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Area: Yorkshire (South)

www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/children-families-and-education/schools-and-learning/music-education/

'An active network of partner organisations led by Barnsley Music Service. It works to enhance music education for schools and families in Barnsley.'

Visits to the Website84
Also indexedBarnsley Music Service
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www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/barnsley.htm

'Run by members for the mutual enjoyment of recorded music. Programmes are presented by our own members as well as guest speakers on a variety of themes. Refreshments are served at the interval & programmes end by 9.30 p.m. The Society has the use of high quality audio equipment and an excellent listening room ... New members & visitors are warmly welcomed,'

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barnsley-ymdfestival.co.uk

‘This is an annual youth Music and Drama Festival supported by the Co-perative Group and run by a group of enthusiastic volunteers. Held Mid June.

Visits to the Website71
Also indexedThe Co-operative Youth Music and Drama Festival
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bradfieldfestivalofmusic.co.uk

'An annual celebration of music performed in the Parish Church of St Nicholas’, a historic 12th century church set in the beautiful landscape of High Bradfield, Sheffield within the Peak District National Park.' Held Late June.

Visits to the Website91
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www.davidclover-festivalofsinging.org.uk

‘A National competition for all singers from the age of 9. Its chief objective is to foster singing, as a legacy to Dr David Clover, Music Adviser 1966-79 ... Once the annual Festival has ended, The City of Sheffield Teachers' Choir is always delighted to invite singers from the Festival to share in its concerts when possible.‘ Held Early February. The Singers’ Platform ’is a recent initiative in the David Clover Festival of Singing and is intended to give the opportunity to singers already studying at Universities and Conservatoires, to postgraduates, and to those being privately tutored, to continue the development of their art with substantial prize money’.

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Also indexedSingers’ Platform
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www.sheffield.ac.uk/music

‘We're a centre for world-leading research and inspirational teaching in music ... The Department sponsors about 50 public concerts every year, including a subscription series given mainly by visiting professional artists, and a weekly lunchtime series at which students often perform. Staff in the Department conduct the University Orchestra, University Chorus, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir, and students are encouraged to play regularly in smaller ensembles. Staff and students also become involved with local music-making organisations ...’

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Also indexedUniversity of Sheffield
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www.donvalleyfestival.org.uk

‘The aim of the Don Valley Festival is to offer a platform for performance, the opportunity to hear the work of others and the chance to receive feedback from a professional adjudicator. The festival was originally called the Mexborough and District Music and Drama Festival and was founded in 1912.’

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doncasterfolkfestival.co.uk

'Folk, Roots and Acoustic music and dance.' Held Mid May.

Category:Folk Festivals
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www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/schools/doncaster-music-service

'Provides music to all ages and all backgrounds and believes that the opportunity to play a musical instrument should be available to every child, regardless of financial or social circumstances.'

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www.dyja.info

‘Members include a range of school-age children learning instruments to a senior Jazz Orchestra of alumni members including some of Yorkshire's finest Jazz musicians ... Passionate about music education and jazz, DYJA provides specialised individual tuition, instrumental masterclasses, ensemble workshops and performance opportunities via 3 ensembles for young musicians from a range of backgrounds and abilities ... Our students learn at the Doncaster Jazz Centre. This building provides a base for the organisation with office space from which we co-ordinate our activities, a music library, small group rehearsal and teaching rooms, and a converted main hall for full band rehearsals.’

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Also indexedDoncaster Jazz Centre
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www.harworthchristie.org.uk

Mission ‘To promote friendship through the common love of Organ music, and to provide, on regular basis, Organ Dances and Concerts throughout the year, using both Theatre and Electronic Organs, and featuring the Star Organists from all across the British Isles.’ The Harworth Organ Enthusiasts was founded in December 1971, by Mr Stan Morris and a team of enthusiasts, to cater for people interested in the preservation of the Mighty Theatre Organs of yesteryear, but also incorporating the modern electronic organ.

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www.musicintheround.co.uk

'The largest promoter of chamber music outside London ... Excellence and access are central to all we do; our concerts are, wherever possible, played in the round, they feature lively spoken introductions, sometimes pre-concert talks and post-concert opportunities to meet musicians, and programme notes are provided on our website. Our resident ensemble, Ensemble 360, is a group of dynamic, world-class musicians selected for their good communication skills as well as for their highly accomplished musicianship.The musicians of Ensemble 360 are at the heart of our innovative education programme, Music in the Community, committed to delivering activities for all ages and levels of ability.'

