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Area: Northamptonshire

'A traditional folk club in the Heart of England.'

Category Folk Clubs
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Formed March 2012: ‘Welcomes everyone who can play, or would like to play, the ukulele. Our aim is to have fun and promote this wonderful instrument. Even if you have never played before, you can still come along and join in. It’s easy to start and you can learn to play a song on the first night.  Don’t worry if you don’t own an instrument – just contact us to use one of our spares ... Songs are projected onto a screen so sheets and music stands are not required.’

Category Ukulele Clubs
Also indexedDukesukes
Visits to the Website143
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'This dynamic programme develops students’ musical creativity, critical analysis and recording skills, giving them the opportunity to become fully equipped musicians for the 21st century. The programme equips students with the full 360 degree skill set to allow them to become creative music practitioners in the current environment. It provides the skills and understanding to work in a range of areas within the music and media industries, as well as in the teaching profession and other related areas.'

Also indexedUniversity of Northampton
Visits to the Website114
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‘Founded as a tribute to the late Gordon Robinson, founder member of the Northampton Schools Orchestra’s Association. It exists to support the work of the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust by offering financial assistance to young music makers.’ Grants normally only available to musicians based in Northamptonshire.

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'The four day Eisteddfod takes place in March where you will hear many fine performances in a pleasing atmosphere throughout the various venues. Events such as a four day Eisteddfod do not just come about, careful planning has to be done and much of the year seems to be taken up with it; but our committee is dedicated to the Eisteddfod cause.'

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‘Formed in 1958. Its purpose is the stimulation of and appreciation of programmes of recorded music, in a friendly atmosphere. Visiting members are always welcome to attend our meetings.’

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'Grade II listed Adult Residential College & Conference Centre ... Has a comprehensive programme of study breaks and courses for adults throughout the year.'

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‘Run by a team of enthusiastic and experienced teachers and provides an exciting selection of music, art and drama sessions ... We cater for all abilities from the absolute beginner to the more advanced and we cover an extensive range of musical genres from Classical to Rock and Folk.‘

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Corby Music and Performing Arts Centre runs various activities throughout the morning - including music, dance and drama classes - and cater for children from the age of three years to the time they leave school. We are totally inclusive and welcome everybody - it doesn't matter if you don't already play an instrument at school; there will be activities for you to enjoy! There are a couple of classes for parents and carers too! ... Saturday mornings during term time: 9:15am to 12:15pm.’

Also indexedCorby Music and Performing Arts Centre
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'We pride ourselves in offering activities that are relevant and of current interests to the young people in the town and surrounding area ... We hold our concerts at Christmas and at the end of the summer term; our senior groups perform regularly at charity and community events and we support and enter local and national music festivals. Our priority is to give everyone an opportunity to perform in a friendly and supportive environment.'

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'The Saturday morning performing arts school for the Towcester area. We offer classes from age 3 upwards in music and drama. At the centre you can play in a group, learn an instrument, take part in drama, attend workshops, perform at concerts and have fun!'

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Wellingborough Centre has a wide and exciting range of activities in all aspects of performing arts, including bands, choirs, keyboards, ukulele, string and jazz ensembles; dance, drama, musical theatre and theatre tech & sound. We cater from early years (children from 9 monts old) up to adults. Our classes are all inclusive and you don't need an instrument to join us. We provide keyboards, ukuleles, recorders, ocarinas and plenty of percussion.’

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‘The Association is open to anyone who is interested in the organ and its associated activities. Non-playing members are as welcome as playing members of all levels of proficiency ... Visits to organs of interest ... Visits to organ builders' workshops ... Talks and discussions on organ and organ music related topics ... An annual dinner with a guest speaker ... Recitals.’

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Your Festival : ‘Each year the Festival embraces a wide variety of activities: * A Chance to Perform; * A Chance for Appraisal; * A Chance to Hear Others Perform.’ Held Mid May.

Also indexedNorthampton Eisteddfod
Visits to the Website137
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‘Our Society exists to enable music lovers to share their love of music with others of a like mind. Our meetings always include an interval when it is possible to discuss and exchange views on music, recordings and equipment, over some light refreshments.’

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‘An independent charitable organisation dedicated to providing music and performing arts opportunities for the children, young people and communities of Northamptonshire.’

