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The Blockley Blokes were formed in 2006 and have performed a wide variety of music in many different concerts and productions in and around our community.  We have recently appointed a new musical director, Martin Dear, and are looking forward to a new chapter in our successful story.  We welcome new members, not just from Blockley - we have members from several surrounding parishes in the North Cotswolds. Just come along to one of our rehearsals, held at 7.30pm most Thursday evenings in the Little Village Hall,…
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Boogie Beat is a unique group for pre-schoolers that incorporates music, dance and singing. Our classes have dance themes based on traditional fairy tales and nursery rhymes using all of our own music and illustrations. Boogie Beat classes are energetic and fun, introducing boys and girls to the joys of music and dance from an early age. Classes, workshops and children's parties are provided. he Winchcombe class is at 9.15am on a Monday at Abbey Fields Community Centre, Crispin Road, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire GL54 5JX Call 01242 602746 or 07503 931991,…
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Bourton Panto Group is based in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire. We are an amateur dramatics society who produce an annual pantomime and a summer show. Bourton Panto Group was founded in 1979 by the group's chairman Richard Mooney who, having been involved with many school productions, decided it was time to use his creative writing flair to produce a village panto. In 1983 it was decided that one production a year was not enough, and a summer production was introduced. All our performances are held at the Victoria Hall in…
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3rd Thursday of the month at The Red Lion, High Street, Chipping Campden. Contact Tim on 01386 840761 or Andy on 01386 840670.
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Each year, Campden Music organises a series of subscription concerts in the beautiful setting and fine acoustics of St James’ Church, Chipping Campden. You can enjoy all six concerts for just £60. For more details, visit www.campdenmusic.org.uk
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Cantores is one of the Cotswolds’ most accomplished amateur chamber choirs. Founded in 1991, the choir has since gained a loyal and growing following, performing music that is challenging and enjoyable, combining familiar favourites with works that are relatively new or not often performed. Cantores usually performs six or so concerts a year, one of them a cappella and two with the accompaniment of either organ or the Cantores String Ensemble drawn from local professional musicians. Concerts usually take place in Cirencester’s Parish Church, and they are repeated…
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As Morris sides go, Charlbury Morris is relatively new, having been established in 1984 by men of the town responding to a request for traditional entertainment at a local wedding. It was taught by Dave Rogers, who instructed and played for the fledgling side. From those early roots Morris dancing took hold in Charlbury and has continued ever since. Charlbury Morris are well known as a village 'fun side' (though Charlbury is a town). As in the old days, we learn and respect the ancient traditions of…
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New members welcome. Contact Jane Gadsby on 01386 841504 for further details.
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The Chipping Campden Morris Men have a long and proud history of dancing in the north Cotswold town with the earliest records referring to a Morris dance in Chipping Campden in the 1700s. We are a family side that believes in preserving and protecting our living Morris tradition for future generations.  You can find out much more about our activities by exploring our website at www.chippingcampdenmorrismen.org.uk
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We rehearse at 7.30pm on Wednesday nights at the Chipping Norton School Music Room. New singers are always welcome at the start of each term. There are no auditions, although basic music-reading skills are a big help. For any information regarding forthcoming concerts, joining the society or booking tickets, please send an email message to tickets@cncs.org.uk www.cncs.org.uk
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Ciren Samba aims to bring the community together through samba drumming. Learn a mixture of traditional Brazilian rhythms as well as Western rhythms like funk and hip-hop on authentic instruments, under expert tuition.  All are warmly welcome to join in any rehearsal. There is no need to read sheet music and no experience is necessary. We're a very friendly bunch and normally go for a little social drink afterwards too. Sessions are held every Tuesday from 7.30pm-9pm at New Brewery Arts Theatre, Cirencester, GL7 1JH. The cost…
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Cirencester Band was founded in 1919, born out of the 'Comrades of the Great War' support organisation following the 1914-1918 Great War. Rehearsals began at the Temperance Hall in Thomas Street on Monday and Thursday evenings with many of the instruments 'borrowed' from the regiments the men had served with. For nearly a century since, the band has been entertaining audiences in and around Cirencester. The band led the parade from Cricklade Street to the Abbey Grounds at the start of Cirencester's celebrations for The Queen's diamond…
