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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..

 

Concerts and Services     

Saturday 13th May 2017
City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra Concert
Venue: The Central Theatre, Chatham, ME4 4AS [map]
Time: 7.30 pm
Brahms: Tragic Overture in D Minor Op.81
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez
Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.3 in C Minor Op.78
Andrew Keeping, Guitar
Scott Farrell, Organ
Peter Bassano, Conductor
More information: CRSO website

 

Image: Andrew Keeping, Guitar

 

Saturday 29th May 2017
The Abrams Concert
- part of the 'Big Church Day Out' UK Tour
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 7 pm
More information and online tickets: Rochester Cathedral website

 

 

Sunday 11th June 2017
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs a selection of Classical Favourites, including Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave), Sibelius' Finlandia and Elgar's Enigma Variations
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 24th June 2017
Rochester Choral Society Summer Concert - please see the Concerts & Tickets page for more information and tickets.

 

Saturday 1st July 2017
Gravesham Choral Society Concert
Handel: Little Organ Mass
Mozart: Exsultate Jubilate
Duruflé: Requiem
Venue: St. George's Church, Gravesend DA11 0DJ
Time: 7.30 pm
Tickets: £12, full-time students £5
More information: GCS website

 

Saturday 8th July 2017
Maidstone Choral Union
An Evening of Old Vienna
Venue: All Saints Church Maidstone
Time: 7.30 pm
More information: MCU website

 

Saturday 8th July 2017
Bearsted Choral Society's Summer Concert
Stanford: Songs of the Fleet
Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs
And music featured in the Last Night of the Proms
Conductor: Andrew Lowen
Venue: St. John's School, Grove Green
Time: 7.30 pm
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01634 666730

 

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 

 

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 

 

 

 

Singing Workshops    

Saturday 6th May 2017
Come and Sing Haydn's The Creation (in English) with the Bach Choir, led by David Hill
Venue: St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate, London EC1A 2DQ
Time: 10.30 am - 5.20 pm
Cost: £20 (students £5) + £3 for music hire (Novello edition), audience tickets: £5
More information: The Bach Choir website

 

Saturday 13th May 2017
Come and Sing Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor, K427 as part of the lead up to the Three Choirs Festival, led by Peter Nardone
Venue: St. Helen's Church Worcester, Fish Street, Worcester WR1 2HQ
Time: 10.15 - 4.45 pm
Cost: £20
More information and online booking: Three Choirs website

 

Saturday 20th May 2017
The Big Sing! with Bob Chilcott
Venue: Holy Cross, Bearsted ME14 4EF
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Cost: £10 (please bring your own lunch)
Contact: Tracey Laws - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: 01233 820298

 

 

 

Monday 22nd - Thursday 25th May 2017
Venetian Music for Voices and Brass, with tutors, Peter Bassano and Jeremy West
We are delighted to welcome back Benslow Music regular and Music Director of the Gentlemen of the Chappell Peter Bassano who is joined by one of the world’s foremost cornett players and a founding member of His Majesty’s Sagbutts and Cornetts Jeremy West, for this brand new course. We are looking for singers, sackbuts, trombones and cornetts, as well as a continuo group of cello, bass and keyboard to spend some time focussing on Venetian Music written for voices and brass. From The Three Giovannis: Bassano, Croce and Gabrieli to music from Monteverdi’s 1640 Salve Morale, Peter and Jeremy will lead you through this wonderful music. An opportunity not to be missed!
More information and online application: Benslow Music Courses and Concerts website

 

Saturday 27th May 2017
The Friends of St Mary's Sundridge are thrilled to be able to invite you to join us for a full day of singing under the direction of John Rutter. The music for the day will be both sacred and secular, including some of John's recent compositions and some of his personal favourites. 
Venue: St. Nicholas Church Sevenoaks, Rectory Lane, Sevenoaks, TN13 1JA
Time: 10 - 11 am registration. 11 am - 4.45 pm singing, with break for lunch, tea and coffee
Cost: £20 (includes tea and coffee, but not lunch)
More information and online booking: Friends of St. Mary's Sundridge website

 

Saturday 27th May 2017
The Burford Singers invite you to join them for a day’s singing to include Bob Chilcott’s recently published work Gloria and other pieces, with a view to a performance at the end of the day. The entire day will be led by the inspirational choral composer and conductor Bob Chilcott, together with well-known broadcaster, presenter and former King’s Singer, Brian Kay.
Venue: The Main Hall, Burford School, Cheltenham Road, Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4PL [map]
Timing: Registration and coffee from 9.30 am
Workshop: 10.30 am - 12.30 pm, 1.30 pm - 2.45 pm and 3.15 - 4.15 pm
Performance: 4.45 pm
Cost: Early-bird booking £18 by 31st January 2017. Thereafter £20. Students half price. Prices include music hire. Audience £5, students £2.50 and under 18s free, but please book
More information and booking form: Burford Singers website

 

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July 2017
UK Choir Festival in Manchester
More information and registration: UK Choir Festival website

 

Saturday 16th September 2017
The Big Friendly Sing's rehearsal and performance of Handel's The Messiah at Canterbury Cathedral conducted by David Flood
Please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest and receive more information in spring 2017. Registration of interest does not guarentee your booking.

 

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

 

 

Events

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

 

April and May 2017
Singing With Nightingales at Green Farm, near Ashford
We (The Nest Collective) are putting on a series of al fresco music and nature events at Green Farm near Ashford in April and May.
The Singing With Nightingales concerts feature a carefully chosen artist from across the spectrum of classical, folk, world, and jazz genres in an intimate outdoor concert, along with a vegetarian feast, and the pinnacle of the evening - a human/avian duet between the invited artist and a wild nightingale.
More information, dates, and booking details: Singing With Nightingales website
Contact: Thom Nest Collective Ashworth - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Wednesday 10th May 2017
Lecture by Dr Christopher Monk on the Textus Roffensis

 

 

Textus Roffensis is so much more than a book of dry legal material. If we look carefully, we can see the stories within and behind its pages. Please join Dr Monk as he turns those pages and takes his audience into a world of medieval wonder. Aiming to entertain as well as inform, you will also hear him read excerpts in Old English; listen to him repeat a bishop’s curse containing expletives (they are in Latin so don’t worry); and find out how to get back your stolen livestock with just a candle and a song!
Venue: Cathedral Nave 
Time: 7 - 9 pm
Tickets: free but must be secured in advance, please call 01634 843366 to reserve your place
 
 

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