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Area: Yorkshire (West)

'The aim of the Ackworrth Concert Society is to provide high quality concerts and avoid the need to travel to major cities and pay higher prices to enjoy the experience. Our concerts are open to all and we particularly welcome children and people (under 18) who are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.'

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‘Offers music learning opportunities to learners at school, in the community and in out-of-school settings. Supporting learners from first access through to excellence, ArtForms Music offers a range of activity in all genres, and for learners of all ages. We offer vocal and instrumental learning in and out of school, in a wide range of instruments and across a wide range of genres. ArtForms Music Centres offer community-based music learning across the city, and City of Leeds Youth Music offers the opportunity for young musicians to play at a very high level. We support schools through CPD and through the Music Connect network, as well as delivering National Curriculum teaching.’

Also indexedCity of Leeds Youth Music | Leeds Music Education Partnership
Visits to the Website181
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Keighley: ‘We are a not-for-profit organisation, run by volunteers, for the furtherance of acoustic, folk and social music’.

Category Folk Clubs
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'A unique and diverse musical group whose mission is to make great music whilst having fun! Our membership comprises accordion players from the age of 25 to 85 – both amateur and professional. BAB’s repertoire is wide-ranging and includes classics, music from the shows, pop, rock, folk and accordion originals. We perform at venues throughout Yorkshire and pride ourselves on giving a lively show. More recently, we have introduced a percussion section and a small number of alternative wind instruments to complement our sound.'

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‘An opportunity for musicians and singers of all ages and abilities to perform in a friendly, supportive setting. Every evening is unique as choirs, singer/songwriters, instrumentalists, soloists and groups – from their teens to their seventies – share their love of music. From accomplished players to first timers, all are welcome to join in or just listen and enjoy.’

Visits to the Website83
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The Bradford Music & Arts Service 'is committed to delivering the objectives of the National Plan for Music and as the lead organisation for the Bradford Music Education Hub will work with a range of partners to offer the best possible musical experience to all children within the Bradford district and beyond'.

Also indexedBradford Music & Arts Service
Visits to the Website129
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'We are a friendly musical fellowship, open to all, with a particular interest in the classical pipe organ but with meetings covering a wide range of topics, almost all with a musical flavour. Our membership encompasses all ages, abilities, interests and religious affiliations - so you are sure to meet interesting people at our meetings!'

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‘Provides opportunities for children, young people and adults to learn a musical instrument and make music together in our ensembles. We provide Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET), ensembles and curriculum teaching in schools. We have many centrally run ensembles in three regional centres for children and adults. We will continue to expand the opportunities in collaboration with cultural organisations for pupils to experience live music both as performers and audiences.’ The Trust is the Lead Organisation for the Calderdale Music Hub.

Also indexedCalderdale Music Education Hub
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'CeReNeM is a community of world-leading artists and scholars who bring interdisciplinary perspectives to research in contemporary composition, performance, music technology, improvisation and sonic media. CeReNeM hosts a vibrant postgraduate programme with 50 Masters and PhD students from 18 different countries.'

Also indexedUniversity of Huddersfield
Visits to the Website140
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'Founded 1987 ... Come along and join in the fun! ... Cleckheaton is situated in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, right in the middle of the West Yorks Conurbation, with Leeds, Bradford and Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury all approx the same short distance away. Affectionately known by the locals (and regular visitors) as just plain Clecky.' Festival held Early July.

Category Folk Festivals
Visits to the Website116
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'The Diocese of Leeds has the largest church programme of choral music for young people in the United Kingdom. Our Choral Directors work with some 3500 children weekly (over 100 groups across 53 schools), returning to their bases to run our elite choirs; 6 boys’ choirs, 6 girls’ choirs, 5 mixed children’s choirs, 2 youth choirs, 3 university choirs and an adult choir, all drawing their membership from our school sessions.'

Also indexedLeeds Cathedral
Visits to the Website149
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'Hold meetings most months in the Halifax area, sometimes jointly with neighbouring associations. Meeting formats include talks, lecture-recitals, master-classes, social evenings, visits and solo recitals. We always welcome new members, and you can come along to any of our open events even without being a member!'

Visits to the Website83
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‘Set up in 2011 to: * Be a centre of excellence for the organ in Calderdale and West Yorkshire; * Provide tuition and support for organists, raising the standard of playing and the number of good players in the locality; * Encourage the take up of the organ – especially amongst young people ... The Academy offers: * Regular organ days, comprising master classes, seminars, performances, lecture recitals; * Provision of workshops for school children; * Bursaries and scholarships; *Help with finding an organ teacher.’

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‘Promotes high-quality chamber music concerts every year in a season between October and April ... Most of our audience are subscribers who have bought tickets at a discount for the entire season. The advantages of being a subscriber are: * you gain a substantial reduction in concert ticket prices; * you help give the Philharmonic Club a secure financial base; * you become a member with voting rights.’

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Founded 2013: ‘Each year, over the three days, we present afternoon and evening concerts, plus lunchtime recitals, given by performers of national and international renown. It is also important to us to showcase talented local amateur pianists and to put on events aimed at people of all ages, including an annual children’s concert’. Held Mid April.

Category Hebden Bridge
Visits to the Website57
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‘A competition for instrumentalists and singers, small vocal and instrumental ensembles and choirs.’ Held Mid October.

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‘An annual, international festival of contemporary and new music, taking place over 10 days and consisting of approximately 50 events – including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film – with a related Learning and Participation programme devised and implemented to reflect the artistic programme and respond to regional need. hcmf// aims to provide life-changing and unique artistic experiences to as wide an audience as possible; to be an international platform for new music and related contemporary art forms in Britain; to enthuse existing audiences and draw in new ones through adventurous programming and informed, stylish presentation, and to be an active cultural partner within the region.’ Held Mid November.

Also indexedhcmf//
Visits to the Website169
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‘Consists of a wide variety of jazz guitar enthusiasts. They follow, support, learn about and, perhaps more importantly, have the opportunity to actually play the music that they love. Playing ability varies, from the novice to full professional, and performance opportunities range from solo to duos, and larger groups. HJGS also stages occasional workshops by its professional members ... Regular projects, such as specific composers’ nights, solo guitar nights, accompaniment, improvisation etc. are features of many meetings ... and the society also funds frequent concerts by top players ... The Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival is a three day celebration of jazz guitar with a mixture of FREE live performances, ticketed concerts and a workshop held at various venues around Huddersfield.’ Festival held Mid June.

Category Jazz Clubs
Also indexedHuddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival | Four on Six Festival
Visits to the Website36
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‘Susannah Sunderland (nee Sykes) was a famous soprano soloist, born in Brighouse, near Huddersfield, in 1819. Her natural talent for singing was noticed by local blacksmith Luke Settle, himself a singer, who first trained her voice, and she subsequently was taught by other respected local amateur musicians ... She retired from the concert platform aged only 45, whilst still in her prime. She celebrated her Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1888 and this was the occasion of a special concert at which she was presented with a glowing testimonial in illuminated script (unfortunately now lost) ... With the money raised from the Golden Wedding concert, a committee of distinguished local men decided to start a Vocal Solo Competition to be held in Huddersfield and named as a tribute to this great Yorkshire soprano. It was initially for singers but later expanded to include pianists alternating annually with violinists.‘ Held Mid February.

