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Region: Yorkshire and the Humber

'The aim of the Ackworrth Concert Society is to provide high quality concerts and avoid the need to travel to major cities and pay higher prices to enjoy the experience. Our concerts are open to all and we particularly welcome children and people (under 18) who are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.'

* Ackworth Concert Society
Visits to the Website177
Views of The ‘Full’ Record357
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Offers music learning opportunities to learners at school, in the community and in out-of-school settings. Supporting learners from first access through to excellence, ArtForms Music offers a range of activity in all genres, and for learners of all ages. We offer vocal and instrumental learning in and out of school, in a wide range of instruments and across a wide range of genres. ArtForms Music Centres offer community-based music learning across the city, and City of Leeds Youth Music offers the opportunity for young musicians to play at a very high level. We support schools through CPD and through the Music Connect network, as well as delivering National Curriculum teaching.’

* ArtForms Music [Leeds]
Visits to the Website194
Also indexedCity of Leeds Youth Music | Leeds Music Education Partnership
Views of The ‘Full’ Record202

Keighley: ‘We are a not-for-profit organisation, run by volunteers, for the furtherance of acoustic, folk and social music’.

Category Folk Clubs
* BACCApipes Folk Club
Visits to the Website168
Views of The ‘Full’ Record198

'An active network of partner organisations led by Barnsley Music Service. It works to enhance music education for schools and families in Barnsley.'

* Barnsley Music Education Hub
Visits to the Website151
Also indexedBarnsley Music Service
Views of The ‘Full’ Record337
Concerts and Recitals SeasonThe Music Service offers ‘regular concerts, master classes and workshops in a range of venues locally and nationally’.

'Run by members for the mutual enjoyment of recorded music. Programmes are presented by our own members as well as guest speakers on a variety of themes. Refreshments are served at the interval & programmes end by 9.30 p.m. The Society has the use of high quality audio equipment and an excellent listening room ... New members & visitors are warmly welcomed,'

* Barnsley Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website129
Views of The ‘Full’ Record405

‘This is an annual youth Music and Drama Festival supported by the Co-perative Group and run by a group of enthusiastic volunteers. Held Mid June.

* Barnsley Youth Music & Drama Festival
Visits to the Website166
Also indexedThe Co-operative Youth Music and Drama Festival
Views of The ‘Full’ Record183

Initiated in 1988 by the local authority, the Festival was designed to bring together the history, ecclesiastical architecture and music of the past for the people of today, and to encourage visitors into the area. Over the years, the Festival has grown to be acknowledged as a "jewel in the cultural crown" ... The Festival is organised by the National Centre for Early Music,York and works in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.' Held Late May.

* Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival
Visits to the Website295
Views of The ‘Full’ Record299
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Held in Late September of each year, the Beverley Chamber Music Festival – now run by New Paths – brings world-class music to the delightful market town of Beverley, in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Concerts take place in St Mary’s Church, an exceptionally beautiful medieval church at the heart of Beverley’s handsome “Georgian quarter”.’

* Beverley Chamber Music Festival
Visits to the Website158
Also indexedNew Paths Music
Views of The ‘Full’ Record197

‘Created in 1991 ... With concerts, dances, workshops, sessions and street entertainment on offer, there should be something for everybody.’ Held Late September.

Category Folk Festivals
* Black Sheep Otley Folk Festival
Visits to the Website135
Views of The ‘Full’ Record146

'An annual celebration of music performed in the Parish Church of St Nicholas’, a historic 12th century church set in the beautiful landscape of High Bradfield, Sheffield within the Peak District National Park.' Held Late June.

* Bradfield Festival of Music
Visits to the Website215
Views of The ‘Full’ Record340
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A unique and diverse musical group whose mission is to make great music whilst having fun! Our membership comprises accordion players from the age of 25 to 85 – both amateur and professional. BAB’s repertoire is wide-ranging and includes classics, music from the shows, pop, rock, folk and accordion originals ... More recently, we have introduced a percussion section and a small number of alternative wind instruments to complement our sound.'

* Bradford Accordion Band
Visits to the Website163
Views of The ‘Full’ Record320
Concerts and Recitals Season

‘We perform at venues throughout Yorkshire and pride ourselves on giving a lively show.’

‘An opportunity for musicians and singers of all ages and abilities to perform in a friendly, supportive setting. Every evening is unique as choirs, singer/songwriters, instrumentalists, soloists and groups – from their teens to their seventies – share their love of music. From accomplished players to first timers, all are welcome to join in or just listen and enjoy.’

* Bradford Music Club
Visits to the Website93
Views of The ‘Full’ Record161

The Bradford Music & Arts Service 'is committed to delivering the objectives of the National Plan for Music and as the lead organisation for the Bradford Music Education Hub will work with a range of partners to offer the best possible musical experience to all children within the Bradford district and beyond'.

* Bradford Music Education Hub
Visits to the Website141
Also indexedBradford Music & Arts Service
Views of The ‘Full’ Record241

'We are a friendly musical fellowship, open to all, with a particular interest in the classical pipe organ but with meetings covering a wide range of topics, almost all with a musical flavour. Our membership encompasses all ages, abilities, interests and religious affiliations - so you are sure to meet interesting people at our meetings!'

* Bradford Organists' Association
Visits to the Website203
Views of The ‘Full’ Record357

'Annual course gives brass enthusiasts throughout the globe an opportunity to study, learn and socialise with a world class music staff and like-minded musicians ... Having spent seven successful years (2010-2016) in the Suffolk town of Framingham, the BBSS has been in search of a new home with its 2017 and 2018 courses taking place in Taunton and Culford respectively. However, the search is now over! The BBSS Board of Directors are delighted to announce that this year's course [2019], and many more for the foreseeable future, will take place in the brass band heartlands of Yorkshire, England.’ Held Mid August.

* Brass Band Summer School
Visits to the Website214
Views of The ‘Full’ Record236

'The British Music Society of York is not quite what the name might lead you to think. It is simply an organisation which, as its core activity, stages six chamber music concerts per year, its season running from October to March. For historical reasons, however, it still has more the structure of a music society: its subscribers are called members, and the Society's committee and officers are appointed at an AGM, held in May or June.'

* British Music Society of York
Visits to the Website163
Views of The ‘Full’ Record312
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Festival is uniquely set in one of the UK's finest Elizabethan stately piles, our very own Burton Agnes Hall! Over twenty five bands provide a weekend of Jazz and Blues from our manicured lawns and inside our ornately carved Great Hall ... Could this be the most breathtaking place to spend a weekend, soaking up the UK's hottest jazz and blues acts? We provide music for all tastes, from those seeking an ambient accompaniment to a glass of wine in the majestic grounds; to the jazz or blues aficionado wanting to get up close to star performers.’ Held Mid July.

Category Jazz Festivals
* Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival
Visits to the Website135
Views of The ‘Full’ Record146

‘Provides opportunities for children, young people and adults to learn a musical instrument and make music together in our ensembles. We provide Whole Class Ensemble Tuition (WCET), ensembles and curriculum teaching in schools. We have many centrally run ensembles in three regional centres for children and adults. We will continue to expand the opportunities in collaboration with cultural organisations for pupils to experience live music both as performers and audiences.’ The Trust is the Lead Organisation for the Calderdale Music Hub.

* Calderdale Music Trust
Visits to the Website55
Also indexedCalderdale Music Education Hub
Views of The ‘Full’ Record110

‘Believing in the power of music theatre to transform lives, Castaway Goole provides performing, leisure and training opportunities for adults and young people with learning and physical disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions.’

* Castaway Goole
Visits to the Website72
Also indexedCastaway Music Theatre
Views of The ‘Full’ Record108

'Concerts take place once a month, normally on Monday's in the quire of Ripon Cathedral.'

* Cathedral Concert Society
Visits to the Website150
Views of The ‘Full’ Record267
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'CeReNeM is a community of world-leading artists and scholars who bring interdisciplinary perspectives to research in contemporary composition, performance, music technology, improvisation and sonic media. CeReNeM hosts a vibrant postgraduate programme with 50 Masters and PhD students from 18 different countries.'

* Centre for Research in New Music [Huddersfield]
Visits to the Website151
Also indexedUniversity of Huddersfield
Views of The ‘Full’ Record347

'Founded 1987 ... Come along and join in the fun! ... Cleckheaton is situated in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, right in the middle of the West Yorks Conurbation, with Leeds, Bradford and Halifax, Huddersfield and Dewsbury all approx the same short distance away. Affectionately known by the locals (and regular visitors) as just plain Clecky.' Festival held Early July.

Category Folk Festivals
* Cleckheaton Folk Festival
Visits to the Website123
Views of The ‘Full’ Record327

‘The cmrc at the University of York supports and promotes creativity in contemporary music of all kinds. Firmly committed to the idea of practice as research, our staff and students are all dedicated to the creation of new music through composition, improvisation and performance ... Cmrc hosts a packed schedule of seminars, performances and workshops every term, with distinguished visiting artists and scholarship.’

* Contemporary Music Research Centre [York]
Visits to the Website87
Also indexedcmrc | University of York
Views of The ‘Full’ Record130

’Cottingham is located midway between the city of Hull (UK City of Culture 2017) and the historic market town of Beverley, and is reputed to be the largest village in England. The ancient settlement hosts several events during the year, such as Cottingham Springboard Festival, Cottingham Day, and now ... Cottingham Folk Festival.’ Held August Bank Holiday weekend.

Category Folk Festivals
* Cottingham Folk Festival
Visits to the Website83
Views of The ‘Full’ Record106

‘Cottingham Methodist Church welcomes performers, teachers and audience to the ... Annual Musical Festival. The Festival is run to give performers an opportunity to perform in a friendly environment, for them to receive constructive criticism and to give us all an opportunity to enjoy their performance. We recognise the hard work they do along with the dedication of teachers and supporters.’ Held Late January.

* Cottingham Methodist Church Musical Festival
Visits to the Website8
Views of The ‘Full’ Record10
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Our aim at Culture:Music is to teach, inspire and create engaging music performance opportunities in Hull and the surrounding areas. We are influenced by the fusion of classical, pop/rock, jazz and world music bringing contemporary performances to the forefront of the live music scene. Through collaboration with all aspects of the arts and effective teaching and learning methods we will deliver evocative performances whilst still making these experiences accessible to everyone.’

* Culture:Music
Visits to the Website35
Views of The ‘Full’ Record64

‘A National competition for all singers from the age of 9. Its chief objective is to foster singing, as a legacy to Dr David Clover, Music Adviser 1966-79 ... Once the annual Festival has ended, The City of Sheffield Teachers' Choir is always delighted to invite singers from the Festival to share in its concerts when possible.‘ Held Early February. The Singers’ Platform ’is a recent initiative in the David Clover Festival of Singing and is intended to give the opportunity to singers already studying at Universities and Conservatoires, to postgraduates, and to those being privately tutored, to continue the development of their art with substantial prize money’.

* David Clover Festival of Singing
Visits to the Website72
Also indexedSingers’ Platform
Views of The ‘Full’ Record163

‘The Department is home to a vibrant, diverse, international, and innovative group of music researchers. Our staff are recognised as leading figures in their fields, as evidenced by major commissions, performances, recordings, and publications. Our international postgraduate student community includes early career researchers who are already making significant contributions as composers, performers, technicians, engineers, and musicologists.’

* Department of Music and Drama [Huddersfield]
Visits to the Website14
Views of The ‘Full’ Record12

‘At Hull, you can become the musician you want to be. Whether it's pop, jazz, classical, musical theatre or film music, you can tailor your course to match your interests and be part of a lively, friendly community of musicians, composers and producers. Music is part of the School of Arts, and sits in the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education.’

* Department of Music [Hull]
Visits to the Website110
Also indexedUniversity of Hull
Views of The ‘Full’ Record243

‘We're a centre for world-leading research and inspirational teaching in music ... The Department sponsors about 50 public concerts every year, including a subscription series given mainly by visiting professional artists, and a weekly lunchtime series at which students often perform. Staff in the Department conduct the University Orchestra, University Chorus, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir, and students are encouraged to play regularly in smaller ensembles. Staff and students also become involved with local music-making organisations ...’

* Department of Music [Sheffield]
Visits to the Website143
Also indexedUniversity of Sheffield
Views of The ‘Full’ Record168

‘An acknowledged world-leader in creative, practical and scholarly approaches to music. You will be taught by active professionals, and our modules are informed directly by recent research. Our flexible course structure is unique in the UK, and promotes academic excellence through practical experience. Our alumni occupy positions of significance nationally within the music industry and associated professions.’

* Department of Music [York]
Visits to the Website65
Also indexedUniversity of York
Views of The ‘Full’ Record123

'The Diocese of Leeds has the largest church programme of choral music for young people in the United Kingdom. Our Choral Directors work with some 3500 children weekly (over 100 groups across 53 schools), returning to their bases to run our elite choirs; 6 boys’ choirs, 6 girls’ choirs, 5 mixed children’s choirs, 2 youth choirs, 3 university choirs and an adult choir, all drawing their membership from our school sessions.'

* Diocese of Leeds
Visits to the Website163
Views of The ‘Full’ Record149

‘The aim of the Don Valley Festival is to offer a platform for performance, the opportunity to hear the work of others and the chance to receive feedback from a professional adjudicator. The festival was originally called the Mexborough and District Music and Drama Festival and was founded in 1912.’ Held Mid April.

* Don Valley Festival
Visits to the Website82
Views of The ‘Full’ Record158

'Folk, Roots and Acoustic music and dance.' Held Mid May.

