Nearby: Leicester

Mission Statement: ‘To promote the love of pipe organs and all types of organ music throughout Leicester and Leicestershire region and beyond, being fully inclusive of players and non-players alike.’ Organize an annual programme of generally monthly meetings.


'LEMA acts as a co-ordinator of Early Music in the area and runs Leicester Early Music Festival. This is an all-year festival and includes concerts (both free and paid) throughout the year; talks (musical and non-musical); a Newsletter with reviews, articles and concerts diary, workshops, talks, tastings and more.'


Category Leicester
Also indexedLEMA

Founded in 1989: 'LIMF continues to attract international recognition for the high quality of its musical performances, attracting world-class artists to its unrivalled programme of lunchtime concerts and assembling a superb team of artists for our Festival in September.'


‘One of five voluntary jazz organisations, funded by the Arts Council, working cooperatively in the East Midlands under our parent organisation EMJAZZ. Our aim is to promote jazz in Leicester. We organise a programme of high quality gigs which run throughout the year. And, we run a schools based jazz educational programme (for primary schools) plus a series of jazz workshops (for senior schools). We have developed close working relationships with our local venues, have a number of working partnership agreements and we support the local jazz scene. Our aim is to bring jazz music to as wide an audience as possible and make it part Leicester's cultural life.’


Category Jazz Clubs

‘We are a friendly group of people keen to learn more about music from composers, performers and others with expert musical knowledge ... Meetings run from October to June, usually on the second Tuesday of each month. However we sometimes vary the date to avoid clashes with other musical events in Leicester.’


'Offering a variety of masterclasses, workshops and recitals, as well as the competitions which are judged by professional adjudicators.' Held Mid February.


'A collection of local and national partners and schools, working together to deliver the National Plan for Music Education to all young people aged 5-18 in Leicester and Leicestershire ... Our aims are to provide all young people access to excellent classroom teaching, instrumental and vocal tuition, as well as providing clear opportunities for progression, from beginners through to our high quality central ensembles.'


Also indexedLeicester-Shire Music and Cultural Trust

'Encompasses a broad and continually evolving range of artistic creation and theory focused on innovative application of new technologies to music. It emphasises electroacoustic music and sonic art. The MTI programme was established in 1999 and the research centre is now acknowledged globally to be a leader in its field.'


Also indexedDe Montfort University | Institute for Sonic Creativity

Founded in 1986: 'The name Bardi derives from the Italian Count Giovanni Bardi who was associated with new ideas and approaches to the performance of music in the sixteenth century ... Originally conceived as a chamber orchestra ... within just a year the Orchestra had expanded in size to form a full symphony orchestra performing in St James the Greater Church, Leicester ... The annual Bardi Young Musician concerts series goes from strength to strength. These concerts are intended to encourage emerging and talented young soloists by giving them a platform on which to perform with a full symphony orchestra'.


Category Leicester
Also indexedBardi Young Musician | Bardi Wind Orchestra

‘The Choir was founded in 1994, and since then has acquired a reputation for wide-ranging and high quality performances in concert ... The choir performs 5 or 6 concerts each year, mainly in Leicestershire, but also across the UK and abroad ... We encourage singers with a sound voice and some music reading ability to consider joining us ... Those considering joining are welcome to come and sit in at three of our rehearsals to find out more about us and our repertoire. If you decide you would like to join the choir you will be asked to take a straightforward voice and reading test ... The name “Cantamici” is derived from the Italian cantare, to sing, and amici meaning friends.  Singing with friends remains an important principle underpinning the choir and several social events are built into our programme each year.’


Category Chamber Choirs

‘Mixed chamber choir of high repute based in Leicester. Our broad repertoire includes a vast range of styles from the Renaissance to the present day. The choir was formed in 1982 from a group of highly committed singers. All members have wide experience of choral singing and many have well-earned reputations as soloists in their own right. Since being established the group has performed with many celebrities well known in the musical world.’


Category Chamber Choirs

Founded 1963: ‘We are a friendly choir, whose members enjoy meeting to make music together. With some 70 members, we enjoy a wide range of music ... from well-known choral works, to The Beatles. Over recent years we have introduced the city to the work of contemporary composers ... The choir's singing year is from September to June during which three major concerts are performed, including a Christmas Concert which supports local charities. In addition, we support the musical life of the city and county at various events throughout the year, including the annual Remembrance Day event’.


Category Choral Societies

‘A friendly adult amateur orchestra based in Leicester ... We aim to give musicians the opportunity to play and perform classical & more contemporary popular pieces in a friendly and sociable environment. Whilst we strive to always improve our playing and individual skills we also believe that playing music should be fun with more emphasis on the rehearsals than public performances. We welcome new players from the more experienced, those that maybe wish to revive old skills and those who have begun to play more recently but not beginners. There are no formal auditions. All that we ask is that you can cope with the music, feel reasonably comfortable sight reading and are able to regularly attend rehearsals.’

