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Region: West Midlands

The Category Hereford is a subset of Herefordshire. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Hereford 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):

- Burghill and Tillington Handbell Ringers

 

Category Hereford
! Hereford KEY
VISITS (to the Website)19
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)42

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

 

Category Sutton Coldfield
! Sutton Coldfield KEY
VISITS (to the Website)11
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)23

The Category Telford is a subset of Shropshire. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Organizers, Performers and Venues associated with Telford 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):

- Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival

- Sing4Fun

- Telford & Wrekin Music

- Telfordaires

- Wrekin & Telford Singers

 

! Telford KEY
VISITS (to the Website)14
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)19

'Started in 1968 by Gordon Clark, the Director of Music at Abbotsholme School ... There have been well over a thousand concerts, films, readings, lectures and discussions by many of the finest in their field in the world during the four decades that have followed. The vast majority of events are held "in the round" in the fine chapel at Abbotsholme School but on occasion, because of the nature of the performance, the Society has staged its events at major concert halls throughout the Midlands ...'

* Abbotsholme Arts Society
VISITS (to the Website)285
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)506
* Acoustic Festival of Britain
VISITS (to the Website)495
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)353

'The Concert Society aims to present an interesting variety of programmes at an affordable price. Four concerts are organised each year by the committee and a patrons scheme is in place to allow friends of the concerts to provide further support for the costs of these events.'

* Adbaston Community Concert Society
VISITS (to the Website)211
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)490

‘A voluntary organisation which supports all individuals and organisations involved in the arts in Redditch and those who would like to be.’

* Arts in Redditch
VISITS (to the Website)167
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)285

'We aim to have something for everyone; traditional, modern, shanties, comedy, dance and sessions just for musicians, so they don’t feel left out. Entry (mostly) will be FREE, with a collection for the guests that night and a free raffle. Together with our sister clubs in Bedworth and Nuneaton, we aim to provide the best of folk music in the Midlands.'

Category Folk Clubs
* Atherstone Folk Club
VISITS (to the Website)244
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)330
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Renowned series of artistic events & exhibitions held annually in the surroundings of the glorious Malvern Hills. Some of the most prestigious musicians, poets, writers, film makers and other artists perform during Autumn every year.' Held September - October.

Category Arts Festivals
* Autumn in Malvern Festival
VISITS (to the Website)199
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)590

‘Free Sunday afternoon brass band concerts ... Bands In The Park is a series of summer outdoor concerts, largely organised by volunteers, providing free live music for all to enjoy.‘ About a dozen venues in Warwickshire, Worcestershire - and Gloucestershire promoted by the organizers of Evesham Bands in the Park.

* Bands in the Park
VISITS (to the Website)103
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)126

2018 Competition 'You may enter in one or more of the instrument classes as long as the following three criteria are satisfied. Qualification: you should have achieved Grade 8 standard; Age: you should be 18 or under on 1 January 2018; Residency: you must be a resident of the United Kingdom (including the Channel Isles and Isle of Man) at the time of entry and for the duration of the competition – until May 2018.' Biennial.

 

* BBC Young Musician
VISITS (to the Website)235
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)254

'The Club is quite unique in that there is no admission charge despite the fact that there are top rate guests at almost every meeting (we just pass the jug around so you can give as much or as little as you wish: a minimum of the price of a pint - around about £3 - £5 is suggested). Our aim is always for everyone, guests, audience and floor singers alike to have a really good time.Floor singers are always welcome but we get very busy so we recommend a call or email to reserve a spot, on the night it is very much first come first served – if there is space available.'

Category Folk Clubs
* Bedworth Folk Club
VISITS (to the Website)213
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)314
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Bringing ‘some of the world’s finest pianists and keyboard players to Birmingham. Performances will take place in the University of Birmingham’s world class concert halls in the Bramall Music Building and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts’. Held Late October.

* Birmingham International Piano Festival
VISITS (to the Website)202
Also indexedUniversity of Birmingham
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)216
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A new chapter for independent jazz in Birmingham & the Midlands. Good gigs and a club atmosphere. New members welcome ... We run most of our gigs at 1000 Trades in the Jewellery Quarter with occasional visits to other venues including The Blue Orange Theatre, Coffee Tales, Saint Kitchen and UCB McIntyre Building.‘

Category Jazz Clubs
* Birmingham Jazz
VISITS (to the Website)125
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)218
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'First held in 1937 ... In 2008, the Festival became a specialist piano only competition. It has been based in a variety of locations over the years, but for 2017 we will relocate to a fantastic new venue in The Performing Arts Centre at King Edward’s Schools in Edgbaston, Birmingham where our open classes will be held in Ruddock Hall, one of the finest concert halls in the UK, which is equipped with a Steinway Model D grand piano.' Held Mid October.

* Birmingham Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)341
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)205

‘Working with young people, schools and a number of strategic partners, we aim to enable, enhance and enrich the music education available to students in and around Birmingham ... We do not “select.” We make music available to all children and young people, regardless of their situation or background ... We want everyone to have an opportunity to learn music, so we provide free instrument loans to those who need it ... Services for Education is a unique charity that uses the power of learning and of music to create and build confidence amongst children, young people, adults and communities.‘

* Birmingham Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)123
Also indexedServices for Education
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)180

Founded 1924: ‘Exists to promote the art of music, with particular reference to liturgical and organ music, in the Birmingham area.’

 

* Birmingham Organists’ Association
VISITS (to the Website)177
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)253

‘Founded in 2013 by four, young Birmingham based third generation traditional musicians with the aim to reinvigorate the scene and host Trad bands in Birmingham again. The festival has since developed since its inauguration and now engages and connects with many people right across the UK, Ireland also many parts of Europe each year. The festival is held in the Irish Quarter of the city (Digbeth) each year and exhibits a colourful celebration of Irish culture, accumulating together a combination of gigs, concerts, sessions, workshops and a competition for musicians aged 25 and under. The festival is to appeal to a variety of different audiences from the city's Irish community youth, right through to the older generations, whilst embracing a diverse range of different cultural backgrounds.’ Held Late November.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Birmingham TradFest
VISITS (to the Website)75
Also indexedThe Trip to Birmingham TradFest
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)106
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Charitable organisation in existence for 70 years, run purely by volunteers with the aim of encouraging involvement in and an appreciation of the arts and to raise awareness of arts organisations based in the Dudley borough, the Black Country and the West Midlands ... On the 1st October 2016 Dudley Arts Council gained permission from the Charity Commission to change its name to the Black Country Arts Council.’

 

* Black Country Arts Council
VISITS (to the Website)165
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)319

‘For those who are interested in folk music in Birmingham with a traditional bias, then The Black Diamond Folk Club is the place for you ... The Club was originally formed as a singers’ club called “The Macdonalds Folk Song Club” in June 1964 ... It was in these early days that the tradition of strong audience participation in chorus singing developed, which has stayed with us right up to the present time. This was mainly due to a high proportion of sea songs being sung at the time. The song base today has broadened, but the chorus singing is as strong as ever.’

 

Category Folk Clubs
* Black Diamond Folk Club
VISITS (to the Website)120
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)159
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Exists to promote the enjoyment of early music. It doesn't matter if you're a singer or an instrumentalist; very experienced or a beginner; amateur or professional - if you enjoy early music, BMEMF is for you.'

 

Category Early Music
* Border Marches Early Music Forum
VISITS (to the Website)198
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)322

‘Meets every Friday at the Bradford Arms, Ivetsey Bank [Staffordshire] ... Performers put in a lot of time and effort before they appear on stage to entertain us, and we always show our appreciation for this. Audience members are therefore kindly requested to remain quiet during the performance, thereby not putting off the performer or annoying other audience members. Conversely, we all want a fun evening and “friendly heckling” from the audience, when appropriate, is not frowned upon.‘

Category Folk Clubs
* Bradford Arms Folk Club
VISITS (to the Website)116
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)89

Bridgnorth Jazz provide a series of monthly jazz events, annual festival and jazz trail. Mostly mainstream Jazz with bands and small combo’s using top quality musicians many with a national reputation.’

Category Jazz Clubs
* Bridgnorth Jazz
VISITS (to the Website)192
Also indexedBridgnorth Jazz Festival
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)479

Founded in August 2006: Mission * To grow and diversify year on year; * To support and enable the arts; * To create a platform for local, national and international artists; * To encourage participation in the arts; * To raise funds for one local and one national charity each year. Held Late August.

* Bridgnorth Music & Arts Festival
VISITS (to the Website)209
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)350

'If you love live music performed by outstanding classically trained artists and would like to help ensure the continuation of our 50 year tradition through our Friday evening series of chamber music, then please consider supporting us. Our programmes are wide ranging, from the classics like Haydn , Beethoven and Mozart to new works by living composers, taking in the rich romantic repertoire and modern music, with a strong thread of music by 20th century English composers. Our Box Office receipts do not come near to covering the total cost of putting on our concert series and Bromsgrove Concerts are reliant on grants and donations from charitable bodies and individuals for their continued existence.'

* Bromsgrove Concerts
VISITS (to the Website)170
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)287

‘Established in 1960 as a vibrant celebration of the arts and culture in their broadest sense. Since its inception, the Festival has included a multitude of art forms and hosted many performers and artists of world renown. In recent years ... Bromsgrove Festival has celebrated mainly classical music with some excellent musicians in stunning venues ... [However, in 2017,] Bromsgrove Festival will once more celebrate the diversity of arts and culture by expanding to incorporate an impressive number of events in a wide variety of media. There really WILL be “something for everyone”.’ Held Mid July.

 

Category Arts Festivals
* Bromsgrove Festival
VISITS (to the Website)198
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)193

'Began in 1981 as an international platform for talented young instrumentalists and singers between the ages of 18 and 25 (28 in the case of singers). Since then many outstanding finalists have found The Bromsgrove a stepping stone to national and international recognition and success.'

* Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition
VISITS (to the Website)171
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)357

'The best folk festival/cultural event in the Welsh Border area, featuring over 170 hours of entertainment in just one weekend of traditional music, song and dance.' Held Mid September.

Category Folk Festivals
* Bromyard Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)131
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)314
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The monthly shows with top line artistes are augmented by profesional stage lighting, a camera and video screen presentation and the venue boasts plentiful safe parking good disabled access, a licenced bar and a sizeable raffle at each event.'

* Burntwood Music For All
VISITS (to the Website)167
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)914
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The original club was formed in the mid-60s as the Barley Mow Folk Club at The Barley Mow pub in Stapenhill, by Burton born folk singer Dave Bull. It has had a number of changes of name and venues since, now being again named and based in Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire.

Category Folk Clubs
* Burton Folk Club
VISITS (to the Website)100
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)149

'Held in March each year. It has classes that are open to all age groups.'

* Burton on Trent Competitive Vocal Festival
VISITS (to the Website)128
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)366

'Exists to co-ordinate and encourage all kinds of early music activities within the Music Department and the University, from lessons for beginners on Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque instruments and in early vocal techniques, through workshops, master classes and concerts, to postgraduate programmes in performance practice, international symposia and research projects.'

 

* Centre for Early Music Performance and Research [Birmingham]
VISITS (to the Website)156
Also indexedUniversity of Birmingham
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)262

‘Provides an opportunity for young musicians to prepare either a piece of their own choice or a set piece for performance. They then perform it in front of other performers and visitors to the festival as well as a professional adjudicator. This gives them vital experience and confidence. The adjudicator will give marks to the performances enabling the best performance to secure the trophy for that class but at the same time will give each performer a constructive criticism with help on how the performance might be improved. We have been told by many of our entrants and the adjudicators that we are one of the friendliest festivals they attend, with many of our competitors returning year after year.’ Held Mid October.

* Chadsmoor, Hednesford & District Competitive Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)130
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)530

'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 the Website)144
Also indexedAstaria String Quartet
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)345
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A wonderful day of mass harmony singing workshops followed by a concert, by the choirs, for the choirs. It is open to any choir or singing group who welcome all voices without auditions and sing a cappella.' Held Early April.

