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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 23rd March 2019
Fair Daffodils with Caritas Chamber Choir
Caritas is a Kent-based chamber choir, passionate about raising money for charities through singing, and performing to the highest level both in the UK and throughout Europe. The choir performs music from all periods and often features in services at Canterbury Cathedral. Their conductor, Benedict Preece, is perhaps best known for his choral/conducting work (including with The Sixteen), but is also a professional organist and French horn player, as well as a rugby referee!
This spring concert will look at musical versions of the well-known Robert Herrick 'Fair Daffodils' poem, amongst a varied programme including several 20th century British composers as well as contemporary work, including a World Premiere. The following items are likely to feature on the programme:
Flower Songs (Benjamin Britten), Unbound Soul (Sam Ritter, finalist in the 2018 Caritas International Emerging Composer Competition), To Daffodils (Ernest Farrar, Finzi's teacher), My Spirit sang all day (Gerald Finzi), Songs of Springtime (EJ Moeran), The Echoing Green (World Premiere; by Peter BajettaCaritas Composer of the Year 2018), For the Beauty of the Earth (Philip Stopford). See the listing at Classical Events and the Facebook event.
Venue: St Nicholas-at-Wade church, CT7 0NR
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: retiring collection
More information and tickets: St Nicholas-at-Wade website

 

 

 

Saturday 23rd March 2019
Ashford Choral Society will sing Mozart's Requiem and Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb under the baton of Dr. Mark Deller
The programme offers two very different, yet very spiritual works. The sublime Mozart Requiem contrasts dramatically with Britten's exciting setting of a poem written by someone who was on the edge of madness. The choir will be joined by four talented young soloists - Isabella Gibber (soprano), David Whitworth (counter-tenor), Alexander Hume (tenor) and Adam Jarman (bass). The organ accompaniment to the two works will be played by Matthew Raisbeck.
Venue: St Gregory and St Martin Church, 38 Church St, Wye, Ashford, TN25 5BL
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: £12 - under 16s go free (all unreserved seats)
Tickets: telephone: 07743 955617, email: tickets@ashfordchoral.org.uk. Alternatively tickets can be purchased from Wye Newsagents (opposite the Church) or on the door on the evening of the concert.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Saturday 13th April 2019
Spring is in the Air - Faversham Choral Society, with Faversham Sinfonietta, and conducted by James Brown
The programme includes Purcell: Come ye Sons of Art, Vaughan Williams: Five Mystical Songs, and Mascagni: Easter Hymn
Venue: The Faversham Assembly Rooms, Preston Street, Faversham, ME13 8PG
Time: 7 pm drinks, 7.30 pm performance
Cost: £12 (students £5 under 16s free)
Tickets: from Carters Newsagents, WeGotTickets (includes booking fee) or at the door

 

 

 

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 18th May 2019
Wigmore Voices Concert
Wigmore Voices sing songs from the shows, including South Pacific and Chicago
Venue: St. Matthew's Community Centre, St. Matthew's Church, Drewery Drive, Wigmore, ME8 0HZ
Time: 7.30 pm
More information: telephone: 01634 374598

 

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

Sunday 24th March 2019
Come and Sing! Choral Evensong
Join us for this unique and exciting opportunity to work with internationally-acclaimed choral animateur, James Meaders, founder and Artistic Director of Vox Anima London.
Venue: St. Mary-the-Virgin Church, West Malling, ME19 6NE [map]
Time: Rehearsal 2 pm - 4 pm, Refreshments 4 pm - 4.30 pm, Choral Evensong 5 pm
Cost: Free to participate, donations welcome
Music: All music provided
Contact: Richard Hall, Director of Music at St. Mary-the-Virgin Church, West Malling - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
More information: St. Mary-the-Virgin Church 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 18th May 2019
Come and Sing Workshop: Elgar's The Kingdom
Come and join members of Cambridge University Symphony Chorus to spend a day working on Edward Elgar's magnificent oratorio The Kingdom, arguably one of his greatest achievements. The day offers to improve your choral singing while exploring the wonderful choral outpourings of the work that the chorus will be taking to Leeds Town Hall and Ely Cathedral in November with David Hill. We are greatly privileged to be working with David Hill, MBE, Music Director of the Leeds Philharmonic Choir and Musical Director of the Bach Choir, who will lead us in a challenging and enjoyable musical workout on this multi-faceted composition.
Venue: St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 1JP
Time: 10.30 – 11.00 Registration + tea/coffee, 11.00 – 15.45 Rehearsal, Lunch (bring your own or in town), 16.15 – 17.15 Sing-through Performance
Cost: £20 visitor, £15 CUSC member, £10 student
More information and registration: CUMS 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 29th June 2019
Faversham Music Festival - Come and Sing Karl Jenkins's The Armed Man
As part of the Faversham Music Festival you are invited to come and sing Karl Jenkins's The Armed Man, conducted by Festival Director, Ben Saul
Venue: St. Mary of Charity Church, Faversham, ME13 8GZ
Time: Rehearsal, 1 pm; Performance, 4 pm
Cost: £10 (for singers) - this includes the score, although if you have one please bring your own. This is a free concert for the audience, with a retiring collection.
Registration: Please contact Christine Ford - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - stating your full name, email address and voice part.

 

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
Choral Summer School, University of Lincoln, directed by Nigel Perrin and Jeremy Jackman
Organised by Run by Singers
More information: Run by Singers website and PDF file*

 

 

 

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

 

 

 
  
 
 

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