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Music-making in the North

Organisations

Arts Council North East
Arts organisation

Arts Council North West
Arts organisation

Arts Council Yorkshire
Arts organisation

Barnsley Performing Arts Development Service
Music and performance arts service, including instrumental tuition.

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.

Durham Council
Information on Durham Music Support Service.

Gerontius
Choirs, concerts and choral music resources.

National Association of Choirs Lancashire Group
List of local choirs.

Making Music North East
Visit their website to find choirs, orchestras and youth music groups in the North East.

Making Music North West
Visit their website to find choirs, orchestras and youth music groups in the North West.

Making Music Yorkshire
Visit their website to find choirs, orchestras and youth music groups in Yorkshire.

Music For Youth
Youth Music Association.

Musicability
 A ground-breaking new scheme to encourage and assist people of all ages living in the Garforth area to get involved in music.

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

National Association of Choirs West Cheshire and North Wales Group
List of local choirs.

National Association of Choirs Cumbria and Isle of Mann Group
List of local choirs.

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

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

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

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

National Association of Choirs Yorkshire South Group
List of local choirs.

National Association of Choirs Yorkshire West 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.

Listings by county

Cheshire Music Groups

Altrincham Choral Society
Choir: vocal
Altricham
Audition required.

Cheshire Youth Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
Hartford
Performs throughout the year and tours abroad. Also have a youth training orchestra, which provides a good atmosphere where young musicians can meet and play on a regular basis in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Congleton Choral Society
Choir: vocal
Congleton
Basic sight reading and short audition required, adults only.

Warrington Light Opera Group
Choir: vocal
Warrington
Audition required

Warrington Youth Orchestra
Three orchestral groups and a wind ensemble: instrumental
Appleton
Age 8 - 21, grade 2 standard, opportunities for beginners.

Wire Brass
Brass Band: instrumental
Audition required.

Woodley Players
Theatre Group: vocal
Stockport
All ages and abilities encouraged.

Stockport Youth Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
Stockport
Grade 8 standard.

Cheshire Music Organisations

Cheshire Council Arts
Follow the music links for information on local music groups, organisations and festivals.

Cheshire Music Education Partnership
Local music services.

Halton Education Advisory Service
Local music services.

Making Music Cheshire Region
Music organisation.

Youth Music
Search for Youth Music projects in your area.

Cumbria Music Groups


City of Carlisle Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
Carlisle
Audition required, grade 5 standard.

Wigton Choral Society
Choir: vocal
Wigton
Ability to read music and informal audition required.

Amabil Girl's Choir
Sacred and secular choral music: vocal
Kendal
Girls only - entry is by informal audition.

Brampton Chamber Choir
Unaccompanied choral music from the Renaissance period: vocal
Brampton

Egremont Town Band
Brass Band: instrumental
Tuition available for beginners.
 
Cobweb Orchestra
Open access orchestra
Tebay

Cantonelle
Ladies choir: vocal
Carlisle
Ages 5 - 14.

Cumbria Music Organisations

Cumbria Children's Learning Services
Music tuition and services in the Cumbria.

Making Music Cumbria
Music organisation.

Youth Music
Search for Youth Music projects in your area.

Durham Music Groups
 
Cleveland Philharmonic Choir
Choir: vocal
Middlesbrough
Voice test required.

Cobweb Orchestra
Open access orchestra
Harelaw

Cockerton Band
Traditional silver band: instrumental
Darlington
Training and senior band.

Darlington Orchestra
Chamber orchestra: instrumental
Darlington

Lanchester Male Voice Choir
Male voices choir: vocal
Lanchester

Synthonia Male Voice Choir
Choir: vocal
Stockton-on-Tees

Teesside Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Orchestra: instrumental
Middlesbrough

Durham Music Organisations

Tees Music
List of local music groups.

Tees Valley Music Service
Music tuition and services in the Tees Valley area.

Youth Music
Search for Youth Music projects in your area.

Greater Manchester Music Groups

Alteri
Choir: vocal
Manchester
Audition required.

City of Manchester Opera
Opera: vocal/instrumental
Manchester
All welcome.

Manchester Midday Concerts Society
Music Club: Music society
Manchester

Sale Chamber Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
Sale, Cheshire
Informal audition required.

Sambangra
West Indian Band: instrumental
Manchester

Stockport Barbershop Harmony Club
Barbershop: vocal
Stockport

The Manchester Chorale
Choir: vocal
Manchester

William Byrd Singers
Choir: vocal
Manchester
Audition required.

Greater Manchester Music Organisations

The Henry Watson Music Library
Manchester's music library.

Manchester Music Service
Music tuition and services for school children in Manchester.

Rochdale Music Service
Provides singing, music and movement activities for 0 - 5 year olds.

Wigan Music Service
Music tuition and services for young people in the Wigan area.

Youth Music
Search for Youth Music projects in your area.

Lancashire Music Groups

Preston Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Musical theatre company: vocal
Preston
Audition required for lead parts.

Burnley Gilbert and Sullivan Society
Musical theatre company: vocal
Burnley
Audition required for lead parts and non-musical backstage positions are available.

Lancashire Chamber Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
Lancashire
Grade 8 standard for strings.

Lancaster Singers
Chamber choir: vocal
Lancaster
Audition required.

Preston Barber Shop
Barber shop choir: vocal
Salwick
Audition required.

Lancashire Music Organisations

Bolton Music Service
Music tuition and services in the Bolton area.

Making Music Lancashire Area
Music organisation.

Lancashire Music Service
Lancashire County Council's music site, with information regarding music tuition, centres and ensembles.