Category Folk Festivals
* Doncaster Folk Festival
Visits to the Website131
Views of The ‘Full’ Record271

'Provides music to all ages and all backgrounds and believes that the opportunity to play a musical instrument should be available to every child, regardless of financial or social circumstances.' The Service is the Lead Organisation for the Doncaster Music Education Hub.

* Doncaster Music Service
Visits to the Website151
Also indexedDoncaster Music Education Hub
Views of The ‘Full’ Record267

‘Members include a range of school-age children learning instruments to a senior Jazz Orchestra of alumni members including some of Yorkshire's finest Jazz musicians ... Passionate about music education and jazz, DYJA provides specialised individual tuition, instrumental masterclasses, ensemble workshops and performance opportunities via 3 ensembles for young musicians from a range of backgrounds and abilities ... Our students learn at the Doncaster Jazz Centre. This building provides a base for the organisation with office space from which we co-ordinate our activities, a music library, small group rehearsal and teaching rooms, and a converted main hall for full band rehearsals.’

* Doncaster Youth Jazz Association
Visits to the Website79
Also indexedDoncaster Jazz Centre
Views of The ‘Full’ Record101

‘Enriches and enhances the lives of children and the community by actively supporting and developing education through music. The Schools’ Music Service provides a comprehensive instrumental and vocal teaching programmes within secondary schools, special schools, primary schools and junior schools ... As lead organisation for the East Riding Music Education Hub, the Schools’ Music Service works with partners from throughout the local region to provide musical opportunities to young people and the wider community.’

* East Riding Schools’ Music Service
Visits to the Website81
Also indexedEast Riding Music Education Hub
Views of The ‘Full’ Record136

'Whitby’s increasingly popular festival of music and the spoken word, consisting of the Festival held each year in March, which culminates in the Concert Band Competition and Boyes Gala Concert, and the National Choir Day in April.'

* Eskdale Festival of the Arts
Visits to the Website130
Views of The ‘Full’ Record445

‘Has grown to become one of Yorkshire’s premiere art and music festivals. Played out in the heart of the beautiful Dales’ village of Grassington over the last two weeks of June, the festival offers an eclectic daily programme of music, comedy and cultural events ...   Grassington Festival is also proud of its Festival in the Community, which is a range of collaborative projects that provide exciting opportunities for local schools, care homes and community groups to get involved in the festival, and create anything from art installations to music concerts.’

Category Arts Festivals
* Grassington Festival
Visits to the Website103
Views of The ‘Full’ Record167

'Hold meetings most months in the Halifax area, sometimes jointly with neighbouring associations. Meeting formats include talks, lecture-recitals, master-classes, social evenings, visits and solo recitals. We always welcome new members, and you can come along to any of our open events even without being a member!'

* Halifax & District Organists' Association
Visits to the Website88
Views of The ‘Full’ Record175

‘Set up in 2011 to: * Be a centre of excellence for the organ in Calderdale and West Yorkshire; * Provide tuition and support for organists, raising the standard of playing and the number of good players in the locality; * Encourage the take up of the organ – especially amongst young people ... The Academy offers: * Regular organ days, comprising master classes, seminars, performances, lecture recitals; * Provision of workshops for school children; * Bursaries and scholarships; *Help with finding an organ teacher.’

* Halifax Organ Academy
Visits to the Website115
Views of The ‘Full’ Record390

‘Promotes high-quality chamber music concerts every year in a season between October and April ... Most of our audience are subscribers who have bought tickets at a discount for the entire season. The advantages of being a subscriber are: * you gain a substantial reduction in concert ticket prices; * you help give the Philharmonic Club a secure financial base; * you become a member with voting rights.’

* Halifax Philharmonic Club
Visits to the Website87
Views of The ‘Full’ Record170

‘The object of the Festival is to advance the education of the public in the arts, and in particular the arts of Music, Speech and Drama in all their branches. The Festival is an Educational Trust, as started by the Harrogate Town Council as it then was, aiming to improve and enhance the performing skills of musical, singing and speech and drama students. To this end, a wide variety of classes is held encompassing solo performers, duets and groups both large and small, in all of the arts of Music, Speech and Drama.’ Held During March.

* Harrogate Competitive Festival for Music, Speech and Drama
Visits to the Website162
Views of The ‘Full’ Record383

‘Offers ensemble experience to young & adult musicians. We have orchestras & bands ranging from beginner to senior level.’

Category Harrogate
* Harrogate Music Centre
Visits to the Website81
Views of The ‘Full’ Record126

Mission ‘To promote friendship through the common love of Organ music, and to provide, on regular basis, Organ Dances and Concerts throughout the year, using both Theatre and Electronic Organs, and featuring the Star Organists from all across the British Isles.’ The Harworth Organ Enthusiasts was founded in December 1971, by Mr Stan Morris and a team of enthusiasts, to cater for people interested in the preservation of the Mighty Theatre Organs of yesteryear, but also incorporating the modern electronic organ.

* Harworth ‘Christie’ Organ Enthusiasts
Visits to the Website97
Views of The ‘Full’ Record200

Founded 2013: ‘Each year, over the three days, we present afternoon and evening concerts, plus lunchtime recitals, given by performers of national and international renown. It is also important to us to showcase talented local amateur pianists and to put on events aimed at people of all ages, including an annual children’s concert’. Held Mid April.

Category Hebden Bridge
* Hebden Bridge Piano Festival
Visits to the Website62
Views of The ‘Full’ Record131
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘East Riding of Yorkshire Council's dedicated, state-of-the-art performance centre. The Hexagon Music Centre was completed in August 2010 after a major refurbishment project to transform the former Swinemoor Infant School into a state of the art performance centre ... There are 9 rooms available to hire with seating capacity ranging from 5 to 150. The centre boasts two fully restored grand pianos, plus 3 upright pianos.‘

* Hexagon Music Centre
Visits to the Website53
Views of The ‘Full’ Record99

‘A competition for instrumentalists and singers, small vocal and instrumental ensembles and choirs.’ Held Mid October.

* Holmfirth Musical Festival
Visits to the Website26
Views of The ‘Full’ Record72

‘Every summer in the lovely seaside town of Hornsea, East Yorkshire ... All are welcome to visit the festival and listen to performers throughout its duration, and tickets are available at the door in any of the venues ... The festival is open to performers and groups of all ages and skill levels.’ Held Early July.

* Hornsea Music Festival
Visits to the Website50
Views of The ‘Full’ Record109

'Formed in the 1930's. A group of ladies decided to start their own entertainment programme in Hornsea, because it was difficult to travel to concerts in Hull. Like many social organisations, activities were suspended during World War II, but they were restarted in 1948 ... The society continues to thrive after more than 70 years ... The society are very grateful to the United Reformed Church for storing its Grand Piano.'

* Hornsea Music Society
Visits to the Website222
Views of The ‘Full’ Record362

‘An annual, international festival of contemporary and new music, taking place over 10 days and consisting of approximately 50 events – including concerts, music-theatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film – with a related Learning and Participation programme devised and implemented to reflect the artistic programme and respond to regional need. hcmf// aims to provide life-changing and unique artistic experiences to as wide an audience as possible; to be an international platform for new music and related contemporary art forms in Britain; to enthuse existing audiences and draw in new ones through adventurous programming and informed, stylish presentation, and to be an active cultural partner within the region.’ Held Mid November.

* Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Visits to the Website196
Also indexedhcmf//
Views of The ‘Full’ Record170

‘Consists of a wide variety of jazz guitar enthusiasts. They follow, support, learn about and, perhaps more importantly, have the opportunity to actually play the music that they love. Playing ability varies, from the novice to full professional, and performance opportunities range from solo to duos, and larger groups. HJGS also stages occasional workshops by its professional members ... Regular projects, such as specific composers’ nights, solo guitar nights, accompaniment, improvisation etc. are features of many meetings ... and the society also funds frequent concerts by top players ... The Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival is a three day celebration of jazz guitar with a mixture of FREE live performances, ticketed concerts and a workshop held at various venues around Huddersfield.’ Festival held Mid June.

Category Jazz Clubs
* Huddersfield Jazz Guitar Society
Visits to the Website40
Also indexedHuddersfield Jazz Guitar Festival | Four on Six Festival
Views of The ‘Full’ Record99

‘Susannah Sunderland (nee Sykes) was a famous soprano soloist, born in Brighouse, near Huddersfield, in 1819. Her natural talent for singing was noticed by local blacksmith Luke Settle, himself a singer, who first trained her voice, and she subsequently was taught by other respected local amateur musicians ... She retired from the concert platform aged only 45, whilst still in her prime. She celebrated her Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1888 and this was the occasion of a special concert at which she was presented with a glowing testimonial in illuminated script (unfortunately now lost) ... With the money raised from the Golden Wedding concert, a committee of distinguished local men decided to start a Vocal Solo Competition to be held in Huddersfield and named as a tribute to this great Yorkshire soprano. It was initially for singers but later expanded to include pianists alternating annually with violinists.‘ Held Mid February.

Category Huddersfield
* Huddersfield Mrs Sunderland Festival
Visits to the Website147
Views of The ‘Full’ Record309

‘Originally the Huddersfield Music Club, the Society was founded in 1918, It has promoted its classical music concerts continuously ever since, even during the Second World War. These are chamber music recitals of high quality, engaging mostly artists of international standing.’

* Huddersfield Music Society
Visits to the Website93
Views of The ‘Full’ Record178

‘We meet virtually every two weeks on Mondays ... Come and enjoy a wide variety of music on high-quality equipment in a congenial atmosphere.’

* Huddersfield Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website54
Views of The ‘Full’ Record114

‘Founded in 2010 to form a focus for those in the region who were interested in the organ and its music whether they be players, listeners or had an interest in the instrument, its design, structure and workings ... Meetings are held monthly, excepting December and August and over the past years have included visits to organs in the East Riding, York , North Lincolnshire, Rutland and Liverpool ... All meetings and visits are open to non-members.’

* Hull and East Riding Organ Group
Visits to the Website53
Views of The ‘Full’ Record145

‘Hull Chamber Music (full name Hull Chamber Music Society) arranges high quality recitals of chamber music for the people of Kingston upon Hull and beyond, engaging professional musicians of international standing. Our season usually consists of six concerts held on Saturday evenings between October and April.’

* Hull Chamber Music
Visits to the Website87
Views of The ‘Full’ Record173

‘Works for the benefit of children young people and the community, provides networking opportunities, influences decision making, informs and challenges practice; provides opportunities for new ideas and ways of working to be shared and explored; utilises existing funding and explores/attracts potential funding; contributes to better outcomes for children and young people; helps organisations to do what they already do – but better.'

* Hull Music Hub
Visits to the Website162
Views of The ‘Full’ Record213

'The origins can be traced back to 8 March 1942 when Cyril Smith gave the first of 31 concerts that were held from 1942 to 1946 (with a stunning array of artists). These concerts culminated in the formation of the Ilkley Concert Club at an open meeting held in the Ilkley Playhouse on 8 April 1946 and the first concert was given by Denis Matthews on the 28 August 1946 ... and the rest is history! ...'

* Ilkley Concert Club
Visits to the Website115
Views of The ‘Full’ Record277

‘A National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England, a founder of Jazz North and the Jazz Promotion Network, a creative partner of Freedom Festival and we were proud to be a support organisation for Hull 2017 UK City of Culture ... We produce programmes that give audiences access to high quality artists and we provide developmental opportunities for national, regional and local artists, through commissioning and mentoring.‘

* J-Night
Visits to the Website34
Views of The ‘Full’ Record79

‘Join us every Saturday evening. We continue to present the very best of British and overseas bands plus international world class soloists! ... Don't forget to bring your favourite tipple - we provide the glasses.‘

Category Jazz Clubs
* Jazz in the Spa
Visits to the Website31
Views of The ‘Full’ Record70

‘Started in 1906 and, apart from the years between 1940 and 1943, has been held annually ever since. It has always been a competitive Festival and became hugely successful, especially during the 1950's & The Festival of Britain, the 1960's, 70's and 80's. It grew in entry numbers to become one of the largest in the country. Each of the Sections - Piano, Vocal and Choral, Instrumental, Verse and Drama, Schools' Dance needed a whole week of performance and adjudication sessions, each, using every morning, afternoon and evening. In 2007, entry numbers dropped considerably in the Piano, Instrumental & Vocal section, for a variety of reasons,but we managed to keep going, and now, with the input of a group of young, enthusiastic instrumental teachers, it is gradually returning to its former self.’ Held March.

* Kingston Upon Hull Music Festival
Visits to the Website173
Views of The ‘Full’ Record353

'Acclaimed as the finest series of brass band concerts in the world!' ALERT Website changed from that originally used. At Review, no listing of ‘Best of Brass Series’, but there are details of ‘Summer Bands’ events.

* Leeds Best of Brass Series
Visits to the Website188
Views of The ‘Full’ Record164

'A leading European conservatoire. We provide music education to a community of over 1900 musicians through a variety of programmes, including undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, numerous short courses and Junior LCoM for those aged 9-18.'

* Leeds College of Music
Visits to the Website119
Views of The ‘Full’ Record208

‘Meet like-minded people and realise your passion, creativity and musicality at Leeds College of Music, a leading European Conservatoire ... View our range of evening classes, weekend courses, workshops and summer schools. We have short courses for all ages and abilities.’

