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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 10th April 2020
The Royal Opera House presents Così fan tutti
This comedy by Mozart sees two men test their girlfriends' faithfulness. Their plan - to disguise themselves in order to try and seduce the other's lover. What could possibly go wrong?
Time: 7 pm
Broadcast via Facebook and YouTube channels allowing you to enjoy them from the comfort of your own home. #OurHouseToYourHouse

 

 

 

Friday 17th April 2020
The Royal Opera House presents The Metamorphosis
A contemporary piece by Arthur Pita, created on Royal Ballet Principal Dancer, Edward Watson. It is based on the novella by Franz Kafka, about how one family reacts when their son wakes up, transformed into a monstrous insect.
Time: 7 pm
Broadcast via Facebook and YouTube channels allowing you to enjoy them from the comfort of your own home. #OurHouseToYourHouse

 

 

 

Saturday 16th May 2020
Maidstone Symphony Orchestra concert featuring Maxim Calver, playing Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1
Venue: Mote Hall, Maidstone Leisure Centre ME15 7RN
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost:  £28, £23, £13. Students £5, 18s & under FREE!
Tickets available from: cheques and cash:  07817 429143 or on the door, card payments:  0333 666 3366 or MSO website

 

 

 

Saturday 20th June 2020
Rochester Choral Society concert
Rutter: The Gift of Life – Six Canticles of Creation
Chilcott: Requiem
With the Rochester Sinfonietta
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 7 pm
More information: RCS website

It is with much sadness that, owing to the ongoing situation regarding Coronavirus, this concert has been cancelled. Please look out for further announcements on Facebook (@rochesterchoralsociety) or Twitter (@rochesterchoral). If you have any queries please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Saturday 20th June 2020
Thanet Festival Choir: Songs from the Shows
Venue: St George's School, Westwood Road, Broadstairs CT10 2LH
Time: 7.30 pm
More information and online booking: TFC website

 

Saturday 27th June 2020
City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra: Weber, Strauss, Mahler
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 7.30 pm
Tickets from: Medway live or on the door
More information: CRSO website

 

 

 

Saturday 27th June 2020
Gravesham Choral Society concert
Parry: Blest Pair of Sirens & Jerusulam 
Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region & Five Mystical Songs
Rutter: Gloria
Venue: St George's Church, Gravesend, DA11 0DJ
More information and online tickets: GCS website

 

 

 

Saturday 11th July 2020
East Malling Singers present Rutter Gloria and Copland Fanfare For The Common Man, conducted by Ciara Considine
Venue: St James the Great Church, East Malling
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: £12, £10, school children free
Tickets available from: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
More information: EMS website

 

Saturday 7th November 2020
City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra
Venue: The Central Theatre, Chatham
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: range from £11 - £17 (adults), with concessions, £5 (students), £1 (under 18s)
Tickets from: Medway live or on the door
More information: CRSO website

 

 

 

Saturday 14th November 2020
Gravesham Choral Society concert: "Beethoven anniversary concert"
Egmont overture
Symphony no. 1
Mass in C
Venue: St George’s Church, Gravesend, DA11 0DJ
More information and online tickets: GCS website

 

 

 

Saturday 28th November 2020
Rochester Choral Society with the King's Rochester Brass Ensemble and a chamber ensemble, conducted by John Mountford
Peeters: Entrata Festiva for organ, brass and timpani op. 93
Jongen: Mass op. 130 for choir, brass and organ
Rutter: A Sprig of Thyme 
Venue: St. Stephen's Church, Maidstone Road, Chatham ME4 6JE [map]
Time: 7 pm
More information: RCS website

 

Wednesday 23rd December 2020
Gravesham Choral Society's Carol Concert
Venue: St George’s Church, Gravesend, DA11 0DJ
More information and online tickets: GCS website

 

 

 
 

 

Participation: Singing Workshops & Choral Weeks

Saturday 25th April 2020
Thomas Tallis Day - as part of Gloucester Choral Society's 175th anniversary celebrations
This will mark the 450th anniversary of the composition of Spem in Alium, Tallis's magnificent choral work written for 40 voice parts in eight choirs. The day will consist of a singing workshop on Spem in Alium from 10 am - 4 pm, with an informal performance of the work, to which guests are most welcome to come and listen, from 4 pm. In addition, there be a performance of Tallis motets at lunchtime, and the workshop will be followed by a Tallis-themed Evensong sung by the cathedral choir. 
Venue: Gloucester Cathedral
Time: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm
Cost: £20
Application form: PDF file*
More information: GCS website
Contact: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Sunday 17th - Sunday 24th May 2020
Ascension in Ávila - directed by David Allinson
Organised by RunBySingers
More information and online booking: RunBySingers website

