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We get a lot of emails sent to us advertising other choirs' and orchestras' concerts and events, and, rather than forwarding them on to everyone we know, we decided to set up this page instead. It covers what's happening musically in Kent, London, the South-East and elsewhere. It is in no way intended to be comprehensive - but hopefully it will introduce you to concerts, services, workshops and other exciting musical events that you may not otherwise have known about. If you would like to add anything to the page then please contact Mary Burslem - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Performances: Concerts & Services  

Friday 20th October 2017
Show of Hands
Show of Hands will be touring cathedrals this autumn, accompanied by Miranda Sykes and featuring guest Kirsty Merryn
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 7.30 pm
More information: Show of Hands website

 

Saturday 21st October 2017
East Malling Singers' Come and Sing October Concert
Handel's Dixit Dominus and anthems, Zadok the Priest and The King Shall Rejoice, directed by Ciara Considine
Venue: St James the Great Church, East Malling, ME19 6AH
Time: 7.30 pm
Tickets: £12, concessions £10 available in advance from Sue Greenham - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephone: 01622 750943, or on the door
More information: EMS website

 

Sunday 22nd October 2017
Cathedral Organ Recital Series: Scott Farrell (Rochester Cathedral)
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 4.30 pm
Cost: admission free with retiring collection

 

 

Sunday 29th October 2017
Egerton House Arts presents Rebekka Hartmann with her Stradivarius violin and Caroline Bergius with her Sassmann Harpsichord
Handel, Fux, Vitali, Bach & Mozart
Venue: Egerton House, Egerton, Ashford TN27 9BD
Time: 3.30 pm
Tickets: £12 (must be bought in advance from the Village Shop or 01233 756354)

 

 

Friday 3rd November 2017
A Troubadour's Tale (a singer of songs and teller of tales)
An evening with Terry Bishop
Venue: Rochester Cathedral Crypt
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: £20 (tickets limited to the first 100)
Contact: Lynne Bax - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: 01634 810074

 

 

 

Wednesday 8th November 2017
The Kent Police and Male Voice Choir & The Revelation Strings
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: £10, £8 (concessions)
Tickets available from: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Garth House or the Cathedral Shop, enquiries: 01634 810074

 

 

 

Saturday 11th November 2017
Faversham Choral Society - "A Celebration of British Music"
Music by Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Parry, Finzi and more
Venue: Assembly Rooms, Preston Street, Faversham
Time: 7.30 pm
Free with retiring collection
More information: Faversham Choral Society website

 

 

 

Sunday 12th November 2017
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs a programme entitled Here Come the Classics
Venue: Dartford Orchard Theatre
Time: 7.30 pm
Tickets: £18.50 - £35.50. Premium Seats £45.50 (Rows G,H & J) - includes show programme and glass of bubbles on arrival. Groups of 10 or more save £7.50 off the top two ticket prices
More information: RPO website

 

 

Saturday 18th November 2017
Rochester Choral Society Autumn Concert - please see the Concerts & Tickets page for more information and tickets.

 

 

Saturday 18th November 2017
Gravesham Choral Society Concert
Handel: Dettingen Te Deum
Handel: Messiah, parts 2 & 3
Venue: St. George's Church, Gravesend DA11 0DJ
Time: 7.30 pm
More information: GCS website 

 

Sunday 26th November 2017
Cathedral Organ Recital Series: Adrian Bawtree (Canterbury Cathedral)
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 4.30 pm
Cost: admission free with retiring collection

 

 

Saturday 2nd December 2017
Maidstone Symphony Orchestra conducted by Brian Wright
Music: Wagner - Overture: The Flying Dutchman, Richard Strauss - Oboe Concerto, Vaughan Williams - A London Symphony
Soloist: Olivier Stankiewicz (oboe)
Venue: Mote Hall, Maidstone Leisure Centre, ME15 7RN
Time: 7.30 pm

 

Saturday 9th December 2017
RCS Chamber Choir Christmas Concert - in aid of St. Stephen's Church and the Chamber Choir
Venue: St. Stephen's Church, Maidstone Road, Chatham, ME4 6JE [map]
Time: 7.30 pm
Tickets: £5 (adults), £3 (children)

 

Sunday 17th December 2017
Cathedral Organ Recital Series: Claire Innes-Hopkins (Rochester Cathedral)
La Nativité du Seigneur - Olivier Messiaen
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 4.30 pm
Cost: admission free with retiring collection

 

 

Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st December 2017
Gravesham Choral Society Christmas Concerts
Venue: St. George's Church, Gravesend DA11 0DJ
Time: 8 pm
More information: GCS website

 

Saturday 3rd February 2018
Maidstone Symphony Orchestra conducted by Brian Wright
Music: Berlioz - Overture: King Lear, Elgar - Cello Concerto, Dvorák - Symphony No.9 "From the New World"
Soloist: Sheku Kanneh-Mason (BBC Young Musician 2016) (cello)
Venue: Mote Hall, Maidstone Leisure Centre, ME15 7RN
Time: 7.30 pm

 

 

Saturday 17th March 2018
Rochester Choral Society Spring Concert - please see the Concerts & Tickets page for more information and tickets.

