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AMCO/PL001
THE 18TH CENTURY CONCERT ORCHESTRA
The 18th Century Concert Orchestra: the original tribute band. Since its first concerts in September 2001, the 18th Century Concert Orchestra has been delighting audiences with its pictorial view of how an 18th century concert might have looked and sounded. In historical costumes, using instruments of the era and including contemporary commentaries, the orchestra's performances are full of charm, elegance and wit. "Like viewing an eighteenth century painting with all the dirt and varnish removed - absolutely fantastic", Bath Music Critic. The orchestra is seeking sponsorship for three special projects and can offer sponsors genuine benefits for marketing and branding.     Handel's original Messiah, with sell-out audiences on previous occasions - the orchestra is looking to expand its annual tour of Handel's monumental work. Presented as it might have looked and sounded during the first performances in 1742 and previously recorded for, and shown on, Channel 4, this is a truly spectacular occasion with full orchestra, choir and soloists.    Bach in Time - the orchestra's concert series. The orchestra is seeking to develop its own concert series in three high profile venues in the UK. With three performances in each location (nine performances in total), and each performance recorded for podcasting, these concerts will reach an audience throughout the world.     Handeling Bach - education has always been within the core mission of the orchestra, without its having a formalised education programme. The orchestra is currently developing a 'Handeling Bach' project, which will be taken to schoolchildren throughout the UK and which ties in with many areas of the National Curriculum besides music. This project is being researched and developed currently and the orchestra is looking for a principal sponsor to help market and implement it successfully. Please get in touch for updated availability details. Contact: Garry Clarke, Executive Director. Address: c/o 3 Brackenfield Road, Hasbury, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 1AH. Tel.: 0151 334 1956. E-mail:
info@18thcentury.co.uk
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Ongoing
AMCO/PL002
ADELANTA EVENTS - CHOIRS IN QUIET PLACES
The Choirs in Quiet Places choral workshop and concert is an annual event taking place in January in Southwell, Nottinghamshire. Choirs and individual singers are invited to attend, and come from Nottinghamshire, the East Midlands and Yorkshire, as well as further afield. The day begins with a choral workshop (sectionals and massed singers) in a local school, led by an internationally-known musical director, assisted by other professional singers and musicians. One or two major pieces are selected each year as the centrepiece for the workshop and concert. In the afternoon, the singers come together with an orchestra to rehearse for the evening's concert, which usually takes place in Southwell Minster. Choirs in Quiet Places has now run twice successfully, and the organisers, Adelanta Events, are looking for sponsorship partners to support the programme, and also to explore the possibility of extending the concept to an event specifically for Youth choirs and musicians. "Sponsorship packages start at £250; but rather than dictating packages and benefits, we would like to work with potential sponsors to design a tailor-made programme which will achieve the sponsor's aims". Contact: Alison Lowe. Address: Adelanta Events, 2 Commercial Road, Nottingham NG6 8HA. Tel.: 0115 975 6979. Fax: 0115 975 6907. E-mail: salesinfo@adelanta.co.uk
link to website

 

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AMCO/PL003 AXMINSTER & DISTRICT CHORAL SOCIETY
Axminster & District Choral Society is one of the West of England's largest choirs at about eighty strong. It has earned a highly respected reputation for its twice yearly concerts of major classical works. Sadly, this ambitious programme can only be sustained by continuous fundraising efforts. The Choir's problem is that the cost of hiring the orchestra, the solo singers and the Director has escalated in the last few years to the extent that performances are loss-making. Bearing in mind that the choir serves a community with a very high percentage of OAPs, the option to raise ticket prices is limited. Membership fees have been raised every two years, but members, too, are largely restricted in what they can afford. This Choir, which is a valuable community asset to East Devon, urgently needs generous outside support if it is to continue. "Thank you in anticipation". Contact: Tim Frost. Address: Tamarisk, 10 Ryalls Court, EX12 2HJ. Tel.: 01297 625916. E-mail: tim@timfrost.co.uk.
link to website

 

