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Music-making in the Midlands

Organisations

BBC Radio 3 - Listen Up
Find an orchestra in your area.

CoMA – Contemporary Music-Making for Amateurs
Contemporary music ensembles around the UK, catering for musicians of all abilities. CoMA commissions leading UK and International composers to write music which is artistically challenging but technically suited to the needs of amateurs.

Core Arts
Uses the arts to break down many of the prejudices associated with people with mental health problems and promote access and participation.

Gerontius
Choirs, concerts and choral music resources.

Gloucestershire Council Community Database
Search for organisations and groups in the region.

Gloucestershire Council Music Library
Information on Gloucestershire Council Music Library.

Making Music West Midlands
Visit their website to find choirs, orchestras and youth music groups in your area.

Music For Youth
Youth Music Association.

National Association of Choirs
Large choir association with lists of local choirs.

National Association of Choirs Cornwall Group
List of local choirs.

National Association of Choirs Midlands East Group
List of local choirs.

National Association of Choirs Midlands North Group
List of local choirs.

National Association of Choirs Midlands South West Group
List of local choirs.

National Association of Choirs Midlands West Group
List of local choirs.

National Association of Choirs Devon Group
List of local choirs.

NUMU
NUMU is a dedicated safe space for young people to upload and showcase their music, meet others and learn new skills.

The Royal College of Organists
A membership organisation with about 2700 members across the UK and abroad. Offering advice and guidance to anyone who wants to (re-)start learning the organ.

Sound Sense
Sound Sense is the UK development agency for community music. They promote the significance and value of community music, and assist the professional development of people practising and participating in it.

The Sound Station

UK Public Libraries
Offering local information, advice, workshops, courses, internet access, magazines and CD and DVD hire. Find your local library through this site.

Youth Music
Music organisation.

Listings by county

Birmingham Music Groups
 
Birmingham Chamber Music Society
Music society: instrumental
Birmingham

Birmingham Chamber Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
Birmingham

Birmingham Opera Company
Opera company: vocal
Birmingham
Audition required.

Birmingham Symphonic Winds
Wind band: instrumental
Birmingham

Cantemus (Solihull)
Chamber choir: vocal
Shirley, Solihull, SW Birmingham

Solihull Chandos Choir
Choir: vocal
Birmingham

Solihull Symphony  Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
Solihull
No formal auditions required but some orchestral experience is preferred.

Sinfonia of Birmingham
Orchestra: instrumental
Birmingham

Sutton Coldfield Choral Society
Choir: vocal
Sutton Coldfield

Birmingham Music Organisations

Dudley Performing Arts
Dudley council music and performance arts services; including music tuition.

Making Music Birmingham
Music organisation.

Birmingham Music Library
Information on the council music library. Lists of local music groups, ensembles, teachers etc. are available from the library but aren't accessible online.

Youth Music
Search for Youth Music projects in your area.


Derbyshire Music Groups
 
Chesterfield Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
Chesterfield
Acceptable standard required.

Whitwell Brass Band
Brass band: instrumental
Whitwell
Junior and senior band. No ability required for juniors. Reasonable standard for senior band.

Alfreton Ladies Choir
Community choir: vocal
Alfreton
Females only.

Sitwell Singers
Chamber choir: vocal
Derby
Sight reading and informal audition required.

Burbage Band
Band plays music varying from Elizabethan court music to modern pop music: vocal/instrumental
Buxton
Learners band for any ability. Minimum standard and informal audition required for main band.

Bakewell Choral Society
Religious and secular choral music
Bakewell

Creswell Colliery Band
Brass band: instrumental
Browne
Training section and instrumental loan available for beginners.

Derbyshire Music Organisations
 
Youth Music
Search for Youth Music projects in your area.

Gloucestershire Music Organisations

Gloucestershire Music Service
Music tuition and services in Gloucestershire.

Leicestershire Music Groups
 
Wigston Brass Band
Brass band: instrumental
South Wigston
Training and senior band.

Carlton Brass
Brass band: instrumental
Carlton
Training and senior band.

Leicester Philharmonic Choir
Choir: vocal
Leicester
Audition required.

Leicester Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
Leicester
Grade 8 standard for wind, strings assessed by section leader.

Leicester Operatic Players
Choir: vocal
Leicester
Age 16+, basic audition required.

Leicester G&S Society
Musical theatre company: vocal
Evington
Informal audition.

Kaine Gospel Choir
Choir: vocal
Leicester
Audition required. Gospel choir, ages 16+ gospel. New Creation Choir, ages 11 - 16.

Kibworth Band
Brass band: instrumental
Kibworth
Short audition required.

Leicestershire Music Organisations
 
Leicestershire Council Arts in Education
Council music services and tuition.

