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‘All pupils learning an instrument are invited to join a music ensemble, band or orchestra. Membership is free to pupils attending LBBD schools and having a CMS instrumental lesson (small charge for music centre pupils) ... It’s recommended that all pupils who learn an instrument should play in a school or music centre ensemble, band or orchestra. Performing and music making with other pupils is lots of fun and essential to a child’s music development. All pupils from the age of 7-18 are also invited to attend the Young Singers or Senior Singers. These sessions are held weekly and are open to all pupils attending LBBD schools who enjoy singing. There are no auditions but pupils will be expected to attend each week.’

+ Barking & Dagenham Music Service Ensembles
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‘Our eleven ensembles have a reputation for excellence and a membership of over 300 young people aged from 6 to 18. Ensembles are provided and run by Hampshire Music Service who charge a fee per term for membership ... The Friends of Basingstoke Area Youth Orchestras and Choirs is a charity which exists to provide ongoing financial, administrative and staffing support to the Ensembles in excess of that provided by Hampshire Music Service. Staffing is provided by volunteers. We have no paid employees.’

+ BAYO Ensembles and Charity
Visits to the Website103
Also indexedFriends of Basingstoke Area Youth Orchestras and Choirs
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'We are a group of seven orchestras of varying ages and abilities, linked by our love of music and how much we enjoy playing together. Our mission is to advance the musical education of young people in Brentwood and surrounding areas by the provision of training in orchestral playing and the presentation of public concerts. We are very welcoming and are always on the look out for new members, so if you are interested in joining one of our orchestras, then please contact us ...'

+ Brentwood Orchestras for Young Musicians
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‘Our Music Centres offer something for everyone, whatever ability, age or special interest! Activities include instrumental ensembles, orchestras and bands, music technology, music, film & animation and Children’s Music Workshops for 5 year olds and a range of choirs.‘

+ Brighton & Hove Music Groups
Visits to the Website112
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Bristol Plays Music [BPM] is the Music Education Hub for Bristol ...  Bristol Centre for Musicians is home to BPM’s family of bands, ensembles and orchestras. Young musicians can join a range of age and level appropriate ensembles and bands which progress to the Bristol Youth Orchestra, widely regarded as one of the best youth orchestras in the South West. All BPM bands and ensembles have an excellent reputation in the city for producing talented musicians.‘

+ Bristol Centre for Musicians
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Also indexedBristol Youth Orchestra
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Access to details of over 40 ‘structured bands, choirs, chamber music, keyboard classes, orchestras, & music theatre, for all ages and abilities including adults’ offered by “Bromley Youth Music Trust”.

+ BYMT Ensembles
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Also indexedBromley Youth Music Trust
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Concerts and Recitals Season‘Opportunities at BYMT's music centres include ... structured bands, choirs, chamber music, keyboard classes, orchestras, & Music Theatre, for all ages and abilities including adults ... Regular public performance opportunities in quality venues both locally and nationally.’

‘Founded in 1843, the Society has played a pivotal role in British musical life ... It has educated Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Mark Elder, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Edward Gardner, Christopher Hogwood and Robin Ticciati, has premièred works by Brahms, Holloway, Lutoslawski, Rutter, Saxton and Vaughan Williams, and has given generations of Cambridge musicians the experience of performing alongside visiting conductors and soloists including Britten, Dvořák, Kodaly, Menuhin and Tchaikovsky. Today, CUMS is made up of nine high-quality ensembles which offer a wide variety of musical experiences to Cambridge students.’

+ Cambridge University Musical Society
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‘The Love Music Trust as lead partner and fund holder for the music education hub in Cheshire East provides a number of ensemble pathways for young musicians in the borough, both through groups that we run ourselves and through our extensive network of partners. Our own ensembles are financially supported by the Trust.’ Categorized as: Brass; Choir/Vocal; Guitar; Percussion; Strings; Woodwind; Folk; Orchestra.

+ Cheshire East Music Groups & Ensembles
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Also indexedLove Music Trust
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'The Cornwall Music Education Hub recognises how valuable ensemble experience can be in the development of musical skills and supports a network of ensembles and choirs across the county to provide a rich and varied menu of musical opportunities for young people: * Cornwall County Choirs; * Cornwall Youth Brass Ensemble; * Cornwall Youth Jazz Orchestra; * Cornwall Youth Orchestra; * Cornwall Youth Percussion Ensemble; * Cornwall Youth Wind Orchestra; * Sax is our Business'

+ Cornwall Music Education Hub Ensembles
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‘One of the most important opportunities for young musicians is to meet together and play together. As well as being an opportunity to have fun and make friends, it is also key to improving as a musician and developing wider skills like team-work, respect and concentration. That’s why one of our main Hub aims is to create and support Music Centres and other groups right across Cumbria. From Barrow to Carlisle we offer regular opportunities for young musicians – whatever your instrument or interest.’