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The first rehearsal of Cirencester Choral Society was held in the King’s Head Assembly Room on October 6, 1863, under the baton of the renowned 'musical missionary' Frederick Helmore, the former choirmaster to Prince Albert. Although the society lay silent during the First World War until it was reformed in 1937, it is now a thriving and friendly society and in 2013 it celebrated its 150th anniversary year with a programme of special events. Since 2005, the society's conductor has been Carleton Etherington, who has been organist…
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This is an all-inclusive community choir where the emphasis is on singing lovely harmony songs for enjoyment - with occasional performances (not compulsory!)  The choir sings a variety of types of song - pop, folk, gospel, world songs and more - so there is something for every taste. The focus is on a relaxed, friendly approach and singing for pleasure - no experience is needed, there are no auditions and the ability to read music is not necessary. The choir meets during term-time on Thursday evenings from…
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Cirencester Dance Club offers a range of dance classes to suit everyone from the age of three-and-a-half to 65, including a new ballet class solely for boys. The club continues to develop its identity, with the emphasis on participation and enjoyment for its members and not just for attainment of examination passes and medals.  All classes are held at the Bingham Hall in Cirencester. For more information on the club or any of its classes, contact Jennifer Gaden on 01285 642812 or 07713 044702, email info@cirendanceclub.co.uk or visit the website…
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Concerts by visiting male voice choirs have always been a sell-out in Cirencester, but until recently, the town never had a choir of its own. In 2009, Phil Kerton set about correcting this anomaly, and on December 12, 2009 – a mere three months after he began recruiting – 12 men made their first formal appearance as Cirencester Male Voice Choir. Since then, the choir has gone from strength to strength, growing in numbers, with a membership ranging in age from 16 to 85 and over. The choir…
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Cirencester Operatic Society (COS) has been producing quality shows since 1952. Two fully staged shows are produced each year, with talented performers and a top-class orchestra. The shows are staged in The Barn Theatre (formerly known as the Phoenix Centre) in Beeches Road, Cirencester. The society is always eager to welcome new members on and off stage. We hold auditions for all the principal roles of a show and for new chorus members. For more information about the society, email cirencesteroperaticsociety@hotmail.co.uk or visit the website at www.cirencesteroperaticsociety.co.uk
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Cirencester Parish Hand Bell Ringers were formed in 1990, after the bells had been refurbished the year before. The group has performed in a wide variety of venues, including churches, local clubs, care and nursing homes, shopping malls and even a private house. As members of Hand Bell Ringers of Great Britain, South West Region, the group has attended many rallies and concerts across the region and in 2009 performed at the national rally at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester. Our repertoire is wide and we are…
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A friendly, versatile orchestra based in Cirencester, we usually perform two concerts each year in the Cotswold area from a varied repertoire. We rehearse for about eight weeks prior to each concert on Sunday afternoons at 2.30pm at Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester GL7 1NE. Our conductor is Ian Higginson, who is currently musical director for the University of Gloucestershire. We are delighted that the world-famous pianist Martin Roscoe has agreed to be patron of the orchestra. We extend a warm welcome to new members and string players are…
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Meets Wednesdays 8pm-10pm at the Bingham Hall, King Street, Cirencester. Contact Val on 01285 860660.
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We are an unaccompanied a cappella mixed voice community choir - and we meet at the Parish Centre, Gosditch Street, Cirencester, on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm-9pm.   Contact Sophie on 01453 298138 or email sophie@sophiesterckx.co.uk or visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/coriniumcommunitychoir  
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Corinium Squares is a square dance club formed in 1989 following a visit to Cirencester’s Twin Town of Itzehoe, near Hamburg. The club celebrated its 25th birthday in January 2014. The club has a membership of around 80 and usually dances four squares or so at its weekly meetings. The club has grown steadily over the years, having a membership peak of over 100 in 2008. It meets on Thursday evenings in St Peter's Church Hall, St Peter's Road, Cirencester GL7 1RG and at village halls in Kemble,…
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Established in 1990, the Cotswold Arcadians is a theatre group that stages a large-scale Shakespearean production in the Cotswolds each year.  The 2015 production is Richard III, which will be staged at Hatherop Castle School, near Cirencester, from Monday, July 20, to Saturday, July 25. Visit the Arcadians' website at www.arcadians.org for more information.