Also indexedNMPAT
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'Partnership of organisations committed to delivering the aims of the National Plan for Music Education for the children and young people of Northamptonshire ... The Hub will offer a way for every organisation supporting music education in the county to be directly involved and to network with the whole community.'

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‘Northamptonshire's opera appreciation society ... Are you curious about opera? Are you already a fan, but would like to know more? Or would you just like to indulge yourself once a week in the company of like-minded people? Then come and join us in pleasant surroundings, led by a stimulating tutor, surrounded by a responsive audience, watching beautiful operas on the latest high tech equipment.’

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'A not-for-profit organisation providing performance opportunities for amateur performers of all ages. We aim to keep entry fees as reasonable as possible, but in the last two years income has not kept up with rising costs ... Oundle Festival of Music and Drama gratefully acknowledges the support of its Patrons, including Oundle Town Council. It is because of their generosity that the Festival is still running. We are also grateful to local businesses who sponsor pages in our programme and syllabus. Their help enables us to keep entry fees down for our junior competitors.' Held Early April.

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‘Internationally renowned courses and a stong support network for young organists ... centered upon a new organ, built by Frobenius of Denmark and installed in Oundle School Chapel. OIF is recognised worldwide as the leading provider of organ tuition in a non-competitive environment. Our courses have inspired and guided young players for 30 years. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a budding professional organist, Oundle for Organists can help you become the best musician you can be.’ Held Mid April and Mid July.

Also indexedOundle International Festival
Visits to the Website80
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'A 9 day arts festival which incorporates music, theatre, film and Party at the Wharf.' Held Mid July.

Category Arts Festivals
Visits to the Website98
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‘We are a friendly music school offering private tuition on piano, keyboard, guitar, flute, clarinet, recorder, violin, singing and theory ... We stage regular concerts in aid of local charities and all students are given the opportunity to perform in front of family and friends. This provides essential experience for aspiring musicians to perform in public and helps to build confidence generally.‘

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‘A great little festival bringing roots music and dance to east Northants ... We host a long weekend of music and the arts based in Raunds in East Northants. Concerts, Jazz Cafe, dancing, song & tune sessions, workshops, young people's projects and other events.’ Held Early May.

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'We are a small friendly group who meet every fortnight to share and enjoy classical music, our programmes including a wide variety of music from classical symphonies, concertos, operatic arias, choral and film music, songs from musicals, jazz, popular music and singers.'

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‘Formed in 1975 to fill a gap in the Northampton Music Scene ... While existing orchestras and bands catered either for accomplished musicians or for schoolchildren there was a growing number of people taking up instruments later in life and there was a need for a band for “adult beginners”. To develop adequately as an instrumentalist it is vital to take part in ensemble playing with musicians of a similar or better standard ... There are no auditions, and unless any section gets ridiculously overpopulated, no particular limits on numbers of players. The Band gives many concerts for charity around the County and has made regular appearances on the bandstand in Abington Park as part of the Borough Council's summer “Bands in the Park” series of concerts.’

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'A female voice choir which was formed in 2008 with just 12 members. They have established themselves at the forefront of international choirs, having been winner of the Llangollen International Eisteddfod in Wales in 2012 and 2015 ... Members come from all walks of life, and include teachers, students, nurses and executives. The ages range from 17 to early 60s, and the group includes a number of mother and daughter combinations.'

Category Ladies Choirs
Visits to the Website129
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'Boobs & Brass was formed in May 2006 & is based in Northamptonshire, England ... All the people involved with “Boobs & Brass” love music and brass bands. Undoubtedly, the greatest single contribution that each player, conductor, soloist, arranger and supporter makes is that they do it all at their own personal expense, driven by one common aim – to raise money for researching a cure for breast cancer ...'

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'Formed in the mid 1970s when a group of young musicians finished their time at school, but still wanted to enjoy playing in a Brass Band. Soon after this our Junior Band was also started. For over 30 years it has been based in the Band Club in the centre of Brackley. Some players still remain from the early days. The Band has contested at all levels over the years, competing against some of the top bands in the country ... Majors and Minors was formed in 2014 with the aim to provide a group for young brass musicians, run by the members for the members in an atmosphere where they can develop and above all, have fun making music!' ALERT At Review: ‘Site offline. We are working on new and exciting stuff.’ Thus changed Website Link to Facebook Page.

Also indexedMajors and Minors
Visits to the Website119
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'Formed in 1977 ... New voices are always welcome – no auditions necessary, just turn up ... The choir gives between 2 and 5 performances a year, often interspersed with Evensongs and acts of worship.'

