MUSIC, CHOIRS & BANDS

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MUSIC, CHOIRS & BANDS

Ackworth Concert Society

Contact Name: Maureen O'Neill, Founder & Chairman
01977 705805

Website:www .ackworthconcertsociety.org.uk

Description:Dedicated to bringing a wide range of high quality live music to the area, the society organises six varied concerts at various local venues between October and April and has twice hosted visits by the world-famous bass-baritone Sir Willard White.


Dorian String Quartet

Various venues

Contact Name: Tony Carter
Tel: 01977 700687
e-mail tmc@verma.btopenworld.com

Description: An amateur quartet that has been meeting weekly for 18 years. Additional players and deputies are always welcome.


Pontefract Choral Society

Contact Name: Peter Cookson
Tel: 01977 792530

Description: Three Concerts - November, March & May with varied soloists and accompaniment, as well as a Christmas concert at St. Giles church, Pontefract.

Concert Season: September until May
Rehearsals Evangelical Church Hall, Pontefract
Thursday Evenings 7.00 - 9.00 pm


New singers welcome - no audition necessary.
Subscription 60 per year


Pontefract Music Festival

Contact Name:Mrs E Quinn
01977 620116
e.mail liz9@fsmail.net website: www.pontfest.org.uk

Description: The festival is a competitive week of music, speech and drama for enthusiastic amateurs of all ages and levels of competence. Original and established works of poetry , speech and acting are performed as well as vocal solos, duets and choral pieces. Instrumental classes provide for solo performances, small groups, bands and orchestras and all participants benefit from help and guidance from very experienced adjudicators. Local people in the audiences enjoy the high standards of competitive performances at a very reasonable cost, the whole festival concluding with a superbly relaxed concert of the week's winners. Join us !


Portobello Music Group

Meets at Portobello Community Centre, 20 Portobello Rd, WF2 7JJ, every Wednesday throughout the year. 2pm - 4pm. Playing, sharing skills and enjoying learning the guitar or any other instrument you may like to bring along.
£1 per session, including refreshments. Everyone welcome, 18yrs and over.

Contact: Sally Martin on 07910558139



Wakefield Concert Society

Description:Formed in 1964 the Concert Society is a registered charity. Six concerts of classical music are presented each year, all with full time professional musicians.
For free brochure ring 01924 371546 or see local Information Centres, Libraries etc. Substantial discounts on ticket prices for Season Ticket holders.

Wakefield Folk and Music Festival

Details of meetings from contact

Contact Name: Sandy Watson
07764 -581245
E-mail: sandy@lemmeleg.co.uk
Website: www .wakeupfolk.co.uk

Description:Our aim is to introduce and encourage new artists, to promote folk and roots music in the area and to hold an annual folk and music festival. We provide a stage for Yorkshire artists, introduce national and international artists to the district and promote Wakefield city.


Wakefield Jazz

Details from contact

Contact Name:Chris De Saram 01977 680542
e-mail : chris.de.saram@wakefieldjazz.urg.uk
Website: www .wakefieldjazz.org.uk

Description: Provides the best possible jazz musicians and bands. Available for everyone in the Wakefield district and beyond. We also try to interest new people in the music by links with local colleges and schools.


Wakefield Music Collective

Details from contact

Contact Name: Tony Wade
01924 290315
website: www.themusiccollective.co.uk

Description:Founded in 1991 the Wakefield Music Collective exists to support and promote music in the Wakefield area. It does this through events, workshops and one-off projects. The largest event staged by the Music Collective is the annual two day free festival staged in Clarence Park, Wakefield, which attracts over 5000 people.


Wakefield Recorded Music Society

Members of thie friendly group share their interest and enjoyment of recorded classical music. Meetings are held on alternate Thursdays at the Friends House at Thornhill Street (Rear of the Ridings) Wakefield at 7.15 p.m.

Contact Name: Mr Chris Pearman
Tel: 01924 371546


Description: The Society maintains a continuous musical tradition in the City going back to the 1940's and the days of the Wakefield Gramophone Society, and caters for all who enjoy good music from beginners to experts. Meetings are friendly and informal and usually take the form of presentations by members or guest presenters.


Wakefield Orchestral Windband

Ossett Community Centre
Prospect Road

(Opposite Illingworth Street)
Ossett

Rehearsals are on Thursday evening (term time)
7.30-to 9.00pm
£2 per wek

Contact Name: Julia Percival
01924 373260
website www.geocities.com/wakefield_orchestral_wind

Description: W.O.W. is a brass and wind band primarily aimed at adults. However, players of Grade 5 standard are welcome at any age. We play a variety of music including film music and musicals.


Yorkshire Wind Orchestra

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School

Rehearsals are on alternate mondays 7.15pm

Contact Name: Amanda
www.yorkshirewinds.co.uk

Description: YWO have performed an extensive repertoireof mainly modern works in yorkshire.Is now recognised as a leader in its musical field. YWO Is a registered charity and actively seeks local sponsorship.YWO promotes work of contemporary composers and encourages the development of young wind and percussion players in Yorkshire.



