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Area: Powys

'Established in 2006 by Rachel Podger, one of the world’s leading interpreters of Baroque music ... Brecon Baroque was founded in 2007 as the resident ensemble for the festival and now enjoys an international reputation in its own right.' Held Late October.

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'Charity which brings classical music to the far flung mountains at the edge of England. The Parish of Craswall is one of the biggest, but most sparsley populated in Herefordshire, below Offa's Dyke and under The Black Hill - the highest point in southern England.'

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The oldest extant classical music festival in Wales. Set principally in the beautiful countryside of rural North Powys, the Festival features performances by the world's leading musicians in intimate historic locations.' Held Mid June.

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‘The Gregynog Young Musician Competition was founded in 2005 and has become one of the most prestigious events of its kind. The competition is held annually at the highly acclaimed Gregynog Hall, which has a long history of association with music and the arts. Entrants must be aged 18 years and under and have reached Grade 8 standard or equivalent, on any orchestral instrument, brass band instrument or percussion.‘ Held Late April.

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Hay Jazz presents six cabaret evenings with the best jazz musicians in their field. Melody and entertainment!’

Category Jazz Clubs
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'Hay Music began life in 2011, the vision of Dr John Stark, retired hospital consultant. A great lover of music, his ambition was to bring the highest quality classical chamber music to Hay-on-Wye at modest ticket prices and he has achieved this by attracting both young, highly qualified "new generation" artists in the early stages of their careers in music as well as many established and well known professional musicians, including from overseas. From the beginning Hay Music collaborated with Richard Booth's Bookshop in Hay which provides a unique and characterful 70 seat venue amongst the heavily laden bookshelves. Its intimacy and informality is appealing to performers and audiences alike ...' Several venues around and about Hay are now used for concerts and recitals.

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'A specialised, intensive Music Course for young musicians preparing exams, auditions and competitions with some of the worlds best teachers.' Held During July.

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‘Each year in late August the Machynlleth Festival takes place: a week of splendid music making by eminent performers ... My aim each year is simple: to bring to Machynlleth the world’s finest musicians to play the world’s most inspiring, life-enhancing music.‘

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‘Promotes a series of up to six classical concerts each year. Each concert is held at Y Tabernacl located in the historic town of Machynlleth. Y Tabernacl is a favourite amongst professional musicians and has been described as “one of the most wonderful halls for chamber music in the world!” having marvellous acoustics. The venue is also used for recordings and live broadcasts by BBC Radio 3.’

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‘Apart from the War years of 1939-1945, the Festival has been held every year since 1921 and has been conducted by many well-known and eminent conductors, including Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Sir John Barbirolli and Sir Charles Groves. The Festival Choir now consists of two affiliated choirs - Llanidloes Choral Society and Welshpool Choral Society - supplemented by individual singers from Machynlleth and surrounding areas ... The choirs rehearse separately in Llanidloes and Welshpool, with some rehearsals in Newtown.‘ Held Early May.

Category Choral Festivals
Also indexedLlanidloes Choral Society | Welshpool Choral Society
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‘Nestled between mature woodlands and heritage architechture, our aim is to build the best-loved community festival in Wales, committed to celebrating and showcasing the vibrancy, diversity and creative spirit of Radnorshire and beyond ... We do it because we love music, and dancing, we love theatre, and art, poetry, playing, food, drink, crafts, colour, sounds, zip, zap and zooom! And of course, we love Radnorshire. This is our way of bringing friends, families and our community together, simply to have fun – wherever you are, come and join us!' Held Mid June.

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‘Established in 1942 during World War II by a group of well known Welshpool citizens ... Its main object was and still is that of fostering and promoting the education of the general public in the appreciation of music in all its forms. There are 5 concerts given during the season which runs from October to March, with an additional concert given by young local musicians each September.’

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Established in 1979: ‘It is a blend of professional players, instrumental teachers and talented amateurs from across South Wales and the Marches. They come together for four concerts a year, usually in Brecon but sometimes in other venues. The Orchestra is run by a committee of its members.There is an active social and fund raising group, the "Friends of Brecknock Sinfonia", which supports the Orchestra financially, and helps to raise its profile’.

