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Area: Kent

Founded 'in 1981 to foster and promote the maintenance, improvement and development of artistic taste and knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the arts among the inhabitants of the Borough of Ashford'.

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Bayle Music has been presenting concerts of choral and chamber music in Folkestone's historic Parish Church since 2012.’

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‘Everyone has a different Folk Week – ask 50 people what is their favourite part of the festival and they will each tell you something completely different! Whether you are family looking for child-friendly events, younger generation wanting to burn off some dance energy or singers and musicians seeking out a session – Folk Week has something for you. The festival takes place all over the town and there’s hardly a venue that isn’t bursting with song, music and dance. All venues are within walking distance – although we admit that getting down the hill to the sea is easier than getting back up!' Held Mid August.

Category Folk Festivals
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'An independent umbrella body which receives funding from a number of Patrons, notably Canterbury City Council, and from the affiliation fees of its members ... Its aims are to encourage and assist in presenting public concerts, recitals, dramatic performances, art exhibitions, lectures, arts festivals and other arts events in the Canterbury district.'

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'Kent's International Arts Festival, one of the most important cultural events in the South East. As an independent charity, the Festival brings a rich mixture of performing arts from around the world to surprise and delight audiences each October. The Festival inspires artists to create and perform. It commissions new work. It champions emerging talent and supports those seeking careers in the cultural industries. It adds financial and cultural wealth to the Canterbury District and contributes to the wellbeing of its citizens. The Festival is enthusiastic about reaching new audiences, encouraging participation, providing opportunities for learning and making sure everyone can be a part of the biggest Arts Festival in the region.'

Category Arts Festivals
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‘Meets monthly from September to July ... We welcome (classical) players of all standards; our evenings are informal where members play solos, duets and other ensemble combinations ... There is no requirement to play a particular repertoire or standard, and some people simply come to watch ... Twice a year, we have public professional concerts of a very high standard and a growing reputation locally ... Most of our concerts have been oversubscribed ... We have gradually built up a reputation and are having to turn down world class performers.’

Category Guitar Societies
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'Membership of Canterbury Music Club is incredibly cheap and represents phenomenal value for money. All the artists presented are of considerable reputation, often on concert tours that include prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall and the Southbank Centre.'

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'CODA was founded by Arthur Boyd (who had run his first music club when at school) and its origins date back to 1982 when he had the idea of chamber recitals to support young and up-coming professional musicians by providing a venue for them to perform. Originally recitals were presented in Arthur’s home but, as interest grew, CODA moved to larger (but still intimate) venues ... At CODA we pride ourselves on our reputation as a welcoming and friendly organisation with a distinctive personal touch. All those attending recitals have the opportunity to meet and chat to the artists over refreshments after the performance.'

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'The beautiful and historic surroundings of Deal, Sandwich and Dover within England's south coast are the backdrop to an annual Festival that celebrates great classical and contemporary music from some of the world's finest music-makers, as well as literature, theatre, opera, cinema, dance and the visual arts.‘ Held Early July.

Category Arts Festivals
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Dynamics and its partners are involved in the running of a variety of musical activities across Medway. These include activities within schools, instrumental lessons and extra-curricular activities such as St. Thomas of Canterbury Music Centre, Medway Ensembles and Holiday Courses.‘

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‘In 1997 Egerton held its first Music Festival in order to raise funds for the new Village Hall. Hundreds of musicians and singers took part in a week of concerts and events that caught the imagination of audiences and performers alike ... Classical and choral music, opera, jazz, folk, children's workshops and an exhibition by local artists; all at affordable prices in the beautiful village of Egerton in the heart of Kent, the Garden of England.’ Held Late June.

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The Friends of Faversham Music Club ‘have widespread benefits including: * Four Thursday evening concerts per season; * Reduced ticket prices for the First Sunday Series Concerts; * Discount on Faversham Voices choir rehearsals; * Reduced price for Barbican concert visits; * Reduced price entry to single concerts given by Canterbury, Whitstable and Sittingbourne music clubs‘.

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Typically about half a dozen evening meetings, September to May.

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'Founded in 1968, and is an umbrella organisation for all types of art and creativity in the Borough of Gravesham ... Gravesham Arts is run by a happy band of volunteers, who are responsible for the day to day running of St Andrews Arts Centre, a grade II listed building set on the historic riverside of Gravesend ... Gravesham Arts has a programme of events throughout the year including monthly art shows, open days, art competitions, events, concerts and workshops.'

Also indexedSt Andrews Arts Centre
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‘In 1973 the late Roderick and Joy Cameron, who created Great Comp’s beautiful 7-acre garden, began holding concerts in the comfortable converted stable beside the 17th century manor house. From this grew the annual Festival – “a mini-Glyndebourne of chamber music” – which quickly earned a reputation for the high quality of its concerts, performed by artists of international repute. The Festival is now run by a registered charity, the Great Comp Music Trust.’ Held during the months of July and September.

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'Our Music Summer School is distinguished by and is unique for the very high number of hours of coaching ( 9.00am - 6.30pm and beyond) afforded by an exceptional teaching commitment from internationally renowned artists. We aim to assemble a limited number of participants at any one time to keep the atmosphere intimate whilst optimising the make-up and coaching of the ensembles. This modest number of participants allows us all to re-create, in our modern frenetic time, the timelessness and sociability of the "salon" with its semi-private music-making.' Held Mid July.

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‘A Creative Arts Centre located in Kent which provides an opportunity for amateur musicians to enjoy playing music together in Orchestras, a Wind Band, or various other musical groups ... We work hard, but the emphasis is on fun and enjoyment. Although there is encouragement to improve, there is no pressure ... There are groups for the more adventurous and advanced players, but we cater for beginners and the rusty too ... Concerts are held, but participation is optional.’

Also indexedKent Amateur Music Group
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'Consists of some 125 members spread throughout the county. The object of the Association is to promote the friendly interchange of ideas on all matters of interest to organists and choirmasters. With the exception of August and December monthly meetings are held on Saturdays and include recitals, lectures, discussions and visits to places of interest in various parts of the county and sometimes further afield ... Membership of the Association is not based on the ability to play; we welcome equally those who enjoy listening as well as those who enjoy playing.'

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'Music education charity committed to providing music opportunities to individuals, schools and groups across Kent, through individual lessons; whole class instrumental teaching; local and county-wide ensembles and choirs; teacher training; and through creating and supporting special music projects and events. Kent Music is also the lead partner for the Music Education Hub for Kent.'

Also indexedMusic Education Hub for Kent
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'Exists to promote active participation in the arts so that individuals lead happier and more fulfilling lives and our communities are made stronger.'

