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Sponsored Groups

  • Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra
    The Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra (NSWO) has become established as one of the leading groups of its kind, known for its exciting and diverse concert performances.
  • Nottingham Wind Ensemble
    NWE, established in 1988, is the sister group of NSWO. It is a community wind band of mixed ages and abilities which performs a wide variety of music to help raise money for local community projects. Windblowers, is their principal sponsor.
  • Equinox Saxophone Ensemble
    Equinox are a nine-piece group comprising professional and semi-professional players from across the UK, directed by Nottingham-based saxophonist Alistair Parnell.
  • Blackwood Clarinet Choir
    Local Clarinet Choir directed by Dan Watson, made up of players from NSW and friends.
  • Nottingham Young Musician of the Year
    Nottingham's Young Musician of the Year is a bienniel competition with all entrants competing for the title 'Nottingham Young Musician of the Year' and the 'Windblowers Trophy'. This event started in 2001 and has had many succesful winners over the years.
  • Nottingham Music Hub
    We believe that music makes a difference. As a registered charity and lead partner for the Nottingham Music Education Hub, we are committed to making music more accessible and inclusive. We support young people from across the city to develop their musical skills, and participate in diverse ensembles and performances, contributing to the life of our great city.

Musical Societies

  • Incorporated Society of Musicians
    The website of the Incorporated Society of Musicians - ISM - is the UK's professional body for musicians.
  • The Musicians Union
    The Musicians' Union represents over thirty thousand musicians working in all sectors of the music business. As well as negotiating on behalf of our members with all the major employers in the industry, we offer a range of services for professional and student musicians of all ages.
  • CASS
    The website for the Clarinet and Saxophone Society.
  • The British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles
  • The British Double Reed Society
    Blowsoc is the University of Nottingham's number one society for woodwind, brass and percussion instruments
  • British Flute Society
    The British Flute Society website.
  • The Performing Rights Society
  • PPL
    Getting the right licence is a legal requirement. If you play recorded music or music videos in public, or broadcast them (or copy them in order to do so) in the UK, you will be infringing copyright unless you are appropriately licensed by PPL. PPL, a not-for-profit company, is the music licensing company which, on behalf of 45,000 performers and 5,750 record companies, licenses the use of recorded music in the UK. for public performance, broadcast and new media use.
  • Music for Everyone
    Nottingham's musical organisation for all ages. Led by Angela Kay and her team for over 30 years.
  • The Light Music Society
    The UK's primary source of 'Light Music' including music by GandS, Tomlinson, Coates and many others. Bridging the gap between classical and popular music.

Musical Groups

  • The Nottingham Youth Orchestra
    There are in fact three orchestras - Training, Intermediate and Youth with around 250 young people involved at all stages of musical ability. In addition we have the recently formed Jazz orchestra. Each of the orchestras regularly gives public concerts in and around Nottingham. The Youth Orchestra is well known for the high standard of music and each summer undertakes a tour somewhere in the world. Founded in 1985 the orchestras aim to encourage young people to play to the best of their ability and professional tutors lead each orchestral section. Weekly rehearsals are an important part of learning together along with an annual residential weekend which is both musically intensive as well as good fun.
  • Nottingham Youth Jazz orchestra
    The Jazz arm to the Nottingham Youth Orchestra!
  • Nottingham Jazzsteps
    Formed from the aspirations of two people in 1991 Jazzhouse has grown into a not for profit organisation run by six volunteers with funding support from Arts Council England, Nottinghamshire County Council, Gedling Borough Council, the PRS (Performing Rights Society). Our regular venue at Arnold's Bonington Theatre provides a convivial atmosphere, a fabulous Steinway piano, good acoustics and a space that works well either using raked seating or cabaret style with tables and chairs. Working with our consortium partner Lakeside Arts Centre we are proud of the programme of high quality performances in jazz and contemporary music that are regularly run under the umbrella title of Jazzsteps.
  • South East Derbyshire Music Centre
    South East Derbyshire Music Centre welcomes young musicians at every ability level to perform in high-quality music making opportunities. Rehearsals are held during term time on Saturday juniors mornings and the clubs run after school throughout the week. So why not come and give us a try? Visitors are welcome to drop in at any time and parents can stay and enjoy a coffee in the SEDMC Tuck Shop.
  • Carlton Male Voice Choir
    Carlton Male Voice Choir is based in the Nottingham area of England where it was formed in 1908. With around 80 members the choir is now larger than ever, attracting younger members who will safeguard its future. It has a wide-ranging current repertoire of nearly 50 items - from traditional to modern, sacred to secular and from the serious to the light-hearted – enough to suit practically all tastes and occasions!


Opening Hours

  • Tuesday-Thursday: 9am-3pm
    Friday-Saturday: 9am-5pm
    Sunday-Monday: Closed
  • Good Friday: Closed
    Easter Saturday: Closed
    Easter Sunday: Closed
    Bank Holiday Monday: Closed

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