Category Choral Festivals
* Community Choirs Festival
VISITS (to the Website)222
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)341

‘Quite unlike most organ and keyboard societies in that it does not run a monthly programme of concerts by touring professional organists. Rather, the Club is a forum for anyone interested in keyboard or organ music whether as a player or a listener. it is very much a “hands-on” club, giving all members the opportunity to play whether they are advanced players and confident or beginners and more diffident ... The Club also organises three Professional Celebrity Concerts in March, July and November of each year, given by leading UK and International organists, with the latter entitled "The Ernie Huggins Memorial Concert" in honour.of the Club's Founder who passed away in August 2005.‘

* Cookhill Keyboard Club
VISITS (to the Website)169
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)388
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Encourages membership from all in the area covered by The Diocese of Coventry ... Eight or nine meetings are held per year, visiting and playing interesting local instruments, attending recitals and having talks on various aspects of organ music, organ operation, construction and history.'

* Coventry and Warwickshire Organists Association
VISITS (to the Website)148
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)361

‘The major provider of music (and associated performing arts) activity across Coventry and will deliver this in partnership with schools, Hub partners and regional arts organisations ... Strives to support schools, raise standards and to provide an inclusive, rich and balanced programme along with opportunities for training and development ... We ensure high-quality teaching and learning for children and young people across the city and provide a number of high profile performance opportunities which showcase talent, progression and achievement.‘

* Coventry Music Hub
VISITS (to the Website)166
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)123

'Our staff of composers, musicologists and performers includes world-leading specialists in classical music, the digital arts, popular music, screen scoring and world music. At the heart of our research is a commitment to contemporary music of all kinds. Music and Music Technology, in turn, are the heart of Keele's vibrant musical community ... We hold a varied programme of music events throughout the year, ranging from visiting artists, local community groups and student societies.‘

* Department of Music and Music Technology [Keele]
VISITS (to the Website)184
Also indexedKeele University
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)313

'The Department of Music is one of the most distinguished in the UK, with a history stretching back to 1905 when Edward Elgar was appointed the University's first Professor of Music, and looking forward to the latest cutting edge developments in the practice and study of music.'

* Department of Music [Birmingham]
VISITS (to the Website)111
Also indexedUniversity of Birmingham
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)191

'The aim of the Music Department is to enable you to become a versatile and practical musician, able to write about and discuss aspects of music and be confident in using relevant ideas, theories and methodologies. At the University of Wolverhampton, you are in the best place to start your musical career.’

 

* Department of Music [Wolverhampton]
VISITS (to the Website)206
Also indexedUniversity of Wolverhampton
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)399

‘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 may be held during 2020.’

 

Category Arts Festivals
* Droitwich Spa ArtsFest
VISITS (to the Website)88
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)181

‘Aims to provide a friendly and relaxing environment where competitors can share their interests with others. The Festival is for everyone from the very young to the older person to feel a sense of achievement in his or her area of learning ... Each competitor or group will receive constructive comments, and advice on how the performance may be improved from an experienced Federation adjudicator. This will be invaluable when preparing for examinations and future festivals, and will give vital experience and confidence in facing challenges in life ... At present the Festival has over 300 classes. Trophies are awarded for most of these and are retained for a year. Certificates are given to competitors who are placed first, second and third ... We would love more entries in Strings, Guitars, Keyboard, Brass, Orchestras and Choirs.’ Held during March.

 

* Dudley Festival of Music, Drama & Dance
VISITS (to the Website)86
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)306

‘The competition is open to pianists of all nationalities, studying or resident in the British Isles.' Last held 2017; next Competition announced for 2020.

* Dudley International Piano Competition
VISITS (to the Website)252
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)272

'Encourages people of all ages and abilities to participate in community music and arts activities. We work in partnership with schools and other organisations in Dudley to deliver opportunities for young people. Through our Music Hub we are committed to provide opportunities for children and young people to be involved in regular performance activities. We believe this is a vital part of a child’s musical tuition and enhances their musical development.'

 

* Dudley Performing Arts
VISITS (to the Website)165
Also indexedDudley Music Education Hub
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)343

‘We run two programmes each year: Easter Orchestra Week An opportunity to play exciting repertoire in a fun and friendly orchestra; Brass Weekend A fun weekend for brass players, making good music with like-minded people ... Our two exciting programmes are aimed at keen adult amateur musicians and budding professionals. We tackle a very wide range of challenging repertoire in a fun, friendly and supportive environment. Come and play pieces you’ve always wanted to try!‘ Originally held in York, but more recently at two venues near Oswestry in Shropshire. Orchestra Week held Mid April; Brass Weekend Mid October.

* Easter Orchestral Society
VISITS (to the Website)69
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)172

'The inspiration of the late John Reid who, in partnership with Bridgnorth Councils and collaboration with Robbins Landon, had organised the annual event since 1993 ... The Festival offers a fascinating array of the music of Joseph Haydn and his contemporaries.' Held Mid July.

* English Haydn Festival
VISITS (to the Website)139
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)293

'Launced in 2007 offering local musicians a platform on which to perform and the opportunity for the public to experience the wide array of musical talent that Evesham has to offer. Since 2007 the Festival has run as a biennial event with each Festival building on the success of the last, the introduction of the Young Musician of the Year competition in 2009 proving so popular that it has now become a permanent feature of the Festival.' Held Mid June.

* Evesham Festival of Music
VISITS (to the Website)162
Also indexedEvesham Young Musician of the Year
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)263

'Principally promotes concerts in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire ... We feel that a welcoming and relaxed environment greatly enhances the audience’s experience and we take care over this aspect at all our concerts. Whenever possible, we like to add complimentary extras, for example strawberries and cream at some of our summer concerts and mince pies/cakes in the winter.'

* Expressivo Concert Promotions
VISITS (to the Website)179
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)316

Forest Arts Centre is renowned for its high quality music provision and is now home to the Walsall Music Education Hub. Providing the rhythm of life to everything from jazz to samba from heavy metal to Indonesian folk music, Forest Arts Centre is the place to come to listen, learn and enjoy music ... Arts Council England provide a network of music education hubs across England.‘

* Forest Arts Music Hub [Walsall]
VISITS (to the Website)130
Also indexedWalsall Music Education Hub
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)346

'We have over 60 professional musicians and teachers working with around 3,000 children and young people every week in our schools and communities, backed up by our friendly and efficient managers and office team.'

* Herefordshire Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)282
Also indexedEncore Enterprises CIC
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)279

'Founded in 1992 ... We currently have around 80 members and hold meetings usually once a month. These meetings take the form of visits to local organs of interest and those further afield, talks about organs and organ music, and social events ... Our membership is made up of all sorts of people interested in the organ: professional and amateur players, those who enjoy listening to organ music and those interested in the construction and sound of the organ.'

* Herefordshire Organists' Society
VISITS (to the Website)97
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)302

Mission Statement  ‘To promote work to the general good of the Community, to advance education and to develop work in connection with the arts. To give a platform for participants to perform their art form and to receive a professional adjudication.’ Held Late March.

* Herefordshire Performing Arts Festival
VISITS (to the Website)96
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)186

‘Hosts live jazz sessions which are held on Sunday afternoons ... Occasionally, we do organise extra special events, which everyone is welcomed to enjoy ... Whether you are new to jazz or a seasoned jazzer: our live music sessions offer a great value for money afternoon of music and entertainment. The different jazz styles range through Traditional, New Orleans, Hot Club, Swing and Be-bop, no genre is unheard of!‘

Category Jazz Clubs
* Jazz-a-matazz
VISITS (to the Website)28
Also indexedWestwood Jazz
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)54
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The series presents an annual programme of 14 chamber, early music, jazz and world music concerts, with internationally recognised performers and emerging artistes. In addition it strives to engage local young people, Keele University students and the wider community with the programme holding a series of participatory workshops and special ticket promotions.'

Category Stoke on Trent
* Keele Concerts Society
VISITS (to the Website)111
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)277
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Launched in July 2006 and aims to maintain Leamington and district as a musical centre dedicated to promoting excellent music. Music-making at an international level like this can only be put on and sustained by the generosity of our supporters and if you would like to be involved in ensuring that Leamington Music continues to flourish please join the Friends of Leamington Music.'

* Leamington Music
VISITS (to the Website)227
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)298

'The Leamington Spa Competitive Festival is a competitive Festival. The aims of the Festival are to help to promote and encourage the study and practice of the Arts of Music, Dance, and Speech and Drama in all their branches.' Held During June.

* Leamington Spa Competitive Festival
VISITS (to the Website)219
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)453

Founded 1977: ‘Over the years it has expanded to nearly six weeks – it now runs from the end of April to the beginning of June each year – and features anything between 30 and 40 events including national and internationally-known artists ... Many events, including the festival committee’s own “core” activities, take place at Leek’s Foxlowe Arts Centre’.

Category Arts Festivals
* Leek Arts Festival
VISITS (to the Website)89
Also indexedFoxlowe Arts Centre
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)121

'Run by a local unpaid committee since 1978 (first festival in 1980), is well known and respected. It has put on a wide variety of events in many genres over the years, bringing top quality performers right to the doorstep of Leominster people. It seeks to engage and involve the whole community.' Held Early JuneALERT Not able to raise Website at Review; cf Facebook Page.

Category Arts Festivals
* Leominster Festival
VISITS (to the Website)162
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)329

‘Our region covers Lichfield and surrounding districts of South Staffordshire, South Derbyshire,and parts of the West Midlands and East Midlands adjacent to Lichfield ... The Association welcomes all those with an interest in the organ, its construction and its music, whether or not they play the instrument themselves. Our activities include regular visits to hear and play local organs, from small instruments in rural churches to large instruments in local cathedrals and town halls, visits to organ builders, organ recitals by members, our AGM, and an annual dinner.‘

* Lichfield & District Organists’ Association
VISITS (to the Website)86
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)172

'Independent charitable organisation ... that has promoted music concerts, festivals and other events in Lichfield since 1974. The organisation plays a key role in Lichfield district’s thriving arts and creative community and has around 300 members including 125 registered volunteers.'

* Lichfield Arts
VISITS (to the Website)140
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)357

'Our aim is to offer an opportunity for amateur musicians of all ages to gain experience, to perform before an audience of fellow singers and players and to benefit from the advice of adjudicators who are professional musicians - adjudicators who bring a wealth of experience and can be relied upon to offer helpful and constructive comments, including written notes, on each performance.' Held Mid November.

* Lichfield Festival of Music
VISITS (to the Website)123
Also indexedLichfield Competitive Music Festival
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)227

West Bromwich: 'All singers, musicians, storytellers and poets are welcome, along with anyone arriving just to listen. We use the word "Folk" loosely as we encourage an eclectic mix of musical styles. Performers arriving promptly can normally expect 2 songs or the equivalent, and there is no need to contact in advance’.

 

Category Folk Clubs
* Lighthouse Folk Club
VISITS (to the Website)141
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)391

‘The Allegri String Quartet, Britain's longest running chamber music ensemble (founded in 1953) has been playing each summer to delighted audiences at St. Myllin's Church, Llanfyllin, in the heart of Mid Wales. Those first concerts held by the original quartet developed into the beatingheart of what is now the annual Llanfyllin Music Festival, or Gŵyl Gerdd Llanfyllin, as it is known locally. Over the years, the Festival has expanded to include performances by other musicians and artists of international calibre. In recent years, as part of the Festival, the Allegri has been involved in educational out reach work to Music Masterclasses and Concerts for young musicians within the county.’ Festival held Late July.

 

* Llanfyllin Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)160
Also indexedAllegri String Quartet
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)400

'Would you like to join us in Ludlow Arts: Classical? You can do so in many ways: Sing: with Ludlow Choral Society or the Edge Chamber Choir; Play: with Ludlow Orchestra or BISYOC; Subscribe: to Ludlow Music Society's subscription concerts; Help us: to organize Ludlow Arts: Classical; or join one of our Committees; or helping us on concert days; Sponsor: a concert, a soloist, or part of our activities; Advertise: in the Ludlow Arts: Classical brochure, or one of our concert programmes; Join: the Friends of Ludlow Arts, the Friends of Ludlow Assembly Rooms or the Ludlow Palmers.'