Category Huddersfield
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‘Originally the Huddersfield Music Club, the Society was founded in 1918, It has promoted its classical music concerts continuously ever since, even during the Second World War. These are chamber music recitals of high quality, engaging mostly artists of international standing.’

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‘We meet virtually every two weeks on Mondays ... Come and enjoy a wide variety of music on high-quality equipment in a congenial atmosphere.’

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'Acclaimed as the finest series of brass band concerts in the world!' ALERT Website changed from that originally used. At Review, no listing of ‘Best of Brass Series’, but there are details of ‘Summer Bands’ events.

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'A leading European conservatoire. We provide music education to a community of over 1900 musicians through a variety of programmes, including undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, numerous short courses and Junior LCoM for those aged 9-18.'

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'Started in 1963 by Fanny Waterman, Dame Fanny (as she is now known) retired from the Competition in 2015, paving the way for our new artistic leadership of Paul Lewis CBE and Adam Gatehouse to reimagine the Competition for a new generation of pianists, audiences and participants ... Whilst the main Competition (which takes place every three years) will always lie at the heart of the organisation, we are embracing a new vision for our work, which places great importance on an active and inspirational learning and engagement programme.' Held Mid May [2018]

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‘Come Along To Leeds Jazz Club And Enjoy A Friendly Drink With Some Great Live Jazz! Membership is NOT required, just turn up and enjoy some great live jazz from some of the very best of Traditional Jazz Bands from around the country.‘

Category Jazz Clubs
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'Leeds Lieder was inaugurated with a Festival of song in 2005 and there followed a decade of biennial Festivals attracting some of the finest singers and pianists of our time. Encouraged by this success, in 2017 it was decided that the Festival should become an annual event. In between Festivals, audiences are able to enjoy a lively season of concerts and masterclasses.' Festival held Mid April.

Also indexedLeeds Lieder Festival
Visits to the Website85
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‘A group of friendly people, including performers and listeners, who are interested in the thrill of the organ and its music ... We invite you to join our meetings where you will receive a very warm welcome. We can also offer help and advice to all church musicians and clergy, including deputising duties. Most important of all, we are willing to advise and support those who want to learn the organ, whatever their age. In some cases we will even consider sponsoring lessons.’

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‘Founded in 1992, Marsden Jazz Festival is one of the UK’s longest established jazz festivals. Thousands of visitors make the trip by train, bus, car or narrow boat to experience the unique atmosphere the Festival brings to Marsden every year, and more than 60 volunteers give up their time to help make the weekend a success. We are proud to showcase a wide range of jazz musicians from internationally-acclaimed artists to local school bands and rising talent.’ Held Mid October.

Category Jazz Festivals
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‘One of the region’s leading multi-arts festivals ... making the arts more accessible to all through an ambitious programme of events and activities ... Visual art, live music, spoken word, performance, special events and more in a range of unique and well-known venues across the town - from court rooms and cafes to the breathtaking Alexandra Hall.‘ Held Late September - Early October.

Category Arts Festivals
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'The aim and object of the club is to foster spread of knowledge about folk songs, music and dance and to encourage their performance by all manner of folk, in association with other local and national folk organisations as the committee see fit.'

Category Folk Clubs
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‘Music tuition in schools and centres across Kirklees. Lead organisation for the Kirklees Music Education Hub ... We offer access to over 70 exciting groups at our centres and central ensembles and we also support music making in schools across Kirklees. Over 10,000 instrumentalists and vocalists in Kirklees already engage with us – come and join them!’

Also indexedKirklees Music Education Hub
Visits to the Website103
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‘The Northern Theatre Organ Trust was formed to promote Theatre Organ Preservation in the North of England on behalf of The Theatre Organ Club. The aims currently are to preserve and maintain the Organ installed in Ossett Town Hall, and to expand public awareness of the Theatre Pipe Organ for the enjoyment of ourselves and Future Generations.’ 

Also indexedNorthern Theatre Organ Trust
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'Takes place in the beautiful village of Heptonstall during the May bank holiday week each year. You will find a friendly group of passionate musicians who strive to perform at their best in three concerts over the course of the week It's not just about the music though - there are social events and local attractions to enjoy, and the sheer beauty of your surroundings in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales'

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'The only one of its kind in the Local Authority District & gives a great deal of pleasure to people of all ages either as part of the audience enjoying the competitive performances & the winner’s concert; or as competitors gaining experience of public performance in their own particular speciality where they have the opportunity to gauge their own work against that of their contemporaries & gain the benefit of expert advice & comments from highly experienced professional adjudicators in both drama and music.' Held Late April.

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Chamber music recitals, usually fortnightly either on Saturday or Sunday evenings, at the Rawdon Quaker Meeting House near Leeds: ‘Admission is free. Donations to Amnesty International’.

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‘Usually held annually in March in Rothwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire ... The aim ... is to provide a platform for amateurs of all ages and abilities to perform music in a competitive but friendly atmosphere, and to encourage and maintain high standards ... Competitors are judged by professional adjudicators, and some of the winners are invited to perform in the concert a few weeks later. Fund-raising activities are organised by volunteers.’

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‘The axis where creativity and technology meet ... The School of Film, Music & Performing Arts fosters a culture of creation and participation. We are proud shapers of, and contributors to, the cultural life of this great Northern city – a city that is the original birthplace of film. We nurture the arts pioneers of the future: influencers who will not just reflect the outside world, but impact upon it. This culture is enabled by a team of experienced practitioners and academics who produce award-winning work of international repute. We foster an immersive environment that breeds originality, invention and ambition ... From contemporary dance and theatre, to documentary film and epic soundtracks; take advantage of our unique links with the cultural and creative industries, regionally, nationally and internationally.’

Also indexedLeeds Beckett University
Visits to the Website77
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‘The School has an international reputation for research and brings together acclaimed scholars, composers and performers in purpose-built premises at the heart of the Leeds campus. We have over twenty academic staff working across musicology, music psychology, composition, performance, business and music, and electronic and computer music ... Music students at the University of Leeds will become part of a select band later this year [2017] when it gains coveted All-Steinway School status. Leeds will join prestigious international institutions such as New York’s Juilliard School and become the first member of the UK’s Russell Group of universities to use the instruments – favoured by the world’s top pianists – throughout its practice rooms and concert halls.’

Also indexedUniversity of Leeds
Visits to the Website110
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'SAA-uk is an innovative organisation on the cutting edge and pushing the boundaries in how traditional and contemporary Indian Music and Dance is performed, presented and experienced by audiences, participants and Artists.'

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Annual Festival, started in 2015: 'Our festival is reliant on volunteers. If you can offer your time to help steward on the weekend of the festival or to help with set-up or distribution of flyers and programmes then please do get in touch on the email ...'. Held Early May.