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‘A community based wind band that was formed in 1967. The current band comprises about 55 musicians of all age ranges and abilities who enjoy making music together. All woodwind, brass and percussion players are welcome to join the Band ... The Band performs between 15 and 25 engagements each year and regularly performs at Brecon; Llanigon; and Sennybridge Shows; the Victorian Festival, Llandrindod Wells. Most of the music we perform outdoors has a strong rhythmic beat. The Band regularly performs carols in Bethel Square, Brecon in the weeks before Christmas.’

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'In recent years the Choir has toured in Germany, France, Ireland and the Czech Republic as well as many trips in Wales and the rest of the UK to sing with other choirs and entertaining many thousands of people in venues ranging from tiny churches and village halls to the more impressive surroundings of St David’s Hall and the Millennium Centre and of course the Albert Hall. Most concerts are in support of local and national charities and the Choir have been honoured to be invited to sing at weddings and funerals in the local community.'

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‘An all-female vocal ensemble based in the Hay-on-Wye area. Having been formed in the autumn of 2015 we have been working hard on our blend of sound and a bank of repertoire to suit a variety of events. Our repertoire ranges from Bach through gospel, early jazz to modern pop classics. We work intensively once a month for a full day and meeting once a week for a quick check in/top up ... Performing mostly acapella arrangements by Fi Evans of beautiful songs with class and style.’

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‘A mixed choir which meets ... near Llandrindod Wells, Powys Mid Wales ... Singing a vibrant and wide range of choral music with something for everyone a number of the mixed choir members have been singing together for over 20 years ... The choir is keen to welcome anyone who would like to sing in a small and friendly group, whether soprano, alto, tenor or bass and even if they have not sung in a choir before and not sure what their voice is!’

Category Community Choirs
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‘The Guilsfield Singers have gained a reputation for imaginative and exciting performances of a wide selection of choral works. They are a mixed choir, drawing on musical talent from the Welshpool, Newtown and Oswestry area of Powys and Shropshire ... Over the years the Choir has raised many thousands of pounds for both local and national charities and enjoyed success in choral competitions. Their repertoire includes choral music from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries, including modern day composers and arrangers.’

Category Newtown
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‘An amateur choir of about 50 members which meet regularly ... in Llanfair Waterdine, near Knighton. The choir's motto is "Friendship through Music" and true to that everyone is welcome if they can learn or read a vocal part and if they can sing in tune! ... Obviously, we love to sing, and thankfully our concerts are usually very well supported. This gives us the opportunity to raise funds through our concerts for local charities and for good causes further afield, which is very important to us as a group.’

Category Community Choirs
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Founded 1998: ‘It has gradually increased in size and in expertise and now has about 25 regular members. It has received grants from Powys County Council, The Arts Council and The National Lottery for the purchase of instruments, some of which are available for use by band members and others which are out with children in the local community who are learning to play. It is a member of TyCerdd, an organisation supporting music in Wales ... Nestling in the Dyfi valley, Machynlleth is the ancient capital of Wales and was the site of Owain Glyndwr’s Welsh Parliament in 1404’.

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‘A medium scale fully professional touring opera company, specialising in touring to places that large scale opera cannot reach. Founded in 1988 MWO has established itself as a leading proponent of accessible opera in Wales and England. Mainly sung in English our operas tour to medium scale venues where larger companies do not, and with our talented singers and chamber orchestra our reputation is for innovative and excellent productions.’

Category Opera Companies
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’Founded in 1951 – Originally known as the Cedewain Gleemen, it presently numbers some 41 choristers drawn from all walks of life, some from Newtown itself, but mostly from the surrounding communities ... The choir is fully dedicated to the encouragement of young singers and musicians in our area, and is actively engaged in providing platform time and the opportunity for youngsters to appear as soloists at selected concerts.‘

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‘Established in 1880 and has continuously served the people and community of Newtown and Mid Wales since that date. The band currently has approx 25-30 senior band players and well attended learners and training bands comprising members of all ages and experience ... If you would like to join us as a learner, intermediate or experienced player or even as a Friend of Newtown Silver Band please come along to one of our rehearsal sessions.’

