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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 

Monday 17th December 2018
Sutton Valence Choral Society Christmas Carol Concert, conducted by Bryan Gipps
Venue: Sutton Valence School, ME17 3HL
Time: 7.30 pm
More information: SVCS website

 

Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th December 2018
Christmas Celebration! with the Maidstone Singers
Venue: St. Martin's Church, Northumberland Road, Shepway, Maidstone, ME15 7LP
Time: 7.30 pm for 7.45 pm
Cost: £12.50 (under 16s £5) from choir members or telephone 01622 630016 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
More information and tickets: Maidstone Singers website

 

 

Saturday 2nd March 2019
City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra concert, conducted by Peter Bassano
Shostakovich & Tchaikovsky
At its first performance, Shostakovich's 5th Symphony received an ovation that lasted well over half an hour. It is one of CRSO's favourite symphonies to perform, and we are delighted to welcome back Fenella Humphreys to perform Tchaikovsky's violin concerto with us.
Venue: Central Theatre, Chatham
Time: 7.30 pm
More information: CRSO website

 

Saturday 2nd March 2019
Sutton Valence Choral Society concert conducted, by Bryan Gipps
Handel: Messiah
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 7.30 pm
More information: SVCS website

 

Saturday 16th March 2019
Rochester Choral Society concert, conducted by Scott Farrell
Stainer: Crucifixion and Dvořák Mass in D
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 7 pm
More information: RCS website

 

Saturday 30th March 2019
East Malling Singers concert, conducted by Ciara Considine
Puccini: Messa di Gloria

Venue: St James the Great Church, East Malling
Time: 7.30 pm
More information: EMS website

 

Saturday 30th March 2019
Thanet Festival Choir concert, conducted by Clifford Lister
Mendelssohn: Saint Paul
Venue: Holy Trinity Church, Nelson Place, Broadstairs, CT10 1HQ
Time: 7 pm
More information: TFC website

 

Monday 1st April - Saturday 6th April 2019
Maidstone Amateur Operatic Society presents Oliver! Music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart
Venue: Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone
Cost: tickets from £13 - Box Office: 01622 758611
More information: Hazlitt Theatre website

 

 

 

Saturday 25th May 2019
City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra concert, conducted by Peter Bassano
Debussy, Bride, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky
Some of the most popular ballet music ever written - Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Stravinsky's Petrushka and Debussy's Prélude à l’après-midi d'un faune​ - is paired here with the exciting World Premiere of Jacob Bride's Percussion Concerto, inspired by the forests and folklore of Finland.
Venue: Central Theatre, Chatham
Time: 7.30 pm
More information: CRSO website

 

Saturday 22nd June 2019
Rochester Choral Society concert, conducted by Scott Farrell
Mozart and Haydn
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 7 pm
More information: RCS website

 

Saturday 13th July 2019
East Malling Singers concert, conducted by Ciara Considine
Chilcott: Nidaros Jazz Mass

Venue: St James the Great Church, East Malling
Time: 7.30 pm
More information: EMS website

 

 

 

 

Participation: Singing Workshops & Choral Weeks  

Saturday 12th January 2019
Come and Sing Mozart Requiem with the Maidstone Singers
Venue: St Faith’s Church, Station Road, Maidstone ME14 1LH
Time: 2.30 - 7.30 pm
Cost: Rehearsal and performance £12.00 to non-members including tea (£10.00 to TMS members)
More information: Maidstone Singers website
Application form: PDF file*

 

 

 

