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Area: Staffordshire

'Started in 1968 by Gordon Clark, the Director of Music at Abbotsholme School ... There have been well over a thousand concerts, films, readings, lectures and discussions by many of the finest in their field in the world during the four decades that have followed. The vast majority of events are held "in the round" in the fine chapel at Abbotsholme School but on occasion, because of the nature of the performance, the Society has staged its events at major concert halls throughout the Midlands ...'

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'The Concert Society aims to present an interesting variety of programmes at an affordable price. Four concerts are organised each year by the committee and a patrons scheme is in place to allow friends of the concerts to provide further support for the costs of these events.'

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'The monthly shows with top line artistes are augmented by profesional stage lighting, a camera and video screen presentation and the venue boasts plentiful safe parking good disabled access, a licenced bar and a sizeable raffle at each event.'

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‘The original club was formed in the mid-60s as the Barley Mow Folk Club at The Barley Mow pub in Stapenhill, by Burton born folk singer Dave Bull. It has had a number of changes of name and venues since, now being again named and based in Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire.

Category Folk Clubs
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'Held in March each year. It has classes that are open to all age groups.'

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‘Provides an opportunity for young musicians to prepare either a piece of their own choice or a set piece for performance. They then perform it in front of other performers and visitors to the festival as well as a professional adjudicator. This gives them vital experience and confidence. The adjudicator will give marks to the performances enabling the best performance to secure the trophy for that class but at the same time will give each performer a constructive criticism with help on how the performance might be improved. We have been told by many of our entrants and the adjudicators that we are one of the friendliest festivals they attend, with many of our competitors returning year after year.’ Held Mid October.

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'Our staff of composers, musicologists and performers includes world-leading specialists in classical music, the digital arts, popular music, screen scoring and world music. At the heart of our research is a commitment to contemporary music of all kinds. Music and Music Technology, in turn, are the heart of Keele's vibrant musical community.'

Also indexedKeele University
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'The series presents an annual programme of 14 chamber, early music, jazz and world music concerts, with internationally recognised performers and emerging artistes. In addition it strives to engage local young people, Keele University students and the wider community with the programme holding a series of participatory workshops and special ticket promotions.'

Category Stoke on Trent
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Founded 1977: ‘Over the years it has expanded to nearly six weeks – it now runs from the end of April to the beginning of June each year – and features anything between 30 and 40 events including national and internationally-known artists ... Many events, including the festival committee’s own “core” activities, take place at Leek’s Foxlowe Arts Centre’.

Category Arts Festivals
Also indexedFoxlowe Arts Centre
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‘Our region covers Lichfield and surrounding districts of South Staffordshire, South Derbyshire,and parts of the West Midlands and East Midlands adjacent to Lichfield ... The Association welcomes all those with an interest in the organ, its construction and its music, whether or not they play the instrument themselves. Our activities include regular visits to hear and play local organs, from small instruments in rural churches to large instruments in local cathedrals and town halls, visits to organ builders, organ recitals by members, our AGM, and an annual dinner.‘

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'Independent charitable organisation ... that has promoted music concerts, festivals and other events in Lichfield since 1974. The organisation plays a key role in Lichfield district’s thriving arts and creative community and has around 300 members including 125 registered volunteers.'

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'Our aim is to offer an opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages to gain experience, to perform before an audience of fellow singers and players and to benefit from the advice of adjudicators who are professional musicians - adjudicators who bring a wealth of experience and can be relied upon to offer helpful and constructive comments, including written notes, on each performance.' Held Mid November.

Also indexedLichfield Competitive Music Festival
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‘For anyone who can act, recite, play an instrument or sing, or is in a band or choir, this chance to perform in front of a live audience should not be missed. Budding composers and poets are also catered for with competitions to perform their own creations, or have them performed on their behalf ... For the visitor, whether connected to a competitor or not, we provide a pleasant, and cheap, day out, one in which you can see and appreciate the talent of others, matching your conclusions with those of the adjudicator.’ Held Late March.