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'On a cold winter’s evening in 1957, Tom Edwards a farmer, Rhys Jones manager of Barclays Bank in Rhayader, Afon Jones lorry Driver and Afon Davies lorry Driver met in the Cwmdauddwr Arms in Rhayader for the inaugural meeting of the Rhayader and District Male Voice Choir. Its strength lay in the enthusiasm and dedication to learn and sing music of its some three dozen members who were eager to set themselves up as a competent male voice choir. From those early days the choir went forward to face the 60’s with enthusiasm, competing with great success in many local eisteddfodau and other competitive festivals throughout Mid-Wales ...'

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Make a difference to your lifestyle  ‘You can make a difference by: * helping to build bridges through music and the arts; * giving people a chance to dream again; * bringing joy of male choral singing to the community; * experiencing awesome venues; * having the opportunity to share memorable singing concert venues; * meeting marvellous people ... The Choir's Repertoire covers many musical genres. Traditional Welsh Hymns (of course), songs from the shows, classics from the past, classics from the charts, traditional folk songs, songs from overseas - all have a part to play in the make-up of our programmes,’

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'The Village Quire, from Glasbury near Hay-on-Wye, was formed to sing West Gallery music. This is what you would have heard in rural parish churches in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. West Gallery music is energetic, joyful, no-nonsense stuff that is great fun to sing and listen to. The Village Quire performs without the accompaniment of instruments. If you enjoy the thrilling sound of unaccompanied vocal harmony, then this is definitely the stuff for you.'

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'The purpose of this magnificent Cathedral Church of St John the Evangelist is to worship God. We pray here every day, following the pattern of St Benedict. The Cathedral welcomes everyone who passes through, if you are visiting as a tourist, come to offer your personal prayers and light a candle, or interested in history, architecture or stained glass windows. There are many things to see and learn about ... Events in the Cathedral including: Eucharist, Evening Prayer, Bell Ringing Practise, Organ Rehearsals, Bell Ringers and more ...'

Category Cathedrals
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The Friends of Dore Abbey ... was formed in 1993 after this fine Grade 1 Listed Building was threatened with closure ... The building has wonderful acoustics and The Friends have established concert and choral events during the warmer months of the year. Artists such as Emma Kirkby, Tasmin Little, John Lill, Jennifer Pike and John Williams have given recitals ... [However] ‘The future of Dore Abbey is under review [November 2017]. There are options ranging from “do nothing” and letting it slowly close as the running costs become unbearable, to re-inventing the Abbey as a central part of our community with an educational dimension and a place people will want to visit.’

Category Greater Churches
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‘Built in 1912, the Pavilion (or Pivi as it is known by the locals) has been a community hub for over 100 years. It has seen many guises throughout it's lifetime including a Cinema, Dance Hall & Theatre. In March 2016, Grand Pavilion Events CIC a not for profit community organisation became the new operators of the Pavilion.’

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Offers a wide range of concerts and recitals, including chamber music, jazz, and organ recitals. The organ was ‘built in 1883 by Bevington and Sons, organ makers of Soho, London. It was painstakingly re-built and re-voiced at St Mary’s by Trevor Tipple, of Worcester, following its move from Holmer Church, Hereford. The instrument attracts interest from organ buffs, enthusiasts and organ societies from around the world’.

Category Churches
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‘548 seat venue in Newtown, Powys showing a very varied programme all year round ... We are reaching more people than ever in our catchment and beyond ... With the large public funding reductions, without your continued increased support we would not be able to bring such a diverse and quality programme to Montgomeryshire. We value your custom and are pleased that our programme is appealing to so many of you. We look forward to welcoming you and your friends in the near future.’

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'Opened in 1997 ... Situated at the end of the picturesque Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal in the pretty market town of Brecon on the edge of Brecon Beacons National Park, Theatr Brycheiniog offers a popular and acclaimed programme of performing arts and entertainment throughout the year.'

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'Our mission is for Wyeside Arts Centre to be at the heart of our community. We aim to reach out to all, in mid-Powys and beyond, to present the best in live, film and community arts to entertain, educate and excite, at our unique and welcoming venue. Wyeside aims to nurture inspiration, participation, creativity and curiosity.'

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