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Country: Wales

The Category Aberystwyth is a subset of Ceredigion. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Aberystwyth which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- The Elizabethan Madrigal Singers

 

! Aberystwyth KEY
VISITS (to the Website)25
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)42

The Category Ammanford is a subset of Carmarthenshire. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Ammanford which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Côr Meibion Dinefwr

- Ystradgynlais Public Band

 

! Ammanford KEY
VISITS (to the Website)8
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)28

The Category Blaenau Gwent is a subset of South Wales. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Blaenau Gwent which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Beaufort Male Choir

- Blaenau Gwent Music Centre

- Ebbw Valley Brass

- The Beaufort Theatre

 

! Blaenau Gwent
VISITS (to the Website)8
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)12

The Category Caerphilly is a subset of South Wales. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Caerphilly which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Blackwood Miners' Institute

- Blackwood Musical Theatre Society

- BTM Brass Band

 

 

Category Caerphilly
! Caerphilly KEY
VISITS (to the Website)25
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)36

The Category Isle of Anglesey is a subset of North Wales. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with the Isle of Anglesey which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Ucheldre Centre

 

! Isle of Anglesey KEY
VISITS (to the Website)23
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)45

The Category Llanelli is a subset of Carmarthenshire. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Llanelli which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

! Llanelli KEY
VISITS (to the Website)8
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)11

The Category Vale of Glamorgan is a subset of South Wales. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with the Vale of Glamorgan which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Barry Ladies Choir

- CAOS Musical Theatre Company

- Cavatina Singers Penarth

- Cowbridge Choral Society

- Penarth Operatic & Dramatic Society

- Spectrum Singers

 

! Vale of Glamorgan KEY
VISITS (to the Website)6
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)14

The Category Wrexham is a subset of North Wales. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Wrexham which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Cambrian Orchestra

- Wrexham One World Community Choir

 

! Wrexham KEY
VISITS (to the Website)13
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)13

'Our concerts are normally held on the Second Tuesday of the month except occasionally when artists are booked for a different day.' About half a dozen concerts per year.

* Abergele and District Electronic Organ Society
VISITS (to the Website)256
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)568
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Annual event comprising of competitive and non-competitive classes in Piano, Strings, Woodwind and Ensemble sections. We hold a Primary Schools Day including school ensembles, recorder solos, as well as duet and group classes.' Held Early February.

Category Swansea
* Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians
VISITS (to the Website)194
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)393

'We are the country’s funding and development organisation for the arts. ... Our vision is of a creative Wales where the arts are central to the life of the nation.'

 

* Arts Council of Wales
VISITS (to the Website)191
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)448

‘An exciting and thrilling competition for brass, wind and jazz bands. All bands will be required to perform an entertaining programme to the highest standard of presentation. This will be a unique opportunity for television audiences to enjoy the very best in Welsh bands. The competition is organised by Rondo and the semi-final sessions and the final will be broadcast on S4C.‘ Held February - March biennially since 2014 [2020].

* Band Cymru
VISITS (to the Website)137
Also indexedRondo | S4C
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)123

'Bangor Music Festival is a charitable organisation dedicated to presenting contemporary music performed by artists of the highest calibre and has a strong commitment to enrich and educate through workshops and concerts.' Held Mid February.

* Bangor Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)179
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)436

'A self funding, non-profit making community group ... We initially ran short jazz improvisation workshops under the tutelage of local musicians, but now hold 2 & 3 day events with musicians of international standing ... These events are fully booked well in advance ... Having organised a couple of small festivals in the past, we have now opted to regularly put on jazz & blues gigs on the Fourth Friday of every month ... Ticket reservations are essential, since nights are regularly sold out.'

Category Jazz Clubs
* Barmouth Music
VISITS (to the Website)252
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)503
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'At Basically Quartets you will enjoy workshops and lectures designed to encourage and enlighten, a high tutor to participant ratio and an intimate, supportive atmosphere. If you are passionate about chamber music, interested in improving your skills, and want to discover more about the nuts and bolts of chamber music, come and immerse yourself in learning and music-making at Basically Quartets.' Held Mid-Late August.

* Basically Quartets
VISITS (to the Website)183
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)308

Biennial competition 'known throughout the classical music world as the premier showcase for opera and concert singers at the outset of their careers'. Held Mid June [2019]

* BBC Cardiff Singer of the World
VISITS (to the Website)196
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)3082

‘Founded in 1986, the Beaumaris Festival is an annual Arts festival based on Anglesey in Wales.’ Held Late May.

 

Category Arts Festivals
* Beaumaris Festival
VISITS (to the Website)115
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)197

'Bringing music to the mountains ... bringing chamber music concerts to primary school children in Gwynedd.' Held Mid SeptemberALERT ’At Review, latest Festival listed was September 2017.’

* Beddgelert Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)263
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)389

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

* Brecon Baroque Festival
VISITS (to the Website)223
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)347
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Have you ever wanted to play a musical instrument as well as your favourite musical star? Through specialist tuition and working together in ensembles from the beginning stages to advanced standards, the Bridgend Youth Music Team helps to develop the playing skills and musicianship of pupils in Bridgend County Borough schools, regardless of financial means.’ ALERT At Review, unable to find details of the Music Service on the Borough Website. Replaced Link with one to Facebook Page.

* Bridgend Youth Music
VISITS (to the Website)183
Also indexedBridgend Music Service
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)520

'A non commercial community enterprise celebrating the arts and entertaining people throughout the year – the highlight being the annual Summer Festival.' (Held Mid July.)

Category Arts Festivals
* Caerleon Arts Festival
VISITS (to the Website)295
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)390
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We support the music curriculum in schools by providing a broad range of quality instrumental and vocal tuition for students together with curriculum advice and support for teachers.'

* Caerphilly Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)170
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)303

Founded 1999: ‘CGWM’s core activity is one to one tuition of the highest standard offered to students of all ages from beginner to professional levels. Group theory tuition is also organised as well as chamber choir for young people, daytime choir for adults, chamber ensembles, composition workshops, various music festivals, masterclasses and workshops’.

* Canolfan Gerdd William Mathias
VISITS (to the Website)114
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)178

‘The Cardiff Guitar Festival team is committed to inspiring a real enthusiasm for music making in guitarists young and old. With our annual festival of outstanding professional concerts, and inspiring workshops we aim to provide the best possible experience for our participants ... All participants get FREE access to each of our six outstanding professional concerts included in their festival pass.‘ Held Late July.

 

Category Cardiff
* Cardiff Guitar Festival
VISITS (to the Website)4
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)13
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1976: ‘We present the best in music which is both light and live, with monthly concerts featuring top international artists. We also hold monthly workshops where you can learn and hone your skills and show off your talents! ...  We started out as a dedicated keyboard and organ club, and we still feature these instruments a great deal. But we have now expanded ... also having the pleasure of inviting members of local professional and semi professional music societies and groups as well as individual musicians of various genre’.

* Cardiff Keyboard Club
VISITS (to the Website)121
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)173
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Society where friends meet to listen to recordings of classical music and talk about music they've heard. Our presenters include musicians, broadcasters and academics, as well as our own members. The programmes are wide-ranging and are presented in a warm friendly environment. Browse our programme, and if you see something you like come along and meet us... you won't be disappointed!'

* Cardiff Recorded Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)170
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)223

Calendar lists wide range of activities including several Concerts each annual session: 'The Friends of Carmarthenshire Music Service was re-established during the 2010-2011 academic year after a ten year absence. The Group consists of parents and friends of pupils that are involved in the ensembles of Carmarthenshire Music Service. The aim of the association is to provide practical and financial support to the pupils in the County of Carmarthenshire. The association warmly welcomes new members ...'

 

* Carmarthenshire Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)139
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)302

'Interdisciplinary network bringing together scholars and practitioners – composers, directors, librettists, dramaturgs, surtitlers – working on a range of topics and methods for the study and creation of opera and drama ... CIRO hosts a variety of events each year, including guest lectures, study days, conferences and seminars with international speakers, workshops and panel discussions.'

 

* Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Opera and Drama [Cardiff]
VISITS (to the Website)196
Also indexedCardiff University
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)370

Chepstow Community Music Centre is a bit like a gym for musicians! ... It provides everything you need to enjoy growing into a stronger musician: * Space to practise; * Equipment to use; * Individual tuition options; * Music theory classes and mentoring; * Groups to join in with; * Opportunities to perform and record; * Impartial advice on all aspects of music making.’

* Chepstow Community Music Centre
VISITS (to the Website)48
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)82

‘Our fundamental aim is to contribute to the empowerment of disadvantaged groups and individuals through enabling them to participate in creativity and learning, initially and primarily through music making. We develop participatory music workshops, mentoring schemes and community music training across Wales. We work strategically to identify need, delivering projects to give people the opportunity to write, play, record or perform their own music, using trained and experienced community arts practitioners.’

* Community Music Wales
VISITS (to the Website)68
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)178

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

* Concerts for Craswall
VISITS (to the Website)203
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)342
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Dedicated to providing opportunities for the local community and visitors alike to enjoy quality music in beautiful surroundings. It is one of the largest music events in Wales to be funded solely by audience donations and sponsorship - there are no set admission charges - ensuring that the festival is totally accessible and inclusive. Please do join us. You will be made very welcome ...' Held Late July.

* Conwy Classical Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)159
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)383

'There are different groups for pupils at different ages and stages held in different parts of the County. Three Music Centres provide a home for our junior and senior orchestras and guitar groups ... Our String Group, Big Band, and Woodwind Ensemble offer varied experiences to enthusiastic and talented young musicians.'

* Conwy Expressive Arts and Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)150
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)270

Typically includes details of forthcoming performers at the Club and of other folk-related happenings around and about Conwy.

Category Folk Clubs
* Conwy Folk Club
VISITS (to the Website)92
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)168

Established 2010 in the Vale of Glamorgan: ‘We have always felt that Cowbridge would be the perfect location to host a music festival. It is an area of fantastic natural beauty with a fascinating story to tell ... As well as the main evening concerts, we look forward to our annual Chamber Music Seminar, the celebrated Family Concert, several concerts in local care homes and five full days of workshops and concerts in schools’. Held Mid September.

* Cowbridge Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)88
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)182
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The first festival dedicated to author Daniel Owen was a week-long event in Mold, Flintshire in 2010 ... The colourful and lively Festival is planned as a highlight in Mold’s annual calendar.' Held Mid October.

Category Arts Festivals
* Daniel Owen Festival
VISITS (to the Website)146
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)313

'Music courses at the University of South Wales cover the full spectrum of today’s music and sound industries. From composition to performance and production, as well as entrepreneurship and technical software, we can help you prepare for a career in the music industry. We’ve got all the kit you’ll ever need, impressive studios and editing suites, as well as first-class support to help you along the way.'

* Department of Music and Sound [South Wales]
VISITS (to the Website)200
Also indexedUniversity of South Wales
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)296

'The Club's remit is to present concerts of high quality and varied content, mostly classical, but with some folk/jazz/ethnic elements. It also arranges workshops in conjunction with some of the concerts, in the main for young people but with opportunities for adults as well. In addition a talk is given each year highlighting repertoire from one particular concert. All these activities serve to enhance the musical enjoyment and understanding of the community.'

* Dolgellau Music Club
VISITS (to the Website)214
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)379

'We are located on an ancient farm between the foothills of the magnificent Cambrian Mountains and the beautiful coast of Cardigan bay, at the end of the Mountain Road from Aberystwyth to Rhayader ... We followed the classic trajectory in forming and becoming a festival - the unwitting group of friends who put on a party only to see it grow and grow. Way back in 2009 a group of friends who played and shared a love of Folk, Old Time and Bluegrass music began to visit the farm, brought together there by a certain Fiddle Player who used to live on the farm ... ' Held Early June.

