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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  

Sunday 3rd December - Monday 25th December 2017
Advent and Christmas services at Rochester Cathedral
Please note that tickets are not required for any of the Cathedral services.
Please see the Cathedral website for further information.

 

 

 

 

Friday 15th December 2017
Long, Long Ago - Choral Music for Advent and Christmas by Londinium
Do join us at St. Sepulchre's! Tavener's The Lamb and Rachmaninoff's Bogoroditse Devo complement rarities by Howells, Warlock and E.W. Naylor, while superb motets by Byrd, Weelkes, and Schütz are heard alongside contemporary classics-in-the-making by Jan Sandström, Jaako Mäntyjärvi and Jonathan Harvey. Wine and mince pies complete the perfect festive evening! An 'earlybird' ticket discount is available.
Venue: St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DE
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: £12 ('Earlybird' discount) / £15 (Full) / £10 (Students)
More information and online booking: Londinium website

 

 

Saturday 16th December 2017
All Saints Church Maidstone Carol Service
All Saints Church Choir with guest singers and Astley Brass providing fanfares
Venue: All Saints Church Maidstone
Time: 4.30 pm

 

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 10th February 2018
Vivaldi Gloria: Rochester
The Sixteen Choir and Orchestra
, conducted by Harry Christophers
The centrepiece of this season's choir and orchestra tour is Vivaldi's Gloria - one of sacred music's most uplifting choral works and a joyful hymn of praise with moments ranging from festive brilliance to profound sadness. Composed in Venice, probably in 1715, for the choir of the Ospedale della Pietà, its wonderfully sunny nature and distinctive melodies and rhythms gives it an immediate and universal appeal. Bach was a fierce admirer of Vivaldi's work, and his extraordinarily inventive Mass in G major complements the Gloria perfectly.
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: £15 - £30 (booking fees apply). A 10% discount is available for groups of 10 or more people. Please call the National Box Office on 01904 651485 for more information.
Booking: The Sixteen website

 

 

Saturday 24th February 2018
City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra Concert - British Classics
Vaughan Williams, John Ireland, Robert Saxton, Elgar
Venue: Central Theatre, Chatham
Time: 7.30 pm
Tickets: Available here, or by phoning the Chatham Central Theatre box office on 01634 338338
Cost: Adults: £11, £13, or £17, Concessions: £9, £11, or £15, Children: £1
More information: CRSO website

 

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 24th March 2018
English Baroque Choir - Bach B Minor Mass
Venue: St. John's Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA
Time: tbc
More information: EBC website

 

Friday 4th May 2018
James Taylor Quartet in the Nave
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 7.30 pm
Booking: Lynne Bax - telephone: 01634 810074 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

Saturday 12th May 2018
City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra Concert - Orchestral Fireworks
Tchaikovsky, Bernstein, Jacob Bride, Ravel
Venue: Central Theatre, Chatham
Time: 7.30 pm
Tickets: Available here, or by phoning the Chatham Central Theatre box office on 01634 338338
Cost: Adults: £11, £13, or £17, Concessions: £9, £11, or £15, Children: £1
More information: CRSO website

 

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

Tuesday 19th December 2017
Making Music Festive Choir
We would be delighted if you could join us under the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, to sing with us as part of our unique choir – the Making Music Christmas Stars. The choir will be formed of Making Music staff, members, volunteers and supporters. Supported by a quartet of musicians, we will be performing popular carols from the Carols for Choirs books, and collecting funds to enable us to continue our work supporting participation in music making across the UK. Anyone can join in, so don’t worry if you are not an expert singer – the emphasis is firmly on fun! Singing in this unique venue will be a very special experience with a fantastic atmosphere, so whether you sing regularly or not, we hope that you will come along and add your voice to our festive choir.
Venue: Trafalgar Square, London
Time: 5 - 6 pm
Contact: email Sharon Moloney - email: sharon@makingmusic.org.uk - to take part

 

Saturday 20th January 2018
Choral Workshop on Tallis' Lamentations of Jeremiah conducted by Duncan Lord and accompanied by Kevin Bull
An opportunity to spend a day singing this moving setting of texts appropriate for Holy Week in the SATTB arrangement by P.C. Buck (published by OUP in the Tudor Church Music series as TCM47)
Venue: St George’s Church, Audley Road, Folkestone, CT20 3QA
Time: 10.30 am - 4.30 pm
Cost: £10 (cheques payable to D. Lord; please enclose an SAE if you require a receipt)
Contact: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
More information and booking form: PDF file*

 

Saturday 27th January 2018
Come & Sing Haydn's Nelson Mass with The Maidstone Singers
Venue: St. Faith's Church, Station Road, Maidstone ME14 1LH
Time: 2.30 - 7.30 pm
Cost: £12 (non-TMS members), £10 (TMS members), £2 (score hire)
More information: TMS website
Application form: PDF file*

 

 

Saturday 3rd February 2018
Sing and Discover Handel's Messiah with John Hancorn and Richard Wigmore
Venue: St. Stephen's Church, Maidstone Road, Chatham, ME4 6JE [map]
Time: 10.30 am - 4.30 pm (registration starts at 10 am)
Tickets: £20 - buy your tickets online! - or download the registration form below and send it back to us.
More information: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Poster and brochure designed by Rebecca Jane Design

 

Saturday 3rd February 2018
Singing Day - Bach B Minor Mass with the English Baroque Choir
Venue: St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2DE
Time: 10 am start
Cost: £20 (adults), £10 (students up to 26 years old)
Registration: EBC website

 

Saturday 10th February 2018
Come and Sing Spem in Alium at King's College London
This is a rare opportunity to learn Thomas Tallis's most popular work from the inside. Considered by many to be one of the greatest choral works of the sixteenth century, this forty-part motet really has to be experienced in person.
Afterwards, please join us at 7.30 pm in the audience for the Choir's annual performance of Spem in Alium at the Brandenburg Festival, just a ten-minute walk from King’s at St Paul’s Covent Garden (a separate ticket for the Choir's performance at the Brandenburg Festival will need to be purchased from the Brandenburg Festival box office.)  
Venue: Strand Chapel, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
Time: 2.45 - 5 pm (registration 2.45 - 3 pm, singing 3 - 5 pm)
Cost: £15 (adults), £5 (children) - includes music hire
More information: KCL website

 

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.

 

 

 

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