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‘We are a friendly group who share a love of music - mainly, but not exclusively, classical. Programmes are presented by members and, occasionally, by visiting sperakers, in an informal and entertaining way and we learn a lot from each other. Light refreshments are provided. Until recently we were the Maidstone Recorded Music Society, founded in 1965 ... Visitors are very welcome to attend any Centre programme as temporary members.’

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‘An adjudicative music festival, open to amateur performers of all ages and levels of ability. It provides opportunities to perform individually to an audience, and to receive educative adjudication from highly qualified musicians. All entrants are awarded a certificate, classified according to merit, and a personal written appraisal of their performance. Maidstone Music Festival also provides exclusive opportunities to qualify for entry into the Maidstone Young Musician of the Year competition, which is organized by Maidstone Dawn Patrol Rotary Club.’ Held Late November.

Also indexedMaidstone Young Musician of the Year
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Formed 1974: ‘MYMS has at the present time almost 200 members who play in a percussion ensemble, a string ensemble, a string orchestra, a symphony orchestra and 3 wind orchestras. The members come from about 20 different schools in the Maidstone and Mid Kent area in the south east of England ... MYMS is almost exclusively funded by (a) membership fees and (b) donations at our concerts’.

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‘An English Arts Festival which is primarily devoted to classical music. It is a biennial event taking place in May [2018] and is centred in the ancient and beautiful village of Mayfield in East Sussex, just south of the Spa Town of Royal Tunbridge Wells.’ The Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition is ‘a prestigious competition held every two years in conjunction with the Mayfield Festival’.

Category Arts Festivals
Also indexedTunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition
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‘Offers inspiration for all ages and is a regional music centre run by Kent Music. With over 250 members attending on a weekly basis we are justly proud of being the largest music centre in Kent and Medway. As well as instrumental tuition being available we offer over 30 different ensembles. For most people, music has its greatest impact when played with others so don’t delay join us today! It is never too late to start your “musical journey”.’

Also indexedKent Music
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'MAYS is now a venture set up to ensure the continuation of music concerts in the Methodist church! We wanted the Church and the lovely piano donated to our Church to continue to be used for wonderful concerts.' (The Broadstairs Music Recital Society closed in Spring 2017.)

Also indexedMAYS | Broadstairs Music Recital Society
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‘An eclectic mix of music including classical, jazz, folk, world and contemporary music ... Promotes outstanding artists in historical venues in and around West Malling, Kent.’ Held Mid -Late September.

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'Has provided an annual showcase for amateur talent from across the Medway area and further afield. The Festival features a wide variety of performance styles in music, speech and drama, with classes to suit all age groups and levels of ability.' Held Mid April.

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'We offer distinctive programmes in Music, Fine Art, and Event and Experience Design, delivered in cutting edge facilities, with a recognised excellence in teaching and a global reputation in research.'

Also indexedUniversity of Kent
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'Vibrant and progressive, with outstanding performance venues and teaching at two campuses – Canterbury and Broadstairs. Our exciting courses are designed to help you develop your skills and talents, whilst preparing you for work in the music and the performing arts industries.'

Also indexedCanterbury Christ Church University
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‘An invaluable forum for networking ... Funded by Sevenoaks District Council, exists to support, encourage and promote all forms of artistic endeavour within Sevenoaks District. Any amateur arts organisation within the district is entitled to membership, and therefore entitled to apply for financial help for a specific production or event. This can be in the form of a grant or under-writing ... SDAC sends out a four-monthly newsletter to all members in which they can promote their activities and help with any production problems that may arise, for example loans of equipment between groups.’

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Founded 1933 ‘at a time when British music making was at a pretty low ebb’. Comprises ‘a series of professional chamber music concerts ... held in the district's finest chamber music venue, the Ship Theatre, an ideal space for the appreciation of live chamber music in intimate and comfortable surroundings’. Typically, half a dozen recitals, Saturday evenings, September - April, plus a concert by participants chosen from the Sevenoaks Young Musicians Competition.

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Annual community music festival with wide range of events, held Late June - Early July. Supported by Sevenoaks Town Council.

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'Started in 1951, is well known and popular with Adjudicators and competitors as friendly and enthusiastic, and draws entries from all over the South-east ... Classes are held over two weekends in June ...  in Speech & Drama, Piano, Singing (including Choirs), Woodwind & Brass (including Orchestras), Strings and Accordions. Probably the biggest landmark in the Festival's history was the launching of the Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year Competition, founded by June Clements in 1995. The standard of the competitors each year has been astounding ...'

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Founded 1984: ‘The very high standard of entertainment that has been offered over the years at a reasonable cost to both members and guests has seen both attendance at the concerts and the club membership remain at a very high number. Members and guests travel to the island from many areas throughout the county, on some occasions even from other parts of the country, to attend the concert evenings‘.

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‘We plan to bring a well-balanced programme of classical concerts of high quality to an area seriously deprived of cultural events of this kind. We feel there is a real need for a regular concert series of chamber, instrumental and vocal music of top quality for the people of this area.‘

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'Stour Music was founded in 1962 by my father, the counter-tenor Alfred Deller, principally as a festival devoted to early music ... It now takes place over the last two weekends of June each year ... Set in the heart of the Garden of England, the festival takes its name from the River Stour, which runs along the valley between Ashford and Canterbury.'

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'Founded in 1973, offers six concerts a year between September and March.'

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'A four day long festival of folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions. Tenterden, situated in the ancient Weald of Kent, about 12 miles west of Ashford, is an ideal setting for this friendly, family festival of folk. Tenterden features one of the widest High Streets in the country lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous friendly pubs and restaurants and green verges. The festival includes many free events.' Held Early October.

Category Folk Festivals
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‘Aims are to give listening and playing pleasure to all who enjoy the modern organ and keyboard sounds. Concerts always feature professional musicians from across the UK ... A gem of a venue! Pay us a visit - you won't be disappointed! ... Visitors are always welcome to meetings with no obligation to join.’

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‘Presents a season of concerts, by world-class artists each year between October and May in Tonbridge, Kent. Over the years, audiences have enjoyed performances of the highest artistic standards by internationally renowned musicians and have also had the opportunity of hearing young award-winning performers at the outset of their careers. TMC also arranges occasional pre-concert talks and masterclasses.’

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'The Top Choir Kent amateur choir contest is organised by the Rotary Club of Canterbury and all profits from the event go to Rotary charities at home and abroad.' Held Early April.

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‘We were formed in 1984 to promote local interest in jazz in all its forms. We arrange nine or more concerts per year in Tunbridge Wells ... through a season which runs from each September to December then from February to June.’

