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Alberni String Quartet

This Internationally famous string quartet was uniquely sponsored by Harlow and performs a series of concerts at St. Johns ARC each year at weekends at 8pm.
St. Johns ARC
Telephone: 01279 442447



Saturdays and Sundays at St Mary's Catholic School;, Windhill, Bishop's Stortford.  Activities: Youth choirs from 8 - 12; youth choir 12-15 and senior choir 15+. Also have a chamber choir and a parents and friends choir. Cantate is an open access choir and does not hold auditions for training choir.
Contact: Pascale Bozzi, Cantate, 11 - 13 Hockerill Street, Bishop's Stortford,
CM23 2DH
Telephone: 01279 652118


De Merc Chamber Choir

Meets: Tuesdays at 8pm at St. Mary at Latton Church Hall, The Gowers, Harlow.

Activities: A small friendly adult choir of experienced amateur singers (16yrs and over) singing mostly secular and generally unaccompanied works, ranging from 16th century madrigals to arrangements of Beatles' favourites. Performances are given several times a year ,principally in small venues such as churches. New members always welcome.

Contact: Jane Fox 1 Felmongers, Harlow, CM20 3DH

Telephone: 01279 428967;




Efua Sey Cultural Academy Limited

Meets: St. Andrews Methodist Church Hall, The Stow, Harlow on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5pm-6.30pm for children and young people 5 to 15 years old.
Activities: Runs African drumming and dance sessions at St. Andrews, workshops, classes and performances on African and Caribbean cultural arts in schools, play/youth/community centres, libraries and various venues. Accepts engagements for public and private performances of African dances; Workshops are usually based on African drumming and dance for both children and adults, drama, story telling, acting African and Caribbean indoor and outdoor games and African traditional cloth designing and printing. Also run after-school/holiday play/arts and cultural clubs for children
Contact: Efuay Sey Koi-Larbi
Telephone: 01279 427565 or 07914914437


Figur'd Shade

Meets: For three performances annually and numerous related events and workshops at St. Johns ARC, Old Harlow.

Activities: Education in and through the arts

Contact: St. Johns ARC

Telephone: 01279 442447




Harlow Brass Band

Meets: Thursday evenings at 8pm at the Latton Bush Centre

Activities: Traditional brass band that rehearses for a range of performances in and around Harlow, including fetes, town shows and brass band contests around the country.

Contact: Mike Sealey

Telephone: 07841519296


Harlow Chorus

Meets: Mondays at 7.30pm at St. Johns ARC, Old Harlow

Activities: Harlow Chorus is a friendly, lively and innovative mixed choir. Members enjoy rehearsing with Musical Director Daniel Hyde and perform a wide range of music with professional orchestras in a variety of venues, both in the UK and abroad. New members are always welcome.

Contact: Mrs Val Brockbank

Telephone: 01279 726808




Harlow Community Choir

Meets: Wednesday 7.30 - 9.30pm (term time only), WI Hall, Garden Terrace Road, Harlow CM17 0AT

Activities: Harlow Community Choir is open to everyone over 18 who loves singing, regardless of experience. There's no audition, you don't need to be able to read music, and the focus is on having fun in a friendly, supportive environment. We sing all kinds of music, from pop to jazz, African to gospel, folk to funk. Singing is good for you, it's been medically proven - come and give us a try, and find out why!

Contact: Sarah Wiggins

Telephone: 07503 918030




Harlow Concert Band

Meets: Wednesdays 8 -10pm at Trinity United Reform Church Hall, Harberts Road, Harlow

Activities: Concert band wind and brass instruments. Players grade IV + equivalent very welcome. No age limit.

Contact: Michael Pearce, 186 Waterhouse Moor, Harlow CM18 6BN

Telephone: 01279 433777




Harlow Music Society

Meets: 3rd Thursday of the month at Great Parndon C.A., Abercrombie Way, Harlow at 8pm.

Activities: A monthly miscellany of music classical, light and jazz presented by artistes (often local) duos, groups and choirs, illustrated talks and occasionally films. Monthly visits to the Festival Hall, London for orchestral concerts are arranged.

Contact: Fred Farthing

Telephone: 01279 302115



Harlow Steelband

Harlow Steelband offers local young people (aged 9-12) the chance to take part in weekly steel pan workshops. The band runs rehearsal sessions with a tutor every Monday evening at the Sumners Leisure Centre in Harlow and an events programme throughout the year. These sessions are free for all young people to join. The band offers a very different musical ensemble to other local music groups, young people require no existing musical ability to join the band.

Contact: 07852594133





Harlow Symphony Orchestra

Meets: Weekly in term time

Activities: The orchestra has been in existence for over 30 years and it provides an opportunity for amateur musicians to rehearse and perform works from the classical repertoire. Three or four concerts are performed a year.

Contact: Mr. A .Bruce




Jazz at The ARC

Meets: Usually on the last Thursday of the month at 8pm at St Johns ARC, Old Harlow.

Activities: A monthly concert of hot traditional jazz and swing played by top quality international musicians.

Contact: John Petters

Telephone: 01406 365731




Marigolds JAzz Club


Principally a Jazz Club, although they hold alternative types of music, mainly Blues during the month as well.

Meets: at Harlow Cricket Club, Marigolds, Chippingfield, Old Harlow. Jazz is played on the last Friday of the month, except December and alternative types of music on Fridays in the middle of the month.

Contact: Paul Baxter

Telephone: 01279 421763




New Edition Singers

Meets: Wednesday at 7.45pm at Burnt Mill School, First Avenue, Harlow

Activities: Performs a range of musical styles from modern musical theatre to grand opera at The Playhouse and other venues.

Contact: Renee Joyce

Telephone: 01279 434028




PATACC (Performing Arts in Traditional African and Caribbean Cultures)

Meets: Rainbow Centre 2,Wych Elm, Harlow on Mondays and Wednesdays 2pm- 4pm for mentoring, information and advice and at St.Andrews Methodist Church Hall, the Stow on Thursdays 7pm-9pm (with Efua Sey Cultural Academy) for adults African drumming and dance sessions.

Activities : African drumming and dance sessions for adults,classes and performances on African and Caribbean cultural arts for community events. Also included drama, story-telling, African traditional games and cloth printing, mentoring, information and advice.

Contact: Efua Sey Koi-Larbi o

Telephone: 01279 457540 or 07914914437




The Square is Harlow's live entertainment venue with a 30 year history at the the heart of the music scene in the town. From July 2008 the Square is under new management, free from recent constraints and will be offering a varied programme across a wide range of musical genres to appeal to all ages. Meets at the Square, Fourth Avenue, Harlow.

Runs from Thursday - Sunday and the Downstairs bar will open Saturday & Sunday Midday - 6pm

Contact: Steve Harcourt






Young Musician of The Year

Young Musician of the Year is held annually in April. It is an open competition run by the Rotary Club of Harlow. There are 18 classes comprising six categories - Accordion, Brass, Piano/Keyboard, Strings, Vocal and Woodwind each for three age groups: under 12, under 16 and under 19.
The 18 classes take place at Burnt Mill School during the day. Each winners prize is £25 and in the evening at the Playhouse the 18 winners compete for the title Young Musician of the Year and the prize is £250.
Contact: Geoff Kay
01279 420766


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