Category Folk Festivals
* Fire in the Mountain
VISITS (to the Website)236
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)276

‘How lucky we are! Every summer we have the opportunity to present world class music against the stunning backdrop of North Pembrokeshire. The combination of glorious music and magical settings makes for a memorable experience – for audiences and musicians alike.’ Held Late July - Early August.

* Fishguard International Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)59
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)166
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Delivered as a partnership between schools, peripatetic music tutors, pupils, parents, and Flintshire County Council. It is committed to providing high quality music tuition across the full range of instruments and voice and involves a team of well qualified, professional, specialist musicians who deliver tuition in the schools and direct and tutor County Music ensembles at the County Music School ...'

* Flintshire Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)186
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)564

Annual Folk Festival whose proceeds support the work caried out by Tyddyn Môn - founded by the parents of adults with learning difficulties who wanted a more constructive and rewarding occupation for their sons and daughters. Held Mid July.

Category Folk Festivals
* Folk on the Farm
VISITS (to the Website)159
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)358

‘We are a charity based in Cwmdu, Crickhowell, Mid-Wales. Our objectives are: i. to provide opportunities to see and hear live music; ii. to promote a high standard of music-making with exhilarating programmes; iii. to introduce a series of music programmes employing students and young professional musicians; iv. to promote other forms of artistic activity; v. to raise money for the maintenance of the fabric of St. Michael & All Angels Church, Cwmdu.’

* Friends of Cwmdu Music
VISITS (to the Website)117
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)815
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The mystical little party hidden in the middle of the woods. Gottwood is an independent, boutique, and very intimate underground electronic festival.'

Category Arts Festivals
* Gottwood Electronic Music & Arts Festival
VISITS (to the Website)228
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)369

'An annual music festival held in beautiful churches on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales.' Held Early July.

* Gower Festival
VISITS (to the Website)309
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)417

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

* Gregynog Festival
VISITS (to the Website)143
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)334

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

* Gregynog Young Musician Competition
VISITS (to the Website)36
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)47

‘The main objectives of Gwasanaeth Cerdd Ysgolion (schools music service) is to promote and encourage musical activity among the children and young people of Gwynedd and Anglesey. We do this by: * providing instrumental and vocal music lessons at school to over 3,000 pupils; * our musical instruments lending scheme; * regional and county ensembles.’

* Gwasanaeth Cerdd Ysgolion
VISITS (to the Website)143
Also indexedGwasanaeth Ysgolion William Mathias
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)306

'Gwent Music is at the heart of music making in South Wales and a flagship music service in the UK. From one to one lessons to full scale performances and events,we provide quality and inspiration at every level. We are a Local Authority Music Service in collaboration with Newport, Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire and Torfaen local authorities.'

* Gwent Music
VISITS (to the Website)576
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)293

'The UK and Ireland's LGBT+ Choral Festival. Begun in 2013 in London and followed by successful events in Brighton in 2015 and Manchester in 2017, the next festival will take place in Cardiff in August 2019. More than 25 choirs from all over the British Isles are expected to converge on St David's Hall in the Welsh Capital for a weekend of singing, workshops, partying and much more! As well as St David's Hall, we will be running public events across the city with plans including Cardiff Bay and City Centre venues to bring the joys of LGBT+ singing to a much wider audience.'

Category Choral Festivals
* Hand In Hand LGBT+ Choral Festival
VISITS (to the Website)29
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)35
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

Category Jazz Clubs
* Hay Jazz
VISITS (to the Website)75
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)190
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

* Hay Music
VISITS (to the Website)317
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)283
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The current research and teaching of ICSMuS are Christian in emphasis; but the centre’s scope allows for studies of music in other world religions. Similarly, the current emphasis is on Western music, liturgies and rituals; but it is intended to enlarge this and to engage with scholars and students from anthropology and sociology as well as theology and the arts.'  

* International Centre for Sacred Music Studies [Bangor]
VISITS (to the Website)189
Also indexedBangor University
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)279

Inaugurated in 2018: ‘The International Choral Festival Wales was borne out of a passion for music, a vision to welcome the best of the international choral community to Wales and a desire to push the boundaries of musical excellence’. The Festival Competition has five Categories: * Mixed Choirs (or no fewer then 16 voices); * Single Voice Choirs (Any female voice choirs (SSAA / SSA / SAA / SA) or male voice choirs (TTBB / TTB / TBB / TB) of no fewer than 16 voices); * Open Category (Ideal for singing groups that include a mixture of children and adults and/or specialise in a particular cultural tradition or style of music); * Young Voices (Under 25 years old); * Children’s Voices (Under 12 years old). Held Mid April.

* International Choral Festival Wales
VISITS (to the Website)56
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)179

'Traditionally held in November ... the North Wales Choral Festival is considered one of the largest choral competitions in Wales and is an event for any choral calendar! ... Community performances are free to the public and offer choirs a social aspect to the festival as well as the choral competitions.'

* International North Wales Choral Festival
VISITS (to the Website)191
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)380

Charity summer lunchtime concerts throughout July and August in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, carrying on a tradition started in 1999 by John Lester, former Organist of St Mary’s Church.

* John Lester Lunchtime Concerts
VISITS (to the Website)51
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)124

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

* Llandovery International Summer Music Course
VISITS (to the Website)148
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)360

‘Overlooking the beautiful rolling waves of Llandudno Bay, the Llandudno Jazz Festival is the new Mecca for the “modern jazz” connoisseur, and a great weekend away for anyone that likes great music, quality food, and good fun in a gorgeous setting ... With well over 40 of the best and most celebrated jazz artists the UK has to offer you're in for a musical adventure that you won't forget, and a weekend by the sea to boot!‘ Held Late July.

Category Jazz Festivals
* Llandudno Jazz Festival
VISITS (to the Website)102
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)228
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Every summer since 1947 Llangollen has staged one of the world’s most inspirational cultural festivals. Each year around 4,000 performers and as many as 50,000 visitors converge on this beautiful small Welsh town and its International Pavilion; to sing and dance in a unique combination of competition, performance, and international peace and friendship.' Held Early July.

* Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
VISITS (to the Website)123
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)347
* Llangollen Red Dragon Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)116
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)187

‘An annual festival in rural South Wales dedicated to the advancement of creativity in young people, and a range of musical and theatrical events, based in and around Llantilio Crossenny and Treadam.’ Held Early May.

Category Arts Festivals
* Llantilio Crossenny Festival of Music and Drama
VISITS (to the Website)55
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)187

‘In the autumn of 1967, the first steps were taken to hold a midsummer festival in the medieval church of St Michael and All Angels in Lower Machen, Newport, Wales. Then, as now, Lower Machen was a rural idyll with an incomparably beautiful small church blessed with a perfect acoustic. Lower Machen has given the festival its heart and character. Small-scale chamber concerts of the highest quality have been the cornerstone of the Lower Machen Festival ... We’ve also combined the best of emerging talent with national and internationally renowned musicians. International artists have worked with young ensembles and musicians in concerts, masterclasses and educational projects to create new music.’ Festival held Mid June.

Category Newport
* Lower Machen Festival
VISITS (to the Website)104
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)191

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

* Machynlleth Festival
VISITS (to the Website)87
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)126
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

* Machynlleth Music Club
VISITS (to the Website)64
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)172
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Typically five evening concerts, October - March, at The Maelor School, Penley: ‘We were founded at The Maelor School in 1968 with the aim of bringing live classical and other music to this rural corner of North Wales.  We are proud of our record of attracting high quality musicians of local, regional, national and even from time to time international reputation’.

* Maelor Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)190
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)1229

‘The Festival takes place during the anniversary of one of the very first organised uprisings by workers in 1831 known as the Merthyr Rising. The Merthyr Rising of 1831 was the violent climax to many years of simmering unrest among the large working class population of Merthyr Tydfil where it is believed that for the first time the red flag of revolution was flown as a symbol of workers' revolt. Today we annually celebrate this symbolic event through a cultural festival of music, arts, political discussion and ideas during the anniversary of the events of 1831.’ Held Late May.

Category Merthyr Tydfil
* Merthyr Rising
VISITS (to the Website)99
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)209

'We’re very proud of Monmouth Festival and the part it plays in publicising this lovely town and the surrounding area. It attracts thousands of visitors from far and wide and not only do businesses benefit from their association with this uniquely creative community led Festival but for some shops, cafes, and pubs it is their busiest time of year.' Held Early August.

* Monmouth Festival
VISITS (to the Website)248
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)365

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

Category Choral Festivals
* Montgomery County Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)149
Also indexedLlanidloes Choral Society | Welshpool Choral Society
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)202

‘The “Music at Llanstadwell” project has three main aims: to put on live quality music, to provide a platform for young local musicians and to develop live music that is accessible to all, across church and community ... Music for a Summer Evening is a series of 6 concerts that take place on summer Sunday evenings, once a month, at 6 o'clock. The concerts last between 45 minutes and an hour, with refreshments afterwards, served in the Vicarage garden, or in the church if the weather is inclement. Other recitals and performances crop up along the way so keep checking ... Llanstadwell is a small village, parish and community in south Pembrokeshire, Wales, on the north bank of the River Cleddau between Milford Haven and Neyland.’

* Music at Llanstadwell
VISITS (to the Website)57
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)113
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We encourage excellence and enjoyment in the performance of vocal and instrumental music among young people and provide a supportive, friendly environment where young people can gain their first pleasurable experience of musical competition.' Held Mid November.

* Music in the Vale
VISITS (to the Website)159
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)346

‘The spectacular coastline of Cardigan Bay in West Wales is a fine backdrop for this inspirational week. Aberystwyth Arts Centre’s MusicFest is an enticing fusion of Music Festival and Summer School; of experience and learning; of performance and appreciation. The engagement of audience, student, and artist alike creates the unique community atmosphere of MusicFest – “refreshing, rewarding and thoroughly inspirational”. Held Early August.

* MusicFest Aberystwyth
VISITS (to the Website)182
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)423
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A small, friendly and relaxed course for adult amateur string players of any level. A maximum of sixteen participants play alongside our excellent tutors in quartets, trios, & quintets. During the course you work intensively on a piece with the option to perform it informally on the final morning of our chamber music summer school.' Held Mid August.

* Nantwen Chamber Music Summer School
VISITS (to the Website)144
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)282

‘The only a cappella festival in Wales. Presented annually ... we celebrate the extraordinary diversity of singing without instruments and the stunning art of A Cappella with a weekend of singing, performances, and workshops in Narberth.’ Held Early MayALERT ’After 10 fabulous years of NAVF the Span Arts and the NAVF committee have decided to take a year off from the festival [2019], to take stock and find out how we can shape the festival for the future.’

Category Choral Festivals
* Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival
VISITS (to the Website)162
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)391

'Held during the first week of August every year, the National Eisteddfod is a celebration of the culture and language in Wales. The festival travels from place to place, alternating between north and south Wales, attracting around 150,000 visitors and over 250 tradestands and stalls ... Traditionally a competition-based festival, attracting over 6,000 competitors every year, the festival has developed and evolved over recent years, and whilst the competitions form the central focus for the week, the Maes (site) itself has grown and developed into a vibrant festival with hundreds of events and activities for the whole family ...'

* National Eisteddfod of Wales
VISITS (to the Website)109
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)386

‘In 2013, as a reaction to the threat of the UK recession and the growth of Internet shopping, Neath Music Academy was established. The idea was to diversify by expanding into music tuition. Initially, Lessons were offered in one studio within the shop, but in 2014 the first floor premises was refurbished and three teaching studios created offering lessons on piano, guitar, violin and music theory. The music school has since gone from strength to strength ...’

