A group of people playing drums
A large choir singing
Flute choir playing on a bandstand
A group of young people with certificates and prizes
A group of young people singing in a choir
A woman playing clarinet

Music development, appreciation and participation
for all

Great Bowden Recital Trust is a registered charity providing music-related activities for people of all ages living in South Leicestershire and North Northamptonshire. We believe in making access to music barrier-free by keeping the cost of tickets to a minimum, not holding auditions for any of our choirs and ensembles and taking a fully all-inclusive approach to everything we do.

Music development

GBRT believes that an individual’s financial circumstances should never be a barrier to learning to sing or play an instrument. We provide grants to local young singers and musicians who need assistance with the cost of vocal or instrumental lessons. 

Grants for music lessons

Music appreciation

GBRT provides opportunities for audiences to appreciate the very highest quality of musical performance. We organise Community Concerts which showcase the best local young musical talent and concerts by our own choirs and ensembles in the local area and further afield.

Concerts and Events 

Music participation

GBRT encourages people of all ages to become involved in music regardless of their musical experience and background. We run community choirs and ensembles, after-school music clubs in primary schools, an annual Junior X Factor talent competition and European concert tours.

Concert Tours  Circle  Music Makers  Circle  Junior X Factor

Choirs and Ensembles: Adult Choir  Circle  Carnival Drums   Circle  Flute Choir  Circle  Orchestra   Circle  Youth Choir


Entries are now open for GBRT Junior X Factor 2024. Open to singers, instrumentalists, groups, song-writers and composers in school years 1-13 who live within 20 miles of Market Harborough. Heats will be held on the weekend of 9/10th March and the Finals concert will be on Saturday 16th March. For more information see GBRT Junior X Factor 2024


Join us at Market Harborough Methodist Church at 7pm on Saturday 11th November for our annual Community Concert, a chance to see some of our talented local young musicians perform. Entry is free and everyone is welcome. And on Saturday 18th November GBRT Adult Choir are delighted to be joined by the fantastic Northampton Male Voice Choir for an evening of popular choral music at Jubilee Hall in Market Harborough. Tickets cost £10 for adults (free for under-18s).

Tickets for both concerts are available now from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/gbrt

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