Category Folk Festivals
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'The main standard-bearer for live classical music in Wakefield. To experience the thrill of listening to our professional guest musicians playing approachable music, we invite you to join our regular audience at the ... season’s public concerts. By demonstrating support you will help to keep alive the fine tradition of these concerts which do so much to develop and enhance Wakefield’s cultural image. The question of funding continues to be a very difficult issue and the Society has not received any external funding for a number of years. This means it is quite a task to try and maintain our high standards but we always endeavour to get the best possible performers within our means. In light of this we are extremely grateful to our Patrons and members and everyone who supports the Concert Society.'

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‘Lead Organisation for the Wakefield Music Education Hub. Teaching over 7,000 young people to play instruments and running 70 progressive groups every week!‘

Also indexedWakefield Music Education Hub
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‘An association dedicated to providing and promoting high quality musical activities and tuition for adults and children with a wide range of special needs. As its members, we recognise the unique contribution that music plays in people’s lives, especially in the lives of those with difficulties and disabilities. We currently offer choirs for those with learning difficulties, deliver bespoke music and multisensory projects, and organise CPD workshops for those who work with those with special needs.’  ALERT YAMSEN:speciallyMusic (with the Gordon Parry Centre) is no longer based at the West Park Centre. The Centre was suddenly closed for Health and Safety reasons on the 2nd November 2012 without any prior warning. (The Centre has since been demolished.) At the time of Review, YAMSEN operated out of the ArtForms offices.

Also indexedYAMSEN | Gordon Parry Centre
Visits to the Website114
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Originally founded 1894: ‘Offers expert tuition for almost every musical instrument, for both adults and children in a friendly, relaxed environment ... In addition to the instruments, we provide lessons for all levels of singing. Together with music theory and music composition we aim to cover all aspects of music training. As well as providing individual tuition, there are also several group classes and from time to time special workshops and concerts ... The College receives no grants from any source. Our funding comes mainly from tuition fees, which we aim to keep as low as feasible, in order for the courses to be as accessible to as many people as possible’.

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Founded 1970: ‘Originally about 16 voices, the choir’s numbers have now doubled, but it remains a chamber choir, singing mainly “a cappella” music and occasionally pieces accompanied by organ or a small orchestra. The choir’s repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the present day, and from the serious to lighter arrangements of popular music’.

Category Chamber Choirs
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Formed 1997: ‘The Choir is intentionally small with a maximum of 50 members, but is of high quality and produces a beautiful yet resonant tone.  Music critics have acclaimed its musicality and tender tonal qualities. It has taken tremendous strides in a relatively short time, and is in great demand for concerts not only in its native West Yorkshire, but also in North Yorkshire and East Yorkshire. The Airedale Male Voice Choir’s repertoire is constantly growing with some 180 pieces of music and is diverse in its choice as it is in expression and performance’.

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Based in Halifax: ‘We are a group of around forty people, of whom thirty or so are performing members. Although the Society is non-denominational, we still retain a Christian ethos and continue to support many local charities. We strive to fill as many roles as possible from our own membership, but also hold open auditions for our shows, which continue to attract new members, singers, actors and helpers’.

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'Social, non-contesting band ... Founded in the 1880's by a small group of mine workers ... In 1998, the Band was granted the princely sum of £45,453 by the National Lottery for new instruments. Supplementary funds were also raised and new uniforms purchased ... Over the most recent years the band have performed for several charitable causes ...This is the band's contribution back to the community.'

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'We are an enthusiastic group of amateur performers dedicated primarily to performing the works of W.S. Gilbert and A.S. Sullivan ... Sir William Schwenck Gilbert and Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan collaborated on fourteen operettas in total and since its formation, the Society has proudly performed thirteen of them over the years, trying to ensure that the less popular shows get an occasional airing.'

Category Dewsbury
Visits to the Website104
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‘We meet regularly to practise handbell tune ringing and we enjoy entertaining people. So far we have rung at nursing homes, walking clubs, club and society dinners, fetes and weddings. Three times a year we join other handbell teams to ring at rallies organised by either the national or local branch of the handbell ringer's association ... New members are always welcome. Reading music is not essential but a sense of rhythm, fun and a good sense of humour always helps!’

Category Handbell Ringers
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'The Black Dyke Band is part of our National Heritage and during its long history has achieved an enviable reputation; with National as well as International fame. For almost 140 years Black Dyke was owned and financially supported by the textile company John Foster & Son plc of Queensbury. In 1996 the association with the Mill ceased when the Band became a registered charity; in recognition of this fact "MILLS" was dropped from the official name.'

Category Bradford
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'Choral society of around sixty voices and growing! The Bradford Chorale is one of the leading choirs in Bradford and has been performing a widely varied repertoire of sacred and secular choral music to Yorkshire audiences for nearly forty years.'

Category Choral Societies
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Formed 1856: ‘One of the oldest and most exciting choirs in the North of England. Performing at least four concerts per year, we have a fascinating past and a vibrant future ... The recent re-emergence of choral singing as a popular activity has brought us many new members of all ages, thoroughly enjoying themselves regardless of ability or previous experience. We are committed to investing in our members and the wider community, providing vocal coaching, music-reading classes and enjoyable and productive rehearsals that help you get the most from the music and your voice. Our regular Come and Sing events have proved hugely popular, attracting many singers from the region and beyond. The Society has a series of lively social events throughout the year as well engaging in fund raising activities to help maintain the quality of their musical output. Come and enjoy our concerts, and bring your friends. It's a great evening out!’

Category Choral Societies
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'Regarded by many as the best and most consistent "public subscription band" in the world. In its time the majority of premier band championships have been held by "Briggus" whilst the band has also attracted a formidable reputation for highly entertaining concerts for both the general public and brass band connoisseur. The Band was formed over 130 years ago through public donations given by the townsfolk of the adjacent villages of Brighouse and Rastrick that face each other across the River Calder in West Yorkshire, England.'

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'We don’t have auditions and believe that anyone can sing. As a community choir, we are sometimes invited to sing at public events but that’s the icing on the cake. Part of the enjoyment comes from an improved sense of well-being: you can arrive stressed and tired from your hard day but singing helps you breathe better and feel calmer.'

Category Community Choirs
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‘One of the most famous names in the brass band world. The Band is currently one of the highest ranked bands in the World. As well as a busy schedule of major concerts and private engagements, the band also competes at the highest level in the World’s leading major contests alongside the very best and most prestigious bands in the world, including Cory, Black Dyke and Brighouse & Rastrick Bands to name just a few.’

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‘Founded in 1926, Castleford Male Voice Choir was formed by male choristers from several church choirs within the town and its current membership stands at approximately forty ... The Choir enjoys a full social life, admirably supported by its Ladies’ Circle, highlighting a love of singing and thereby giving enjoyment to its audiences. It also fulfils an important musical and educational role within the community.’

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‘A concert band and choir of approximately 50 young people between the ages of 8 and 25, based in West Yorkshire, England. We meet every Friday evening in term time ... to prepare for regular concerts throughout Yorkshire.’

