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'ArtsFirst is the lead organisation for the Islington Music Education Hub. Working alongside our many partners we aspire to deliver the best possible music education opportunities to children and young people and to work with community and professional musicians to make Islington a music rich borough.

 

Also indexedIslington Music Education Hub

‘Created to provide a centre where talented musicians who are devoted to chamber music, and no longer in further education, can receive coaching, inspiration and encouragement from some of the world’s best chamber players and teachers. Located in central London and running masterclasses throughout the academic year, ChamberStudio provides accessible, affordable and regular support for young professional chamber musicians ... Masterclasses are open to observers, giving chamber music lovers and aficionados the opportunity to see the detailed work that goes on in preparation for performance of the great chamber repertoire.’

 

'The Susanne Beer Cello Corner Foundation awards cash prizes to the talented young performers who open the Concert Corner, formerly 60min Concerts. Each Concert starts with a short performance of up to five minutes in length by a young musician. Any instrumentalist, ensemble or vocalist aged 18 under, or above, can apply.'

 

Category Islington
Also indexedThe Cello Corner

’Here at the Department we nurture musical creativity in a variety of forms, enhanced through outstanding facilities for performance, sound recording and composition. Our music making culture is underpinned by two ensembles in residence, a constant flow of visiting ensembles and composers who offer masterclasses and workshops to students, plus an exceptionally wide range of classical and world music student ensembles.‘

 

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‘Recognised as a serious contributor in the support and development of exceptional opera artists. We empower artists to develop their talent at significant moments in their careers ... Central to our vision is a comprehensive programme of artist support, conceived to give artists financial and professional mentoring support, access to practical advice from a network of professionals and stage experience.’

 

'The superb new concert hall at Kings Place – the first in London for 25 years – has opened an exciting new chapter for the London Chamber Music Society, which can trace its origins to Victorian music making in London in the 1870s, and the regular Sunday Concerts that developed at South Place and then the Conway Hall from 1929. The inheritance of the Sunday Concerts is special, and our Concert Series aims to continue that rich legacy – which has long been part of the musical life-blood of the capital – by bringing the very best classical chamber music to London audiences at affordable prices.'

 

'Launched in October 2018, Music Education Islington [MEI] is a partnership of the leading providers of music education in the borough, led by Islington Council with Guildhall School of Music and Drama as the lead delivery partner ... MEI seeks to ensure all children develop their music skills regardless of their background or attainment and is part of Islington Council's commitment to a fairer Islington where young people learn and thrive.'

 

SPARC contributes to the interdisciplinary field of 21st Century sound practice in all its magnificent plurality. SPARC members work at the boundaries between improvisation, performance, sound art and composition. SPARC promotes dialogue, debate and creative activity in sound and composition practices through the production of new creative work, publications, multi.modal recordings, public fora and new collaborative relationships.’

 

Also indexedSound Practice & Research @ City, University of London

'A London amateur orchestra with a professional leader, principal violist and principal cellist who meet once a week to rehearse ... Our repertoire includes a broad range of classical works from Bach and Beethoven, later Romantic and more modern pieces – sometimes written or arranged for us by our own conductor and players. We are always on the lookout for new players who would like to join, in particular brass and string players.'

 

‘Created with the aim of bringing together like-minded musicians who worked together in the past, in different orchestras and ensembles, and dreamt of playing together again and sharing their passion for music with each other and their audiences. The vision is to develop a platform where european-based musicians have the freedom and inspiration to explore music, try out their ideas and ultimately continue their never-ending development as musicians ... With an enormous focus on chamber music, Artisti con Brio can be heard not only as a string ensemble but also in different chamber music set-ups, including duos (violin and piano, or 2 violins), string trios, quartets and, recently, quintet.‘

 

Category Islington

'Above all, Aurora is about bringing the richest musical experiences to the broadest possible audience. We’re constantly searching for new ways to heighten engagement with music and help audiences get under the skin of great works: whether by performing whole symphonies from memory, collaborating with dancers or circus performers, commissioning film, combining chamber music with story-telling for children, or simply presenting viscerally powerful chamber orchestra performances in intimate settings. The common thread which links all of this work is simple: great music, brilliantly performed.'

 

‘A group of woodwind and brass players, based in and around London, performing a range of symphonic music as well as some lighter numbers for wind band ... CLSW is run by a committee made up of members of the group.’ Typically three concerts per annum.

'Eclectic Voices (EV) is an ambitious and versatile choir that sings in an unusually wide range of styles: classical, contemporary, ethnic, folk and world music, gospel and jazz. It has performed in a variety of settings, including many world premières. In addition to producing its own annual five-concert London series, the choir has been featured in the London Jazz Festival and the London A Cappella Festival. Eclectic Voices works with outstanding professional and amateur instrumental groups..'