 

Saturday 24th March 2018
Maidstone Symphony Orchestra conducted by Brian Wright
Music: Mozart - Symphony No.32 K.318, Brahms - Violin Concerto, Beethoven - Symphony No.6 "Pastoral"
Soloist: Bartosz Woroch (violin)
Venue: Mote Hall, Maidstone Leisure Centre, ME15 7RN
Time: 7.30 pm

 

Saturday 19th May 2018
Maidstone Symphony Orchestra conducted by Brian Wright
Music: Tchaikovsky - Romeo & Juliet, Prokofiev - Piano Concerto No.3, Shostakovich - Symphony No.1
Soloist: Martin James Bartlett (BBC Young Musician 2014) (piano)
Venue: Mote Hall, Maidstone Leisure Centre, ME15 7RN
Time: 7.30 pm

 

 

Saturday 23rd June 2018
Rochester Choral Society Summer Concert - please see the Concerts & Tickets page for more information and tickets.

 

Participation: Singing Workshops & Choral Weeks  

Saturday 21st October 2017
East Malling Singers' Come and Sing October Concert
Handel's Dixit Dominus 
and anthems, Zadok the Priest and The King Shall Rejoice, directed by Ciara Considine
Venue: St James the Great Church, East Malling, ME19 6AH
Rehearsals (optional): Wednesday evenings, from 6th September to 18th October, 
8 - 10 pm
Rehearsal (compulsory): Saturday 21st October, 3 - 5 pm
Concert: 7.30 pm
Cost: £12 participation fee (plus £2 hire charge per piece)
Contact: Elaine Gordon - email: emgordon10@aol.com - by 4th September to express an interest. Please also state your voice part and whether or not you would like to hire the music
More information: EMS website

 

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October 2017
UK Choir Festival in St. Albans
More information and registration: UK Choir Festival website

 

Friday 27th October 2017
The Silk of 1000 Spiders
A unique, immersive performance event taking place in October this year at Fort Luton, Chatham's extraordinary, forgotten Victorian land fort. Spanning over 150 years of local history, The Silk of 1000 Spiders is inspired by the true stories of the invisible labour force who have shaped our landscape and lives. From the sailors, convicts and workhouse inmates who helped build Fort Luton, to today's migrant workers, The Silk of 1000 Spiders explores and brings to light Medway's untold stories and forgotten lives. This is a spectacular show featuring original live choral music and a large-scale community ensemble which promises to be an unforgettable theatrical experience. Funded by Arts Council England with additional support from Medway Council’s Arts Development Team.
Recruitment: Workshop sessions and rehearsals run from July 2017, and they are currently recruiting actors, singers, performers, set & costume design/makers and backstage technicians.
Venue: Fort Luton, Chatham
Time: 7 - 9 pm
More information about participating: ICON Theatre website
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Saturday 28th October 2017
The Silk of 1000 Spiders
A unique, immersive performance event taking place in October this year at Fort Luton, Chatham's extraordinary, forgotten Victorian land fort. Spanning over 150 years of local history, The Silk of 1000 Spiders is inspired by the true stories of the invisible labour force who have shaped our landscape and lives. From the sailors, convicts and workhouse inmates who helped build Fort Luton, to today's migrant workers, The Silk of 1000 Spiders explores and brings to light Medway's untold stories and forgotten lives. This is a spectacular show featuring original live choral music and a large-scale community ensemble which promises to be an unforgettable theatrical experience. Funded by Arts Council England with additional support from Medway Council’s Arts Development Team.
Recruitment: Workshop sessions and rehearsals run from July 2017, and they are currently recruiting actors, singers, performers, set & costume design/makers and backstage technicians.
Venue: Fort Luton, Chatham
Time: 7 - 9 pm
More information about participating: ICON Theatre website
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Saturday 10th March 2018
Choral Singing Day: Tippett's A Child of our Time with the LSO, conducted by Simon Halsey
Venue: Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's, London
Time: 11 am - 4 pm
Cost: £20 (£16 concessions)
More information: LSO website

 

Saturday 10th March 2018
Gravesham Choral Society Instant Concert
Rossini: Messe Solennelle
Venue: t.b.c.
Time: 3 pm (singers), 7.30 pm (audience)
Tickets: £12 (for GCS members), £15 (for non-members), £5 (for audience members)
More information: GCS website

 

Wednesday 4th - Saturday 7th July 2018
Britten's War Requiem in St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna - under the directorship of Dr Gerald Wirth, director of the Vienna Boys Choir
Rehearsals: 5th, 6th and 7th July
Performance: 7th July
Venue: St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna
More information: Sing mit Chorfestival im Stephansdom Facebook page
Registration: KunstKultur
There is a participation fee and the tour company will provide hotel bookings upon registration.

 

 

 

Events: Exhibitions & Festivals

1st February - 28th October 2017
Queer Talk: Homosexuality in Britten's Britain
An exhibition at The Red House to mark 50th anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality at the home shared by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears
Venue: Britten-Pears Foundation, The Red House, Golf Lane, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5PZ
Opening times: Tuesdays to Saturdays, 1 pm to 5 pm - apart from during the Aldeburgh Festival, Friday 9th June to Sunday 25th June, when the exhibition is open from 11 am to 4 pm daily, including the Sundays and Mondays
Contact details: email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone - 01728 451700
More information: Britten Pears Foundation website 

 

 

 
  
 
 

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