* Leeds College of Music Short Courses
Visits to the Website14
Views of The ‘Full’ Record26

'Started in 1963 by Fanny Waterman, Dame Fanny (as she is now known) retired from the Competition in 2015, paving the way for our new artistic leadership of Paul Lewis CBE and Adam Gatehouse to reimagine the Competition for a new generation of pianists, audiences and participants ... Whilst the main Competition (which takes place every three years) will always lie at the heart of the organisation, we are embracing a new vision for our work, which places great importance on an active and inspirational learning and engagement programme.' Held Mid May [2018]

* Leeds International Piano Competition
Visits to the Website220
Views of The ‘Full’ Record153

‘Come Along To Leeds Jazz Club And Enjoy A Friendly Drink With Some Great Live Jazz! Membership is NOT required, just turn up and enjoy some great live jazz from some of the very best of Traditional Jazz Bands from around the country.‘

Category Jazz Clubs
* Leeds Jazz Club
Visits to the Website59
Views of The ‘Full’ Record52

'Leeds Lieder was inaugurated with a Festival of song in 2005 and there followed a decade of biennial Festivals attracting some of the finest singers and pianists of our time. Encouraged by this success, in 2017 it was decided that the Festival should become an annual event. In between Festivals, audiences are able to enjoy a lively season of concerts and masterclasses.' Festival held Mid April.

* Leeds Lieder
Visits to the Website92
Also indexedLeeds Lieder Festival
Views of The ‘Full’ Record234

‘A group of friendly people, including performers and listeners, who are interested in the thrill of the organ and its music ... We invite you to join our meetings where you will receive a very warm welcome. We can also offer help and advice to all church musicians and clergy, including deputising duties. Most important of all, we are willing to advise and support those who want to learn the organ, whatever their age. In some cases we will even consider sponsoring lessons.’

* Leeds Organists’ Association
Visits to the Website49
Views of The ‘Full’ Record130

‘A whole week of music making for amateur musicians Whether your musical taste is for classical, jazz, popular, or folk, performing, composing or conducting, M4P has a music course to suit you ... led by our expert tutors in a friendly, supportive residential setting of Giggleswick School in the Yorkshire dales.’ Held Mid August. ALERT At Review: ‘Essential maitenance work is being carried out.In order to maintain our web site it will be closed for a short while. Music for People apologies for any inconvenience caused’.

* M4P Summer School of Music
Visits to the Website145
Also indexedMusic for People
Views of The ‘Full’ Record207

‘Founded in 1992, Marsden Jazz Festival is one of the UK’s longest established jazz festivals. Thousands of visitors make the trip by train, bus, car or narrow boat to experience the unique atmosphere the Festival brings to Marsden every year, and more than 60 volunteers give up their time to help make the weekend a success. We are proud to showcase a wide range of jazz musicians from internationally-acclaimed artists to local school bands and rising talent.’ Held Mid October.

Category Jazz Festivals
* Marsden Jazz Festival
Visits to the Website128
Views of The ‘Full’ Record154

'An annual medieval music festival wholly dedicated to medieval music-making. It's unique in the UK.' Held Early September.

* Medieval Music in the Dales
Visits to the Website195
Views of The ‘Full’ Record359
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Moonbeams Events is a series of lovely relaxed nights of lovely music - dedicated to bringing the best acoustic, folk and roots music to East Yorkshire ... The Moonbeams Festival is set in the grounds of the award winning Wold Top Brewery, perched on top of the Yorkshire Wolds (held Early July) ... And each year in March, Moonbeams takes over the Bell Hotel in Driffield, for the now "Wold Famous" Moonbeams March Weekend. A fabulous Winter Gathering at this gorgeous venue with a line up that will impress all!'

Category Folk Festivals
* Moonbeams Festival
Visits to the Website158
Views of The ‘Full’ Record147

‘One of the region’s leading multi-arts festivals ... making the arts more accessible to all through an ambitious programme of events and activities ... Visual art, live music, spoken word, performance, special events and more in a range of unique and well-known venues across the town - from court rooms and cafes to the breathtaking Alexandra Hall.‘ Held Late September - Early October.

Category Arts Festivals
* Morley Arts Festival
Visits to the Website36
Views of The ‘Full’ Record46

'The aim and object of the club is to foster spread of knowledge about folk songs, music and dance and to encourage their performance by all manner of folk, in association with other local and national folk organisations as the committee see fit.'

Category Folk Clubs
* Morley Folk Club
Visits to the Website157
Views of The ‘Full’ Record330

'The largest promoter of chamber music outside London ... Excellence and access are central to all we do; our concerts are, wherever possible, played in the round, they feature lively spoken introductions, sometimes pre-concert talks and post-concert opportunities to meet musicians, and programme notes are provided on our website. Our resident ensemble, Ensemble 360, is a group of dynamic, world-class musicians selected for their good communication skills as well as for their highly accomplished musicianship.The musicians of Ensemble 360 are at the heart of our innovative education programme, Music in the Community, committed to delivering activities for all ages and levels of ability.' Concerts and recitals given at half a dozen venues throughout England, in addition to the Sheffield ones shown here.

* Music in the Round
Visits to the Website109
Also indexedEnsemble 360 | Music in the Community
Views of The ‘Full’ Record304
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Music tuition in schools and centres across Kirklees. Lead organisation for the Kirklees Music Education Hub ... We offer access to over 70 exciting groups at our centres and central ensembles and we also support music making in schools across Kirklees. Over 10,000 instrumentalists and vocalists in Kirklees already engage with us – come and join them!’

* Musica Kirklees
Visits to the Website122
Also indexedKirklees Music Education Hub
Views of The ‘Full’ Record125

‘There's a potent sense of voyage and discovery about the Musicport Festival, which sets sail from Whitby every October. Indeed, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Pavilion, with its tall windows and invigorating view of the North Sea, had unmoored itself from the West Pier in search of a world of diverse rhythms, melodies, food, dances and poems. In truth, the festival, complete with its six stages and impressive line-up of global performers, needn't go anywhere. Every autumn, the delightful northern seaside town of Whitby provides the only destination for which you'd need to steer to sample an exciting variety of world-class world acts.‘ Held Mid October.

Category Folk Festivals
* Musicport Festival
Visits to the Website31
Views of The ‘Full’ Record78

'Based in a medieval church in York. Home of the internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival, the NCEM promotes a year-round series of jazz, world, folk and early music concerts as well as a thriving education programme.'

Category Early Music
* National Centre for Early Music
Visits to the Website161
Views of The ‘Full’ Record320

New Paths launched in 2016 and has quickly established itself as one of the most important and exciting new festivals in the land. New Paths sees Beverley hosting concerts, community events and sparkling music-making by some of the country’s finest young professional singers, chamber musicians and organists, with our trademark combination of world-class concerts and feet-on-the-ground community involvement, reaching out to children, to old people, and to all corners of the town.’ Held Early April.

* New Paths Music
Visits to the Website91
Views of The ‘Full’ Record162

‘Set upon the majestic North York Moors National Park and along its magnificent Jurassic coastline, our festival contains many unique qualities which capacity audiences and loyal followers are testament to. International musicians who express their talents in an atmosphere of friendship and celebration, perform in ten of the extraordinary historical churches this region has to offer, nestled within hamlets, dales, remote moorland and coastal villages. Each venue contains its own ambience of mystery which the audiences- and the music- bring to life. This chemistry creates a community ...’ Held Mid August.

* North York Moors Chamber Music Festival
Visits to the Website107
Views of The ‘Full’ Record173
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Every Saturday morning, during term time, around 200 children meet ... to make music. Offering all students from Grade 1 standard the opportunity to be part of a vibrant exciting Music Centre ... either in the Junior String Orchestra if you play a string instrument, or Junior Woodwind, Brass or WindBand if you play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument ... Once you are around Grade 4 standard you can join either the Symphony Orchestra, String Ensemble, Jazz or WindBand ... We also have Guitar Groups, a Senior Choir and Theory Class.’

* Northallerton Music Centre
Visits to the Website59
Views of The ‘Full’ Record140

'Born in 1994, centred around the picturesque village of Aldborough near York. It has fast established itself as one of the most prestigious classical music events in the country ... "well on its way to being one of the leading fixtures on the classical music calendar".' Held Late June.

* Northern Aldborough Festival
Visits to the Website110
Views of The ‘Full’ Record277

'Operational since 2001, NYMAZ’s vision is that all young people in North Yorkshire will have the opportunity to actively engage in music, regardless of their circumstances. We are a strategic partner of Youth Music, one of only 13 in the country, working to create a musically-inclusive England.'

* NYMAZ [North Yorkshire]
Visits to the Website97
Views of The ‘Full’ Record258

‘The Northern Theatre Organ Trust was formed to promote Theatre Organ Preservation in the North of England on behalf of The Theatre Organ Club. The aims currently are to preserve and maintain the Organ installed in Ossett Town Hall, and to expand public awareness of the Theatre Pipe Organ for the enjoyment of ourselves and Future Generations.’ 

* Ossett Theatre Organ
Visits to the Website87
Also indexedNorthern Theatre Organ Trust
Views of The ‘Full’ Record183

'Acts as a host for local singers and musicians and for guest artists. Singing and playing usually starts around 8:30 p.m. The Folk Club works on rotation basis, alternating weekly between singers nights and booked artists ... New performers always welcome, whether you are a singer or a musician, solo artist or group. Simply turn up on the night' (or contact beforehand).

Category Folk Clubs
* Otley Folk Club
Visits to the Website100
Views of The ‘Full’ Record232

'Takes place in the beautiful village of Heptonstall during the May bank holiday week each year. You will find a friendly group of passionate musicians who strive to perform at their best in three concerts over the course of the week It's not just about the music though - there are social events and local attractions to enjoy, and the sheer beauty of your surroundings in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales'

* Pennine Spring Music
Visits to the Website131
Views of The ‘Full’ Record267

'The only one of its kind in the Local Authority District & gives a great deal of pleasure to people of all ages either as part of the audience enjoying the competitive performances & the winner’s concert; or as competitors gaining experience of public performance in their own particular speciality where they have the opportunity to gauge their own work against that of their contemporaries & gain the benefit of expert advice & comments from highly experienced professional adjudicators in both drama and music.' Held Late April.

* Pontefract Music Festival
Visits to the Website118
Views of The ‘Full’ Record312

Chamber music recitals, usually fortnightly either on Saturday or Sunday evenings, at the Rawdon Quaker Meeting House near Leeds: ‘Admission is free. Donations to Amnesty International’.

* Rawdon Amnesty Concert Series
Visits to the Website32
Views of The ‘Full’ Record123

'The Richmondshire Concerts take place in a light, airy ex-cinema, now called the Influence Church, in Victoria Road, Richmond. It's the best classical music venue in the district. It's warm, and has comfortable, raked seating, clear sight-lines and an excellent acoustic. Seats are un-numbered. The venue is about 20 minutes by car from Leyburn or Darlington, 30 from Northallerton, Bedale or Barnard Castle, 40 from Thirsk, Ripon, Stockton or Durham ...'

* Richmondshire Concerts
Visits to the Website144
Views of The ‘Full’ Record256
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‘Since 1998, RIF has brought the best of international musical & theatrical art to North Yorkshire ... A world-class celebration of great orchestras, choral, chamber and folk concerts, jazz, gypsy, literary celebrities and poetry, in magnificent Ripon Cathedral, the Royal Hall – Harrogate’s “Palace of Gold”, Markenfield Hall – moated mediaeval manor, and historic village churches. Come and experience the festival’s distinctive atmosphere in an area full of history and natural beauty.’ Main Festival held throughout September.

* Ripon International Festival
Visits to the Website34
Views of The ‘Full’ Record40

'Rotherham Music Education Hub is a partnership of organisations that exists to improve and extend music education in Rotherham; the lead partner is Rotherham Music Service. The Hub is funded by Arts Council England. Rotherham Music Education Hub has a range of local, regional and national partners that work with us to provide high quality music activities.'

* Rotherham Music
Visits to the Website142
Views of The ‘Full’ Record271

‘Usually held annually in March in Rothwell, Leeds, West Yorkshire ... The aim ... is to provide a platform for amateurs of all ages and abilities to perform music in a competitive but friendly atmosphere, and to encourage and maintain high standards ... Competitors are judged by professional adjudicators, and some of the winners are invited to perform in the concert a few weeks later. Fund-raising activities are organised by volunteers.’

* Rothwell Competitive Music Festival
Visits to the Website181
Views of The ‘Full’ Record169

‘Every year, the Ryedale Festival welcomes outstanding performers from all over the world, both established and emerging, to perform a wide-ranging and distinctive programme in the many spectacular and historic venues of Ryedale, North Yorkshire – an area full of history and natural beauty. The festival enjoys a large, loyal and enthusiastic audience, the warm support of the local community and a growing reputation as one of the most exciting and enterprising in the country. Events range far and wide across the area ...’ Held Mid - Late July.

* Ryedale Festival
Visits to the Website117
Views of The ‘Full’ Record99

‘Back in 2000, the Pickering Jazz Society was founded with the twin aims of keeping the Jazz flame alive between the annual Jazz Festivals in Pickering (North Yorkshire) and introducing Jazz to a younger audience and players ... These aims were met with a monthly Jazz evening featuring an ever evolving “house band” with guests and visiting bands and by outreach work into local schools culminating in excellent Jazz concerts performed by the children. The Ryedale Jazz Society has had a number of homes over the years but is now back where it all started at the Beansheaf Hotel in Pickering. The Society meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7.30 pm. All are welcome. Admission remains free but there is a raffle which helps fund the musicians' travel expenses. Come along and join us!’ Ryedale Trad Jazz Festival held Late July [2018].

Category Jazz Clubs
* Ryedale Jazz
Visits to the Website85
Views of The ‘Full’ Record193

'Our lessons are tailored to the individual need of each student whether they are a child or adult. As well as playing for just for fun, our students also have the opportunity to enter for ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall and Rockschool music examinations. We are family friendly and have a comfortable waiting area with complimentary refreshments.'