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Founded 1960: ‘Welcomes all those with an interest in the organ, its construction and its music, whether or not they play the instrument themselves. Our activities include visits to hear and play local organs, from small instruments in rural churches to large instruments in local cathedrals and town halls, visits to organ builders, organ recitals by members, educational metings and social events’.

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Founded 1985: ‘The North Staffs Accordion Club welcomes all accordion enthusiasts, playing and non-playing. We have concert nights, an accordion band and tuition groups’.

Category Stoke on Trent
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Staffordshire | Stoke-on-Trent | Telford & Wrekin ‘The North-West Midlands Music Education Hub (NWMMEH) is a partnership of high quality music organisations and is funded by the Department for Education through Arts Council England. It was formed to ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument and to perform as part of an ensemble or choir as recommended in the National Plan for Music Education.’

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‘Established in 1966, Penkhull Festival is an innovative annual event which takes place in Stoke-on-Trent each September ... The Festival’s home is the historic Domesday village of Penkhull, surrounded by the rolling countryside of the Staffordshire moorlands.’ Held Late September.

Category Arts Festivals
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'On this Website you will find information about the role we play within Stafford Borough’s arts scene and how you can get involved. We have information about the services we offer our members if you’re starting up an amateur arts group or if you’d like to find out about the activities and events of our member societies.'

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‘Although the idea of re-starting a Traditional Club has been brewing for many years, we have always stumbled over the perennial problem – a suitable venue. With so many of the bigger pubs with function rooms closing it looked very much like the idea was nothing more than a pipe dream till the newly refurbished Bird in Hand opened, and what’s more, the landlord and landlady ... were very keen on our ideas. We aim to bring to Stafford some of the very best traditional Folk performers, not just people who are the household names of the folk world, but also up and coming spectacular new talent.’

Category Folk Clubs
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‘If you enjoy Good Music, why not come and spend an Evening with us? We meet every two weeks ... Recitals begin at 7.15 pm with a break for refreshments & Social Chatter!‘ September - May.

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A combination of about a dozen 'Orchestral Concerts' and 'Piano Masters Series'.

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‘Our aim is to bring pleasure to those who are interested in recorded music (mainly but not exclusively classical ) within a pleasant, comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Recordings are from CD, with high quality speakers and audio equipment providing the enjoyment of hi-fi sound ... For newcomers, the first visit is free. Do come and see whether you enjoy the music. We’re sure you’ll enjoy our company!‘

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Tamworth Arts & Events is a creative hub for Tamworth and the wider region. Showcasing exciting and immersive arts activities and events both outdoors and in venue.’

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'The Club meets every Friday evening for a fairly prompt start at 8.30pm. We operate an informal sing-around format on most of these evenings and we welcome any visiting performers. You are sure to get the opportunity to do a "turn" or two ... We have special guest evenings about four times a year as well as occasional feature nights.'

Category Folk Clubs
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‘Presents regular evening recitals of recorded music on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, from September until May ... The evenings consist mainly of classical music, with a bit of jazz thrown in for good measure from time to time, and include an interval for tea and biscuits. The majority of the recitals are presented by our members and about a third are presented by visitors from other local music societies. New members and visitors are always welcome at our meetings.’

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'Amington Band have been in existence for nearly 100 years, rehearsing every week, entertaining the people of Tamworth and taking part in contests. As a band we take pride in this, and we're committed to keep the legacy going, the entertainment flowing and brass players blowing. Over the years the Band has been placed in all sections; from fourth to the championship section. Right now we're a 2nd section band but we aim high and constantly try to improve ...'

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‘A friendly and ambitious brass band residing on the borders of North Staffordshire/South Cheshire just 5 minutes from Junction 16 of the M6. We have our own purpose-built bandroom and pride ourselves in delivering varied and entertaining concerts. We are a contesting band having very recently gained promotion ... We welcome players of all abilities and have both a main band and training band to accomodate the needs of all. If you already play or would like to learn to play a brass instrument, or if you are already a player looking to return to banding, get in touch with us.‘

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'Traditional concert wind band, made up of musicians of all ages and abilities ... The Band continues to keep to its original ethos and constitution of bringing young and not so young people together and provide the opportunities to learn, practice and perform music in a safe environment, bringing entertainment and music to a wider audience with a commitment to help and support others.'