 

* Ludlow Arts: Classical
VISITS (to the Website)129
Also indexedLudlow Music Society
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)290
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Has taken place since 2001. Inspired by the musical world of Gerald Finzi, it is a unique celebration of poetry, music, culture, and ideas. Drawing on the work of a wide range of poets and composers working in the English language, the Weekend explores the sensibility evoked through their art. It offers opportunities to reflect on a distinctive musical tradition, to speculate on what it has taught us, and what it might also teach us as we look to the future.' Held Early April.

* Ludlow English Song Weekend
VISITS (to the Website)335
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)241

'Ever since its first concert on 31 October 1903, Malvern Concert Club, founded by Sir Edward Elgar, has been a cornerstone of musical life in Worcestershire. Over one hundred years later, today’s Concert Club is proud to continue that tradition of bringing the best chamber music to this part of the country. Whilst grounded in the tradition of the string quartet, each season brings a varied selection of music for small ensemble, with and without keyboard, and voice. Our performers are British and overseas musicians of international standing, with a balance of established artists and promising newcomers.'

* Malvern Concert Club
VISITS (to the Website)176
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)368
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Set in the beautiful Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, Malvern Winds has become one of the UK's most established and popular summer course for amateur wind players. A chamber music course for wind players who are seeking an inspirational approach to their music-making. Course open to Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn players of grade 6 to performance diploma standard in graded ensembles.’ Held Mid July (at Woldingham School, Surrey)

 

* Malvern Winds
VISITS (to the Website)93
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)153

'An annual event held on the 3rd Saturday in March at Minsterley Parish Hall. It started in1962. It is a day of music, recitations & singing competitions.'

* Minsterley & District Eisteddfod
VISITS (to the Website)99
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)352

‘A ukulele group for people who live in or can be bothered to travel to Moseley in Birmingham ... We’re keen to meet people who’d like to learn the ukulele and want to play along with other people. We like beginners coming along but we do not have a dedicated beginners group and we don’t teach people how to play. We’ve had many people come along over the years who haven’t been able to play a note but with perseverance they’re now core members of the group.‘

 

Category Ukulele Clubs
* Moselele
VISITS (to the Website)80
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)164

'Music at Leamington Hastings is a charity and the voluntary donation element is very important to us. I stress that it is voluntary, and whereas most people are happy to contribute the amount we suggest, some give less and some give more, and are quite free to do so. We do not receive any grants or public subsidies and your generosity is therefore very important ...'

 

* Music at Leamington Hastings
VISITS (to the Website)156
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)353

'We have changed the name of this page to Musical Breaks to reflect the fact that we now hold events at both Bewdley and Llandudno.The Bewdley events were originally known as “Brian Sharp Musical Breaks” ... Brian Sharp was probably the most well-known organist in the UK. His career spanning over fifty years, encompassed all aspects of the Theatre and Electronic Organ World ...'

* Musical Breaks
VISITS (to the Website)128
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)360
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘For anyone who can act, recite, play an instrument or sing, or is in a band or choir, this chance to perform in front of a live audience should not be missed. Budding composers and poets are also catered for with competitions to perform their own creations, or have them performed on their behalf ... For the visitor, whether connected to a competitor or not, we provide a pleasant, and cheap, day out, one in which you can see and appreciate the talent of others, matching your conclusions with those of the adjudicator.’ Held Late March.

* Newcastle-u-Lyme Festival for Music, Speech & Drama
VISITS (to the Website)144
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)146

'Professional artists introduce and perform from a classical and contemporary chamber music repertoire, bringing together both well and less known works and composers. Six concerts are held annually ... in an informal and friendly atmosphere. Our artists not only entertain with well-known works, they also educate and inform with works that are seldom heard and that step outside the normal spectrum of work our members are used to hearing.'

* Newport Music Club
VISITS (to the Website)137
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)383

Founded 1960: ‘Welcomes all those with an interest in the organ, its construction and its music, whether or not they play the instrument themselves. Our activities include visits to hear and play local organs, from small instruments in rural churches to large instruments in local cathedrals and town halls, visits to organ builders, organ recitals by members, educational metings and social events’.

* North Staffs & District Organ Society
VISITS (to the Website)77
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)155

‘Concert nights are held on the first Thursday of each month, starting at 8pm, featuring a top professional organist. We aim to give a balance of type of player, i.e. modern electronic/theatre/middle of-the- road etc. and a variety of makes of organ, to cover a wide range of musical tastes from month to month ... On the third Thursday of each month, we hold an “Open Night” ... We give full encouragement to beginners and experienced players alike, whether playing a simple piece of music, or a complicated arrangement. We also, from time to time, ask a local organ dealer to give a demonstration of the latest instruments, or a talk about an organ-related subject.‘

* North Staffs Organ and Keyboard Club
VISITS (to the Website)43
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)93
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Staffordshire | Stoke-on-Trent | Telford & Wrekin ‘The North-West Midlands Music Education Hub (NWMMEH) is a partnership of high quality music organisations and is funded by the Department for Education through Arts Council England. It was formed to ensure that every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to sing and learn a musical instrument and to perform as part of an ensemble or choir as recommended in the National Plan for Music Education.’

* North West Midlands Music Education Hub
VISITS (to the Website)154
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)276

'Our objective is to educate in the arts of Music and Speech in all their branches. We aim to foster the talents of participants by providing them with the opportunity to gain experience through performing in front of an audience and to be inspired by the efforts of their peers. Professional adjudicators give praise and encouragement through constructive comments. Further opportunity for talent is provided at a Concert held in June when selected winners of classes perform.'

 

* Northfield Festival of Music and Speech
VISITS (to the Website)244
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)575

'The festival is held every year in and around Nuneaton, and is open to all ages, children and adults, all cultures and abilities from anywhere in the UK. Entries are welcomed from individuals, groups, schools, etc. Classes can be non- competitive or competitive. All classes are adjudicated and all entrants receive a comment sheet from the adjudicator. The performing arts include the piano, stage dancing, speech and drama, vocal and woodwind, strings and brass sections. Performance days are held during April and May where entrants perform, are adjudicated and awards presented to winners of the competitive classes. Members of the public are welcome to watch ...'

* Nuneaton Festival of Arts
VISITS (to the Website)185
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)401

'If you enjoy listening to classical music in the company of others, you are warmly invited to pay us a visit.'

* Olton Recorded Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)148
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)382

‘Founded in 1958, the brainchild of employees of the Post Office’s telephone department (then part of the state-owned GPO and the predecessor to British Telecom) ... CD recitals are presented on alternate Thursdays from October to May ... A warm welcome is extended to all those who find pleasure in listening to music, as has been the case since 1958.’

* Oswestry Recorded Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)136
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)300

Typically, half a dozen evening concerts per session, September - June.

* Oswestry School Recital Series
VISITS (to the Website)121
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)496

Held March. 'Oswestry Music Festival goes from strength to strength. It dates back to the Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations of 1977, is now well established in the County Music Calendar and entries are attracted from Shropshire, Cheshire, Wrexham and North and Mid Wales ... The Festival includes a programme of individual, group and school opportunities linked with celebrity concerts. Trophies, certificates and prizes are awarded to competitors and past overall winners of the Festival have gone on to successful professional musical careers.'

* Oswestry Youth Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)258
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)336

‘Established in 1966, Penkhull Festival is an innovative annual event which takes place in Stoke-on-Trent each September ... The Festival’s home is the historic Domesday village of Penkhull, surrounded by the rolling countryside of the Staffordshire moorlands.’ Held Late September.

Category Arts Festivals
* Penkhull Festival of Music & Art
VISITS (to the Website)65
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)96
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Our Bands, who are not competing with each other at Pershore Midsummer Brass, choose their own programme. There are those who meet to make excellent music to entertain as well as those who have enjoyed success in the highest competitions in the country.' Held Early July.

* Pershore Midsummer Brass Festival
VISITS (to the Website)136
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)359

Launched 2011: ‘The Folk Club meets once a month ... In our madness, once or twice a year we will organise a whole day of folk music. We generally start off with a singaround and music session in the morning then have two afternoon concerts featuring some of the best local performers and a big concert in the evening to finish off the day’.

Category Folk Clubs
* Poppy Folk Club
VISITS (to the Website)94
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)145
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Held each August in an intimate setting nestling on the Powys/Herefordshire border, the Presteigne Festival has become a focal point for those seeking musical nourishment and artistic discovery in the beautiful surroundings of the Welsh Marches. With a truly forward looking commissioning policy, the organisation works closely with composers and artists to create and curate inspiring programmes and events for an ever-widening Festival audience and to bring experience broadening opportunities to its host community. The Presteigne Festival's six music-filled days span the August Bank Holiday period.'

* Presteigne Festival
VISITS (to the Website)97
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)319
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Building up a reputation for hosting some of the finest live bands & solo artists in the country. Coupled with our Wednesday evening folk music jam sessions, our Sunday afternoon gigs have gone from strength to strength. If you are looking for live music in the Herefordshire or Worcestershire area, the Prince of Wales in Ledbury is the place to come. Why not try one of our traditional Sunday roast dinners whilst you're here?!’

Category Folk Clubs
* Prince of Wales Ledbury
VISITS (to the Website)103
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)187

'Music education since 1886. In 2017 we’ll be moving into the first purpose–built Conservatoire in a generation; the first of the digital age.’

* Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
VISITS (to the Website)176
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)353

'We use the term "folk" loosely and all kinds of music from Blues, Country, Americana, Jazz, Traditional and Contemporary Folk are always enjoyed along with poetry and story- telling. Club nights have a relaxed atmosphere and the hall has great acoustics, so there is no need for amplification. You can perform either on or in front of the stage or, if you prefer, from where you are sitting. If you feel happier singing with the words in front of you, that's not a problem as a music stand is provided.'

 

Category Folk Clubs
* Rushwick Folk Club
VISITS (to the Website)161
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)327

‘One of 122 Music Education Hubs being supported by DfE funding administered by Arts Council England ... The running of the Hub is managed through SIPS Education’s Music and Arts Service, which has provided music tuition and ensembles to schools and young musicians in the Sandwell area for many years.’

* Sandwell Music Education Hub
VISITS (to the Website)123
Also indexedSandwell Music & Arts Service
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)166

The Website 'embodies the teaching and learning philosophy of the School, which is highly forward-looking and aims to: work at the leading edge of media practice; seeks to enable staff and students to work collaboratively to make media and academic content; and vitally, seeks to make that work publicly visible to leverage the strengths of the media environments that our graduates will seek to enter as professionals.'.

* School of Media and Performing Arts [Coventry]
VISITS (to the Website)147
Also indexedCoventry University
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)344

Services for Education Music Service is the lead organisation for the Birmingham Music Education Partnership which deploys the central government funding to extend and coordinate music education provision for all reporting to Arts Council England ... Services for Education is a unique charity that uses the power of learning and of music to create and build confidence amongst children, young people, adults and communities. We bring music and learning to life.’

 

Category Birmingham
* Services for Education Music Service [Birmingham]
VISITS (to the Website)19
Also indexedBirmingham Music Education Partnership
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)53

‘Provides the following services to the young people of Worcestershire: - Lessons in schools; - Projects, workshops and whole class tuition; - Six Area Music Centres throughout the county; - Wide range of orchestras and bands; - Instrument hire, collection and delivery service; - Trips, tours, courses and performance opportunities.’  Severn Arts (formely known as Worcestershire Youth Music.) is the Lead Organization for the  Worcestershire Music Education Hub.

