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‘Musical and other events in the Suffolk churches of Thornham Magna and Thornham Parva ... Our purpose in organising these events is to take advantage of our historic buildings as excellent performance spaces and to contribute much needed funds to the cost of their upkeep ... In addition to the weekend of Summer Music we arrange occasional concerts at other times of the year.‘

* Music at Thornham
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Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘One of Suffolk’s leading amateur choirs, the Burgate Singers are based on the Norfolk Suffolk border not far from Diss. Our repertoire is exciting and wide-ranging and includes choral classics such as Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Magnificat, as well as twentieth century music like Rachmaninov’s Vespers and works by Stravinsky ... There are usually about 30 choir members, and we welcome new singers. We are friendly and fun, but we aim for high standards under musical director, Alain Judd. Moreover, we perform with professional orchestras and soloists. The Burgate Singers generally stage two concerts a year.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Burgate Singers
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‘Based at Eye in Suffolk ... A brass band playing under the name Castleton Brass since 2000. Formerly the Drayton Band from Norfolk which started in 1937. We play for all types of occasions from weddings to flower festivals and in the parks on bandstands and have a wide variety of music from traditional to more up to date.‘

+ Castleton Brass
VISITS (to the Website)71
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Diss Guitar Ensemble (formally known as South Norfolk Classical Guitar Circle) are a group of musicians all of whom share a passion for classical guitar. The group has been meeting regularly since 2005. We enjoy playing a diverse variety of pieces both for ourselves and for others. We are always looking for opportunities to play in public so if you would like us to play for you then please get in touch. We would also love to hear from you if you share our love of playing classical guitar.’

Category Guitar Ensembles
+ Diss Guitar Ensemble
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‘A passionate and accomplished amateur choir of around 50 members, based in Suffolk. Performing 3 concerts a year, from a varied repertoire (not just Bach!).’

Category Choral Societies
+ Eye Bach Choir
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VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)129

Gislingham Silver Band was established in 1885. We are proud to be Suffolk's longest established village brass band. The band perform at various concerts, fêtes, garden parties, and other events during the year. We are one of the few marching bands in Suffolk.’

+ Gislingham Silver Band
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Founded 2000: ‘We’re a friendly community choir and we welcome everyone, and although it’s an advantage to be able to read music, it’s not essential. There are no auditions, music is provided free, and whenever possible we provide practice CDs for each voice part ... Choir practices do involve hard work! But the emphasis is on enjoyment, and effective breathing. Regular attendance is important, as is practising at home in between the weekly practices. We usually perform two concerts a year: a Christmas Concert, and a Summer Concert’.

Category Choral Societies
+ Harleston Choral Society
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Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A vibrant amateur community orchestra based in Pulham Market, Norfolk open to all local players. No audition is required to join, although you do need some sight-reading ability. Occasionally, we may ask players to join a waiting list as some orchestral sections are full. Regrettably, as with many orchestral societies, it is necessary to charge an annual subscription ... The orchestra gives three or four concerts a year, and programmes cover a wide range of classical music. We also run very successful "Come and Play Days" once or twice a year. The Pulham Orchestra also supports a biennial weekend of study and rehearsal with guest conductors and tutors, held by the Waveney Valley Orchestral Workshop.’

+ Pulham Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)125
Also indexedWaveney Valley Orchestral Workshop
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‘The Band is a mixed ability band currently with over 100 members, aged between eight and twenty three. Some have no Associated Board examination successes while others have passed Grade Eight ... There are two basic rules for entry to the Band. Firstly, the Band will never turn away a prospective member. This often leads to having a huge number of players in any section and a shortage in other areas. Secondly, no prospective member is required to audition to join and no minimum standard is required. New and inexperienced players are told to play any note in the bar that they can and to follow their neighbour. Some of the current Section Leaders and Soloists started in this way.’

+ South Norfolk Youth Symphonic Band
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VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)127
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Our very first rehearsal took place on 2nd October 1970 ... Since then we have continued to meet on Wednesday evenings from September to May. We welcome singers of all abilities, experience and age and you don’t even have to have to audition! We perform a wide variety of music to suit all tastes in aid of local charities and church funds.’

 

Category Community Choirs
+ Waveney Choir
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VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)324

‘An impressive Grade II listed building which was originally built as a corn exchange. The Corn Hall is now a thriving arts venue offering a wide range of quality entertainment ... It was as recent as 1998 that the Corn Hall ceased to trade as a corn market, one of the last in the country, but there have always been other activities in the Hall. Victorian times saw bazaars and choral concerts while the Waveney Room was used as registry office, magistrate’s court and later as Council Chamber, and everything from boxing to discos kept the Hall alive in the 20th century.‘

@ The Corn Hall Diss
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