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‘Burton upon Trent has a long history of Brass Bands, which still continues. However, because of a very strong Local Education Authority policy in Woodwind tuition, the need for mixed Woodwind and Brass groups had caused a rise in Concert Bands in the U.K. In order to fill this gap in Burton on Trent, David Haines (our current Musical Director), held a meeting in 1992 of local woodwind, brass and percussion players. As a result of that meeting, the Burton Concert Band was formed. Several members of the original band still play with us regularly.’

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‘Formed as Burton Operatic Society in the 1920s and re-formed in the early 1950s producing mainly Operetta. Since the late 70s, the Society has moved on from Operetta to Musicals and performs two shows a year ... In 2014 the society was renamed “The Burton Musical Theatre Company”, which we feel reflects our true identity. Our shows range from well known “box offcie hits” to lesser known shows that give our audiences the opportunity to see some first class productions with sets built by our crew, and music provided by our excellent band of musicians.’

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‘Originally formed by the amalgamation of 5 local colliery choirs ... Inaugurated in 1968, and has been entertaining audiences ever since. Its success has been born from the sheer dedication, energy and professionalism of the founders and stalwarts that have served the choir from its origins through to the present day. Over the decades the choir has taken part in choral competitions and eisteddfods, winning major awards for its performances in the UK and Europe.’

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‘North Staffordshire's largest Choral Society with over 120 singers ... The Choir has specialised in singing the major works of the choral repertoire, covering most of the classics ... everything from Monteverdi to moderns ... Singers of all voice parts are welcome to join the Ceramic City Choir at any time, and are encouraged to attend a few “no obligation” rehearsals before deciding if you would like to audition to join the choir.‘

Category Choral Societies
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‘Formed in 2007, Chetwynd is a choir that takes its name from the family long-associated with its “home” since the outset, the church of St Mary the Virgin at Ingestre near Stafford ... The choir is well-suited to the intimate atmosphere of the church, in terms of both scale and repertoire. Properly described as a chamber choir, it is well-served in terms of soloists, accompanists and strength-in-depth across the range of parts. The choir performs two or three times a year, spending six to eight weeks in preparation for its concerts.’

Category Chamber Choirs
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'The Band has a special relationship with the City of Lichfield and plays for civic events, including the Sheriff's Ride, twinning and other public ceremonies. Several concerts are given in the Guildhall each year and the band also plays at the annual "Proms in Beacon Park". Invitations are frequently received to play in other venues around the West Midlands ...'

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'We are a group of local musicians who have been coming together to share music making since January 2000. The Band is made up of a diverse group of people of all ages and musical experiences. We play a wide range of music from jazz, classical, contemporary, to music from shows and films. Suggestions for new music are always welcome – you can even sponsor pieces if you wish.'

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‘Singing together since April 2009, Lichfield Gospel Choir now has more than 90 members ... We're a joyful community gospel choir singing everything from traditional Zulu songs to modern American gospel ... Whether religious or not, we all find the gospel music fun and uplifting. It warms our hearts and nourishes our souls, as well as providing us with lots of enjoyment and laughter. Plus it’s the perfect stress antidote!‘

Category Gospel Choirs
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'If you are interested in starring on the stage and have experience of amateur dramatics, then please feel free to contact us. We are always looking for talented people of all ages who have an interest in acting. You never know this could be the step you were looking for to propel yourself into a professional role on the stage!'

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‘The symphony orchestra of the City of Lichfield ... We perform three concerts a year. Our two main concerts, at Lichfield Guildhall in May and November, are normally traditional with an overture, concerto and symphony, whilst our summer concert sees us performing lighter film/show music in a venue outside Lichfield.’

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‘A very friendly and happy group of people! ... All parts - soprano, also, tenor, bass - need to be able to read music and should have had some part singing experience. We don’t commit ourselves either way immediately - there has to be some flexibility on both sides - then, after about three weeks, there is an informal voice test.’