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AMCO/PL004 BEGINNERS PIANO
Sheena Munro is a music teacher/songwriter who has written a musical theatre adaptation of the novel by Eleanor Farjeon, Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard. Ms Farjeon has written some eighty novels, many poems and her most famous song, Morning Has Broken. All the songs are original, comprising twenty-two musical numbers, including solos, character songs, three ballets, a maypole dance, a blacksmith's tap dance, an overture, a theme song done for a solo and chorus, and a hymn in eight parts. Beginners Piano already have some interest from a West End theatre which has assured them that they will make themselves available to see the show. The show is for all ages but should appeal most to children and teenagers, at whom the book was originally aimed. However, there is enough going on to entertain everyone. They have written permission from the Farjeon Estate to proceed with this production and if it is successful to possibly write a sequel. The cast of twenty-seven and orchestra are all from Edinburgh and the surrounding area and it is a great opportunity for them to show off their talents. The libretto, piano libretto, CD and orchestrations are now completed and the organisers would be happy to send the package to anyone interested. Contact: Miss Sheena Munro. Address: 104 High Street, Cockenzie EH32 0DQ. Tel.: 01875 819938. E-mail: sheenamunro@callnetuk.com.

 

Ongoing
AMCO/PL005
CERAMIC CITY CHOIR
Founded in 1942 under the conductorship of Sir Malcolm Sargent and with over 120 members, Ceramic City Choir specialises in performing major choral works with renowned professional orchestras and top vocal soloists. Distinguished guest conductors over the last twenty years have included Sir Charles Groves, Sir Edward Heath, Owain Arwel Hughes, Donald Hunt, Richard Hickox, Ian Tracey and Sir David Willcocks. Today, directed by Anthony Rose, the Ceramic City Choir is Staffordshire's largest Choral Society, performing in the superb Victoria Hall (Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent) and the surrounding area. It performs the standard choral repertoire of oratorios and symphonic works regularly throughout Staffordshire and beyond, but also enjoys performing more challenging smaller-scale contemporary music in venues across the region. Year on year arts funding is reduced and the Ceramic City Choir has done all it can to maintain the excellence and breadth of its concert-giving, charity concerts and choral workshop programmes. "We have maintained ticket prices to a level which is acceptable and accommodating to the local community, allowing them access to concerts with affordable ticking options. There is, however, a limit to how far expenditure can be cut and new income streams developed. With an audience reach of over 600, the Ceramic Choir looks for sponsorship for its ongoing concert seasons to ensure that the Ceramic City Choir maintains its position in Staffordshire and the City of Stoke-On-Trent as a leading chorus. To discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact our Sponsorship Team, via email to
support@ceramiccitychoir.org.uk or follow the links on our website, www.ceramiccitychoir.org.uk, for more information". Contact: Anne Thompson. E-mail: support@ceramiccitychoir.org.uk
link to website

Branding opportunities

    All printed material to refer to, and be branded as, [Ceramic City Choir "SEASON TITLE" sponsored by (sponsor's company name/logo)], eg promotional flyers, reminders and event programme (email and printed).
    Logo on all tickets: sponsor's logo to be placed alongside the CCC logo on all event tickets
    Sponsor's literature and posters to be available for distribution
    Sponsor's logo with hyperlink on the event website
    Souvenir Programme: branding/advert
    Guest hospitality and free tickets
    Press and Public Relations opportunities (BBC Radio Stoke local radio, local newspapers)
 
https://www.facebook.com/CeramicCityChoir/  
https://twitter.com/ceramic_city

 

Ongoing
AMCO/PL006
CLIC SARGENT
The CLIC Sargent Annual Christmas Concert at the Royal Albert Hall is an extremely popular event with its supporters and is a sellout to an audience of 4,000. This is a very attractive pre-Christmas marketing/sponsorship opportunity. The event, which features a 1,500 strong choir of children from schools throughout London and the south east, has boasted celebrity headliners such as the hugely popular Lee Ryan (formerly with boy band Blue), Joss Stone, Lamar (The Fame Academy), Billie Piper, Hear'Say and Miss Dynamite. The show typically presents a host of professional singers and variety performances, making this a thoroughly modern and highly entertaining way to celebrate the festive season. Past concerts have attracted a host of star supporters amongst the 4,000 strong audience, with recent attendees including Cherie Booth QC (CLIC Sargent Patron), Annie Lennox, Eddie Jordan, Ian Wright and Lady Helen Taylor (CLIC Sargent Ambassador). The next event is sure to be no exception, with celebrities hoping to help ensure the Christmas Celebration will once again be a resounding success for CLIC Sargent and the many hundreds of families it aids and supports. This family festive evening is an extremely successful event and the Title Sponsor will be synonymous with this high-profile charity concert. "We will offer you maximum brand exposure to the thousands of concert attendees and our wider audience, before and throughout the Christmas Celebration". Contact: Paul Turner, Head of Major Fundraising. Address: Griffin House, 161 Hammersmith Road, London W6 8SG. Tel.: 020 8752 2835. E-mail: paul.turner@clicsargent.org.uk