Bands


AMI Laser Restoration Sharlston Band
45 The Crescent
Altofts
Normanton
WF6 2QE

meeting times & charges from contact

Contact Name: Joan Ellis
Tel: 01924 890096

Description: The band is a 1st Section contesting band which also gives concerts including performances for charity. Players and beginners are welcome.


Castleford Young Musicians

St Josephs J & I school
Castleford

Meet every Friday evening 7pm-9.30pm

Contact Name:Mrs S Jaggar
01977511971
Website:www.cymonline.co.uk
E-Mail: info@cymonline.co.uk

Description: Concert band and choir. Members aged 8-25years. Instrumentalists and singers. Singers meet every Friday evening 7pm -9.30 at St Josephs & i school Castleford


Crofton Silver Band

74 Slack Lane
Crofton
WF4 1HH

Contact Name:John Roach
Telephone 01924 863006

Description: We rehearse at the The Church of the Resurrection at Kinsley, Fitzwilliam every Monday and Thursday from 7.45 to 9.30 p.m. Crofton Silver Youth Band for ages 9 - 18 and also adult beginners rehearse at The Church on Wednesdays 7.30 - 9.00 p.m. Anyone is welcome to come along and sit in at either band. Friendliness guaranteed! The Band are available for concerts, Marches, Galas etc.


Frickley South Elmsall Brass Band

Contact Name: Mrs Tracy Keith
07747140198
E-mail :tracykeith@orange.net

Description: A progressive 2nd section band which is available to perform at any function where music is required, including weddings. The band has an active learners section to promote brass music. A self supporting band whose motto is ' Music for all occasions'.


Gawthorpe Brass '85

Contact: Emma Whaites
Mob: 07949899929
E: secretary@gawthorpebrass85.co.uk
W: www/gawthorpebrass85.co.uk

Description:This group provides opportunities for music making with a music fun shop (2 to 5 years ), music workshop (5 to 7 years ), beginners classes in brass and percussion together with junior, youth and adult bands.


Knottingley Concert Brass

Contact: Graham Dean
graham.e.dean@talk21.com

Description: We are a non-contesting brass band that specialises in audience entertainment. We have a wide range of music in our repertoire ranging from the Beatles to Beethoven. For an excellent night's entertainment give us a call.


Normanton Altofts Lee Brigg Brass Band

Practice main bands Wednesdays 7.30pm &
Sundays 7.30 pm
Beginners Wednesdays 7.00pm

Contact Name: Brian Tucker
01924 895125

Description: A well established brass band (1890) offers a wide range of opportunities for both experienced players and particularly beginners at all ages. Many concerts are performed throughout the year and free tuition with instruments and music are provided for beginners.


The Band of the West Yorkshire Police

Force Training School
Wakefield

Mondays/ Thursdays 7.30 - 9.30pm
no charges

Contact Name: PC Keith Williams
Tel No 01422 318158
E-Mail: DT120@westyorkshire.pmm.police.uk

Description: The band aims to provide the public with a brighter view of the police and to contribute to local events. Guest players are welcome.


Wakefield Metropolitan Band

Wednesdays 7pm
details of charges from contact.

Contact Name: Mr R J Busby
Tel No 01924 257643
E-Mail: roybusby@aol.com

Description: This band is run on a voluntary basis under the auspices of the Wakefield MDC Education committee to give concerts and to compete in National Brass Band Championships.


Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

The Band Room
Manygates Adult Education Centre
Manygates Lane
Wakefield

Monday & Thursday 8.00 -9.30 pm ......No charges

Contact Name: Richard Stevens
Tel: 01924 253059
e-mail Richard.Stevens3@virgin.net

Description: Brass Band
Yorkshire (First Section) Champions 2002


Wakefield Orchestral Windband

Ossett Community Centre
Prospect Road

(Opposite Illingworth Street)
Ossett

Rehearsals are on Thursday evening (term time)
7.30-to 9.00pm
£2 per wek

Contact Name: Julia Percival
01924 373260
website www.geocities.com/wakefield_orchestral_wind

Description: W.O.W. is a brass and wind band primarily aimed at adults. However, players of Grade 5 standard are welcome at any age. We play a variety of music including film music and musicals.


Choirs


Castleford Choral Society

United Reformed Church rooms
Carlton Street
Castleford

Wednesdays 7.30 to 9.30pm

Description: The aim of the society is to produce the highest standard of choral singing for public performance. New singers are always welcome.



Castleford Male Voice Choir

Venue & meeting details from contact

Contact Name: Brian Dunderdale
01977 702350

Description:The choir aims to promote a love of music through male voice choral singing. It has a wide repertoire including traditional male voice songs, contemporary music, songs from the shows, sacred music and even Grand Opera.