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Also indexedEnsemble 360 | Music in the Community
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www.rotherhammusic.co.uk

'Rotherham Music Education Hub is a partnership of organisations that exists to improve and extend music education in Rotherham; the lead partner is Rotherham Music Service. The Hub is funded by Arts Council England. Rotherham Music Education Hub has a range of local, regional and national partners that work with us to provide high quality music activities.'

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www.sheffieldjazz.org.uk

‘Aims to bring the best of national and international jazz to the city, providing opportunities for people from all backgrounds in the Sheffield City Region and throughout Yorkshire, to hear and learn from some of the greatest of current artists.‘

Category:Jazz Clubs
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www.themusicacademy.eu

'We are a music education charity supported by the Department of Education’s Music and Dance Scheme and are one of 15 Centres for Advanced Music Training in the UK. Sheffield Music Academy offers expert tuition and specialist training for young people (aged 8-18) with outstanding ability, dedication and potential, across the Sheffield City Region and surrounding area. We seek to deliver musical excellence within a supportive, encouraging and welcoming environment.'

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www.sheffieldmusichub.org

‘We believe that every child, regardless of race; gender; where they live; their levels of musical talent; parental income; whether they have special educational needs or disabilities; and whether they are looked-after children; deserves the very best music education ... Every school in Sheffield has a link Music Leader who acts as an ambassador for the Hub. Music Leaders are highly qualified musicians who also teach specialist lessons on their instruments or voice.‘

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www.sparc.dept.shef.ac.uk

‘At SPARC, we study audiences, performers and live music, using empirical approaches in order to understand arts experiences. Our aims are: to explore the purposes and practicalities of empirical research with audiences and performers; to consider the roles of audience members as musical participants; to illustrate the musical, social and personal richness of audience experience in different contexts; to investigate the perceived relationships between audiences and performers; to explore musicians’ perspectives on live performance; to consider the relevance of our research for arts organisations, musicians, educators and researchers.’

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Also indexedSPARC | University of Sheffield
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www.thefrms.co.uk/affprogs/sheff.html

‘The name of what was originally Sheffield Gramophone Society, formed in 1947 by Margaret Long with a group of music lovers who were keen to listen to and explore the increasing amount of music which at that time was being issued on gramophone records. Members continue to enjoy listening to recorded classical music presented by informed enthusiasts in a congenial atmosphere.’

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www.folktrain.org.uk

'Folk Trains take you on a musical journey as you travel through the Peak District countryside. Our talented musicians play on the train, then everyone alights to visit a local hostelry and enjoy a further session from the band.'

Category:Folk Clubs
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www.sprotbrough-music-society.co.uk

‘Promotes concerts of live classical music performed by top quality professional musicians for the enjoyment of people in Doncaster and surrounding area. The Society also mounts music workshops in local schools to enhance the education of students, who can also benefit from free admission to our main concerts.’

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www.samfest.uk

'Sheffield's annual November Music Festival. Showcasing Sheffield's musical talent with international stars coming to perform Sheffield composers' works.' Held Mid November.

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tickhillmusicsociety.org

'The Society developed from a concert held on 17th March 1977 by the Coull Quartet who returned 40 years later to perform at the Society’s anniversary concert. This concert had been suggested by the daughter of founder members Philip and Mary Mottram, who was friendly with members of the quartet. The concert was such a success that large numbers of the audience proposed that a music society be established, with the object of staging concerts on a regular basis ...'

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www.abbeydalesingers.org.uk

Formed in 1986 and 'has membership of 30 voices and is well established as one of Yorkshire's foremost mixed voice chamber choirs. The choir has a reputation for outstanding singing and enthusiastic engagement with its audiences. Its repertoire is wide, ranging from renaissance motets to contemporary choral pieces ... The choir has a simple philosophy: to strive for the highest possible standards and ensure that everyone has a good time in the process'.

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.barnsleyconcertband.co.uk

'Barnsley’s premier woodwind, brass and percussion ensemble ... has been entertaining audiences of all ages for over 40 years at numerous concerts locally, nationwide and across Europe. The Band's repertoire covers all major genres of music; Pop, Rock, Film, Theatre, Jazz, Marches, Light Classical and even Folk. The combination of instrument types within the group creates an exciting musical palette and delivers a vibrant listening experience.'