Branding opportunities (please call to confirm updated availability details)

All signage at venue to read: CLIC Sargent Christmas Celebration, sponsored by (sponsor's company name/logo)
All printed material to refer to, and branded as, CLIC Sargent Christmas Celebration sponsored by (sponsor's company name/logo) eg promotional flyers, reminders and event programme
Logo on all tickets: sponsor's logo to be placed alongside the CLIC Sargent logo on all event tickets

Verbal acknowledgement on evening by MC and Conductor
Sponsor's literature and posters to be available for distribution
Sponsor's logo with hyperlink on the event website
Souvenir Programme: branding/advert

Guest hospitality

Press and Public Relations opportunities

"The knowledge that you will be supporting the UK's leading children's cancer charity".

 

Ongoing
AMCO/PL007 GOSPEL FRONTIERS LTD.
Gospel Frontiers is a company committed to supporting and promoting Christian and gospel music in the UK. The company actively supports upcoming Christian and gospel singers, singer/songwriters, groups and choirs, and increased sponsorship will assist in the ability of Gospel Frontiers to have a greater effect with these. Gospel Frontiers currently manages Beatrice Muniu, who is an active performer at numerous events and concerts throughout the year. The company has available for sponsorship a number of artists who are already well known, in addition to Beatrice Muniu. Gospel Frontiers also hosts a number of websites and is also looking for sponsorship for all or any of these. Generally this would be on an annual basis, reviewed at each year end. The company provides promotion of events and the opportunity for various companies to advertise at one or numerous events through tickets, programmes and advertising leaflets and posters. Gospel and Christian music is an emerging market in the UK - and this will be growing. Coupled with a strongly-focussed web presence, already a growing source of global and national trade and advertising, Gospel Frontiers is confident that, in conjunction with those that it represents, it can be a benefit to the sponsor's company and its advertising requirements. Contact: Ian Lloyd, Director. Address: 8 Balgowan Road, Beckenham BR3 4HJ. Tel.: 0207 038 5753. E-mail: ian@gospelfrontiers.com.
link to website

 

Ongoing
AMCO/PL008
I FAGIOLINI CHARITABLE TRUST
I Fagiolini Charitable Trust (IFCT) is passionate about Renaissance music. It is currently raising money to support a large-scale tour of a quite unique choral work. "If you wish to know more, please make contact". Contact: Phil Rowe, Trustee. Address: 29a Benslow Rise, Hitchin SG4 9QX. Tel.: 01462 631776. E-mail: philiprowe@ntlworld.com
link to website

 

Ongoing
AMCO/PL009
JUBILATE LADIES CHOIR
Jubilate means 'celebration' in Latin - and that's the essence of this special ladies' choir. Jubilate started life as the successful Kingsbury High School choir, winning many competitions in the 1980s including the Llangollen Eisteddfod. In the 1990s the choir moved to Harrow and Sarah Stroh took over as Musical Director. Recent competition successes include runners up in the Mid-Somerset Festival and winners of the ladies' choir class at Cheltenham Festival. The group has also raised money for a number of charities, including St Luke's Hospice in Kenton and Cancer Research UK. Hugely popular with local audiences, Jubilate is known for its high standard of performance, its varied repertoire and its sense of fun. The choir would like sponsorship so they can purchase staging for use at the various fundraising and community events they perform at throughout the year. "In return for your support, we offer publicity for your company or organisation by putting our logo and a write-up in our programmes and on our website, complete with a link to your website. You get four free tickets for every performance. And we could even come and sing at one of your corporate events". Contact: Claire Palmer. Tel.: 07591 086557. E-mail:
claire.louise.palmer@gmail.com
link to website

 

Ongoing
AMCO/PL010
LEEDS PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY
The chorus of the Leeds Philharmonic Society is a chorus of national standing which regularly broadcasts for the BBC, and which has made a number of commercial recordings. Its members are all amateurs, however, and the society is largely self-financing. The society is looking for sponsors for two areas. First, to enable the chorus to undertake an overseas tour of some 100+ singers to Budapest, Bratsilava and Prague, without the financial burden being totally on the chorus's individual members. The society anticipates having to meet the cost of travel and accommodation, together with the cost of an organist, orchestra, soloists and music hire in the host countries. Secondly, to contribute to the cost of those concerts the society promotes itself, outside of the Leeds International Concert Season. Again it is looking at the cost of a conductor, orchestra, soloists and the hire of Leeds Town Hall or another venue. Sponsors will be fully credited on all promotional material both in the UK and in Europe and the society is open to discussion on more innovative ways to celebrate any partnership. Contact: Jack Parkes. Address: 46 Eden Mount, Burley, Leeds LS4 2TD. Tel.: 0113 2287806. E-mail: Jack.Parkes@ntlworld.com
link to website