* Neath Music Academy
VISITS (to the Website)155
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)348

Neuadd Pendre Social Centre is the ideal venue for meetings of associations, clubs, and organisations ... When first built in Brook Street, Tywyn in around 1912 it was for use as a Drill Hall for the Territorial Army. Since that time Neuadd Pendre has seen many different uses ... A successful application for a National Lottery grant from the Arts Council for Wales resulted in the installation of John Smallwood's private Wurlitzer Theatre Organ which has become known nationwide as The Tywyn Wurlitzer.’

* Neuadd Pendre Social Centre
VISITS (to the Website)26
Also indexedThe Tywyn Wurlitzer
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)25
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We promote and encourage guitar playing (non vocal) in a relaxing environment. Classical, Flamenco, Jazz, Slide and other acoustic Finger Styles of all standards from complete beginners to professionals.’

Category Guitar Societies
* North Wales Guitar Circle
VISITS (to the Website)118
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)221

‘Founded in 1972 by Welsh composer William Mathias, the NWIMF continues to delight audiences from across the globe. The fantastic acoustics of our concert venue, St Asaph Cathedral, make for a stunning musical experience. With innovation and flair, this festival of music-making has been compared by audiences as akin to a week at The Barbican or SouthBank.’ Held Mid - Late September.

* North Wales International Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)72
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)120
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The North Wales Jazz Society is a client of the Arts Council of Wales ... and is now widely regarded as the strategic body for Jazz in North Wales. Since its formation the Society has promoted numerous Jazz events. NWJS activities have included presentations at venues in the Wrexham, North Wales Coast and Bangor areas, and concerts by many of the world's leading Jazz musicians ... Our ongoing mission is to present jazz of the utmost excellence across North Wales.‘

* North Wales Jazz
VISITS (to the Website)76
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)155

‘The North Wales Yourh Orchestra was re-formed in 2005 after a break of many years. The orchestra has been formed by an artistic and financial partnership of all 6 local authorities and the Arts Council of Wales, and long may that partnership continue! ... The orchestra operates as a 7-day course and tour which will challenge the most gifted players to make music of the highest quality and help many of them to fulfil their potential as the next generation of professional instrumentalists. Coming from all 6 counties, the 90 talented musicians are all under 21 and many of them are still at school. Through their county orchestras and regional ensembles they have successfully auditioned to become members of this orchestra.‘ Summer School held Mid August.

* North Wales Youth Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)52
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)115

‘Pembrokeshire County Council's Music Service is committed to supporting and enhancing the work of schools in bringing the experience and enjoyment of music making to the young people of the County. The service provides:- specialist tuition on a wide range of instruments and voice; advice on the hire and purchase of musical instruments through Assisted Purchase Scheme; access to County Music Library; a network of performing opportunities at primary, secondary and County levels.‘

* Pembrokeshire Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)58
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)88

Since 1967-8 has been hosting folk music nights at various venues in and around Pontardawe, near Swansea: ‘Over the years, guest artists have been many and varied including poets, theatre groups, magicians, storytellers, solo musicians, duos and groups, from here and indeed the world. Some of those were already famous, some were just starting out and for some The Valley Folk Club was their first inroad into folk music in Wales’.

Category Folk Clubs
* Pontardawe Valley Folk Club
VISITS (to the Website)73
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)215
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Has been in existence since 1989 and in that time has presented weekly sessions of mainly Traditional and New Orleans jazz in Cardiff. The PJS present a different band every Tuesday evening.’

Category Jazz Clubs
* Preservation Jazz Society, Cardiff
VISITS (to the Website)33
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)68
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

* Radnor Fringe Festival
VISITS (to the Website)134
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)343

'The Club has met once a week almost continuously, come rain, hail, shine, no audience, no beer, double bookings, wrong guest bookings, ever since that Good Friday in 1964. There have been a myriad of guest artists from the great and the good to the purely outstanding, and it must be said on one occasion plain awful. The Singers Nights have brought on some excellent local talent. In the 21st century and still going strong ... Come along – you’ll enjoy it!'

Category Folk Clubs
* Rhyl Folk Club
VISITS (to the Website)141
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)222
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'North Wales' premier live classical music venue ... Whilst venues such as Theatre Clwyd and Venue Cymru offer a small number of classical events, only Rhyl Music Club stages a series of 12 concerts every year ... One of the aims of the club each season is to support young musicians in North Wales who are thinking of a musical career ... We have sponsored school workshops led by our visiting artists who have also given master-classes as a prelude to their evening concerts ... We have always striven, usually successfully, to attract the very best performers we can afford for our discerning audiences. From chamber orchestras to brass ensembles, string, piano, wind and percussionist soloists to choirs and singers, the aim is always to provide the highest quality of live music outside of the main urban centres.'

* Rhyl Music Club
VISITS (to the Website)127
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)361
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1962: ‘Over the years, it has provided a wide range of professional concerts ranging from brass bands and orchestral music to opera and incorporating concerts by choirs, solo singers, instrumental groups and soloists ... Season lasts from September to May with one concert per month.’

* Rhymney Valley Music Club
VISITS (to the Website)127
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)282

'The National Conservatoire of Wales, part of the University of South Wales Group, competes alongside an international peer group of conservatoires and specialist arts colleges for the best students globally, enabling students to enter and influence the world of music, theatre and related professions.'

* Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
VISITS (to the Website)134
Also indexedNational Conservatoire of Wales | University of South Wales
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)249
MULTIPLE Concerts and Recitals

'Founded on the 31st October 1996, and was initially known as The Feathers Folk Club ... The new name, Ruthin AllStyles Music Club was chosen to reflect the fact the club has always appealed to very diverse tastes in both music and indeed poetry. This means that in each session there is music that will appeal to everyone’s tastes ...  We also encourage new visitors to “have a go” if they should want to. And although the atmosphere has always been relaxed, when performers are doing their bit, the audience gives them full and quiet attention. Every couple of months a professional singer or instrumentalist visits us, and it can be a great inspiration to the members to see these seasoned performers close up.'

Category Folk Clubs
* Ruthin AllStyles Music Club
VISITS (to the Website)183
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)309
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Founded in 1921, Bangor University’s School of Music has a long tradition of academic excellence. Our courses are unique for the variety of options available. The choice of well over 100 modules allows you to select a pathway which enables you to develop your own interests and skills. Teaching is primarily carried out in small groups, providing a stimulating and supportive learning environment.'

* School of Music and Media [Bangor]
VISITS (to the Website)140
Also indexedBangor University
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)311

‘Our students work and study in a research community, learning from academic staff with expertise in composition, performance, musicology, ethnomusicology, and popular music ... Our graduates have found success both within the music profession – as composers, conductors, performers, teachers, arts administrators, and music librarians – but also in diverse fields such law, accountancy, politics, IT, marketing and management consultancy.‘

* School of Music [Cardiff]
VISITS (to the Website)267
Also indexedCardiff University
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)204

'The Festival was established in 1992 by a small group of volunteers that wanted to form a music festival in the town of Dolgellau. The aim was to create a free entry festival that took place on the streets of the town. The idea latched on to the general public and within a few years Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau had grown into one of Wales’ biggest festivals.' Held Mid July.

Category Folk Festivals
* Sesiwn Fawr Dolgellau
VISITS (to the Website)128
Also indexedDolgellau Folk Festival
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)264
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Formed in 1998 to foster interest in the pipe organ and its music. For the practising church organist, SEWOA can provide a strong sense of fellowship and mutual encouragement, perhaps more important now than ever before in an area where musical standards in many branches of the church seem to be under pressure. The membership of SEWOA covers a broad base, and advice is therefore available on any subject of a church organist's activities.'

 

* South East Wales Organists' Association
VISITS (to the Website)169
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)279

'A music festival held in Cardiff, offering performance and competition opportunities to young musicians from Cardiff and South Wales up to the age of 23. The aim of the Festival is to foster musical excellence by providing a friendly and encouraging environment to gain performance experience. Medals and Trophies are awarded and all entrants receive a written, professional assessment.' Held Late April.

* South Glamorgan Festival for Young Musicians
VISITS (to the Website)111
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)318

‘We run weekly music sessions within term time with experienced and enthusiastic team of Gwent Music dedicated tutors ... Woodwind, brass, or string player above grade 4? We cater for these players monthly on a Friday evening with combined Monmouthshire ensembles.’

Category Chepstow
* South Monmouthshire Music Centre
VISITS (to the Website)25
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)40

Launched in 1979: ‘For ten days annually in May and June the Cathedral is host to a feast of classical and contemporary music concerts.’ Held Late May - Early June.

* St David's Cathedral Festival
VISITS (to the Website)243
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)330

‘The tutors at Stage 8 deliver fun filled musical theatre classes to over 500 young people across south wales! Children develop at an extraordinary rate when involved with the arts and our input helps them develop key skills such as confidence, social skills, teamwork and hardwork whilst also developing them into confident young performers ready to hit the stage or screen ... Weekly classes in Neath, Morriston, Gowerton, Sketty, Glais and Ysgol Bae Baglan.’ ALERT Could not access the School’s Website at Review; replaced Link with Facebook Page.

* Stage 8 Theatre School
VISITS (to the Website)254
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)306

‘The Circle was founded in 1999 to bring together local players of the classical guitar for regular meetings ... We encourage playing in groups such as duos, trios, quartets and whole-group assemblies. Solos can also be performed by those who so wish - members can take part in whatever type of playing they choose, and all standards of playing are catered for. The only prerequisite is that players should have some acquaintance with written music, but this does not have to be of an advanced level. The Circle generally holds two public concerts each year, and occasionally invites distinguished guitarists to give concerts, masterclasses or workshops. We play a wide range of music (not always classical!), ranging from early Baroque to, for example, the Beatles. New members are very welcome - the atmosphere is informal and the social aspect is not forgotten.’

Category Swansea
* Swansea Classical Guitar Circle
VISITS (to the Website)17
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)31

‘Back in 1948, as a nation struggled to overcome the ravages of war, some of Britain’s more visionary towns and cities had the same idea: to launch an annual festival of the arts. Swansea was one of them. Formerly known as the Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts, Swansea International Festival is now one of the major festival events in Wales. It is well established and respected, with a loyal core audience. It also has a clear purpose: a formal, annual opportunity to celebrate the town and its people, bringing the best of the world to Swansea and sharing the best of Swansea with the world.’ Held Late SeptemberALERT ’After a wonderful year celebrating our 70th anniversary, the Swansea International Festival will be taking a break in 2019.’

Category Arts Festivals
* Swansea International Festival
VISITS (to the Website)70
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)107

'The International Jazz Festival of Wales'.

Category Jazz Festivals
* Swansea International Jazz Festival
VISITS (to the Website)301
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)417
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Continues to provide a varied, stimulating and entertaining late summer programme in this pretty seaside town in Pembrokeshire, West Wales ... Talks on many subjects, classic and jazz music, drama, art workshops all contribute to a balanced and enjoyable week.’ Held Late September.

Category Arts Festivals
* Tenby Arts Festival
VISITS (to the Website)85
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)118
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’A whole weekend of fabulous national and international Blues in the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal town of Tenby.’ Held Mid November.

Category Pembrokeshire
* Tenby Blues Festival
VISITS (to the Website)47
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)96
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Folk development for Wales ... We kindle interest, nurture talent and present the very best of Wales’ folk musicians across the world. We hold day courses and residential courses to help enthusiasts and professionals hone their skills and develop talent across our traditional arts. You’ll find us working in schools, in communities, on festival fields and at international showcases, helping to ensure that the traditional arts of Wales continue to enrich lives regardless of age, background, race or language.’