* Ryedale School of Music
Visits to the Website94
Views of The ‘Full’ Record258

‘Scarborough Area Music Centre Area is all about helping young musicians towards fulfilling their maximum potential through playing together under expert direction. The Centre is staffed by a team of experienced and well qualified Music Service teachers and heads of department. They provide specialist guidance in each of the major instrument groups: Brass, Woodwind, Strings and Percussion. Entry to the Centre is usually by teacher recommendation and sometimes an informal audition is necessary.’

* Scarborough Area Music Centre
Visits to the Website60
Views of The ‘Full’ Record103

In early 1965, a group of organ enthusiasts who had recently purchased Hammond electronic organs had a meeting with the Manager of the local Hammond dealership and decided to form the Scarborough Hammond Organ Society ... The name of the Society was eventually changed to the Scarborough Electronic Organ Society when it was realised that some people were under the misapprehension that only owners of Hammond organs could become members of the Society ... The Society has approximately 100 members who have pre-paid for the season. Our concerts attract average audiences of over 200.’

* Scarborough Electronic Organ Society
Visits to the Website35
Views of The ‘Full’ Record41
* Scarborough Jazz Festival
Visits to the Website87
Views of The ‘Full’ Record224

‘The axis where creativity and technology meet ... The School of Film, Music & Performing Arts fosters a culture of creation and participation. We are proud shapers of, and contributors to, the cultural life of this great Northern city – a city that is the original birthplace of film. We nurture the arts pioneers of the future: influencers who will not just reflect the outside world, but impact upon it. This culture is enabled by a team of experienced practitioners and academics who produce award-winning work of international repute. We foster an immersive environment that breeds originality, invention and ambition ... From contemporary dance and theatre, to documentary film and epic soundtracks; take advantage of our unique links with the cultural and creative industries, regionally, nationally and internationally.’

* School of Film, Music & Performing Arts [Leeds Beckett]
Visits to the Website93
Also indexedLeeds Beckett University
Views of The ‘Full’ Record125

‘The School has an international reputation for research and brings together acclaimed scholars, composers and performers in purpose-built premises at the heart of the Leeds campus. We have over twenty academic staff working across musicology, music psychology, composition, performance, business and music, and electronic and computer music ... Music students at the University of Leeds will become part of a select band later this year [2017] when it gains coveted All-Steinway School status. Leeds will join prestigious international institutions such as New York’s Juilliard School and become the first member of the UK’s Russell Group of universities to use the instruments – favoured by the world’s top pianists – throughout its practice rooms and concert halls.’

* School of Music [Leeds]
Visits to the Website114
Also indexedUniversity of Leeds
Views of The ‘Full’ Record150

Inaugurated 2017: ‘Bringing the best and most exciting music, comedy, theatre and family events to Selby, North Yorkshire ... A nine day explosion of creativity and culture, it is about transforming spaces, animating places and celebrating everything that is great about the town & the district’. Held Late JulyALERT “A MAJOR arts festival at a North Yorkshire town will not go ahead this year after funding failed to materialise. The Selby Arts Festival (SAF) launched last year, with thousands of people enjoying music, theatre and comedy at venues around the town ... As part of the SAF’s launch, organisers promised it would become an annual event, but although dates for this year’s event were set, it will not be going ahead.” [York Press 21 April 2018]

Category Selby
* Selby Arts Festival
Visits to the Website97
Views of The ‘Full’ Record269

‘Operated by the North Yorkshire County Music Service and staffed by County instrumental teachers. The Music Centre is open to both children and adults and it provides a wide range of ensemble experiences for musicians of all ages. Our ensembles perform throughout the year in and around Selby. We take part in festivals such as Music for Youth, Eskdale and Harrogate, and we perform each year in joint Centre concerts.’

* Selby Music Centre
Visits to the Website69
Views of The ‘Full’ Record130

‘Aims to bring the best of national and international jazz to the city, providing opportunities for people from all backgrounds in the Sheffield City Region and throughout Yorkshire, to hear and learn from some of the greatest of current artists.‘

Category Jazz Clubs
* Sheffield Jazz
Visits to the Website82
Views of The ‘Full’ Record85

'We are a music education charity supported by the Department of Education’s Music and Dance Scheme and are one of 15 Centres for Advanced Music Training in the UK. Sheffield Music Academy offers expert tuition and specialist training for young people (aged 8-18) with outstanding ability, dedication and potential, across the Sheffield City Region and surrounding area. We seek to deliver musical excellence within a supportive, encouraging and welcoming environment.'

* Sheffield Music Academy
Visits to the Website146
Views of The ‘Full’ Record284

‘We believe that every child, regardless of race; gender; where they live; their levels of musical talent; parental income; whether they have special educational needs or disabilities; and whether they are looked-after children; deserves the very best music education ... Every school in Sheffield has a link Music Leader who acts as an ambassador for the Hub. Music Leaders are highly qualified musicians who also teach specialist lessons on their instruments or voice.‘

* Sheffield Music Hub
Visits to the Website245
Views of The ‘Full’ Record119

‘At SPARC, we study audiences, performers and live music, using empirical approaches in order to understand arts experiences. Our aims are: to explore the purposes and practicalities of empirical research with audiences and performers; to consider the roles of audience members as musical participants; to illustrate the musical, social and personal richness of audience experience in different contexts; to investigate the perceived relationships between audiences and performers; to explore musicians’ perspectives on live performance; to consider the relevance of our research for arts organisations, musicians, educators and researchers.’

* Sheffield Performer & Audience Research Centre
Visits to the Website83
Also indexedSPARC | University of Sheffield
Views of The ‘Full’ Record168

‘The name of what was originally Sheffield Gramophone Society, formed in 1947 by Margaret Long with a group of music lovers who were keen to listen to and explore the increasing amount of music which at that time was being issued on gramophone records. Members continue to enjoy listening to recorded classical music presented by informed enthusiasts in a congenial atmosphere.’

* Sheffield Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website53
Views of The ‘Full’ Record112

'Folk Trains take you on a musical journey as you travel through the Peak District countryside. Our talented musicians play on the train, then everyone alights to visit a local hostelry and enjoy a further session from the band.'

Category Folk Clubs
* Sheffield-Edale Rambler Folk Train
Visits to the Website124
Views of The ‘Full’ Record454

'Held on Mondays at 8.30PM ... Singers, musicians, poets and all are always welcome. The club aim to have a Guest act at least once a month with singers/musicians nights in between - sometimes theme nights.'

Category Folk Clubs
* Skipton Folk Unplugged
Visits to the Website111
Views of The ‘Full’ Record302

‘Formed in 1947 and is recognised as one of the most successful music societies in the country. Its main aim is to bring professional national and international musicians to perform in this historic market town at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales ... Six annual concerts, October - March ... There are many eating places in Skipton, hotel accommodation is plentiful and there is a late train to Leeds at 10.15pm.’

* Skipton Music
Visits to the Website22
Views of The ‘Full’ Record71

‘At Skipton Music Centre, we believe that music is for everybody and welcome children and adults of all standards (including beginners) to join either one or two of our twelve different ensembles on Saturday mornings ... We welcome new members throughout the year and encourage potential new members to come along on a Saturday morning and join in.’

* Skipton Music Centre
Visits to the Website61
Views of The ‘Full’ Record108

Established 1922: ‘We are delighted to welcome to the festival new and long established friends, competitors, audience, parents and supporters. An interesting and varied programme of speech and drama and music is promised. The festival is held annually in March and lasts for a week. The climax of the festival is always the Saturday evening concert where there is the opportunity to hear again some of the outstanding performances of the week. The evening concert is a relaxed and enjoyable celebration without the stress of competition’.

* Skipton Music Festival
Visits to the Website47
Views of The ‘Full’ Record89

‘The Ukulele’s popularity means it's the fastest selling instrument on the planet! SUC encourages new members to join. SUC's aim is to make new friends, improve your ukulele skills and HAVE A GOOD TIME!’

Category Ukulele Clubs
* Skipton Ukulele Club
Visits to the Website84
Views of The ‘Full’ Record300

'SAA-uk is an innovative organisation on the cutting edge and pushing the boundaries in how traditional and contemporary Indian Music and Dance is performed, presented and experienced by audiences, participants and Artists.'

* South Asian Arts
Visits to the Website318
Views of The ‘Full’ Record244

’We have our concerts on Tuesdays fortnightly @ 7-30 pm, preceded by a tea dance (2pm-4pm) ... In the early days we were a very bouytant club and had a membership of over a hundred but ... we have found, as many other clubs have, a dramatic decline in concert attendances. Early on in 2008 we were on the verge of calling it a day but, through our hard working committee running fund raising events to cover concert losses, we were able to muddle through. There efforts were rewarded as in the later part of the year we noticed an increase in audience numbers ...’

* South Yorkshire Keyboard & Organ Club
Visits to the Website26
Views of The ‘Full’ Record78

'Concerts of professional classical music every month in the 12th century St Oswald's Parish Church in the picturesque village of Sowerby, North Yorkshire, UK ... Music for Life is the biggest and most diverse programme for young people organised and funded by any music society in the country.'

* Sowerby Music
Visits to the Website76
Also indexedMusic for Life
Views of The ‘Full’ Record254

‘Promotes concerts of live classical music performed by top quality professional musicians for the enjoyment of people in Doncaster and surrounding area. The Society also mounts music workshops in local schools to enhance the education of students, who can also benefit from free admission to our main concerts.’

* Sprotbrough Music Society
Visits to the Website89
Views of The ‘Full’ Record170

'Sheffield's annual November Music Festival. Showcasing Sheffield's musical talent with international stars coming to perform Sheffield composers' works.' Held Mid November.

* St Andrews Music Festival
Visits to the Website90
Views of The ‘Full’ Record185

'Annual festival of music and arts based in the three most northerly Yorkshire Dales - Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale - a large rural area of outstanding beauty. Festival venues range from tiny chapels seating fewer than fifty people to halls seating several hundred ... The Festival starts on the Saturday of the Late May Spring Bank Holiday each year, and goes on for two weeks.'

Category Arts Festivals
* Swaledale Festival
Visits to the Website108
Views of The ‘Full’ Record277
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Tuition in ALL instruments, instrument repairs, ensembles, bands, workshops, band rehearsal space, music shop and cafe!’

Category Selby
* The Music Rooms Selby
Visits to the Website95
Views of The ‘Full’ Record165

'The Society developed from a concert held on 17th March 1977 by the Coull Quartet who returned 40 years later to perform at the Society’s anniversary concert. This concert had been suggested by the daughter of founder members Philip and Mary Mottram, who was friendly with members of the quartet. The concert was such a success that large numbers of the audience proposed that a music society be established, with the object of staging concerts on a regular basis ...'

* Tickhill Music Society
Visits to the Website96
Views of The ‘Full’ Record270

Annual Festival, started in 2015: 'Our festival is reliant on volunteers. If you can offer your time to help steward on the weekend of the festival or to help with set-up or distribution of flyers and programmes then please do get in touch on the email ...'. Held Early May.

Category Folk Festivals
* Todmorden Folk Festival
Visits to the Website205
Views of The ‘Full’ Record318

VaCO is a UK Registered Charity that runs residential chamber orchestra courses for advanced young musicians, offering professional training in a relaxed, but tutored, environment. VaCO courses offer fantastic career development opportunities whilst being exceptionally good value for money. Courses are highly subsidised to ensure they are affordable for aspiring young talent. Our courses focus on exciting orchestral repertoire, as well as exploring and developing a wide range of chamber music and small ensemble pieces – coached by some of the UK’s leading musicians ... At the heart of VaCO courses is the drive to present outstanding live concerts and recitals in a variety of locations and settings.‘

* VaCO
Visits to the Website63
Also indexedVacation Chamber Orchestras
Views of The ‘Full’ Record98

'The main standard-bearer for live classical music in Wakefield. To experience the thrill of listening to our professional guest musicians playing approachable music, we invite you to join our regular audience at the ... season’s public concerts. By demonstrating support you will help to keep alive the fine tradition of these concerts which do so much to develop and enhance Wakefield’s cultural image. The question of funding continues to be a very difficult issue and the Society has not received any external funding for a number of years. This means it is quite a task to try and maintain our high standards but we always endeavour to get the best possible performers within our means. In light of this we are extremely grateful to our Patrons and members and everyone who supports the Concert Society.'

* Wakefield Concert Society
Visits to the Website99
Views of The ‘Full’ Record257

‘Lead Organisation for the Wakefield Music Education Hub. Teaching over 7,000 young people to play instruments and running 70 progressive groups every week!‘

* Wakefield Music Services
Visits to the Website81
Also indexedWakefield Music Education Hub
Views of The ‘Full’ Record138
* Wakefield Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website53
Views of The ‘Full’ Record73

‘Concert series in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Bringing world class performances in a year round concert cycle.’ Typically half a dozen or so recitals per annum at venues in and around Aysgarth.

* Wensleydale Concert Series
Visits to the Website14
Views of The ‘Full’ Record33
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We hope the classes offered in this syllabus will appeal to people of all abilities. The Wensleydale Tournament offers the opportunity for sympathetic assessment and encouragement from experienced adjudicators. If you have any reservations about entering, do be assured that you will be given a warm reception by a Wensleydale audience, which is well known for its friendliness. Adjudicators have commented on the uniqueness of this Festival of Speech & Music because of the quality of local interest and delight in amateur dedication and effort.’ Held Early April.

