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Area: Northumberland

allenvalleysfolkfestival.co.uk

Allen Valleys Promotions Ltd is 'a not-for-profit social enterprise organisation ... establshed in 2015. The company’s objective is to promote cultural and artistic activities which support communities and businesses in the Allen Valleys. Its prime responsibility is to organise The Allen Valleys Folk Festival in October each year, working in conjunction with the Allen Valleys Landscape Partnership ...'

Category:Folk Festivals
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www.alnwickmusicfestival.com

‘Once again Alnwick enjoyed eight days of creative musical talent reflecting the diverse cultural riches of the UK and wider world. We featured a cornucopia of talent representing the sounds, rhythms and traditions of Ireland, Eastern Europe, Africa, USA, Australia, Scotland, England and our very own Northumberland. This was served up via the genres of Folk, Jazz, Blues, Celtic, Balkan, Americana and World Fusion - and live poetry.’ Held Mid August.

Category:Folk Festivals
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alnwickmusicsociety.co.uk

'Offers a programme of six concerts annually between October and May. Three piano recitals continue to take place ... and a further three instrumental concerts ... The Society is supported by a loyal membership and attracts large numbers of guests and visitors to its concerts.'

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www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/alnwick.htm

'Our primary aim is to increase and enhance our understanding of classical music. Meeting monthly we listen to recorded music, learning more about the composers and their works written for us to appreciate and enjoy. You do not need any specialist knowledge of classical music to become a member.'

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www.alwintonconcerts.org

Alwinton Summer Concerts take place in the Church of St Michael and All Angels, located just outside of the remote, rural village of Alwinton in Upper Coquetdale, Northumberland. The series has established itself as one of the major cultural events in the North-East of England and the church, with its fine acoustic, is surrounded by beautiful and dramatic landscape.’

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www.cramfolk.co.uk

'Established in 1972 and we are one of the longest running folk clubs in the country ... There are guest performers every other week and singers nights in between. It's quite common to have as many as twelve to fourteen acts on singers nights! We have always provided a wide variety of music and styles from traditional and contemporary folk to blues and bluegrass. If you are in the area please drop in, you may be pleasantly surprised ...'

Category:Folk Clubs
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www.morpeth-musoc.org.uk

'Morpeth Music Society is proud of its central role in the cultural life of Morpeth, presenting an annual series of classical concerts performed by professional artists of national and international standing.'

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www.northumbriana.org.uk/gathering/

'An exciting three-day annual festival of street entertainment, indoor events, music, dance, craft, dialect, heritage and traditional fun - held the weekend after Easter.'

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www.musicatpaxton.co.uk

'Great chamber music performed by outstanding musicians, a stunning backdrop of works from the National Galleries collection, and the peace and quiet of the Scottish Borders countryside on the River Tweed.' Held Mid July.

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musicinallendale.weebly.com

‘Since 1992 we have been organising first-class chamber-music concerts between May and October each year in the beautiful church of St Cuthbert's in the centre of Allendale, 10 miles from Hexham. Musicians of international standing love to come and play in this superb acoustic to warm, responsive audiences. We have four concerts this year [2018], which will be a make-or-break year financially - unless we get full houses and attract generous sponsorship it seems likely we may not be able to continue, at least on this scale, after next year ...’

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www.northumberland.gov.uk/Children/Young.aspx

Music Partnership North is one of 122 music hubs across England set up to support and enhance music education for children and young people in their area in line with the aims of The Importance of Music: A National Plan for Music Education (NPME) ... This is a partnership between: Northumberland County Council music service; Newcastle City Council music service; Sage Gateshead. Northumberland is the lead organisation within the hub.’

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Also indexedNorthumberland County Council Music Service
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www.rothburymusicfestival.co.uk

‘A small, friendly, community based music festival set in the heart of Northumberland in Rothbury in the beautiful Coquet Valley Rothbury Festival has established a unique atmosphere that has drawn musicians and singers from throughout the country and beyond to spend a weekend sharing music and experiencing Northumbrian traditions.’ Held Mid July.

Category:Folk Festivals
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www.accordionsatseghill.co.uk

Usally meet: 'Every Tuesday evening 7pm - 10.30pm. The format for these evenings is 7-30 to 8-15 everyone who wants to play can join in to a set programme to be used on guest artist nights. The time after that is made up of anyone who wishes to play solo or in groups'.

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www.tynedalemusic.org.uk

‘For more than 100 years, during March each year, the Tynedale Music Festival has produced a feast of music for the people of Tynedale ... It provides a platform for musicians from all parts of the north of England where they can demonstrate their talents and enjoy the pleasure of playing to a live audience. Musicians of all interests - young and old; beginners and concert level; vocal and instrumental; classical and folk - present their best performances. In addition they perform to an audience including professional adjudicators who make helpful comments and suggestions as to how to improve their skills and they are able to compare themselves to musicians with similar interests. The performers reaching the highest standards in each class are awarded trophies and certificates.‘

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www.wansbeckmusicfestival.co.uk

‘The Festival remains one of the largest music festivals in the North of England affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals of Music and Dance and Speech. Our main sponsors were Morpeth and Ashington Town Councils. The Festival Committee is grateful to our numerous Individual and Business Patrons who also help fund festival activities. The Festival operates as a Charity and all involved are volunteers. There is a main committee of 14 and about 20 active supporters who help with preparation and during Festival sessions ... The committee invites anyone with an interest in the festival to come forward as a supporter.’