Category Jazz Clubs
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‘Welcomes Classical Guitarists of all standards to come and play or listen at our monthly meetings held in Frant (Near Tunbridge Wells) ... Its aim is to promote the classical guitar by encouraging members and their guests to play at our meetings. In addition we organise occasional concerts by visiting professional guitarists. Meetings are held each month (except August) and typically consist of a dozen or so acts where members play one or two pieces either solo or as a duet, trio or ensemble. There is no minimum standard and if you would like the opportunity to play, perhaps for the first time, in front of like-minded guitarists please come along. If you prefer just to come and listen you will be equally welcome.’

Category Guitar Societies
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‘We have seven concerts each season and they are programmed from September to the following April on the concluding Saturday of each month (excepting December as you probably have other personal commitments between Christmas and the New Year). Each concert recital is given by top-class award winning and international musicians offering a diverse choice of music from the classical, romantic and early modern repertoires of the twentieth century.’

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‘Has been running since 2010 and is dedicated to putting on unforgettable shows featuring the best folk, roots, Americana and other acoustic music from here and abroad.‘

Category Folk Clubs
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’We are the Canterbury District's longest established brass band, now over 90 years old. Regular concerts are given in the local area, presenting a wide variety of popular music performed with style. Membership is open to musicians from all areas of the local community, not exclusively to scouts.‘

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Ashford Choral Society has a membership of some 130 singers and traditionally gives three to four concerts each season, during the period September to April/May. Each year there is an opportunity to perform some of the major works in the choral repertoire together with leading soloists and a professional symphony orchestra ... Members are expected to attend at least 75% of the rehearsals for any concert, as well as the final one with orchestra on the day itself.‘

Category Choral Societies
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'Formed in 2002 under the name Windmill, as part of a drive to encourage adults who maybe hadn't played for a few years to return to their brass or woodwind instruments. We have gone from strength to strength and now have approx 30 members. We have renamed ourselves Ashford Concert Band and we meet every week to rehearse and have a great repertoire of music we play. Today we continue to learn and enjoy making music together and always welcome new players over the age of 18 to come and join us.'

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'A community choir which has been performing concerts in and around the Ashford area since 1991. Our prime objectives are:- a. to promote and advance good singing with a preference for popular music of the past 100 years; b. to encourage participation from all parts of the local community; c. to raise money for charities and good causes.'

Category Ashford (Kent)
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'There is a choir for Ashford – a community choir made up of people like you. The aim of the choir is simple – have fun singing together and then taking our voices to various locations around Ashford and the surrounding area, so we can spread a little joy!'

Category Ashford (Kent)
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'The musicians all undertake their training at the Royal Military School of Music once selected and after an initial period of training within the Band .... They are a popular band and are always very busy. The Band has also toured to the many parts of the world and performed for both military and public events.'

Category Military Bands
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'We have a committed approach to our singing but our primary aim is to enjoy making music together. The choir is known for its friendliness, something which is highly valued by its members ... The society welcomes new members in all voice parts - soprano alto tenor and bass. We do not hold auditions and ask only that you are enthusiastic, committed and sing in tune. Our musical season begins each September and is divided into three terms. Each term we rehearse a work or works for concert performance generally engaging professional soloists.'

Category Choral Societies
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Birchington Silver Band has various events each year; including Carolling, Inside Concerts, Outside Concerts and Social Events.’

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'Since forming in Tunbridge Wells in 2001 thanks to some Millennium Lottery funding, Bloco Fogo has grown and developed both musically and in size. In 2006 we established a second group in Maidstone and now we have over 60 members ranging in age from 8 to 80+!'

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'The Band was formed in 1980. Many musicians have come and gone over the years, young people moving on to the Services, University or new Careers; some of our older members retiring and others we sadly lost. We are made up of members of all ages 15-85 who are Ex-Professional or Amateur musicians ... We perform regular concerts at the Pavilion-On-Sands, Viking Bay, Broadstairs, a wonderful venue and setting for a Sunday night concert of popular music from films/shows and a pot pourri of incidental music.'

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‘Formed at the beginning of 2002 since when it has performed varied music programmes to a high standard at venues in the Sevenoaks area. As a local amenity the choir aims to produce high quality work which gives it the opportunity to attract high calibre professionals to work alongside it ... Members of the choir are singers with some training and experience and admission is strictly by audition ... In 2014 we were particularly delighted to win Top Choir Kent. The choir’s desire to reach new levels of excellence is driven by the warm support of its loyal and growing audience. We thank you for this and very much hope that you will continue to enjoy our concerts.‘

Category Sevenoaks
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‘Has forged a reputation for outstanding levels of performance, and is established as one of the most accomplished groups of its kind in the South East. Admired for its quality of sound, ensemble and intonation, it is a symphonic choir and a magnet for performers from many walks of life for which Canterbury can be justly proud ... Whilst aiming for professional standards, Canterbury Choral Society remains an amateur choir open to all who apply and pass an audition. Members may briefly reflect on their achievements after concerts, but a challenge awaits them the following Tuesday when they begin rehearsals for their next performance. This is open to anyone who might like to join us, or who is curious about how we rehearse and sound in the earliest stages of learning.‘

Category Choral Societies
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‘Constituted in February 2004 to promote education in and the appreciation of music through the preparation and presentation of public orchestral concerts ... The orchestra currently comprises over 50 members of diverse ability whose main motivation is the enjoyment of making music together of good quality and at a level of performance that stretches their abilities. The repertoire of the orchestra is varied and comprises movements of orchestral works by composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Handel and Schubert together with a number of shorter programmatic pieces and some original compositions by members or friends of the orchestra ... Where possible the Society responds positively to requests for concerts in support of charitable concerns.’

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'Has been performing shows and concerts in the Canterbury area for over 100 years. Whether you like performing or prefer to be out of the limelight doing vital work backstage or front of house, we welcome new members warmly. Please get in contact!'

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‘Founded in 1953, The Canterbury Orchestra is a thriving group of enthusiastic players who regularly tackle major works from the symphonic repertoire ... Canterbury Orchestra normally performs 3 concerts each year, mostly at the University of Kent's prestigious Colyer-Fergusson Hall ... Over the past few years, the orchestra has encouraged good young players to join and the membership currently includes a wide range of ages, from school pupils to seasoned musicians who have been playing with the orchestra for over 30 years: a productive blend of youth and experience. The young players form a mobile population, so it follows that there are occasional vacancies, particularly in the brass and string sections, and talented players are always welcome.‘

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'In the early 1950s a group of like-minded singers gathered around the grand piano of a friend`s house in Canterbury and decided to form a choir. The Canterbury Singers was born ! Since then the choir has established a strong standing as one of the leading chamber choirs in the area, performing a mix of sacred and secular programmes, both accompanied and "a capella".'