* Severn Arts
VISITS (to the Website)108
Also indexedWorcestershire Youth Music | Worcestershire Music Education Hub
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)172

'Offer eight live performances and two illustrated talks in our season of concerts. With around 100 members we aim to keep our subscriptions as low as possible whilst offering a programme of events to rival that of much larger music societies. Our concert programme includes a wide range of music from Classical to Jazz and cappella to Opera ... In addition to our own concerts we arrange outings to concerts in and around the Midlands.'

* Shipston Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)125
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)321

'One of the country's leading folk festivals - the most fun you can have during August Bank Holiday weekend! ... Four days packed with fantastic music, dance, and entertainment all on a centrally located site in the heart of Shrewsbury.'

Category Folk Festivals
* Shrewsbury Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)144
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)287
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Was started in 1997 by local jazz players and enthusiasts to encourage interest in live modern jazz by: * booking and promoting jazz events featuring nationally known and up and coming young artists; * arranging jam sessions and workshops for local musicians; * developing the local audience for jazz by communicating news and information about the programme and other jazz events in Shropshire by print, web and email. The Network arranges a monthly concert, usually at The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury, except in the months of August and December.’

Category Jazz Clubs
* Shrewsbury Jazz Network
VISITS (to the Website)90
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)121
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Shropshire Music Education Partnership (Shropshire Music Hub) is a group of organisations whose collective aim is to promote and facilitate high quality musical learning and experiences throughout the county ... As the lead partner in the Shropshire Music Education Hub, Shropshire Music Service works with local and national organisations to deliver the national plan for music education ... The Hub receives funding from central government via Arts Council England in order to deliver the opportunities as laid out in the National Plan for Music Education (NPME).’

Category Shropshire
* Shropshire Music Education Hub
VISITS (to the Website)20
Also indexedShropshire Music Service
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)73

'Since its first season in 1983-84 Shropshire Music Trust has brought the world's best live music to Shrewsbury and surrounding towns and villages: orchestral concerts to solo recitals, early music to cutting-edge contemporary work, workshops, masterclasses, lunchtime concerts, participation for young musicians.'

* Shropshire Music Trust
VISITS (to the Website)133
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)328

'Come and enjoy a couple of hours of wonderful entertainment with a variety of music, sounds and styles from some of the Country's top organists and what remains Shropshire's only theatre pipe organ installation in a public venue. The WurliTzer now requires no additional amplification with sound coming through the swell shutters, which have been described as "dancing doors" and The Buttermarket is a nice intimate venue in which to enjoy a theatre organ concert, see the organist up close and enjoy a thoroughly good afternoon of entertainment.'

* Shropshire Theatre Organ Trust
VISITS (to the Website)159
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)290
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Committed to working in partnership with schools and pupils to assist them in all forms of music making. It also enriches the lives of pupils and the community through the provision of a wide range of music making opportunities.'

 

* Solihull Music Service
VISITS (to the Website)193
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)158

'On this Website you will find information about the role we play within Stafford Borough’s arts scene and how you can get involved. We have information about the services we offer our members if you’re starting up an amateur arts group or if you’d like to find out about the activities and events of our member societies.'

* Stafford District Arts Council
VISITS (to the Website)125
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)254

‘Although the idea of re-starting a Traditional Club has been brewing for many years, we have always stumbled over the perennial problem – a suitable venue. With so many of the bigger pubs with function rooms closing it looked very much like the idea was nothing more than a pipe dream till the newly refurbished Bird in Hand opened, and what’s more, the landlord and landlady ... were very keen on our ideas. We aim to bring to Stafford some of the very best traditional Folk performers, not just people who are the household names of the folk world, but also up and coming spectacular new talent.’

Category Folk Clubs
* Stafford Folk Club
VISITS (to the Website)148
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)205
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘If you enjoy Good Music, why not come and spend an Evening with us? We meet every two weeks ... Recitals begin at 7.15 pm with a break for refreshments & Social Chatter!‘ September - May.

* Stafford Recorded Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)86
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)135

A combination of about a dozen 'Orchestral Concerts' and 'Piano Masters Series'.

 

* Stoke-on-Trent Classics
VISITS (to the Website)154
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)403
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Our aim is to bring pleasure to those who are interested in recorded music (mainly but not exclusively classical ) within a pleasant, comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Recordings are from CD, with high quality speakers and audio equipment providing the enjoyment of hi-fi sound ... For newcomers, the first visit is free. Do come and see whether you enjoy the music. We’re sure you’ll enjoy our company!‘

* Stone Recorded Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)91
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)139

‘A celebration of the power of language to inspire thought and feeling, insight and reflection – through an innovative programme of themed concerts and talks, designed to engage audiences of all ages and cultures.’ Held Late September. At Review, replaced Website Link with Facebook Page.

Category Arts Festivals
* Stratford International Festival of Words and Music
VISITS (to the Website)66
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)209

‘Presents high quality modern jazz on a regular basis from September to July.’

Category Jazz Clubs
* Stratford Jazz
VISITS (to the Website)165
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)194
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals
* Stratford upon Avon Chamber Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)150
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)327

‘The aim of the Stroud Valleys Music Club is to provide Good Recorded Music in a variety of styles. Presenters come from both professional and amateur sources. Meetings are informal. A refreshment interval gives a chance to Socialise. Visitors and Members' friends are especially welcome. The sole qualification for joining is a liking for good music.’

* Stroud Valleys Music Club
VISITS (to the Website)100
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)208

'We aim to: PRESERVE Jazz Age music; PRESENT top trad bands; PROMOTE our jazz heritage; PROTECT it from decline; PAMPER dancers & listeners; Offer a PACKAGE of Real Music, Real Dance, Real Ale & well stocked bar for a Real Good Night Out.'

 

Category Jazz Clubs
* Sutton Coldfield Trad Jazz Club
VISITS (to the Website)201
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)466
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Tamworth Arts & Events is a creative hub for Tamworth and the wider region. Showcasing exciting and immersive arts activities and events both outdoors and in venue.’

* Tamworth Arts & Events
VISITS (to the Website)81
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)154

'The Club meets every Friday evening for a fairly prompt start at 8.30pm. We operate an informal sing-around format on most of these evenings and we welcome any visiting performers. You are sure to get the opportunity to do a "turn" or two ... We have special guest evenings about four times a year as well as occasional feature nights.'

Category Folk Clubs
* Tamworth Folk & Rambling Club
VISITS (to the Website)127
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)364
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A week-long programme of choral and orchestral concerts, cathedral services, solo and chamber music recitals, masterclasses, talks, theatre, exhibitions and walks, rotating each summer between the beautiful English cathedral cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester. It is the oldest non-competitive classical music festival in the world.’ Held Late July - Early August.

 

* Three Choirs Festival
VISITS (to the Website)102
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)300
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Annual weekend event taking place Late June. The Friends of the Upton Jazz Festival is 'Worcestershire's Premier Jazz Society for the best live jazz in the area featuring top musicians from Britain and abroad'.

Category Jazz Festivals
* Upton upon Severn Jazz Festival
VISITS (to the Website)215
Also indexedFriends of the Upton Jazz Festival
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)261

'The Folk Festival is promoted by the Upton upon Severn Folk Dance and Song Society. Membership of the society is available on application and acceptance by the committee. Membership is open to all those who wish to promote Folk Dancing and Folk Music in the district of Upton upon Severn in South Worcestershire.' Held Early May.

Category Folk Festivals
* Upton-upon-Severn Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)206
Also indexedUpton upon Severn Folk Dance and Song Society
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)340

‘Presents regular evening recitals of recorded music on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, from September until May ... The evenings consist mainly of classical music, with a bit of jazz thrown in for good measure from time to time, and include an interval for tea and biscuits. The majority of the recitals are presented by our members and about a third are presented by visitors from other local music societies. New members and visitors are always welcome at our meetings.’

* Walton Music Circle
VISITS (to the Website)94
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)168

Warwick Folk Festival has been long established as one of the best family music festivals in the UK. With a variety of venues, including the large marquee and purpose built Theatre, safe and clean site full of craft stalls, eateries and entertainment, along with some of the world’s best music artists and a spectacular fringe festival located in the town centre, this festival continues to delight music fans of all ages and generations!’ Held Late July.

 

Category Folk Festivals
* Warwick Folk Festival
VISITS (to the Website)12
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)23

Warwickshire Music provides instrumental, vocal and curriculum music across a full range of educational settings as well as through our five music centres located in each of the five regions of Warwickshire. Warwickshire Music is the lead organisation for the Warwickshire Music Hub ... Launched in 2012 Warwickshire Music Hub has brought together partners from a variety of organisations with a shared vision: “To ensure children in Warwickshire have the very best opportunities to learn to play an instrument, learn to sing, play together in ensembles and progress to the next level of excellence”.’

Category Warwickshire
* Warwickshire Music Hub
VISITS (to the Website)78
Also indexedWarwickshire Music
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)174

Wenlock Olympian Live Arts Festival has taken place each year since 1979. Competitions were held in the performing arts as part of the original Olympic Games. The Festival is held in March each year ... There are competitive classes in dance, music and speech & drama for children and young people aged 18 and under. The Festival is organised and staffed entirely by volunteers.’

* Wenlock Olympian Live Arts Festival
VISITS (to the Website)96
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)152

Annual Festival which has taken place since 2013 in a village near Oswestry, each year focussing on works of a single composer. Held Mid May.

* Whittington International Chamber Music Festival
VISITS (to the Website)203
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)358

Wolverhampton Music Education Hub aims to provide children and young people in the City of Wolverhampton the opportunity to learn an instrument, sing, perform and access high quality musical experiences. Wolverhampton Music Service is the lead organisation for the hub and, along with its partner organisations, strives to provide a high quality, broad and balanced offer of support for music education to schools and young people across Wolverhampton.‘

 

* Wolverhampton Music Education Hub
VISITS (to the Website)144
Also indexedWolverhampton Music Service
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)175

'The Society has been in existence for many years, principally for the playing of classical recorded music using the Society's own equipment in four formats - CD, Cassette, DVD and LP. We are a small group averaging about twenty at each of our weekly meetings. Knowledge of classical music is not at all necessary, merely an enthusiasm for it and its sharing with other like-minded folk. Visitors are always welcome to join us as a temporary member for an evening.'

* Wolverhampton Recorded Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)126
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)301

‘One of the premier live music clubs in the West Midlands: Folk .. Roots .. Blues .. Acoustic.’ Weekly Friday night meetings, September - July.

Category Folk Clubs
* Woodman Folk Club
VISITS (to the Website)99
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)157
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'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 the Website)96
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)208

‘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 the Website)96
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)130
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)81
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)158

‘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 the Website)111
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)528
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)47
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)75

‘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 the Website)120
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)255

‘Founded in 1964 ... A friendly group of people dedicated to furthering knowledge and appreciation of the organ and its music – open to all, not necessarily organists.’

* Worcestershire Organists’ Association
VISITS (to the Website)131
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)249

'The Wychavon Festival of Brass was the result of an initiative developed by the Vale of Evesham Commerce and Tourism Association which, in the late 80’s, was seeking to raise the profile of the town. An exciting brass band contest was seen as an interesting and novel way of attracting visitors and offering the local population the opportunity to hear and experience some fabulous brass music!' Held Late October.

* Wychavon Festival of Brass
VISITS (to the Website)137
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)319
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Formed 2007: ‘A mixed voice A Cappella ensemble ... Our repertoire Is taken from a mixture of old folk songs, ballads, popular standards and 50s, 60s and 70s pop songs ... Most numbers have three part harmonies, rising to five part to include tenor and contralto voices at times. Some pieces involve solo singing with ensemble backing, most with our own unique arrangements ... The choir is based in Wombourne, West Midlands ... We perform at public and private events throughout the year’.

 

+ Acoustic Voices
VISITS (to the Website)42
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)98

'Formed as a youth band by the late Arthur Doyle, following his retirement as Principal Tuba with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). This makes us one of the oldest civilian Concert Bands in the West Midlands.'