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Come and join us and dance your way to fitness! We start with warm-up exercises to music to get the blood pumping, followed by a short dance routine - salsa, jive, showtime, a different style each week. No dance experience necessary, the idea is to exercise in a fun way. Exercises are given at different levels to suit different abilities. We end with stretching, floor work and some Pilates for toning different parts of the body, then cool down. We’re very welcoming and usually have coffee together after class. Venue (term-time…
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Happenstance is a mixed Border Morris side dancing to live music. We are based in Winchcombe. Mixed Border welcomes both men and women of all ages as dancers and musicians. We meet at Winchcombe Abbey Primary School every Thursday night in the winter months (October-April) between 7.30pm and 9pm then repair to a local hostelry. In the summer months we 'dance out'. If you are interested in joining as a dancer, musician or supporter please contact Cressida Pryor on 01242 604120 or 07791 004649, or email zenziallink@hotmail.com You…
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This ladies' choir, currently about 20 strong, holds weekly rehearsals on Wednesday evenings at 8pm in the Winchcombe Guide Hall, Hailes Street, with occasional public performances, mostly in local venues. Our repertoire is varied, including folk song arrangements, songs from the shows and sacred pieces. New members are always welcome. For more details, contact John Blenkinsopp at j.blenkinsopp@care4free.net
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Kingham Singers is a mixed choir of about 25 members. Rehearsals are held at the Methodist Chapel at Churchill, near Kingham, on Wednesdays from 7pm-9.30pm. For more details, contact Linda Sale (rchrd_sale@yahoo.com)  
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Mondays 7.30-8.30pm Royal British Legion Hall, Bourton-on-the-Water. Contact Anne Harris on 07713 500688 or visit www.heroesandvillains.com
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2.30pm Thursdays in Mickleton, 2.30pm Fridays in Willersey. Contact Mrs Lesley Allen 01386 438537
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MJ-UK Music and Arts is a production company that runs voluntary youth and community projects alongside professionals. The Cirencester-based project, run by renowned opera singer Maria Jagusz, has made a name for itself by putting together musical productions over two weeks in August, with performances at the Bingham Hall. MJ-UK's aim is to produce musicals, operas and concerts to very high standards, giving students and young adults the opportunity to learn new roles and repertoire and to gain invaluable experience in performing. Maria specialises in coaching youngsters hoping…
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The society was formed in 1952 from an existing WI group and its first production was a comedy, Fiddlers’ Elbow.  Since then, at least two full-length plays have been presented each year at the Nailsworth Town Hall. One-act plays have also been entered into drama festivals across Gloucestershire with considerable success. We also boast a travelling variety group, The Strollers, who perform at the request of various organisations. For more information, visit the website at www.nailsworthdramaticsociety.com
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We are a friendly and enthusiastic brass band based in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire. We are a community band, playing at a wide range of venues from summer parades to regional competitions. The main band is available for year-round bookings. We can also provide a reduced band or a five-piece band to suit smaller functions. The main band practises every Monday evening from 7.15pm in our bandroom in the centre of Nailsworth. We also have a thriving training band which continues to supply us with talented new musicians and a…
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Contact Barbara Steiner on 01451 850897 or email info@nauntonmusic.org.uk
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The North Cotswold Chamber Choir is one of the finest choral groups in Oxfordshire. Formed in 1992, our repertoire embraces a huge range of styles encompassing music of the last thousand years, from Gregorian plainchant and Hildegard von Bingen, via sacred Tudor anthems and masterpieces of the Baroque period, to secular, contemporary and popular works. The choir enjoys an enviable reputation for the excitement and panache of its performances, and has sung alongside soloists of international stature including Nancy Argenta, Catherine Bott, Jennifer Smith and James Gilchrist. Rehearsals…
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The Cotswold Hall, Northleach, Wednesday mornings 9.30am-11.30am. Suitable for beginners, intermediate and experienced dancers. Bring soft shoes. Call Hilary 01285 851798
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South Cerney Players are a well established amateur dramatics society based in one of the largest villages in the Gloucestershire. The Players produce two main productions every year in South Cerney Village Hall with talent largely drawn from the village. The aim is to deliver high quality productions - including thrillers, comedies, farces and pantomimes - in a village context and to provide value-for-money entertainment.  The Players are always looking for new members, whether people are interested in set building, acting, painting, producing or directing. As well as…
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Ringing practice at St Peter's Church, Winchcombe, is on Wednesdays at 7.30pm, and Sunday ringing is at 9.45am. If you're interested in learning to ring, or if you'd just like to come along and see what ringing entails, contact the tower captain Clare Pritchard 01242 602814.
