When the Solway Sinfonia needs a piano for a concert, we hire from Omega Music. For many years, Omega Music has boasted an extensive piano department, offering both new and reconditioned instruments, piano restoration and hire services. Their piano hire fleet is regularly used by the Northern Sinfonia, as well as opera groups, music festivals and entertainment venues across the North of England.
The British Double Reed Society is a non-profit-making organisation established to further the interests of all involved with the oboe and bassoon. The BDRS acts as a national forum for debate and the exchange of ideas, information and advice on all aspects of double reed instruments. It also fulfils an important role in encouraging greater interest in the instruments, and securing their place in the wider cultural and educational environment.
The British Horn Society is the UK organisation dedicated to the art, craft and fun of French horn playing. The Society, which is run by horn players, publishes a special magazine, The Horn Player, organises festivals and other special horn playing and study events featuring the best international soloists, and arranges concessions for members from leading orchestras and retailers.
Making Music represents and supports amateur and semi-professional music groups of all genres throughout the United Kingdom. They provide a comprehensive range of artistic and administrative services and development and training opportunities. Making Music also lobbies on behalf of its members to national and local government and other agencies.
The Dumfries & Galloway 10-day Arts Festival takes place annually at the end of May. It offers a wide range of events: music, including classical, jazz and folk, dance, theatre, literary, children’s plus the visual arts and films. Events take place in a range of venues throughout the region, from large to small, formal to informal, urban to rural.
MuseScore is a leading software to create, play and print sheet music. It is free and open source music notation software that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux. MuseScore is easy to use and it provides a way of sharing scores online via MuseScore.com. You can find out more about MuseScore and download it for free from musescore.org
James Rawes is a violin maker and restorer in the Carlisle area who supplies a complete range of violins, violas and cellos, and string accessories. He can supply instruments from modest violin outfits for young players, to antique and refurbished instruments and indeed you may even consider an individually commissioned instrument.