 

+ AD Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)147
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)275

‘A well established choir in the south of Warwickshire ... If you are looking for a choir to join then look no further as we will give you a warm welcome and promise you an exciting musical experience with us. Singing is our passion but so is raising money in aid of a variety of charities. Our current busy charity concert calendar (Sept- July) can be found in the forthcoming concerts section.’

+ Alcester Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)161
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)235
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An amateur group holding events and shows in and around the Alcester area including Redditch and Stratford Upon Avon ... Hyperactive, talented and fun loving this young at heart company work hard and play hard. With a strong management team and commitment to good quality yet affordable live entertainment, the company is optimistic about the future and looks forward to many years of success.’

+ Alcester Musical Theatre Company
VISITS (to the Website)89
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)199

'The Choir was formed in 1980 by Malcolm Brinson and several of the original founder members still sing with the choir ... We perform a variety of music based on 3 main concerts. Our Easter concert is usually a major choral work. At our summer concert we perform lighter pieces and the Christmas concert is seasonal with audience participation. We sponsor the annual Alcester Young Musician Competition and the winner is invited to perform at one of our concerts.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Alcester Singers
VISITS (to the Website)155
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)403
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Since its formation in an Alcester coffee house in 1897, the AVSB has retained close links with the town of Alcester regularly playing at town events, including the Court Leet parade, the Remembrance Concert and the annual Street Market. The band also performs regularly at bandstands around Warwickshire and Worcestershire. The band has a strong regular core membership, some newer, keen, young members, and is always on the look out for new recruits with enthusiasm and a brass instrument!'

 

+ Alcester Victoria Silver Band
VISITS (to the Website)142
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)379
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Aldridge Musical Comedy Society, or AMCS for short, is a Drama and Theatre group that prides itself on musical prowess and acting talent. Formed in 1967 in a corroboration with Brownhills, we have performed over 70 shows in a wide variety of theatres in the West Midlands area.’

+ Aldridge Musical Comedy Society
VISITS (to the Website)129
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)132
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The group is based in the village of Alton, Staffordshire, with members coming from the surrounding villages and towns. We ring on 3½ octaves of handbells and handchimes and give regular tune ringing performances at a variety of local venues.'

 

Category Handbell Ringers
+ Alton Handbell Ringers
VISITS (to the Website)168
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)374
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Everybody, Let’s Sing ‘started from a love of singing. No matter how old you are, the joy of singing with other people is uplifting and soul enhancing! We want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to experience those feelings. ELS has various sections – all with the same aim – to enjoy singing together, and at times, to share this singing with a wider audience. Alvechurch Community Choir meets regularly to sing, and on occasions, perform. The choir’s outreach activities to care homes and community groups also draw in, and entertain, others’.

Category Community Choirs
+ Alvechurch Community Choir
VISITS (to the Website)131
Also indexedEverybody, Let’s Sing
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)197

‘Play all your favourite music in the Alveley Village Band. Our members go away happy and refreshed after playing the best arrangements possible for brass, woodwind, strings and percussion. We are unique - our band offers parts for all instruments so all musicians can participate. We guarantee you'll love being part of the band. Local children give the band a thumbs-up too! Come and join us!’

 

+ Alveley Village Band
VISITS (to the Website)132
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)271

'Amington Band have been in existence for nearly 100 years, rehearsing every week, entertaining the people of Tamworth and taking part in contests. As a band we take pride in this, and we're committed to keep the legacy going, the entertainment flowing and brass players blowing. Over the years the Band has been placed in all sections; from fourth to the championship section. Right now we're a 2nd section band but we aim high and constantly try to improve ...'

+ Amington Band
VISITS (to the Website)136
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)373
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a mixed choir of all ages made up of around 40-50 singers ... We perform our own fundraising concerts during the year and in addition we perform concerts by invitation from other organisations, churches, village halls, charities, etc., who wish to raise their own funds ... We perform music of many styles – show songs, opera choruses, spirituals, folk songs, traditional songs, ballads, classic pop – so there is something to please everyone.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Arrow Vale Singers
VISITS (to the Website)235
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)208
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Classic English brass band based in Inkberrow in the heart of the Worcestershire ... having moved there several years ago from our previous home in Alcester. Dedicated to the enjoyment of music, we have members of all ages from 9 to much much older.' Formerly Alcester Victoria Youth Band.

+ Arrow Valley Brass
VISITS (to the Website)150
Also indexedAlcester Victoria Youth Band
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)374
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Founded in 1969 by Dr. David Humphreys, a Physician in the Birmingham General Hospital where the orchestra originally rehearsed. However, following refurbishment of the General, our orchestra needed to move and we now rehearse in the Medical School of the University of Birmingham in Edgbaston.Although the orchestra has a "medical" origin and we are based within the Medical School, we welcome players from anywhere. You do not have to be "medical" or a member of the Medical School or the University to join us ... The title of the orchestra derives from the ancient Greek healer Asklepios (Ἀσκληπιός, Latin form Aesculapius) ...'

 

+ Asklepios Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)197
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)508

‘A friendly and ambitious brass band residing on the borders of North Staffordshire/South Cheshire just 5 minutes from Junction 16 of the M6. We have our own purpose-built bandroom and pride ourselves in delivering varied and entertaining concerts. We are a contesting band having very recently gained promotion ... We welcome players of all abilities and have both a main band and training band to accomodate the needs of all. If you already play or would like to learn to play a brass instrument, or if you are already a player looking to return to banding, get in touch with us.‘

 

+ Audley Brass
VISITS (to the Website)203
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)446
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A brass band based in the town of Evesham, Worcestershire, England. It is made up of roughly 25 players with percussion and entertains the local community in concerts both for local charities and also to support itself.’

+ Avonbank Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)93
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)168
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Founded in 1951 having developed from the local Women’s Institute Choir. We are a mixed voice choir and currently have around 55 members. The Society gives three concerts per year at local venues, performing a variety of choral works with professional soloists and orchestral accompaniment, as well as lighter music.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Barnt Green Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)171
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)417
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A “by invitation” chamber orchestra based in Leamington Spa. Players are drawn from throughout Warwickshire and beyond. Many players are music teachers, others follow a range of careers and enjoy performing music as a recreational activity. Concerts take place in October, January and April ... Professional soloists are engaged to perform concertos with the orchestra ... The orchestra also accompanies choral societies and plays for festival and “Prom” concerts.’

+ Beauchamp Sinfonietta
VISITS (to the Website)108
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)249
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are a mixed adult choir of around 20 voices performing in the Newport, Shropshire area and beyond. We love to encourage others to enjoy taking part, explore repertoire and improve their singing! Members come from a wide geographical area and a range of backgrounds and age ranges. We are an experienced choir with several long serving singers, but also many newer singers too. We sing to create beautiful music and for our own enjoyment. Our repertoire is broad, from sacred classical works to popular music arrangements.'

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Beaumaris Singers
VISITS (to the Website)133
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)368

Award-winning barbershop-style ladies choir formed in 1989: 'The Belles are always keen to welcome new members to join us. Whether you love to be a diva singing the tune, or enjoy the tinkly top notes or bassy low notes, there is a part for you to sing! Singers with any level of experience are welcome - you will learn lots very quickly!'

+ Belles of Three Spires
VISITS (to the Website)200
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)328

'We are a sociable bunch, rehearsing twice a week (Mon & Fri) and always welcome new members. We have a training band which meets once a week (Fridays), and we also offer lessons to beginners just starting out in our Mini-Brass group on Monday evenings.'

+ Bilton Silver (Rugby) Band
VISITS (to the Website)166
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)434
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Birmingham's leading large chamber choir ... giving inspiring live performances with a distinctive mix of choral music from JS Bach and the Baroque period to 21st century British music.’

Category Birmingham
+ Birmingham Bach Choir
VISITS (to the Website)135
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)252
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1966. Many of the singers are Welsh, and the choir has a strong allegiance with Wales, and with the tradition of Welsh male voice choirs ... Birmingham Canoldir are always keen to welcome new voices and we would love you to come and join us ... Throughout the year we give many concerts to raise funds for charities and good causes. We even have some weekends away, those are always good fun ...’

+ Birmingham Canoldir Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)106
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)222
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'As a world-leading contemporary ensemble, BCMG has premiered over 160 works, most commissioned through its pioneering Sound Investment scheme, with a family of Investors supporting each new piece. In addition, BCMG’s extensive Learning and Participation Programme supports young people as composers, performers and listeners of new music through an exciting range of projects in- and out-of-school.'

+ Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
VISITS (to the Website)383
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)342

‘Originally started as the chorus for the Birmingham Triennial Music Festivals which ran from 1784 to 1912. Birmingham Festival Choral Society gives at least three main concerts per season with music ranging from the Baroque period to the 21st Century. We also give a Christmas Charity Concert. We have sung many premières over the years, from Mendelssohn's Elijah, conducted by the composer himself in 1846, to Bob Chilcott's “Circle Song” (2012) and Patrick Larley's “Birmingham Spirituals” (2014) ... We perform to a high standard while welcoming singers with different levels of experience ... Why not come along? Come for a couple of rehearsals to try us. If you decide that you would like to join, a friendly Voice Test will then be arranged. Subs are only payable after this, once you have officially joined.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Birmingham Festival Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)56
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)145
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Adult flute players, with an approximate standard of Grade 7 or above, will be welcome to apply ... We invite all potential applicants to come along for a taster session to see if they would like to join us ... We meet together to play and rehearse a wide variety of music arranged for flutes (including piccolo, standard C flute, alto and bass) and from time to time we perform at concerts and other gigs.'

Category Flute Ensembles
+ Birmingham Flute Choir
VISITS (to the Website)163
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)212

‘We are a forward looking, lively bunch of “ordinary blokes”, who wish to share our joy of singing with all – something we have been doing for over 100 years ... The choir aims to perform about 12 concerts per year, the main one being our annual autumn concert to which we invite professional guest artists to appear with us at a prestigious venue.

+ Birmingham Icknield Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)116
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)166
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Birmingham Royal Ballet shares the ambition of the city of Birmingham to be recognised internationally as a successful, innovative and culturally diverse city by becoming a focus for excellence in dance development and performance.'

 

Category Ballet Companies
+ Birmingham Royal Ballet
VISITS (to the Website)121
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)364
MULTIPLE Concerts and Recitals

‘The UK's premiere wind orchestra, giving regular concerts in Birmingham and taking the music of the Midlands to the world ... The 45-strong orchestra is made up of players living and working in and around Birmingham and the wider West Midlands, whilst others travel from different parts of the UK to participate with the ensemble ... In 2014 Birmingham Symphonic Winds were invited ... to become “Ensemble in Residence” at Birmingham University forging links between Birmingham Symphonic Winds and the University Wind Band.’ ALERT At Review, ‘No Start Page’ configured for Website.

+ Birmingham Symphonic Winds
VISITS (to the Website)126
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)198

‘The Band was formed in 1998 when woodwind were invited into the Blackwell Brass Band to encourage further growth. Since these humble beginnings it has gone on to reach its current strength of around 55 players. There are a wide range of players in the band of varying experience and calibre. The repertoire includes marches, jazz, calypso, blues, pop, rock, film scores and more.

+ Blackwell Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)117
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)211
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a mixed voice SATB chamber choir of about 30 voices based in Whitchurch in North Shropshire. The choir has a broad repertoire of sacred and secular music, giving concerts and recitals throughout Shropshire, North Wales, Cheshire, and Staffordshire ... We welcome enquiries from experienced singers thinking of joining us. Please note that as a chamber choir the Border Singers is unlikely to suit those with limited experience of ensemble singing. As a chamber group membership is limited so that we achieve a balanced sound.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Border Singers
VISITS (to the Website)98
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)218
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Bournville Clarinet Choir is dedicated to creating and presenting new music for clarinet ensembles.  The choir is an exciting opportunity for committed and enthusiastic clarinettists to rehearse and perform to a high standard while supporting local community events. Although the majority of our members are amateurs (aged 18+) they include music students, teachers and retired professionals.  Some are local Brummies but others travel from as far afield as Coventry, Leicestershire and Gloucestershire. At present there about twenty members mostly playing the standard Bb clarinet as well as Eb, Bass, Contra Alto and Contra Bass.’