Leicestershire Council Infolinx
Council information on music groups, services and tuition in the area.
 
Youth Music
Search for Youth Music projects in your area.

Lincolnshire Music Organisations

Lincolnshire Music Service
Music tuition and services in Lincolnshire.

Music Lincs Ltd
Local music services.

North East Lincolnshire Music and Performing Arts Service
Council music services including instrument hire.

North Lincolnshire Music Support Service
Music support service providing music lessons for pupils throughout the whole of North Lincolnshire

Northamptonshire Music Groups
 
Banbury Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
Banbury
Grade 7 standard.

Boobs and Brass
Brass band: instrumental
Rushden
Females only.

Northampton Gilbert and Sullivan Group
Music theatre company: vocal
Northampton
Audition required. Non playing members.

Kettering Camerata
Chamber choir: vocal
Kettering
Ability to read music desirable, but practice discs are available to help work around this.

Wellingborough Orpheus Choir
Choir: vocal
Wellingborough

Gretton Silver Band
Brass band: instrumental
Gretton
Training band and senior band, instruments available.

Northamptonshire Music Organisations

Making Music Northamptonshire
Music organisation.

Northamptonshire Council Music Services
Council information on music tuition and services.

Youth Music
Search for Youth Music projects in your area.

Nottinghamshire Music Groups
 
Burton Joyce Choral Society
Choir: vocal
Burton Joyce
Some sight-reading advantageous.

Sinfonia Chorale
Choir: vocal
Nottingham
Reasonable sight-reading and singing, audition required.

The Nottingham Boys Choir
Choir: vocal
Calverton
Boys of ages 6+.

Nottingham Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
Nottingham
Grade 8 standard, informal audition required.

Southwell Orchestral Society
Orchestra: instrumental
Southwell
Any instrument and any ability welcome.

Carlton Brass
Brass band
Carlton
Training and senior band.

The Saturday Singers
Choir: vocal
Nottingham
No audition required, sing for fun.

Nottinghamshire Music Organisations
 
Making Music Nottinghamshire
Music organisation.

NCT Music
A Nottingham based music organisation who run regular courses in singing and instrumental playing in Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire Arts Support Service
Music and arts services in Nottinghamshire, including instrument tuition.

Youth Music
Search for Youth Music projects in your area.

Oxfordshire Music Groups

Banbury Youth Orchestra
Orchestra: vocal
Banbury
Ages approx. 14 - 23, grade 5 standard, audition required.

Lord Williams’s Festival Chorus
Choir: vocal
Thame
Friendly choir which performs work from Verdi’s Requiem to the comic operetta Merrie England.
New members welcome, no audition required.

City of Oxford Choir
Choir: vocal
Oxford
Some sight reading ability and audition required.

Oxford Youth Choirs
Youth choir: vocal
Oxford
Girls ages 4 - 18, boys age 4 - 11.

Thame Choral Society
Choir: vocal
Thame

The Burford Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
Witley

Thame Concert Band
Concert band: instrumental
Thame
Grade 5 standard.

Oxfordshire Music Organisations

Oxford Council Music Service
Information on music services offered by the council.

Oxfordshire County Music Service
Music tuition and services in Oxfordshire.

Youth Music
Search for Youth Music projects in your area.


Warwickshire Music Organisations

Coventry Performing Arts Service
Council arts service, including information on local music tuition.

Making Music Warwickshire
Music organisation.

Warwickshire County Music Service
Information on local music groups and council music services.

Youth Music

Search for Youth Music projects in your area.

West Midlands Music Groups
 
Jewels The Band
 Gospel, RnB, a capella: vocal
Wolverhampton
Audition required.

Operamus - Birmingham Youth Opera
Opera company: vocal
West Midlands

Shrewsbury Choral Society
Choir: vocal
Shrewsbury
All welcome.

Walsall Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
Walsall

West Midlands Barbershop Harmony Club
Barbershop: vocal
West Bromwich
Audition required.

Wolverhampton Chamber Choir
Choir: vocal
Wolverhampton
Audition required.

Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
Wolverhampton

Shirley Pipe Band
Bagpipe band: instrumental
Solihull
Training available for all abilities, subject to space.

West Midlands Music Organisations

Herefordshire Music Service
Provides Herefordshire children and young people with the opportunity to learn a music instrument and take part in bands and orchestral activities.

Making Music West Midlands
Music organisation.

Wolverhampton Music Service
Provides instrumental teaching for pupils on all major orchestral instruments in the Wolverhampton area.

Youth Music
Search for Youth Music projects in your area.

Worcestershire Music Groups
 
Chandos Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
Malvern
New players welcome to try out at regular workshops.

 Worcestershire Youth Music
Music tuition and services in Worcestershire.



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