Category Chamber Choirs
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'Aims to encourage as many people as possible to discover the joy and multiple benefits of singing. We all have voices – and every one is unique. We believe that every voice should be celebrated and aim to help each participant discover and enjoy their own voice ...'

Category Community Choirs
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‘We are a lively, committed choir of approximately 40 people. We draw our membership from across East Kent. The Choir has built up a reputation in the local area, mixing high standards with a warm and friendly social life ... Our programme promotes musical variety, growth and development. All members should be prepared to perform challenging works. We work together as a team, to attain the best possible standard, whilst enjoying our singing. Our Spring and Autumn concerts are a blend of both religious and secular music, demonstrating the choir's versatility. Our Summer concerts offer a more lighthearted repertoire of music. We also perform at Carol Concerts in local churches at Christmas and sing at weddings or funerals by appointment.’

Category Chamber Choirs
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Formed in 2011: ‘The name of the choir was inspired by the Latin word for charity, “Caritas”, and the group has maintained a charitable ethos since its formation, raising thousands of pounds for various charities, good causes and churches. Members are drawn from around East Kent and feature both professional singers and advanced non-professional singers. The ensemble has become an important part of the cultural landscape of Canterbury’. The Choir has also developed a range of international collaborations, and in 2017 inaugurated a ‘Young Composer Competition’.

Category Chamber Choirs
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‘We are a choir with a reputation for fine standards of performance, singing great music, premiering new works and raising money for charity since 1995 ... The choir performs an ever-growing repertoire spanning from the Renaissance to new commissions, and has an enviable reputation for fine standards of performance. Audiences and critics alike have praised the precision and outstanding musicianship of the choir.’

Category Chamber Choirs
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'Formed in 1969 and is one of the main amateur orchestras in north Kent ... The CRSO has approximately 60 playing members, both amateur and professional musicians ... CRSO was formed to nurture excellence through music in the community, and places the local community at the heart of all that it does. The orchestra has given 5 World Premiere performances of music by composers from the University of Kent ... and the CRSO outreach programme includes a Young Composers' evening which allows young composers from the local area to hear their works played by the orchestra. We offer ticket concessions for young audience members, schools, and community groups.'

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‘We are a well balanced choir made up around 120 mixed voices ... We meet for rehearsals from September through to June with our main concerts in November and in the Spring. We have also introduced a Summer concert which is lighter in content and less formal, including local schools or other choirs, and a highly successful Christmas Concert made up of wonderful Christmas music, informal readings and rousing brass to accompany the audience carols. Our concerts are generally accompanied by the Cranbrook Sinfonia which is mainly made up of local professional players who come together to support the choir in its performances.‘

Category Choral Societies
Also indexedCranbrook Sinfonia
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‘CODS exists to encourage the performance of all forms of amateur theatre, musical, drama and comedy, and is open to all interested persons.’ Usually perform one Musical per year, in the Autumn.

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‘We are keen to recruit more musicians with a passion for music and enthusiasm for performance. We welcome musicians of all ages from teenagers learning at local schools to pensioners retired to the country ... We ask that you be of at least Grade 7 or equivalent ... The Orchestra’s regular members are a mix of professional and amateur musicians drawn from Kent and Sussex who rehearse and perform a wide range of classical music. There are usually two concerts per year in the locality. The Orchestra plays a wide repertoire of music and has performed a number of concertos with many established soloists.’

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‘Formed in 1919 ... There are usually four concerts a year, all of which take place in the Dartford area ... One concert each season is a Civic concert. Many of our soloists are professional singers but we also aim to encourage young emerging singers by offering opportunities for them to sing at selected concerts ... We suggest potential new members come, initially, to two or three rehearsals, to "try us out" and see if we are what you are looking for!’

Category Choral Societies
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‘Formed in 1979 with the aim of allowing musicians of all ages to come together to make music. From an initial attendance of 10 people the band has grown to a regular membership of around 35. We still maintain the aim of allowing people to have fun making music and welcome brass and woodwind players to join us at our rehearsals ... We perform concerts at a number of venues.’

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‘One of the longest-established amateur orchestras, having been formed immediately after the last war in 1946. We still have founder members in our audience, and many of the orchestra’s current playing members have been with us for twenty, thirty or more years! ... However, we are always happy to welcome new players to the orchestra, especially string players ... Grade VIII is preferable due to the nature of our repertoire.’

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‘A voluntary, non-profit-making, group of people, who like to sing. It was created in 2008 to promote and organize adult participation in world music singing workshops and public performances ... Unlike conventional choirs, DTC arranges stand-alone series of workshops, typically 6 sessions, each lasting 2 hours, followed by a performance. By offering these short courses we attract people who might not wish to commit to a full-time choir.’

Category Community Choirs
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‘A choir of all ages and voices: what brings us together is an enjoyment of singing sacred and secular music from a range of composers, classical and modern. We aim to perform three times a year and choir rehearsals are focused on these performances. There is no audition, you will almost certainly be sitting beside people with more and less experience than you and we are led by a vastly experienced conductor and a wonderful accompanist ... The well-known Handelian scholar (and Lifeboat surgeon) Dr James S. Hall, his wife Cynthia Hall and Ernest Stride, then Keyboard Professor at the Royal Marines School of Music in Deal, were the joint founders of the Deal and Walmer Handelian Society in 1946. This followed a performance of Handel’s Solomon in Canterbury Cathedral, after which the three founders emerged saying that they could form a local choir that would do as well!’

Category Choral Societies
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Formed 2011. The Choir’s founder, Charles Spanner, ‘recognised that in the modern curriculum there is a lack of regular music activity for children, and so he created the Dover Community Youth Choir as a way of fulfilling a local need ... Singing is the most exacting exercise that the human body can do ... The choir are physically exercised and mentally exercised, especially when faced with new venues and audiences ... Members have raised self-esteem and confidence; they make new friends and have a sense of belonging to the community’.

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‘The Choir is open to anyone who enjoys singing and has over 120 singers on its contact list. We perform three concerts a year in varying venues in East Kent. Our main concert is at the beginning of September so that people who want to keep singing through August can join us from other choral societies which do not rehearse then ... Our favourite venue is St Mary’s Arts Centre in Sandwich, which has plenty of space, excellent acoustics and good facilities. We warmly welcome new members, so if you are interested in singing with us, please get in touch.’ ALERT Website not available at Review; replaced Link with Facebook Page.