Category Choral Societies
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'The objective of the Choir is to provide an opportunity for local men to meet regularly and make music together whilst supporting and entertaining local charities and organisations with concerts. There are no auditions to join; all you need is an enthusiasm and a love of singing. Our repertoire is based on traditional male voice choral pieces, interspersed with songs from the shows and popular music.'

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'Formed in 2004 as a result of an off shoot of Brackley Music School. We perform a wide variety of music from Baroque music, to traditional classical pieces by Mozart and Beethoven, through to more "contemporary" works such as music by the Beatles and modern film music ... We have players from Brackley, Banbury, Towcester, Buckingham and surrounding villages ... Whether modern or traditional, the pieces that we play are well suited to a wind ensemble and are both fun to play and to listen to.'

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‘A four-part mixed choir. We give three main concerts a year in and around Kettering, drawing on mainstream choral works for our autumn and spring programmes but employing a lighter approach in the summer ... If you would like to join Camerata Singers, you are welcome to come to several rehearsals to see if this is the choir for you ... We don’t hold auditions, but most of us read music at least a little.’

Category Choral Societies
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'Have been promoting the performing arts in the Corby area for over 50 years and produce an annual traditional pantomime, a major musical production and either a play or variety type event each year. CATS are well known in the region for good quality theatre and have been nominated and won many awards from NODA, the association who support and encourage amateur theatre groups.'

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‘Although many singers come from Corby itself, the catchment area is quite extensive. Our membership of just over fifty singers ranges in age from twenty to eighty nine. We rehearse and perform throughout the year and, in recent times, we have performed an annual average of twelve concerts ... Our current repertoire includes songs from West End shows, popular music, songs of the sea, sacred songs, and music from operas. Recently we have added more contemporary music. As well as English, we sing German, French, Latin, Maori, Welsh and Zulu songs.’

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'One of the oldest bands in the local area. Although the majority of our players come from Corby, we have players from Kettering, Rushden and other surrounding towns and villages in Northamptonshire and beyond. Our players are hard working and committed and this shows in the many indoor and outdoor concerts we perform each year. We also constantly strive to improve our playing ability by participating in contests.'

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'We are a friendly, welcoming band who enjoys making music and involving our audiences in our performances. New and returning players are always welcome and if you would like more information about joining us, please feel free to contact us. The band is very active throughout the year, attending and supporting local contests, as well as the annual Regional Contests, and is available to play at a wide range of events, including local fetes, parties and major concerts.'

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'We are an aspiring group of around ninety singers who enjoy getting together to make music. Covering a wide spectrum of ages and life experiences, we are friendly and helpful to old hands and newcomers alike ... Two workshops each year are led by trained musicians to help improve our singing skills. We perform with excellent professional soloists, and have enjoyed working with leading orchestras.'

Category Choral Societies
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'We are a community choir who welcome singers and orchestral players to take part in an inclusive environment where making music is enjoyed and new skills learned and developed. We put on a diverse range of musical shows from choral pieces to West End shows. Our shows are very popular and nearly always sell out. Our social activities also allow members to make new friends.'

Category Community Choirs
Visits to the Website231
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‘ECV is based in Long Buckby, Northants, performing a wide range of modern music singing in 4 part harmony ... We perform, on average, three concerts a year in different venues ... We have fun rehearsing and performing. Elation Community Voices offers complete community involvement and has certainly changed the lives of a lot of our members. We have also made many new friends. Our ages range from 20 to 80, from all backgrounds, with differing musical talents, but with one common interest – the love of singing!’

Category Community Choirs
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‘Founded in 1983, Fiori Musicali have been at the forefront of bringing wonderful baroque and classical music to people and places throughout Britain. We are still going strong and run concerts throughout the year ... Fiori appear in many guises – as a choir, as a small chamber ensemble and as a chamber orchestra; and our CDs include Purcell, Vivaldi, Bach, Zelenka and much else besides.‘

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‘Community choir formed in 2002 in Nether Heyford. The idea emerged from the wish of a couple of local ladies ... to have something else in the community which would not only provide an opportunity for social contact but would also give many people the chance to sing in a less formal setting than exists in many choirs, which concentrate on “serious” music ...’

