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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 25th August 2017
Summer Organ Recital Series: Peter Boxall
Venue: St. Thomas of Canterbury RC Church, London Road, Rainham, ME8 7RH
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: admission £10 donation to the church's Organ Fund

 

Tuesday 19th September 2017
The Sixteen is delighted to invite you to their Choral Pilgrimage 2017 concert at Rochester Cathedral
The Sixteen's 17th Choral Pilgrimage tour contrasts the music of the 'Prince of polyphony' Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina with the great 20th-century melodist Francis Poulenc.
They offer a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more. For more information, and to book tickets, please visit their website or call their National Box Office on 01904 651485.
For more information please download this PDF file*

 

The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage 2017

 

Friday 22nd September 2017
Summer Organ Recital Series: John Wilkins
Venue: St. Thomas of Canterbury RC Church, London Road, Rainham, ME8 7RH
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: admission £10 donation to the church's Organ Fund

 

Sunday 24th September 2017
Cathedral Organ Recital Series: James Norrey (Rochester Cathedral)
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 4.30 pm
Cost: admission free with retiring collection

 

Sunday 22nd October 2017
Cathedral Organ Recital Series: Scott Farrell (Rochester Cathedral)
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 4.30 pm
Cost: admission free with retiring collection

 

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 

 

Sunday 26th November 2017
Cathedral Organ Recital Series: Adrian Bawtree (Canterbury Cathedral)
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 4.30 pm
Cost: admission free with retiring collection

 

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

 

 

 

Participation: Singing Workshops & Choral Weeks 

Sunday 6th - Sunday 13th August 2017
Music Holiday Week
Venue: Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster, Somerset
This is an opportunity to combine music making with other enjoyable activities such as walking all set in the beautiful village of Dunster which is on the edge of Exmoor National Park. The choir coach is Robyn Sevastos who is currently musical director of Bromley Philharmonic Choir, Sevenoaks Philharmonic Society and Kentish Opera.
More information and booking: please download the leaflet and booking form as PDF files*

 

Sunday 13th - Sunday 20th August 2017
Cranleigh Choral Week
Artistic Director: Jeffrey Wynn Davies
Venue: Cranleigh School, near Guildford
More information: CCW website
Contact: Fiona Clucas - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: 0161 946 0889 or mobile: 07718 538363

 

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 guarantee your booking.

 

Saturday 23rd September 2017
Mendelssohn Singing Day with the City of London Choir
The chance to sing not only Mendelssohn, but also some wonderful music by composers who influenced, and were influenced by him. Purely for pleasure. Led by Hilary Davan Wetton, with Timothy End on the piano. Open to guests as well as members of the City of London Choir.
Venue: Bridewell Hall, 3 Bridewell Place, London EC4V 6AP
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
More information: PDF file* or CLC Facebook page

 

Friday 6th October 2017
The Silk of 1000 Spiders
A unique, immersive performance event taking place in October this year at Fort Luton, Chatham's extraordinary, forgotten Victorian land fort. Spanning over 150 years of local history, The Silk of 1000 Spiders is inspired by the true stories of the invisible labour force who have shaped our landscape and lives. From the sailors, convicts and workhouse inmates who helped build Fort Luton, to today’s migrant workers, The Silk of 1000 Spiders explores and brings to light Medway's untold stories and forgotten lives. This is a spectacular show featuring original live choral music and a large-scale community ensemble which promises to be an unforgettable theatrical experience. Funded by Arts Council England with additional support from Medway Council's Arts Development Team.
Recruitment: Workshop sessions and rehearsals run from July 2017, and they are currently recruiting actors, singers, performers, set & costume design/makers and backstage technicians.
Venue: Fort Luton, Chatham
Time: 7 - 9 pm
More information about participating: ICON Theatre website
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Saturday 7th October 2017
The Silk of 1000 Spiders
A unique, immersive performance event taking place in October this year at Fort Luton, Chatham's extraordinary, forgotten Victorian land fort. Spanning over 150 years of local history, The Silk of 1000 Spiders is inspired by the true stories of the invisible labour force who have shaped our landscape and lives. From the sailors, convicts and workhouse inmates who helped build Fort Luton, to today’s migrant workers, The Silk of 1000 Spiders explores and brings to light Medway's untold stories and forgotten lives. This is a spectacular show featuring original live choral music and a large-scale community ensemble which promises to be an unforgettable theatrical experience. Funded by Arts Council England with additional support from Medway Council's Arts Development Team.
Recruitment: Workshop sessions and rehearsals run from July 2017, and they are currently recruiting actors, singers, performers, set & costume design/makers and backstage technicians.
Venue: Fort Luton, Chatham
Time: 7 - 9 pm
More information about participating: ICON Theatre website
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Saturday 21st October 2017
East Malling Singers' Come and Sing October Concert
Handel's Dixit Dominus 
and anthems, Zadok the Priest and The King Shall Rejoice, directed by Ciara Considine
Venue: St James the Great Church, East Malling, ME19 6AH
Rehearsals (optional): Wednesday evenings, from 6th September to 18th October, 
8 - 10 pm
Rehearsal (compulsory): Saturday 21st October, 3 - 5 pm
Concert: 7.30 pm
Cost: £12 participation fee (plus £2 hire charge per piece)
Contact: Elaine Gordon - email: emgordon10@aol.com - by 4th September to express an interest. Please also state your voice part and whether or not you would like to hire the music
More information: EMS website

 

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

 

Friday 27th October 2017
The Silk of 1000 Spiders
A unique, immersive performance event taking place in October this year at Fort Luton, Chatham's extraordinary, forgotten Victorian land fort. Spanning over 150 years of local history, The Silk of 1000 Spiders is inspired by the true stories of the invisible labour force who have shaped our landscape and lives. From the sailors, convicts and workhouse inmates who helped build Fort Luton, to today's migrant workers, The Silk of 1000 Spiders explores and brings to light Medway's untold stories and forgotten lives. This is a spectacular show featuring original live choral music and a large-scale community ensemble which promises to be an unforgettable theatrical experience. Funded by Arts Council England with additional support from Medway Council’s Arts Development Team.
Recruitment: Workshop sessions and rehearsals run from July 2017, and they are currently recruiting actors, singers, performers, set & costume design/makers and backstage technicians.
Venue: Fort Luton, Chatham
Time: 7 - 9 pm
More information about participating: ICON Theatre website
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Saturday 28th October 2017
The Silk of 1000 Spiders
A unique, immersive performance event taking place in October this year at Fort Luton, Chatham's extraordinary, forgotten Victorian land fort. Spanning over 150 years of local history, The Silk of 1000 Spiders is inspired by the true stories of the invisible labour force who have shaped our landscape and lives. From the sailors, convicts and workhouse inmates who helped build Fort Luton, to today's migrant workers, The Silk of 1000 Spiders explores and brings to light Medway's untold stories and forgotten lives. This is a spectacular show featuring original live choral music and a large-scale community ensemble which promises to be an unforgettable theatrical experience. Funded by Arts Council England with additional support from Medway Council’s Arts Development Team.
Recruitment: Workshop sessions and rehearsals run from July 2017, and they are currently recruiting actors, singers, performers, set & costume design/makers and backstage technicians.
Venue: Fort Luton, Chatham
Time: 7 - 9 pm
More information about participating: ICON Theatre website
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Events: Exhibitions & Festivals

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 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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