Category Deal
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‘Sings unaccompanied four-part harmony in the barbershop style. The Chorus started after a ‘Learn To Sing’ course in 2010 ... The Group performs as a classic Barbershop Quartet, an Octet (two of each part) and the full chorus. Our repertoire consists of popular songs from the Edwardian era though to the present day and includes songs from shows, ballads, number one hits, Christmas songs and carols.‘

Visits to the Website82
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‘A friendly mixed choir of approximately 95 members that performs a wide variety of sacred and secular music throughout the season. We perform a minimum of four concerts per year, one of which is usually a “Come & Sing” event in which we are joined by soloists and orchestra, as well as guest singers.’

Category Choral Societies
Visits to the Website26
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‘Our friendly and thriving Silver band is based in the village of East Peckham right in the heart of the Garden of England. First formed in 1895 we have a long and successful history and can boast the title of the oldest surviving Village band in Kent. The band can be seen at a range of events and venues across the South East and are available for Concert Performances, weddings and community events.’

Visits to the Website22
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‘Seeks to provide children and young people from Canterbury and Elham Valley with the chance to develop their vocal technique, ensemble singing, performance skills and general musicianship to an advanced level. Youngsters will be encouraged to aim for the highest possible standards, whilst enjoying the fun of music making in a friendly and supportive group. The choirs will perform concerts in local venues, often for local charities, as well as venturing further afield to large scale events and national competitions.’

Visits to the Website37
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Established 1966: ‘The Society presents three main concerts annually ... Concerts are presented in the spring, autumn and at Christmas. Also a roaming band of carollers brings a Christmas spirit to the town. Fund raising occasions, for example, wine and wisdom evenings, are held during the year to help with the Society’s finances ... New members, are always welcome - no entrance auditions are required, just a love for singing!‘

Category Choral Societies
Visits to the Website37
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‘Professional, innovative orchestra ... founded in 2002 for a performance in Canterbury Cathedral as part of the Canterbury Festival.’  Now typically performs at half a dozen concerts per annum.

Visits to the Website44
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'An amateur orchestra, consisting of members of all age groups, who are highly motivated and who enjoy making music together. The orchestra performs under the name of "Folkestone Symphony" ... The orchestra is a friendly group of people who meet up to rehearse once a week, giving at least four public concerts a year to very appreciative audiences.'

Also indexedFolkestone Symphony
Visits to the Website135
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'Consisting of over 100 voices, Folkestone Choral Society is the largest choir in the area and draws members from as far afield as Deal, Canterbury, Ashford and Romney Marsh. We exist as a Charitable organisation to bring the enjoyment of choral music sung to a high standard to the community of the Shepway District in Kent and many visitors to the area. No other country in the world has such a strong tradition of choral music ... Our programmes range from the great oratorios to more modern composers. Some concerts also include popular concertos and orchestral pieces to complement the choral works. The Society aims to cover over a number of years the major classical works for choir and orchestra from the 17th to 21st centuries.'

Category Choral Societies
Visits to the Website114
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‘A group of local singers who came together in July 2008 following the very successful TV talent show “Last Choir Standing” ... Since its formation, the choir has gone from strength to strength. We currently have 21 members and enjoy performing around Kent, raising money for local charities and churches. We have also established two smaller groups from within the choir, Front Room Ladies, (performing close harmony numbers) and the Back Room Boys (performing barbershop).’

Category Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website36
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'A concert band composed of around 30 friendly amateur players, with a wide range of ages. The band has existed for over 135 years, and we feel proud to have this history behind us ... During the course of a year we play concerts both locally, and on bandstands in and around Kent and Sussex. We vary our programme from one concert to the next and our repertoire includes selections and themes from shows and films, popular light music, and marches.'

Visits to the Website87
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'Has a deserved reputation for musical excellence and the broad range of music we present. We have a history stretching back to 1912 and we strive to continue with the traditions of live music. We have two strings to our bow, the staged musical events and a choir, which is how we originally began all those years ago, and each year we are producing concerts and shows for the public. We are also very happy to be invited to put on a concert with the choir in aid of a good cause ...'

Visits to the Website109
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'The Society's principal aim of presenting very high-quality performances attracts large audiences and enables it to engage first-rate professional soloists and orchestral musicians. The latter are mostly Kent- or London-based, and many were formerly in Kent County Youth Orchestra ... Rehearsals are demanding, but fun, making Wednesday evenings a most rewarding experience. Singers are friendly and always keen to welcome new members.'

Category Choral Societies
Visits to the Website78
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'We study, rehearse and perform all kinds of orchestral music in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Our conductor is an experienced performer and ensemble coach. We give occasional concerts, for which admission is normally free. At these events we support a nominated charity by inviting our listeners to make a donation. A guest speaker gives a brief talk to raise awareness of the charity’s activities. Membership is open to all ages, and there are no auditions, though a standard of at least Grade 5 ABRSM is recommended. (Numbers may be limited in some sections in order to maintain a good orchestral balance.)

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‘The Biggest Big Band you’ll ever see! ... A friendly group of approximately 40 amateur musicians with a huge variety of ages: from GCSE students to retired! Our repertoire is heavily varied, ranging from Jazz Standards and the Big Band Era of the 20s to modern arrangements ... and includes both vocal and instrumental numbers, so there is something for everyone.’ Perform in and around Maidstone, Kent.

Category Big Bands
Visits to the Website22
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'The choir is open to serving and retired police officers, civilian staff, those with links to the service and also members of the community. It is an ambassador for Kent Police and is supported by them, although it is self-financing ... our sincere thanks go to the long suffering wives, sweethearts, partners and families who give us such tremendous support.'

Visits to the Website115
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‘Freelance professional orchestra for the County of Kent with a core of members who either live in Kent, or have strong links with the County; many also play with the major London orchestras and throughout the country. We provide: * Live classical concerts; * Live opera performances; * Arts projects, educational workshops and presentations for schools and the community; * Music for corporate and other events; * Opportunities for arts funding and sponsorship; * Availability to accompany choral societies, opera companies and other performing groups and artists.’

Visits to the Website44
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‘It’s all in the name. Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra (KYJO to its friends) is a group of talented young musicians playing an exciting mix of jazz standards, jazz-rock and jazz-funk. They come from across the county to perform at major concert venues, jazz clubs and festivals as well as running jazz workshops in Kent and further afield.

