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 Directory: CLASSICAL & TRADITIONAL MUSIC

 
     CHORAL & EARLY MUSIC:

::  Ceramic City Choir.

::  City of Stoke-on-Trent Male Voice Choir.

::  Barbara Walton Singers.

::  The Leek Phoenix Singers.

::  Audley Male Voice Choir.

::  The Pugin Singers - a chamber choir of around 30 mixed voices which was established in 2000.

::  Stoke-on-Trent Festival.

::  Piva - a Leek-based early music ensemble.

::  Keele Philharmonic Choir.

::  Keele Bach Choir.

::  The Daleian Singers - of Newcastle-under-Lyme.

::  Churnet Valley Male Voice Choir.

::  Stone Choral Society.

::  The Early Music Man.

::  Abbotsholme Arts Society - early and classical music at Uttoxeter.

::  Midlands Early Music Forum.

::  Newcastle Male Voice Choir.

::  Stafford and District Choral Society.

 

     CLASSICAL AND OPERA

::  Keele Philharmonic Orchestra - a touring Orchestra that is open for membership to the staff and students of Keele University.

::  The Keele University Philharmonic Society and the Keele Concert Society.

::  North Staffordshire Operatic Society.

::  Stoke-on-Trent Festival.

::  Leek All Saints Operatic Society.

::  Bella Musica String Quartet - a professional ensemble based in North Staffordshire & South Cheshire.

::  Greenways String Group - an amateur string group based in North Staffordshire.

::  City of Stoke-on-Trent Chamber Orchestra.

::  North Staffordshire Symphony Orchestra.

::  Newcastle Strings - a small, friendly string orchestra based in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

::  Stoke-on-Trent City Music School.

::  Staffordshire Performing Arts.

::  Friends of Newcastle Music - a dedicated voluntary group which runs a wide range of classical music training sessions for young people, and puts on concerts.

::  Denise Leigh - well known opera singer, from Audley nr. Newcastle-under-Lyme. Winner of Operatunity, 2003.

::  Clonter Opera Theatre - the famous 400-seat opera venue, eleven miles from Stoke, in the countryside near Congleton. Their musical director is Anthony Legge, director of opera at the Royal Academy of Music.

::  Staffordshire Chamber Orchestra.

 

     TRADITIONAL FOLK CLUBS AND OUTLETS

::  Leek Folk Club at the Foxlowe Arts Centre.

::  Potteries Folk Club.

::  Stafford Folk Players.

::  North Staffordshire Folk Diary - quarterly newsletter, comprehensively listing all venues and gigs. Subscriptions cost just five stamps per year.

::  Traditional Drama Research Group - keeps an online record of all folk plays performed in Staffordshire since 2001, and has notices of forthcoming performances.

::  Sean Jones of Jones Instruments. Sean is a master traditional bagpipe maker - based at Biddulph Moor.

::  Stafford Folk Players. Organises the annual Stafford Music Day for folk performers.

::  Eric Cox has a regular column in The Sentinel newspaper, covering the lively local folk scene.

::  Midlands Traditional Arts Team. The Team delivers top quality traditional folk music and storytelling to venues across the West Midlands. They are now spearheading a new regional development programme for traditional music and song, fronted by their magazine Folk Monthly.

::  See also the Stoke folk Facebook group.

Folk music fans in North Staffordshire are also well served by BBC Radio; with four hours per week on BBC Radio Stoke (Sundays 8pm-10pm), Sunday Folk on BBC Radio Shropshire, plus the national BBC Radio 2 programmes. The former BBC Derby/Nottingham FolkWaves programme is soon to be a podcast. And if that lot can't satisfy you — then a great many summer folk festivals are also held in and around the Midlands, with the main acoustic festival held in Uttoxeter.

 

     WORLD, ROOTS & FUSION

::  Shruthi UK - Indian Music and Arts organisation, based in Staffordshire.

::  The Boat Band.

::  The Hindu Cultural Society, Staffordshire.

 

     FLUTE AND BAGPIPE

::  Farnham Haywood - a flute-player and spiritual drummer, who is working on his second album.

::  The Crooked Bawbees - a Staffordshire folk band specialising in traditional Northumbrian -style folk music, including the classic Northumbrian pipes.

::  Josephene Bailey - based in Leek. Professional solo flute player, her repertoire includes modern Celtic, traditional Folk, & Classical.

::  Sean Jones of Jones Instruments. Sean is a master traditional bagpipe maker - based at Biddulph Moor.

 

     BRASS, MARCHING, AND ACCORDIANS

::  Audley Brass Band.

::  Trentham Brass.

::  Stone Town Band.

::  Staffordshire Knights Drum & Bugle Band.

::  North Staffordshire Accordian Club.

 

     ORGANS & BELL-RINGING

::  North Staffordshire Association of Change Ringers.

No web-site  North Staffordshire Organ Society.

 

     TRADITIONAL DRUMMING

::  Farnham Haywood - a spiritual drummer.

::  Planet Sound - based in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Offers drumming workshops for community events and festivals.

::  Carol Howard (aka Angels in Arts) - teaches 'world fusion tribal' dance and also teaches drumming.

 

     JAZZ & SWING

::  The Rachel Rimmer Band - based & performing in North Staffordshire.

::  The Old Fashioned Love Band.

::  Mr Will - Newcastle-under-Lyme photographer specialising in live music, particularly jazz.

No web-site Click to e-mail  The Old Brown Jug, in Newcastle-under-Lyme - a popular local venue for intimate jazz performances.

 

     PRIVATE MUSIC & SINGING TUTORS

::  Sally Rivers - a highly experienced vocal and singing coach, based in Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Andrew Brakes - an experienced piano tutor based in Stafford.

::  Emma Clayton - Emma is a private music tutor based in Lightwood, Stoke-on-Trent. Emma can tutor for Clarinet, Saxophone, Piano (for beginners), Recorder, and Music Theory. She also runs a small, friendly ensemble for Clarinet and Saxophone musicians of all ages.

::  Kindermusic with Shelly - offers specialist music classes for babies and very young children.

::  Steven Harper - based in Stoke-on-Trent, Steve offers a wide range of musical services including piano lessons, singing lessons, wedding pianist and wedding singing.

::  Monkey Music of Stone, Staffordshire. Music for early years children.

 

     INSTRUMENT MAKERS & REPAIRS

::  Barleycorn Concertinas - a maker of hand-crafted concertinas, and can also repair violins.

::  Sean Jones of Jones Instruments. Sean is a master traditional bagpipe maker - based at Biddulph Moor.

::  Eric Moulder, of Leek - expert maker of authentic Renaissance woodwind instruments. See also: the Leek-based early-music group Piva.

::  Baroque Bassoon, of Leek - bassoon maker.

::  Stafford Classical Guitar Centre.

::  Tim Toft Violins - of Stone, Staffordshire.

::  Michael Syson, piano tuner.

 

     LISTINGS & FESTIVALS

::  North Staffordshire Folk Diary - quarterly newsletter, comprehensively listing all venues and gigs. Subscriptions cost just five stamps per year.

 

     SUPPORT, COLLECTORS, ARCHIVES & RESEARCH

::  The English Folk Dance & Song Society holds the North Staffs. branch archives, 1921-1976.

::  The Staffordshire Multimedia Archive.

::  Unit for the Study of Musical Skill and Development - based at Keele University.

 

     SCHOOLS

::  Staffordshire Performing Arts - from the County Council, a site aimed at teachers in school and colleges.



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