 

Ongoing
AMCO/PL011
LIBERA

The distinctive sound of Libera has travelled the world in the last few years. The group's albums have topped both mainstream and classical charts in many countries and their recordings hold their place in top-tens alongside major artists like Bocelli. The boys who make up the vocal band Libera have been described as "normal" and "ordinary". However, as their recordings and performances demonstrate, the music they produce is truly extraordinary. With shimmering, mystical chords and ecstatic harmonies, they are unlike any other group you have ever heard. These are truly sounds to lift the soul. The singers of Libera, who are aged seven to sixteen, attend many different local schools in south London and come from a variety of backgrounds. Although they are boys and they sing, they do not think of themselves as choirboys, but rather as an alternative kind of boy band. While the unique sound of Libera may be impossible to pigeonhole, its universal appeal has endeared the group to fans all over the world, particularly in the US, the UK, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan, where their CDs top the mainstream and classical charts and where they sell out large capacity concert halls - ideal situations for sponsorship exposure. "We would love to be able to tour more, and to bring our unique music to even more people; however we are restricted by our financial resources. We are enormously grateful for all the time volunteered by parents and others, to say nothing of the boys' time. However, we have to pay the bills - and taking the boys on tour is expensive. We are keen that ticket prices should remain relatively inexpensive, but it costs on average £250k pa to train the boys and maintain the current level of touring. Income from ticket sales is generally insufficient to cover touring costs with twenty-five boys and ten support staff, so we rely on kind gifts from generous supporters. Libera is a not-for-profit, UK registered charity. If you have enjoyed our music and would like to consider making a donation, either as a one-off gift or on a regular monthly basis, we would be eternally grateful. Contributions can be made online by visiting this donations link on our website - http://www.libera.org.uk/about/donations - or by contacting us. The generosity of our supporters is what makes it possible for us to continue to create and share the unique sound of Libera worldwide, whilst giving the boys an unparalleled musical education and fantastic opportunities to perform". Contact: David Stephens. Address: 22 Gosport Road, Lee on the Solent, Hampshire PO13 9EL. Tel.: 02392 430244. E-mail: dave.stephens@libera.org.uk.
link to website

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Branding opportunities

     All signage/programmes/flyers include sponsor's name and logo
     Sponsor's literature and posters available at concert
     Sponsor's logo with hyperlink on the event website
     Guest hospitality
     Press and PR opportunities

 

Ongoing
AMCO/PL012
MILVERTON CONCERT SOCIETY
Milverton Concert Society are putting on a Tribute Concert for Sheelagh Blackmore who sadly died of cancer earlier this year. Sheelagh has been a wonderful support to the whole village for many decades, helping individuals and clubs alike with her care, insight and enthusiasm and was a pivotal member of the community. As a tribute to Sheelagh, and supported by her husband Bev, the Milverton Concert Society, which they have always enthusiastically supported, is engaging Amore (of Jublilee Year - Royal Barge and Wembley fame) to perform in rural Somerset, which they are keen to do. "Please see our website for more information about the society, the performances we put on and our role in introducing music to the local school children". Contact: David Patterson, Treasurer. Address: Extons Barn, Milverton TA4 1RG. Tel.: 07816154309. E-mail:
dp3632@gmail.com
link to website

 

Ongoing
AMCO/PL013
PROJECT NOEL GROUP
The Project Noel Group is a small project team affiliated to the Royal Signals Association. The objectives of the Group are twofold: 1. To bring together veterans, families and serving members of the Royal Signals in reunion. 2. To raise funds for the Royal Signals Benevolent Fund. "To this end we organise a weekend of events and functions at Liverpool Cathedral and the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool over the last weekend in November. The events take the form of a concert by the massed bands of the Royal Signals on the Friday evening, a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on the Saturday afternoon; both these events are held in the cathedral. The functions take the form of a formal 'regimental' dinner on the Saturday evening and a buffet and cabaret on Sunday lunchtime, both at the Adelphi Hotel. These functions are self-financing and outside the scope of this request for sponsorship and their inclusion here is for information only. To enable us to maximise our contribution to the Royal Signals Benevolent Fund, through ticket sales and collection, we are looking for sponsorship of some, or all of the cathedral events. If you are able to offer such sponsorship or wish for more information, please contact me, Dr David Vickers". Contact: David Vickers, Treasurer. Address: 11 New Lane Pace, Banks, Southport PR9 8EZ. Tel.: +44 1704 507918. E-mail:
treasurer.projectnoel@gmail.com
link to website