Category Richmond
* Wensleydale Tournament of Music and Speech
Visits to the Website5
Views of The ‘Full’ Record10
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Annually from 1977: ‘There’s a wealth of music from local and regional groups ... While a lot happens in the evenings, don’t overlook performances during the day.’ Held Mid October.

Category Arts Festivals
* Wetherby Arts Festival
Visits to the Website128
Views of The ‘Full’ Record145

‘The Piano & Song section of the Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts is now held seperately from May's Speech and Drama Festival and November's Dance Championship and takes place during October each year.’

* Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts
Visits to the Website28
Views of The ‘Full’ Record164

'Experience programmes featuring many aspects of classical music ... Enjoy the best in recorded music with our superb sound system ... Meet in friendly, comfortable surroundings ... New members and visitors are always welcome'

* Wharfedale Recorded Music
Visits to the Website108
Views of The ‘Full’ Record209

Generally meets Monday evenings, except Bank Holidays and in August.

Category Folk Clubs
* White Horse Folk Club [Beverley]
Visits to the Website98
Views of The ‘Full’ Record219

‘Withernsea is a small seaside town 20 miles east of Hull ... With the exception of January, a concert is held monthly, concerts normally begin at 7.45 ... As with most clubs it began with a group of dedicated “organ buffs”. Back then in 1974 the organ was at the height of its popularity, there were organ/music shops in most towns, a time which many remember with nostalgia, most shops held “demonstration” evenings and the top players could be seen and heard.‘

* Withernsea Organ Society
Visits to the Website36
Views of The ‘Full’ Record63

'Non-residential holiday orchestra in York, open to all young musicians aged 6–21, and catering for all levels of experience, from pre-grade 1 to grade 8+. There are five different orchestras, meaning that players of all abilities have a great opportunity to have fun making music and new friends, whether they have been learning their instrument for just six months or are accomplished musicians who have been playing for several years.'  Held during the school holidays at Easter, summer and Christmas.

* Yorchestra
Visits to the Website128
Views of The ‘Full’ Record228

'Founded in September 1945 by Sir Edward Cuthbert Bairstow. Its founding principles were "to engage with contemporaries socially, enjoy with them the art of music making, visit other spheres of activity, enter into open discussion on all matters of mutual interest, and profit from the wisdom of those expert in the dispensation of our art in Quires and Places where they sing". The York Organ Concerts Series is coordinated by the Association.

* York & District Organists' Association
Visits to the Website80
Also indexedYork Organ Concerts Series
Views of The ‘Full’ Record158

‘The NCEM promotes three early music festivals a year in Yorkshire - the York Early Music Festival in July, the Christmas festival in York in early December and the Beverley festival in the East Riding in May ... NCEM Patrons enjoy opportunities to meet early music specialists and like-minded individuals through informal receptions, supper parties and concerts whilst supporting the long-term artistic ambitions of the York Early Music Festival and the National Centre for Early Music.‘

* York Early Music Festival
Visits to the Website123
Views of The ‘Full’ Record130
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Runs monthly concerts with some of the country's top organists ... Visitors are assured of a wonderful warm welcome by the loyal and enthusiastic team ... The society recently invested in some state of the art projection equipment including three cameras for close-ups of the keyboard and pedals - all enhancing the presentation and adding to the enjoyment of each performance.’

* York Electronic Organ & Keyboard Society
Visits to the Website38
Views of The ‘Full’ Record51

York Music Hub is a strong, inclusive partnership of key providers of music education within the city of York. Through our partnership of organisations and schools and wider musical networks, we set out to provide and sustain musical diversity and excellence and to enhance the education, life experience and self confidence of children and young people through music making. Through the Hub’s partnerships we are able to offer opportunities to inspire, improve and positively enhance the lives of young people. Together our combined expertise will enable us to achieve our goals.’

* York Music Hub
Visits to the Website86
Views of The ‘Full’ Record93

‘Founded in 1955. We hold regular meetings to listen to programmes of music played from CDs and other media. Programmes are devised and presented mainly by members but occasionally there are presentations by visiting speakers. Anyone who enjoys classical music is welcome to join us – no knowledge of music is needed. Listening in a group can be enjoyable and there’s always the chance to hear something new. There’s no obligation to discuss or comment on the music but we encourage informal discussion with other members - we’re a friendly group!’

* York Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website52
Views of The ‘Full’ Record74

‘An association dedicated to providing and promoting high quality musical activities and tuition for adults and children with a wide range of special needs. As its members, we recognise the unique contribution that music plays in people’s lives, especially in the lives of those with difficulties and disabilities. We currently offer choirs for those with learning difficulties, deliver bespoke music and multisensory projects, and organise CPD workshops for those who work with those with special needs.’

* Yorkshire Association for Music and Special Educational Needs
Visits to the Website121
Also indexedYAMSEN | Gordon Parry Centre
Views of The ‘Full’ Record250

Originally founded 1894: ‘Offers expert tuition for almost every musical instrument, for both adults and children in a friendly, relaxed environment ... In addition to the instruments, we provide lessons for all levels of singing. Together with music theory and music composition we aim to cover all aspects of music training. As well as providing individual tuition, there are also several group classes and from time to time special workshops and concerts ... The College receives no grants from any source. Our funding comes mainly from tuition fees, which we aim to keep as low as feasible, in order for the courses to be as accessible to as many people as possible’.

* Yorkshire College of Music and Drama
Visits to the Website30
Views of The ‘Full’ Record43

'Provides advanced training for exceptionally talented young musicians from all over the Yorkshire and Humber region, aged between 8 and 18. It offers a fantastic opportunity for aspiring youngsters who want to give music a more prominent role in their lives, to study with some of the best teachers in the country, and to work and perform with like-minded young musicians.'

* Yorkshire Young Musicians
Visits to the Website51
Views of The ‘Full’ Record141

'We sing a cappella, that is, unaccompanied music, in many styles including barbershop. We are always looking for new members. No experience is necessary, just a commitment to the chorus and a desire to achieve the highest standards.'

Category Selby
+ Abbey Belles Chorus
Visits to the Website153
Views of The ‘Full’ Record325
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Formed in 1986 and 'has membership of 30 voices and is well established as one of Yorkshire's foremost mixed voice chamber choirs. The choir has a reputation for outstanding singing and enthusiastic engagement with its audiences. Its repertoire is wide, ranging from renaissance motets to contemporary choral pieces ... The choir has a simple philosophy: to strive for the highest possible standards and ensure that everyone has a good time in the process'.

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Abbeydale Singers
Visits to the Website100
Views of The ‘Full’ Record140

'Performs three concerts each year. The orchestra does not rehearse on a weekly basis – six intensive rehearsals are scheduled over a 2 week period prior to each concert.'

+ Academy of St Olave's
Visits to the Website81
Views of The ‘Full’ Record224

Founded 1970: ‘Originally about 16 voices, the choir’s numbers have now doubled, but it remains a chamber choir, singing mainly “a cappella” music and occasionally pieces accompanied by organ or a small orchestra. The choir’s repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the present day, and from the serious to lighter arrangements of popular music’.

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Aire Valley Singers
Visits to the Website89
Views of The ‘Full’ Record117

‘Founded in 1957 by Mrs Eileen Mackay for the scholars at Aireborough Grammar School to perform Gilbert & Sullivan shows for the enjoyment of the public. To be in the Society now, it is no longer necessary to have been a scholar at Aireborough Grammar School. Membership is open to all who enjoy performing the works of Gilbert & Sullivan. We currently have about 40 members who perform in our shows, and another 10 who join us for concert performances. We are normally able to cast our soloists from within the Society’s membership.’

+ Aireborough Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Visits to the Website74
Views of The ‘Full’ Record153
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Formed 1997: ‘The Choir is intentionally small with a maximum of 50 members, but is of high quality and produces a beautiful yet resonant tone.  Music critics have acclaimed its musicality and tender tonal qualities. It has taken tremendous strides in a relatively short time, and is in great demand for concerts not only in its native West Yorkshire, but also in North Yorkshire and East Yorkshire. The Airedale Male Voice Choir’s repertoire is constantly growing with some 180 pieces of music and is diverse in its choice as it is in expression and performance’.

+ Airedale Male Voice Choir
Visits to the Website68
Views of The ‘Full’ Record102

'Widely recognised as one of the leading community orchestras in the UK. Dating back to 1898 and originally known as the Keighley and District Orchestral Society, its name was changed to the “Airedale Symphony Orchestra” in 1982 ... Since 1982, the ASO has built up a high reputation for its performances, largely playing to near capacity audiences ... They regularly receive excellent reviews in the local and national press.'

+ Airedale Symphony Orchestra
Visits to the Website144
Views of The ‘Full’ Record235
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Started by a group of ladies who "just wanted to sing" in September 1983, and we haven’t stopped singing since. We have developed into a mainly a capella mixed voice choir over the years comprising soprano, alto, tenor and bass.'

+ Alkborough Choir
Visits to the Website138
Views of The ‘Full’ Record322
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A friendly new community orchestra set up to provide orchestral playing opportunities for amateur musicians in York and the surrounding area. We play a varied selection of music from across the orchestral repertoire, some easy bits and some of that really meaty stuff you've always wanted to have a go at.’

+ All Seasons Orchestra
Visits to the Website55
Views of The ‘Full’ Record127

Based in Halifax: ‘We are a group of around forty people, of whom thirty or so are performing members. Although the Society is non-denominational, we still retain a Christian ethos and continue to support many local charities. We strive to fill as many roles as possible from our own membership, but also hold open auditions for our shows, which continue to attract new members, singers, actors and helpers’.

+ All Souls' Amateur Operatic Society
Visits to the Website61
Views of The ‘Full’ Record124
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Social, non-contesting band ... Founded in the 1880's by a small group of mine workers ... In 1998, the Band was granted the princely sum of £45,453 by the National Lottery for new instruments. Supplementary funds were also raised and new uniforms purchased ... Over the most recent years the band have performed for several charitable causes ...This is the band's contribution back to the community.'

+ Altofts and Normanton Brass Band
Visits to the Website129
Views of The ‘Full’ Record293

'Draw from a vast pool of musical experience not only from the brass band world but from Military band, Dance band and Orchestra. This wealth of experience not only attributes to a quality sound but achieves the ability to play any form of music. We are a non-competing band who mainly concentrate on performing entertaining concerts raising money for charities either independently or joining forces with other bands, choirs etc.'

+ Alverton Brass
Visits to the Website100
Views of The ‘Full’ Record250

'Female voice choir based in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. The choir has about 30 members of various ages. We sing a wide variety of music and perform two to three concerts per year, plus special events and weddings around Yorkshire.'

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Alverton Singers
Visits to the Website146
Views of The ‘Full’ Record242

Formed 1982: ‘Based in Barnburgh, a South Yorkshire village virtually equidistant from Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley, BMVC is an active choir which performs solo and joint concerts at various venues around the district ... The choir sings for pleasure and has a wide and varied repertoire, including songs from the shows, past and present ... many popular songs from throughout the 20th Century ... as well as a variety of more classical scores ... There's no audition or requirement to be able to read music, so if you enjoy singing why not give us a try!!??’

+ Barnburgh Male Voice Choir
Visits to the Website13
Views of The ‘Full’ Record34

'Barnsley’s premier woodwind, brass and percussion ensemble ... has been entertaining audiences of all ages for over 40 years at numerous concerts locally, nationwide and across Europe. The Band's repertoire covers all major genres of music; Pop, Rock, Film, Theatre, Jazz, Marches, Light Classical and even Folk. The combination of instrument types within the group creates an exciting musical palette and delivers a vibrant listening experience.'

+ Barnsley Concert Band
Visits to the Website73
Views of The ‘Full’ Record164

‘A Traditional Brass Band Based in the Heart of South Yorkshire ... A busy and varied concert schedule sees the band performing at a variety of local, regional and national events throughout the year ... Whilst contesting is not the main focus of the band, it competes annually ... at the Yorkshire Area Championships. Membership crosses the generations and includes a good mix of ages from 10-60+. There are opportunities for young people to progress through the Junior and Intermediate Bands operating through Barnsley Music Service.‘

+ Barnsley Metropolitan Band
Visits to the Website58
Views of The ‘Full’ Record122

‘Barnsley's newest and most exciting adult choir led by the team that developed Barnsley Youth Choir into European Champions. No audition necessary ... The choir brings together members of the community from all walks of life to perform in a number of concerts throughout the year. The choir rehearse and perform all types of music ranging through traditional, pop, classical and topical.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Barnsley Singers
Visits to the Website78
Views of The ‘Full’ Record131

'Established in February 2009 to serve the children and young people of Barnsley. The choir currently has over 250 members aged between 7 and 23 years old and is divided into three smaller choirs – The Children’s Choir, The Training Choir, and The Senior Choir ... The choir performs a varied repertoire of music that includes Classical, Pop, Gospel and Folk music.'

+ Barnsley Youth Choir
Visits to the Website325
Views of The ‘Full’ Record241

'We are an enthusiastic group of amateur performers dedicated primarily to performing the works of W.S. Gilbert and A.S. Sullivan ... Sir William Schwenck Gilbert and Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan collaborated on fourteen operettas in total and since its formation, the Society has proudly performed thirteen of them over the years, trying to ensure that the less popular shows get an occasional airing.'