Category Pontefract
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Formed 1993: ‘A forty-strong, mixed voice choir, based in Bradford, West Yorkshire ... Primarily, we are a friendly group from a variety of backgrounds who enjoy singing together and socialising both in rehearsals and in performance. Our “mission” is to share our enjoyment of choral music and to widen people’s perception of choral singing in all its glorious variety. Through the leadership of our musical director, we have sought to challenge our singing experience and we now have an extensive repertoire ranging from full works to pieces lasting little over a minute. Each concert we give incorporates something for all tastes – sacred and secular, ancient and modern, serious and not so serious, popular and classical favourites - and all types in between ! We also have some accomplished soloists to help ring the changes’.

Category Bradford
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’Formerly known as the YBS Concert Brass, The City of Bradford Brass Band has come a long way from its roots in the Yorkshire Village of Saltaire where it was formed at the turn of the twentieth century. The band is now based in Bradford ... In March 2017, after just two years competing at Championship level, the band took 3rd place in the Yorkshire Regional Championship, going on to represent the County and the City of Bradford at the very highest level of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in the Royal Albert Hall. The City of Bradford Brass Band has risen from the 3rd section to win a place on the Albert Hall stage in an unprecedented 6 years.’

Also indexedYBS Concert Brass
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'At the end of the First World War, a group of people in the St John's Amateur Operatic Society formed the Cleckheaton and Spenborough Amateur Operatic Society.  St John's Amateur Operatic Society was based at the Parish Church, whose President was Reverend C. S. Newell. Their premier performance was Aladdin and Out in 1918. Since then, with the exception of two World Wars, the Society has performed at least one show every year, and donated thousands of pounds to charity. Times have changed and the Society now performs more modern plays and musicals, and of course the ever popular Christmas Carol Concert.'

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‘As well as the senior band the association also has a ‘B’ band made up of 34 younger and more inexperienced players who when the opportunity arises pass through to the senior band. All the band members are amateur musicians with ages ranging from 14 years up to 65 years of age and all give their time freely to come and make music. We perform around 60 concerts each year in and around the local area helping to support other groups such as local churches, school and hospitals with fund raising activities. The Association has no commercial financial backing and all the funds are raised with the hard work and dedication of its members.’

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‘The Team are based just outside of Brighouse, West Yorkshire in the UK. and the original Clifton Ringers were formed around 1890 ... The team of 8 play off a square table using the traditional Yorkshire “off the table” style of ringing. They have been successful at a number of music festivals in the North of England and they entertain a wide variety of audiences as well as ringing at Christmas raising money for charity.’

Category Handbell Ringers
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‘A Choir dedicated to singing about the world around us, its inequalities and injustices, and our (4-part vocal harmony) opposition to such injustice. Commoners Choir is also dedicated to reclaiming the fun of making a big noise together without lugging a vanful of instruments and amplifiers around with us. We’re based in West Yorkshire, but we gather and sing wherever seems fitting.’

Category Leeds
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The competing ‘Deepcar Brass Band was formed in 1988 as a training band for local youngsters ... Whilst we are no longer a training band, it remains the band policy to encourage and train new players through an active training programme and our players now encompass a wide range in age and experience ... Deepcar Training Band is open to players of all age and ability; from someone picking up an instrument for the very first time in their life, or a player who is returning to playing a brass instrument following a break, or an experienced player who just wants to “give something back” and get involved to pass on their knowledge and help new players develop and progress.’ 

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‘Founded in 1932 as a singing group at Dewsbury Technical College. In recent years, in addition to our annual pantomime in January and musical show in June we have staged an Autumn production of either a cabaret style event showcasing songs from the shows or a short play. Dewsbury Collegians are always happy to welcome new members. If you have a talent for, or an interest in singing, dancing, acting, sound and lighting, costumes or scenery then we'd love you to get in touch.’

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‘Founded in 1976  ... a Championship Section Band based in the village of Drighlington in West Yorkshire ... Drighlington Band are available to perform at almost any type of event! With a wide repertoire, Drighlington Band can perform at your concert, event, party, whatever it may be! Whether you require a full band or our award winning, smaller Drighlington Ensemble, we can help!’

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‘We are one of the largest Brass Band organisations in the country, made up of 5 ensembles and over 100 playing members ranging from absolute beginners to semi-professionals. The main Elland Silver Band is nationally graded in the Championship Section. We also have one of the finest Youth bands in the country and an excellent Training, Starter & Beginners Band where we provide instruments and tuition to children as young as 7 years old. In October 2015 we launched our fifth band – Adult Brass, which provides tuition to encourage players over the aged of 18 to learn to play a brass instrument. In October 2017 we launched a beginner percussion class, HIT IT for children aged 7 to 12 years.’

Also indexedElland Silver Youth Brass Band
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‘A traditional village based brass band with roots that date back to around 1870. We are based in the middle of Yorkshire, and are fortunate enough to have our own bandroom conveniently located opposite the White Horse Public House. We do approximately 30 concerts a year for a variety for audiences, and also take part in 4 or 5 contests, testing ourselves against other bands and aiming to improve our standards ... Like all amateur Brass Bands we are unfunded so we have to try new avenues to raise vital funds to keep our organisation running. Check out our Real Ale Festival run every Easter in the band-room! 

Also indexedEmley Real Ale Festival
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Founded 1868: ‘The Band is totally self supporting, having no sponsors, and works hard all year round, performing not only locally but throughout Yorkshire ... The Bandroom is in a prime location in the heart of Friendly Village, and we encourage any Organisation, Group or Individuals who wish to utilise the Building as a meeting place or hold a function within, to contact the Secretary expressing their interest. We wish to ensure the whole community can benefit from this work and maximise the use of the Bandroom as a Community Meeting place’.

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‘Our first concert – when we were all very nervous – was back in 1998 at the Clothworkers’ Hall at Leeds University. Since then, we’ve performed more and more often, and travelled further afield, including concerts in Manchester, Birmingham, London, Berlin and Paris. We still get nervous! As well as big concerts, we’ve performed at various festivals and events. Although our performances are a focus for our repertoire and rehearsals, they’re not the be all and end all. Some members choose not to perform – and few of us make every performance. The real joy of being in the choir is the friendly atmosphere and camaraderie built around our common joy of singing. We welcome any members of the LGBT* communities who share that joy and want to be a part of it.’

Category LGBT Choirs
Visits to the Website32
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‘A Yorkshire based non-contesting brass band ... The Band, founded in 1854, has a proud heritage of both contesting and entertaining. However, we currently do not participate in contests yet still play a varied concert programme throughout the year.’

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Hade Edge Band has a history spanning over 100 years. With this rich heritage we not only perform the brass band classics, we also innovate with new and dynamic arrangements from a variety of Composers ... Based in the village of Hade Edge in the Holme Valley, Yorkshire’.

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‘When the idea of a permanent large choir was first suggested in 1817 by founder William Priestley (eminent Halifax musician, antiquary and literary gentleman wool-merchant) he could hardly have foreseen that the Halifax Choral Society would still be going strong into the Third Millennium. Nor could he have envisaged it surviving to become the world’s oldest amateur choral society with an unbroken record of performance ... Its members may be amateurs from many walks of life but they pride themselves on professional singing. Throughout its long history, the Choir has performed almost every major choral work in the repertoire ... In 2018 it will be Haydn’s Creation (the very first work performed by the Society, on 9th February 1818). At the end of 2018 we will present our 200th annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘The Society formed in 1968 and we gave our first fully staged performance 3 years later. We perform our annual show at The Halifax Playhouse around November time, which is fully staged, fully costumed, and performed with an orchestra ... As well as the annual show we also hold other smaller concerts and club nights through the year in various locations, to raise funds for the Society.’

