Nearby: Cheltenham

'Welcome to the passion to be found in Cheltenham Arts Council's Member Societies – an extraordinary colourful world beyond the office and the home – a kind of life enhancing parallel universe for like minded souls. These Societies are repositories of all that is good about "community": they reveal depth of commitment, sincerity of interest and downright expertise that exists just beneath the surface of Cheltenham’s stoical facades. So, which Society will you join?'

* Cheltenham Arts Council
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'The Festival was first held in 1926, the year of the General Strike, which hardly augured well for its future! The hope was then expressed “that in time it would become one of the greatest musical events in this part of England” – could they have imagined that the two day event would achieve its present pre-eminence and still be growing eighty years later?' Held Early May.

* Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts
VISITS (to the Website)224
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)371

‘A registered charity bringing the best of Jazz to Cheltenham since 1984. Staging regular monthly gigs at the Everyman Studio Theatre and The Victory Club. All the money we make goes back into the music.’

Category Jazz Clubs
* Cheltenham Jazz
VISITS (to the Website)105
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)162
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Cheltenham has become one of the country’s best-loved jazz festivals. Our trade-mark mix of international jazz icons, up-and-coming new artists and unique festival performances has seen us host some of the world’s greatest musicians ... Our festival site in Montpellier Gardens at the heart of Cheltenham is the perfect place to soak up an outstanding festival atmosphere. Featuring a feast of free outdoor music, a selection of food and drink stalls, and fun family activities – it’s the only place to be over the Bank Holiday weekend.' Held Early May.

Category Jazz Festivals
* Cheltenham Jazz Festival
VISITS (to the Website)167
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)307

‘Established in 1945, Cheltenham Music Festival is one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world. We make the most of our Cotswold setting with a programme of show-stopping concerts in Cheltenham Town Hall, intimate musical adventures in the Pittville Pump Room, and a feast for the senses in cathedrals, abbeys and churches across the region. With over 60 events and 650 performers joining us every year, we celebrate the very best contemporary composition alongside a feast of popular classics ... From hands-on family concerts, to world premieres by the world’s finest performers – Cheltenham Music Festival promises twelve days of sublime and surprising musical adventures for all ages.‘ Held Early July.

* Cheltenham Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)154
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)219
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Promotes a winter season of: * varied chamber music with an emphasis on string quartets; *  a few contemporary concerts for those who want something a little different.'

* Cheltenham Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)154
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)242
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A friendly ukulele group ... catering for all levels of playing ability & musical style. Wooden ukes and banjo ukes (banjoleles) are both welcome at our meetings. Advice and tuition are available. Simply turn up with your ukulele, join in with the songs or just watch. We look forward to seeing you soon.’

Category Ukulele Clubs
* Cheltenham Ukulele Group
VISITS (to the Website)58
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)59

‘Formed on March 1st 1990 and is comprised of serving and retired members of the regular Force, Specials, civilian staff and members of their families, together with a handful of musicians best described as "known to the police" ... The Band is non-competing and is always open to new players and visitors - you don't have to be a police officer to join us! ... The Band is firmly established on the county's charity concert circuit - we are proud to have performed for many charities and support organisations, proceeds from concerts are reckoned to be well in excess of £100,000.‘

+ Band of the Gloucestershire Constabulary
VISITS (to the Website)19
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)31
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a mixed voice choir and welcome new voices and in particular younger members. If you would like to come along to a rehearsal to meet us or want any more information please contact us so that we are ready to welcome you ... We sing a mixture of light popular music.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Blue Moon Harmony Choir
VISITS (to the Website)68
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)203

Founded 1957: ‘Over the years the Society has progressed from being a village choir to take its place as one of the three main choral societies of Cheltenham. The membership now stands at about 100 and the singers come from all over Cheltenham and the surrounding area. However we still remain proud of our roots in the village of Charlton Kings ... We sing popular choral classics, less frequently-heard works and contemporary commissions. Weekly rehearsals are enjoyable and rewarding ... Cheltenham’s professional orchestra, the Regency Sinfonia, usually accompanies our twice-yearly concerts’.

Category Choral Societies
+ Charlton Kings Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)82
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)131

‘Founded in 1946, the Cheltenham Bach Choir is one of the foremost choral societies in the South West of England. CBC's repertoire spans six centuries from the early Baroque to the 21st century. With over 100 singing members, the choir performs regularly in the major concert venues in Cheltenham and further afield in the beautiful parish church in Cirencester. The choir perform regularly with professional orchestra and soloists, and frequently engage young artists at the beginning of their professional careers.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Cheltenham Bach Choir
VISITS (to the Website)45
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)87
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded in 1966 ‘to harness the talents of professional musicians in the area ...  The Orchestra has retained its tradition of performing music from the 17th Century to the present day and, through its regular concerts in Pittville Pump Room and St Andrew's Church, Montpellier, has built up an appreciative audience ... As well as working with established artists, the Orchestra has a policy of providing a platform for talented young musicians. The CCO offers an extensive repertoire together with a high standard of performance, and with creative programming and subsidised tickets for young people it aims to appeal to listeners of all ages’.

+ Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)30
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)66
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A friendly, amateur choir with a long-standing reputation for providing a top quality experience for both audiences and singers. We are a mixed ability choir.  We aim to help individual members learn and develop to be the best they can be; producing a high standard of choral singing.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Cheltenham Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)72
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)162

‘The Cheltenham Philharmonic Society was founded in 1895 “…for the purpose of bringing to the notice of the Cheltenham musical public, works which had not been performed in the town, or were but little known.” Cheltenham Philharmonic Orchestra concert programmes aim to stay true to this aim in combination with popular repertoire well known to our loyal audience ... New members, who can play to a good standard, are always welcome, subject to vacancies. There is no formal audition, but there is an informal assessment period of four weeks for you and us to decide whether we are suited.‘

+ Cheltenham Philharmonic Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)73
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)171

‘We are an ensemble of committed and experienced amateur, student and professional musicians ... We play a huge variety of classical pieces throughout the year in various venues in and around Gloucestershire ... The Orchestra gives about six concerts each year ... The Orchestra regularly performs with young musicians. We perform concertos with the Gloucestershire Young Musician of the Year ... From time to time the orchestra has vacancies and needs extras and deputies.’

+ Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)91
Also indexedGloucestershire Young Musician of the Year
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)135

'Singing group for ladies based in Bishop's Cleeve, Gloucestershire which launched in January 2013 ... The singing style is four-part unaccompanied harmony and ladies of all levels of musical ability are welcome, from those with no experience to those who are already accomplished singers.'

+ Cleeve Harmony
VISITS (to the Website)173
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)370

‘A friendly and committed choir of women's voices ... always ready to welcome new members ... Starting as a small local WI choir in the village of Gotherington, with only 15-20 singers, some of whom had little musical knowledge, they now have about 35 singers from a wide area in and around Cheltenham ... The choir aim to give at least two concerts a year supporting local charities, one at Christmas and another in the Spring, but they are usually asked to do several more during the course of the year, which keeps them pretty busy. They often invite guest singers or instrumentalists to join them, and frequently include readings and fun items as well as the music.‘

Category Cheltenham
+ Gotherington Singers
VISITS (to the Website)25
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)48
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘One of Gloucestershire's leading chamber choirs. Jubilate performs a diverse range of music, sacred and secular, delighting audiences throughout the UK and in Europe. Our concerts can range from intimate recitals of unaccompanied singing to larger-scale works with guest soloists and chamber orchestra. Our Christmas extravaganza, The Joy of Christmas, is an annual crowd-pleaser with guest choirs, orchestra, readings and carols galore, and the occasional bag piper!’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Jubilate Chamber Choir [Cheltenham]
VISITS (to the Website)81
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)204

‘An accomplished, friendly, and welcoming chamber choir, based in Cheltenham, and founded in 1964 ... The choir performs frequently with its associated chamber orchestra: the Musica Vera Camerata as well as occasionally with other ensembles. The choir is known for its innovative programming, for which it has received an award from Cheltenham Arts Council, and for its enjoyable performances ... It often makes use of performance venues' spatial characteristics - with singers sometimes placed in different positions around the hall in those concerts where the music will be enhanced by this process.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Musica Vera
VISITS (to the Website)17
Also indexedMusica Vera Camerata
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)28
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘One of the leading chamber choirs in Gloucestershire, and former BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year ... A Cheltenham-based chamber choir with around twenty-eight members. We perform largely a capella choral music, to exacting standards, covering many different styles: early and modern, sacred and secular, serious and light-hearted.’

+ Oriel Singers Cheltenham
VISITS (to the Website)153
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)228
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An orchestra based in Gloucestershire, whose instruments are all members of the Recorder family ... There is also a Chamber Orchestra of 10-14 players which meets in the morning before main orchestra rehearsals, and gives separate performances, although all members also perform with the full orchestra. Membership of both is by invitation. Both groups play a wide range of repertoire on the full range of recorders from the tiny garklein to the contrabass, which blend to give a beautiful rich sound.‘

+ Phoenix Recorder Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)28
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)65

Cheltenham Town Hall  ‘Rich in heritage, opulence and vibrancy, our much-loved jewel of Cheltenham sets a stunning backdrop for an impressive year round events programme, as well as private functions and corporate hospitality.’

@ Cheltenham Town Hall
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VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)305
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Surrounded by stunning parkland, a unique and refined Grade I listed venue. A choice of four rooms to accommodate any event. Less than 2 miles from Cheltenham town centre, this magnificent example of Regency architecture offers much of the same versatility as Cheltenham Town Hall, whilst overlooking the lawns and lakes of Pittville Park. The striking Main Hall with its ornate domed ceiling and crystal chandeliers, perfect for concerts, exhibitions, parties and dinners.’

@ Pittville Pump Room
VISITS (to the Website)31
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)54

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