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AMCO/001 BRITISH CHOIRS ON THE NET
British Choirs on the Net, www.choirs.org.uk, boasts a position as the UK’s largest free choral listing service, with over 1,500 choirs listed and enviable website hit rates. In addition to this free listing the site also provides details of workshops, Come-and-Sing performances, choral festivals, exchange opportunities, programme notes and a host of other related links. It currently has small affiliate links to recording and sheet music publishers and also a number of subscription pages for travel services and location recording services. With membership of the International Federation of Choral Music, National Association of Choirs, ABCD and Tonsil, British Choirs on the Net is a core choral resource within the UK and International arena. Sponsorship opportunities are available on a site or per page basis on both the main British Choirs on the Net website and also sister sites www.concertfinder.co.uk and www.vocalbroker.co.uk. Contact: Philip Tolley. Address: Col Canto Associates, 35 Old Lynn Road, Wisbech PE14 7AJ. Tel.: 07899 860351. E-mail: philliptolley@colcanto.co.uk.
link to website

 

Ongoing
AMCO/002 THE BRYTHONIAID MALE VOICE CHOIR
In June 1964 a local Blaenau Ffestiniog man, Meirion Jones, formed a male voice choir which was to become one of the most successful choirs in Wales. The choir was formed to compete in a small local eisteddfod in Hyfrydfa Chapel in Manod and following this it was suggested that the choir perform in the local carnival some weeks later. At this stage there were some fifteen members but due to the encouragement they received, the choir was officially formed and work commenced to attract new members. From the outset, competing was an integral part of the choir's activities and it made its first appearance in competition at the Llan Ffestiniog jubilee Eisteddfod in 1965. Following success at this Eisteddfod it was decided to make 1966 the starting point for a sustained period of competition which indeed continues to the present day. In 1969 the choir decided to compete in ‘The big one ’ for the first time and entered the National Eisteddfod in Flint. The Choir sang ' The 23rd psalm' and secured their first major success with the words of the adjudicator a glowing testament to the quality of the performance, as follows: “We were amazed by the superb singing and cannot find words to express our feelings. The whole programme a circle of pure artistry”. Further National Eisteddfod successes occurred in 1977, 2002 and 2005. The choir has innumerable television appearances to its credit and has appeared on stage with some of the finest performers in the world. These have included Dennis and Patricia O’Neill, Willard White, Shirley Bassey, Harry Secombe, Gwyn Hughes Jones, The Black Dyke Mills Band and Bryn Terfel. The Brythoniaid have many records and CDs to their credit and in 1982 were awarded a gold disc by the Sain record group for their record sales and in 1992 were adjudged the HTV Choir of the Year. Concert tours, competitions and web page development are available for sponsorship. Contact: Phillip Jones, Marketing Manager. Address: Trem-Y-Gader, Bontddu, Dolgellau, LL40 2UD. Tel.: 01341 430646. E-mail: helmllwyn@aol.com
link to website

 

Ongoing
AMCO/003 CAIUS COLLEGE CHOIR
Caius College Choir offers a range of sponsorship opportunities. Contact: Celia Cobb, Choir Administrator. Address: Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge CB2 1TA. Tel.: 01223 332411. E-mail: clc24@cam.ac.uk
link to website

 

Ongoing
AMCO/004 THE CHAPEL CHOIR OF ROYAL HOLLOWAY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
Royal Holloway Chapel Choir is a mixed, ecumenical choir made up of about forty students who sing daily in the College's beautiful chapel. The choir appears regularly on national radio and has produced several professionally-recorded CDs, details of which are available on its website (see URL below). The choir has toured to Spain, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Malta, the Czech Republic and Ireland in recent years. The choir requires sponsorship for the production of this year's CD, and funds to subsidise the tours. Sponsors will be able to advertise on the choir's website, as well as in concert and tour programmes and on the choir T-shirts. The choir are also available to sing for conferences, weddings and other events in the London area, in return for sponsorship. Contact: Dr. Lionel Pike, Director. Address: Department of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX. Tel.: (+44) (0)1784 443802. Fax: (+44) (0)1784 437520. E-mail: chapelchoir@rhul.ac.uk
link to website

