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)
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 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
London Piano Centre
London Singing Institute
Music for Everyone - Summer School
Music for People (Summer School of Music)
Orchestra play-days and Cello weekends in London
Pennine Spring Music Festival
Piano Lessons in London - Natalia Loresch
Sherborne Summer School of Music
Sokol Piano Academy
Strings in Greece
Strings in Spring [Fitzwilliam String Quartet]
Tutti Cambristi - Chamber Music Workshop
Violin Lessons at ViolinSchool (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
Ear Training
Blog article by Just Rijna about ear training
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.
Hampstead Piano Academy.
Piano tuition in Hampstead for all levels and ages.
Mental health and well-being of Musicians
With nearly 70% of musicians struggling with depression, talking about mental health has never been more important in the music community.
Music Notes – A Guide to Music for Kids
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
A Musician’s Guide to Advertising and Marketing
11 Things to Know
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
A Hand, Wrist, and Finger Positioning Guide for Piano Players
On a commercial site for a wristband manufacturer, this is a well-curated list of links for both piano players and other general music theory links.
Guide to Remote/Distance Learning Music
A comprehensive guide and curated links list for remote or distance learning for music and music education.
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
Teahouse Baroque
The Teahouse Baroque network is a private and cost-free initiative to allow musicians to play the music they simply like to play and need to find fellow players on their level. Based in Guildford
Delivering piano lessons based on the Vicente Scaramuzza piano technique. Concerts with ensembles and chamber groups every month

Listings, Publicity

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

Commercial Organisations

Please be aware that a listing here does not imply a recommendation, it is simply informational!
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.
Early Years Resources
Supplier of a range of music musical instruments for early years children and students
Forte Notation
Music Notation Software
GLS Educational Supplies
We supply several musical instruments and resources to students including percussion, strings, brass etc.
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.
Mike is an application that will give you the power to take charge of the business aspects of your music career.
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 Instrument Insurance
Instrument and equipment cover, including accidental damage, theft and loss cover in Ireland.
Insurance for musicians and their instruments.
Newmoon Insurance
Newmoon Insurance provides musical instrument insurance services for a wide range of instruments.
Onestage Specialist Concert Tours
OneStage has been providing tour services for amateur ensembles of all types and ages for over 15 years.
Home of PlayScore 2 – an innovative sheet music scanning app
PMBS Music Printing
Print on demand service for classical music, specialising in producing professionally optimised reprints of files from IMSLP.
Rayburn Tours Ltd
Specialist in travel arrangements for tailor-made concert tours
Simon Kodurand Violins
Fine antique and contemporary string instruments, based in Bristol
South London Wind Instrument Repairs.
Servicing and repairs of Clarinets, Flutes, Alto Saxophone and Tenor Saxophone, based in Balham South London.
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