Category Community Choirs
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'Comprised of players from all around the surrounding villages and towns. We are a registered charity and put on several classical music concerts every year for the benefit of the local community and the members of the orchestra. Currently the Orchestra has around 60 musicians ranging in age from teenagers to pensioners. The Orchestra currently presents two concerts each year, one in the spring and one in the winter, and also has an informal six week summer term to try different kinds of music.'

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'Established 1871. Kettering Town Silver Band was originally known as "Stanley's Band" and was made up from workmen at Harry Stanley's Boot and Shoe factory in Albert Street Kettering ... We hope that you can support us and come along to the public events that we attend throughout the year. We are always looking for more concerts that we could play at ...'

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Successful competing Band ‘founded 1977 ... A friendly and enjoyable brass band, situated in Northampton ...  made up entirely of amateur players and is funded by engagement fees and member subscriptions ... Our music ranges from traditional brass band marches to classical arrangements and contemporary pieces’.

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‘A diversity of colourful music expressed through a profusion of emotion ... The largest choral society in Northamptonshire, performing classical music to large audiences ... We welcome enquiries from prospective members, especially, as with many choral societies, in the tenor and bass voice parts,’

Category Choral Societies
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‘The Band was formed in 1919 by a group of ex-servicemen who wished to continue their musical interests in civilian life. The band was originally called the Northampton Military Band. In 1976 the name was changed to the Northampton Concert Band to reflect the increase in membership of younger musicians and the wider repertoire of music played.‘

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‘First formed in 1903 ... Has over 30 members covering a broad age range. An extensive repertoire of light music is performed and includes light classical works, music from the shows, ballet music and contemporary easy listening pieces.’

Category Light Orchestras
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'Founded in 1893, the Northampton Symphony Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the United Kingdom's top amateur symphony orchestras. Membership is drawn from excellent amateurs, teachers, former professional musicians and students in and around Northamptonshire. Most members have achieved at least Grade VIII on their instrument. They perform regularly in Northampton's many classical music venues with top professional soloists in repertoire that encompasses all styles of classical music.'

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‘Northamptonshire has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its county ensembles, with a busy annual performance schedule, many appearances at the finals of National Festivals and a long tradition of tours overseas. Over a thousand young people, members of our auditioned county groups and Youth Theatre, come to Northampton to the Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre to rehearse weekly during term time.’

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‘We are a mixed voice choir of some 70 voices ...There are no auditions and all are made welcome, no matter what skill level you have.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘A friendly, inclusive, mixed choir ... We welcome any age and ability. Our current members range from their late teens through to eighty, and pretty much every age in between. Some of our members read music but most don’t. Come along for a couple of sessions, have a chat and join in. It really is a great way to meet new people. There’s no obligation to join though we hope you’ll want to.’

Category Community Choirs
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‘A friendly group of people who meet once a fortnight to play the Uke and have some fun. Sessions are informal and last for an hour and a half. Ideally you should have some experience playing the instrument before attending. If you would like to learn, you can put your name on the waiting list for the next block of Saturday courses.’

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'We are a mixed choir and welcome singers of all abilities from age of 15 upwards. Whilst reading music is of benefit, more important is enthusiasm and the desire to sing and have fun ... We perform at least 2 concerts a year, Christmas and Summer and then look to perform others if the occasion arises.'

Category Community Choirs
Visits to the Website148
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'We are a community orchestra based in Roade, Northants. We welcome musicians of all ages and abilities without audition. We play a wide range of music and perform 3 to 4 concerts a year. Members of the orchestra attend from all over Northants.'

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'We are a First Section brass band, based in Rushden, Northamptonshire. After winning the Midland Area Third Section contest in March 2014 we were promoted to the Second Section in January 2015. Having come top of our league in 2016 we were promoted to the First Section in January 2017. We competed in the First Section of the Midlands Regional Brass Band Championships on Saturday 11 March 2017. 16 bands took part & we were placed 2nd thus qualifying for the National Finals in Cheltenham ...'

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‘Do you, or did you, play a musical instrument? Has it been too long in its case? Fancy playing with the RPO? (Not quite up to the Royal Philharmonic, but OK?) No auditions, no blame for wrong notes, and hardly any cost! Most instruments are well-represented, though a couple more in each string department  would be welcome ...’

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'Well-established, highly regarded and popular, all-female choir ... All concerts and competitions are performed without copies, and some pieces have simple choreography. New members are not required to audition to join, nor read music, but an ability to sing in tune is helpful ...'