Category Dewsbury
+ Batley Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Visits to the Website110
Views of The ‘Full’ Record246
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An amateur mixed-voice choir of 30 members based in Mexborough, South Yorkshire ... Always welcoming new members, Bel Canto has been augmented over the years by many gifted and talented musicians from around the UK including local amateur and professional singers alike ... The choir’s repertoire extends from baroque to contemporary and has included premieres of new works by local composers ... Major public performances are usually in May and October, with Christmas music in December.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Bel Canto Choir
Visits to the Website66
Views of The ‘Full’ Record124

'We are a subscription based band and members of the band consist of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and ages. We are always happy to welcome new members, whether experienced players or relative beginners provided they have some experience. If the idea of being involved in a friendly band, where you can relax and enjoy playing a wide variety of music, interests you, whether you live locally or are just passing through please come along to the band room on rehearsal nights where you will be made very welcome. If you do not own your own instrument the band keeps a stock of instruments that can be used by members.'

+ Beverley Brass Band
Visits to the Website151
Views of The ‘Full’ Record380

‘A subscription choir of approximately 40 members meet on a regular basis with the objective of performing 3 times in the year. During the choir's history performances have taken place throughout the East Riding of Yorkshire and also in the Cathedrals of Durham, Worcester and Wells ...'

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Beverley Chamber Choir
Visits to the Website115
Views of The ‘Full’ Record247

‘The Choir’s membership is currently around 50 and we have represented the town of Beverley at some of the Country’s most prestigious venues ... We have performed at venues large and small from Hull, Beverley and Howden Minsters to many small though welcoming locations throughout the North of England and beyond, when considerable sums of money have been raised for worthy causes ... If you think you might like to sing with us, drop in ... to watch us rehearse. Simply roll up and sit at the back to discover whether it might be for you.’

+ Beverley Male Voice Choir
Visits to the Website84
Views of The ‘Full’ Record925
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed January 2016 ... We had a very clear vision, to enjoy singing, have fun and to raise money for charity. We also wanted the choir to be open to all so therefore auditions, ability to read music and previous experience are not required. We have two main concerts and smaller fundraising events throughout the year, helped by our friends of The Beverley Singers.‘

Category Community Choirs
+ Beverley Singers
Visits to the Website54
Views of The ‘Full’ Record101

'We are a very friendly, traditional, non-contesting brass band who play in most beautiful venues in North Yorkshire & Cleveland ... All players are welcome ... The Band is always looking to recruit new players: why not drop by one night? Membership is free and instruments, music and jackets are provided.'

+ Bilsdale Silver Band
Visits to the Website118
Views of The ‘Full’ Record318

‘We meet regularly to practise handbell tune ringing and we enjoy entertaining people. So far we have rung at nursing homes, walking clubs, club and society dinners, fetes and weddings. Three times a year we join other handbell teams to ring at rallies organised by either the national or local branch of the handbell ringer's association ... New members are always welcome. Reading music is not essential but a sense of rhythm, fun and a good sense of humour always helps!’

Category Handbell Ringers
+ Bingley Handbell Ringers
Visits to the Website112
Views of The ‘Full’ Record287

'The Black Dyke Band is part of our National Heritage and during its long history has achieved an enviable reputation; with National as well as International fame. For almost 140 years Black Dyke was owned and financially supported by the textile company John Foster & Son plc of Queensbury. In 1996 the association with the Mill ceased when the Band became a registered charity; in recognition of this fact "MILLS" was dropped from the official name.'

Category Bradford
+ Black Dyke Band
Visits to the Website283
Views of The ‘Full’ Record315

'Choral society of around sixty voices and growing! The Bradford Chorale is one of the leading choirs in Bradford and has been performing a widely varied repertoire of sacred and secular choral music to Yorkshire audiences for nearly forty years.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Bradford Chorale
Visits to the Website112
Views of The ‘Full’ Record376

Formed 1856: ‘One of the oldest and most exciting choirs in the North of England. Performing at least four concerts per year, we have a fascinating past and a vibrant future ... The recent re-emergence of choral singing as a popular activity has brought us many new members of all ages, thoroughly enjoying themselves regardless of ability or previous experience. We are committed to investing in our members and the wider community, providing vocal coaching, music-reading classes and enjoyable and productive rehearsals that help you get the most from the music and your voice. Our regular Come and Sing events have proved hugely popular, attracting many singers from the region and beyond. The Society has a series of lively social events throughout the year as well engaging in fund raising activities to help maintain the quality of their musical output. Come and enjoy our concerts, and bring your friends. It's a great evening out!’

Category Choral Societies
+ Bradford Festival Choral Society
Visits to the Website71
Views of The ‘Full’ Record142

‘We are a friendly ladies choir who practice weekly in Selby, North Yorkshire and enjoy the fellowship and fun of singing together ... We perform about six to eight concerts per year, mostly to raise funds for charity. The choir has a varied repertoire, ranging from pieces by classical composers such as Handel & Mozart, to folk songs and songs from musicals and the shows. At Christmas time we sing for several carol concerts. There are about 18 members; the choir has an extensive library of musical scores which are loaned to choir members.’

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Brayburn Singers Ladies Choir
Visits to the Website81
Views of The ‘Full’ Record133

The Spotlight Theatre is 'home to the local amateur operatic and dramatic group ... run by locals for the benefit of the community. A stopping off point for professional touring productions and Bridlington's link to world-class theatre via live broadcasts of theatre, opera and ballet from across the globe. Screenings from the National Theatre, RSC, Royal Opera House and other leading companies. A great place to get involved with musical theatre with an adult company, youth theatre group (Northern Lights) and junior company. Singing stars, budding actors and backstage crew volunteers are always welcome.'

+ Bridlington Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society
Visits to the Website149
Also indexedSpotlight Theatre | Northern Lights
Views of The ‘Full’ Record317

'Regarded by many as the best and most consistent "public subscription band" in the world. In its time the majority of premier band championships have been held by "Briggus" whilst the band has also attracted a formidable reputation for highly entertaining concerts for both the general public and brass band connoisseur. The Band was formed over 130 years ago through public donations given by the townsfolk of the adjacent villages of Brighouse and Rastrick that face each other across the River Calder in West Yorkshire, England.'

+ Brighouse and Rastrick Band
Visits to the Website177
Views of The ‘Full’ Record334

'Non-profit community wind band founded in 2006 by the late Malcolm Heywood ... We are self-supporting and all of its players give their time and services for free. We have a membership of over fifty musicians ... We are available for all types of concert work, including concert hall bookings, garden parties, carol concerts, bandstand appearances and private functions. Our reputation is well established in the East Riding where we regularly perform to enthusiastic audiences.'

+ Buckrose Concert Band
Visits to the Website99
Views of The ‘Full’ Record274

'We don’t have auditions and believe that anyone can sing. As a community choir, we are sometimes invited to sing at public events but that’s the icing on the cake. Part of the enjoyment comes from an improved sense of well-being: you can arrive stressed and tired from your hard day but singing helps you breathe better and feel calmer.'

Category Community Choirs
+ Calder Valley Voices
Visits to the Website101
Views of The ‘Full’ Record313

Founded 2015: ‘An exciting non-auditioning choir with a passion for a broad variety of choral music from around the globe ... Cantar’s aim, in addition to providing a wonderful singing experience for members in a friendly and welcoming environment, is to perform at a range of community, charity, arts and music events, to bring interesting and diverse choral singing to communities both locally and further afield’.

Category Community Choirs
+ Cantar Community Choir
Visits to the Website36
Views of The ‘Full’ Record80

‘Ilkley’s leading chamber choir. We are a mixed voice choir, established in the 1970s. Each year the choir performs four or five concerts, of major choral works, under the expert guidance of a professional conductor, usually with invited soloists and with either keyboard/organ or orchestral accompaniment ... We welcome amateur singers from all surrounding areas.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Cantores Olicanae
Visits to the Website107
Views of The ‘Full’ Record177

‘One of the most famous names in the brass band world. The Band is currently one of the highest ranked bands in the World. As well as a busy schedule of major concerts and private engagements, the band also competes at the highest level in the World’s leading major contests alongside the very best and most prestigious bands in the world, including Cory, Black Dyke and Brighouse & Rastrick Bands to name just a few.’

+ Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band
Visits to the Website106
Views of The ‘Full’ Record150

‘Founded in 1926, Castleford Male Voice Choir was formed by male choristers from several church choirs within the town and its current membership stands at approximately forty ... The Choir enjoys a full social life, admirably supported by its Ladies’ Circle, highlighting a love of singing and thereby giving enjoyment to its audiences. It also fulfils an important musical and educational role within the community.’

+ Castleford Male Voice Choir
Visits to the Website105
Views of The ‘Full’ Record947

‘A concert band and choir of approximately 50 young people between the ages of 8 and 25, based in West Yorkshire, England. We meet every Friday evening in term time ... to prepare for regular concerts throughout Yorkshire.’

Category Pontefract
+ Castleford Young Musicians
Visits to the Website33
Views of The ‘Full’ Record70

‘The name “Chanticleer” comes from the singing cockerel in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Having begun singing under the mantle of the Malton Singers, in 1975 our choir adopted the name “The Chanticleer Singers” ... There are currently about 30 singers in the choir, performing four or five concerts annually in the local area. Always popular are the two Christmas concerts - two performances being necessary to accommodate all those who wish to attend ... All works are sung in their original language and the choir has experience of singing in French, Russian, Spanish, Hebrew and Finnish - as well as English and Latin!‘

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Chanticleer Singers
Visits to the Website27
Views of The ‘Full’ Record112

‘Formed in 1965 by a group of Minster Songmen and their wives to raise funds for the Minster, the Chapter House Choir was soon established as one of the country’s leading amateur chamber choirs. We specialise in a cappella works encompassing the full breadth of the choral repertoire, from the Renaissance to new commissions, including much that is neglected or challenging.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Chapter House Choir
Visits to the Website50
Views of The ‘Full’ Record97

Formed 1993: ‘A forty-strong, mixed voice choir, based in Bradford, West Yorkshire ... Primarily, we are a friendly group from a variety of backgrounds who enjoy singing together and socialising both in rehearsals and in performance. Our “mission” is to share our enjoyment of choral music and to widen people’s perception of choral singing in all its glorious variety. Through the leadership of our musical director, we have sought to challenge our singing experience and we now have an extensive repertoire ranging from full works to pieces lasting little over a minute. Each concert we give incorporates something for all tastes – sacred and secular, ancient and modern, serious and not so serious, popular and classical favourites - and all types in between ! We also have some accomplished soloists to help ring the changes’.

Category Bradford
+ Chordiality
Visits to the Website20
Views of The ‘Full’ Record55

’Formerly known as the YBS Concert Brass, The City of Bradford Brass Band has come a long way from its roots in the Yorkshire Village of Saltaire where it was formed at the turn of the twentieth century. The band is now based in Bradford ... In March 2017, after just two years competing at Championship level, the band took 3rd place in the Yorkshire Regional Championship, going on to represent the County and the City of Bradford at the very highest level of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in the Royal Albert Hall. The City of Bradford Brass Band has risen from the 3rd section to win a place on the Albert Hall stage in an unprecedented 6 years.’

+ City of Bradford Brass Band
Visits to the Website218
Also indexedYBS Concert Brass
Views of The ‘Full’ Record214

Founded 1908: ‘Continues to offer an excellent programme of instruction in piping and drumming from novice level and upwards. The members of the band mainly live in the Yorkshire/Derbyshire area and some travel from even further afield as Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire – such is the enthusiasm. The band welcomes visiting players of all levels and offers a particularly warm welcome to children, young people and student players from abroad during their time in the UK’.

Category Pipe Bands
+ City of Sheffield Pipe Band
Visits to the Website58
Views of The ‘Full’ Record101

‘CSYO has about a hundred players whose ages range from 13 to 21 years. Membership is subject to audition and is open to any young players who live in or around the Sheffield locality. Most are still at school but some are at college, many of them training as professional musicians. The orchestra assembles three times a year usually during holiday periods for concentrated training courses with tutors and conductors of professional standing. The courses are usually residential and are followed by a concert or a concert tour.’

+ City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra
Visits to the Website65
Views of The ‘Full’ Record113

'At the end of the First World War, a group of people in the St John's Amateur Operatic Society formed the Cleckheaton and Spenborough Amateur Operatic Society.  St John's Amateur Operatic Society was based at the Parish Church, whose President was Reverend C. S. Newell. Their premier performance was Aladdin and Out in 1918. Since then, with the exception of two World Wars, the Society has performed at least one show every year, and donated thousands of pounds to charity. Times have changed and the Society now performs more modern plays and musicals, and of course the ever popular Christmas Carol Concert.'

+ Cleckheaton & Spenborough Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society
Visits to the Website220
Views of The ‘Full’ Record515

‘As well as the senior band the association also has a ‘B’ band made up of 34 younger and more inexperienced players who when the opportunity arises pass through to the senior band. All the band members are amateur musicians with ages ranging from 14 years up to 65 years of age and all give their time freely to come and make music. We perform around 60 concerts each year in and around the local area helping to support other groups such as local churches, school and hospitals with fund raising activities. The Association has no commercial financial backing and all the funds are raised with the hard work and dedication of its members.’

+ Clifton & Lightcliffe Band
Visits to the Website54
Views of The ‘Full’ Record94

‘The Team are based just outside of Brighouse, West Yorkshire in the UK. and the original Clifton Ringers were formed around 1890 ... The team of 8 play off a square table using the traditional Yorkshire “off the table” style of ringing. They have been successful at a number of music festivals in the North of England and they entertain a wide variety of audiences as well as ringing at Christmas raising money for charity.’

Category Handbell Ringers
+ Clifton Hand-Bell Ringers
Visits to the Website71
Views of The ‘Full’ Record181

'Some of us had been in a Bridlington Choir for nearly three years when, we learnt just after Christmas 2014 that our choir master was to move onto pastures new and that our choir in Bridlington would be closing. You can imagine how shocked we were after being together all this time and making lovely bonds and friendships within the choir. We quietly accepted for a few weeks that was the end of that. Then one cold winter's evening someone had just one simple thought: "Does it have to end?" ...' ALERT Website not accessible at Review; changed to Facebook Page.

