowliest place in the section and not forgetting the outraged violas who harrumph their light-hearted indignation when the odd viola joke is inevitably wheeled out on occasion - there are plenty of vibrant personalities united by their love of making music together.'

Category String Ensembles
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'UK's leading mixed voice Jewish choir ... To maintain the high standard for which we are known, potential choristers are expected to audition ... If you enjoy singing Jewish music and have got some experience, we would love to hear from you.'

Category Choral Societies
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‘Alexandra Palace has built a reputation as one of London’s premier venues. With its beautiful setting with panoramic views of London, stunning architectural features and well proportioned halls, the Palace is now a very popular choice for both corporate and private events ... The Grand Willis Organ  ‘The tale of the organ is an extraordinary survival story against great adversity, stretching over 135 years. As we see it today, the organ is being rebuilt from the ashes for the third time, but the heart of what made it such a great Victorian musical masterpiece remains.’

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The Aims and Objectives of The Friends of Hilly Fields are ‘to protect the preservation, restoration, maintenance of the Hilly Fields Bandstand and improvement of Hilly Fields as a public park, and to encourage both a greater recreational use by the public of the facilities available and high standards in the provision of such facilities’. Typically monthly series of Sunday afternoon concerts, June - September.

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'Built in 1582 and set in the beautiful Waterlow Park, Lauderdale House now runs primarily as an arts and education centre, welcoming over 65,000 visitors each year. Our varied programme includes performances, exhibitions, classes and events as well as weddings, parties and receptions, which together bring this historic building to life.'

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'There is such a lot on offer musically at St Michael’s. Whether you are young or old, a singer or an instrumentalist, or just someone who enjoys listening or music, there is something for you! ... Our regular series of "Saturdays at Six" concerts are free and include a glass of wine. Join us on the second Saturday of each month, for organ, piano, instrumental and operatic music. We are also occasionally able to host one off events featuring a range of performers.'

Category Churches
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'Trevor Beale started the wonderful tradition of Concerts at West Lodge Park in 1974, and the season of concerts each year has continued ever since ... The format is simple – enjoy good food, fine wine and high quality classical music in beautiful and civilised surroundings.'

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