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www.alnwickchoralsociety.co.uk

'Founded in 1933, although records of a Choral Society can be traced to the middle of the 19th Century. During World War II the Society was suspended although Jackie Burn kept a choir going in Alnmouth until the Choral Society was restarted in 1947. Since then, regular concerts have been performed in local Churches, halls and the Playhouse, as well as more informal events in places such as Cragside, Hulne Park and Brinkburn Priory.'

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www.alnwickpipers.co.uk

‘When most people think of bagpipes they think of the great Highland Pipes from Scotland but the bagpipe is a large family of traditional music instruments which can be found all over Europe in many different forms. The Northumbrian Smallpipes consist of a set of elbow-operated bellows which deliver air to a large airbag. This in turn feeds the air to the chanter and also to a set of harmonising drones. Each of the drones produces a single note, but they are tuned to produce a harmonic background sound to complement the melody being played on the chanter ...  Alnwick Pipers’ Society has regular monthly meetings/playing sessions throughout the year ... Members of the public are very welcome to come and listen, and visiting players to come and play along.’

Category:Pipe Bands
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Also indexedNorthumbrian Smallpipes
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www.alnwickplayhouseconcertband.org.uk

'On the 18th March 1995 in the Playhouse, to a near sell-out audience and to great critical acclaim, the Band performed its first ever concert. Since then the Band has gone from strength to strength and is now an established musical group of repute within the town. The Band takes its name from its adopted home, Alnwick Playhouse, where rehearsals take place on a weekly basis and where the Band performs its main concerts. The Band is very fortunate to have such an excellent venue as its base and is grateful for the continuous support it receives from the management and staff of the Playhouse.'

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www.alnwickstagemusical.co.uk

'We are an award-winning musical theatre company ... performing excellent quality Broadway and West End shows year after year!'

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www.antiphonchoir.co.uk

'A small a cappella chamber choir with a particular interest in early sacred music. One of the choir’s main aims is to sing sacred music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods in the context of the church services for which it was written. As a result, the choir has had the opportunity to sing in some of Northumberland’s most beautiful medieval churches ...'

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.ashingtonmalevoicechoir.org

'We are a friendly group with a common interest in singing ... If you like to sing and would like to come and join in there is no audition and you don’t have to be able to read music but if you can great.'

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www.berwickartschoir.co.uk

'We are a friendly mixed voice choir performing major choral works based in Berwick ... Our musical season usually starts in September and ends in May when we take a summer break ... Singers in all sections of the choir will be made most welcome. There is no audition, and the ability to sight-read to a high standard is not required.'

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berwickconcertband.wixsite.com/information

'Established in 1993. We play at events and concerts in the Scottish borders and North Northumberland. The band are a friendly and welcoming bunch and are always looking for new members.'

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www.sites.google.com/site/bmvcdev/

'The Choir has developed a substantial portfolio of songs from a wide range of musical genres. Some you will recognize as typical "Male Voice" favourites but others you might not immediately associate with choirs at all. Each year, our Musical Director ... introduces new songs, a number of which he has completely re-arranged to suit a 4 part male choir. Quite a challenge when you consider some songs were originally performed by solo artists, a number of them female. The choir will normally perform around 14 songs in each concert, supplemented by performances from guest artists, both instrumental and vocal.'

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www.berwickopera.co.uk

Founded 1920: ‘Each year The Society stages a musical and on occasion concerts and plays. The Society’s primary aim is to bring the magic of the theatre to local people, by local people and we are very grateful to all our members and audiences who continue to give support in order for us to continue ... We are as strong a Society as ever and regularly welcome new talented, young members, which augurs well for our future. Whatever your age and in whatever capacity you would like to join us in, you can be assured of a very warm welcome indeed’.

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www.dunspipeband.org

‘Duns itself is a small market town set in the heart of the Eastern Scottish Borders. It is the county town of Berwickshire and as far as we know, has had a pipe band for the last 90 years or so ... The band and its members are available to play at any occasion. In return all we ask for is a donation towards our band funds to make sure we cover the cost of transport to and from the event and the wear and tear on the uniform and equipment ... You can choose from a single piper to the full band and booking couldn't be easier.’

Category:Pipe Bands
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www.ecband.org.uk

Formed 1925: ‘The 80’s saw a period of great success for the Band, winning many contests. The Band moved confidently into the 21st century, qualifying twice for the National Brass Band Championships and winning promotion up to the First Section. However the closure of Ellington Colliery in 2005 and the loss of the miner’s support was a severe blow to the band. Fortunately Northumbrian Water kindly offered to support the band and continued to do so for over a decade. The Band is now one of the busiest (and best) concert bands in the North East.’