Category Community Choirs
+ Coastal Voices [Bridlington]
Visits to the Website91
Views of The ‘Full’ Record360

‘A friendly community wind band of woodwind and brass players. Our members are from all points on the age range spectrum from school students to retired adults. Collingham Band performs at local events in the Wetherby area throughout the year, raising money for charities ... If you can play a wind or brass instrument to the standard of Grade 1+ to Grade 3 and would like to join a band, Collingham Training Band will give you plenty of enjoyable experience. We play wind band arrangements of popular tunes from films and shows, together with folk tunes - all music that you know and love! There is no minimum age to join Collingham Training Band - and no maximum age either!’

+ Collingham Band
Visits to the Website86
Also indexedCollingham Training Band
Views of The ‘Full’ Record206

‘A Choir dedicated to singing about the world around us, its inequalities and injustices, and our (4-part vocal harmony) opposition to such injustice. Commoners Choir is also dedicated to reclaiming the fun of making a big noise together without lugging a vanful of instruments and amplifiers around with us. We’re based in West Yorkshire, but we gather and sing wherever seems fitting.’

Category Leeds
+ Commoners Choir
Visits to the Website20
Views of The ‘Full’ Record33

'A group of men who entertain a variety of audiences across Yorkshire with songs, stories and with a few jokes along the way. We socialise together, we're all good friends, we laugh together, we rehearse together, we sing together and we generally enjoy ourselves ... We have received National Lottery funding to buy music, concert and rehearsal outfits, and to provide professional coaching.'

+ Daytones Harmony Chorus
Visits to the Website103
Views of The ‘Full’ Record314

'Formed in 1978 for pupils of the Foulstone School by the school’s former music teacher Holin Hammerton. The band was originally known as the Dearne Youth Big Band until its name was changed in 1983 to the Dearne Big Band and Singers to reflect the fact that many within the band were no longer youths. This is still evident today with the age range in the Band of 16 to 60 years ... The Dearne Big Band & Singers is the primary fundraiser for The Barnsley Youth Jazz Association ... None of the members of The Dearne Big Band & Singers take a fee for their performances, all fees are re-invested into The Barnsley Youth Jazz Association.'

Category Big Bands
+ Dearne Big Band
Visits to the Website102
Also indexedBarnsley Youth Jazz Association
Views of The ‘Full’ Record243

The competing ‘Deepcar Brass Band was formed in 1988 as a training band for local youngsters ... Whilst we are no longer a training band, it remains the band policy to encourage and train new players through an active training programme and our players now encompass a wide range in age and experience ... Deepcar Training Band is open to players of all age and ability; from someone picking up an instrument for the very first time in their life, or a player who is returning to playing a brass instrument following a break, or an experienced player who just wants to “give something back” and get involved to pass on their knowledge and help new players develop and progress.’ 

+ Deepcar Brass Band
Visits to the Website29
Views of The ‘Full’ Record97

‘Founded in 1932 as a singing group at Dewsbury Technical College. In recent years, in addition to our annual pantomime in January and musical show in June we have staged an Autumn production of either a cabaret style event showcasing songs from the shows or a short play. Dewsbury Collegians are always happy to welcome new members. If you have a talent for, or an interest in singing, dancing, acting, sound and lighting, costumes or scenery then we'd love you to get in touch.’

+ Dewsbury Collegians Amateur Operatic Society
Visits to the Website78
Views of The ‘Full’ Record129

Founded 1904. Busy competitive Band with about 50 members and offering some 100 performances per annum. (‘ In 2010, the BBC chose Dinnington from a shortlist of 22 other brass bands to feature in a three-part series A Band For Britain presented and conducted by Sue Perkins.’ [Wikipedia 27 November 2017])

+ Dinnington Colliery Band
Visits to the Website100
Views of The ‘Full’ Record118

Opened in 1888. Mission is ‘To enjoy singing, and encourage others to join with us and participate in an exciting and varied program of choral music, or come along to our concerts and listen, and enjoy ... New members very welcome - Some experience of choral singing and an ability to read music are highly desirable ... Entry to the choir is by audition. There is an annual fee, payable during the first term of each new season’.

Category Choral Societies
+ Doncaster Choral Society
Visits to the Website32
Views of The ‘Full’ Record108

‘An early music group based in the town of Doncaster. They take their name from the bands of musicians who used to be employed by local corporations as town musicians, “The Waites”. The present band are all local musicians with an interest in early music. They have been together now for a considerable number of years! The music they play is generally centred around the first half of the 17th century, the time when the first detailed accounts of the original Doncaster Waites appear in the archives. Their costume is also based on these accounts and the men accurately represent how the original Waites would have looked at that time. Women of course would never have been Waites, but we like to think that the Waites would have been joined by their friends and family in private music making in the houses and inns of Doncaster.‘

Category Early Music
+ Doncaster Waites
Visits to the Website151
Views of The ‘Full’ Record133

‘The Choir was formed in 1964 and has gained competition successes in many national music festivals, including Huddersfield, Morecambe, Blackpool and Eskdale ... They are proud to have contributed thousands of pounds to charity over the years, from the money raised from concerts, donations and CD sales ... Dore is a suburb of Sheffield, yet it is laid on firm Anglo-Saxon foundations and can trace its recorded history further back than the city itself ... From time to time we hold open evenings on regular rehearsal nights. This allows more time for prospective members to talk with existing members and find out more about the Choir. However, if you are already interested in joining, there is no need to wait for the next open evening! ‘

+ Dore Male Voice Choir
Visits to the Website28
Views of The ‘Full’ Record51

‘If you think you might wish to join the choir, why not come along to a rehearsal and enjoy a drink, some chat and a sing or a listen as you wish? Your willingness and ability to sing and hold a note is all we ask. New recruits will be given several weeks' rehearsal experience until you are ready to join DMVC as a full member ... Members are drawn from all walks of life from Architects, Accountants, Bankers, Motor Engineers, School Masters, Farmers to Prison Officers and even a Tax Inspector.‘

+ Driffield Male Voice Choir
Visits to the Website165
Views of The ‘Full’ Record303

‘Entertaining the community since 1837 ... We have a versatile group of musicians of all ages who have a progressive attitude towards our music. Our aim is to provide a professional, friendly & welcoming approach to music and encourage full participation from all throughout our performances.'

+ Driffield Silver Band
Visits to the Website135
Views of The ‘Full’ Record294

‘Founded in 1976  ... a Championship Section Band based in the village of Drighlington in West Yorkshire ... Drighlington Band are available to perform at almost any type of event! With a wide repertoire, Drighlington Band can perform at your concert, event, party, whatever it may be! Whether you require a full band or our award winning, smaller Drighlington Ensemble, we can help!’

+ Drighlington Band
Visits to the Website78
Views of The ‘Full’ Record140

Originally founded 1903: ‘A friendly, mixed voice choral society based in the picturesque Georgian market town of Easingwold ... A community choral society in the heart of North Yorkshire ... The choir consists of around 50 singers, comprising sopranos, altos, tenors and basses ... Two concerts per year, usually performed in early December and May the following year ... There is no audition, and guidance can be provided as to which part your voice may be best suited if you are unsure. You are very welcome to come along to a rehearsal and join in or just listen to see if you think it is for you’.

Category Choral Societies
+ Easingwold Singers
Visits to the Website26
Views of The ‘Full’ Record79

‘A Choral Society with about 100 members ... When it was founded, the choir was under the auspices of the East Riding County Education Committee. Members paid an annual subscription fee of 10 shillings (50p), which was increased to £1 in 1973. Concert deficits were approved by the County Music Committee and paid by the Council, so the choir had no financial worries. However, in 1977, after financial support had been withdrawn by Humberside County Council, it was necessary for the choir to become an independent body ... The choir is now self-sufficient by subscriptions, grants and fund-raising activities to cover the £25,000 needed every year.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ East Riding County Choir
Visits to the Website29
Views of The ‘Full’ Record78

’Since 1994 the Schools' Music Service has continued to expand its ensemble provision to provide opportunities for young musicians residing in the East Riding of Yorkshire to play in large and medium-sized groups with players of similar abilities. Members should be under 19 years of age, be in full-time education and be recommended by their teacher as being suitable candidates.’

+ East Riding Music Ensembles
Visits to the Website78
Views of The ‘Full’ Record125

‘Formed in January 1986. Starting with the senior band, the junior section was formed the following year. Over the ... years, it has provided youngsters in the East Riding with the opportunity to learn a brass instrument and to take a full and active role in a band ... It is an entirely voluntary organisation with no charges to the students. The band can even supply loan instruments, also free of charge ... Whilst the emphasis is on ensuring that music making is a pleasurable experience, this does not mean that we do not strive for quality. The band has, in the past, taken part in competitions and toured in Europe!‘

+ East Riding Youth Brass Band
Visits to the Website24
Views of The ‘Full’ Record53

‘We are one of the largest Brass Band organisations in the country, made up of 5 ensembles and over 100 playing members ranging from absolute beginners to semi-professionals. The main Elland Silver Band is nationally graded in the Championship Section. We also have one of the finest Youth bands in the country and an excellent Training, Starter & Beginners Band where we provide instruments and tuition to children as young as 7 years old. In October 2015 we launched our fifth band – Adult Brass, which provides tuition to encourage players over the aged of 18 to learn to play a brass instrument. In October 2017 we launched a beginner percussion class, HIT IT for children aged 7 to 12 years.’

+ Elland Silver Band
Visits to the Website57
Also indexedElland Silver Youth Brass Band
Views of The ‘Full’ Record105

‘We are a 30-strong mixed-voice choir ... Most of our singing is unaccompanied. Our repertoire stretches from the 16th to the 21st centuries, and includes sacred and secular music, serious and popular ... Potential new members are asked to take a simple audition.’

+ Elysian Singers [Wetherby]
Visits to the Website83
Views of The ‘Full’ Record111
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A traditional village based brass band with roots that date back to around 1870. We are based in the middle of Yorkshire, and are fortunate enough to have our own bandroom conveniently located opposite the White Horse Public House. We do approximately 30 concerts a year for a variety for audiences, and also take part in 4 or 5 contests, testing ourselves against other bands and aiming to improve our standards ... Like all amateur Brass Bands we are unfunded so we have to try new avenues to raise vital funds to keep our organisation running. Check out our Real Ale Festival run every Easter in the band-room! 

+ Emley Brass Band
Visits to the Website62
Also indexedEmley Real Ale Festival
Views of The ‘Full’ Record59

‘The Endcliffe Orchestra has a history of rehearsing and performing in Sheffield since 1977. The orchestra is a development group, meaning that each member is intent on improving their musical ability including technique and ensemble playing and performing. The orchestra provides a friendly and welcoming environment within which amateur musicians in Sheffield can rehearse and perform together ... The orchestra usually performs a number of concerts each year from a wide repertoire of music and uses these events to raise money for local charities. Under its constitution, the orchestra operates as a not-for-profit organisation.’

+ Endcliffe Orchestra
Visits to the Website135
Views of The ‘Full’ Record118

‘We are a mixed choir of around 70 members and have been an established part of the Sheffield music scene since 1969. We sing a wide range of music from the choral repertoire, and are equally at home with full-scale requiem masses and unaccompanied part songs ... We have occasional vacancies in all sections and a friendly welcome is extended to new members. We don't ask you to undergo a scary audition but we aim for high musical standards and do expect a certain level of musical ability. There is a short probationary period of around two months.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Escafeld Chorale
Visits to the Website14
Views of The ‘Full’ Record43

‘A mixed-voice choir of some 36 members who have been performing a variety of choral music since its foundation in 1996 ... Our repertoire includes folk songs, spirituals, classical and sacred music, as well as choral items by contemporary composers. Lighter music includes songs from the shows ... We seek to promote talented young musicians and invite them to join our concerts as guest artists.‘

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Fairfax Singers
Visits to the Website32
Views of The ‘Full’ Record67

Founded 1868: ‘The Band is totally self supporting, having no sponsors, and works hard all year round, performing not only locally but throughout Yorkshire ... The Bandroom is in a prime location in the heart of Friendly Village, and we encourage any Organisation, Group or Individuals who wish to utilise the Building as a meeting place or hold a function within, to contact the Secretary expressing their interest. We wish to ensure the whole community can benefit from this work and maximise the use of the Bandroom as a Community Meeting place’.

+ Friendly Band (Sowerby Bridge)
Visits to the Website35
Views of The ‘Full’ Record124

'A friendly sociable Rotherham three part choir which raises money for charities both local and national ... In our concerts we try to cater for all tastes and include a variety of songs from musicals, classic songs to pop, something for everyone.'

Category Rotherham
+ Friends in Harmony Choir
Visits to the Website107
Views of The ‘Full’ Record282

‘We are a traditional, yet progressive brass band, located in Garforth, just to the east of Leeds in West Yorkshire ... We believe that brass band music should be at the heart of our community and that it should be accessible to all. We recognise the importance of nurturing the playing skills of new and returning players of all ages. We want to work to address the shortage of players in our region by giving people the opportunity to learn a brass instrument from scratch in our training band.‘

+ Garforth Brass
Visits to the Website13
Views of The ‘Full’ Record20

‘Our first concert – when we were all very nervous – was back in 1998 at the Clothworkers’ Hall at Leeds University. Since then, we’ve performed more and more often, and travelled further afield, including concerts in Manchester, Birmingham, London, Berlin and Paris. We still get nervous! As well as big concerts, we’ve performed at various festivals and events. Although our performances are a focus for our repertoire and rehearsals, they’re not the be all and end all. Some members choose not to perform – and few of us make every performance. The real joy of being in the choir is the friendly atmosphere and camaraderie built around our common joy of singing. We welcome any members of the LGBT* communities who share that joy and want to be a part of it.’