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Mondays, Stow-on-the-Wold Church Rooms. Contact Brenda Parsons 01451 831876 
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Founded in 1834, Stroud Choral Society is one of the oldest choral societies in the UK. With a rich history, this friendly group has approximately 130 members rehearsing in Marling School Music Hall in Stroud on Monday evenings from 7.30pm-9.30pm. The society aims to give two major concerts a year with a professional orchestra, as well as a summer concert and a Christmas concert. Huw Williams is the musical director and conductor. His wealth of musical experience, combined with his sense of humour, energy and an apparently unlimited…
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Dating back originally to 1967, Stroud Light Music Choir were formed by the amalgamation of a local ladies’ choir and a male voice choir. The choir gives concert performances of light opera and operetta in the spring and autumn at Stroud Subscription Rooms. For more information, email thesecretary@stroudlightmusic.org.uk
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The Thames Head Singers, based in the Stroud area, is a mixed voice chamber choir founded in 1980, performing a wide repertoire of music from classical and sacred to traditional and modern. The group aims to achieve high singing standards and enjoy ourselves at the same time. Every year we perform several concerts and sing choral services at cathedrals. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings at Brimscombe School, Stroud, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The choir’s musical director, Andrew Hopwood, studied voice at the Birmingham Conservatoire and worked for 20 years as a…
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Directed by Philip Colls, this Stroud-based choir, was founded in 1960 by the late Mark Foster. One of Gloucestershire’s premier chamber choirs, we sing music from many different periods and in diverse styles, usually unaccompanied but occasionally with instrumental or orchestral accompaniment. We have given concerts near Barcelona and in south-western France, in Crete, in the abbey on Iona, in North Germany and at the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival. For more information on The Cappella singers, visit the website at www.cappellasingers.co.uk
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This is a friendly society for people of all ages who enjoy music and the company of others with similar tastes. Our season runs from September to May and the regular evening meetings are normally held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, except September and January on the 3rd Wednesdays only. Meetings are held at the Ashcroft Centre, Ashcroft Road, Cirencester, at 7.30pm. There is a break for refreshments at about 8.30pm and meetings end at about 9.30pm. The centre has a loop system…
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This group was established in Cirencester in 1999 by Sandra Dukes, to create an opportunity for classical guitarists to develop their musical skills and perform as an ensemble. The Ensemble today comprises a junior, intermediate and senior section who also combine into a unique Guitar Orchestra, the only one of its kind in Gloucestershire.  The junior group are mostly of primary school age and playing together does much to build their confidence both as group and solo players. The intermediate group, who in addition to developing their musical…
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The Cotswold Male Voice Choir was formed in 1949 and has since become one of the best known male voice choirs in the Midlands and the South West. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays at 7.30pm at Dean Close School, Cheltenham, and a warm welcome awaits you, whether you want to sing or just to see how a male voice choir works. For more information on the choir, visit the website at www.cotswoldmvc.org
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The Cotswold Players gave their first performance in Amberley in 1911 and in the early years they toured their plays to the villages around Stroud, setting up stage at schools and village halls. In the early 1920s, John Masefield (later Poet Laureate) was very active with the Players as playwright, co-producer and later as president.  Theatrical history was made in 1922 when The Cotswold Players became the first actors to take a play to one of HM Prisons, when they presented Jerome K Jerome's The Passing of…
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Formed in 1976, the choir originally called itself the 'The Mickleton and Weston Subedge Choir', because it met one week in the school room at Weston and the next in Mickleton School. The choir now meets on Thursday evenings at King George's Hall, Mickleton, and since 1977 it has performed two concerts each year here in the hall, raising money for many good causes. It is a mixed ability choir for all ages, and members come from places such as Broadway, Chipping Campden and Ebrington, as well…
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Formed in 2008 as a community choir, The Wychwood Chorale has become an accomplished group that performs multi-part arrangements of classical, spiritual and popular works sung both accompanied and a capella.   You’re welcome to join us either if you’re a seasoned singer or if you’ve never sung before or cannot read a note of music – all that is required is your commitment to rehearse for a concert at the end of each term. If you’d like to join the choir and make music in a friendly…