 

Ongoing
AMCO/005 THE CHOIR OF CHRIST'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE
The Choir's raison d'etre is, as it has always been, to sing services in the College Chapel. Choral Evensong is sung on Thursday and Sunday Evenings during Full Term, and Choral Eucharist services take place on a less frequent basis. More generally, the Choir makes an important contribution to the life of the College, singing at feasts, weddings, memorial services and other occasions. Today, as one of Cambridge's finest mixed-voice ensembles, the group also pursues an exciting range of activities outside College, performing concerts in Cambridge and around the UK, recording CDs, broadcasting, and undertaking a major international tour each Summer. The twenty-four members are selected by audition either before or after coming up to Cambridge, and each is expected to be of a very high musical standard. Most hold Choral Exhibitions, and all benefit from regular vocal training with top London singers. Sponsorship opportunities are now available. Contact: David Rowland. Address: Christ's College, Cambridge CB2 3BU. Tel.: 01223 334984. E-mail: choir@christs.cam.ac.uk
link to website

 

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AMCO/006 CITY OF LONDON CHOIR
One of the capital's leading amateur choirs. For sponsorship information contact Sonia Renwick. Tel.: 0207-792-3763. sonia@wicken.freeserve.com
link to website

 

Ongoing
AMCO/007 DURHAM UNIVERSITY CHAMBER CHOIR
Durham University Chamber Choir is an entirely student-run choir consisting of twenty singers from across the university. The role of the choir is to provide a high-quality music-making environment for the best singers in a university which boasts a rich choral tradition. DUCC demands a high level of commitment from its members, who in return benefit from being part of a refined group. The choir consists of around twenty singers, and throughout the year performs all types of choral music at concerts and cathedral services, and also embarks on foreign tours, with recent venues including Tuscany, Poland, Dublin, Paris and Tallin. The choir sings a wide variety of music in concerts (which last year included a sell-out performance of Monteverdi's Vespers (1610) in Durham Cathedral) and is regularly invited to sing evensong in cathedrals throughout the region. Sponsorship support would provide the sponsor with a wide range of possibilities for advertising at an international and local level. Contact: Laura Plant, Sponsorship Secretary. Address: c/o Department of Music, University of Durham, The Music School, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RL . Tel.: 0191-383-9907. E-mail: chamber.choir@durham.ac.uk
link to website

 

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AMCO/008 EASTWOOD COLLIERIES MALE VOICE CHOIR
Eastwood Collieries Male Voice Choir, which recently celebrated its eighty-fifth anniversary, was formed in 1920 by a group of enthusiastic colliery officials. Originally called the Eastwood Collieries Officials Male Voice Choir, it consisted of around a dozen men. By the middle of the first year the word 'officials' had been dropped and membership increased to around forty voices. During the early days membership was made up solely by the mining community workforce but as the mining industry reduced in size in recent times, members from outside the coal industry were welcomed into the ranks of the choir. The present membership of over fifty is made up of representatives of many trades and professions, with only a few retired members of the coal industry remaining. The choir's repertoire is varied and includes traditional male voice arrangements as well as pieces from other countries and languages. Being well versed in other languages, the choir is equally well travelled and the highlight of 2003 was to be invited to attend the Yorkshire Cancer Research Festival Concert held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Nowadays the choir performs at least eighteen concerts annually in England and Wales, raising vital funds and awareness for many local and national charities, including private wedding ceromonies. Sponsorship is needed to enable the choir to perform more concerts, replace existing uniforms and equipment and extend the choir's ability to attract new members through new tours and venues, forging links with local schools and colleges, targeting all age groups and offering them the joys of singing to these persons who might not normally associate themselves with male voice singing. Contact: Lord James Ferrabbee, Hon. General Secretary. Address: 51 The Fieldings, Suttin in Ashfield, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 2TF. Tel.: 01623 552350. E-mail: james@ferrabbee.fsnet.co.uk.
link to website

 

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AMCO/009 FIFTEENB
FifteenB present performances of accessible contemporary music in and around London. Based around a chamber choir the group endeavours to integrate contemporary music with a wider repertoire. Sponsorship opportunities are now available. Contact: David Hughes, Administrator. Address: 36 Torrens Road, London SW2 5BT. Tel.: 020 7274 3600. Fax: 020 7274 3600. E-mail: fifteenB@hugill.demon.co.uk.
link to website