* trac
VISITS (to the Website)20
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)110

'A weekend of international dance, music and song.' Held Mid May.

Category Folk Festivals
* Tredegar House Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)178
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)314
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Our aim is to promote and increase the range and number of professional and non-professional performances of the contemporary classical music of Wales, developing and creating new work. We want to develop the reach, engagement and participation, of contemporary classical music of Wales in communities across Wales, particularly with young people. Central to our vision is our dedication to support the Welsh non-professional music sector in the creation and performances of the contemporary classical music of Wales.'

* Tŷ Cerdd
VISITS (to the Website)447
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)492

Founded 2019: 'A celebration of choral music from glorious Renaissance polyphony to effervescent arrangements of modern pop songs and everything in between ... Concerts in different venues around the small, picturesque town of Usk, in Monmouthshire featuring different choirs and a wide range of choral sounds'. Held Late March.

Category Choral Festivals
* Usk Choral Festival
VISITS (to the Website)26
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)47

Founded 1969: ‘Brings the best of contemporary and new classical music from living composers to adventurous audiences from across Wales and internationally. The annual festival takes place in May within various venues across South Wales ... We want to share the joy of listening and discovery with audiences who long to experience the new and progressive, and we work with international composers who are pushing the boundaries to commission new music which reflects the classical music culture of today and tomorrow.‘

* Vale of Glamorgan Festival
VISITS (to the Website)28
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)48

'We facilitate international work in the arts through collaborations, projects, networks and communication. We provide advice and support to artists and arts organisations from Wales who work on an international level. We are also a contact point for international artists and arts organisations working in Wales.'

* Wales Arts International
VISITS (to the Website)123
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)219

‘The Fourth Wales International Harp Festival will be held on 1-7 April 2018 at Galeri, Caernarfon to celebrate the 90th birthday of the legendary harpist, Dr. Osian Ellis CBE, and the enormous contribution that he made to music-making over a period of 70 years. There will be concerts, competitions, master-classes, lectures, fun classes for absolute beginners, harp exhibitions and much more ... Harpists from all over the world will come to Caernarfon to join in the celebrations, and make friends through music.’

* Wales International Harp Festival
VISITS (to the Website)133
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)163

‘Wales' national classical music festival. The Proms take place in the city of Cardiff each summer, mid-July, at the national concert hall of Wales, St David's Hall. The Welsh Proms annually features some of the world's top orchestras, soloists and additional artists, and continues to be a major focal point in the cultural calendar of the Welsh capital.’

 

Category Cardiff
* Welsh Proms
VISITS (to the Website)23
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)50
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

* Welshpool Music Club
VISITS (to the Website)98
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)265

‘The Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival has grown into a truly important event in the cultural calendar of this beautiful area. Each year the Festival stages chamber music concerts of exceptional quality in intimate and historic venues ... Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival has retained a unique character. It was founded with a passion that still infuses the festival and is being passed onto the next generation of chamber musicians through the Summer Residency.’ Festival held Mid February.

* Wye Valley Chamber Music
VISITS (to the Website)153
Also indexedWye Valley Chamber Music Festival | Summer Residency
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)357

'Promotes chamber music concerts in venues in the Wye Valley ...  It showcases promising students and supports artists launching their careers, but most of our events will be performed by world-class musicians on their way to a world-class career. Some will already have arrived. We choose our venues mainly on the basis of their kind acoustic qualities for the types of music we present ... Run on a shoestring by a small group of volunteers, we could do more and better if we had more helpers willing to spend a few hours a week on interesting, worthwhile projects.'

* Wye Valley Music
VISITS (to the Website)102
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)252

'Our aim is quite simple – to give young people who want to play an instrument or write their own music (or both!) the opportunity to work with professional musicians; people who can share their experience and expertise with youngsters and help them develop their skills, build their confidence and increase their enjoyment in making music.'

* Young Music Makers of Dyfed
VISITS (to the Website)111
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)231

'Founded in 1959 and based in Senghenydd ... We sing a wide range of music, including classic rock, hits from the West End, pieces from famous operettas, and, of course, traditional Welsh hymns. We love what we do and we are passionate about singing and having a fun time which is why we have performed over 1,000 concerts to date! Still, we don’t take ourselves too seriously – we’re just as happy singing in a hushed cathedral as we are outside Gregg’s on a bustling high street ...'

+ Aber Valley Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)245
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)398
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Formed in 1970 ... Côr Meibion Abercynon has travelled extensively, performing throughout the United Kingdom and has also toured Brittany, Ireland, Canada, Scotland and Cornwall ... The Choir is supported by a ladies section which contributes strongly to the success of the choir. They are constant companions and supporters at our concerts, social events and on tour ...'

+ Abercynon Male Choir
VISITS (to the Website)198
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)448
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Has been in existence for over 100 years ... Provides musical entertainment to the public, organisations and for civic occasions. The Band prides itself on its commitment to education and has a junior section where young people under the age of 18yrs can be given tuition in the techniques of playing a brass instrument and be taught to read music. The senior band (from age 11yrs) has a long tradition of contesting which raises the standard of playing both for the band as a whole and for individual players.'

+ Abergavenny Borough Band
VISITS (to the Website)190
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)481
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Abergavenny Orchestral Society is one of the oldest amateur orchestras in the UK and we now perform under the title Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra. We are a community orchestra with members of all ages who come from a 40 mile radius. We play interesting programmes and enjoy our rehearsals which are focussed towards performing our 3 concerts per year as musically as possible.‘

+ Abergavenny Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)189
Also indexedAbergavenny Orchestral Society
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)376
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We men of Abertillery love all that belonging to a Male Voice Choir means. With our singing, comes recollections of our childhood in a dirty, noisy, politically conscious South Wales Valley. We enjoy the true fellowship, the inevitable humour, the intense concentration that are all part of twice weekly practices. None of us now spend our lives in the dark and danger of coal mining, since the closure of the last mine in our Valley! We have become technicians in clean factories, headmasters, engineers, shop owners, gentleman of retirement and yes, unfortunately some of us are unemployed. But our fathers were miners and they sang. They sang in our chapels and we sing with them. We are proud of our heritage.’

+ Abertillery Orpheus Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)183
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)658
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Rehearsals run from early September through to our concert in mid-December, then from early January to the concert in late April/early May. New members are always welcome - no auditions ... Despite the good audiences that the choir's performances attract, ticket sales do not cover the considerable costs of mounting concerts with professional soloists and a full orchestra. Like other similar choirs, therefore, the Choral Society has to charge its members a subscription ... as well as running various fund-raising events.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Aberystwyth Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)169
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)435

‘First formed in 1962 as Aberystwyth Post Office Gleemen ... The Choir has travelled widely over the years with tours in Europe, United States and Canada besides engagements throughout Wales and England. Our concert venues have varied from village halls to national auditoria and great cathedrals. In the Eisteddfod field we have won two National first prizes plus several seconds and others.’

+ Aberystwyth Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)127
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)245

'A mixed-voice community choir based in Rhuddlan, Wales ... Acquire was founded in July 2010 as a community choir, performing music in all styles from Gospel to Doo Wop to Musical Theatre to more traditional Choral arrangements.'

Category Community Choirs
+ Acquire Community Choir
VISITS (to the Website)323
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)415

Founded 2012 in Cardiff: ‘We perform a variety of musical genres from West End hits, through to classical, and pop! ... We are a non-auditioning, non-religious community based choir, open to all women over the age of 18. We're a community choir with high standards. We love performing to the best of our abilities. It’s who we are, and we're proud of it ... All we ask is that you have a passion for singing and that you want to join our fabulous female choir! We have a mix of experienced choir members and also those who have never sung in a choir before’.

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Affinity Female Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)45
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)95
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A friendly competing band based in South Wales ... Brass bands continue to have a loyal fan base in the UK and Wales is proud to produce some of the best bands in the world. To make sure that we continue to develop future players for the band, Ammanford work hard with the young players in the Junior Band.'

+ Ammanford Town Silver Band
VISITS (to the Website)140
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)477
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Heavenly voices!  An exciting premier singing group comprising of South Wales school girls from the ranks of Wales' Hywel Girls' Choir & Hywel Boy Singers.‘ ALERT Unable to fire up Website; referenced Facebook Page, instead.

 

+ Angelicus Celtis
VISITS (to the Website)124
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)169

'Committed to innovation in dance and classical ballet, and to the highest standard of collaboration with choreographers, designers, composers and musicians. Since gaining Revenue Status from the Arts Council of Wales, Ballet Cymru has begun to realise its potential as a national company for Wales and continues to receive excellent reviews for its work.'

Category Ballet Companies
+ Ballet Cymru
VISITS (to the Website)374
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)431

‘Formed in 1902 and have been singing in Competitions and at charity events ever since ... We are a friendly group of men who enjoy singing a variety of musical styles, from traditional Welsh hymns and songs to more contemporary numbers. The choir has a professional conductor and accompanist and we perform in a variety of venues, mainly to help raise money for charity; and is itself also a registered charity.’

+ Barry Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)157
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)198
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A vibrant Samba-Reggae Percussion band full of energy and uplifting spirit ... Batala Bangor started in 2003, the second UK Batala after Portsmouth, which had started the year before.'

+ Batala Bangor
VISITS (to the Website)186
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)319

'Both a broadcast orchestra and the national symphony orchestra of Wales ... Orchestra-in-Residence at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall and performs a busy schedule of live concerts throughout Wales and the UK. Nearly all the Orchestra’s performances can be heard on the BBC, and they regularly perform at the BBC Proms and BBC Cardiff Singer of the World. The Orchestra’s Learning team strive to make classical music accessible, they are also the UK’s foremost soundtrack orchestra, working Doctor Who and War and Peace, among others. Formed in 1983, the BBC National Chorus of Wales is one of the leading large mixed choruses in the UK ... BBC NCW enjoys a close performing and recording relationship with the BBC NOW.'

 

+ BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales
VISITS (to the Website)164
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)297
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A non-contesting Brass Band in North Wales. We support charities, perform community concerts, and play for church services.'

+ Beulah Brass
VISITS (to the Website)168
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)408
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Choir is always looking to attract new recruits – young or not so young ... To join the Choir you will need to undergo a voice test (this is done on a one to one basis with the Musical Director – no one else will be in attendance) so that the MD can place you in the appropriate section.The MD will chart your progress and when he is satisfied that you are ready to sing with the choir and can perform to the high standard that is required you will become a fully fledged chorister ... Save Our Male Voice Choirs is our documentary film following Blaenavon Male Voice Choir, as they look to encourage new, younger members to join them, and to embrace social media ...'

+ Blaenavon Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)248
Also indexedSave Our Male Voice Choirs
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)249

‘One of the oldest cultural organisations in the town and was established late in the 1890's when it was known as the Blaenavon Town Silver Band. It then became supported by the local colliery, Big Pit and through subscription it was known as the Blaenavon Colliery Workmen's Band until the pit closed in the early 1980's and is now known as the Blaenavon Town Band. The Band provides a performing platform for local brass musicians, performing on the concert and contest stage both locally and nationally. To help secure its future the band supports a thriving Youth section which also makes regular concerts and contest appearances.’ ALERT Website not available at Review; referenced Facebook Page instead.