 

Category Chamber Choirs

Founded 1973: ‘A friendly non-auditioned community choir ... who enjoy the challenge of exploring our rich choral heritage in a fun, relaxed and supportive environment ... We usually perform concerts three times a year at a range of venues including St John’s, Smith Square and Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square. In some years we may also perform a Christmas carol concert ... We are normally able to accept new members singing any voice, of any age and from any background, including people who are thinking about taking up singing again after not singing for a while. There’s no audition to go through, and you’re welcome to try out a rehearsal or two before committing yourself’.

 

Category Choral Societies

‘Formed in 1954, consisting mainly of refugee doctors and dentists from central Europe, conducted by Dr Hans Ucko and led by Dr J Bachner. It combined with the Three Hospitals Orchestra in 1964. Although many of the present members of the Orchestra are not members of the medical or ancillary professions, the Orchestra continues to have as its main purpose the supporting of medical charities through fund-raising concerts ... If you are involved with a charity and would be interested in partnering with LMO to raise funds, please contact us with your ideas.‘ Three concerts per year.

‘If you love playing in an orchestra but get a little bored in repetitive rehearsals then the LRO might be what you are looking for… At LRO we rehearse a different work each week,  normally finishing with a complete run-through.  We aim for excellent progress during that session. Occasionally we perform a selection of works from the repertoire – usually in charity concerts.

 

‘Not all orchestras are the same ... Ok, it’s a not very snappy name, so we tend to call ourselves the OAE. The OAE is probably one of the top “period instruments” Orchestras in the world. What does this mean? Well, over the years instruments and techniques have changed. We try to be authentic, by using instruments and playing styles similar to those the composer would have been familiar with. You get to hear what Vivaldi actually wrote, not a modern version of it. You might be wondering what difference this makes to the actual sound. Well, it tends to be a more edgy sound than polished modern orchestras. It’s a gutsy and definitely a less “polite” sound. Plus the OAE is well known for its sheer enthusiasm for music, which comes across at every performance ...’

 

‘Known for its versatile programming of classical, light classical and popular music, the RPCO is regularly seen working with renowned artists in the worlds of classical music, pop music and West End musicals and appears at many of the UK’s most celebrated summer music festivals.’

 

Category Light Orchestras

Vox Holloway (Latin — “the voice of Holloway”) is a community choral society founded in 2009 by Justin Butcher. Vox Holloway is a choir open to all: there are no auditions and members are not required to have previous experience of choral singing, belong to any particular faith or live in any particular postcode ... Vox Holloway usually performs three times per year, singing an eclectic range of classical, ecclesiastical, folk, pop, and world music.’

 

Category Community Choirs

'Our values guide every aspect of our operations, articulating what we need to accomplish in order to achieve sustainability and excellence: Place/Platform We pride ourselves on having world-class facilities, which are able to deliver a superior standard of both cultural and corporate events ... ; Lifelong Learning We are committed to lifelong learning and participation both internally and externally ...;  Artistic We see ourselves as being ambassadors of music, presenting a diverse range of work ... ;  Collaboration Our unique programme is created through our ethos of collaboration .... ;  Excellence We strive to deliver excellence in all that we do. We are proud of our independent funding status and our flexibility in how we operate, in adhering to our goal of excellence.'

 

‘A world-leading creative organisation dedicated to dance in all its forms. With over three centuries of theatrical heritage and a year-round programme of performances and learning activities, it is the place where artists come together to create dance, and where we welcome everyone to experience dance – to take part, learn, experiment and be inspired.’

'St John’s church has had a long and glorious musical tradition beginning in 1850, in the days of the Rector Canon Oakley (translator of the famous hymn ‘O come, all ye faithful’), when monthly choral and orchestral concerts were given, featuring famous artists such as Vincent and Clara Novello. In more recent years, the church organ has also featured many times on radio broadcasts and was once heard every Sunday when you turned on the television for BBC’s Songs of Praise programme: the theme music you heard was recorded on the organ at St John’s ... The organ we see and hear today was built by J.W.Walker & Sons in 1963 ... This organ from 1963 turned out to be one of the wisest purchases St John’s church has ever made. It was completely up-to-date for the time, and conceived in a style that had not been seen in this country before, but was found in Northern Europe, principally North Germany and the Netherlands.'

 

Category Churches

'Union Chapel, an architectural treasure that's home to a working church, an award winning venue, a unique organ and The Margins Project for those homeless and in crisis in London.'

 

Category Chapels

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