Category LGBT Choirs
+ Gay Abandon
Visits to the Website37
Views of The ‘Full’ Record111

‘A Yorkshire based non-contesting brass band ... The Band, founded in 1854, has a proud heritage of both contesting and entertaining. However, we currently do not participate in contests yet still play a varied concert programme throughout the year.’

+ Grange Moor Brass Band
Visits to the Website54
Views of The ‘Full’ Record57

'Formed in 1917, during the First World War, Grimethorpe Colliery Band is a British institution. National and British Open Champions on numerous occasions, the band’s contest successes remain legendary ... Grimethorpe's diverse noted concert performances include those at the FIFA World Cup, BAFTA Awards, BBC Proms, Eurovision and London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony ... In addition to continuing to delight audiences across the globe, Grimethorpe also continues to invest in and support its local community in Grimethorpe, Barnsley and South Yorkshire, particularly through its youth music initiatives and community performances, both locally and on a national scale.'

+ Grimethorpe Colliery Band
Visits to the Website104
Views of The ‘Full’ Record181

Founded 1984: ‘comprises around thirty five ladies of varying ages and walks of life. The choir performs concerts locally and in this way has raised thousands of pounds for local charities ... Members enjoy learning and performing a wide range of music in a friendly and positive spirit ... and welcomes new and returning members.’

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Hackness Ladies’ Choir
Visits to the Website77
Views of The ‘Full’ Record110

Hade Edge Band has a history spanning over 100 years. With this rich heritage we not only perform the brass band classics, we also innovate with new and dynamic arrangements from a variety of Composers ... Based in the village of Hade Edge in the Holme Valley, Yorkshire’.

+ Hade Edge Band
Visits to the Website70
Views of The ‘Full’ Record129
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1899 as the Halifax Madrigal Society. The name changed in 1989 to reflect the wider range of choral repertoire which includes a wide range of sacred and secular music spanning the centuries. The choir performs in Halifax and other venues in West Yorkshire ...  When spaces are available we welcome new members.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Halifax Chamber Choir
Visits to the Website5
Views of The ‘Full’ Record8
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘When the idea of a permanent large choir was first suggested in 1817 by founder William Priestley (eminent Halifax musician, antiquary and literary gentleman wool-merchant) he could hardly have foreseen that the Halifax Choral Society would still be going strong into the Third Millennium. Nor could he have envisaged it surviving to become the world’s oldest amateur choral society with an unbroken record of performance ... Its members may be amateurs from many walks of life but they pride themselves on professional singing. Throughout its long history, the Choir has performed almost every major choral work in the repertoire ... In 2018 it will be Haydn’s Creation (the very first work performed by the Society, on 9th February 1818). At the end of 2018 we will present our 200th annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Halifax Choral Society
Visits to the Website114
Views of The ‘Full’ Record163

‘The Society formed in 1968 and we gave our first fully staged performance 3 years later. We perform our annual show at The Halifax Playhouse around November time, which is fully staged, fully costumed, and performed with an orchestra ... As well as the annual show we also hold other smaller concerts and club nights through the year in various locations, to raise funds for the Society.’

+ Halifax Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Visits to the Website122
Views of The ‘Full’ Record183

‘Amateur theatre company for adults (16 yrs +). We invite anyone to join the society whether that's to perform, help out or just to come and watch a production ... Performing shows in Halifax since 1907.’

+ Halifax Light Operatic Society
Visits to the Website46
Views of The ‘Full’ Record84

‘One of the UK’s oldest non-professional orchestras ... Members come from all walks of life from within and around Calderdale and beyond, and share a passion for playing together. The players are variously teachers, semi-professionals, and retired professionals along with a positive group of dedicated amateurs. The Orchestra is always happy to hear from prospective new members.’

+ Halifax Symphony Orchestra
Visits to the Website65
Views of The ‘Full’ Record100

‘One of the leading youth choirs in the country ... and numbers around 70 singers ranging in age from 8 - 21. As well as giving our own concerts we perform with partners such as Musica Kirklees, The Lindley Band, Brighouse and Rastrick Band and many local choirs, often performing in Halifax Minster and Huddersfield Town Hall ... We like competing in music competitions and over recent years have been very successful ...’

+ Halifax Young Singers
Visits to the Website68
Views of The ‘Full’ Record144

‘The Hallam Sinfonia was originally set up as a chamber orchestra by a group of local peripatetic music teachers ... The orchestra has however seen many changes ... and is certainly no longer a chamber orchestra, though its forces may be scaled down on occasion. Its repertoire extends from the baroque to the 21st century, including large- scale romantic works, and from the mainstream classics to film music and children’s concerts. This range of activity is designed to meet a variety of needs: to please audiences with old favourites, to draw in new audiences (including children and young people), to provide players with exciting challenges, to make best use of the resources the orchestra has at its disposal, and sometimes to enable collaboration with other organisations.’

+ Hallam Sinfonia
Visits to the Website67
Views of The ‘Full’ Record113

‘We are a group of ordinary men, who, with a fair amount of enjoyable hard work, and good coaching, have learned to sing well together ... Not surprisingly you need to be able to sing in tune and after a few weeks of rehearsals, and a very friendly and informal audition, you will know if we are the right sort of singing group for you to join ... Formed in 1978, Hallmark of Harmony [as at 2018] have been named the best chorus in Britain seven times. We have represented the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) three times at the international barbershop contest in America.‘

+ Hallmark of Harmony
Visits to the Website58
Views of The ‘Full’ Record81

‘Founded in 1855 as the Saltaire Band by Sir Titus Salt as one of the amenities for the workers at his recently opened mill. Later the band had a long association with Hammonds Sauce Works under the baton of the legendary Geoffrey Whitham. It is from these two parts of our past that we now perform under our current name, Hammonds Saltaire.’

+ Hammonds Saltaire Band
Visits to the Website104
Views of The ‘Full’ Record126
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A 60-strong all-female community choir based in the North Yorkshire market town of Malton ... We predominantly sing in 3 or 4 parts, and perform a wide range of material from pop to gospel, choral to jazz and everything in-between. We take part in a number of concerts each year, many for local charities ... Our members range in age 21-70+, some of whom have been singing for decades while others are completely new to it.'

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Harmonia Choir
Visits to the Website149
Views of The ‘Full’ Record270

’We're seriously entertaining and are a popular choice for performing at concerts and all sorts of great events. As well as putting on fantastic concerts we compete regularly so our standard of playing is consistently high and we have a reputation for innovation and performing exciting contemporary music. Why not come and see us perform? You'll love what we do and we'd love to see you.‘

+ Harrogate Band
Visits to the Website83
Views of The ‘Full’ Record169
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘HCS are a high quality, mixed voice, open age choir, that perform a variety of concerts in the Harrogate area. We are open to new members of with or without prior singing experience, who want to perform with a leading choir ... Within the Harrogate Choral Society there are three choral groups; The Halcyon Singers, a group of young singers who sing with the Choral Society and as a separate entity, Beati, who are a group of 10 female voices and give concerts for charity, and the Harrogate Polyphonic Choir, which is a chamber choir who, as well as Beati are available to sing at weddings, corporate events and special functions.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Harrogate Choral Society
Visits to the Website87
Also indexedBeati | Halcyon Singers | Harrogate Polyphonic Choir
Views of The ‘Full’ Record181

‘Was formed in 1972 by a group of G & S enthusiasts with our first production in Harrogate Theatre in May 1973. The Society has gone from strength to strength over the years and has continued to stage a production each May or June in the same theatre. Since 1986, in addition to our stage production we have held two Christmas concerts each year in conjunction with the world-famous Brighouse and Rastrick Band.’

+ Harrogate Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Visits to the Website121
Views of The ‘Full’ Record173

‘We are a friendly group of male singers who enjoy singing in the Barbershop, close harmony style ... We sing for our own enjoyment and undertake a number of local engagements every year. We welcome new members whether experienced singers or complete novices. There is no need to read music as training CDs are provided as an aid to learning our repertoire of popular songs. We also welcome enquiries from local clubs and societies who are looking for singing entertainment at their gatherings.’

+ Harrogate Harmony Barbershop Chorus
Visits to the Website82
Views of The ‘Full’ Record158

'Semi-professional chamber orchestra, giving three concerts each year and accompanying choral societies around the area.'

+ Harrogate Philharmonic Orchestra
Visits to the Website106
Views of The ‘Full’ Record248

'Can trace our roots back to 1931 when the Harrogate String Orchestra replaced the Municipal Orchestra. From this grew the Harrogate Chamber Orchestra, and then as numbers grew and demand for larger scale works developed, we became the Harrogate Symphony Orchestra in 1991. The aims have always been the same: to give players a chance to explore a wide range of orchestral music on a regular basis and to present concerts to as wide an audience as possible. For nearly 30 years we have tried to encourage a younger audience too through workshops, free tickets for under 11s and concerts specifically designed for children.'

+ Harrogate Symphony Orchestra
Visits to the Website109
Views of The ‘Full’ Record194

‘Doncaster's Premiere and only Championship Section Brass Band. The Band are made up of 28 musicians who play repertoire of varied origin including classical transcriptions and modern compositions alongside popular music arrangements.’

+ Hatfield Band
Visits to the Website167
Views of The ‘Full’ Record306

‘A long-established and celebrated brass band ... The Haworth Band strives to serve the local community and to provide a forum for musicians of any age who enjoy playing music in an ensemble. We endeavour to encourage the development of new players and provide instruments and musical tuition. The Haworth Band is a registered charity dedicated to developing musical skills to ensure the longevity of a brass-band tradition in the community ... We welcome players of all ability.‘

+ Haworth Band
Visits to the Website89
Views of The ‘Full’ Record145

'It is not absolutely clear when Hebden Bridge Brass Band was founded but in 1978 they held their Centenary celebration. For many years it was believed that 1878 was the founding year, but an appeal to the local community for any information on the band’s history a few years ago revealed that the band was in existence around 1850 ... In the early days of brass banding, members were made up from the workforce of the local mills who sponsored them and they, the mill owners, in return got relatively cheap advertising for the mill and products, particularly if the bands performed well and won prizes and recognition at local and national contests ...'

+ Hebden Bridge Band
Visits to the Website118
Views of The ‘Full’ Record192

'The Main Band (or A Band) is made up of young people who have developed their playing skills through lessons with the band and elsewhere and have learned to play as part of a group with B Band. We currently have around 25 members of Main Band. Band members need to be really committed to the Band as they need to rehearse regularly as well as play at several engagements throughout the year ... B Band is a development band and allows learners to take their first steps playing with a group of other musicians ...'

+ Hebden Bridge Junior Band
Visits to the Website136
Views of The ‘Full’ Record195

Founded 1918: ‘The Society’s aim is to promote musical shows, operettas (musical comedies and musical romances) and concerts. These mainly take place at the Hebden Bridge Little Theatre, but we have also toured productions locally at a number of different venues’.

+ Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society
Visits to the Website50
Views of The ‘Full’ Record110

'A chamber choir based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. The choir performs varied programmes of mainly a capella music from the 16th Century to the present day. The Hepton Singers has a strong local following, performing regularly in Heptonstall Parish Church as well as other venues across the north of England.'

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Hepton Singers
Visits to the Website117
Views of The ‘Full’ Record279

‘Hepworth, the village from which the band takes its name, is situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park, close to the “Summer Wine” town of Holmfirth in West Yorkshire. There has long been a strong tradition of brass bands and music making in the Holme Valley and Hepworth has been a part of this since its formation in 1882. The Band’s long history puts it amongst the oldest brass bands in the country. Throughout its history the band has enjoyed notable contest success.’

+ Hepworth Band
Visits to the Website90
Views of The ‘Full’ Record101
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A thriving amateur orchestra attracting players from Kingston upon Hull, the East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. We give three public concerts each year ... Our aim is to provide good classical music in a relatively informal setting. Please look at our concert calendar, we hope you find the music we play attractive and will come to our concerts.’

+ Hessle Sinfonia
Visits to the Website62
Views of The ‘Full’ Record112

Honley Ladies Choir is based in Honley, a picturesque village on the edge of the Peak District just south of Huddersfield. The village is a hot bed of musical activity - if it's sung, played or performed you'll find it happening in Honley. The Choir has been thriving for almost eighty years and is regarded as one of the most vibrant choirs in the local area with a reputation that goes far beyond.’

Category Ladies Choirs
+ Honley Ladies Choir
Visits to the Website103
Views of The ‘Full’ Record121

Established 1866: ‘The Horbury Victoria Band now consists of a Senior Band, Youth Band, Intermediate Band and Learner Section, in all numbering almost 100 members, backed by a very willing and hard working Committee. The Senior and Youth Bands are committed to maintaining high performance standards in all their contest and concert engagements and they look forward to working hard as a team for the future’.

+ Horbury Victoria Band
Visits to the Website66
Views of The ‘Full’ Record155

Horsforth Choral Society in Leeds is a mixed-voice choir founded in 1928. They perform a variety of choral music including sacred music, folk songs and spirituals as well as choral items by contemporary composers ... No audition required. The ability to read music would be helpful but not essential ... Prospective members may attend a couple of “taster” sessions before making a commitment to join.’

Category Leeds
+ Horsforth Choral Society
Visits to the Website28
Views of The ‘Full’ Record77

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