 

Category Selly Oak
+ Bournville Clarinet Choir
VISITS (to the Website)39
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)92

'For performing members a brief audition will be required so we may “see what you are capable of”. It is nothing to worry about, it is just our way to assess where you would best fit in the society. After all, if you join you will be performing to audiences in theatres such as The Crescent. We place members in singing voices, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone and Bass. If you don’t know where you fit into the above – don’t worry we will help you! Can you dance? Presently we have dancers who both sing and dance and have joined us from a number of dance schools and have featured in many of our major productions.'

+ Bournville Musical Theatre Company
VISITS (to the Website)130
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)348
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are a community youth choir based in Bournville, South Birmingham. We encourage children and young people to sing, develop their vocal skills and musical knowledge, and participate in regular and varied concerts. We enjoy making music together by exploring a wide-ranging repertoire of choral music, which includes classical, jazz, folk, pop, gospel and spiritual songs. We always welcome new members, so why not come along and give singing a try?'

 

Category Selly Oak
+ Bournville Young Singers
VISITS (to the Website)118
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)270

'"Bret" Band are the only surviving village band in Worcestershire. The earliest mention in public records which the band has found, is one in September of 1895 where reference is made in the Evesham Journal to an event to raise funds for the newly-formed band. Further research has revealed that the band was formed sometime between the autumn of 1894 and the summer of 1895. The band evolved from a Band of Hope based on a chapel in the village and when first formed it was known as the Bretforton Temperance Band (there’s no answer to that!) Some years ago the band was fortunate enough to purchase this chapel and now it is here that they meet to practice ...' ALERT Could not open the Band’s Website when Reviewed; cited their Facebook Page instead.

+ Bretforton Silver Band
VISITS (to the Website)174
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)710

'We have 30 or so members coming from all walks of life. Age is not a factor as men of all ages are made very welcome. All enjoy the singing, fellowship and fun the choir affords ... If you enjoy singing and want to sing well, then you will fit perfectly in our choir. There are no auditions and no requirement to be able to read music although of course it helps ... Bridgnorth Male Voice Choir does not consider itself to be an elitist choir. We exist for men who want to sing to be given a chance to perform. So come along to one of our practices, sit down and try it out ...'

+ Bridgnorth Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)151
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)378
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Traditional concert wind band, made up of musicians of all ages and abilities ... The Band continues to keep to its original ethos and constitution of bringing young and not so young people together and provide the opportunities to learn, practice and perform music in a safe environment, bringing entertainment and music to a wider audience with a commitment to help and support others.'

+ Bridgtown Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)214
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)480

We are a thriving mixed choir of around 45 singers ... Based in Brierley Hill in the West Midlands, we hold two concerts each year, usually in May and December, engaging professional soloists and instrumentalists where appropriate ... Our varied repertoire is based around the principal classical choral works ... We welcome new members who will be assured of friendly company and a lively, enjoyable musical experience. Or why not come along to one of our concerts? They are always well attended and well received and are usually followed by a drink and a bite to eat.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Brierley Hill Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)143
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)214

'Our two concerts during the year take place in the spring and at Christmas.We sing a wide selection of choral music, some of the great choral works and some not so well known ... As well as our two concerts a year members of the choir take part in many other choral events ...'

Category Choral Societies
+ Bromsgrove Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)125
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)368

‘Made up of players from a very wide area around the town of Bromyard in Herefordshire in England. Although “Wind Band” is in our title, we are a full Symphonic Concert Band / Ensemble ... We play all types / ranges / styles. Most original Wind Band music is relatively modern, but we do try to play pieces from all music genres. Pieces can range from “Classical” arrangements through the “Miller” era, to modern pieces by present-day composers.‘

+ Bromyard Symphonic Wind Band
VISITS (to the Website)62
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)85
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Burton upon Trent has a long history of Brass Bands, which still continues. However, because of a very strong Local Education Authority policy in Woodwind tuition, the need for mixed Woodwind and Brass groups had caused a rise in Concert Bands in the U.K. In order to fill this gap in Burton on Trent, David Haines (our current Musical Director), held a meeting in 1992 of local woodwind, brass and percussion players. As a result of that meeting, the Burton Concert Band was formed. Several members of the original band still play with us regularly.’

+ Burton Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)148
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)287
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed as Burton Operatic Society in the 1920s and re-formed in the early 1950s producing mainly Operetta. Since the late 70s, the Society has moved on from Operetta to Musicals and performs two shows a year ... In 2014 the society was renamed “The Burton Musical Theatre Company”, which we feel reflects our true identity. Our shows range from well known “box offcie hits” to lesser known shows that give our audiences the opportunity to see some first class productions with sets built by our crew, and music provided by our excellent band of musicians.’

 

+ Burton Musical Theatre Company
VISITS (to the Website)166
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)417
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Originally formed by the amalgamation of 5 local colliery choirs ... Inaugurated in 1968, and has been entertaining audiences ever since. Its success has been born from the sheer dedication, energy and professionalism of the founders and stalwarts that have served the choir from its origins through to the present day. Over the decades the choir has taken part in choral competitions and eisteddfods, winning major awards for its performances in the UK and Europe.’

+ Cannock Chase Orpheus Male Choir
VISITS (to the Website)167
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)822

'Founded in 1982 by Michael Smith, the then organist of the Parish Church of St. Oswald, King & Martyr, Oswestry. Under its original name "Cantiones Sacrae" the choir comprised 15 voices and set its sights on performing some of the more challenging music in the chamber choir repertoire. Before long it swelled to well over 20 voices and concerts were given as far afield as Chester and Shrewsbury, as well as an appearance at the Llangollen International Festival. Cantiones dropped the "Sacrae" from its title in the mid-nineties when its repertoire widened to include more and more of the quality secular music available.'

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Cantiones
VISITS (to the Website)138
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)385
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Band, now styled on Military Band instrumentation, was originally founded by a small nucleus of 7 or 8 young musicians in February 1992, following the demise of the Evesham Sea Cadet Corps Band. The number of members achieving good results for examinations set by the Royal Schools of Music has resulted in the Band rapidly gaining recognition as a successful training ground for young musicians and aspiring adults within the Vale of Evesham.’

 

+ Celebration Reed & Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)98
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)232
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘North Staffordshire's largest Choral Society with over 120 singers ... The Choir has specialised in singing the major works of the choral repertoire, covering most of the classics ... everything from Monteverdi to moderns ... Singers of all voice parts are welcome to join the Ceramic City Choir at any time, and are encouraged to attend a few “no obligation” rehearsals before deciding if you would like to audition to join the choir.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Ceramic City Choir
VISITS (to the Website)86
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)180

‘Formed in 1993, we have grown to be a group of 30 choral singers of various ages and singing backgrounds ... We always welcome enquiries from potential singing members. Although the choir operates on a maximum of 28 singers, there are frequently vacancies in all voice parts.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Chamber Choir [Stratford upon Avon]
VISITS (to the Website)125
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)217
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Malvern’s own fine amateur orchestra ... Its membership, drawn from all over the Midlands region, now exceeds one hundred players ... The Orchestra rehearses intensively over two consecutive weekends culminating in a concert on the second Sunday. The Orchestra is committed to continuous improvement and with this aim we hold one-day workshops, and a Young Musician Competition, to provide opportunities for up-and-coming performers.  There is always a place for musicians of a high standard, particularly in the strings, so if you are interested in joining the Orchestra (auditions are not necessary, but grade 8 is advisable) please contact us.’

+ Chandos Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)67
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)145
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 2007, Chetwynd is a choir that takes its name from the family long-associated with its “home” since the outset, the church of St Mary the Virgin at Ingestre near Stafford ... The choir is well-suited to the intimate atmosphere of the church, in terms of both scale and repertoire. Properly described as a chamber choir, it is well-served in terms of soloists, accompanists and strength-in-depth across the range of parts. The choir performs two or three times a year, spending six to eight weeks in preparation for its concerts.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Chetwynd
VISITS (to the Website)87
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)142

‘The Circle Singers is a small, well established, mainly a cappella choir of approximately 30 members of all ages from around Warwickshire ... The choir does not require an audition and sight reading of music is not essential. Some previous singing experience, however, would be an advantage.’

+ Circle Singers of Royal Leamington Spa
VISITS (to the Website)92
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)225

’From playing in concert halls to playing in parks, from raising money for charity to regular trips to the pub - City of Birmingham are in every sense a traditional British brass band ... The Band has a broad repertoire to suit its wide variety of audiences. This ranges from traditional and modern brass band music, through classical works arranged for brass, to film/television theme tunes and arrangements of popular melodies ... We've worked with singers, dancers, actors, African drummers, film makers and composers to ensure that the concerts are unique. As a result they're attracting a growing audience, and we're building a reputation as a band that can put on quite a show! As well as our concert schedule, the band usually enters a couple of competitions a year.’

 

+ City of Birmingham Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)64
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)123

‘Since 1921, the City of Birmingham Choir has entertained audiences with a wide and adventurous repertoire. Singing from the start in the historic Town Hall and, since its opening, in the magnificent Symphony Hall, we have also enjoyed a warm musical partnership with the city’s international orchestra, the CBSO.’

Category Choral Societies
+ City of Birmingham Choir
VISITS (to the Website)74
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)113
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Based in Symphony Hall, it gives over 130 concerts each year in Birmingham, the UK and around the world, playing music that ranges from classics to contemporary, film music and even symphonic disco. With a far-reaching community programme and a family of choruses and ensembles, it’s involved in every aspect of music-making in the Midlands. But at its centre is a team of 90 superb professional musicians ... making the world’s greatest music, right here in the heart of Birmingham.'

+ City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)92
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)297

'The Band has a special relationship with the City of Lichfield and plays for civic events, including the Sheriff's Ride, twinning and other public ceremonies. Several concerts are given in the Guildhall each year and the band also plays at the annual "Proms in Beacon Park". Invitations are frequently received to play in other venues around the West Midlands ...'

+ City of Lichfield Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)237
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)426
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 1972 and initially ... comprised of a mix of school students and other local players recruited by advertising and friend’s recommendations ... We are always ready to welcome new players into our friendly ranks. All you need is some experience of playing a brass instrument, or percussion. The band are looking forward to growing in number and developing their repertoire, whilst entering a few contests along the way in order to progress.’

+ City of Wolverhampton Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)47
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)134
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Wolverhampton’s premier choral society ... Evolved from the Wolverhampton Civic Choir and can trace its roots back to 1948. Currently the choir has around fifty members and usually performs three concerts a year within the city.’

Category Choral Societies
+ City of Wolverhampton Choir
VISITS (to the Website)42
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)128

Formed 1902: ‘The Band, now consisting of Senior, Youth and Beginner's with over 100 members, performs many engagements each year in the area with the quality of the music and entertainment provided being highly commended ... It has struggled and survived through two world wars and has seen many musical directors, and even more players come and go’.

 

+ Coleshill Town Band
VISITS (to the Website)51
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)92

‘Formed in 1963 shortly after the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral and is regarded as one of the UK’s leading choral societies. From its formation until September 2017 the choir was known as Saint Michael’s Singers, taking its name from the saint to whom the cathedral is dedicated. However, the choir has felt for some time that it would like to be more closely aligned to this iconic building and all it stands for. With its new name the choir will now be instantly recognised for what it is and where it is based ... The choir has a membership of around ninety auditioned singers from all ages and walks of life and promotes its own season of concerts in Coventry Cathedral and at other venues in the English Midlands area.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Coventry Cathedral Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)55
Also indexedSaint Michael’s Singers
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)113
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a non-audition choral society ... The Society was founded on 12th April 1943 – a particularly dark time for the city of Coventry, and a time when hope for the future must have been at a premium ... We run two choirs: the Philharmonic Choir and the Coventry Singers, both of whom rehearse one evening per week in term time ... The Coventry Philharmonic Singers (‘The Singers’) was founded in 2013 as part of the Coventry Philharmonic Choir’s 70th anniversary celebrations ... All our rehearsals are open to the public and to potential new members, so why not pay us a visit?’

