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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 23rd November 2018
Organ Recital by James Norrey
Come and hear our newly restored Walker organ, played by an incredibly talented organist. James Norrey was Assistant Sub-Organist of Rochester Cathedral.
Venue: St. Thomas of Canterbury Roman Catholic Church, London Road, Rainham, ME8 7RH [map]
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: Free (donations are welcome, though, and would go towards the cost of the restoration)

 

 

Sunday 25th November 2018
Sutton Valence Choral Society concert, conducted by Bryan Gipps
A concert of  20th century English music (Vaughan Williams, Holst, Rutter & Lloyd Webber) to commemorate the conclusion of the First World War
Alexandra Stevenson, Soprano
Simon Preece, Baritone
Venue: All Saints Church, Maidstone ME15 6YE
Time: 7 pm
More information: SVCS website

 

 

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December 2018
Carol Singing at the Rochester Christmas Dickens Festival
Rochester Choral Society will be carol singing at the Rochester Dickens Festival and will also take part in the Parade outside the Cathedral on both days at 4.45 pm.
Venue: Blue Boar Lane stage, Rochester High Street
Time: 2.45 pm (both days)

 

 

Thursday 6th December 2018
The Inaugural Concert of the New Bechstein Grand Piano with Martin James Bartlett and Dina Duisen and Anna Crawford (Old Roffensian) & Sam Hall (Old Roffensian) plus current pupils of King's Rochester

Venue: School Hall, Minor Canon Row, King's Rochester [map]
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: £6 (unreserved)
Online tickets: King's Rochester website

 

 

Saturday 8th December 2018
RCS Chamber Choir Christmas Concert - in aid of St. Stephen's Church and the Chamber Choir
Conducted by Scott Farrell
Venue: St. Stephen's Church, Maidstone Road, Chatham, ME4 6JE [map]
Time: 7 pm

 

Saturday 8th December 2018
Christmas with the Choral - Faversham Choral Society's Christmas Concert
Venue: Faversham Parish Church
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: £10, students £5, under 16 free
More information: FCS website

 

Thursday 13th December 2018
Mantissa Opera and The Cantium Singers present a Charity Christmas Concert in conjunction with the Rotary Club Of Medway Sunlight Trust fund
Highlights of Carmen, songs to make you laugh, Christmas favourites, a carol or two and some mince pies.
Venue: Emmaus Church, Chatham, ME4 4DT
Time: 7 pm
Cost: £10 (£9) (£5 students and under 16)
More information: Simon Tatnall - mobile: 07759 727762

 

Saturday 15th December 2018
East Malling Singers Christmas Carol Concert, conducted by Ciara Considine
Venue: St James the Great Church, East Malling
Time: 7.30 pm
More information: EMS website

 

Saturday 15th December 2018
Thanet Festival Choir Christmas Carol Concert, conducted by Clifford Lister
Venue: Holy Trinity Church, St. Mary's Avenue, Cliftonville, CT9 3TN
Time: 3.30 pm
More information: TFC website

 

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

 

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    

Sunday 25th November 2018
Choral Singing Day: Puccini Mass 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 2nd December 2018
Messiah from Scratch
Christmas begins with a visit to London’s Royal Albert Hall to join The Really Big Chorus in Messiah from Scratch
Venue: Royal Albert Hall
Time: 7 pm
More information: TRBC website

 

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*

 

 

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
More information: 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

 

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

 

Friday 30th November 2018
Murder Mystery Evening

Kent Chamber Choir is organising an exciting fundraising evening to benefit their Kath Topping Award for young singers in Kent.
It will take the form of an original Murder Mystery Evening (no need to dress in character!) presented by award-winning drama group Alternate Shadows.
'Ah!' said the Butler, 'The Mummy did it!' 
See how much of a super sleuth you really are. Can you discover the method, the murderer, and the motive and see justice done?
The clues to a murder will unfold before you, after which YOU the audience are invited to join in the investigation and assist in the interviewing of suspects.
Take part in the questioning or remain a passive observer - the choice is yours.
Venue: Hartley Village Hall, Ash Road, Hartley DA3 8EL
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: £9 per head (teams of up to 8 per table)
Contact: David Clark - email: davidfclark1950@gmail.com or telephone: 07580 196525

 

 

 
  
 
 

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