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‘Amateur theatre company for adults (16 yrs +). We invite anyone to join the society whether that's to perform, help out or just to come and watch a production ... Performing shows in Halifax since 1907.’

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‘One of the UK’s oldest non-professional orchestras ... Members come from all walks of life from within and around Calderdale and beyond, and share a passion for playing together. The players are variously teachers, semi-professionals, and retired professionals along with a positive group of dedicated amateurs. The Orchestra is always happy to hear from prospective new members.’

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‘One of the leading youth choirs in the country ... and numbers around 70 singers ranging in age from 8 - 21. As well as giving our own concerts we perform with partners such as Musica Kirklees, The Lindley Band, Brighouse and Rastrick Band and many local choirs, often performing in Halifax Minster and Huddersfield Town Hall ... We like competing in music competitions and over recent years have been very successful ...’

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‘Founded in 1855 as the Saltaire Band by Sir Titus Salt as one of the amenities for the workers at his recently opened mill. Later the band had a long association with Hammonds Sauce Works under the baton of the legendary Geoffrey Whitham. It is from these two parts of our past that we now perform under our current name, Hammonds Saltaire.’

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‘A long-established and celebrated brass band ... The Haworth Band strives to serve the local community and to provide a forum for musicians of any age who enjoy playing music in an ensemble. We endeavour to encourage the development of new players and provide instruments and musical tuition. The Haworth Band is a registered charity dedicated to developing musical skills to ensure the longevity of a brass-band tradition in the community ... We welcome players of all ability.‘

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'It is not absolutely clear when Hebden Bridge Brass Band was founded but in 1978 they held their Centenary celebration. For many years it was believed that 1878 was the founding year, but an appeal to the local community for any information on the band’s history a few years ago revealed that the band was in existence around 1850 ... In the early days of brass banding, members were made up from the workforce of the local mills who sponsored them and they, the mill owners, in return got relatively cheap advertising for the mill and products, particularly if the bands performed well and won prizes and recognition at local and national contests ...'

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'The Main Band (or A Band) is made up of young people who have developed their playing skills through lessons with the band and elsewhere and have learned to play as part of a group with B Band. We currently have around 25 members of Main Band. Band members need to be really committed to the Band as they need to rehearse regularly as well as play at several engagements throughout the year ... B Band is a development band and allows learners to take their first steps playing with a group of other musicians ...'

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Founded 1918: ‘The Society’s aim is to promote musical shows, operettas (musical comedies and musical romances) and concerts. These mainly take place at the Hebden Bridge Little Theatre, but we have also toured productions locally at a number of different venues’.

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'A chamber choir based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. The choir performs varied programmes of mainly a capella music from the 16th Century to the present day. The Hepton Singers has a strong local following, performing regularly in Heptonstall Parish Church as well as other venues across the north of England.'

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘Hepworth, the village from which the band takes its name, is situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park, close to the “Summer Wine” town of Holmfirth in West Yorkshire. There has long been a strong tradition of brass bands and music making in the Holme Valley and Hepworth has been a part of this since its formation in 1882. The Band’s long history puts it amongst the oldest brass bands in the country. Throughout its history the band has enjoyed notable contest success.’

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Honley Ladies Choir is based in Honley, a picturesque village on the edge of the Peak District just south of Huddersfield. The village is a hot bed of musical activity - if it's sung, played or performed you'll find it happening in Honley. The Choir has been thriving for almost eighty years and is regarded as one of the most vibrant choirs in the local area with a reputation that goes far beyond.’

Category Ladies Choirs
Visits to the Website90
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Established 1866: ‘The Horbury Victoria Band now consists of a Senior Band, Youth Band, Intermediate Band and Learner Section, in all numbering almost 100 members, backed by a very willing and hard working Committee. The Senior and Youth Bands are committed to maintaining high performance standards in all their contest and concert engagements and they look forward to working hard as a team for the future’.

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Horsforth Choral Society in Leeds is a mixed-voice choir founded in 1928. They perform a variety of choral music including sacred music, folk songs and spirituals as well as choral items by contemporary composers ... No audition required. The ability to read music would be helpful but not essential ... Prospective members may attend a couple of “taster” sessions before making a commitment to join.’

Category Leeds
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‘Founded 1836, Huddersfield Choral Society has an international reputation as the UK's leading choral society. We perform regularly in Huddersfield Town Hall as well as other venues throughout the country ... Membership is by audition where prospective new members will be asked to sing a prepared piece of their own choice; sing from a vocal score to assess their learning ability; and carry out a couple of straightforward aural tests. It takes no longer than 15 minutes! During the audition we are looking at the potential of prospective new members rather than looking for the finished product and aim to make the audition process as relaxed as possible which includes the opportunity to sit in on a couple of rehearsals before auditioning. Please be aware that any prospective new member must be able to read music.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘Formed in 1963 to share an interest in and perform the works of Gilbert & Sullivan, the society actively continues to pursue its aims by producing one fully staged operetta a year with full orchestra and also presents a wide variety of concerts.’

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‘Performing classical music in West Yorkshire since 1862.’

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‘Huddersfield's leading chamber choir, originally founded in 1875 as the Huddersfield Glee & Madrigal Society ... The change of name was due largely to the Huddersfield Singers’ interest in performing a diverse and adventurous repertoire. Today, the choir likes to perform anything from early music to the work of contemporary composers. Although Huddersfield Singers concerts always have a coherent theme, the repertoire spans everything from plainsong to Pärt and madrigals to Maxwell Davies.‘

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘A symphonic wind orchestra with approximately 52 musicians ... The Wind band performs music from a wide range of genres including film, stage, and contemporary works for symphonic wind orchestra ... and are available for concert halls, churches, bandstands and private functions ... Please drop into one of our rehearsals, we would love to see you! Feel free to come along and have a listen and say hello. Or bring an instrument and give it a whirl!’

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‘We are a community band working in the community for the community. Our mission is to promote music making for the enjoyment of all, and at the same time provide a platform for amateur and student players. The band consists of about 35 instrumentalists - woodwind, brass and percussion. All members bring their own talents to help achieve our objectives ... Our repertoire includes film and show, light classical, popular music and marches ... We are always pleased to receive enquiries to play at events within a reasonable distance of Leeds, but please note that we are a concert band, not a marching band or dance band.’

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‘Producing an annual Musical in October, and a traditional pantomime in January.’

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Kippax Band has a long and proud history in brass banding dating back to the early 1800's. In fact, Band records dating back to 1933 state “Band decided to have tea to commemorate the Band as the oldest brass band in England on January 13th 1934. This year makes 120 years as a band and 100 years as an all-brass Band”.’ The Band is active in competitions, as well as providing regular concerts at the Kippax Band Social Club and elsewhere.