Category Community Choirs
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'We are a mixed voice choir (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass) based in Tamworth Staffordshire. We sing for pleasure and we sing for charity. The choir formed in 2017, having previously been known, for the past 40 years, as Tamworth Male Voice Choir. Over the years, Tamworth Male Voice Choir have raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities - and this is something that Mercian Singers wish to continue.'

Category Community Choirs
Also indexedTamworth Male Voice Choir
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Moorland Voices was formed in January 2014 and is based in the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands. We are a small chamber choir of about 24 voices and take an unusual “collaborative” approach in that we have no single musical director, instead drawing on the skills of choir members. Since our formation we have performed a wide and varied repertoire to considerable acclaim.’

Category Chamber Choirs
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Founded 1922: ‘MTS has performed all but two of its shows at the Gatehouse Theatre (formerly The Borough Hall) and 2007 saw the 25th anniversary of the Borough Hall being reopened as Stafford’s very own Gatehouse Theatre ... The Society is very proud of its long association with the Gatehouse Theatre and values its contribution to the success of the Society in providing such a professional environment in which to stage the Society’s productions’.

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‘The group first started rehearsing at the end of February 2016. It started with a small hand full of players who just wanted to play music ... We welcome any musician of any instrument, age or ability. Even more there are NO AUDITIONS to join! You don't even have to play an instrument to get involved! You may just want to organise socials or help with fundraising or even promoting ... The group is ran as a community group and all members gets a say in everything it does including what music is purchased and performed.‘

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‘A traditional brass band with a long history based in the village of Newhall, Derbyshire. We compete in several contests each year and are building a reputation as one of the most entertaining concert bands in the area.’

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'The orchestra's first concert was held in the Old Town Hall in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, but the audience was very small. Choral singing at the time was a very strong tradition in The Potteries and the launch of a new purely orchestral music society was thought of as something superfluous. In fact many local choirs shunned the orchestra. Its founders, John Cope and Madame Reymond, were often ridiculed by fellow choir masters but Cope and his orchestra carried on. Over 110 years later, the orchestra still thrives playing four major symphony concerts each year, performing in venues in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme, with renowned conductors and guest soloists and supported by The Friends of the NSSO.'

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'We are a fabulous group of ladies from Hednesford, Staffordshire ... We sing mostly three part harmonies of modern popular music, and perform locally and throughout Staffordshire ... We perform regularly thoughout the year, each year performing a new repertiore with a different theme. We also support a charity each year.'  

Category Ladies Choirs
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‘We are a traditional choir from Stafford and surrounding villages. We enjoy singing and love coming together to make music. No audition is required to join us but most of our members can read music or have a basic grounding in music theory. Currently the choir has about 90 members. We rehearse weekly ... and perform three or four concerts a year. Our repertoire includes traditional choral works and more modern compositions.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘Stafford's oldest orchestra providing the town with music for over 50 years.’ Originally the English Electric Orchestra, founded as part of that company’s Sports & Social Organization. Now typically offers two to three concerts per annum - at Christmas, and in the Spring or Early Summer.

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'Well-established orchestra performing around 3 concerts each year in and around the town of Stafford and often branches to other venues around the county of Staffordshire itself. Made up of a mix of professional musicians and very enthusiastic amateurs, the orchestra plays music from all eras, including modern works and first performances. We often provide a platform for local composers and soloists, with a particular emphasis on encouraging young musicians and audiences.'

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'In 1979 the City of Stoke-on-Trent Amateur Operatic Society set up a youth section, which soon became known as "Stoke Youth". In 2006, following the decision to wind up the "Adult" Operatic Society, a small group of committed & determined individuals took the view that they wished to continue to support the talented young performers of "Stoke Youth" and take the personal risk of backing the establishment of a new volunteer run registered charity Stoke Youth Musical Theatre Company. Stoke Youth continues to stage challenging performances & training to meet the aim of "developing young people".' ALERT At Review: ‘New Website coming soon’.