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UkeStroud is a friendly group of people who live in or near the Stroud Valleys who like to have fun playing ukulele. The group meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month (and the fifth Thursday if there is one) at Pitchcombe Village Hall at 8pm for two hours of music. The cost is £2 including tea or coffee and biscuits. UkeStroud started as a spin-off from the UkeGlos group in Cheltenham. It has players of all ages and abilities and newcomers are always made…
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Fun and friendly group singing Gospel, African, British, American, Pop, Jazz, Balkan, Sacred, Pacific and more. No auditions, no sight reading - just bring your voice and join in. All songs taught by ear. Meets Wednesday mornings from 10am till noon in term-time in the Cleeve Room, Abbey Fields Community Centre, Winchcombe GL54 5QH. Termly subscription equivalent to £5 per session. Introductory session free of charge. Contact Liz Hooper on 01905 620827 or email Lizhooper@naturalvoice.net
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If you are interested in learning to ring and would like to know a little more about ringing, meetings are held on Thursday afternoons. Contact Barbara Herod on 01242 602049, or email aaherod@btinternet.com
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Mondays and Thursdays in Chipping Campden Town Hall, 6.30pm. Contact Angela Stanley 07880 736190
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The Blockley Blokes were formed in 2006 and have performed a wide variety of music in many different concerts and productions in and around our community.  We have recently appointed a new musical director, Martin Dear, and are looking forward to a new chapter in our successful story.  We welcome new members, not just from Blockley - we have members from several surrounding parishes in the North Cotswolds. Just come along to one of our rehearsals, held at 7.30pm most Thursday evenings in the Little Village Hall,…
Boogie Beat is a unique group for pre-schoolers that incorporates music, dance and singing. Our classes have dance themes based on traditional fairy tales and nursery rhymes using all of our own music and illustrations. Boogie Beat classes are energetic and fun, introducing boys and girls to the joys of music and dance from an early age. Classes, workshops and children's parties are provided. he Winchcombe class is at 9.15am on a Monday at Abbey Fields Community Centre, Crispin Road, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire GL54 5JX Call 01242 602746 or 07503 931991,…
Bourton Panto Group is based in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire. We are an amateur dramatics society who produce an annual pantomime and a summer show. Bourton Panto Group was founded in 1979 by the group's chairman Richard Mooney who, having been involved with many school productions, decided it was time to use his creative writing flair to produce a village panto. In 1983 it was decided that one production a year was not enough, and a summer production was introduced. All our performances are held at the Victoria Hall in…
3rd Thursday of the month at The Red Lion, High Street, Chipping Campden. Contact Tim on 01386 840761 or Andy on 01386 840670.
Each year, Campden Music organises a series of subscription concerts in the beautiful setting and fine acoustics of St James’ Church, Chipping Campden. You can enjoy all six concerts for just £60. For more details, visit www.campdenmusic.org.uk
Cantores is one of the Cotswolds’ most accomplished amateur chamber choirs. Founded in 1991, the choir has since gained a loyal and growing following, performing music that is challenging and enjoyable, combining familiar favourites with works that are relatively new or not often performed. Cantores usually performs six or so concerts a year, one of them a cappella and two with the accompaniment of either organ or the Cantores String Ensemble drawn from local professional musicians. Concerts usually take place in Cirencester’s Parish Church, and they are repeated…
As Morris sides go, Charlbury Morris is relatively new, having been established in 1984 by men of the town responding to a request for traditional entertainment at a local wedding. It was taught by Dave Rogers, who instructed and played for the fledgling side. From those early roots Morris dancing took hold in Charlbury and has continued ever since. Charlbury Morris are well known as a village 'fun side' (though Charlbury is a town). As in the old days, we learn and respect the ancient traditions of…
New members welcome. Contact Jane Gadsby on 01386 841504 for further details.
The Chipping Campden Morris Men have a long and proud history of dancing in the north Cotswold town with the earliest records referring to a Morris dance in Chipping Campden in the 1700s. We are a family side that believes in preserving and protecting our living Morris tradition for future generations.  You can find out much more about our activities by exploring our website at www.chippingcampdenmorrismen.org.uk
We rehearse at 7.30pm on Wednesday nights at the Chipping Norton School Music Room. New singers are always welcome at the start of each term. There are no auditions, although basic music-reading skills are a big help. For any information regarding forthcoming concerts, joining the society or booking tickets, please send an email message to tickets@cncs.org.uk www.cncs.org.uk
Ciren Samba aims to bring the community together through samba drumming. Learn a mixture of traditional Brazilian rhythms as well as Western rhythms like funk and hip-hop on authentic instruments, under expert tuition.  All are warmly welcome to join in any rehearsal. There is no need to read sheet music and no experience is necessary. We're a very friendly bunch and normally go for a little social drink afterwards too. Sessions are held every Tuesday from 7.30pm-9pm at New Brewery Arts Theatre, Cirencester, GL7 1JH. The cost…