Visits to the Website92
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'The premier independent youth orchestra in the South East ... Founded in 1976 by Sevenoaks violin teacher June Clements, accepting only the very best local young musicians. Small and select, Lydian remained a chamber orchestra until relatively recently. The inclusion of full brass and percussion sections for some courses has allowed the orchestra to expand and explore new repertoire ...'

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‘Founded in 1998, is a group of 20 accomplished singers who perform a cappella choral works dating from the 16th Century to the present day and modern close harmony arrangements of popular music and folk songs ... The chamber choir is joined by invited singers for larger choral works and this has enabled TMS to perform the more established choral masterpieces as well as a more intimate repertoire. Although based in Maidstone, TMS has performed in many locations, including appearances in the Brandenburg Concert Series in London. Touring is an important element of activities and TMS has flown the flag for Maidstone throughout Europe.’

Category Maidstone
Visits to the Website18
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Formed in 1910: 'MSO is a superbly well-balanced mix of local professionals and ex-professionals, music teachers and excellent amateur players who come together regularly on a voluntary basis to produce concerts of a professional standard. This entails great commitment by the players, many of whom travel from all over Kent, and beyond, to attend MSO's weekly Thursday evening rehearsals'.

Also indexedMaidstone Orchestral Society
Visits to the Website130
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‘Award-winning wind orchestra ... one of the United Kingdom's leading wind ensembles renowned for its passion and innovation ... We welcome applications from players of approximately grade 8 standard. We are also keen to encourage emerging talent of a lesser playing standard where possible ... MWS performs between five and six concerts each season. We understand that our members have lives outside of music and it is not essential to play in every concert. Players are simply asked to commit themselves fully on a concert-by-concert basis to the rehearsals and performance.‘

Visits to the Website37
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‘An amateur choir of 50 or so singers, founded in 1992 ... We are still based in Sandwich ... We sing a wide range of repertoire – from masses to songs from the shows, carols to jazz. Our singers have always had varying levels of skill – we practice hard but do not expect everyone to read music when they join. We have never auditioned a singer ... You do need to be able to sing tunefully and you will be expected to attend rehearsals regularly so that the choir can continue to develop excellence in its singing ... We have two major concerts each year and another event sometime in the Spring.’

Category Community Choirs
Visits to the Website25
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‘Talented group of Friendly people who put on High quality shows & performance events throughout Kent.’

Category Maidstone
Visits to the Website48
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‘Perform West Gallery Music - the sacred and secular music performed by amateur singers and instrumentalists during the Georgian period (ca.1720-1850). We concentrate particularly on music known to have been performed in the Southeastern counties, principally from Kent and Sussex. We are a mixed choir, singing mostly in four parts, accompanied by stringed and wind instruments. We dress in costume appropriate to the period and our performances include anecdotes and readings which set the music in its historical and social context. Members of the choir research the music, which we perform in concerts, church services, and workshops. Our repertoire is drawn from printed and manuscript music books from the southeast of England. These have survived in libraries and archives, occasionally in churches and chapels, or in the possession of private individuals, sometimes descendants of the early choir members and musicians.’

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‘Small-scale fully-staged operas, in English ... in and around Tunbridge Wells. We take pride in producing professional standard performances with a cast that consists mainly of amateurs. The company is unique in offering opportunities to good amateur singers, both as chorus members and in principal roles. It is committed to nurturing promising singers, whatever their prior experience. Several of our members have started in the chorus and progressed to solo roles. Others simply enjoy the camaraderie of the chorus. Rehearsals are fun and the environment is supportive ... Why not come and give us a try? You don’t have to be a Callas or Domingo in the making. The only requirements are a good voice, musicality, commitment and enthusiasm. Experience will come. Confidence will grow.’

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‘The Medway Band is widely regarded to be the finest brass band in Kent, and has been the most consistent Championship band in the county ... The organisation comprises of two full brass bands, and is a registered charity; all fees charged go straight back in to sustaining our success ... Medway Concert Brass enjoy a more relaxed approach to brass banding ... We enjoy performing at concerts and also contesting.’

Also indexedMedway Concert Brass
Visits to the Website39
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‘We are one of the few remaining contesting Brass Bands in the South East and are based in Northfleet near Gravesend in Kent.’

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Founded 1982: ‘The aims of the orchestra are stated in its constitution:"To promote, improve, develop and maintain public education in the art and science of music for string orchestra; by the presentation of public concerts and recitals and by other such ways as the society through its Committee shall determine from time to time”. The orchestra endeavours to maintain a high standard of playing, many of its members having received professional training. Membership is by invitation’.

Category String Ensembles
Visits to the Website40
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‘The Old Barn Orchestra (the orchestra for Medway and Maidstone) was founded in 1927 ... Its name derives from its first meeting place, which was the music room – a converted barn - of Dr Ponder and his family at Abbey Court in Sandling  ... Since the 1990s, programmes have included Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto, Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto, the first performance in Kent of Percy Whitlock’s Organ Symphony and less conventional music from the likes of Poulenc, Krommer and Milhaud. Familiar great composers have not been neglected, but the list includes the great symphonists Franck, Balakirev and Bruckner. Since 2013 the schedule has included symphonies by Mozart, Haydn, Schumann, Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, as well as shorter works by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, Donizetti, Gluck, Järnefelt and Elgar.’

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‘Formed in 1963 by the Rector and Doctor of the village who considered that regular singing might help to empty the Doctor’s surgery and encourage members to sing in church! ... From originally having a few members and rehearsing in Penshurst Church, the Society has grown to about 60 members ... The Society performs a wide range of music, including items from the standard choral repertoire, with occasionally more modern and demanding works. Concerts, usually two each year, also regularly feature an orchestral item with occasionally a concerto. The Choral Society also performs an annual Carols by Candlelight and enjoys singing at the local Christmas Farmers Market at Penshurst Place!’

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‘A big swing band ... Formed in 1992 the band consists of a mixture of professional musicians and serious amateur musicians whose ages range from 13 up to 88. The band plays only for charity concerts and performs approximately 15 times a year ... The band plays a mixture of music of the great Swing era: Ellington, Goodman, Basie, Miller, Kenton and Herman to name just a few with some more modern compositions thrown in too.‘

Category Big Bands
Visits to the Website68
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‘A well-established choir based in the Medway Towns in Kent. Over our 50-plus year history, we have raised thousands of pounds for charities and sung in some fantastic venues including the Royal Albert Hall. We usually promote our own concerts twice a year (including a carol concert at Christmas) but are very happy to perform at other events for charities, etc.’

