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Nearby: Worcester

The Category Worcester is a subset of Worcestershire. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Worcester which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

Oakville Singers

- Rushwick Folk Club

 

Category Worcester
! Worcester KEY
VISITS (to Website)48
VIEWS (of this Record)60

'Annual Festival promoting Music in the Community concerts, education workshops and chamber music recitals of the highest quality in Worcester and the surrounding areas. It aims to create a vibrant, accessible and enjoyable environment, where people of all ages can interact with classical chamber music concerts and events. The Chamber Music @ Worcester Festival delivers opportunities where musicians and composers can collaborate with members of the community to produce a music festival for the whole family.' Held Early October.

 

* Chamber Music @ Worcester Festival
VISITS (to Website)234
Also indexedAstaria String Quartet
VIEWS (of this Record)482

‘Four weeks of mostly free events: Music, art, crafts, dance, exhibitions, drama, and poetry.’ Held During JulyALERT ’The Committee of the Droitwich Arts Network (DAN) has decided that the next Droitwich ArtsFest will be held over the weekend commencing Friday 17th July 2020.’

 

Category Arts Festivals
* Droitwich Spa ArtsFest
VISITS (to Website)153
VIEWS (of this Record)315

'We are funded by Worcester City Council and our remit is to "promote the arts in Worcester". The benefits of being a member of Worcester Arts Council include: Promotion of your activities; Help and advice; Grants for projects and events; Networking Opportunities.'

 

* Worcester Arts Council
VISITS (to Website)143
VIEWS (of this Record)286

‘The Society's aims are to promote the classical guitar in our region, through ensemble playing in our Guitar Orchestra, development of skills in the Youth Guitar Orchestra and arranging professional concerts ... Performing in the orchestra certainly helps to develop a person's musical skills and sight reading ability. It is a different discipline from solo playing, it gives the opportunity to perform at public concerts as part of an ensemble - how many of we amateur guitarists would have the opportunity to do this as a solo performer?’

 

Category Guitar Societies
* Worcester Classical Guitar Society
VISITS (to Website)186
VIEWS (of this Record)260

‘The perfect opportunity to test your skills in music or drama. Thousands of budding musicians and actors have entered classes in the ... distinguished history of the “Friendly Festival” ... Why not test your own nerve and performance ability in a nurturing and supportive environment, in the wonderful city of Worcester? Prizes, awards and a festival concert are all on offer to those who dare!’ Held Mid March.

 

* Worcester Competitive Arts Festival
VISITS (to Website)148
VIEWS (of this Record)244

‘Promotes live concerts by top-quality professional musicians and organises music-related educational events at Huntingdon Hall, an historic building in the centre of Worcester. We regularly provide a platform for outstanding young players, singers and groups with local connections ... Membership is designed to enable local community access to diverse, high quality chamber music and not least to encourage younger people to develop a taste for good, live music.’

 

* Worcester Concert Club
VISITS (to Website)172
VIEWS (of this Record)633

‘We are The Worcester Ukulele Club! (also known as the WUCcies), and quite simply, we’re a friendly bunch, who love singing and playing our Ukes! ... There are approximately 100 active club members. Many members also perform at gigs, raising money for the club’s chosen charity for that year. Popular music from all eras and genres is played, with a repertoire of over 130 songs.‘

 

Category Ukulele Clubs
* Worcester Ukulele Club
VISITS (to Website)150
VIEWS (of this Record)156

‘Aims to promote the enjoyment and understanding of music composed before 1800. We achieve our aims through: * An annual Festival and concerts during the year. We promote historically informed performances offering the history and social context of the music performed on authentic instruments. Our audiences enjoy the intimate and sociable atmosphere and the opportunity to ask the performers questions; * Outreach Programmes; * The Pride and Prejudice Ball.’

 

* Worcestershire Early Music
VISITS (to Website)187
VIEWS (of this Record)361

‘Founded in 1980 the Elgar Chorale is one of the leading chamber choirs in the West Midlands. We are a mixed voice choir of about 40 singers, many of us professional musicians, based in Worcester. We have a busy and varied programme of concerts taking place around Worcestershire and beyond. Our repertoire ranges from medieval to the modern day, from unaccompanied to with a small orchestra. The choir sings at many events to raise money for charity.’

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Elgar Chorale
VISITS (to Website)217
VIEWS (of this Record)289

‘The Worcestershire-based ESO was founded by William Boughton as the English String Orchestra in 1978. It soon formed a reputation for performances of English music and made many recordings. For full orchestral repertoire, ESO grew to become the English Symphony Orchestra. Ever since then, “ESO” has served as an acronym with a dual meaning. The idea of ESO is to share the joys of live music with as wide a population as possible. Our typical concert programme will features performances by the Symphony and String Orchestras, and a variety of chamber ensembles, in locations around the West Midlands, Three Counties, Shropshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, plus invitations to appear elsewhere for festivals or in residence.’

 

+ English Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)346
Also indexedEnglish String Orchestra
VIEWS (of this Record)336

‘The original Musical and Amicable Society was founded in 1762 by James Kempson, who directed the choir at St Bartholomew's Chapel, Birmingham. Together with fellow musicians from St Philip's Church (now Birmingham Cathedral), Kempson and his singers gathered on a regular basis at Cooke's tavern in the Cherry Orchard "for practice and recreation" In 2003, Kate Fawcett and Martin Perkins decided to revive this historic society as a collective of professional period-instrument specialists, performing in combinations ranging from small ensembles to full orchestra. Our presiding ethos is one of chamber music - however large or small the formation - where each and every performer has a significant role to play.’