Cirencester Band was founded in 1919, born out of the 'Comrades of the Great War' support organisation following the 1914-1918 Great War. Rehearsals began at the Temperance Hall in Thomas Street on Monday and Thursday evenings with many of the instruments 'borrowed' from the regiments the men had served with. For nearly a century since, the band has been entertaining audiences in and around Cirencester. The band led the parade from Cricklade Street to the Abbey Grounds at the start of Cirencester's celebrations for The Queen's diamond…
The first rehearsal of Cirencester Choral Society was held in the King’s Head Assembly Room on October 6, 1863, under the baton of the renowned 'musical missionary' Frederick Helmore, the former choirmaster to Prince Albert. Although the society lay silent during the First World War until it was reformed in 1937, it is now a thriving and friendly society and in 2013 it celebrated its 150th anniversary year with a programme of special events. Since 2005, the society's conductor has been Carleton Etherington, who has been organist…
This is an all-inclusive community choir where the emphasis is on singing lovely harmony songs for enjoyment - with occasional performances (not compulsory!)  The choir sings a variety of types of song - pop, folk, gospel, world songs and more - so there is something for every taste. The focus is on a relaxed, friendly approach and singing for pleasure - no experience is needed, there are no auditions and the ability to read music is not necessary. The choir meets during term-time on Thursday evenings from…
Cirencester Dance Club offers a range of dance classes to suit everyone from the age of three-and-a-half to 65, including a new ballet class solely for boys. The club continues to develop its identity, with the emphasis on participation and enjoyment for its members and not just for attainment of examination passes and medals.  All classes are held at the Bingham Hall in Cirencester. For more information on the club or any of its classes, contact Jennifer Gaden on 01285 642812 or 07713 044702, email info@cirendanceclub.co.uk or visit the website…
Concerts by visiting male voice choirs have always been a sell-out in Cirencester, but until recently, the town never had a choir of its own. In 2009, Phil Kerton set about correcting this anomaly, and on December 12, 2009 – a mere three months after he began recruiting – 12 men made their first formal appearance as Cirencester Male Voice Choir. Since then, the choir has gone from strength to strength, growing in numbers, with a membership ranging in age from 16 to 85 and over. The choir…
Cirencester Operatic Society (COS) has been producing quality shows since 1952. Two fully staged shows are produced each year, with talented performers and a top-class orchestra. The shows are staged in The Barn Theatre (formerly known as the Phoenix Centre) in Beeches Road, Cirencester. The society is always eager to welcome new members on and off stage. We hold auditions for all the principal roles of a show and for new chorus members. For more information about the society, email cirencesteroperaticsociety@hotmail.co.uk or visit the website at www.cirencesteroperaticsociety.co.uk
Cirencester Parish Hand Bell Ringers were formed in 1990, after the bells had been refurbished the year before. The group has performed in a wide variety of venues, including churches, local clubs, care and nursing homes, shopping malls and even a private house. As members of Hand Bell Ringers of Great Britain, South West Region, the group has attended many rallies and concerts across the region and in 2009 performed at the national rally at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester. Our repertoire is wide and we are…
A friendly, versatile orchestra based in Cirencester, we usually perform two concerts each year in the Cotswold area from a varied repertoire. We rehearse for about eight weeks prior to each concert on Sunday afternoons at 2.30pm at Watermoor Church Hall, Cirencester GL7 1NE. Our conductor is Ian Higginson, who is currently musical director for the University of Gloucestershire. We are delighted that the world-famous pianist Martin Roscoe has agreed to be patron of the orchestra. We extend a warm welcome to new members and string players are…
Meets Wednesdays 8pm-10pm at the Bingham Hall, King Street, Cirencester. Contact Val on 01285 860660.
We are an unaccompanied a cappella mixed voice community choir - and we meet at the Parish Centre, Gosditch Street, Cirencester, on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm-9pm.   Contact Sophie on 01453 298138 or email sophie@sophiesterckx.co.uk or visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/coriniumcommunitychoir  
Corinium Squares is a square dance club formed in 1989 following a visit to Cirencester’s Twin Town of Itzehoe, near Hamburg. The club celebrated its 25th birthday in January 2014. The club has a membership of around 80 and usually dances four squares or so at its weekly meetings. The club has grown steadily over the years, having a membership peak of over 100 in 2008. It meets on Thursday evenings in St Peter's Church Hall, St Peter's Road, Cirencester GL7 1RG and at village halls in Kemble,…
Established in 1990, the Cotswold Arcadians is a theatre group that stages a large-scale Shakespearean production in the Cotswolds each year.  The 2015 production is Richard III, which will be staged at Hatherop Castle School, near Cirencester, from Monday, July 20, to Saturday, July 25. Visit the Arcadians' website at www.arcadians.org for more information.