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www.barnsleymetband.co.uk

‘A Traditional Brass Band Based in the Heart of South Yorkshire ... A busy and varied concert schedule sees the band performing at a variety of local, regional and national events throughout the year ... Whilst contesting is not the main focus of the band, it competes annually ... at the Yorkshire Area Championships. Membership crosses the generations and includes a good mix of ages from 10-60+. There are opportunities for young people to progress through the Junior and Intermediate Bands operating through Barnsley Music Service.‘

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www.barnsleyyouthchoir.org.uk

'Established in February 2009 to serve the children and young people of Barnsley. The choir currently has over 250 members aged between 7 and 23 years old and is divided into three smaller choirs – The Children’s Choir, The Training Choir, and The Senior Choir ... The choir performs a varied repertoire of music that includes Classical, Pop, Gospel and Folk music.'

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belcantosouthyorks.wordpress.com

‘An amateur mixed-voice choir of 30 members based in Mexborough, South Yorkshire ... Always welcoming new members, Bel Canto has been augmented over the years by many gifted and talented musicians from around the UK including local amateur and professional singers alike ... The choir’s repertoire extends from baroque to contemporary and has included premieres of new works by local composers ... Major public performances are usually in May and October, with Christmas music in December.’

Category:Chamber Choirs
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www.csyo.org.uk

‘CSYO has about a hundred players whose ages range from 13 to 21 years. Membership is subject to audition and is open to any young players who live in or around the Sheffield locality. Most are still at school but some are at college, many of them training as professional musicians. The orchestra assembles three times a year usually during holiday periods for concentrated training courses with tutors and conductors of professional standing. The courses are usually residential and are followed by a concert or a concert tour.’

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www.dearnebigband.co.uk

'Formed in 1978 for pupils of the Foulstone School by the school’s former music teacher Holin Hammerton. The band was originally known as the Dearne Youth Big Band until its name was changed in 1983 to the Dearne Big Band and Singers to reflect the fact that many within the band were no longer youths. This is still evident today with the age range in the Band of 16 to 60 years ... The Dearne Big Band & Singers is the primary fundraiser for The Barnsley Youth Jazz Association ... None of the members of The Dearne Big Band & Singers take a fee for their performances, all fees are re-invested into The Barnsley Youth Jazz Association.'

Category:Big Bands
Visits to the Website46
Also indexedBarnsley Youth Jazz Association
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www.dinningtoncollieryband.co.uk

Founded 1904. Busy competitive Band with about 50 members and offering some 100 performances per annum. (‘ In 2010, the BBC chose Dinnington from a shortlist of 22 other brass bands to feature in a three-part series A Band For Britain presented and conducted by Sue Perkins.’ [Wikipedia 27 November 2017])

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www.whitecottagewebsites.co.uk/doncaster/

‘An early music group based in the town of Doncaster. They take their name from the bands of musicians who used to be employed by local corporations as town musicians, “The Waites”. The present band are all local musicians with an interest in early music. They have been together now for a considerable number of years! The music they play is generally centred around the first half of the 17th century, the time when the first detailed accounts of the original Doncaster Waites appear in the archives. Their costume is also based on these accounts and the men accurately represent how the original Waites would have looked at that time. Women of course would never have been Waites, but we like to think that the Waites would have been joined by their friends and family in private music making in the houses and inns of Doncaster.‘

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www.endcliffeorchestra.org.uk

‘The Endcliffe Orchestra has a history of rehearsing and performing in Sheffield since 1977. The orchestra is a development group, meaning that each member is intent on improving their musical ability including technique and ensemble playing and performing. The orchestra provides a friendly and welcoming environment within which amateur musicians in Sheffield can rehearse and perform together ... The orchestra usually performs a number of concerts each year from a wide repertoire of music and uses these events to raise money for local charities. Under its constitution, the orchestra operates as a not-for-profit organisation.’

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www.friendsinharmony.co.uk

'A friendly sociable Rotherham three part choir which raises money for charities both local and national ... In our concerts we try to cater for all tastes and include a variety of songs from musicals, classic songs to pop, something for everyone.'

Category:Rotherham
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www.grimethorpeband.com

'Formed in 1917, during the First World War, Grimethorpe Colliery Band is a British institution. National and British Open Champions on numerous occasions, the band’s contest successes remain legendary ... Grimethorpe's diverse noted concert performances include those at the FIFA World Cup, BAFTA Awards, BBC Proms, Eurovision and London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony ... In addition to continuing to delight audiences across the globe, Grimethorpe also continues to invest in and support its local community in Grimethorpe, Barnsley and South Yorkshire, particularly through its youth music initiatives and community performances, both locally and on a national scale.'