 

+ Musical & Amicable Society
VISITS (to Website)249
VIEWS (of this Record)641

‘Worcestershire based Volante Strings is a group of 12 - 14 string players who regularly give concerts at home and occasionally overseas ... We generally play chamber style without a conductor which means working very closely with each other in rehearsal in order to achieve a high standard of concert performance ... Our programmes encompass a varied and challenging range of styles, from classical, through contemporary to light and our repertoire covers music from as far back as the sixteenth century right up to the present day. It gives us much pleasure to perform arrangements by our own players and also new works written specially for the ensemble by local composers ... Our name, Volante, means “fast and light” and comes from the Italian word for flying. It is used to describe a particular style of bowing.’

 

Category String Ensembles
+ Volante Strings
VISITS (to Website)99
VIEWS (of this Record)265

‘Originally set up in 1997 Worcester City Brass provides the many talented young brass players in Worcester and the surrounding area the opportunity to meet and make music. WCB earned an enviable reputation both locally and nationally when the Youth Band performed at the British Open Brass Band Championships Gala Concert at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the Junior Band performed at the National Youth Brass Band Championships. For a number of years WCB was mothballed whilst the musicians and musical director took a change of musical direction. Worcester City Brass reformed again in the summer of 2015 ... We currently have 2 brass bands: Training Band and Youth Band.’

 

Category Worcester
+ Worcester City Brass
VISITS (to Website)76
VIEWS (of this Record)151

‘A traditional Brass Band. Its members are a mixed group of more than 30 friendly people, ranging in age from 12 to 65 years. They include teachers and school-children, lecturers and students, local government and private sector workers, full-time and part-time employees and the retired ... We play a wide range of music. It's easy listening music, embracing songs from the stage, themes from films and TV series, light classics as well as more traditional Brass Band music ... Whilst a number of players use their own instruments, the band owns a full range of high quality, new instruments which it loans to members.‘

 

 

+ Worcester Concert Brass
VISITS (to Website)53
VIEWS (of this Record)136

Worcester Festival Choral Society, founded in 1861, has brought the “great choral works” to the magnificent setting of Worcester Cathedral for more than 150 years. Its illustrious history has included close associations with composer Sir Edward Elgar from its early days. Today the Society comprises around 140 auditioned, amateur choral singers selected from across Worcestershire and beyond. The Choir holds three major, classical concerts each season. Each is supported by professional orchestras and internationally acclaimed soloists, and draws large audiences - proof that even in these days of digital downloads, nothing surpasses the enjoyment of live choral music!’

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Worcester Festival Choral Society
VISITS (to Website)105
VIEWS (of this Record)205

‘The main aim for the Choir in any year is to raise money for Charity. Sometimes these concerts are for our own Charities but most are to support other organisations in their charitable work. The Choir is itself a Registered Charity and since 1987 has raised approaching £150,000 for Charity. Most choristers attend our own concerts with between 50 and 60 at the others. We also assist at Weddings and Funerals, where typically between 30 and 40 would attend. These smaller events can present some difficulty in finding enough volunteers NOT to sing ... We are keen to welcome new choir members and additions to our non singing supporters, “Friends Of Worcester Male Voice Choir” who are a much appreciated part of our team.‘

 

+ Worcester Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to Website)48
VIEWS (of this Record)249

Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra, based in Pershore Abbey, have become the area’s most popular orchestra, with sixty dedicated professional and non-professional musicians from Worcestershire and the surrounding counties. The Orchestra has a growing reputation of working with internationally renown and aspiring soloists with four principal afternoon concerts per season in the beautiful surroundings of Pershore Abbey.’

 

+ Worcester Philharmonic Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)172
VIEWS (of this Record)214

Worcester Young Voices provides a great opportunity for young people to discover their voices in one of three choir groups ranging from 5-16 years old ... We present a small number of concerts during the year which delight parents, grandparents and friends. From time to time, we join with schools and other choirs groups from around the county. All are welcome to come along and have a go. Come and try it out for a couple of weeks, see what your voice can do.’

 

+ Worcester Young Voices
VISITS (to Website)114
VIEWS (of this Record)198

‘The Orchestra gave its first concert in the Public Hall on 26 April 1906, with Ivor Atkins conducting more than 100 players. Elgar assisted in drawing up the programme, and conducted occasionally in performances of his own works. His daughter, Carice, played the violin in the orchestra for many years ... We currently have more than 60 regular players but are always keen to hear from potential new members across all sections.’

 

+ Worcestershire Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to Website)123
VIEWS (of this Record)200

‘The birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar ... set in sight of his beloved Malvern Hills, this small family home in the village of Lower Broadheath is the perfect environment for nurturing a creative genius. Perhaps by wandering around the garden over the cottage threshold a spark of inspiration may alight in our welcomed guests ... Growing up as a child at Lower Broadheath he was constantly surrounded by music, in the family home and in his father’s shop, and throughout his life he immersed himself in musical performance. This is our wish for his birthplace, to fill the property and gardens with the joyous sounds of live music, music in all its forms from cello to dulcimer.’

 

@ The Firs
VISITS (to Website)162
VIEWS (of this Record)257

'Information and news about the lunchtime concerts, organ recitals, and other events taking place in Worcester Cathedral.’

 

Category Cathedrals
@ Worcester Cathedral
VISITS (to Website)153
VIEWS (of this Record)548

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