Category Choral Societies
+ Coventry Philharmonic Society
VISITS (to the Website)59
Also indexedCoventry Singers
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)142
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Cradley Singers is a choir of approximately 30 singers performing three concerts each year in and around the Malvern and Worcester area. Although we originated as Cradley Village choir, our members now come from many villages and market towns in the area, such as Ledbury, Bromyard and Malvern. We sing a wide variety of music ranging from serious works such as Vivaldi’s Gloria and the Duruflé Requiem to light-hearted jazz and contemporary pieces.‘

Category Community Choirs
+ Cradley Singers
VISITS (to the Website)36
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)65

‘The line up includes 5 sexy saxes, 3 terrific trombones, 4 trustworthy(ish) trumpets, a classy clarinet, 2 gallant guitars, 1 punchy piano, a brilliant bass and a driven drummer. As if that wasn’t enough, we even have our very own female vocalist ... Please note we don’t take commercial bookings, we know there are many professional musicians out there struggling to earn a living, and they deserve those bookings. We like to play to support community events and to help fundraising for worthy charities. When we accept an invitation we don’t charge a set fee but a realistic donation towards our travel & other expenses is essential to keep us on the road.‘

Category Big Bands
+ Craven Arms Big Band
VISITS (to the Website)67
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)161
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a community choir based in Telford Shropshire ... Everyone is welcome to come and sing, you do not need any experience, or the ability to read music.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Darby Singers
VISITS (to the Website)113
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)299

‘Formed in 1987 by a group of enthusiastic singers who wanted to perform a wide range of works for mixed choir. The choir has a varied repertoire, consisting of early music, anthems, larger classical works, madrigals, spirituals, folk song arrangements and popular songs. They regularly give concerts in the Warwick, Kenilworth and Leamington Spa area.‘

 

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Diatonic Chamber Choir
VISITS (to the Website)63
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)145
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded December 2006: ‘We participate in a range of indoor and outdoor events throughout the year ... We are a very friendly 4th section (non contesting) village band. We would like to start contesting one day ... Good relaxed atmosphere within the band room and definitely no politics ...’

 

+ District of Dunchurch Brass
VISITS (to the Website)78
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)162

‘A group of twenty or so singers. The number varies from time to time but the one thing that never changes is our passion for singing and all things vocal. Our programmes are mainly made up of unaccompanied pieces in almost any style you can think of. We love sacred and secular music, from the Renaissance right through to the present day, and from all around the world..’ ALERT Website Link replaced with Facebook Page Link.

+ Divertimento: Music for Voices
VISITS (to the Website)121
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)234

'Formed in 1945 and gave its first performance in Dudley Town Hall on the 29th December. They performed Handel's Messiah under the baton of the founder Dr Mainwaring. Since then there have been seven conductors. In that first performance there were 114 ladies and 70 gentlemen. Today we have a more modest chorus of approximately 30 members. However we would always welcome new members! In the past we have had orchestral accompaniment, but this became too unwieldy as well as too expensive ...'

Category Choral Societies
+ Dudley Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)167
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)497

‘A non contesting brass band based in the historic village of Dunchurch, on the south-western outskirts of Rugby, Warwickshire. The main focus of the band is currently its Concert programme, with a busy schedule of performances - formal concerts, fetes and fundraising - throughout each year ... We also have a flourishing Training Band which performs regularly and aims to encourage beginners and learners of any age to come along and give brass banding a go.’

 

+ Dunchurch Band
VISITS (to the Website)62
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)172

Founded 2014: ‘An exciting chamber choir based in Ludlow ... specialising in singing 20th & 21st century choral works ... The choir now performs three concerts a year, and goes from strength to strength. With each concert the choir is expanding its repertoire, and has performed a wide variety of music including pieces written and arranged especially for the choir, as well as choral favourites’.

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Edge Chamber Choir
VISITS (to the Website)65
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)205

‘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 the Website)122
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)187
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The choir has established a tradition of performing May and Christmas concerts ... Support acts for these concerts have been brass and jazz bands, local comedians ... male voice choirs, school choirs, soloists and, on occasions, comedy pieces by groups of choir ladies. These events have raised many thousands of pounds over the years for a variety of local causes which benefit charities, organisations and local individuals. The choir also enjoy performing smaller concerts in churches, nursing homes, community centres and private parties ... The choir enjoys singing a wide range of music from all musical era and members are encouraged to be involved in the selection of new pieces.’

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Ellenvale Singers
VISITS (to the Website)115
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)249
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 the Website)217
Also indexedEnglish String Orchestra
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)227
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A group of orchestral brass musicians mainly based in the Sutton Coldfield area of Birmingham. We are rapidly gaining a reputation for the variety and quality of our performances. We mainly appear in the 10 piece format made popular by the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and subsequently London Brass, though we have been known to appear with as many as 25 performers on stage! We aim to make our music as approachable and enjoyable as possible, but we always try to introduce our audiences to less well known or new music.’

Category Brass Ensembles
+ Enigma Brass Ensemble
VISITS (to the Website)108
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)303

‘Brings together amateur and professional musicians from across the West Midlands. Aiming to set the highest standards in amateur music-making, the orchestra specialises in performing masterpieces from the Classical repertoire as well as Romantic and Modern chamber orchestral works.’

+ Eroica Camerata
VISITS (to the Website)40
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)128
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A leading UK choir and Early Music ensemble with a repertoire that reaches from the 12th to the 21st centuries. We are known for our passion for seeking out the best, the unfamiliar and the unexpected in the choral repertoire and for giving dynamic performances underpinned by detailed research.‘

+ Ex Cathedra
VISITS (to the Website)207
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)207
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A chamber choir which draws its members from across the West Midlands, predominantly from Birmingham, Solihull, Knowle, Hampton-in-Arden, Bromsgrove and Stourbridge. It was formed in 1995 when a group of friends from the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus got together to give a charity performance of the Fauré Requiem under Simon Halsey, the CBSC Chorus Director ... The choir numbers around 20 singers comprising the usual four, mixed voice parts. We perform a wide range of music, usually presenting three concerts each year at various venues across the region.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Ex Urbe
VISITS (to the Website)78
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)218
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The friendliest choir in Solihull ... We formed in 1952 when a group of singers met on a Sunday evening to sing together for their own enjoyment and for the enjoyment of others ... We are passionate about singing and have a repertoire which is ever-changing to meet members’ and audience’s tastes. Don’t let our longevity fool you: we sing equal quantities of current popular music, together with a few old favourites.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Fellowship Singers of Shirley
VISITS (to the Website)72
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)157

'We have been performing since 2010 and, according to our fans, we are one of Coventry's leading gospel-singing groups ... We sing a mixture of gospel music and gospel arrangements of songs from a wide range of genres - from pop to musicals, classic rock to Christmas carols.'

Category Gospel Choirs
+ Forte Choir
VISITS (to the Website)162
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)350

'We are a group of local musicians who have been coming together to share music making since January 2000. The Band is made up of a diverse group of people of all ages and musical experiences. We play a wide range of music from jazz, classical, contemporary, to music from shows and films. Suggestions for new music are always welcome – you can even sponsor pieces if you wish.'

+ Great Wyrley Community Band
VISITS (to the Website)155
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)373

‘Founded in 1986, is a flourishing amateur group of about 40 regular players serving Halesowen and the west of Birmingham ... We promote three concerts a year, performing a wide and varied repertoire ... The orchestra is open to players of a reasonable standard, regardless of age or previous orchestral experience. If you are enthusiastic about music, you will find that a very warm welcome awaits you. There is no formal audition, although players will need to cope adequately with the parts they are asked to practise and perform. As a general indication, given the type of music we tend to play, this means that players should ideally be at least Grade VI standard or equivalent, although this is not a strict minimum requirement.’

+ Halesowen Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)60
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)341
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Established in 1980, we are a mixed choir of about 40 people from Hampton-in-Arden, Knowle, Solihull and surrounding areas ... Our rehearsal programme includes “training evenings” led by our vocal coach ... We usually perform two concerts a year, plus our traditional Christmas Concert. We like to make one of our concerts an orchestral one when we work with professional soloists.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Hampton Singers
VISITS (to the Website)43
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)106
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Harmonie wind band prides itself in providing the opportunity for players to rehearse and perform concerts.  We have no age restrictions or entry requirements - everyone is welcome to come and enjoy playing in a friendly atmosphere (including learners, returners and rusties).  Membership is free for those in full time education ... We perform several major concerts each year with special guest artists.  The band also commissions works and engages top professionals to conduct workshops to improve playing skills.  The type of music we play ranges from popular classics and show medleys to challenging new compositions.​ Proceeds from the concerts are channelled to local and national charities.‘

 

+ Harmonie Concert Band [Solihull]
VISITS (to the Website)25
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)57

Founded 1917: ‘We are a community orchestra made up of people of all ages and musical abilities ... with sponsorship from the Heart of England Co-operative Society ... We perform around six concerts a year to bring live, light classical music to people of Coventry and Warwickshire ... Our repertoire is usually well-known light classical pieces together with marches, overtures and film pieces ... Potential new members are welcome to come and join in with our orchestra or just watch rehearsals’.

Category Light Orchestras
+ Heart of England Co-operative Concert Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)89
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)137
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Our year runs from September to July, with short breaks for Christmas and Easter. We have an open door policy to new members, young and not so young, who are always welcome - there are no auditions. All we ask for is a love of singing and choral music, enthusiasm and commitment to our rehearsals and performances. Our musical director ... sets high and stretching musical standards, but also very much believes in keeping the fun in music making. Absolutely anybody has the opportunity to come along to give us a trial.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Heart of England Singers
VISITS (to the Website)89
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)147
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1983, and currently consists of around 30 mixed voices. The choir performs about 6 concerts each academic year in churches and other venues across Herefordshire and the West Midlands. We perform a wide variety of music from the choral repertoire, both sacred and secular, ranging from the Renaissance to the present day. The choir also enjoys singing for services at cathedrals and abbeys.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Hereford Chamber Choir
VISITS (to the Website)108
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)280
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Founded 1837: ‘We perform concerts in Hereford Cathedral three times a year, and rehearse in the autumn and spring. The Society has about 160 members, who come from all over Herefordshire and beyond. We love to have new members ... There is a simple voice test for potential members, and once you've passed, you're in and will be performing in a programme of concerts that is always varied and exciting’.

Category Choral Societies
+ Hereford Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)139
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)184
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'At least once a year we perform a show, usually one of the famous operettas by W. S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan at our local theatre, The Courtyard in Hereford. We also perform in concerts around the county, singing a variety of songs from the traditional G&S tunes to the more modern melodies from musicals that are currently at the West End ...'

+ Hereford G&S Society
VISITS (to the Website)127
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)313

‘Herefordshire’s leading musical theatre company. We perform two major musicals a year and a whole host of smaller performances too. We’re a friendly and fun community of like-minded individuals, all with a love of musical theatre. If that sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, why not join us? ... Are you aged 8 to 15? Do you want to perform on stage, sing and dance? Why not join our Youth Group! ... There’s a lot of fun, singing and dancing and the chance to perform in a Youth Group show every year, along with other concerts and performances too.’

+ Hereford Musical Theatre Company
VISITS (to the Website)31
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)51

‘It all started in 1957 when the old Herefordshire Constabulary celebrated its centenary and a dozen officers made up a choir to sing at an anniversary event in Hereford Cathedral. They enjoyed it so much they kept on singing and eventually opened their ranks to men from all walks of life. Today the choir is 65 strong and welcomes new members to ensure the great tradition of male voice choral singing continues.’

+ Hereford Police Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)170
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)174
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Founded in September 1958 as an advanced strings evening class. It quickly became established as an independent orchestra, and today it is the only regular adult orchestra in Herefordshire ... Although initially founded as a string group, it quickly developed a pattern of concerts including wind, brass and percussion players and sometimes choral groups.'

