Upbeat: Neater Bruckner

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It's a good time to be an amateur musician, at leat if you like adventures. The long-planned Sheffield 'Contemporary Music- making for Amateurs' week comes up at the end of August. Now for Londoners there is a rare invitation to scale a peak of the romantic orchestral repertoire, Bruckner's Symphony No 9, with one of this year's Proms debutants, Martyn Brabbins, conducting. Part of the current BT-sponsored development scheme of the National Federation of Music Societies, it will be an all-day event at the Bishopsgate Institute on 13 November, with London Sinfonietta players leading the sectional rehearsals. You don't have to belong to an NFMS society, but places are limited to 100: contact 081-740 7286 for more information.