Come and join us and dance your way to fitness! We start with warm-up exercises to music to get the blood pumping, followed by a short dance routine - salsa, jive, showtime, a different style each week. No dance experience necessary, the idea is to exercise in a fun way. Exercises are given at different levels to suit different abilities. We end with stretching, floor work and some Pilates for toning different parts of the body, then cool down. We’re very welcoming and usually have coffee together after class. Venue (term-time…
Happenstance is a mixed Border Morris side dancing to live music. We are based in Winchcombe. Mixed Border welcomes both men and women of all ages as dancers and musicians. We meet at Winchcombe Abbey Primary School every Thursday night in the winter months (October-April) between 7.30pm and 9pm then repair to a local hostelry. In the summer months we 'dance out'. If you are interested in joining as a dancer, musician or supporter please contact Cressida Pryor on 01242 604120 or 07791 004649, or email zenziallink@hotmail.com You…
This ladies' choir, currently about 20 strong, holds weekly rehearsals on Wednesday evenings at 8pm in the Winchcombe Guide Hall, Hailes Street, with occasional public performances, mostly in local venues. Our repertoire is varied, including folk song arrangements, songs from the shows and sacred pieces. New members are always welcome. For more details, contact John Blenkinsopp at j.blenkinsopp@care4free.net
Kingham Singers is a mixed choir of about 25 members. Rehearsals are held at the Methodist Chapel at Churchill, near Kingham, on Wednesdays from 7pm-9.30pm. For more details, contact Linda Sale (rchrd_sale@yahoo.com)  
Mondays 7.30-8.30pm Royal British Legion Hall, Bourton-on-the-Water. Contact Anne Harris on 07713 500688 or visit www.heroesandvillains.com
2.30pm Thursdays in Mickleton, 2.30pm Fridays in Willersey. Contact Mrs Lesley Allen 01386 438537
MJ-UK Music and Arts is a production company that runs voluntary youth and community projects alongside professionals. The Cirencester-based project, run by renowned opera singer Maria Jagusz, has made a name for itself by putting together musical productions over two weeks in August, with performances at the Bingham Hall. MJ-UK's aim is to produce musicals, operas and concerts to very high standards, giving students and young adults the opportunity to learn new roles and repertoire and to gain invaluable experience in performing. Maria specialises in coaching youngsters hoping…
The society was formed in 1952 from an existing WI group and its first production was a comedy, Fiddlers’ Elbow.  Since then, at least two full-length plays have been presented each year at the Nailsworth Town Hall. One-act plays have also been entered into drama festivals across Gloucestershire with considerable success. We also boast a travelling variety group, The Strollers, who perform at the request of various organisations. For more information, visit the website at www.nailsworthdramaticsociety.com
We are a friendly and enthusiastic brass band based in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire. We are a community band, playing at a wide range of venues from summer parades to regional competitions. The main band is available for year-round bookings. We can also provide a reduced band or a five-piece band to suit smaller functions. The main band practises every Monday evening from 7.15pm in our bandroom in the centre of Nailsworth. We also have a thriving training band which continues to supply us with talented new musicians and a…
Contact Barbara Steiner on 01451 850897 or email info@nauntonmusic.org.uk
The North Cotswold Chamber Choir is one of the finest choral groups in Oxfordshire. Formed in 1992, our repertoire embraces a huge range of styles encompassing music of the last thousand years, from Gregorian plainchant and Hildegard von Bingen, via sacred Tudor anthems and masterpieces of the Baroque period, to secular, contemporary and popular works. The choir enjoys an enviable reputation for the excitement and panache of its performances, and has sung alongside soloists of international stature including Nancy Argenta, Catherine Bott, Jennifer Smith and James Gilchrist. Rehearsals…
The Cotswold Hall, Northleach, Wednesday mornings 9.30am-11.30am. Suitable for beginners, intermediate and experienced dancers. Bring soft shoes. Call Hilary 01285 851798
South Cerney Players are a well established amateur dramatics society based in one of the largest villages in the Gloucestershire. The Players produce two main productions every year in South Cerney Village Hall with talent largely drawn from the village. The aim is to deliver high quality productions - including thrillers, comedies, farces and pantomimes - in a village context and to provide value-for-money entertainment.  The Players are always looking for new members, whether people are interested in set building, acting, painting, producing or directing. As well as…
Ringing practice at St Peter's Church, Winchcombe, is on Wednesdays at 7.30pm, and Sunday ringing is at 9.45am. If you're interested in learning to ring, or if you'd just like to come along and see what ringing entails, contact the tower captain Clare Pritchard 01242 602814.