+ Blaenavon Town Band
VISITS (to the Website)96
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)226

'Music brings people together! This saying could well be our motto as we're a very varied group of people, all bound by their love of music. Anyone with love of singing can join us. Everyone is warmly welcomed and, next to practising hard to achieve a high musical standard, it’s all about the spirit of fun and conviviality. After rehearsal, we often wrap up with a little get-together ... Based in Cwmavon, Port Talbot, South Wales, we are available for Weddings, Charity Events, Birthdays & Anniversaries, Private Functions and much more ...'

+ Bois Afan Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)161
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)323

'Formed in August 2009 when a number of like-minded individuals began to visualise the formation of a Male Choir in the Lower Llynfi Valley. Our group of experienced and well respected Choristers came up with some basic philosophies: Keep the choir to a manageable size; Take our music to the community-at-large; Establish ourselves as a quality musical group; Encourage less experienced Choristers to grow in ability and musicality; Share our joy in singing!'

 

+ Bois Goetre Hen
VISITS (to the Website)302
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)421
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

+ Brecknock Sinfonia
VISITS (to the Website)157
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)503
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

+ Brecon Town Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)117
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)230
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The almost 100 strong Bridgend Male Choir has a wide repertoire of classical and folk pieces, traditional Welsh Anthems, and popular songs from the shows. The Choir give regular concerts ... which are always well attended and extremely popular, throughout South Wales and the rest of the UK, as well as internationally.'

+ Bridgend Male Choir
VISITS (to the Website)183
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)403
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Formed soon after the opening of the new chapel building in 1990 ... The choir’s forty or so members include chapel members and also other choristers from the Bridgend area. Rehearsals and concerts are usually held at the Tabernacl Chapel, Derwen Road, Bridgend. The choir performs music from a broad repertoire including classical and modern choral works, songs from musicals, folk song arrangements and contemporary pop songs.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Bridgend Tabernacl Choir
VISITS (to the Website)170
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)593

‘A Welsh male voice choir based in the rural village of Llansannan in the heart of North Wales.’

+ Bro Aled Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)102
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)190
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A strong male voice choir tradition in the Corwen area was re-established when the choir was formed in 1973 ... The members are drawn from an area around Corwen, Bala and Llangollen in North Wales, taking its name from the famous Welsh Prince, Owain Glyndŵr who drew many of his warriors from the ancient region of Edeyrnion.’

 

+ Bro Glyndŵr Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)269
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)548

Brymbo Male Choir grew from the active community surrounding the local steelworks, and the history of male choirs in Brymbo goes back over the past 100 years. The present choir was formed in 1959 by a number of choristers from St Mary’s Church Brymbo with the intention of entertaining locally. With the appointment of Conductor Glyn Hughes in 1966 the choir began to broaden its horizons, and over the past years the choir has created an interest by giving choral performances to high levels, with an appreciation by all audiences that attend the many concerts and venues that the choir performs at.‘

+ Brymbo Male Choir
VISITS (to the Website)120
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)216
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The largest of the two Male Voice Choirs in Blaenau Ffestiniog and rehearse weekly on Thursdays in the main Hall of Ysgol y Moelwyn, Blaenau Ffestiniog. The Rehearsals begin at 7.30p.m. and all are welcome. Why not go one step further and join the Choir as a member and become part of one of the most successful and travelled Male Voice Choirs in Wales? A warm welcome awaits you all.'

 

+ Brythoniaid Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)186
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)352
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Buckley Singers, formerly Buckley Choral Society, has been established for over 100 years and attracts members from a wide area around Buckley, near Mold, in North East Wales. Singing in a wide range of styles, both old and new, we are a friendly mixed community choir and are always looking for new members of all musical abilities, especially tenors and basses ... We guarantee a warm welcome and a friendly atmosphere, so why not give us a try?’

Category Community Choirs
+ Buckley Singers
VISITS (to the Website)85
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)333

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

+ Builth Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)226
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)266
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1962: ‘New comers are always welcome and there is no voice test or other selection procedure. You can just come along to see if you like it for a few weeks before joining. It is useful but not essential that you know the section (Tenor1, Tenor2, Bass1, Bass2) but this can be determined during your first few sessions. Most newcomers have not sung for many years and are not welsh speaking. Yes! We do sing some songs in Welsh but most non-welsh speaking members manage this after a period of time‘.

 

+ Burry Port Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)168
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)378

'Sadly, just before the outbreak of the Second World War the band’s fortunes took a turn for the worse and it disbanded. Gone but not forgotten, decades later in 1972 a group of local enthusiasts held a meeting with the aim of re-establishing the band. Old instruments and a library of music were discovered, and these, together with some new purchases, a place to rehearse and a keen group of volunteers, sowed the seeds of the band’s renaissance ...'

 

+ Burry Port Town Band
VISITS (to the Website)168
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)389

'A successful, thriving choir but to maintain this we are constantly on the look-out for new members. Could you be one of our new recruits? You would be made very welcome. Don’t miss out! If you enjoy singing quietly to yourself, then you will enjoy singing in a choir. You will make new friends that will last a lifetime, feel more connected with the wider Caldicot community and benefit from a much busier "social" life. There are also claims that singing can make you healthier and live longer! ...'

+ Caldicot Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)199
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)442
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A ladies choir based in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire with Members from across the County, from as far and wide as Fishguard and Amroth. Our Musical Director ... has helped us to develop an exciting and varied repertoire of contemporary, classical and sacred music which the Cantabile performs at venues throughout Pembrokeshire and beyond ... Membership is open to any female who enjoys singing all types of music to a high standard. The ability to read music is desirable but not essential as all members are trained in the same way. We enjoy what we do, although we work hard to perform to a high standard.‘

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Cantabile Singers of Pembrokeshire
VISITS (to the Website)119
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)132

’We are a thriving and ambitious community choir based in Canton, a district of Cardiff, the capital of Wales in the UK ... We do not audition members and we are happy for anybody to come along and audition us ... We generally sing two concerts a year, in January or February and July, typically. The winter concert is usually of a large cantata with professional soloists, accompanied by an accomplished orchestra made up of players from the city’s professional orchestras. The summer concert is usually made up of smaller works such as part songs and may include solos from members of the choir.‘

 

Category Cardiff
+ Canton Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)32
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)61
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Singers are drawn from a wide geographical area, covering mainly North Wales, and many travel over 100 miles to attend rehearsals held twice each month at Betws y Coed. It was in February 1993 that the choir gave their first concert performance. Since then there have been several prestigious engagements and tours. The choir continues to expand its repertoire of traditional Welsh and English male choral music as well as introducing other pieces, often arranged by its founder conductor.’

Category Conwy
+ Cantorion Gogledd Cymru
VISITS (to the Website)72
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)97
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A community choir based in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire ... Choir membership has now grown to over sixty. New singers are welcome in all sections − soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. There are no auditions. You just have to enjoy singing and want to learn. Vocal training takes place at some rehearsals.‘

Category Community Choirs
+ Cantorion Llandeilo Singers
VISITS (to the Website)191
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)523
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Competitively successful ‘mixed choir of some 70 voices whose professional and occupational qualifications are numerous and varied ... originating from the village of Rhosllanerchrugog, North Wales ... Their wide repertoire includes 16th Century motets and madrigals, music from oratorios, European religious music, works by contemporary Welsh composers – including some specially commissioned works – and light music as the occasion demands’.

Category Choral Societies
+ Cantorion Rhos
VISITS (to the Website)56
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)142

Formed 1962: ‘Originally a choir of around 25 singers, in recent times between 50 to 60 choristers regularly take to the performance platform. During the 1980’s the choir expanded to allow performances of the larger works and oratorios and has since given performances of all the major choral works, sometimes jointly with other local choirs ... While we continue to explore new avenues, and develop exciting programmes ... including 20th century composers, we are not forgetting our original aims and the work of Bach and his contemporaries will continue to feature regularly in our programmes’.

Category Choral Societies
+ Cardiff Bach Choir
VISITS (to the Website)66
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)168

'CPO is recognised as one of Wales's foremost non-professional orchestras, with a reputation for a wide ranging repertoire from film music and light classics to major works.'

+ Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)178
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)388
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Choir’s history starts in 1964 when twenty Aberystwyth graduates who had sung together in university met up in Cardiff to form a choir ... Cardiff Polyphonic Choir now numbers 65 singers ... and has a proud history and a continuing strong reputation ... As a choir we pride ourselves on maintaining high musical standards, and, as such, entry to the choir is by audition. However, the social side of the choir is equally important and new members will always receive a warm and friendly welcome.’

Category Cardiff
+ Cardiff Polyphonic Choir
VISITS (to the Website)23
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)57
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Carmarthen Male Voice Choir has been an integral part of the music scene in Carmarthen and surronding area for over 50 years. The choristers, the majority of whom have Welsh as their first language, are amateurs. They all love to sing.‘

 

+ Carmarthen Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)165
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)526
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Band has some 50 members ranging in age from early teens to early eighties many of whom have been with the band for several years. They travel from a wide geographical area including Fishguard, Cardigan and Llanelli and their commitment is demonstrated by the fact that they travel to rehearsals every Sunday evening ... As a community based band they play for their own enjoyment but they also thrive on challenges of performing at more formal concerts and events. As befitting a band comprising of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments their repertoire is wide and varied consisting of classical pieces through to music from the shows, film themes, military marches and popular music.'

 

Category Carmarthen
+ Carmarthen Symphonic Wind Band
VISITS (to the Website)146
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)262

‘An exciting and vibrant company pursuing excellence in all aspects of the performing arts - stage, film and television. The Youth Opera stage lavish musical productions every February half-term at the Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen preceded by annual September auditions. Their wealth of talent is also showcased throughout the year with a wide variety of dazzling cabarets, charity concerts and promotional events.’ ALERT Latest performance listed at Review: February 2017.

+ Carmarthen Youth Opera
VISITS (to the Website)128
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)254

Cerddorfa Dinas Powys Orchestra is a community orchestra which provides a place for local musicians to use their talents in an orchestral setting ... We will always welcome new players, to help us develop our orchestral capabilities and repertoire. If you play, or used to play and would like to take it up again, please consider joining us.’

+ Cerddorfa Dinas Powys Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)174
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)407

‘Formed in 1979, and has been performing live music in the town regularly ever since ... It has about 65 members in total, of all ages & abilities ... and strives to promote and encourage the art of music within the community by giving three or more public concert performances of choral music per year, often with orchestral accompaniment. While presenting these programmes, we foster and support young and aspiring musicians ... We welcome new singers in all voice sections. We do not have a formal audition policy and ... no-one is excluded on grounds of lack of previous choral experience, ability to play instruments, etc.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Chepstow Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)50
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)157
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Singing for their own pleasure comes naturally to choristers, but how much better it is to make and take the many opportunities of sharing our enthusiasm with others. Apart from practising for two hours on two evenings each week for 47 weeks a year, the choir performs an average of 14 concerts each year and at roughly 8 weddings and corporate events. In addition, of course, there are events like the annual Remembrance Service, too. All of this choir’s concerts with the exception of the Annual Concert and the Christmas Concert are performed for charity.’

+ Chepstow Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)84
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)225
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘This Band hosts five bands under the name of City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Brass Band. M1 competes at Championship Section Nationally & locally. M2 compete in the 2nd section nationally and 3rd section locally, M3 compete at youth level and M4 are our beginner band. Community Brass is for anyone, of any standard, who enjoys playing but does not want to compete. The Band has a long history, The City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Band can justifiably claim to be the oldest band in Wales. Sure we're also the friendliest.’