Category Ladies Choirs
Visits to the Website131
Views of Full Record285

‘A very friendly and welcoming group of people who love singing together and engaging with their audiences, set up in 2013 following a short programme of workshops, Rivervoice reach across the disabled and non-disabled communities and ensure that music making is accessible to all. Our approach is that there is no requirement for members to read a musical score (though these are available) and rehearsal sessions are led by professional musicians, allowing for the development of a broad repertoire, improving musical skills and raising confidence. Alongside a programme of regular concert performances, RiverVoice also aspires to undertake flagship projects to continue building our creative profile and also welcomes invitations to perform within the local community. We are based in Medway but our members are from a wider area.’

Category Community Choirs
Visits to the Website34
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Music Making in Medway since 1873: ‘Still going strong in the twenty-first century, has always striven to achieve high standards of singing, from the great choral works to traditional folk songs. While we are a secular society and welcome singers from all beliefs and backgrounds, we have, ever since 1922, performed regularly in Rochester Cathedral, a prestigious venue that we regard with great affection ... We perform three or four concerts a year, often with an orchestra composed of a most talented group of players. They come together as the Rochester Sinfonietta, to perform with us and achieve a high standard ... It is a pleasure and a privilege for an amateur Choral Society to be associated with such fine musicians, professional and amateur. As amateurs, we also get a thrill when performing with renowned professional soloists’.

Category Choral Societies
Also indexedRochester Sinfonietta
Visits to the Website97
Views of Full Record297

’RTWCS is a vibrant community of people from all walks of life who share a passion for classical, mixed voice choral singing. We welcome everyone that shares our love of singing and who wishes to listen to, learn about or perform beautiful live music. Our aim is to engage and inspire both members and audiences alike through high quality public performances. As a self-governing society, we enjoy the support of our own orchestra, and the freedom to achieve our aims through evolution, adaptation and innovation.‘

Category Choral Societies
Visits to the Website18
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‘The orchestra is made up from a core group of gifted, local musicians, who play alongside a number of professional players. It aims to provide orchestral programmes of excellent quality in the context of a diverse musical season, and the on-stage standards are consistently high. Among UK orchestras, the RTWSO is a true all-rounder that attracts many internationally famous soloists.’

Visits to the Website110
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‘Formed in 2011 ... it welcomes young and not-so-young players of wind, brass and percussion instruments without audition, but nonetheless striving to perform at a high standard. Our Concert Band musicians are at least Grade 5 standard and comprise a number of music teachers and former professional musicians. Less experienced players perform with the Training Band which encourages and develops those playing at approximately Grades 1 or 2 upwards ... During the year the Band perform at around 4 or 5 concerts or events, including bandstands and outdoor concerts in the summer and a festive concert at Christmas.’

Visits to the Website30
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Second Wind was formed in 1998 by a group of like minded players from the area around the town of Sevenoaks in Kent ... Our repertoire includes many favourite concert band pieces as well as novel and exciting arrangements of well and lesser known music of various styles. Performance programmes are tailored to the type of event, which can be anything from an indoor concert to a summer garden fete. Many popular tunes are grouped together in medleys, such as stage shows and film scores. Single melodies often feature a solo instrument.’

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The Phil is a friendly choir of around ninety singers ... We sing a varied repertoire of classical music, both sacred and secular, with the Sevenoaks Philharmonic Orchestra ... accompanied by professional soloists. We perform three concerts each year: in March/April, in June and in November/December ... Our summer concert is a joint concert with the Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra forming part of the Sevenoaks Festival.’

Category Choral Societies
Also indexedSevenoaks Philharmonic Orchestra
Visits to the Website56
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‘Founded in 1944, is made up of 70 local musicians with a professional conductor and leader ... Our three subscription concerts each season focus particularly on 19th and 20th century masterpieces which are attractive and enjoyable for our audiences, and at the same time interesting and challenging for us as players. In addition we present our very popular Family Concerts in October and a Taste of Classics concert in the New Year, a short mid-week concert with complimentary glass of wine. We also team up with the Sevenoak Philharmonic Choir for a joint concert in June.‘

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‘This Kent based brass band has its roots in the days when East Kent possessed three major working collieries with their almost obligatory brass bands. The collieries no longer exist but the bands, Snowdown and Betteshanger, continue as they always did ... The Snowdown Colliery Welfare Brass Band is entirely self supporting and performs at local fetes, fairs, bandstands, concerts and is an active contesting band.‘

Visits to the Website25
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Founded 2011: ‘We are a local group of enthusiastic singers, from the Shepherdswell area ... We greatly enjoy meeting together and singing for pleasure and fun! ... New singers from the local community are always welcome ... Remember: “Harmony is not unity: it is creating spaces for the variety of notes to find each other in producing something delightful…”‘

Category Deal
Visits to the Website31
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'Synchordia was formed in 2009 by Nicholas Downs and a few players who had played in a number of groups over the years in the wake of a breakdown of local music groups and ensembles. Synchordia has grown in to a community group of musicians to include a community choir called Synchordia Singers and also a Saxophone Quartet. A group that started with less than 20 players has grown in to an ensemble of over 30 players and a choir of up to 20 singers. We have players aged 7 – 70+ so whatever your age or experience you will be welcomed in to the group.'

Visits to the Website83
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‘Explores the finest a cappella choral music from the Renaissance to the present day, but has a special affection for early music of the 16th and 17th centuries. Mostly performing in and around Sevenoaks in Kent.’

Category Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website79
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‘We are a friendly and enthusiastic choir of around thirty mixed voices ... Our ages vary, from young mums to newly retired members as well as several veterans of long standing membership, giving a balanced sound from each voice part. We regularly perform in local churches, all in aid of charity. Our repertoire includes sacred and secular pieces, including items from musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, Godspell and Chicago. We also sing popular classics from the 1960s and 1970s, Negro Spirituals and Folk Songs as well as Early Church music and that of contemporary composers. Our concerts also feature poetry and other readings, seasonal, topical or humorous.’

Category Community Choirs
Visits to the Website109
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‘A mixed choir and instrumental band that offers an opportunity for those who enjoy Gospel music to perform together and share this style of music with the wider community through public performances ... Thanet Community Gospel Choir aims to be as inclusive as possible. There’s no requirement to be a Christian but you do need to be serious about music. This is not a worship group or a “fun” choir ...’

Category Gospel Choirs
Visits to the Website84
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‘A mixed choral group of around 100 amateur singers. Based in the Isle of Thanet, East Kent, we regularly perform concerts to bring our music to the wider community. Although we do perform the occasional lighter concert, which might be Opera Choruses, Gilbert and Sullivan or Songs from the Shows, we tend to stick to traditional Choral Music (Messiah, Creation and Fauré Requiem amongst many others).’