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www.hallamsinfonia.org.uk

‘The Hallam Sinfonia was originally set up as a chamber orchestra by a group of local peripatetic music teachers ... The orchestra has however seen many changes ... and is certainly no longer a chamber orchestra, though its forces may be scaled down on occasion. Its repertoire extends from the baroque to the 21st century, including large- scale romantic works, and from the mainstream classics to film music and children’s concerts. This range of activity is designed to meet a variety of needs: to please audiences with old favourites, to draw in new audiences (including children and young people), to provide players with exciting challenges, to make best use of the resources the orchestra has at its disposal, and sometimes to enable collaboration with other organisations.’

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www.hatfieldband.co.uk

‘Doncaster's Premiere and only Championship Section Brass Band. The Band are made up of 28 musicians who play repertoire of varied origin including classical transcriptions and modern compositions alongside popular music arrangements.’

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oldsilkstoneband.com

‘Formed in 1861, Old Silkstone Band has maintained the characteristics of a typical village band, performing at local events and venues whilst representing the communities of Silkstone, Silkstone Common and Barnsley both nationally and internationally. Hard work and dedication has moulded the band into a strong musical team that has in recent years competed against the very best brass bands the country has to offer ... The band has a busy calendar, delivering a variety of programmes for a range of events throughout Yorkshire and beyond.’

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www.penistoneladieschoir.org.uk

Formed 1986: ‘We have a broad repertoire of songs, and we enjoy singing in a variety of styles. In our concerts we try to cater for all tastes and include something for everyone. We also cater for specific occasions, such as our Christmas concerts. We have sung at fundraisers for charity, at local community events, at competitions and memorial concerts’.

Category:Ladies Choirs
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www.rotherhamchoral.co.uk

'No audition is required, but a pleasant singing voice, a good ear, enthusiasm and willingness to learn are helpful attributes if the obvious asset of reading music is lacking. Prospective members are able to join us for a few rehearsals prior to making a commitment to the Society if they so wish. Members of the choir are expected to fulfil an attendance at rehearsal requirement in order to take part in a concert. This is set at 75% and can only be varied in exceptional circumstances after consultation with the Musical Director. Our concerts are enhanced by the inclusion of excellent soloists, accompanists, instrumentalists etc. who are professional or semi-professional musicians. They always seem to enjoy their experiences with us and are keen to return.'

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sheffield-chamber-orchestra.org.uk

‘Formed in 1950 and is a small classical orchestra of around 40 musicians, comprising of woodwind, horns, trumpets and percussion, in addition to the usual complement of strings. This core orchestra is supplemented by additional instruments, such as trombones, as required ... Each year the orchestra gives three concerts in Sheffield ... Our concert programme usually includes a concerto and it is the orchestra’s policy to work with and provide a performance opportunity for young professional musicians who are just starting out in their careers as concert soloists. The relatively small size of our orchestra enables us to be adventurous with our wide-ranging and innovative repertoire from the baroque to the present day ... We don’t normally hold auditions, but a minimum playing standard equivalent to Grade 8 is expected.’

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www.sheffieldflute.co.uk/sheffield-flute-choir.html

'A friendly group of adult flute players based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. We play a mixture of classical, jazz and modern repertoire on flutes, piccolos, alto and bass flutes.'

Category:Flute Ensembles
Visits to the Website56
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sheffieldphilharmonicorchestra.org

‘Sheffield’s Flagship Amateur Orchestra since 1945 ... A friendly and ambitious amateur orchestra based in the cultural heart of the city of Sheffield. We draw on players of all ages and backgrounds from across South and West Yorkshire, Humberside and Derbyshire. We rehearse weekly on Tuesday evenings and give no fewer than five concerts a year.’

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www.stratabrass.com

‘The origins of Strata Brass can be traced back to 1889, with the band celebrating its 125th Anniversary in 2014. We have been known under several different names over the years ... The Band performs around 12 concerts each year, predominantly in the South Yorkshire area. We also travel further afield & have taken part in the annual Durham Miners Gala ... In addition we take part in numerous competitions, winning prizes for entertaining programmes & technical ability.’

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www.thurcroftwelfareband.co.uk

Nestling in the outskirts of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, our band was originally formed by the Miners Welfare Committee for the benefit of Thurcroft Colliers and their families. Despite the closure of the pit, "the band plays on" through competitions, concerts and events that require outstanding musical entertainment ...'