 

+ City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)90
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)181

‘The City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra was formed in September 1981 to fill a gap at that time for symphonic music making of a high standard for the many gifted amateur musicians in the Cardiff area. The orchestra has performed over 150 concerts in and around Cardiff with a repertoire of well over 200 orchestral works ... We perform at least five concerts per year with varied, challenging programmes, often with high-class, professional soloists.‘

+ City of Cardiff Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)34
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)87

City of Newport Male Choir (formerly known as Newport Male Voice Choir) is a registered charity that uses the art of music to help other charitable organisations, while giving Choir members a means of self expression with no financial benefit to themselves. Our motto is “Making Music, Making Friends”.’

+ City of Newport Male Choir
VISITS (to the Website)140
Also indexedNewport Male Voice Choir
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)514
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1968 ... as the West Cross & Mumbles Military Band. By 1970, the band had become the Mumbles Concert Band, and played under that title until March 1984 when, with the permission of the City Council, it changed its name to reflect the area it covers, namely the City of Swansea ... The band is available for hire at any occasion, and can alter numbers of players and music to suit taste. We give regular performances in the local community, and have also performed throughout Wales and parts of England ... We offer a warm welcome to new players of wind or percussion instruments. The band demands a certain instrumental skill of its players, but we try to be as inclusive as possible. We have a wide range of instruments for loan, and an extensive music library.’

+ City of Swansea Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)59
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)124
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 2008, City Voices has grown from a small choir of just 25 voices to a membership of over 180 in just ten years. In that time it has been involved in concerts raising over £50,000 for a mixture of charities and performed in a variety of venues in and around Cardiff, as well as further afield. There are no auditions to join, City Voices believe singing is for everyone - everyone has a voice and it should be about meeting new people and having fun. The music performed by City Voices does not follow the traditional “Choral Society” approach, but instead we feature music from Stage and Screen ... City Voices is now a well-established choir, with only a few vacancies periodically becoming available. As a result of this, we have taken the decision to close our waiting list. Instead, we will be reviewing our membership bi-annually each May and November.’

Category Community Choirs
+ City Voices Cardiff
VISITS (to the Website)88
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)136
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Pembrokeshire’s Only True Amateur Orchestra ‘We are a group of enthusiastic, keen musicians that enjoy to play and perform music in a relaxed, social atmosphere. We are always seeking new members to help us create a great, local orchestra. Our musical genre is typically classical but we have been known to perform folk and even funk! IF you are a musician that needs to meet like minded people, come and join our “band”.’

+ Cleddau Chamber Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)118
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)305
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A men's chorus based in Kinnerton, about 6 miles from Chester. Our members are drawn from across the North West of England and North Wales ... We are primarily known as a barbershop chorus, but our repertoire includes songs of all genres and ages. We sing songs from musicals, traditional songs, choral songs and pop songs. Arrangements of recent hits have proved particularly popular on our "sing outs".‘

+ Clwyd Clippers
VISITS (to the Website)39
Also indexedMold Barbershop Harmony Club
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)68

'A local, acapella, mixed choir based in Abergele, North Wales ... Coastal Voices was set up in 2004 to share the fun and delight of singing in harmony together. The songs taught each week come from all over the world, each song is taught by ear so you don’t need any previous singing or musical experience to join.'

+ Coastal Voices [Abergele]
VISITS (to the Website)142
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)396

'Formed in the autumn of 2007 ... Has some 20 members ... The Choir provides its members with the opportunity to continue to develop and share their musical talents through participation in a small SATB group. The Choir’s prime objective is to promote, improve, develop and maintain public education in appreciation of the art of music by the presentation of public concerts of great choral music.'

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Con Voce
VISITS (to the Website)207
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)303

‘A small amateur theatre group based in the South East Wales area. The group was set up in order to try to put on productions that were just that little bit different. We wanted to be a society that has everyone involved. Quality of singing and acting is paramount and innovation and "challenging the norm" is at the forefront of everything we do. We enjoy ourselves and take great efforts to ensure our audiences do as well. We believe in nurturing talent and avoiding the pitfalls of bad sets, bad costumes and run-of-the-mill productions. If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well!’

+ Concept Players
VISITS (to the Website)132
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)207
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed as the Conwy Ensemble in 2010 by the then Mayor ... In 2017, the name was changed to Conwy Town Orchestra ... a vibrant, engaging and dynamic orchestra based in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Conwy in North Wales. Throughout the year we play and perform classical music in an enjoyable and sociable setting. Whilst we aim to achieve a high standard of performance, we truly believe that, as an amateur orchestra, enjoyment is the most important part of any music making experience. This means that our members truly look forward to Thursday evenings from both a musical and social perspective.’

 

+ Conwy Town Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)25
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)50
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Choir was formed in 2007 by 10 former members of the well known Male Choir Lleisiau’r Frogwy (this choir had come to an end a few months before) ... By today the membership has risen to over 20 ... The Choir performs at Hymn Singing Festivals and is able to provide full concerts on Anglesey and over on to the mainland.’

+ Côr Bara Brith
VISITS (to the Website)172
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)286

‘Formed in 1998 following a successful performance of the Verdi Requiem on the stage of the National Eisteddfod at Bridgend ... We are a friendly mixed Community Choir with a wide musical repertoire. We travel abroad on choir trips and enjoy many social functions. No auditions or ability to sight-read needed.‘

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Côr Bro Ogwr
VISITS (to the Website)30
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)66

Côr Meibion Colwyn is proud of its long history recognising that there has been a choir in its home village of Colwyn since the 1890’s. Welsh is its first language however its rehearsals are held in both the medium of English with a good content of Welsh conversation. This is so as not to exclude our non Welsh speaking members but to also give them the “Welshness” of the choir and opportunity to get to learn the language at the same time.’

Category Rhyl
+ Côr Meibion Colwyn
VISITS (to the Website)93
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)130
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Choir takes its name from King Maelgwn Gwynedd who lived in Deganwy Castle, located between Llandudno and Conwy ... Why not join us? We are always on the lookout for new members. It’s quite a straightforward and painless process! ... It really is not necessary to make formal arrangements to be with us; simply turn up and you will get a very warm welcome ... In addition to the singing, the choir enjoys an active social life, which includes wives and partners.’

+ Côr Meibion Maelgwn
VISITS (to the Website)130
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)185
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We sing a wide variety of music: accompanied and unaccompanied; ancient and modern; ecclesiastical and secular ... We enjoy singing folk songs from many cultures including Welsh, Hungarian, American and Scottish; negro spirituals; Christmas music, show songs ... There are 25-30 choristers who ... come together from all corners of Monmouthshire as well as Newport and Cardiff to enjoy singing together.'

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Coro Cantabile
VISITS (to the Website)164
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)362
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Cory Band competes in both National and International Brass Band Competitions – and does very well! ... Cory is proud to have won many brass band competitions over the years and continues to compete at the very highest level, winning an unprecedented Grand Slam of the four “majors” in 2016 to complete a full ten years as the number one ranked brass band in the world.‘

+ Cory Band
VISITS (to the Website)520
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)472
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Founded in 1981 by a local GP David Hiley who persuaded any of his patients who said they could sing to join him in creating a choir. From this small group, many of whom are still members, a strong society of some 50 to 60 singers has evolved ... As well as a major Choral Concert in November, the choir organises a community Carol Concert in Crickhowell where local primary school pupils perform along with other young people from the town and the audience is expected to join in too. We see the involvement of young music makers in our activities as essential to the future of the choir ...'

Category Choral Societies
+ Crickhowell Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)146
Also indexedCrickhowell Music Festival
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)424

'Traditional brass band ... We compete nationally and locally in the 2nd Section and have a very busy schedule providing music for various events including concerts, functions and carnivals.’

 

+ Crwbin Silver Band
VISITS (to the Website)167
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)298

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

+ Decibelles
VISITS (to the Website)110
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)276

‘A friendly, community based brass band. We have two bands: Our senior band which consists of experienced players and more advanced learners; Our training band which consists of new learners of all ages, who are all learning new and exciting brass instruments!’

+ Deeside Silver Band
VISITS (to the Website)26
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)89

‘The Choir was formed in 1988, although a male voice choir did exist in Denbigh during 1940's and 50's. Since its formation the choir has travelled extensively both nationally and inernationally. Although we are not a competitive choir, we have been successful in being prize winners at the Stenna Choral Competition, Llandudno and The Pan Celtic Festival at Tralee. We are an extremly busy choir, in regular demand for concerts and weddings.’

+ Denbigh & District Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)199
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)292
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

Category Community Choirs
+ Dolau Mixtures
VISITS (to the Website)115
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)252

'The Choir can trace its roots back to the late 1800s and continued until the 1950s ... The present Choir was re-formed in 1965 by 13 men keen to see a revival of choral music in Dowlais, and that number rose to 120, reflecting the enthusiasm of the early days. Today the number of choristers registered is 60 ... We are very keen to recruit new choristers and give them the opportunity to experience the pleasure of singing in some wonderful venues with first class performers.'

+ Dowlais Male Choir
VISITS (to the Website)193
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)349
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Over many years Côr Dyfed Choir has gained a reputation as one of the leading choirs in West Wales, attracting both singers and audiences from a wide geographical area. The choir’s repertoire includes pieces from the Renaissance, early baroque period, such as those by Monteverdi and Lassus, through to more recent times with works by Rachmaninoff, Duruflé and Poulenc. Bach, Handel and Mozart are probably the choir’s best loved composers and their works are often performed in the choir’s concerts ... In recent years the choir has built a close relationship with St Davids Cathedral.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Dyfed Choir
VISITS (to the Website)117
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)183
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Our Passion for Chamber Music ‘There’s nothing we like more than sharing our passion for chamber music and making a difference to people’s lives with an art form we believe to be out of the ordinary and exceptional. Our aspiration is to be an ensemble of the highest standard working internationally with its base in rural Wales; an area of beautiful landscapes with a rich and varied culture and history. By commissioning new music and discovering music from our heritage informed by the history and geography of the area we work in we believe that we’re bringing something new and distinctive to the art form of chamber music.‘

+ Ensemble Cymru
VISITS (to the Website)72
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)154

Established in 2013 having our first ever rehearsal on February 14th of that year. We quickly grew to a staggering membership of around 80 choristers and have now settled at an impressive 68 or so with many of the original ladies who came to the first rehearsal ... We are a fun, vibrant and diverse bunch of ladies from all walks of life and our repertoire is a good reflection of our eclectic mix of personalities. The future is bright for The Flint Ladies Choir - learning together, growing together.'

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Flint Ladies' Choir
VISITS (to the Website)157
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)463
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1975, Cor Meibion y Fflint have enjoyed success at the highest levels in competition and delight audiences wherever they perform ... The choir sings a wide variety of music stretching from the 16th century to the 21st, old faithfuls, traditional Welsh hymns and folk songs, plus modern pop and quality contemporary compositions in many languages.’

+ Flint Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)172
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)210
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Mission is ‘to advance the musical education of the children and young persons under the age of twenty five years who are ordinarily resident in and /or who receive their education within the area of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council by the provision of facilities, amenities or assistance not provided or not fully provided by the Local Education Authority’.

+ Friends of Merthyr Tydfil Youth Music
VISITS (to the Website)121
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)199

Founded in 1947: ‘Looks forward to continued progress and success as one of the most distinguished Male Voice Choirs in a nation renowned throughout the World for producing Male Voice Choirs of the highest quality’.

+ Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)187
Also indexedFron Male Voice Choir
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)199
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Successful Pembrokeshire-based Band which ‘each year competes in a number of competitions ranging from local to national competitions. The main focus of the year is the “Welsh Brass Band Championships”: this is one of 8 regional contests that take place annually from which bands can qualify for an invitation to the finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain. The winner of the Championship Section in Wales also qualifies to represent Wales at The European Brass Band Association Championships’. The Band also plays in numerous events over the year.

