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The Haffner OrchestraHoward HaighHard Times Heysham Parish Operatic SocietyHowdenjonesJoe 80Jon Moore Quartet Korruptor The Lancaster BombersLancaster City BrassLancaster & District Choral SocietyLancaster & District Male Voice ChoirLancaster Millennium Choir Lancaster Music MakersLancaster Priory ChoirLancaster SingersPete LashleyLava MirrorKillMollie Baxter The Morecambe Brass BandMorecambe & District Philharmonic Choir (Dan Haywood's) New HawksNorthern FriskDaniel OrrAngie PalmerSue Parish

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The Haffner Orchestra

The Haffner Orchestra is an orchestra of a very high standard, which draws its players from Lancaster and the surrounding area.  It is established as one of Lancaster’s cultural assets.
Three concerts are given each season, usually in late November, late February and mid-June. Extra events like masterclasses and workshops are also organised, and there is a calendar of social events. A reception is held after the summer concert. We have a number of fundraising events during the year, usually including a garden party in May.
The orchestra is run by a committee. Members are elected annually from the orchestra and interested supporters. The Orchestra is a member of "Making Music", and is a registered charity, no. 509571.

Hard Times
Hard Times comprises Mick Taylor (acoustic bass), Gordon Johnston (banjo, mandolin, guitar) and Laurie Johnston (everything) – all superb musicians playing a mixture of traditional and modern tunes and songs from the UK, the USA and Europe.

Heysham Parish Operatic Society
The Society has been going for almost forty years and presents a Gilbert and Sullivan show each year and other occasional special concerts. Tel: 01524 823001.

The Hornby Occasionals
We are a 30-year old operatic society which performs a full-on Gilbert and Sullivan operetta each year in the Spring at the Hornby Institute (in Hornby), where we also meet and rehearse.

E-mail: Tel: 01524 39057
Kate Howden and Paul Jones, both singer-songwriters in their own right, combined their talents in 1998 and steadily developed a reputation for captivating audiences with their unique brand of contemporary folk music. The line-up can extend to include Laurence Canty, Trevor Wagstaff &/or Sarah Cheffins. Kate and Paul are now touring all over the British Isles, appearing at folk clubs and festivals, where they are enjoying increasing credit for their unique approach to folk music and song. “…from ballad form to social documentary, labour anthems and magical airs where animals talk and ghosts whisper history....Room to Breathe is their finest to date and definitely worth searching out.” Simon Jones. FRoots. January 2003.
Go to to hear their latest download.

Jon Moore Quartet
With Jon's diverse musical background this quartet was
never going to be ordinary. Here is a modern jazz
quartet with a twist - performing originals and material by,
amongst others, Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, and Benny
Golson, but presenting it with a calypso spin, a reggae
skank, or as tearaway swing. Always tuneful and positive! Featuring Jon Moore (guitar), Jason Walsh (keyboards), Laurence Canty (bass), and Andy Smith (drums).

A heavy/thrash metal band from Lancaster comprising Sean Rackham - lead vocalist/guitar 1;Gentle Ben - Backing vocalsit/guitar 2; Ryan Booth - Drums; and Drew McKechnie - Backing vocals/bass. The band has been gigging around the Lancashire circuit for around three years ranging from the Yorkshire House to the Dome to the Burnley Mechanics. Have released their own EP, Destructive.

The Lancaster Bombers
Tel: 01524 734165
The Bombers play Morecambe's Arndale Centre.The Lancaster Bombers are a three piece covers band playing music as diverse as Bill Haley to blink 182! Whether you are 16 to 65 we play something to suit! No egos, yo-yos a few solo's - depends if anyone shows! Some definite no no's but the music flows , people tap toes and dance in rows, they have a wonderful night and then everybody goes!!

Lancaster City Brass
This band originally grew out of Storeys Brass Band in 1946 which later became part of the Red Rose Lancaster Brass. The present name was adopted in 2007.

Lancaster and District Choral SocietyLancaster & District Choral Society
Large four part choir who have three main concerts each year at The Ashton Hall, Lancaster. The choir at our Spring and Autumn concerts are always accompanied by a full orchestra and have professional soloists singing in a great variety of works. Handel's Messiah is performed biennially in November. We are joined in our traditional Christmas concert by Morecambe Brass Band. We welcome anyone who is enthusiastic and wishes to increase their enjoyment of music by singing in a large but friendly, socialising choir. No audition is necessary. We meet on Mondays from 7-9.30pm (see website for more info).

Lancaster & District Male Voice Choir
The choir is one of the longest established in the district being founded in 1899. Members come from Lancaster, Morecambe and the surrounding area. The choir rehearses on Tuesdays 7-9 pm at Lancaster Methodist Church, Scotforth Road (Kensington Road entrance). It gives four or five major concerts each year, mainly for local charities, together with some more informal performances. The choir has a wide repertoire from traditional male voice and church classics to items from opera, musicals and folk music. The Musical director, Derek Walters, has made male voice arrangements specially for the choir. We have a wide age range and give a particular welcome to school and university students.
See website for contact details.

Lancaster Millennium Choir
Lancaster Millennium Choir rehearsingWe are a Community Choir and we encourage all singers, neophytes or old hands, aged 11 to 111, to join us in trying out new (and often frankly outlandish) ideas, usually prepared for us by resident stave-spoiler Andy Whitfield. We meet on Mondays during school term-time at the Gregson Centre, Lancaster from 7-9pm – please come and join in! You can just turn up and see if it suits you, or else ring Mike in advance on (01524) 61213 or email him at
Proceeds (when we get any) normally go to a charity in Madagascar.