'Fosse Singers are a non-auditioned SATB choir and we welcome members over the age of 18 to join us. We perform a wide range of traditional and contemporary material; folk, pop, spiritual, jazz, songs from musicals and light classical ...  We normally hold 3 concerts each year to celebrate the end of each term with a grand performance. We also participate in various events throughout the year and appear on BBC Radio Leicester.'


Category Leicester

‘We are a community choir with around 300 members in all. You will be welcomed, whatever your singing experience and ability ... To date we have staged two concerts each year, singing a variety of songs from the shows and classic favourites. Practices are scheduled in the months leading up to each performance and traditionally we have a break in the middle of each practice to get to know each other, have a drink and eat cake!’ Comprises an Adult Choir rehearsing either in the afternoon or the evening; and a Youth and Children’s Choir.


Category Community Choirs

‘Founded in 1992 ... midlands-based ...  this accomplished chamber choir of around 25 singers continues to provide outstanding concerts drawn from the widest repertoire. Kingfisher Chorale receives critical acclaim for its performances which are always in high demand.  With insightful programming, the choir has a reputation for providing enlightening, stimulating and inspiring concerts, from serious historical retrospectives to its popular lighter programmes. It has given a number of world premieres.’


Category Chamber Choirs

Founded 2004: ‘The Orchestra aims to provide audiences and players with programmes not otherwise catered for in Leicester. The players are keen amateur instrumentalists and music teachers from around Leicester. KCO performs 4 concerts per year and every other year performs an opera under the name Knighton Opera.’


Also indexedKnighton Opera

Founded 1928: ‘We are a choir of around 60 singers, performing the works of JS Bach and a wide repertoire of other music ranging from the 15th to the 21st centuries. Described as one of Leicester's best loved institutions ... Entrance is by audition, although prospective singers are welcome to join in for a couple of weeks before auditioning’.


Category Choral Societies

‘Founded in 1922 by Dr (later Sir) Malcolm Sargent, then a local parish organist and chorus master. The orchestra continues the Sargent tradition of recruiting talented local players and bringing to Leicester soloists of international calibre and fame, to give the people of Leicester symphonic music of the highest possible standard. Each year it performs three concerts at its regular venue, the De Montfort Hall in Leicester, and is available for others.’

‘A chamber choir of about 40 voices which performs regularly with orchestras in Leicestershire and beyond ... Main concerts are usually performed in Leicester but recitals, including some lighter music, are given throughout the county in country houses and village churches. Leicestershire Chorale has been acclaimed by music critics as one of the region's leading amateur choirs. It performs a wide range of choral music by composers from the 15th to the 21st centuries. Outreach projects include workshops for members of the public and special choral events for school students.’


Category Chamber Choirs

Ratby is a truly unique organisation in the brass world ... We are an organisation consisting of four brass bands ranging from our Beginner and Junior Bands through to our premier ensemble the Ratby Co-operative Senior Band. We our proud to have over 100 musicians through our doors each week and welcome new players at all levels of ability. Our bands perform across the country each year, and compete in regional and national competitions. Our Senior band currently compete in the Championship Section, the highest level of the national brass band championships.’


Category Leicester

‘An enthusiastic group of about 30 people with a passion for singing in unaccompanied four-part harmony. Originally a Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) evening class, Songs of Struggle and Celebration from Around the World, we became an independent choir in 1996. We aim to be open access, so we have no auditions. We are members of Musicians For Peace and Disarmament and the National Federation of Music Societies (Making Music). We join together with other members of the Campaign Choirs network to sing at demonstrations and political events.’

Category Leicester

Award-winning ‘group of women in their 20s, 30s and 40s who began singing together in 2009. The choir’s singers are based across the UK and rehearse regionally as well as at their base in Leicestershire. A small number of the Chanterelles are professional musicians but for the majority singing is a hobby. Despite this, the Chanterelles derive much satisfaction from singing together at such a high standard and their professionalism and proficiency is evident in their music ... Many of the members had previously sung together in the Chanterelles’ previous incarnation as a youth choir through Leicestershire Arts in Education. This non-auditioned all-girls choir came to an end in 2001 after a decade singing together’.


Category Ladies Choirs

'Leicester's largest entertainment venue and has been serving the city with quality live acts since 1913.'


Leicester Cathedral can be booked to hold special services and public events (e.g. concerts, lectures, receptions etc.), subject to availability, all year round. For most events the Cathedral’s capacity is between 300 and 400.’ The Cathedral hosts a range of concerts and recitals including a regular series of lunchtime concerts.

Category Leicester

'There are seven Students' Union music societies run by students and supported by Attenborough Arts Centre, the University of Leicester’s arts centre: Chorus, Chamber Choir, Orchestral Society, Concert Band, Big Band, LU Voices, and Band and Gig. These are all well-established and welcome members of staff and the general public as well as students ... There is a vibrant music scene at the University of Leicester ... There are lots of ways to engage with the musical life of the University ...'

Also indexedAttenborough Arts Centre

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