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'Group of energetic and dedicated brass band players, whose main objective is to bring great brass band music to the general public, both locally and further afield. Our non-competing status allows us to be really flexible in our concerts as we play music appropriate to our audiences, because we are not constrained to the music imposed upon us by competition judges.'

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‘A high quality local West Yorkshire brass band ... The brass band's expertise lies in its entertainment ability that regularly delights audiences wherever it performs with its challenging and diverse musical programmes. The brass band has a very large repertoire at its disposal, and can therefore tailor a perfect programme of music to any occasion.’

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‘We are an inclusive choir and are always happy to welcome new members. Prospective members are invited to come along to any of our rehearsals to try us out. If, after you have sung with us a few weeks, you decide you would like to join the choir you will have a short “voice check” with our musical director. This is to check your assessment of your voice is correct and will confirm in which section your voice is best suited. As a choir member you can expect to participate in about six concerts a year, and maybe a tour in the UK or Europe. Dates of concerts and tours are announced well in advance,’

Category Choral Societies
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‘Period instrument performance group directed by Peter Holman specialising in music of the 17th and 18th centuries ... Members are drawn from professional and non-professional players with students from the region’s music colleges. Free workshops given by leaders in the field of baroque performance practice provide training, and the funds available are used to enable members of the orchestra to perform concerts with internationally renowned soloists.‘

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‘We present classical choral music in Yorkshire and elsewhere in Britain. We have 150 performing members in soprano, alto, tenor and bass sections ... Founded in 1858, the Chorus was re-formed every three years for the Leeds Festival. Since 1985 we have been independent, giving a full annual concert programme.‘

Category Choral Societies
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'The Group is primarily a fiddle class for violinists of all ages and abilities who would like to learn to play folk, with various accompanying folk instruments (double bass, guitars, banjo). The repertoire mainly consists of traditional folk and folk of all kinds, Klezmer, Sevdah, Gypsy and a bit of bluegrass and traditional old time American tunes. We play at festivals, folk clubs, private events and functions, charity balls and fairs and we are available for private parties or weddings. The players are all learners with some beginners and we aim to enjoy ourselves and welcome anyone who would like to play with us. No previous experience with folk music necessary.'

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‘An enterprising choir of up to 30 singers with a repertoire ranging across 7 centuries, equally at home in Renaissance polyphony and new work and commissions ... The Choir was founded in 1948 "to encourage the appreciation of music by the burghers of Leeds" as a small group of professional/semi-professional singers. Historically the choir has always maintained a close association with the University of Leeds School of Music ... We sing in and around Leeds, giving around six concerts and performances every year, some for charity. We are also for hire.’

Category Chamber Choirs
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'Leeds Philharmonic Chorus now comprises over 130 singing members regularly performing at Leeds Town Hall. Performances are often jointly promoted with the Leeds International Concert Season and the BBC. Repertoire is extensive, combining both tradition and innovation involving a constant quest for excellence as well as enterprise.'

Category Choral Societies
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‘The original LSO, we have been in existence since 1890 and perform several concerts each year in Leeds and surrounding areas ... We now give regular performances in Headingley, Horsforth, Wetherby and Knaresborough ... Numbering approximately 80 players ... membership is by audition - the basic entry standard required is Grade VIII.’

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’Re-creating the original Borough Waits of Leeds who existed from 1530 to 1835, especially but not exclusively the first century and a half of their existence ... The Waits perform for the Lord Mayor and Corporation, also at stately homes and heritage events around the region, and for organisations such as English Heritage and The National Trust ... They play authentic music on authentic instruments, always performing in appropriate historical dress, and are, as in the old days, available for hire for public and private events.’

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Formed 1889: ‘Earliest records talk of a “Holme Mills Brass Band”, which was later to become the Marsden Musical Institute Brass Band ... In 1961 the band won first prize in the Senior Trophy at the Belle Vue contest which gave the band the right to use the title “Silver Prize” in their name .. We have our own bandclub – Marsden Band 'Ole – which also holds its doors open to other musical groups based in the village’.

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‘Founded in 1955. The Yorkshire based choir is around 40 members strong and has developed a wide repertoire from classical and folk to swing, jazz and songs from the shows. The choir maintains a busy schedule of concerts and competitions both in Huddersfield and further afield.’

Category Ladies Choirs
Visits to the Website82
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'The objective of the Society is "To educate the public in the Dramatic and Operatic Arts and to further the development of public appreciation and taste of the said arts". Although the wording of this now seems a little archaic, our aims remain the same and we always make sure we enjoy ourselves whilst achieving our objective.'

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Formed in 1998: 'We are open to all ages and abilities, although a reasonable standard of playing would be needed. The band has traditional concert band instrumentation – a woodwind section currently consisting of flutes, Bb clarinets, bass clarinet and saxophones – alto, tenor and baritone; and a brass section consisting of trumpets/cornets and baritone/euphonium.'

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'A mixed-voice choir of about fifty singers, founded in 1943. We give three main concerts each year: Autumn, Christmas and Spring, singing a wide range of music from the classical repertoire. A summer concert, performing music in a lighter vein, is usually held as well as other social and special events.'

Category Choral Societies
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'Northern Ballet is now regarded as one of the world’s greatest ballet companies, committed to creating new ballets and touring widely, performing to audiences throughout the UK who otherwise wouldn’t have access to the highest quality ballet. The Company is also much in demand internationally ... Northern Ballet believes that live music enhances performance and is committed to music being played live for almost all productions. Northern Ballet Sinfonia is made up of 27 players who travel the length and breadth of the UK with the Company playing for over 150 performances every year.'

Category Ballet Companies
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Founded 2015: ‘Specialise in the performance of operas outside of the core repertoire - enabling artists and audiences in the North of England to experience works that they would otherwise never have opportunity to enjoy. We produce both professional and community productions ... Opera might not be for everyone, but we believe that it can be for anyone’.

Category Opera Companies
Also indexedLeft Bank Opera Festival
Visits to the Website29
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NoteAbility Concert Band is a band that consists of woodwind and brass players, and rehearse so that we can entertain audiences with popular music in and around the Bradford area. We have players who have been playing for about a year to the experienced who have been playing for many years. Our rehearsals are friendly and enjoyable ... The Band play many concerts throughout the year, mainly during Christmas, Summer and maybe a competition in spring. During December time we play Christmas concerts in churches and nursing homes. During the summer we play at bandstands, parks, galas and fairs.’

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‘England’s national opera company in the North and one of Europe’s leading arts organisations. The Company is committed to producing work of the highest quality that excites, challenges and entertains. It tours not only throughout the North of England and to London, but also to opera houses on the continent ... and it performs at major international festivals ... Opera North is a vibrant, lively organisation which actively challenges conventional perceptions of opera. Breathing new life into the classics, the Company is also a strong advocate of lesser-known works and a champion of musical theatre. Opera North collaborates with artists and companies working in a variety of media, including film and visual art. Its versatile Chorus and Orchestra also perform independently, constantly revitalising their approaches to music-making.’

Category Opera Companies
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'Open to horn players who enjoy making music within an informal friendly group which offers the opportunity, for a very modest fee, to meet like-minded enthusiastic hornists, either as a paid-up subscriber or as an occasional visitor.'