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www.hadriansingers.org.uk

‘If you like singing, you can join Hadrian Singers - it's that simple. We don't do auditions, and don't single anyone out to prove themselves. Just come along to Haltwhistle's Holy Cross Church ... We pay a fee each term. You can be sure of a warm welcome, a lot of laughs and a great cuppa.’

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hexham-orpheus-choir.org.uk

‘Performs three major concerts each year. In addition, the choir participates in a variety of musical events, such as carol concerts and charity fundraising events ... As a non-auditioned choir, the Orpheus provides a platform for people of differing musical backgrounds to come together and perform a wide variety of choral music, from renaissance to contemporary. New members are always made very welcome, and are encouraged to participate in the choir’s active social calendar.’

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www.jayessnewbigginbb.co.uk

‘A friendly and welcoming organisation consisting of players from a range of abilities, ages and backgrounds. We are always on the look out for new brass and percussion players, from beginners to the more experienced ... A 4th Section band based in the North East of England ... From January 2018 we will be competing in the 3rd Section.’

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www.midnorthumberlandchorus.org.uk

'A local choir based in Morpeth for local people who like to sing for pleasure. We sing all sorts of music. From classical music to seasonal and folk and occasionally we commission and perform brand new choral works. At the moment we are around 70 strong and we are always looking for new singers to join us. Please contact us if you feel you would like to be a part of this exciting choir ...'

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www.prudhoecommunityband.co.uk

'This Concert Band 'has 50+ players of all ages and abilities and welcomes new members particularly younger players .... We play a wide range of music from simple but fun pieces, to challenging classical scores. Whatever your style we are bound to have a piece you enjoy playing. Many younger players have developed their abilities whilst playing in the band and have gone on to study music in higher education and achieve very high standards. We play at various venues throughout the year culminating in our annual concert'.

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www.prudhoegleemen.org.uk

'We always extend a hearty welcome to anyone who would like sing with us. Open to men of any age the warm fellowship of the choir can add a new dimension to your life. Being able to read music is not essential ... The Choir perform a fairly wide range of music including sacred/oratoria works, Welsh Hymns, Gilbert and Sullivan, Folk Songs from all over the world and musical shows (both ancient and modern!). We have a particular affinity for Northumbrian and Tyneside songs which figure greatly in our repertoire and some of which have been specially arranged for us.'

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ridingmillchoral.org.uk

‘The Riding Mill Choral Society is a long established part of Riding Mill village life. We are a four part choir of about 35 members who live in and around the area. We usually perform two concerts a year, normally in the Parish Hall ... Our repertoire is fairly extensive, ranging from Haydn’s Creation to Bernstein’s West Side Story, Gilbert and Sullivan and a lot more in between ... We are always pleased to welcome new members – no audition! Although the months between April and September are free from rehearsals, we are sometimes called upon to perform at various functions in the summer months. We are a non-profit making happy band of singers who enjoy singing for the love of it!’

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www.tynedaleorchestra.org.uk

‘The Tynedale Orchestra (formerly Tynedale Symphony Orchestra) was formed in 1988 to enable orchestral musicians in the Hexham area to rehearse together and give concerts. Currently it gives concerts twice a year in the Autumn and Spring terms ... The orchestra has no audition requirements.‘

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Also indexedTynedale Symphony Orchestra
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www.wercasfolk.com

‘A hugely popular choir of women’s voices, based in Morpeth, Northumberland. Their name derives from “Werca” ... who is described variously as a “wild and witchy woman” and “saintly” - very much like the choir, in fact. They are known for their passionate singing of the beautiful songs of their region, and a wide range of folk and contemporary songs which express the joys, hardships and hopes of women of all times.’

Category:Ladies Choirs
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www.bedeacademy.org.uk/students/sport-and-music/

‘Music is incredibly high profile at Bede Academy and has been referred to as “the heart beat of the Academy”. There are many events to prepare for throughout the year including termly concerts, the carol service, presentation day, young musician of the year, and the annual Academy production to name but a few. Being a musician has become commonplace and the whole Academy is involved in Music in some way, whether it be through curriculum lessons, assembly singing, Technical Intelligence Lectures, extracurricular ensembles or private instrumental tuition. Music underpins the Christian ethos in Assemblies on both the North and South sites, which are accompanied daily by a worship band made up of students.‘

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www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk

'The Theatre presents a regular programme of professional performing arts to its local community and has successfully brought amateur and professional practitioners alongside each other to develop work for the community ... and attracts audiences from a broad area including North Tyneside and rural Northumberland.'

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www.queenshall.co.uk

‘QHAC has established itself as a strong base for an extensive range of artistic activity, attracting the best international and national artists from music, drama, dance and national touring comedy to non professional shows put on by local community groups. In addition to programming within the building, QHA delivers an extensive outreach service bringing workshops and performances to communities throughout Northumberland.‘

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www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

'The premier performing and media arts venue for north Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. We are the largest performing arts venue between Newcastle and Edinburgh.'

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