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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 28th February 2020
'Sounds Celestial' Organ Recital by Francesca Massey
A concert of music inspired by the sun, moon and stars
Francesca Massey will be performing a programme of organ music inspired by the cosmos as part of our series of space themed events. Join us for a unique opportunity to attend a recital under Luke Jerram’s stunning artwork The Museum of the Moon. The concert will last 45 minutes. There will be the opportunity to view Museum of the Moon after the concert
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: Doors open at 7 pm with the concert starting at 7.30 pm
Cost: £10 (adults), £5 (children under 18s)
More information and online booking: Rochester Cathedral website

 

 

Saturday 29th February 2020
City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra: Walton, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and George Lloyd
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 29th February 2020
Waterways, featuring Faversham Voices, Cantiana, Mustardseed Singers, Lowering the Tone, Faversham Community Choir, Faversham Choral Society
Venue: St. Mary of Charity Church, Faversham ME13 8GZ
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: £16 (full price), £8 (under 25s, students)
Tickets available from All Stitched Up, the sewing shop in the centre of Faversham, 1 Court Street, ME13 7AN or on the door

 

 

 

Sunday 1st March 2020
Stories with Strings
An afternoon's entertainment to celebrate St. David's Day and Beethoven's 250th anniversary, featuring top string quartet Pensiero, fresh from London's Wigmore Hall.
Two short talks by St Nicholas-at-Wade regular Andrea Chance - "How the Devil was Kept Out of Cornwall" and "Concerning Gertrude" (one of which relates to Beethoven's piano sonatas) - accompany a variety of music for strings, with the church organ joining too in places (some popular Welsh hymns and folksongs will be included for those wanting to sing along). The provisional programme includes:

  • Beethoven 'Razumovsky' Quartet, op.59 no.1
  • Karl Jenkins 'Adiemus'
  • Medley of traditional Welsh tunes
  • Mozart Divertimento in D

The Pensiero Quartet (meaning "Thought") was formed this year by students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. The quartet's members are from all over the world; violinists Kanon Miyashita and Yuriko Matsuda from Japan, violist Matt Johnstone from England, and cellist Julia Sompolińska from Poland. They have received coaching and masterclasses with members of the Endellion Quartet, Takacs Quartet and Dante Quartet. Recent performances include Beethoven’s op.59 no.1 at Wigmore Hall as part of its Beethoven 250 concert series. All the quartet's members lead active performing schedules. Kanon has recently performed as a soloist with the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble and Southampton University Sinfonietta, and has taken part in the Young Virtuosi Festival. Yuriko has played at several international events with members of the LSO as well as recently guest leading London Schools Symphony Orchestra. Matt was a member of Southbank Sinfonia in 2018 and has had places on the CBSO and Birmingham Royal Ballet training schemes. Julia was principal cello of Guildhall Symphony orchestra this year and has recently played in an LSO recital at Wigmore Hall.
Venue: St Nicholas-at-Wade Church, Birchington CT7 0NP
Time: 3 pm
Cost: £10 on the door, £8 advance from St Nicholas-at-Wade Post Office (call 01843 844632 for opening hours); under-18s free
Refreshments available for a donation. Proceeds in aid of the Friends of St Nicholas at Wade Church
More information: Facebook (please share)

 

 

Saturday 14th March 2020
"Organic Bells!" concert
Popular music from across the centuries: Bach to Brubeck and beyond
The internationally renowned Bedford Handbell Ensemble make a welcome return to St Nicholas at Wade Church. The whole concert is on the theme of bells, with various organ 'carillons' and other pieces for a range of instruments adding variety to the proceedings. The provisional programme includes:

  • Carillon-Sortie (Mulet)
  • If I were a Bell (Loesser: Guys and Dolls)
  • Notre Dame medley (Menken)
  • Gloucester Cathedral Chimes (Brewer)
  • Take Five (Desmond)
  • Nutcracker Suite (Tchaikovsky)
  • Bombardo-Carillon (Alkan)
  • Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring (Bach)

Venue: St Nicholas-at-Wade Church, Birchington CT7 0NP
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: £10 on the door, £8 in advance, under 18s free
Refreshments available for a donation. Proceeds to the Friends of St Nicholas-at-Wade church
More information: Facebook (please share)

 

 

 

Saturday 21st March 2020
Maidstone Symphony Orchestra concert featuring Lauren Xhang the BBC Young Musician 2018, playing Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3
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 21st March 2020
Can you feel the love tonight?
West Malling Community Choir and Mixed Blessings, Barbishop & Short Back 'n' Sides
Venue: St. Mary's Chruch, West Malling, ME19 6NE
Time: 5 pm
Cost: £8 (under 16s free)
Available from: choir members or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Saturday 21st March 2020
Ashford Choral Society concert conducted by Paul Young
Duruflé: Requiem
Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
Leighton: Crucifixus pro nobis
Venue: Wye Parish Church
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: £12 (under 16s free)
Tickets from: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Wye Newsagents (opposite Wye Church) or on the door

 

 

 

Saturday 21st March 2020
Thanet Festival Choir: Stainer Crucifixion and Sanders Reproaches
Venue: St James Church, Westgate and Garlinge CT9 5JU
Time: 7.30 pm
More information and online booking: TFC website

 

Wednesday 25th March 2020
Kings Rochester's Kings Chorus, Kings Senior Choir and Orchestra Roffensis will be joined by staff, parents, Old Roffensians and members of the wider community to sing Brahms Requiem
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: £10, £1 (under 19-year-olds)
Tickets from: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Satis House Office - telephone: 01634 888555