  

Sunday 14th - Sunday 21st June 2020
Voyage to Odessa - directed by Nigel Perrin
Organised by RunBySingers
More information and online booking: RunBySingers website

 

Sunday 19th - Sunday 26th July 2020
Return to Dresden - directed by Peter North
Organised by RunBySingers
More information and online booking: RunBySingers website

 

Sunday 2nd - Sunday 9th August 2020
Assisi Summer School - directed by David Allinson
Organised by RunBySingers
More information and online booking: RunBySingers website

 

Sunday 16th - Sunday 23rd August 2020
Cambridge Summer School - directed by Anton Armstrong
Organised by RunBySingers
More information and online booking: RunBySingers website

 

Sunday 23rd - Friday 28th August 2020
Lincoln Summer Schools - directed by David Allinson and David Ogden
Organised by RunBySingers
More information and online booking: RunBySingers website

 

Friday 28th - Sunday 30th August 2020
Manchester Cathedral Weekend - directed by Peter North
Organised by RunBySingers
More information and online booking: RunBySingers website

 

Sunday 30th August - Sunday 6th September 2020
Early Music Week in Burgos - directed by Rory McCleery
Organised by RunBySingers
More information and online booking: RunBySingers website

 

Sunday 13th - Sunday 20th September 2020
Rome - directed by David Skinner
Organised by RunBySingers
More information and online booking: RunBySingers website

 

Saturday 3rd October 2020
East Malling Singers present Bob Chilcott Workshop
As part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, East Malling Singers has organised a choral workshop. The subject is Bob Chilcott's new Christmas Oratorio, and the workshop will be run by the composer himself
Venue: St James the Great Church, East Malling
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Cost: £20 or £10 (for under 18s), score hire £2 (on the day)
Contact: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
More information and application form: EMS website

 

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Sunday 18th - Sunday 25th October 2020
Transylvanian Adventure - directed by Jeremy Jackman
Organised by RunBySingers
More information and online booking: RunBySingers website

 

Wednesday 2nd - Saturday 5th December 2020
Mozart at Midnight - directed by Nigel Perrin
Organised by RunBySingers
More information and online booking: RunBySingers website

 

 

Events: Exhibitions, Festivals, CDs, Quizzes and Walks

Building on the Land / Arcelia
How Now Records  

 

Saturday 5th September 2020
Unmasking Max: Peter Maxwell Davies Study Day
Venue: Cardiff University Concert Hall, School of Music, Cardiff University, CF10 3EB
Programme:
9.00     Arrival/registration (refreshments available)
9.25     Welcome and opening remarks
9.30     Session 1
  *   Rodney Lister (Boston University): That was Now, This is Then
  *   Alexander Kolassa (Open University): "A crazy clutter of the mediaeval, medical mind": Peter Maxwell Davies in Ken Russell's The Devils
10.30   Break / refreshments
11.00   Session 2
  *   Upa Mesbahian (King's College London): The Lighthouse: A Tale of Collective Madness
  *   Richard McGregor (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland): Taking The No. 11 Bus to the Resurrection
12.00   Lunch and book launch of The Music of Peter Maxwell Davies (co-authored by Nicholas Jones and Richard McGregor)
1.00     Paper / lunchtime concert
  *   Nicholas Jones (Cardiff University): Early Chamber Works, featuring several world premieres of works dating from the late 1940s and early 1950s.
2.00     Keynote
  *   Christopher Austin (Royal Academy of Music): Peter Maxwell Davies and The Twilight Zone
3.15     Break / refreshments
3.45     Session 3
  *   Thomas Hyde (King's College London/Oxford University): Salford Fairgrounds and Five-legged sheep: Peter Maxwell Davies's Construction of his Own Childhood and the Ambiguities of Mythmaking
  *   Sylvia Junge: Max’s Music for Children and Amateurs: A Personal View
4.45     Roundtable discussion: 'Remembering Max'
  *   Christopher Austin, Sally Groves, Sylvia Junge, Nicholas Jones (Chair)
5.30     Close
7.00     Evening concert, including a performance of Eight Songs for a Mad King, conducted by Joshua Ballance, soloist Barney Wolstenholme; introduced by Nicholas Jones and Richard McGregor
Cost: £25 (study day), £10 (concert)
More information and online booking: Study day and Concert

 

Friday 5th June 2020
West Malling Community Choir Quiz Night
Venue: Ditton Community Centre, Kilnbarn Lane, Ditton, ME20 6AH
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost:  £7 each - tables of 6-8
Available from: choir members or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Bar open, tea, coffee and cake available. Bring your own nibbles.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

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