Fairburn Singers

Church Hall
Silver Street
Fairburn

Monday Evenings 7.30 pm.

Contact Name: Ruth Strydom
Tel: 07834 322970
email: ruth.strydom77@gmail.com

Description: We are a lively mixed voice choir of around 20+ members. We have a varied repertoire and enjoy giving concerts and singing at weddings etc. We are currently auditioning for new members, in particular sopranos and basses.


Horbury Ladies Choir

New West Wakefield Methodist Church
Thornes Road
Wakefield

Thursday 7.00 - 9.00 pm

Subscription £1.50 per week

Contact Name: Pauline Binns
Tel: 01924 862138
e-mail karenbowland@hotmail.com
website www.horburyladieschoir.co.uk

Description: A ladies choir 40 strong singing a wide range of music from classical to modern. We sing at Festivals competively and Concerts, also weddings. A group of friends as well as singers.


Merrie City Singers

Room 20
Manygates Adult Education Centre
Sandal
Wakefield

Contact Name: Linda Hart 01924 258786
Jean Owen 01924 376755
Meet Wednesdays 7 - 9 (term time)


Description: We area an informal friendly community choir. We are open to everyone, don't hold auditions and believe singing should be fun. We sing a wide range of music including World, gospel and Beatles.


Northern Comfort Barbershop Singers

Northern Comfort Barbershop singers are a group of men who sing 4 part harmony in the Barbershop style.
We share a love of singing and meet regularly to rehearse and enjoy ourselves.
Newcomers are always welcome and need no musical skills except the ability to sing in tune.
We rehearse every week on Wednesday evening from 8pm to 10pm at the Sherburn-in-Elmet Church Hall (Please visit our website for directions).
If you want to find out what a cappella singing is all about please come and visit or for more information please contact Darrel our Secretary 01757 268069 or visit our website.

www.northerncomfort-barbershopsingers.com


Pontefract Choral Society

Concert Season: September until May
Rehearsals Evangelical Church Hall
Pontefract
Thursday Evenings 7.00 - 9.00 pm New singers welcome.
No test.
Subscription £45 per year
Description: Three Concerts - December, March & May with varied soloists and accompaniment.



Rodillian Singers

Contact Name: Ingrid Pine
01924 827070/835180
website: www.rodilliansingers.com


Description: We area a local female choir iwho meet on a Thursday evening at 7.30 pm at East Ardsley Methodist Church. We have a versatile range of music and attract singers from 15 to 80. We welcome all who love to sing and socialise. We are available for concerts, charity events, weddings and also compete in local and national music festivals.


Sharlston Ladies Choir

Sharlston Church

Tuesday evenings at 7pm

Contact Name: Mrs Joan Hotchkiss
01977 613265

Description: We are a ladies three part choir. We give concerts, mainly for charity,and also go to Old Peoples Homes, Churches etc.


Sharlston Male Voice Choir

Contact Name: John Hewitt
01924 314288

Description: Formed in 1909 and in continuous existence since then, Sharlston MVC strives to promote the tradition of male voice choral singing through local concerts and participation in music festivals.


Shearings Featherstone Male Voice Choir

Featherstone Methodist Church Hall
Featherstone

Rehearsals every Friday evening with an optional rehearsal each Wednesday 7pm.

Contact Name: Peter Malpass
01977 795347
E -mail: p.malpass@btinternet.com

Description: The choir has a membership of around sixty five and regularly give concerts in and around the area for local churches and charities. They do concert tours both in this country and abroad and have visited Scotland, Cornwall and Wales as well as Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, France and the USA. New members are always welcome, an ability to sing in tune being the only criterion.


St. Raphael Singers

Meeting venue, times & charges from contact

Contact Name:Joyce Sale
01924 863131

Description: The singers sing for their own enjoyment but also aim to entertain their audiences. Music ranges from Bach to the Beatles.


Wakefield Festival Chorus

We are a choir of about 50 voices - soprano, alto, tenor and bass - and our repertoire is wide-ranging. We perform major classical works, and also light music including songs from musicals. There are no auditions and we welcome new members in all parts.

Rehearsals:
St John's Parish Centre, Bradford Road, Wakefield Tuesday Evenings 7.30 - 9.30pm

Contacts:
Margaret Hampshire 01924 476721
Ken Keeping email:
Kennethknsng@aol.com
Website: http://wakefieldfestivalchorus.weebly.com/


Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir

Mulberry House
Margaret Street
Wakefield

Tuesday 7.30 - 9.30pm

Annual subscription (currently £66)

Website:www.yorksphilchoir.co.uk

Description: A well established choir (S.A.T.B.), based in Wakefield but drawing members from a wide area of Yorkshire. We perform four or more concerts per year (November, Christmas, March/April and June) mostly in Wakefield Cathedral but also in Dewsbury Town Hall. Amateur choir performing to professional standards.



 

 


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