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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 

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
SUTTON VALENCE CHORAL SOCIETY under its Director, Bryan Gipps, returns to Rochester Cathedral to sing the most widely performed and most widely loved choral work in the world. The Choral Society last sang in Rochester Cathedral in 2010: a sell-out performance of a programme that included Beethoven’s famous Choral Symphony, and the Society went on to sing Verdi's Requiem to a full house in Canterbury Cathedral in 2014. Assisting at the performance will be soloists soprano Sofia Larsson and bass Edward Grint, as well as countertenor Timothy Clifford Hill and tenor Clifford Lister, both very well known for their excellent solo singing in Rochester Cathedral. Add to this wonderful ensemble the historic Nave of Rochester Cathedral with its marvellous acoustic and the precise professional playing of The Beresford Sinfonia and this will prove to be a very special evening.
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 7.30 pm
More information: SVCS website

 

 

 

Saturday 16th March 2019
Rochester Choral Society concert, conducted by John Mountford, with James Norrey playing the organ
Stainer: Crucifixion and Dvořák: Mass in D
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 7 pm
More information: RCS website

 

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Thursday 28th - Saturday 30th March 2019
Titanic the Musical by Peter Stone and Maury Yeston performed by pupils at King's Rochester
Titanic is the perfect subject for a musical because it deals with hope and ambition and looking forward to anything that everybody ever dreamed of having: a new start, a successful career, a different life away from home. Everybody that boarded the Titanic in Belfast or Southampton more than 100 years ago had one thing in common, whether they were the Captain of the ship or in  1st, 2nd or 3rd Class, they all dreamt of a new life. The launching and sailing of the Titanic was a momentous occasion. The ship, the Titanic, came to symbolise everything possible and wonderful about the promise of the new free world of America.
You will enjoy an evening with the grand swell of a Broadway score, but will also be touched by the story and legend from 106 years and see that people are still the same and they are our ancestors, and this is a story of our own.
With a cast of 60, a crew of 20 and band of 24 this promises to be a stunning show and we hope you can join us and we look forward to welcoming you to King’s Rochester in March 2019.
Venue: King's Rochester
Cost: £12-£16
Time: 7 pm
More information and online tickets: King's Rochester 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

 

 

 

Sunday 7th April 2019
Bach's St. Matthew Passion sung by The Bach Choir, directed by David Hill
Venue: Royal Festival Hall, London
Time: 11 am
Cost: £12 - £55 (booking fee: £3, members free)
More information and booking: South Bank Centre website

 

 

 

Monday 15th April 2019
Beethoven Missa Solemnis sung by Goldsmiths Choral Union
Venue: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre
Time: 7.30 pm
More information and online tickets: GCU 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 John Hancorn
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 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 7th April 2019
Come and Sing Messiah Choruses with Oxted and Limpsfield Choral Society
This is an exceptional opportunity to either sing or listen to these famous choruses, all under the musical direction of Michael Burbidge and with organ accompaniment.
Venue: United Reformed Church, Bluehouse Lane, Oxted
Time: Registration: 2 - 3 pm, rehearsal: 3 pm, performance: 7 pm
Cost: £10 (singers or audience), £5 (under 18's). If you are singing please indicate if you do NOT wish to hire a score.
More information: Secretary - telephone: 01959 577749, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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

 

Saturday 25th May 2019
Come and Sing with Bob Chilcott
Come and sing a selection of Bob Chilcott's most popular choral music, led by the composer himself in Gloucester Cathedral. Repertoire will include a sneak preview of a new Christmas Oratorio to be premiered at the 2019 festival by the Three Cathedral Choirs. Music will be provided. Tea and coffee will be served mid-morning, and also a sandwich lunch.
Venue: Gloucester Cathedral
Time: 9 am - 3.30 pm
More information and online booking: Three Choirs Festival website

 

Sunday 2nd - Sunday 9th June 2019
A Week in Toledo, directed by Peter North
Organised by Run by Singers
More information: Run by Singers website

 

Saturday 8th June 2019
Come and Sing Elgar The Dream of Gerontius
Organised by The Bach Choir, directed by David Hill
Venue: Hinde Street Methodist Church, London W1U 2QJ (nearest tube: Bond Street)
Time: 10.30 am - 5 pm
Cost: £20.00 for singers; £5.00 for Audience members; and £5.00 for Students or those in full-time education (singing or audience)
More information and online booking: TBC website