Category Choral Societies
Visits to the Website111
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‘The Choir was formed in 1977. The Choir performs approximately fifteen concerts a year and raises many thousands of pounds for various local causes and charities in the East Kent area ... The choir has also performed in France, Italy and Germany as well as in the UK.‘

Visits to the Website40
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‘We are a group of enthusiastic amateurs who met when performing in “Promised Land”, a highly successful community opera project which was written, composed and directed by professionals ... It was such a fantastic experience that we decided we would like to continue to perform more novel theatrical works.  And because we all live in Kent, we decided that our future works would have Kentish themes.  We use and enjoy professional support wherever possible ... Alongside our productions, we run a variety of musical and theatrical workshops as well as social and fundraising activities. We often take our musical performance to the residents of care homes in East Kent.’

Visits to the Website18
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‘Formed in 1946, the Tonbridge Philharmonic Society is a vibrant part of musical life in the West Kent area. Comprising of a friendly mixed voice choir and orchestra, the Society works hard to provide exceptional performances ... We perform up to five concerts each season, two are orchestral, plus a Charity Carol concert ... If you enjoy singing, are enthusiastic about making music, and are able to practice between rehearsals, come and try us out ... If you are interested in joining the orchestra please contact the orchestral chairperson to arrange to come to one of our rehearsals.’

Category Choral Societies
Visits to the Website7
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‘An amateur all female choir of up to thirty five voices ... We perform two to three major concerts a year with proceeds normally going to local charities. Venues for singing engagements have included Leeds Castle and local churches ... Successful concert tours have been undertaken ... New members are welcome subject to our maximum membership of 35 voices.’

Category Ladies Choirs
Visits to the Website66
Views of Full Record93

‘Based in the Weald of Kent, we are a friendly, enthusiastic and accomplished choir of around 25 mixed voices, who enjoy coming together to make music and to perform concerts at charity fund raising events throughout Kent, Sussex and also further afield. As a choir, the Consort has a wide repertoire, ranging from Early Church music through to Folksongs and modern works. Each programme is different and reflects the wishes of those for whom we perform.’

Category Chamber Choirs
Visits to the Website64
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‘An inclusive and friendly musical group, formed to bring local people together to enjoy singing and making music. We have been going since February 2012 after an appeal to see if a choir would be popular with people from the local community. The response was amazing with a massive turn-out for the first session and after a short trial the members voted to carry on ... We now have around 120 people on our books and 60-100 people come along on a weekly basis to sing together.’

Category Community Choirs
Visits to the Website32
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‘Formed in 2004 ... as part of a community link when St Edmund’s Catholic School, Dover became a Performing Arts Specialist school. The band is made up of over 60 ex-professional and competent players, and has been a tremendous training ground for students in the area to gain experience alongside more able players.’

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'Music holds a privileged place at the heart of Benenden with countless opportunities for girls of all ages ... Benenden Symphony Orchestra complemented by numerous string and wind ensembles. Other groups include the Jazz Band, Concert Band and rock groups, and for singers, there are countless opportunities through the Chapel Choir, Chamber Choir, Lower School Chamber Choir and Folk Groups ... We put on weekly Friday Lunchtime Concerts and occasional break time "Coffee Concerts" encouraging students of all ages and abilities to perform. Opportunities abound both in and out of the School in prestigious venues ...'

Visits to the Website87
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Broadstairs Bandstand was opened in 1892 by Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria. The Bandstand is a focal point for entertainment throughout the year, but is particularly busy during the summer months.

Category Broadstairs
Visits to the Website52
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'The Cathedral plays an active role in the community and is regularly used for community and/or public events, from university degree ceremonies to concerts and local schools’ commemoration services ... Music is an integral part of our worship and the Cathedral takes great pride in the music performed at its services.' [Autumn 2017 saw the start of the rebuild of the Cathedral Organ by Harrison & Harrison.]

Category Cathedrals
Visits to the Website87
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‘Free concerts take place at the Henry Wellcome Bandstand in Central Park on Sundays throughout the summer from 2pm to around 4pm. Borrow a FREE deckchair or bring your own chair or picnic rug. Refreshments are available from the Cafe in the Park.’

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Deal Memorial Bandstand is a living Memorial to the 11 Royal Marines Musicians who were killed by a terrorist bomb on the 22nd September 1989 ... Concerts are performed on Sunday afternoons from May to September each year, commencing at 2.30pm.  We also hold a Carol Concert each December. The concerts are free of charge, as are the chairs, although we do hold a collection and sell raffle tickets to cover the costs of hiring the bands and towards the upkeep of the Bandstand.‘

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‘The Festival Theatre is an open air venue set in a magical location in the award winning gardens of Hever Castle in Edenbridge, Kent. The stage is fully covered and the seating is tiered with the vast majority of seats under new seating canopies, which means if the sun doesn't shine, the audience can still enjoy the spectacular setting with protection from the weather.’

Visits to the Website153
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Revelation is Ashford's music and arts venue, delivered by the St Mary's Arts Trust. Since 2011, we have worked hard to establish a centre of excellence for the arts in the town. We now embark upon stage 2 of our mission to be a beacon for the arts, to which Ashford's growing community can come together and experience high quality performance and exhibition.‘

Also indexedSt Mary’s Arts Trust
Visits to the Website38
Views of Full Record84

‘This beautiful, 19th century building was transformed in 2012 to create an international centre for music education and performance ... The music venue attracts international performers to the region and aims to make high-quality music performance accessible in the South East. Hosting around 100 concerts a year, the busy music calendar includes regular free lunchtime concerts, evening performances and special events, all of which are open to the public.’

Visits to the Website124
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'The Marlowe re-opened in October 2011 after an extensive rebuild and has since become one of this country’s leading regional theatres. Our programme includes some of the country’s biggest and best artists and companies, with regular visits from the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and the Philharmonia Orchestra.'

Visits to the Website65
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‘A fully equipped 300 seat theatre, providing a venue for performances, music and other events.’ The Theatre is the home of, and is owned by, the Folkestone-Hythe Operatic & Dramatic Society.

Visits to the Website158
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'Students of all subjects, together with staff and the local community, have the opportunity to get involved in the wide-range of extra-curricular music activities. As well as the many concerts in the Colyer-Fergusson concert-hall, there are also opportunities to perform in other venues ... If you sing or play an instrument you can join the Chorus, Symphony Orchestra, Concert and Big Bands and Chamber Choir ... Many other ensembles and bands are formed each year, and budding soloists and conductors also have a chance to develop their talents. Many other musical events take place across the University ... ranging from classical and jazz to pop, world and folk.'

Visits to the Website152
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