 

Ongpoing
AMCO/010 IMPERIAL COLLEGE CHOIR
Imperial College Union Choir is an unauditioned choir of about 120 voices, with a Chamber Choir of about thirty singers. The choir is an eclectic mix of Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine students and staff of Imperial College London, as well as college alumni. They are conducted by Colin Durrant and managed by an annually elected committee of ten students. "We sing an enormous range of repertoire and regularly tackle many of the great choral works. Last year's performances of Bach's St John Passion and Mendelssohn's Elijah were great successes and we look forward to singing Mozart's Requiem and Elgar's Belshazzar's Feast in the coming year. Every two years the choir tours internationally. Our tour this summer is to northern Poland and we are looking for sponsorship especially for this. To get in touch, please email us or write to us at the address shown". Contact: Sarah Morton, Chair. Address: IC Choir, Student Activities Centre, Imperial College Union, Beit Quad, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BB. E-mail:
icchoir@ic.ac.uk
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AMCO/011 LONDON CONCORD SINGERS
London Concord Singers are an award-winning chamber choir of about thirty mixed voices, based in central London, with a broad-ranging repertoire. The choir was established in 1966 by the conductor, Malcolm Cottle and he has remained the Musical Director. The choir became a registered charity in 1996. The choir gives three main concerts each year in central London. Recent programmes have included a programme of music written for Berlin, including music by Otto Nicolai, Felix Mendelssohn, Kurt Weill and Arvo Pärt. This concert was sponsored by the German embassy. Another recent programme centred around Jewish music, including music by Leonard Bernstein, Ernst Bloch, Kurt Weill and Salomone de Rossi. London Concord Singers have given a number of world, UK and London premières of works by composers such as John Rutter, Andrzej Panufnik, Richard Rodney Bennett, John McCabe, Kenneth Leighton and Michael Ball, as well as pieces specially written for the choir. The choir has also given performances of major contemporary pieces such as Alfred Schnittke’s Choral Concerto and Malcolm Williamson’s Requiem for a Tribe Brother. In its thirty-year history the choir has performed all of the unaccompanied choral music of Francis Poulenc. Many sponsorship opportunities are now available. Contact: Robert Hugill, Hon. Secretary. Address: 36 Torrens Road, London SW2 5BT. Tel.: 020 7274 3600. E-mail: info@londonconcordsingers.org.uk.
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AMCO/012 LONDON ORIANA CHOIR
Sponsoring the London Oriana Choir is an effective way of ensuring that its unique style, broad repertoire and high standards are maintained - as well as a low cost way for a sponsor to publicise his or her company or products to an audience of several thousand adults with high disposable income. The choir is a registered charity and therefore donations in support of it can be extremely tax efficient. The choir has achieved a number of notable artistic successes in the recent past. Contact: Daniel Whitehead, Director. Address: c/o Ashurst Morris Crisp, Broadwalk House, 5 Appold Street, London EC2A 2HA. Tel.: 020 7859 1192. Fax: 020 7638 1112. E-mail: daniel.whitehead@bnpparibas.com.
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AMCO/013 NATIONAL SAXOPHONE CHOIR
The National Saxophone Choir is a 30-strong group of accomplished saxophone players, playing the full range of saxophones in all their various shapes and sizes: from the tiny sopranino to the enormous bass. The group is seeking sponsorship to enable them to continue with their rehearsal and performance plans. Future performance aims include a national tour and further concert performances in the Birmingham area. The group is also active in commissioning new repertoire. They are now seeking in-kind and/or cash support for rehearsal, Birmingham-based and national performances. Particular areas for in-kind sponsorship include rehearsal space, travel, conductor fees and print. In return, the group offers sponsors visibility through inclusion in concert print, advertising, the opportunity for corporate events associated with the group and the enhancement of brand image from involvement with a highly identifiable ensemble. Contact: Nicola Pennill. Address: Oak Apple Cottage, Hickling Lane, Kinoulton, NG12 3ED. Tel.: 01949 81469. E-mail: enquiries@saxchoir.com.
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AMCO/014 PARKSIDE COLLIERY MALE VOICE CHOIR