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unitetheunionbrassband.org.uk

Unite the Union Brass Band is one of the most successful bands in Sheffield and South Yorkshire. The Band was formed in 1900 and over the years has performed under several different names, including Sheffield Recreation Band, Stocksbridge Band, and City of Sheffield Band. In 2012, we were pleased to be able to name a new sponsorship deal with Unite the Union. In addition to their role in "The Full Monty," members of the Unite the Union Brass Band have appeared on worldwide hit records, award winning documentaries and on virtually every mainstream UK television broadcast station and are featured regularly on radio.’

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www.villagecarols.org.uk

Village Carols is a non-profitmaking organisation which exists to record and promote local carol singing traditions. Its main roles are undertaking fieldwork and research, organising the collection of source material, and promoting local carol singing traditions.’ ALERT Although the future events listed tend to be around and about Sheffield, there are references to activity elsewhere in the UK, especially in the Links section of the Website.

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www.waldershelfsingers.org

Founded 1962: ‘Singing has brought us together. We are from all ages and walks of life. Some are experienced singers and musicians, and some new learners. There are deep voices and high voices, young voices and mature voices, quiet voices and confident voices. Together we make music, and have fun, as a community who love to sing ... We sing all kinds of music from madrigals to musicals, from traditional folksong to contemporary arrangements, from beautiful religious pieces to modern jazz and everything in-between! Typically the choir appears in around twelve concerts or events each year’.

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www.theyorkshiremilitaryband.com

'A concert band based in South Yorkshire ... The band's status and profile dictates that members must be of a suitably high standard. As a guide this should be minimum Grade VI and preferably with some experience of ensemble playing. Ex-military musicians are always welcome, however membership is open to all of suitable ability ... Members are asked to be available for as many engagements as possible, which means attendance at weekly rehearsals and events is very important and a high level of commitment is expected.'

Category:Military Bands
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www.doncasterminster.co.uk

'The Minster continues the rich history, spanning back to medieval times, of providing excellent choral and organ music to enhance our worship ... The "Mighty" Schulze organ is a major asset and attraction for visitors from all around the UK and across the world.'

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www.rotherhamtheatres.co.uk

Rotherham Civic Theatre opened to the public on 7th March 1960. The building as it stands today had a vibrant history long before the curtain was raised on that first night ... The building is a converted church and was purchased by the Council prior to being converted into a theatre ... Many things have changed since that opening night, such as computerised box office systems, online booking, radio microphones and intelligent lights. But what has remained ... is the vitally important part amateur groups play in the theatre’s success. It is a testament to their popularity and strength in the town that many of the societies still perform regularly today at the Civic Theatre.’

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www.sheffieldcathedral.org/recitals/

‘Choral music forms a central part of and pivotal role in the worship at Sheffield Cathedral, with around 40 boys, girls and men singing regular services, as well as performing for a wide variety of special occasions in the Cathedral and beyond ... The Cathedral is often a centre for workshops and singing days given by distinguished visiting musicians ... Regular lunchtime recitals are held at 1:15pm on Fridays during term time. These are performed by a variety of musicians, both local and from further afield, from students to professional musicians.’

Category:Cathedrals
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www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk

'Situated in the heart of the city, Sheffield City Hall is a magnificent art deco classical concert hall which has been elegantly modernised, whilst maintaining the unique atmosphere and charm of the original heritage ... Home to the Sheffield International Concert Season, classical music has been a regular since opening. The Sheffield International Concert Season attracts some of the finest orchestras and classical performers from across the world including Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus and The Hallé who are currently the orchestra in residence and season programmers.'

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www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on

‘One of the country’s leading theatres, Sheffield Theatres is home to the world-famous Crucible, the W R G Sprague built Lyceum, and the multi-format Studio ... Across its three theatres, the company produces a diverse programme of work, spanning a range of genres: classical revivals, new work, large-scale musicals and innovative and immersive theatre experiences. It presents the best shows currently on tour in the UK and works with theatre artists locally and nationally to nurture and develop new creative talent.‘

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stjohnsranmoor.org.uk/music/

‘Has one of the most extensive, vibrant and comprehensive church-based music programmes in the UK combining both liturgical and secular music to create an all-encompassing and unique experience that appeals to all. Generally considered a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic architecture, grandiose yet still intimate and with a fabulous acoustic perfect for music making, St John’s has had a thriving choral and music tradition that has been renowned since the church’s consecration in 1879. Today it remains one of the last non-cathedral musical foundations to offer music on an almost daily basis.‘

Category:Churches
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www.classicalsheffield.org.uk

'The one-stop shop for all the classical music-making that goes on in the Steel City. It is a comprehensive collecting-place for information about what's on and who's doing it. Pooling the activities and resources of the many musicians at work here benefits performers and audiences alike.'

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