+ Goodwick Brass
VISITS (to the Website)46
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)69
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Aim is ‘to advance public education and appreciation of classical choral music by  presenting public concerts in Mumbles and the surrounding area and through the provision of tuition and training to young soloists and to or for such charitable purposes as the trustees shall decide’.

Category Choral Societies
+ Gower Chorale
VISITS (to the Website)56
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)135

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

Category Newtown
+ Guilsfield Singers
VISITS (to the Website)101
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)195
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are a friendly, sociable, mixed voice choir, about 60 strong ... While based in Abergavenny, both singers and non singing members and friends come from the broad region of Gwent and neighbouring counties ... The GBS logo is taken from Johann Sebastian Bach's 1722 seal, used throughout his Leipzig years. It contains the letters "J S B" superimposed over their mirror image. The whole is topped with a crown.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Gwent Bach Choir
VISITS (to the Website)130
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)370
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Based in the County town of Pembrokeshire. The choir is one of the oldest choirs in Wales and has been in existence since 1896. Consists of about 50 members from 16 years onwards ... performs around 20 concerts per year ... and sings a broad repertoire of songs for all occasions ... with around half the songs sung in Welsh.’

+ Haverfordwest Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)90
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)146
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’30-member SATB choir with a very wide repetoire. We are available for any type of engagement, including concerts, weddings and Christmas parties.‘

Category Community Choirs
+ Hawarden Singers
VISITS (to the Website)113
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)288
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Our fabulous choristers are boys and girls aged from 7 to 16 years who come Llanelli, South Wales and surrounding areas ... After hearing the choir, you'd never believe it that the choir prides itself on no auditions! There are no musical or educational prerequisites to join the choir - except the willingness to learn and a love of singing! ... We perform an exciting and varied repertoire of music to suit all types of performances and broadcasts. The current repertoire includes magical moments from the world of classical music, musical theatre, pop and international folk, sacred and Christmas works - performed in English, Welsh, German, Latin, Hebrew ...' ALERT Unable to raise Website at Review; referenced the Choirs’ Facebook Page instead.

+ Hywel Girls' Choir & Hywel Boy Singers
VISITS (to the Website)139
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)216

‘Award winning brass band based in Porth, Rhondda Cynon Taf. The oldest brass band in South Wales' Rhondda Valleys ... Founded in 1880 ... The band has been highly successful in competition throughout its history, becoming Champion Band of Wales, Welsh League Champions, Miner's Welfare Entertainments (CISWO) Champions and more ... Lewis-Merthyr has been equally successful on the concert stage, performing at a wide variety of locations across Wales and beyond ... Lewis-Merthyr Band remain thoroughly committed to supporting our local community in Rhondda Cynon Taf, through the presentation of concert performances across the county borough and wider, supporting local events & functions, and providing tuition for local young brass & percussion musicians through our Youth Band programme.’

+ Lewis-Merthyr Band
VISITS (to the Website)75
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)180
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘In 1910 when Llandudno was regarded as the most fashionable seaside resort in Wales its urban district council asked the St.Tudno Brass Band to provide entertainment to a standard expected by its discerning visitors. Over a century later our band continues this tradition by performing during the summer months in the promenade bandstand, playing Christmas carols in the shopping arcades during the festive season, organising concerts in aid of local charities, competing in competitions, eisteddfod and festivals and providing free tuition for our next generation of performers. In essence we are a traditional brass band proud of our roots and customs.’

+ Llandudno Town Band
VISITS (to the Website)69
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)189

Founded 1978: ‘Run by volunteers, LYMT relies on membership fees, grants, donations and ticket sales to run the group ... LYMT is for children and young people aged from 6 - 19 years’.

+ Llandudno Youth Music Theatre
VISITS (to the Website)202
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)323

‘Website for the world famous and award-winning Côr Meibion Llanelli ... New members are key to the success of the choir's future and if you are interested in finding out more, please contact ... You will be made to feel very welcome and find that joining a very special choir like Côr Meibion Llanelli is a very rewarding experience.’

+ Llanelli Male Choir
VISITS (to the Website)137
Also indexedCôr Meibion Llanelli
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)235
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

Category Community Choirs
+ Llanfair Singers
VISITS (to the Website)59
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)186
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 1904, the Band has been an integral part of the local community for well over a century ... Today, our friendly organisation consists of 3 bands that cater to a wide range of abilities and ages. The band is incredibly proud to have offered free musical instruments, tuition and sheet music to numerous youngsters for more than 40 years. A dedicated team of talented senior band players volunteer their time and expertise to provide support to members of our Training and Youth Bands.’

+ Llangollen Silver Band
VISITS (to the Website)126
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)195

'Llwydcoed Brass Band has recently had a very successful few years of competition in banding which has seen us rise through the sections to Championship section status locally and nationally from 2015. We are also very honoured to have won the Welsh League in the Championship section 2015.'

+ Llwydcoed Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)147
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)719

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

+ Machynlleth Wind Band
VISITS (to the Website)45
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)167

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

Category Opera Companies
+ Mid Wales Opera
VISITS (to the Website)147
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)158

‘First formed in 1950 with its first production of H.M.S. Pinafore. The society has performed in many venues over the years. The Empire Cinema, Central Hall, The Masonic hall, The Astoria, The Grammar School, and The Petroleum Club. The Torch Theatre has been our home for the last 37 years, where we have enjoyed the professional facilities which have enabled us to produce technically sophisticated shows. The Society is proud that it was the first amateur society to tread the boards there. We also perform summer concerts, host quiz nights and sing carols and Christmas songs to raise funds for the Society throughout the year.’

+ Milford Haven Amateur Operatic Society
VISITS (to the Website)110
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)192

‘Flintshire's biggest mixed voice choir around 70 voices strong ... We present up to four concerts a year of the classical choral repertoire, sacred and secular. We are a bilingual choir (English and Welsh) but also sing in other languages as required by the music. Come and join us either to sing or to listen to our concerts. Based in the historic market town of Mold in Flintshire, North Wales, the choir gives concerts in Mold Parish Church, Capel Bethesda and other venues around the area, including St. Asaph Cathedral.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Mold & District Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)24
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)110
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Band was originally formed as the Argoed Concert Band in 1997. Adopted by Mold Town Council in 1999 we became the Mold Town Band, changing our name in 2002 to Mold Town Concert Band (in order to avoid being confused with a brass or silver band!) ... A constantly evolving repertoire ranges from serene to swing - including concert marches, contemporary, popular, classical, film/ musical medleys, jazz and big band arrangements - and more! Whilst occasionally tackling more challenging pieces, the emphasis is on performing a wide range of music as a well as possible, whilst having fun. There's something for most - possibly all - tastes!’

+ Mold Town Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)45
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)131
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A non-contesting, community brass band ... We are situated between the vibrant banding communities of South Wales and the Forest of Dean. And while there is no pressure of contesting, we perform in several key engagements throughout the year including the Monmouth Festival and Monmouthshire Show.'

+ Monmouth Band
VISITS (to the Website)125
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)395

‘Big band repertoire spreads back nearly a hundred years, with so much variety of style and feel – all of it sizzling with that quintessential vibrant sound ... In addition to scorching swing numbers, we play smooth Latin, “strictly”-style dance tunes, well-known vocal numbers and classic jazz numbers. The music cascades off the stage with all the vibrancy you’d expect from a 20-piece live band ... What unites all the music is the big band format of 5 saxes, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets (who all play stratospherically high) and rhythm section.’

Category Big Bands
+ Monmouth Big Band
VISITS (to the Website)77
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)140
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A welcoming and friendly choir of about 120 members in four sections soprano, alto, tenor and bass ... We perform four concerts every year, one in each term plus the Christmas Carol concert. Our repertoire shares much with the great choral tradition of works from Bach and Handel to Rutter and Britten.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Monmouth Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)109
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)244
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The tradition of Welsh male voice choirs grew up out of mining, industrial and religious heritage. Music that is soulful, virile and powerful, yet sensitive and moving. Monmouth Male Voice Choir seeks to uphold that tradition. The Choir was formed in 2012 by a small group of men ... and now has around 50 members. The choir has achieved great things during its short existence ... A warm welcome will be given to all, so come along, dip your toes in the water and see how you like it ... You'll be welcomed with open arms - we're a widely varied, friendly and inclusive bunch.’

+ Monmouth Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)78
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)95
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The 35 or so members of the choir are drawn from all ages and occupations: our youngest choristers are under 25 years old, our oldest over 70, and we have plumbers and electricians, company directors and managers, bus drivers, firemen, office workers and students, all united by a love of singing. We sing all kinds of music, from opera choruses and religious works via folk songs and jazz to pop songs and Musical Theatre, with most of our concerts including a vibrant selection from all these genres.’

+ Morlais Male Choir
VISITS (to the Website)105
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)184
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 1941 by Miss Lillian Abbot and members of the Local First Aid Defence Group, wedging their way in-between the many strong male voice choirs that dominated the area and still do! ...  [but] now more than capable of holding their own against a male voice choir ... The choir have made their base at Tabernacle Chapel in the heart of Morriston, rehearsing in the vestry and holding their Annual as well as many other concerts in the Chapel upstairs. The choir have performed with numerous other choirs and military bands from near and afar.‘

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Morriston Ladies Choir
VISITS (to the Website)144
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)318

Mountain Harmony are a group of ladies from North Wales, Wirral and Cheshire who come together to sing four part harmony a capella in the barbershop style ... Mountain Harmony sing a range of songs from across the decades. From traditional Barbershop songs through to modern popular music and everything in between! ... Our repetoire includes rock 'n' roll, blues, swing and pop and some beautiful ballards that bring a tear to the eye ... And we enjoy ourselves! Barbershop is about performing. We move, smile and put the feeling of the words across to our audience. If you think you know what to expect from Barbershop.....we may make you think again!’

+ Mountain Harmony
VISITS (to the Website)100
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)253

'We want our opera to engage and surprise audiences. We want to stimulate and communicate new ideas, thoughts and feelings, and so we continually re-imagine what opera can do and what it can offer. That way we can keep opera a truly dynamic and contemporary art form. That is what we strive to do.'

 

Category Opera Companies
+ Music Theatre Wales
VISITS (to the Website)163
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)245
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Welcome to the website of Mynydd Mawr Male Voice Choir. Your visit is very welcome and please take time to read all about us. We are not the largest of choirs nowadays but the enthusiasm and interest is as keen as ever ... If you are interested in joining the choir please come along to a practice. You will have a very warm welcome from us all.’

 

+ Mynydd Mawr Male Choir
VISITS (to the Website)157
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)365

'Formed in January 2010 ... open to anyone aged 18 years and over to come along and enjoy the experience of singing with others some of the most wonderful music. At present the Choir has over 60 members, some of whom have been attracted to the choir from Swansea and Bridgend as well as the surrounding district of Neath ... The Choir is ideal for those who have always wanted to sing with others but are wary of taking on a heavy commitment of rehearsals, concerts, charity events, tours, etc. This is NOT the aim or purpose of Neath Polyphonic Choir, whose weekly rehearsals are fun experiences for everyone and the Choir’s two or three concerts a year are just an additional highlight.'

Category Community Choirs
+ Neath Polyphonic Choir
VISITS (to the Website)283
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)528

‘The NEW Sinfonia is an orchestra for North Wales that provides work for outstanding professional young musicians. The NEW Sinfonia aims to: * Reach audiences of all ages and backgrounds through innovative and exciting programming; * Take live instrumental music making to communities across North Wales; * Have a “home” in North East Wales [NEW]; * Inspire the next generation of musicians from North Wales to develop their musical talents; * Support and promote contemporary Welsh Arts Culture.’