Founded in 1970 by a group of colliery employees, the composition of the choir has changed considerably since then - the colliery was closed in 1993. The current membership is 60-strong (drawn mostly from Wigan and St. Helens) and the choir performs at approximately 18 concerts annually in England and Wales, raising money for various charities. An annual Celebrity Concert features well-known personalities (egs Iris Williams, Anthony Mee, Three British Tenors, Amanda Roocroft) as well as several renowned brass bands. For many years, the choir has had a standing engagement at Llandudno during the August Bank Holiday. The choir undertakes a limited number of tours. Sponsorship is needed to extend this tours programme into Europe and also to attract new members, in an initiative which might involve liaising with local colleges to offer a course in choir singing (in particular targeting retired people). Contact: Barry Hart, Treasurer. Address: Parkside Colliery Male Voice Choir, 52 Wensley Road, Lowton, Warrington WA3 2BA. E-mail: bhartbart@supanet.com.
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AMCO/015 ST. BEDE'S TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS COMMUNITY
The St. Bede’s Latin Mass Community organizes opportunities for choirs to sing Medieval and Renaissance Sacred Music within the authentic setting for which it was originally composed. Works by composers such as Byrd and Palestrina are sung in the context of liturgical ceremonies in the original Latin language, identical to those in which these masterpieces were first performed. St. Bede's strives to arrange for the highest standards of musical and liturgical quality and therefore is seeking funding so as to be able to defray the significant costs associated with arranging for professional choirs with expertise in Gregorian Chant and Renaissance music. The community is committed to preserving and promoting the performance of such music in its original authentic liturgical setting. Contact: Father Andrew Southwell. Address: 58 Thornton Road, London SW12 0LF. Tel.: 020 0208 678 5128.
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AMCO/016 YORK EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL
York Early Music Festival boasts a position as Britain's leading festival of early music. The Festival takes place each year within the medieval churches, guildhalls and historic houses of the ancient city of York. The list of artists who have performed at the Festival over the past few years includes the Gabrieli Consort of Music, the Tallis Scholars, the Consort of Musicke, the King's Consort and a host of other internationally acclaimed artists. Over the past quarter of a century, the Festival has grown to become one of the world's pre-eminent music festivals, enjoyed by musicians, visitors and listeners alike and the organisers are delighted to celebrate the anniversary this year with some of Spain's most celebrated musicians, as well as a host of other internationally acclaimed artists. The York Early Music Festival is based at the award-winning National Centre for Early Music which is housed in the former church of St Margaret's Walmgate. Sponsorship opportunities are available currently. The refurbishment of the Church - and the creation of the award-winning Centre - is thanks to a grant form the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England. Contact: Gill Baldwin. Address: The National Centre for Early Music, St Margaret's Church, Walmgate, York YO1 9TL. Tel.: 01904-658338. Fax: 01904-612631. E-mail: enquiry@yorkearlymusic.org
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AMCO/017 YORKSHIRE BACH CHOIR
Yorkshire Bach Choir (YBC) was formed in 1979 by its director, Peter Seymour, and is now one of the UK’s leading choirs. It enjoys an international reputation for its performances of Renaissance, Baroque and classical music, both unaccompanied and with the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, and alongside the finest soloists, e.g. Emma Kirkby, James Gilchrist and Stephen Varcoe. YBC also regularly performs newly-edited and rediscovered masterpieces of earlier centuries. The choir has performed at numerous prestigious UK and European festivals. It has given frequent BBC Radio 3 broadcasts and has made a number of commercial recordings, most recently a CD of Victoria’s Psalms and Motets. But the most important part of YBC’s music making is the annual season of six concerts in the beautiful church of St Michael-le-Belfrey, situated alongside York Minster. Regular performances of the great works of the repertoire, such as Bach’s B minor Mass and Mozart’s Requiem, are given with orchestra using original instruments. And it’s for all these concerts that YBC seeks sponsorship. There are many sponsorship options available for next season, and individual requirements can easily be discussed. Some obvious benefits for sponsors are prominent mention in the choir’s promotional material, sponsor’s advertisement in each concert programme, complimentary tickets for sponsors and guests, opportunities to meet soloists, distinguished instrumentalists and conductor, press coverage and photo opportunities. The choir can also assist should sponsors wish to entertain their guests further, for example at the Dean Court Hotel or St William’s College, both in the shadow of the Minster. Registered charity no. 700412. Contact: Andrew Jackson. Address: 6 Eppleworth Road, Cottingham, East Yorkshire HU16 5YE. Tel.: 01482 840630. E-mail: andrew@adj.karoo.co.uk
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