Lancashire Lantern
Listings for music groups and societies in Lancashire.

Lancashire Folk
Folk music resources in Lancashire.

Tameside Music Service
Ph: 0161%20320%204246
Local music services.

Youth Music
Search for Youth Music projects in your area.

Leeds and Yorkshire Music Groups

Bradford Festival Choral Society
Choir: vocal
Bradford
Audition required.

Bridlington Choral Society
Choir: vocal
Bridlington

Creswell Colliery Band
Traditional brass band: instrumental
Clowne
Tuition available for beginners.

Doncaster Waites
Medieval town musicians' repertoire: instrumental
Doncaster
Audition required

East Riding County Choir
Choir: vocal
Beverley
Audition required.

Horbury Ladies Choir
Choir: vocal
Wakefield
 
Ilkley Choral Society
Sacred choral music: vocal
Ilkley

Leeds Baroque Orchestra
Orchestra: vocal
Leeds
Audition required.

Leeds Waits
Medieval town musicians' repertoire: instrumental
Leeds
Audition required.

Scarborough Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
Scarborough
Grade 5 required for strings, wind players should contact first.

YAMSEN
Music that helps special needs sufferers: vocal
Leeds

York Concert Band
Concert band: instrumental
York

The York Guildhall Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
York
Audition required.

Yorkshire Late Starters Strings
Orchestra: instrumental
Leeds

Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir
Choir: vocal
Wakefield
Audition required.

Yorkshire Youth Brass Band
Brass Band: instrumental
Headlingley
Grade 4 standard, open to anyone in full time education.

Leeds and Yorkshire Music Organisations

Artforms Education Leeds
Music tuition and services in the Leeds area.

Calderdale Music Service
Music tuition and services in the Calderdale area.

Connecting Youth Culture
Projects/resource organisation linking children and the arts.

Diva
Music organisation operating in the Wakefield area. Website contains links to local bands and orchestras.

Doncaster Music Service
The Service offers support to schools, professional instrumental teaching, and wide ranging musical opportunities in the community.

East Riding Schools Music Service
Music tuition and services for children and he community in the East Riding area.

Kingston Upon Hull Music Service
Music tuition and services in the Kingston Upon Hull area.

Kirklees Music School
Music tuition and services in the Kirklees area.

Making Music Yorkshire
Music organisation.

North Yorkshire County Music Service
Music tuition and services in North Yorkshire.

Rotherham Schools Music Service
Music tuition, instrument acquisition and music services for children in the Rotherham area.

Sheffield Music Service
Music tuition and services in the Sheffield area.

York City Arts Service
Arts services, including music lessons and instrument hire.

The Yorkshire Brass Band Championships
Brass band competitions in Yorkshire.

Yorkshire & Humberside Brass Band Association
Information on local brass bands including a large list of bands in the area.

Yorkshire Folk Arts
List of choirs in Yorkshire. The website also contains a lot of information on folk and local folk groups and performers.

Yorkshire Net
The internet gateway to cultural events and organisations in Yorkshire.
 
Youth Music
Search for Youth Music projects in your area.

Lincolnshire Music Groups

Lincoln Symphony
Orchestra: instrumental
Lincoln
Strings grade 6 standard, wind grade 8 standard.

Merseyside Music Groups

Cathedral Concerts Society
Chamber and medium-sized orchestra: instrumental
Liverpool
Grade 8 standard, orchestral and sight reading experience.

Southport Bach Choir
Choir: vocal
Liverpool
Reasonable sight reading and audition required.

The Parr Band
Brass band: instrumental
St Helens
Training band for all ages and senior band for experiences players.

Cantata Choir
Choir: vocal
Liverpool
Invite and audition required.

Crosby Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
Crosby, Liverpool

Southport Orchestra
Orchestra: instrumental
Southport

Merseyside Music Organisations

Making Music Merseyside Area
Music organisation.

Youth Music
Search for Youth Music projects in your area.

Northumberland Music Groups

Hexham Orpheus Choir
Choir: vocal
Hexham

Alnwick and District Choral Society
Choir: vocal
Alnwick
Contact first to apply.

The Salvation Army - Bedlington Corps
Classic and Secular music: instrumental/vocal
Bedlington
Membership is dependent upon a declaration of conversion and becoming a “Soldier”.

20,000 Voices
Music society
Northumberland and North East

Ellington Colliery Band
Brass Band: instrumental
Peggs Wood, Morpeth
Training and senior band.

Cobweb Orchestra
Open access orchestra
Newbiggin

Northumberland Music Organisations

Youth Music
Search for Youth Music projects in your area.

Tyne and Wear Music Groups

New Tyneside Orchestral Society
Orchestra: instrumental
Heaton
Spaces limited. Trial period for newcomers.

Tynemouth Choral Society
Choir: vocal
Tynemouth

The Chilli Road Band
Community drum, pan and wind band: instrumental
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Any age welcome.

St Paul's Youth Ensemble
Youth string orchestra: instrumental
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Ages 8 - 18, strings grade 1 standard.

Tenth Avenue Band
Acoustic band: instrumental
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Adults only

North Tyneside Steel Band
Steel band: instrumental
Wallsend
Ages 8+.

North East Recorder Orchestra
Recorder orchestra: instrumental
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Grade 6 standard.

The Singers
Choir: vocal
Newcastle Upon Tyne
High standard, good sight reading and audition required.

Caedmon Choir
Choir: vocal
Gateshead
Ages 16+, open access community choir.

Tyne and Wear Music Organisations
 
North Tyneside Music Service
Local music services.

Youth Music
Search for Youth Music projects in your area.



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