Category Hereford
+ Hereford String Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)110
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)242

'Costumed group of singers and instrumentalists who perform music of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, reviving the psalmody and hymnody of the rural parish church from around 200 years ago, so much beloved of Thomas Hardy and exemplified in his novels and poetry. This raw and exciting music is genuinely "music of the people", which found its way from the established church into the independent chapels, before becoming lost and almost forgotten by the beginning of the twentieth century. The Quire's repertoire also includes secular music from the Georgian period, and psalmody from the American tradition in the same era, taking to heart the instruction of John Wesley to "sing lustily and with good courage".'

+ Immanuel's Ground
VISITS (to the Website)144
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)249
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A championship brass band that has entertainment at the top of its agenda. Based in Coventry, this famous brass band features thirty of the finest brass and percussion players from across the midlands region. The band is in great demand for concerts across the UK and has conducting numerous tours throughout Europe and the USA. The bands extensive repertoire stretches a wide spectrum of musical styles often reflected in the bands concert work which includes music from the classics, big-band, shows and traditional repertoires.'

+ Jaguar Land Rover Band
VISITS (to the Website)168
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)291
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A large, mixed voice, adult choir based in Shrewsbury, Shropshire who regularly perform at concerts, weddings and fund raising events throughout the County of Shropshire and over the border into Wales.'

Category Community Choirs
+ Jigsaw Sound
VISITS (to the Website)111
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)355
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The first concert was upstairs in the pub at Blists Hill Museum, Ironbridge, on the 17th October 1985 ... The Quire continues to rehearse once a month and do as many concerts as possible throughout the year, mostly in churches incorporating information about John Moore and his place in west gallery style of music in Shropshire and throughout the country. The Quire remains a costumed Quire with a village band adding authenticity to performances.'

+ John Moore Quire
VISITS (to the Website)159
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)423

'A unique family of three choirs. The Choral Society has a long established history, dating back to 1899, and a great tradition of singing all the great choral works. We also look to the future of choral singing and in addition to the main Choral Society, we have two choirs for young people. Wyre Forest Young Voices, our youth choir for young singers, and Primary Voices, our junior choir for children.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Kidderminster Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)106
Also indexedWyre Forest Young Voices | Primary Chords
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)175

‘The Kidderminster Festival Orchestra, a professional group of some 25 to 35 performers, has been formed with the intention of filling the “high cultural” void in the area of North Worcestershire, South Staffordshire and Shropshire. Given time to establish a reputation as a quality chamber orchestra, it is hoped that TKFO will also work further afield ... Now that it has been established that the Arts Council will be unable to assist with this project, the town has been taking matters into their own hands to establish an independent approach to the core funding for TKFO. As a result the “Friends of the TKFO” will be undertaking various fund raising projects to get the infrastructure of the orchestra onto a secure footing ... Kidderminster is the first provincial town in the Midlands to have, as a part of its musical culture, a fully professional orchestra.’ Inaugural Concert 4 November 2017.

+ Kidderminster Festival Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)85
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)158
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We have an extensive range of male choir musical arrangements with over 130 items in our music library. However, at any one time our performance repertoire is about 30 songs and these are regularly refreshed with new items introduced and others given a rest. The repertoire is very varied and caters for all audience and choir member tastes. Not only do we sing in English but we also cover songs in other languages. Arrangements include show songs, popular music, spirituals, and other traditional male choir items.'

 

+ Kidderminster Male Choir
VISITS (to the Website)224
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)806
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are a group of people with widely differing musical skills and experience who enjoy choral singing ... We sing a variety of music which is selected by our Music Director and we give several public performances each year. We are not pre-auditioned but continuing membership depends upon commitment, co-operation and enthusiasm. We work together in rehearsals and performances to achieve standards that we can be proud of and our audiences can enjoy.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Kington Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)154
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)360
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

KMS is an established, successful amateur theatre group, presenting one main production a year ... We are always looking for new members to join our wonderful group. It's not all about treading the boards, but there is a lot of background work which is essential to a good show, such as stage crew, wardrobe, front of house, props to name but a few.’ Held Mid March.

 

+ Knowle Musical Society
VISITS (to the Website)37
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)44
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1921 as Leamington and Warwick Operatic Society, we specialised for many years in presenting early English operettas and the works of Gilbert & Sullivan. By the start of the 1960s, with new Broadway musicals becoming available for amateur companies to perform, the society began to evolve. As the early shows went out of fashion and new ones came in, the audiences began to change ... Our aim is simple. We want to bring our audiences first class musical shows, that live up to our extremely high standards. We have become renowned throughout the local area for the professionalism, skill and joy with which we put on productions.’

+ Leamington and Warwick Musical Society
VISITS (to the Website)35
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)39

'An exceptional orchestra performing in Leamington Spa. Concerts are held 3 times a year at the Town Hall, Leamington Spa.'

+ Leamington Chamber Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)125
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)319

‘An amateur symphony orchestra based in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, with a membership of about 60 players ... We give three major concerts a year ... The culture is to aim to achieve the highest possible musical standards, within the capability of the members, whilst having fun playing together and giving performances for the benefit of the local community. The orchestra is also well-known for its sociability and takes a pride in including everyone in evenings out, parties, fund-raising activities and cycling weekends, to name but a few.’

+ Leamington Sinfonia
VISITS (to the Website)55
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)130
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Formed in 1962, is a small, friendly group of over 50 dedicated singers ...We present two major concerts a year, and often have other smaller engagements.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Ledbury Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)88
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)319

‘Formed in 2010 by a group of professional brass players, teachers, and community members with the aim of providing Ledbury with a brass band to represent and support the area both in local events and further afield ... Come and join this very friendly bunch of enthusiastic musicians as we embark on a sensible summer engagement schedule [2017] complemented with our first ever contest. Exciting times are ahead for this band ...’

+ Ledbury Community Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)61
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)188

'Has around 100 members from the town and the local area. We sing a wide variety of music, and we usually put on three major concerts every year, with the proceeds going to local charities ... We would love to see you as a new member, so whether you sing soprano, alto, tenor or bass - come along and see how much fun we have. There are no formal auditions, we ask only that you sing in tune!'

Category Community Choirs
+ Ledbury Community Choir
VISITS (to the Website)189
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)244
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A long established choir, its origins going back to 1902 - however, in its present form it was re-established in the mid 60s under the guidance of Vernon Thurgood who remained as musical director until he stepped down after 40 years in the post ... Although much of the membership comes from surrounding towns and villages, the Choral Society is very much part of the town ... Carols by Candlelight, a summer concert in May or June and an autumn concert usually in early November, all three in Leominster Priory, form the normal annual programme.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Leominster Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)129
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)370
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Singing together since April 2009, Lichfield Gospel Choir now has more than 90 members ... We're a joyful community gospel choir singing everything from traditional Zulu songs to modern American gospel ... Whether religious or not, we all find the gospel music fun and uplifting. It warms our hearts and nourishes our souls, as well as providing us with lots of enjoyment and laughter. Plus it’s the perfect stress antidote!‘

Category Gospel Choirs
+ Lichfield Gospel Choir
VISITS (to the Website)120
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)178
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'If you are interested in starring on the stage and have experience of amateur dramatics, then please feel free to contact us. We are always looking for talented people of all ages who have an interest in acting. You never know this could be the step you were looking for to propel yourself into a professional role on the stage!'

 

+ Lichfield Operatic Society
VISITS (to the Website)112
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)257

‘The symphony orchestra of the City of Lichfield ... We perform three concerts a year. Our two main concerts, at Lichfield Guildhall in May and November, are normally traditional with an overture, concerto and symphony, whilst our summer concert sees us performing lighter film/show music in a venue outside Lichfield.’

+ Lichfield Sinfonia
VISITS (to the Website)49
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)130

‘Founded in 1858, the Society currently has around 130 members. We are always keen to welcome new people and we do not hold auditions for entry ... We perform in three main concerts each year, in April, July and December ... The choir performs a wide range of music, from the traditional choral repertoire to less familiar earlier and more-modern works ... Rehearsals move quite quickly and it is important that choir members are prepared to devote additional time to learning the works away from weekly rehearsals.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Ludlow Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)18
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)38
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a non competing local wind band. We play at community, civic and fund raising events in and around South Shropshire.’

+ Ludlow Concert Band
VISITS (to the Website)157
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)449

Founded 1970: ‘An enthusiastic amateur orchestra consisting of around fifty players. It draws its members from Ludlow in South Shropshire and surrounding area ... The orchestra performs up to three concerts each year locally.’

+ Ludlow Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)174
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)395
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a friendly non-contesting brass band based in Lutterworth, Leicestershire ... Our members are of all ages, abilities, shapes and sizes, but we all have the common aim of playing brass band music and having fun ... We are always looking for new members so, if you play an instrument, or want to get back into playing an instrument then please do get in touch ... Most of our performances are as part of local fêtes and charity events. However we are privileged to perform in a number of major occasions in the region.’

+ Lutterworth Town Band
VISITS (to the Website)28
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)68

‘A Championship Band based in the heart of the Royal Forest of Dean ... Like many community bands Lydbrook has been fortunate to have some great fund raisers on their committee. The hard working non-players have raised many thousands of pounds for band funds over the years. This has enabled the band to build its own bandroom and buy new uniforms and instruments for the senior and training band ... One of Lydbrook Band’s many success stories over the years has been the formation of its Training Band ... No-one is ever turned away and no-one is ever too old to learn. All players are welcome and we will supply an instrument free of charge if you haven’t already got one.’

+ Lydbrook Band
VISITS (to the Website)98
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)178
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 1919, we are a mixed choir of some 140 voices performing four concerts during the year. Our concerts take place in either Malvern Theatres or Great Malvern Priory. As well as three main concerts, we perform annually at a Carols for All Concert in Great Malvern Priory in December, specifically to raise funds for charity. We’re a large but friendly group and we’re always ready to welcome new people to our choir and audience.‘

 

Category Choral Societies
+ Malvern Festival Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)80
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)145
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Well known for our seasonal concerts and performances at fetes, weddings, garden parties and in parks, the  Malvern Hills District Brass Band is a dedicated and friendly contesting Worcestershire brass band, with a large repertoire of music to suit all occasions, ... and is keen to hear from brass players or percussionists of any age or ability who may be interested in joining.’

 

+ Malvern Hills District Brass Band
VISITS (to the Website)23
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)51
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Dates from 1922: ‘Our repertoire is large and our library contains over 300 titles. We perform music from TV and film as frequently as musical showstoppers. We sing great Welsh male voice choir classics as well as music of the masters, sixties classics, pop, and songs with strong African rhythms. The full blooded sound of sea shanties contrast with the close harmonies of barber shop and, of course, Christmas provides us with an array of much loved pieces to relish and share. We love and enjoy our singing whether the music is pleasingly straightforward or satisfyingly challenging. New members are always welcome – please see our Contacts page ... or turn up at any Rehearsal!’

+ Malvern Male Voice Choir
VISITS (to the Website)154
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)172

'A mixed, adult choir of about 40 singers. The repertoire is varied but chiefly short pieces that are spiritual, classical, arrangements of popular songs, and songs from shows, rather than major choral works.'

Category Community Choirs
+ Malvern Singers
VISITS (to the Website)137
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)220

‘A group of around 80 singers drawn from a wide area around the small market town of Bishop’s Castle in Shropshire ... We meet weekly to rehearse and give around four concerts each year, ranging in style from major choral concert works (we have particularly enjoyed Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Requiem) to light opera, and of course Christmas favourites. We are a varied group of ladies and men, ranging from our mid-twenties upwards but with no age limit! Some of us are professional musicians, but the vast majority simply have a love of singing together and having some fun on the way. We are always looking out for new members, so if you are interested, why not get in touch, we would love to hear from you.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Marches Choir
VISITS (to the Website)59
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)176
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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