UK Amateur Orchestras - Links page

I finally cracked and started this page to point to places other than orchestra web sites that might be directly or even vaguely connected with amateur music-making.


British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles
British Banjo Mandolin & Guitar Federation
British Double Reed Society
The Concert Band Portal
CoMA Contemporary Music for All
Internet Bandsman's Everything Within (IBEW)
National Association of Youth Orchestras
Making Music, The National Federation of Music Societies
The Welsh Amateur Music Federation
Wind Band Association of the UK
The Wind Band Directory
World Federation of Amateur Orchestras

Classes, Summer Schools

Please be aware that a listing here does not imply a recommendation, it is simply informational!

Basically Quartets
Benslow Music Trust
Cambridge Early Music
Chamber Music in France
Chamber Music Summer School at Nantwen
COMA Contemporary Music Summer School Festival (not taking place in 2018)
CSSM Summer School
Cubertou - Holiday Courses in SW France
Dartington International Summer School
Easter Orchestral Society (York)
English Camerata Chamber Music Summer School
Farncombe Estate Courses
Finchcocks Piano Courses
Ischia Chamber Music Workshops
London Piano Centre
London Singing Institute
Mid-Winter Strings
Music for Everyone - Summer School
Music for People (Summer School of Music)
Orchestra play-days and Cello weekends in London
Pennine Spring Music Festival
Sherborne Summer School of Music
Sokol Piano Academy
Strings in Greece
Strings in Portugal
Strings in Spring [Fitzwilliam String Quartet]
Tutti Cambristi - Chamber Music Workshop
Violin Lessons at Violin School (formerly London Violin Studio)
Wind Chamber Music Weekends
WMA Summer School of Music

Conductors, Soloists

Please be aware that a listing here does not imply a recommendation, it is simply informational!

Richard Cartmale
Richard Howarth

General Interest

Please be aware that a listing here does not imply a recommendation, it is simply informational!

Band Pencil
Simple online band management system
Barbican Music Library
Free public music library in London with a good selection of scores, books and classical CDs.
The Community-Music e-mail list
Links to a large set of US Community Bands and Orchestras
Con Sordini musical instruments
Musical blog by Austin
Easy Ukulele Songs
Hundreds of Easy Ukulele Songs That All Use the Same 3 Beginner Chords - from the Chord Genome Project
A series of musical essays, programme notes and concert reviews by Aaron Davies.
Freelance Musicians
The UK's only free searchable database of classical musicians
The Complete Guide to Guitar Education
Reviews & Buying Guide
Hampstead Piano Academy.
Piano tuition in Hampstead for all levels and ages.
Music Notes – A Guide to Music for Kid
This article aims to inform parents and teachers looking to introduce children to music, and includes information and resources about areas such as music theory, musical styles, and instruments.
Music Theory Lessons
A musical playground for kids: music theory lessons
Musika Lessons blog
Music lessons, information about music related jobs, information for music teachers, students and a bunch more.
Nick Ingman
I would like to offer my services to any orchestra or ensemble as an arranger, for no fee. There would be a small charge for the copying of parts, depending on the size of the group. I would provide scores and parts as requested. I would also provide electronic demos for the ensemble head to hear a mock up of the end result before I commit to paper. I would intend to write according to the ability level of the ensemble and would be happy to accept any brief concerning titles, style and length. The final score and parts would be delivered to the group with a quick turn around depending on the work involved
Percussion Orchestrations
Scholarships and Financial Resources for Future Musicians (US)
An interesting list of resources should you be thinking of looking to the US for a future career. Some good ideas applicable in the UK too!
Sinifini Music - online magazine - music blog
Delivering piano lessons based on the Vicente Scaramuzza piano technique. Concerts with ensembles and chamber groups every month

Listings, Publicity

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Commercial Organisations

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The best live wedding bands, function bands & tribute bands at your fingertips!
Bell Percussion
Specialise in hiring out percussion and furniture to orchestras
Judith Blackwell Violins
Professional violin repairer and restorer, involved in the violin trade for many years.
David Van Edwards
Baroque, classical and transitional bows for violin, viola, cello and Double bass
Dinmore Records
Small, independent classical record label with its own location recording and post-production facilities
DJM Music
Vast choice of instruments and accessories at very competitive prices.
Double Reed Ltd.
Leading retailer of double reed instruments and accessories.
Forte Notation
Music Notation Software
GLS Educational Supplies
We supply several musical instruments and resources to students including percussion, strings, brass etc.
Grandma Dingley's Ingeniously Musical Tales
Brilliant new albums for introducing kids to classical music!
Bill Hiskett Photography
Photography services to youth and amateur orchestras in the south and east of the UK
Hope Music Supplies
Hope provide music kits, instruments and equipment for school children and schools
Howard Ball : Bow Maker
Orchestral player turned bow maker.
Music Arrangements
Orchestrations of well known piano music, and also arrangements. For sale and by commission.
Music's Delight
Newly founded publisher for scores of pre-classical music.
Music Notes
Specialists in printed music. We also sell musical instruments, gifts and related accessories
Musical Orbit
Online one to one music lessons with the top principal players of major orchestras.
NJA Audio
Freelance orchestral recording engineer, based in Kent.
Insurance for orchestral musicians and their instruments.
Onestage Specialist Concert Tours
OneStage has been providing tour services for amateur ensembles of all types and ages for over 15 years.
Newmoon Insurance
Newmoon Insurance provides musical instrument insurance services for a wide range of instruments.
Rayburn Tours Ltd
Specialist in travel arrangements for tailor-made concert tours
Simmonds Music
Grantham-based state-of-the-art recording studio available for local musicians and orchestras
Simon Kodurand Violins
Fine antique and contemporary string instruments, based in Bristol
Stars & Catz Music Teacher Network
A community of music teachers and schools, numbering thousands of professionals.
Stephen Powell Music Services
Professional Score Engraving/Typesetting, Copyist and Recording Services
String Instruments Hire
A small handmade violin, viola and cello making and restoring business in Norfolk now with quality hire instruments.
Thomas & George Violin Makers Ltd
Double Bass and Violin makers in Banbury, Oxfordshire
Travelbound Concert Tours
Educate, Stimulate, Encourage and Inspire. Travelbound Concert Tours, arranged by musicians for musicians.
Twin Group Travel
Educational school trips in the UK
Which Glasses Are Which?
Cases for your multiple pairs of specs!


Please be aware that a listing here does not imply a recommendation, it is simply informational!

Ringwood Meeting House