Mondays, Stow-on-the-Wold Church Rooms. Contact Brenda Parsons 01451 831876 
Founded in 1834, Stroud Choral Society is one of the oldest choral societies in the UK. With a rich history, this friendly group has approximately 130 members rehearsing in Marling School Music Hall in Stroud on Monday evenings from 7.30pm-9.30pm. The society aims to give two major concerts a year with a professional orchestra, as well as a summer concert and a Christmas concert. Huw Williams is the musical director and conductor. His wealth of musical experience, combined with his sense of humour, energy and an apparently unlimited…
Dating back originally to 1967, Stroud Light Music Choir were formed by the amalgamation of a local ladies’ choir and a male voice choir. The choir gives concert performances of light opera and operetta in the spring and autumn at Stroud Subscription Rooms. For more information, email thesecretary@stroudlightmusic.org.uk
The Thames Head Singers, based in the Stroud area, is a mixed voice chamber choir founded in 1980, performing a wide repertoire of music from classical and sacred to traditional and modern. The group aims to achieve high singing standards and enjoy ourselves at the same time. Every year we perform several concerts and sing choral services at cathedrals. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings at Brimscombe School, Stroud, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The choir’s musical director, Andrew Hopwood, studied voice at the Birmingham Conservatoire and worked for 20 years as a…
Directed by Philip Colls, this Stroud-based choir, was founded in 1960 by the late Mark Foster. One of Gloucestershire’s premier chamber choirs, we sing music from many different periods and in diverse styles, usually unaccompanied but occasionally with instrumental or orchestral accompaniment. We have given concerts near Barcelona and in south-western France, in Crete, in the abbey on Iona, in North Germany and at the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival. For more information on The Cappella singers, visit the website at www.cappellasingers.co.uk
This is a friendly society for people of all ages who enjoy music and the company of others with similar tastes. Our season runs from September to May and the regular evening meetings are normally held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, except September and January on the 3rd Wednesdays only. Meetings are held at the Ashcroft Centre, Ashcroft Road, Cirencester, at 7.30pm. There is a break for refreshments at about 8.30pm and meetings end at about 9.30pm. The centre has a loop system…
This group was established in Cirencester in 1999 by Sandra Dukes, to create an opportunity for classical guitarists to develop their musical skills and perform as an ensemble. The Ensemble today comprises a junior, intermediate and senior section who also combine into a unique Guitar Orchestra, the only one of its kind in Gloucestershire.  The junior group are mostly of primary school age and playing together does much to build their confidence both as group and solo players. The intermediate group, who in addition to developing their musical…
The Cotswold Male Voice Choir was formed in 1949 and has since become one of the best known male voice choirs in the Midlands and the South West. Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays at 7.30pm at Dean Close School, Cheltenham, and a warm welcome awaits you, whether you want to sing or just to see how a male voice choir works. For more information on the choir, visit the website at www.cotswoldmvc.org
The Cotswold Players gave their first performance in Amberley in 1911 and in the early years they toured their plays to the villages around Stroud, setting up stage at schools and village halls. In the early 1920s, John Masefield (later Poet Laureate) was very active with the Players as playwright, co-producer and later as president.  Theatrical history was made in 1922 when The Cotswold Players became the first actors to take a play to one of HM Prisons, when they presented Jerome K Jerome's The Passing of…
Formed in 1976, the choir originally called itself the 'The Mickleton and Weston Subedge Choir', because it met one week in the school room at Weston and the next in Mickleton School. The choir now meets on Thursday evenings at King George's Hall, Mickleton, and since 1977 it has performed two concerts each year here in the hall, raising money for many good causes. It is a mixed ability choir for all ages, and members come from places such as Broadway, Chipping Campden and Ebrington, as well…
Formed in 2008 as a community choir, The Wychwood Chorale has become an accomplished group that performs multi-part arrangements of classical, spiritual and popular works sung both accompanied and a capella.   You’re welcome to join us either if you’re a seasoned singer or if you’ve never sung before or cannot read a note of music – all that is required is your commitment to rehearse for a concert at the end of each term. If you’d like to join the choir and make music in a friendly…
UkeStroud is a friendly group of people who live in or near the Stroud Valleys who like to have fun playing ukulele. The group meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month (and the fifth Thursday if there is one) at Pitchcombe Village Hall at 8pm for two hours of music. The cost is £2 including tea or coffee and biscuits. UkeStroud started as a spin-off from the UkeGlos group in Cheltenham. It has players of all ages and abilities and newcomers are always made…
Fun and friendly group singing Gospel, African, British, American, Pop, Jazz, Balkan, Sacred, Pacific and more. No auditions, no sight reading - just bring your voice and join in. All songs taught by ear. Meets Wednesday mornings from 10am till noon in term-time in the Cleeve Room, Abbey Fields Community Centre, Winchcombe GL54 5QH. Termly subscription equivalent to £5 per session. Introductory session free of charge. Contact Liz Hooper on 01905 620827 or email Lizhooper@naturalvoice.net
If you are interested in learning to ring and would like to know a little more about ringing, meetings are held on Thursday afternoons. Contact Barbara Herod on 01242 602049, or email aaherod@btinternet.com
Mondays and Thursdays in Chipping Campden Town Hall, 6.30pm. Contact Angela Stanley 07880 736190
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