Category Brass Ensembles
Also indexedNorthern Horn Club
Visits to the Website101
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‘The resident orchestra at Square Chapel Arts Centre in Halifax ... The orchestra pride themselves on delivering interesting programmes for chamber orchestra ... The orchestra presents four concerts in a season, which usually begins in October and ends in June. A popular date in the orchestra's schedule is the New Year Concert which is always a sell-out. The orchestra has had an eventful history and is proud to have several World Premieres to its name.’

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'Was specially formed in 1991 to sing Haydn’s Creation as part of the National Voices for Hospices event which resulted in 113 simultaneous performances of the work throughout the United Kingdom ... Since that inaugural concert, the members of Overgate Hospice Choir have continued to meet and now produce four concerts a year together with other smaller performances. As far as is known, Overgate was the first hospice to have its own choir formed specifically and solely for the purpose of raising money for the hospice. Other groups have followed but it is believed that Overgate was the very first in that particular field.'

Category Community Choirs
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‘We are a well established amateur orchestra that performs at least three public concerts a year in the Huddersfield area.’

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‘A large wind orchestra with players from Leeds and the surrounding area ... We play a rich variety of music from film scores and musical theatre, to swing and popular classics, and perform throughout the year for local concert seasons, fundraising events and private engagements.’

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‘Formed in 1874, has had a long and successful history. It aims to make choral music readily accessible to the wider community through live concerts, and to provide the opportunity for local people to develop their musical skills. In the past there were grand concerts in the Pontefract Assembly Rooms, with full professional orchestras and soloists. Now, financial considerations mean that these are no longer possible. This situation does, however, have its advantages, for we are able to use local musicians and soloists, many of them promising young performers at the start of the​ir careers, who we are keen to encourage and support.’

Category Choral Societies
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Award-winning Band which now has its base in Stanley, near Wakefield. 

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Founded 1956: ‘Sheffield Symphony Orchestra is based, unsurprisingly, in t' great city of Sheffield. Specialising in music for the bigger orchestra SSO plays 5 concerts a year with a wide range for all musical tastes from Mahler to Mozart and Shostakovich to Strauss ... The Orchestra welcomes new members - especially strings (you can never have too many violas)’.

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'Slaithwaite is an industrial village in the beautiful Colne Valley near Huddersfield in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Here a group of amateur musicians met in 1891 to found a "Philharmonic Band" ... Each season the 80-strong-orchestra (augmented by outside players if necessary: it has more than once fielded over 100 performers) gives three or four concerts in Huddersfield Town Hall, and further concerts in other venues.'

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‘Has won widespread critical acclaim for its performances of a wide range of sacred and secular music. The choir took its name from St. Peter's Convent, Horbury, where the group was based for seven years ... Consort has given three subscription concerts each year since its formation. It also raises money for church funds and charities by the giving of recitals and has made regular Cathedral visits to sing services when resident choirs are on vacation.’

Category Chamber Choirs
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Founded 1977: ‘A mixed choir of about forty voices based in the City of Leeds ... The Singers have enjoyed a close relationship with Leeds Minster (St Peter-at-Leeds), formerly, of course, Leeds Parish Church, where many concerts and liturgical appearances take place each season. At the same time, the choir performs at many other venues in and around Leeds’.

Category Leeds
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Sinfonia was founded in 1973 by Graham Bennett who conducted the orchestra for the next 17 years. Graham's avowed aim was to bring together the best amateur musicians in the area and to weld them into a chamber orchestra with professional standards of performance and presentation ... David Greed succeeded Graham Bennett as Musical Director and Principal Conductor in 1990, and has encouraged the orchestra to broaden its musical horizons and grow in order to play some of the larger symphonic works.’

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‘A mixed voice choir, who would give a warm welcome to prospective new members. Do come along if you enjoy singing and friendly company. All we ask of you is the ability to sing in tune, enthusiasm, and committment to attend rehearsals combined with a good sense of humour. The choir has an active social committee. We enjoy meals out, quizzes and other social events.’

Category Community Choirs
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Todmorden Choral Society sprang from the old Todmorden Musical Society which disbanded in 1914 at the beginning of the First World War. After the War, the two sections of the Society (instrumental and vocal) decided to go their own ways and Todmorden Orchestra and Todmorden Choral Society came into being. The two organisations are still separate but cooperate with each other on frequent occasions and are both still flourishing ... We perform concerts at the end of October and the end of April each year. In addition there is an annual performance of the Messiah at the beginning of Advent and an informal Christmas concert during December. There is also a Summer performance during June.‘

Category Choral Societies
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‘A symphony orchestra based in the Pennine town of Todmorden – a place with a long tradition of music making ... A thriving part of Todmorden’s cultural life, with a loyal following. We perform with some of the UK’s most talented soloists at Todmorden’s magnificent, Grade I-listed Town Hall ... Our players come from Todmorden and beyond, from Manchester to Halifax ... We are part of a thriving amateur music making scene in the north of England, performing classical music at the highest levels with passion and commitment.’

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'A community Swing Band based in Baildon, near Bradford, West Yorkshire. We play regular gigs, and have performed at church and school socials, beer festivals, weddings and private parties ... The band has around 30 players. It accommodates a range of abilities and ages. Rehearsals are very informal and great fun as we are a very friendly bunch of musicians! ... Our music comprises traditional big band swing era standards including numbers by Glen Miller and Count Basie; Latin favourites; Pop and more modern numbers; and of course some Rock ‘n Roll ...'

Category Big Bands
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‘You don't have to be religious to sing in our choir - in fact you don't even have to be from Wakefield! A number of our members regularly travel to rehearsals and performances from many other parts of West Yorkshire. They do it for the joy of performing great music and for the love of singing. If you are interested in getting involved with the choir why not drop us a line or two telling us about yourself?’

Category Gospel Choirs
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Wakefield Festival Chorus is well known in the city for its accomplished performances. We are a medium-sized mixed-voice choir, and we sing everything from large scale classical works to songs from the shows. We enjoy working with other musical groups such as school choirs and other choral societies. We always welcome new singers. The ability to sight read is useful but not essential. No audition is required.’

Category Choral Societies
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‘The Band has had many proud and enjoyable moments in its four decade history, and these continue to come. Since its formation in 1977 the band has performed many concerts each year including the Bands in the Parks series throughout Yorkshire, at agricultural shows, charity fund-raising events and the very popular Christmas Brass concert. The band regularly takes part in joint concerts with local choirs and also has a popular 10 piece group which is available on request.‘

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‘We are a wind band based in Ossett - established in 1990. We enjoy playing all sorts of genres of music with the aim of entertaining local people.‘

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‘From its beginnings in 2003, the purpose of West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra has been to perform classical music to a high standard and bring this to a wider community who would not normally consider attending a classical concert. It has subsequently grown to a full sized symphony orchestra performing a range of classical works ... The orchestra has a strong community ethos. We are especially keen to make music available to children, ethnic minorities, older people and people with low incomes. We hope to inspire anyone to enjoy and participate in music making and to provide an opportunity for smaller groups to perform with or alongside us ... We do not operate formal auditions as we favour orchestral trials. Most of players are grade eight standard or have equivalent orchestral experience.’