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'We are a mixed choir of around 70 singers, based in the midlands canal town of Stone in Staffordshire. We are a friendly group, generally performing three or four concerts a year in and around the town.'

Category Choral Societies
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'Our aims are to foster and promote ladies choral singing, raise funds for local and national charities and good causes, foster and promote young local singers and performers and to promote the image of Tamworth for the benefit of the local economy through our concert performances. Together of course with providing a convivial atmosphere for all members to enjoy as a stimulating and enjoyable hobby. Since its formation the choir has sung at many concerts and functions in the Tamworth and West Midlands area and in doing so has built a well-deserved reputation for a high quality and varied light programme of classic and contemporary songs ...'

Category Ladies Choirs
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‘Tamworth Arts Club is the home of Musical Theatre in Tamworth and has been so since 1946. We perform two full-scale musical productions a year at Tamworth Assembly Rooms and Landau Forte Academy. We usually perform West End or Broadway Musicals; however, we do occasionally put on Compilation Shows or Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas.’

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'Formed in September 2012 by a group of enthusiastic musicians who found there was nowhere for them to play in Tamworth ... We are an enthusiastic group of musicians with a range of abilities and ages. We aim to play to the best possible standard whilst also having some fun. As a community band we welcome new members and any opportunities to perform in the Tamworth area.'

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‘Handbell Team from Stone, Staffordshire ... formed in February 1977. They are one of the largest handbell teams (116 handbells) in the country still performing on a regular basis with concert appearances in and around North Staffordshire. They have performed in many other parts of the country ...’

Category Handbell Ringers
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'Wind Band based in the beautiful East Staffordshire village of Tutbury near Burton on Trent. Formed in 1980, The Tutbury Band is one of the largest community bands in the UK having a combined membership of around 150 musicians across Tutbury Band and Tutbury Junior Band. The Tutbury Band performs at a variety of events including: summer shows, festivals, fetes, as well as more formal concerts ...'

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UCS is a friendly choir made up of 40 members based in Uttoxeter with a reputation for giving concerts of the highest quality, presented with professional soloists and orchestra. Our success is founded on our long and extraordinary history combined with a simple single objective - to enjoy singing together. We have a good mix of voices and ages, but are always looking for new singers to join us ... UCS was founded 1881 – we are the 3rd oldest Choral Society in the UK with a continuous record of making music.’

Category Choral Societies
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'We are a self funding community brass band welcoming players of all ages and abilities. Through concerts & other engagements we aim to entertain, educate and encourage people in all communities to participate and enjoy.'

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‘Founded 1975 ... based in the village of Wetley Rocks in North Staffordshire, situated between the town of Leek and the city of Stoke on Trent ... The choir continues to thrive ... Membership stands at about 20 choristers and we always welcome new singers. You don't have to read music (though at times it helps); all we ask for is a decent voice and enthusiasm!  ... We are as active as ever performing 9 or 10 concerts each year ranging from small events in local church halls to major concerts.’

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'The worship of Lichfield Cathedral has been enriched by music for over 700 years. We continue to preserve the great English choral tradition in the regular singing of Choral Evensong and in our Sunday Choral Eucharist. The Cathedral also regularly plays host to a great variety of other musical events featuring both local and national performers ... The Hill Organ at Lichfield Cathedral is a truly wonderful instrument and we continue to show-off its versatility ... featuring some of the country’s finest virtuoso players.'

Category Cathedrals
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Venue for local musical comedy productions plus occasional other concerts and recitals.

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'Built in 1888 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. Built in local red brick and terracotta, the classical Grade II Listed venue originally held 2800 people, and has, over the years, been the scene of numerous concerts ... The Victoria Hall was revamped in the mid-nineties, opening its doors once more in 1998 and has since then been at the heart of the Cultural Quarter, alongside its sister venue The Regent Theatre ... Experience the magnificence of the Organ in this showcase of the best in Organ playing at our renowned Organ Proms.'

Also indexedThe Regent Theatre
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