 

 

 

Sunday 16th - Sunday 23rd June 2019
Early Music Week - Regensburg, directed by David Skinner
Organised by Run by Singers
More information: Run by Singers website

 

Sunday 23rd June 2019
Carmina Burana by Carl Orff - A 'Coming of Age' Concert
The Maidstone Singers are pleased to extend an invitation to competent and experienced singers to join The Maidstone Singers
Venue: All Saints Church, Maidstone
Time: 7 pm
Cost: £30
Rehearsals will be held at our Brewer Street rehearsal hall on: Thursday 18th April 7.30-9.30, Thursday 2nd May 7.30-9.30, Sunday 5th May 4.30-6.30 & 7.30-9.30, Sunday 19th May 4.30-6.30 & 7.30-9.30, Sunday 9th June 4.30-6.30 & 7.30-9.30, Sunday 16th June 4.30-6.30 & 7.30-9.30, concert - Sunday 23rd June 7. At least 70% attendance is expected, including at least 2 of the 3 last rehearsals.
More information and application form: PDF file*
Contact details: TMS website

 

Saturday 6th - Sunday 14th July 2019
Bach Pilgrimage Tour, directed by Jeremy Jackman
Organised by Run by Singers
More information: Run by Singers 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

 

Sunday 28th July - Sunday 4th August 2019
Early Music Week in Ghent, directed by David Allinson
Organised by Run by Singers
More information: Run by Singers website

 

Sunday 4th - Sunday 11th August 2019
Assisi Summer School, directed by Nigel Perrin
Organised by Run by Singers
More information: Run by Singers website

 

Sunday 11th - Saturday 17th August
Chester Choral Week
More information: CCW website

 

Sunday 18th - Friday 23rd August 2019
English Summer School, Lincoln, directed by Nigel Perrin and Jeremy Jackman
Organised by Run by Singers
More information: Run by Singers website

 

Thursday 29th - Saturday 31st August 2019
Hereford Cathedral Weekend, directed by Peter North
Organised by Run by Singers
More information: Run by Singers website

 

Wednesday 11th - Sunday 15th September 2019
Return to Barcelona, directed by David Skinner
Organised by Run by Singers
More information: Run by Singers website

 

Wednesday 2nd - Sunday 6th October 2019
The Glory of Venice, directed by Colin Durrant
Organised by Run by Singers
More information: Run by Singers website

 

Sunday 6th - Sunday 13th October 2019
A Week in Puglia, Southern Italy, directed by David Ogden
Organised by Run by Singers
More information: Run by Singers website

 

Wednesday 30th October - Sunday 3rd November 2019
Spanish Retreat, Northern Spain, directed by Peter North
Organised by Run by Singers
More information: Run by Singers website

 

Monday 2nd - Thursday 5th December 2019
Mozart at Midnight, directed by Jeremy Jackman
Organised by Run by Singers
More information: Run by Singers website

 

 

 

Events: Exhibitions, Festivals, CDs, Quizzes and Walks

Building on the Land / Arcelia
How Now Records

 

Saturday 23rd February 2019
Barbican OpenFest: Art 50

Explore what it means to be British today through the works of artists from around the UK with this free day of art, film, music and performance.

Free and open to all, the day will showcase works from Sky Arts' Art 50 which invited artists of all kinds, from all walks of life, from all artistic genres, to create a piece of work which says something important about national identity in 2019. Come and celebrate the diversity and creativity of a nation through dance, music, photography and film.
Highlights of the performances, shows and activities throughout the day will be the chance to see brand new work from contemporary dance group Boy Blue and Ivor Novello award winner, Nitin Sawhney with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain - all for free.

The day includes When We Collide: a British Songbook, a nationwide choir project culminating in a British songbook. With more choirs than football clubs in the UK consisting of people from all walks of life this project aims to connect the diverse and wide ranging people that make up the United Kingdom and work to unite communities through shared ideas and song. Coming together a large choir will perform throughout the day with music and lyrics inspired by the people singing it. 

 

 

 
  
 
 

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