+ NEW Sinfonia
VISITS (to the Website)39
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)87

'An enthusiastic amateur orchestra with members of all ages. We strive to provide a balance between fun and informality whilst also embracing the desire to improve each individuals’ skills and talents and to be able to perform as a coherent and confident orchestra that all are proud to be a part of.'

+ Newport Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)149
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)367
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A mixed SATB Choir with 70+ members ... In a typical year we perform a Spring Concert of short pieces of music (folk and pop songs & songs from musicals and operas, as well as sacred music), an Autumn Concert of classical works performed with professional soloists and orchestra, and Christmas concerts. It has also been our custom to sing an anthem in Welsh at the annual St David’s Day service at Newport Cathedral. We also perform for local charities, weddings and civic functions.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Newport Philharmonic Choir
VISITS (to the Website)106
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)184

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

+ Newtown & District Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)186
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)577

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

+ Newtown Silver Band
VISITS (to the Website)91
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)214

’An exciting and vibrant choir in the heart of Pembrokeshire ... The Neyland Ladies Choir was formed in 1977 and has choristers from the Neyland, Milford Haven, Pembroke and Haverfordwest areas. The Choir has become well known throughout Pembrokeshire by the varied style of concerts performed and have established close links with other Ladies and Male Voice Choirs in Wales and England.’

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Neyland Ladies Choir
VISITS (to the Website)85
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)172

Opra Cymru is the world’s only company performing opera in Welsh. The Company was founded in 2008 by Sioned and Patrick Young. Since its launch in June 2009, OPRA Cymru has presented four small-scale touring productions across Wales - promoting opera, promoting the young performing talents of Wales, and most of all, promoting Welsh as the “language of choice” for the performance of opera.’

Category Opera Companies
+ Opra Cymru
VISITS (to the Website)203
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)144

‘The choristers ... have a busy practice and concert schedule which is often booked 12-18 months ahead. The choir also has commitments to associations of which it is a member, namely the Welsh Association of Male Voice Choirs, Ty Cerdd and The National Association of Choirs. Bi-annual visits to the Albert Hall for the Massed Voices concert are just one of the major commitments. A wide repertoire allows Choir programmes to be tailored by the conductor to match the venue and audience. Places of worship, village halls, town halls and major concert halls are examples of performance venues requiring differing programmes.’

+ Pembroke and District Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)114
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)189
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Based in the village of Tŷcroes near Ammanford in the county of Carmarthenshire. The word “Persain" is Welsh for “pure sound” - we are ever optimistic! The Choir is available to sing anywhere and for all occasions, having a varied repertoire for formal concerts as well as weddings, festivals and informal musical evenings in smaller venues.'

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Persain
VISITS (to the Website)190
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)319

‘A Welsh Male Voice Choir with a difference! ... A Choir that builds on Welsh choral tradition but is influenced in its approach by modern society and the general public's current musical taste.’

+ Phoenix Choir of Wales
VISITS (to the Website)88
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)166

‘The most successful competitive male voice choir in Wales ... We are always looking for new members, but we're not only after your voice — however great though it's sure to be — we are also after you! Our choristers come from every walk of life, with students, teachers and nurses singing alongside lawyers, tradesmen and soldiers ... Many of our members were uncertain about joining a male choir before approaching us, fearing that it would be too difficult to learn the repertoire. Fear not! We pride ourselves on having dedicated people within our membership who will ensure your smooth induction into the choir.‘

+ Pontarddulais Male Choir
VISITS (to the Website)122
Also indexedBont Choir
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)269
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We always welcome new members. So don't be shy come along and have some fun and be part of something special. Feel proud to give a bit back to the less fortunate in your community.’ ALERT At Review, Website inaccessible; replaced Link with a Facebook Page.

+ Pontypool Male Choir
VISITS (to the Website)155
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)406

Founded 1930: ‘The choir was originally one which only performed oratorios but over the years the choir’s repertoire has been increased considerably to include other major classical works as well as much lighter pieces and also music from the major musicals ... In addition to our own concerts, we occasionally take part in massed choir concerts ... New members are very welcome and there are no auditiions’.

Category Choral Societies
+ Pontypridd Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)26
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)41
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A Family choir who take their singing seriously, tour abroad extensively, and share many moments of hilarity. The Cymric as it is affectionately known is one of the oldest choirs in Wales having been established in 1911 by Mr John Bowen Davies ... Our repertoire consists of Folk songs, Ballads, sturdy male choruses from the world of Opera along with songs from popular stage musicals, Welsh Hymns along with contemporary songs.‘

+ Port Talbot Cymric Male Choir
VISITS (to the Website)151
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)404
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in May 2013, we play a wide variety of music and perform regularly. In addition to orchestral performances, we have connections with other local groups which often provide further opportunities for members of the orchestra. We require that you are at least of Grade 4 standard before joining us and that you own your own instrument. A short term instrument loan may be available in some cases. We welcome people from all walks of life in the orchestra, including students, adult returners and professional musicians.’

+ Porthcawl Community Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)204
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)226

Founded 1980: ‘The choir takes great pride in bringing uniquely talented artistes to Porthcawl whilst also upholding the Welsh Tradition of choral singing. We hope that with the support of our valued audiences, patrons and other supporters, we can continue to present these celebrity concerts ... Our repertoire is varied, covering music from shows, opera, traditional male voice numbers, Welsh hymns and modern musical pieces and we adapt our programme to suit the occasion. Singing is good for the soul, as well as lungs and heart, and is an excellent form of stress relief’.

+ Porthcawl Male Choir
VISITS (to the Website)63
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)194

‘A 24 strong choir based in Newport, South Wales, in the UK. The main objectives of the Choir were made clear from its inception: to make high-quality music from an eclectic and innovative repertoire; a determination that continues to be shared today by all of the Choir's members. The twenty-four members of the Choir range from young singers to semi-professional and professional singers with vast choral and soloist experience. The name is taken from Caerleon's Priory, where the Choir held their first rehearsals back in 1999. Since that time the Choir has earned a reputation as one of the most polished and versatile choirs in the principality.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Priory Singers [Caerleon]
VISITS (to the Website)59
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)171
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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

+ Rhayader & District Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)199
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)541

'We perform between 4 and 6 concerts annually in venues across Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. We have a wide-ranging repertoire, from classical through to 21st century, from the well-known and popular classics to the seldom-played and even first performances of new pieces. We like to perform with local young soloists, including winners of our Young Musician of the Valleys competition.'

+ Rhondda Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)161
Also indexedYoung Musician of the Valleys
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)378

‘Formed in 1957 specifically to compete at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod. Since then we have performed throughout the UK and have travelled extensively in Europe, the USA & Canada. We have also visited China, Hong Kong & Israel. We've taken part in many competitions & won a significant number of prizes as well as making several cassettes and CD's. We are a registered Charity and have helped raise many thousands on pounds for many diverse deserving causes. One of our recordings, “Calm is the Sea”, helped to raise over £10,000 for the Royal National Lieboat Institution. It is one of the Choir's proudest boasts that a number of its members have gone on to take up singing as a career.‘

+ Rhos Orpheus Male Choir
VISITS (to the Website)109
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)295
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a progressive, friendly, contesting brass band comprising of a mixture of both adult and young players. The Band undertakes engagements and provides musical services at village fêtes and galas, annual country shows, churches and any special occasion where its services are required. The Rhyl Silver 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 welcome players of any standard, and endeavour to encourage the development of new players by providing instruments and musical tuition.‘

+ Rhyl Silver Band
VISITS (to the Website)47
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)176

‘We sing a variety of music: classical, popular and folk in Welsh and English ... The Chorus welcomes all comers who are keen to sing and open to a variety of music. There is no audition required ... Our regular concerts, performed in December and June, have included guest appearances by local musicians trained by Cardiff University and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama ... Our membership is currently 60 – this is great but we could always do with more members. We do sing in voice sections, and always encourage members to try different sections to see what suits them best.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Roath Community Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)48
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)158
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘One of the oldest known brass bands in Great Britain having been formed in 1822. It is one of only four brass bands to proudly have and indeed be allowed to use the "Royal" title the others being Royal Oakeley from Blaenau Ffestiniog, Nantlle Vale Royal and Royal Doulton from the Potteries. All three Welsh bands have had the "Royal” title bestowed on them by Royalty whereas Royal Doulton is the factory's name which the band took when it formed ... Performing all styles of music from traditional brass band repertoire to arrangements of modern pop songs and further, the band is kept busy throughout the year with various engagements whilst competing in the Second Section.‘

+ Royal Buckley Town Band
VISITS (to the Website)84
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)722

'Way back in the autumn of 1974 a group of people met up in a pub in Ruthin to formally set up The Ruthin & District Amateur Operatic Society, whose brief was to perform the works of Gilbert and Sullivan ... In 2009 it was decided to change the name of the society to “Ruthin Musical Theatre” – the word “Operatic” in the original name was thought to be possibly a bit restrictive and off-putting. But the aim of the group remained exactly the same – to present their productions of a broad range of musical shows to the people of the Vale of Clwyd.'

+ Ruthin Musical Theatre
VISITS (to the Website)107
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‘South Wales’ Biggest Community Samba Band ... Samba Galêz has around 90 members, and plays 30 to 40 gigs a year. We also enjoy impromptu busking in Cardiff city centre. It’s a social band, with various sub-groups who go cycling, hiking, play music, or just hang out ... You don’t need any previous musical experience, and in fact only a few of us play other instruments. We don’t expect you to be able to walk in off the street and start banging a drum. There is a lot to learn including basic rhythms and how they fit together and how to interpret our leader’s signals but you will be given support and help as you pick up the beats.’

 

+ Samba Galêz
VISITS (to the Website)154
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'Formed in 1921 but unlike several other neighbouring bands, there wasn't a great tradition of competing at a national level. The band's main function was to entertain the many tourists visiting the town’s famous castle, gaol and pier as well as playing at the town’s many civic functions . The civic tradition continues to this day as the Band lead Beaumaris’ annual Mayoral Sunday and Remembrance Sunday parades as well as numerous carnivals fetes and, of course, Christmas Carol services.'

+ Seindorf Beaumaris Band
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Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The orchestra provides early employment opportunities to young musicians, including talented recent graduates as well as the most promising musicians still in full-time study. Sinfonia Cymru alumni have moved on to successful careers in many of the top professional symphony, chamber, opera and ballet orchestras in the UK and worldwide.'

 

+ Sinfonia Cymru
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Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1990 by the celebrated conductor, Jean Stanley Jones MBE, Cantorion Sirenian Singers are a choir of some 50 voices based in North East Wales. Achieving international recognition on the competitive and concert platforms, they are recognised for their unique sound, excellent technique and breadth of repertoire, achieving particular recognition for their promotion of Contemporary Welsh music.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Sirenian Singers
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'Choir for lesbian, bi and trans women and non-binary people in Wales ... We were set up in 2012 ... but we always welcome new members! ... We pride ourselves on our inclusivity and we aim to be a supportive and friendly group where members can have fun and make a beautiful sound!'

Category LGBT Choirs
+ Songbirds Choir
VISITS (to the Website)142
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)238

'Formed in September 2005 to promote clarinet ensemble playing in Cardiff and South Wales.The ensemble has musicians covering the full range of instruments and includes professional clarinettists, music teachers and accomplished players ... SWCC’s repertoire is varied, ranging from Baroque to the present day, and includes arrangements of popular pieces together with original compositions.'

 

+ South Wales Clarinet Choir
VISITS (to the Website)106
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)351

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