Saturday 12th January 2019
Polyphonic Music for Voices and Brass with Gareth Wilson, organised by The Renaissance Singers
Please note, this workshop is open to singers only, supplemented by a consort of professional instrumentalists.
Perhaps for obvious reasons, Renaissance polyphony is commonly sung unaccompanied, and this is how most of us have become accustomed to hearing it. But it is not the case that such music was always performed this way; the use of instruments within choral music, especially multi-choir music, while not necessarily the default option, may have been more common than we often assume. For this workshop, led by Gareth Wilson, we will be joined by six early brass instruments, specifically cornetts and sackbuts, to explore the various means by which they might be employed to enhance its performance. Through the rehearsal of music by Palestrina, Lassus, Cardoso, and culminating in the 16-voice Vidi Speciosum by Ingegneri (an Italian contemporary of Palestrina and teacher of Monteverdi), this workshop will look at how voices and instruments can combine in order to create a unique and extraordinary sound world, one which allows us to see familiar music in a very different light.
Gareth Wilson is Director of Chapel Music at Girton College, Cambridge, and Director of Music at Christ Church, Chelsea. He is also an academic professor at the Royal College of Music and is a member of the Music Faculty at Cambridge University, having previously held similar positions at the Royal Academy of Music and at King’s College, London, where he became the first member of the Music Department to receive a KCL Teaching Excellence Award. In addition to his conducting work, he is a composer whose music has been heard in dozens of cathedrals, churches, and college chapels all over Britain, Canada, and the USA, has been broadcast on BBC Radio and Classic FM, features on several recordings, and has been performed by such groups as the BBC Singers, the Choir of St John’s, Cambridge, and by the Choir of the Chapel Royal at the baptism of Prince Louis.
Venue: St Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane, London EC3R 8EE
Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Cost: £25 full price, £22 concessions, £12.50 Friends
More information and online booking: The Renaissance Singers website

 

Sunday 2nd - Wednesday 5th December 2018
Mozart at Midnight - Vienna, directed by Jeremy Jackman
Organised by Run by Singers
More information: Run by Singers website

 

Saturday 2nd February 2019
English Baroque Choir Singing Day: Mozart Mass in C Minor
Venue: St Cyprian’s, Glentworth Street, London NW1 6AX (nearest tube station: Baker Street)
Time: 9.30 am - 5 pm
Cost: £20 (students up to 26 years old £10)
More information and link to a booking form: EBC website

 

Saturday 9th February 2019
Rochester Choral Society presents Sing and Discover Day: Mozart myths and misconceptions with John Hancorn and Richard Wigmore
It is a quirk of musical history that Mozart's two greatest choral works, the C Minor Mass and the Requiem, remained unfinished. Mystery and speculation still surround these works, composed at either end of Mozart's decade in Vienna. In our study day, conductor John Hancorn and writer-musicologist Richard Wigmore will explore the biographical background of these masterpieces and attempt to untangle known facts from Romantic myth. Through recordings, we shall compare assorted attempts to complete the Mass and Requiem. Amid the discovery, John will rehearse the choir in choruses that range from the sombre opening of the Requiem to the resplendent 'Cum sancto spiritu' of the Mass, the most monumental chorus that Mozart ever wrote.
Venue: Vines Church, The Terrace, (off Victoria Street), Rochester, ME1 1XN [map]
Time: Registration, 10-11; Sing and Discover Day, 11-4.30 pm
Refreshments will be available, but bring your own lunch.
Application form: PDF file.*

 

Flyer and leaflet designed by Rebecca Jane Design

 

 

Saturday 2nd March 2019
Sevenoaks Philharmonic Choir's Singing Day led by Brian Kay, studying Haydn Creation
Venue: Trinity School, Sevenoaks
Time: 10.30 am - 4.30 pm
Cost: Own score: Singing - £20, under 25 - £5; Hire score: Singing (hire score) - £22, under 25 - £7; Non-singer observing - £10
More information and booking form: PDF file*

 

 

Sunday 10th March 2019
Choral Singing Day: Vaughan Williams and Ireland with the LSO, conducted by Simon Halsey
Venue: Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's, London
Time: 11 am - 4.30 pm
Cost: £20 (£16 concessions)
More information: LSO website

 

Sunday 12th May 2019
The Scratch Verdi Requiem
More than 1,000 voices of The Really Big Chorus sing Verdi's Requiem, conducted by Bob Chilcott, with the English Festival Orchestra
Venue: Royal Albert Hall
More information: TRBC website

 

Sunday 14th July 2019
Singday 2019
A thousand voices of The Really Big Chorus raise the roof with Carmina Burana, conducted by Brian Kay, with the English Festival Orchestra
Venue: Royal Albert Hall
More information: TRBC website

 

 

 

Events: Exhibitions, Festivals, CDs, Quizzes and Walks

Building on the Land / Arcelia
How Now Records

 

 

 
  
 
 

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