+ Cumbria Music Hub Groups
Visits to the Website25
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‘Experience playing in a full orchestra with young musicians from Devon and beyond with regular specialised help from highly trained professional coaches ... Explore music across a wide range of styles from exciting film scores and musicals to dramatic overtures, symphonies and orchestral suites. Modern compositions and specially composed works sit alongside classic repertoire from the past ... Perform at exciting events, including the Devon County Show, and take part in the Devon Schools Mix Festival and our popular schools’ outreach workshops.’

+ Devon Youth Orchestras
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Views of The ‘Full’ Record54

'It is really important when learning an instrument to engage in playing opportunities aside from regular weekly lessons and practise. Dorset Music Service works with a wide range of partners to provide opportunities for playing right across Dorset.'

+ Dorset Music Service Playing Opportunities
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’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
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Mission is ‘to advance the musical education of the children and young persons under the age of twenty five years who are ordinarily resident in and /or who receive their education within the area of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council by the provision of facilities, amenities or assistance not provided or not fully provided by the Local Education Authority’.

+ Friends of Merthyr Tydfil Youth Music
Visits to the Website96
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‘The area and county ensembles are part of a network of 60 groups run by the Hampshire Music Service ... Being a member of a music group is an enriching and rewarding educational experience. Group playing or singing helps improve individual musical skills. It is also great fun and a good way to meet other young people with musical interests. They celebrate their achievements in many concerts, festivals and musical events throughout the year as well as take groups on residentials and tours to widen horizons and provide enriching experiences for all members. Voluntary committees support each ensemble with fundraising activities. Committee members are usually parents of current players. New volunteers are always very welcome.’

+ Hampshire Music Service Ensembles
Visits to the Website133
Views of The ‘Full’ Record273

’The Friends of Highland Young Musicians is a representative group of parents/carers who are able to voice opinions about Highland Young Musicians activities and plans, with a specific remit to raise funds where possible, to enhance the generous support afforded these activities by The Highland Council ... With members gaining places from all over Highland the HYM groups represent youth music making at the highest levels: Highland Regional Youth Orchestra; Highland Youth String Orchestra; 'snas; Highland Youth Wind Band; Coisir G; Highland Youth Choir; Highland Pulse.’

+ Highland Young Musicians
Visits to the Website92
Also indexedFriends of Highland Young Musicians
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‘At John Locke Academy in Uxbridge on Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday we have a vibrant music school with a friendly informal atmosphere, which runs for ten sessions each term. Approximately 350 young musicians from all parts of the borough come along on Saturday mornings and weekday evenings in term time. They play in bands, orchestras and chamber ensembles, learn music theory and sing in choirs.’

+ Hillingdon Music School and Ensembles
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Concerts and Recitals Season

The young musicians ‘also participate in regular concerts and events’.

Hounslow Music Service runs a structured, progressive programme of bands, orchestras and ensembles for instrumentalists. Players must be having lessons either through Hounslow Music Service or privately, and acceptance to an ensemble will be dependent on a pupil having the necessary skills and level to join, as well as a place being available. Players’ ages range from young primary school children to post A-level students, and rehearsals take place on weekday evenings during term time. They are a great way to make music and meet new friends. Concerts are an important part of playing in an ensemble and all pupils are expected to perform as part of their learning.’

+ Hounslow Music Service Ensembles
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‘Our four County Groups explore and perform an exciting repertoire of orchestral masterpieces and contemporary works by composers of today. What’s more, young musicians get the chance to play in a professionally staged concert, with members of some groups having the opportunity to take part in a fabulous four day residential and travel programme as part of a biennial foreign tour ... Lincolnshire Music Centres are in eight locations around the County, offering evening, after school or Saturday morning activities. There is a wide range of group playing opportunities in orchestras, bands and choirs.’

+ Lincolnshire Music Groups and Ensembles
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‘Celebrates excellence in youth folk music, bringing together talented young folk musicians from across England to create and perform inspiring new arrangements of folk music and work with leading folk artists.‘

+ National Youth Folk Ensemble
Visits to the Website59
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‘Northamptonshire has an outstanding reputation for the quality of its county ensembles, with a busy annual performance schedule, many appearances at the finals of National Festivals and a long tradition of tours overseas. Over a thousand young people, members of our auditioned county groups and Youth Theatre, come to Northampton to the Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre to rehearse weekly during term time.’

+ Northamptonshire County Music Groups
Visits to the Website155
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Details of auditioned and non-auditioned Ensembles 'for aspiring young musicians aged 4-19'.

+ Sage Gateshead Youth Ensembles
Visits to the Website127
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‘The Music Service organises a large number of groups outside of the school day for young people to further develop and advance their music skills and knowledge. These are currently FREE to all that live or who are educated in St.Helens.’

+ St Helens Music Service Ensembles
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Suffolk Youth Music (SYM) is Suffolk County Music Service's (SCMS) programme of musical activities for children and young people who live or are educated in Suffolk. Young musicians will have access to a progressive range of professionally led and coached ensemble opportunities from beginner to advanced level. SCMS offers a range of genres, styles and traditions, with sign-posted routes to national programmes for the most advanced.‘

+ Suffolk Youth Music Activities
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