Category Ladies Choirs
Visits to the Website138
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The choir consists of approximately 23 ladies, ages ranging from 20-60+. Some have musical backgrounds, some who don’t read music, some who had never sung in a choir until they joined The Songbirds. If you fall into any of those categories you are more than welcome. Our repertoire really is very extensive, ranging from Sacred to Pop, Musicals to Gospel.' ALERT Unable to raise Songbirds’ Website at Review; replaced with Link to Facebook Page.

Category Ladies Choirs
Visits to the Website138
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'Enthusiastic singers performing a wide variety of music in Towcester and South Northamptonshire since 1900 ... We welcome singers of all levels of experience, from those who have only sung in the shower to experienced voices. It is not necessary to read music, and those members who joined us with no technical knowledge have picked it up over time.'

Category Choral Societies
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'At the turn of the century, Ada and Charlotte Phipps, daughters of the Towcester brewery owner, built and equipped "The Studio", a club where young men could pursue art, woodcarving, sport and other activities. In 1910 Charlotte acquired a set of brass instruments and thus “Towcester Studio Band” was born ... We are a band of young and experienced brass players with our own band hall and facilities.'

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‘In January 1933, Mr. Fred Felton called the Northants Evening Telegraph to say: "We are going to form a band and we are going to aim high". Two years later the Munn and Felton Works Band were champions of Great Britain - and a brass band legend was born that has lived on ever since. Under the names of Munn and Felton Works Band, The GUS (Footwear) Band, Rigid Containers Group Band, Travelsphere Holidays Band and now the Virtuosi GUS Band, the sound of Kettering brass has rung throughout the world in concert halls, on television and radio and on records and CDs. On many occasions, the Midlanders have dented Northern pride (traditionally the home of brass banding), by winning no less than six national titles, the British Open Championships and being proclaimed World Champions.’

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'A mixed choir of some 50 voices. We give several concerts each year and our repertoire includes major choral works and light music. We often invite guest soloists, young instrumentalists from local schools, and brass and concert bands to join us for our concerts in and around Wellingborough. New members are always welcome ...'

Category Choral Societies
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‘We are a highly successful brass band for people aged up to 19 years. Based in Northamptonshire in the English East Midlands. We perform public concerts in internationally acclaimed concert halls from the Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Sage Gateshead to the Royal Albert Hall in London. Additionally we participate in national and European youth brass band competitions where we have been extremely successful.’

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‘Come and enjoy traditional music from a large mix of bands in the beautiful and relaxed surroundings of Abington Park Northampton ... Every Sunday and May Bank Holiday Mondays ... April to September.’

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The Friends of All Saints' Music 'aims to foster the unbroken tradition of 600 years of regular daily and weekly worship with music, which at All Saints incorporates the Boy and Girl Choristers, as well as the Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars. FOASM also supports the recruitment, training and development of the young singers, a considerable task given that many schools are unable to pay for choral singing. In addition, the Friends are key in acquiring funds to help pay for scholarships, music tuition and the choir’s tours and recordings.'

Category Greater Churches
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'Participation in instrumental and choral ensembles, large and small, inspires loyalty, confidence and an appreciation of excellence. The School's Symphony, Chamber and String Orchestras, Oundle Brass, the Concert Band, the Symphonic Wind Orchestra and Big Band offer opportunities for pupils to perform in a wide variety of styles, and the Chapel Choir and Schola Cantorum maintain Oundle's strong choral tradition. There are also numerous instrumental ensembles, which perform regularly in competitions and concerts both inside and outside the School.'

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‘Music has played an important role at St Matthew’s since the consecration of the building in 1893, and the Church has been at the forefront of contemporary music and art for over half a century. Today, at sung services, the wonderful sounds of the Choir and the magnificent Walker organ continue to fill the building, inspiring and enhancing our worship ... St Matthew's is also home to arguably the finest parish church organ of its type in the country. The four manual organ was built in 1895 by the firm J W Walker and Sons and is now of great historical importance. In 2005/6 the organ underwent a major restoration project costing in excess of a quarter of a million pounds and is now a sought-after recital instrument and many distinguished organists perform regularly at the Church.’

Category Churches
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‘The Core is a world-class centre to enjoy and access regional, national and international music, comedy, dance, theatre, children’s shows, family shows, digital arts and workshops for all.‘

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