Lancaster Music Makers
Lancaster Music Makers is a group of local people, both performers and non-performers, who meet regularly at the Chapel of the University of
Cumbria (formerly St. Martin's College) in Lancaster. We present concerts by performers from among our own ranks six times a year and also organise concerts by professional musicians. Our other events have included highly successful Piano Days,
which are teaching events led by our President, Peter Croser.
We are always keen to attract more people to join us - both performers and non-performers are most welcome. For further information, including contacts and concert dates, please see our web site,

Lancaster Priory Choir
The Lancaster Priory Choir, affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music, is of the traditional English Cathedral style - boy treble, male alto, tenor and bass. A wide range of music is sung to a high standard. Many boys and young men are members of the Northern Cathedral Singers and have also been on RSCM residential training courses, usually at Rossall School, Fleetwood. Some are also invited by the RSCM to take part in the Cathedral Courses for more advanced singers.

Lancaster SingersLancaster Singers
Over the last 30 years Lancaster Singers has grown to a 50-strong mixed-voice chamber choir. All of us have had a short, informal audition, and although some musical literacy is expected, we believe the variety of our musical backgrounds adds to the diversity and flexibility of the group. What unites us all is a love of music and performance, and the pursuit of musical excellence.
We perform works from the Renaissance to present day, including new commissions. Over the years we have included most of the great choral masterpieces. We perform as an a capella group through to large scale works with orchestra. We normally give 5 concerts year which are held in a variety of venues ranging from large concert halls, where we perform with professional orchestras and soloists, to tiny village churches.
If you are interested in joining us, there are limited vacancies for new members.

Pete Lashley
Pete's thought provoking lyrics, soaring vocals, and intricate rhythmical guitar playing have been described by BBC 6 Music as 'Excellent'. The Westmorland Gazette and Lancaster Visitor both described 2 of Pete's recent albums as 'passionate' and 'hugely impressive' with variety and melody being their strength. Pete crafted his trade of performing with guitar in hand on the streets of cities and towns in New Zealand and Australia. This gave him the self belief to push on and to immerse himself in creating and performing as a full-time professional musician. If you want to find out more about Pete and have a listen to some of his music you can go on his website

Howard Haigh and Lava
Lava'The majority of our music consists of original compositions by Howard Haigh but they are based on Traditional styles from Spain, South/Central America, Middle Eastern, Gipsy styles, and Jazz/Blues. We refer to our music as Latino Guitar Blues - but then we also have accordion, saxophone, mandolin and even bagpipes in the mix at times. We like to encourage our audiences to join in at the appropriate moments (not in the quieter numbers please, but let rip in the noisier sections). We have a selection of instruments to hand out to you so please feel free to get into the spirit of things. And if you want to dance then please get out on that dance floor and go for it.
See Howard Haigh's dance class CDs at

Lancasters' premiere and only Discordian band play original and unique Goth/Punk/Folk music for the entertainment of the enlightened masses. Attendance at their gigs confers Cardinalships in 'MirrorKill's Outer Discordian Church of the Perpetually Confused' whether you like it or not.
Cover from single 'Tracy Don't Take Sugar'
Mollie Baxter
Mollie's style is varied and full of surprises. So far she has released 'Hating Baby,' an album length collection of her own material and a single 'Tracy Don't Take Sugar.'

Morecambe Brass Band
The association covers a broad range of musical ages and abilities. Please visit our website for further details.

Morecambe & District Philharmonic Choir
The Choir meets every Wednesday for rehearsals from 7.30-9.45 pm at Morecambe Parish Church (near the Town Hall). We sing good choral music of all types - sacred, secular, serious and light. New singers are always welcome for all parts at any time - sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. You do not need to have a super voice and there is no audition. Regular concerts are held at Christmas, Easter and in the summer. Phone for further details.

Northern Frisk
Ceilidh with Northern FriskPopular ceilidh band based in Lancaster featuring:
Andy Hornby: Mandolin, Tenor Banjo, Whistles, Scottish Smallpipes
Cathy Hornby: Guitar, songs
Simon Booth: Melodions, Harmonicas
We regularly play for weddings and other celebrations, school groups, fund raisers etc with
many years experience playing for Ceilidh dances and also in concert. Andy played for many years with popular Lancaster band Free Reed and Simon with nationally recognised Ran Tan Band.
We work with many dance callers from across the North West who are very experienced at choosing dances to suit the occasion and the company. In between dances, we often play tunes and songs from our wider concert repetoire and feature Cathy's wonderful singing voice.
Most of our repetoire is British or Irish, with a smattering of tunes from the rest of Europe, the USA and a few of our own making.
We also have a particular interest in rediscovering and reviving the traditional dance music of North West England.
Contact Northern Frisk at
Tel: 01524 382447

Daniel Orr
Lancaster-based singer and guitarist who is passionate about music and plays with enthusiasm wherever he performs. Daniel has played at venues across Lancaster and Cumbria, covering anything and everything from the 1960s to the present day, ranging all the way from Kings of Leon to Whitney Houston.
Contact Daniel on 07919023993, via email at or on Facebook at

Angie Palmer
Angie Palmer
"Girl + Guitar! A truly stunning talent and if you're a fan of acoustic guitar and powerful female vocals this is an act you must not miss." -- John Freeman.

Sue Parish

Sue Parish Sings jazzy interpretations of standards and popular songs from the last century. Her extensive repertoire of swing and latin material includes numbers made famous by classic divas like Ella Fitzgerald, PeggyLee and Anita O'Day. Working with musical associates in formats from intimate duo to swinging five piece band, she has appeared at venues and events across the northwest, including Lancaster Jazz Festival, the Festival of Light and Water, and Burnley Blues Festival official fringe. Sue has regular weekly residencies in local venues. Allstars Band includes guitarist Jon Moore and pianist Eileen Guppy, drummer Andy Smith and bassist Laurence Canty.



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