 

 

 

Saturday 28th March 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 and online tickets: RCS website

 

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Saturday 28th March 2020
Maidstone Choral Union's Passiontide Concert
Chilcott: St. John Passion
Schütz: The seven words of Jesus Christ on the cross
Venue: All Saints Church Maidstone, ME15 6YE
Time: 7.30 pm
More information and online tickets: MCU website

 

 

Saturday 28th March 2020
Bearsted Choral Society Spring Concert
Jenkins: Stabat Mater
Venue: The Friars, Aylesford, ME20 7BX
Time: 7.30 pm
Cost: £10 (full-time students free)
More information: BCS website

 

 

 

Sunday 29th March 2020
Come and Listen to The Crucifixion by John Stainer with Oxted & Limpsfield Choral Society
Venue: United Reformed Church, Bluehouse Lane, Oxted
Time: 2.30 pm (registration), 3 pm (rehearsal), 7 pm (performance)
Cost: £10
Tickets from: the Secretary, telephone: 01959 577749 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
More information: PDF file* or OLCS website

 

Sunday 29th March 2020
Sutton Valence Choral Society with The Beresford Sinfonia
Venue: All Saints' Church, Maidstone ME15 6YE
Time: 7 pm
Cost: £13 (children, £1)
Tickets available from: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., telephone: 01622 861313
More: information: SVCS website

 

 

 

Saturday 4th April 2020
East Malling Singers concert, conducted by Ciara Considine
Rachmaninov: Vespers
Venue: St James the Great Church, East Malling
Time: 7.30 pm
More information: EMS website

 

Saturday 18th April 2020
Gravesham Choral Society concert: Mendelssohn "Hymn of Praise"
We warmly invite you to join us for an evening of magical music by Mendelssohn performed by choir, soloists and orchestra, beginning with a dramatic setting of Psalm 114 describing Israel's exodus from Egypt, followed by the beautiful miniature Verleih uns Frieden (Lord, in thy mercy grant us peace) and the popular anthem Hear my prayer, which concludes with the much-loved O for the wings of a dove. The exhilarating cantata Hymn of Praise which follows after an interval, was written in 1840 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the invention of printing! We will be singing the cantata in English (rather than using the German Lutheran text), using words prepared by Alfred Novello in 1840 for the Birmingham Festival.
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Cost: £15 Full time students £5
Tickets available from: choir members or by phoning our Box Office 01474 816684

 

 

  

Saturday 9th May 2020
City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra: Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Mussorgsky/Ravel
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 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
Haydn: Insanae et vanae curae (motet) 
Haydn: Heiligmesse
Mozart: Requiem
With the Rochester Sinfonietta
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 7 pm
More information: RCS website

 

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 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. Margaret's Church, Rochester ME1 1UF
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

Wednesday 18th - Sunday 22nd March 2020
The Glory of Venice - directed by Will Dawes
Organised by RunBySingers
More information and online booking: RunBySingers website

 

Wednesday 25th March 2020
Please join Kings Rochester's Kings Chorus, Kings Senior Choir and Orchestra Roffensis to sing the Brahms Requiem in Rochester Cathedral.  All staff, parents, Old Roffensians and members of the wider community are welcome to join us.
Venue: Rochester Cathedral
Time: 7.30 pm
Rehearsals: Every other Sunday starting on the 15th September, 4.15 - 6 pm, in the David Dann Building, King Edward Road, Rochester
More information and online sign-up sheet: KR website
Contact: email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Saturday 28th March 2020
Come and Sing The Crucifixion by John Stainer with the choir of St. Michael's & All Angels, Summertown, Oxford
Venue: St. Michael's & All Angels, Lonsdale Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7ES
Time: 2 - 5 pm (rehearsal with break), 6 pm (performance)
Cost: £10
More information and online booking: Eventbrite
Contact: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Sunday 29th March 2020
Come and Sing The Crucifixion by John Stainer with Oxted & Limpsfield Choral Society
Venue: United Reformed Church, Bluehouse Lane, Oxted
Time: 2.30 pm (registration), 3 pm (rehearsal), 7 pm (performance)
Cost: £10
Tickets from: the Secretary, telephone: 01959 577749 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
More information: PDF file* or OLCS website

Saturday 18th April 2020
Come and Sing Bach Magnificat with Thanet Festival Choir
Venue: All Saints Church, Birchington CT7 9RS
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Cost: £15
More information and online booking: TFC website

 

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

 

Saturday 23rd May 2020
Come and Sing Verdi Requiem with The Bach Choir
Venue: Holy Trinity Church, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BA
Time: 10.30 am - 5 pm
Cost:  £25.00 for singers; £5.00 for audience members; £8.00 for students or those in full-time education
We will be using the Ricordi Edition (edited by Dunn) of the Verdi Requiem
More information and online booking: TBC website

 

 

 

Saturday 6th June 2020
Sevenoaks Philharmonic Choir invite you to a Singing Day led by Brian Kay studying Verdi Requiem
Venue: Trinity School, Seal Hollow Road, Sevenoaks TN13 3SL
Time: 10.30 am - 4.30 pm
Cost: £20 (£5 under 25) + £2 for the hire of a score (if required)
More information: PDF* and SPC website
Contact: John Larner - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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 2020
Rome - directed by David Skinner
Organised by RunBySingers
More information and online booking: RunBySingers website

 

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 25th April 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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