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Nearby: Birmingham

2018 Competition 'You may enter in one or more of the instrument classes as long as the following three criteria are satisfied. Qualification: you should have achieved Grade 8 standard; Age: you should be 18 or under on 1 January 2018; Residency: you must be a resident of the United Kingdom (including the Channel Isles and Isle of Man) at the time of entry and for the duration of the competition – until May 2018.' Biennial.

* BBC Young Musician
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‘This unique event combines fantastic professional concerts, demonstrations and participatory events.’ Held Mid February [2018].

* Birmingham International Recorder and Early Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)163
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‘A new chapter for independent jazz in Birmingham & the Midlands. Good gigs and a club atmosphere. New members welcome ... We run most of our gigs at 1000 Trades in the Jewellery Quarter with occasional visits to other venues including The Blue Orange Theatre, Coffee Tales, Saint Kitchen and UCB McIntyre Building.‘

Category Jazz Clubs
* Birmingham Jazz
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‘Working with young people, schools and a number of strategic partners, we aim to enable, enhance and enrich the music education available to students in and around Birmingham ... We do not “select.” We make music available to all children and young people, regardless of their situation or background ... We want everyone to have an opportunity to learn music, so we provide free instrument loans to those who need it ... Services for Education is a unique charity that uses the power of learning and of music to create and build confidence amongst children, young people, adults and communities.‘

* Birmingham Music Service
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Also indexedServices for Education
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)169

Founded 1924: ‘Exists to promote the art of music, with particular reference to liturgical and organ music, in the Birmingham area.’

* Birmingham Organists’ Association
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‘Founded in 2013 by four, young Birmingham based third generation traditional musicians with the aim to reinvigorate the scene and host Trad bands in Birmingham again. The festival has since developed since its inauguration and now engages and connects with many people right across the UK, Ireland also many parts of Europe each year. The festival is held in the Irish Quarter of the city (Digbeth) each year and exhibits a colourful celebration of Irish culture, accumulating together a combination of gigs, concerts, sessions, workshops and a competition for musicians aged 25 and under. The festival is to appeal to a variety of different audiences from the city's Irish community youth, right through to the older generations, whilst embracing a diverse range of different cultural backgrounds.’ Held Late November.

Category Folk Festivals
* Birmingham TradFest
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Also indexedThe Trip to Birmingham TradFest
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)97

‘For those who are interested in folk music in Birmingham with a traditional bias, then The Black Diamond Folk Club is the place for you ... The Club was originally formed as a singers’ club called “The Macdonalds Folk Song Club” in June 1964 ... It was in these early days that the tradition of strong audience participation in chorus singing developed, which has stayed with us right up to the present time. This was mainly due to a high proportion of sea songs being sung at the time. The song base today has broadened, but the chorus singing is as strong as ever.’

 

Category Folk Clubs
* Black Diamond Folk Club
VISITS (to the Website)113
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'Music education since 1886. In 2017 we’ll be moving into the first purpose–built Conservatoire in a generation; the first of the digital age.’

* Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
VISITS (to the Website)169
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)340

Services for Education Music Service is the lead organisation for the Birmingham Music Education Partnership which deploys the central government funding to extend and coordinate music education provision for all reporting to Arts Council England ... Services for Education is a unique charity that uses the power of learning and of music to create and build confidence amongst children, young people, adults and communities. We bring music and learning to life.’

Category Birmingham
* Services for Education Music Service [Birmingham]
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Also indexedBirmingham Music Education Partnership
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)45

‘Birmingham's leading large chamber choir ... giving inspiring live performances with a distinctive mix of choral music from JS Bach and the Baroque period to 21st century British music.’

Category Birmingham
+ Birmingham Bach Choir
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‘Founded in 1966. Many of the singers are Welsh, and the choir has a strong allegiance with Wales, and with the tradition of Welsh male voice choirs ... Birmingham Canoldir are always keen to welcome new voices and we would love you to come and join us ... Throughout the year we give many concerts to raise funds for charities and good causes. We even have some weekends away, those are always good fun ...’

+ Birmingham Canoldir Male Voice Choir
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VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)212
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'As a world-leading contemporary ensemble, BCMG has premiered over 160 works, most commissioned through its pioneering Sound Investment scheme, with a family of Investors supporting each new piece. In addition, BCMG’s extensive Learning and Participation Programme supports young people as composers, performers and listeners of new music through an exciting range of projects in- and out-of-school.'

+ Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
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‘Originally started as the chorus for the Birmingham Triennial Music Festivals which ran from 1784 to 1912. Birmingham Festival Choral Society gives at least three main concerts per season with music ranging from the Baroque period to the 21st Century. We also give a Christmas Charity Concert. We have sung many premières over the years, from Mendelssohn's Elijah, conducted by the composer himself in 1846, to Bob Chilcott's “Circle Song” (2012) and Patrick Larley's “Birmingham Spirituals” (2014) ... We perform to a high standard while welcoming singers with different levels of experience ... Why not come along? Come for a couple of rehearsals to try us. If you decide that you would like to join, a friendly Voice Test will then be arranged. Subs are only payable after this, once you have officially joined.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Birmingham Festival Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)53
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)137
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'Adult flute players, with an approximate standard of Grade 7 or above, will be welcome to apply ... We invite all potential applicants to come along for a taster session to see if they would like to join us ... We meet together to play and rehearse a wide variety of music arranged for flutes (including piccolo, standard C flute, alto and bass) and from time to time we perform at concerts and other gigs.'

Category Flute Ensembles
+ Birmingham Flute Choir
VISITS (to the Website)157
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)200

‘We are a forward looking, lively bunch of “ordinary blokes”, who wish to share our joy of singing with all – something we have been doing for over 100 years ... The choir aims to perform about 12 concerts per year, the main one being our annual autumn concert to which we invite professional guest artists to appear with us at a prestigious venue.

+ Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)110
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)156
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'Birmingham Royal Ballet shares the ambition of the city of Birmingham to be recognised internationally as a successful, innovative and culturally diverse city by becoming a focus for excellence in dance development and performance.'

Category Ballet Companies
+ Birmingham Royal Ballet
VISITS (to the Website)120
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’From playing in concert halls to playing in parks, from raising money for charity to regular trips to the pub - City of Birmingham are in every sense a traditional British brass band ... The Band has a broad repertoire to suit its wide variety of audiences. This ranges from traditional and modern brass band music, through classical works arranged for brass, to film/television theme tunes and arrangements of popular melodies ... We've worked with singers, dancers, actors, African drummers, film makers and composers to ensure that the concerts are unique. As a result they're attracting a growing audience, and we're building a reputation as a band that can put on quite a show! As well as our concert schedule, the band usually enters a couple of competitions a year.’

+ City of Birmingham Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)61
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)115

‘Since 1921, the City of Birmingham Choir has entertained audiences with a wide and adventurous repertoire. Singing from the start in the historic Town Hall and, since its opening, in the magnificent Symphony Hall, we have also enjoyed a warm musical partnership with the city’s international orchestra, the CBSO.’

Category Choral Societies
+ City of Birmingham Choir
VISITS (to the Website)65
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)103
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'Based in Symphony Hall, it gives over 130 concerts each year in Birmingham, the UK and around the world, playing music that ranges from classics to contemporary, film music and even symphonic disco. With a far-reaching community programme and a family of choruses and ensembles, it’s involved in every aspect of music-making in the Midlands. But at its centre is a team of 90 superb professional musicians ... making the world’s greatest music, right here in the heart of Birmingham.'

+ City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)89
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)292
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‘A leading UK choir and Early Music ensemble with a repertoire that reaches from the 12th to the 21st centuries. We are known for our passion for seeking out the best, the unfamiliar and the unexpected in the choral repertoire and for giving dynamic performances underpinned by detailed research.‘

+ Ex Cathedra
VISITS (to the Website)202
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)198
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‘Midland Opera is a full-chorus opera company with high creative standards. Run as a membership, our productions are sung in English and range from popular classics to rare operas. Members enjoy a week's production of a fully-costumed, orchestrated opera within a well-appointed theatre environment ... Spring and Christmas concerts help fund the opera, they keep members' vocal cords oiled, and are an opportunity for aspiring soloists to be heard. The company's chorus and principal singers achieve high standards and critical acclaim through teamwork and dedication to the whole project, driven by excellent and creative leaders. And Midland Opera appears on many an operatic résumé.’

Category Birmingham
+ Midland Opera
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VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)300

‘A Midlands based choir which was established in 1995 with the intention of providing an opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans people and their friends to meet together in a safe space and celebrate their diversity in song. The choir welcomes members from all sections of the community and sees diversity as a strength. Members are encouraged regardless of their previous musical and singing experience.’