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'A friendly group of advanced clarinet players who enjoy playing a varied repertoire of original compositions and specially selected arrangements at events in Leeds and the surrounding area. From its formation in 2012, the ensemble now has around 15 members.'

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‘If you are an adult learner of the violin, viola, cello or bass, or played a string instrument at school and would like to start again, playing with a group with adults of similar standard, then YLSS is for you. You don’t have to audition, we just want to encourage you to play music ... From a small beginning in September 2000, YLSS has grown to nearly fifty players with more joining each year. Each section has a range of abilities from virtual beginners upwards to experienced players. Members come from all over Yorkshire, including Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Hull, Harrogate and, of course, Leeds itself.’

Category String Ensembles
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‘Founded in 1953 and is now established as one of the premier choirs in the North of England. It is based in Wakefield and currently has over 100 members. The Choir usually gives five concerts a year ... In recent years the choir has appeared on BBC Radio and Television, Classic FM and has made two commercial CD recordings. There have been four foreign tours, and regular performances with top class orchestras and internationally known artists ... The choir continues to enhance its reputation and widen its repertoire to include early music, classical, jazz and contemporary music which continues to build audiences.’

Category Choral Societies
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'Can trace its history back to 1860 when it was formed as a Volunteer Corps in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Today, the band forms an integral part of the Yorkshire Volunteers Regimental Association, performing throughout the UK and Europe in both concert and marching band formations.'

Category Military Bands
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‘With its home in the heart of Halifax, at Square Chapel, the Young Philharmonia at Square Chapel is a new and exciting opportunity for the region’s finest young musicians to perform orchestral and chamber repertoire at the highest standard. The Young Philharmonia is a flagship orchestra, attracting players aged between 11 and 21 from across the north of England.' ALERT At Review, Website was inaccessible, so replaced with Link to Facebook Page.

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‘A vibrant place of worship and music making. The Cathedral Choir, with its subsections of boys, girls, lay clerks and an adult consort, leads the choral worship at the Cathedral, as well as touring, recording and broadcasting ... Wednesday @ 1 Organ Recitals take place weekly throughout the year from late-January to mid-July and again from mid-September to early-December, featuring the Cathedral's renowned pipe organ, and the Cathedral plays host to many other ensembles and soloists through the year as part of a lively arts programme. Monthly Tuesday Coffee Concerts, accompanied by coffee and cake, add further to the live music on offer at Bradford Cathedral.’

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Originally built by the townspeople of Wakefield in the mid 14th century as an integral part of Wakefield's new stone bridge. However, what you see today is largely a 19th Century rebuild by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Nowadays, the Chantry Chapel is often open for exhibitions, talks, and other events - including occasional concerts and recitals - as well as for regular services.

Category Chapels
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'This fine Victorian Town Hall stands in front of the old marketplace in the centre of bustling Dewsbury town centre. This imposing grade 2 listed building is full of original stained glass windows, wood panelling, beautiful columns and ornate ceilings. The Town Hall contains an intimate 700 seat concert hall, spectacular function and meeting rooms, plus it also contains the Old Court Room.'

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Fulneck Moravian Church is a busy congregation with activities for all ages and various interests ,,, The Settlement overlooks the Tong and Fulneck Valley near Leeds in West Yorkshire. It is a site of great historic interest, dating back to 1743, but remains an active community with many residents and different organisations ... The Fulneck Moravian Church organ was originally built and installed by Johannes Snetzler in 1748 ... In 2016 a major renovation was carried out by Wood of Huddersfield. The organ was brought to modern concert pitch and can now be used to accompany other instruments.’

Category Churches
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Halifax Minster has a long tradition of music making and this includes choirs, the Harrison and Snetzler organs, and an ever expanding concert programme ... The Minster Chamber Choir is for experienced singers who sing occasional services, and some concerts. The standard is high, and an ability to read music is essential. Joint occasions with the Minster Choir and Brass make for an exciting performance, especially around Christmas and the Minster Summer Festival. New members always welcome ... The Friends of the Music organize series of lunchtime organ recitals on Thursdays.’

Category Greater Churches
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‘This impressive building in the heart of Huddersfield welcomes one and all to its concerts, events, functions and meetings. Within the imposing Town Hall is a spectacular concert hall which seats up to 1200 people and hosts numerous events ranging from classical to comedy and from choral to community events ... Concerts include sumptuous orchestral music from Yorkshire's very own symphony orchestra, the Orchestra of Opera North, dynamic lunchtime organ concerts and uplifting chamber concerts‘ - all these part of the Kirklees Concert Season (with some events held at other Town Halls within the Kirklees Council area).

Also indexedKirklees Concert Season
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'The present building was erected in 1841 and from early times was known for its outstanding music. This continues to the present day as the Minster community celebrates the English Sacred Choral Tradition as one of the key features of how we seek to structure our approach to worship within the mainstream of the ongoing Anglican tradition ... One of the most famous instruments in Britain (and certainly one of those most broadcast and recorded), the organ at St Peter-at-Leeds was first installed in the medieval church in 1713 ... The instrument as we have it today is, in essence, a Harrison speaking with a Harrison voice – though with a pronounced and unique ambience of its own ... From the South Transept location, the organist is placed between the Choir and the Congregation – a position which presents formidable challenges of vocal and instrumental balance but which is utterly invaluable in terms of congregational choral and accompaniment with the object of enhancing the liturgy – which is, after all, the main purpose of the instrument.'

Category Greater Churches
Also indexedLeeds Parish Church
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'Leeds Town Hall is a Grade 1 listed building and was built by Cuthbert Brodrick after a competition to build the Town Hall was held in 1852. The Town Hall was opened by Queen Victoria in 1858 and is home to an impressive 3-manual organ, the largest of its kind in Europe, built by Gray and Davidson. Leeds Town Hall seats 1550.'

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‘Part of the new Musicians Centre, located in the original Keighley Employment Exchange built in 1938, hence how we got our name. Located just 2 minutes walk from the town centre and the main bus station, The Exchange Arts Centre will host events in music, arts and comedy as well as providing space for conferences and exhibitions. For the community the centre will be a space for local groups to meet, a location for classes in the arts and a focal point for entertainment in the area.’

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Guide to the full programme of concerts at the University of Huddersfield.

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‘The Concert Series plays an important role in the cultural life on the University campus and in the broader city region. The Series is committed to high quality and continues to employ high-calibre professional musicians presenting interesting and varied live music performances for students, staff and the general public. The Series is directly related to the teaching and research outputs of the School of Music and other areas of the University, and offers a wide range of musical genres and styles.’

Category Leeds
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'Wakefield has a fine tradition of musical excellence, from our magnificent Compton organ and our internationally renown choir to our set of 14 Cathedral bells.'

Category Cathedrals
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‘Leeds what's on events calendar! Discover what's happening in Leeds ... Lists thousands of events happening in Leeds every year. You’ll find gigs, exhibitions, dance, performance, films and family events; we love to highlight new independent events alongside the more established to show you the full picture of things to do in Leeds ,,, Leeds Inspired is part of Leeds City Council.’

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