Category LGBT Choirs
+ Rainbow Voices
VISITS (to the Website)57
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)127

‘One of the leading chamber orchestras in the West Midlands and, having been based at the CBSO Centre, performs around the region, as well as accompanying local choral societies ... Its close relationship with CBSO players, who regularly perform concertos, has given a strong base from which the Sinfonia of Birmingham has developed a style of its own ... Many players are music graduates wishing to gain experience before continuing their musical careers.  Others have chosen to follow different careers and keep music as a leisure activity. Players are selected from all age groups for their good standard of musicianship with good social compatibility and enjoyment - hence giving lively and exciting performances.‘

+ Sinfonia of Birmingham
VISITS (to the Website)57
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)129
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'One of the UK’s leading community orchestras, encompassing committed & talented amateur musicians, supported by professional musicians. We exist to inspire people to perform music, offering weekly rehearsals and a packed events calendar at a variety of venues across the Midlands. We ask that musicians play to a Grade 7 standard as a minimum. You don’t need certificates, but you must have good sight reading skills. With a varied repertoire of Film, TV, Games & Show music, light classical & popular pieces the public recognise our concerts are well attended and attract families, new and seasoned concert goers alike ...'

+ The People's Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)219
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)358

Formed in 2009, Vivat! Choir brings together singers from all backgrounds to share their passion for singing good music. We recently decided to become a touring choir, with the intention of bringing a mixture of well-known and unknown pieces of music to audiences near and far. We are made up of singers from various musical backgrounds, and our “Basics of Music” training programme supports less-experienced singers in accessing some fine choral music’.

Category Birmingham
+ Vivat! Choir
VISITS (to the Website)90
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)163

‘The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is one of the best live music venues in Birmingham. Listen to superb live music in beautiful surroundings, nestled in 15 acres of landscaped gardens in the centre of Birmingham. Across the summer the Gardens will play host to some of the best live gigs in Birmingham ... Bands play on a Bandstand situated on the main lawn at the Gardens,’

Category Birmingham
@ Birmingham Botanical Gardens
VISITS (to the Website)19
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)33
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‘Music is at the very heart of the Cathedral and is a centre of excellence for both sacred and secular music. The acoustic of the building is superb and we hope you will agree that it is a very fine performance space indeed in which to enjoy your lunch! The Lunchtime Recitals are just a part of the rich variety of performances which take place at the cathedral through the year.’

Category Cathedrals
@ Birmingham Cathedral
VISITS (to the Website)136
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)185

‘Widely considered one of the finest Concert Halls in the world, Symphony Hall sits in the bustling heart of Birmingham City centre and as well as being home to the CBSO also hosts the best in jazz, world music, folk, rock, pop and stand-up comedy ... 

@ Birmingham Symphony Hall
VISITS (to the Website)258
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)236
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'For more than 180 years, Town Hall has been a hub of civic and cultural life in Birmingham. From classical to comedy to rock to pop, it’s now one of the city’s most versatile venues ... Famous classical premieres include Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles, The Kingdom and The Music Makers ... The organ’s reputation as one of England’s finest historical instruments has been confirmed by the excellence and reputation of the Birmingham City Organists who have continued to demonstrate the instrument’s versatility.'

@ Birmingham Town Hall
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'Built in 1998 to complement the performance facilities at Symphony Hall, CBSO Centre is the home of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, its sister organisation Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, and Ex Cathedra ... The Centre provides a range of performance, rehearsal and meeting facilities, including The Justham Auditorium, a magnificent 300-seat fully flexible space. When not in use by the CBSO the Auditorium is available for public concerts, conferences, educational workshops, meetings, exhibitions, dinner dances, weddings and much more.'

@ CBSO Centre
VISITS (to the Website)202
Also indexedCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)214
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‘St Chad’s was the first Catholic cathedral erected in England since the Reformation. It became the Cathedral formally in 1850 when Pope Pius IX restored the Catholic hierarchy of England and Wales ... St Chad’s Cathedral Choir dates from 1841, when the Cathedral was opened ... In 2000, a re-organisation resulted in the establishment of a professional adult choir to sing at the principal services in the cathedral ... Since its installation, the organ has won plaudits from organists all over the world and is considered to be one of the finest in the country ... The Cathedral is regularly used for concerts and recitals - including a series of monthly lunchtime organ recitals, Thursday Live.‘

@ St Chad's Cathedral Birmingham
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Also indexedThursday Live
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)159
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