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Nearby: Tenterden

‘The Rye Wurlitzer is Britain's second oldest Wurlitzer theatre organ. It was originally installed at The Palace Cinema in Tottenham. It has been at Rye College since the summer of 1957. Regular concerts are held ... A unique teaching project also runs from the Rye Wurlitzer giving students the opportunity to learn the instrument at no cost to themselves.’

 

'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

‘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

‘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.

 

‘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.’

 

'Bringing music to the masses since 1924 ... The Band enjoys playing a variety of music and has a wide repertoire. Concert programs often include many different musical styles:- TV/Film Themes, Jazz, Classical, Rock and pieces specifically written for brass band ... As such the band is able to offer a wide variety of performances and is regularly booked to play at many different venues in Kent and Sussex throughout the year.'

 

‘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.’

 

 

‘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 ... 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

‘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

'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 ...'

 

‘St Mary’s Church lies on the outskirts of the small village of Kenardington, in a rural and beautiful location overlooking Romney Marsh. It acts as a visual beacon in the landscape, and lies on the route of the Saxon Shore Way.’ The Church has been renovated (including the provision of mains electricity) ‘to extend the role of this church to include facilities for retreats and musical events as well as to provide a resting place for walkers using the Saxon Shore Way’. An annual series of concerts Saxon Shore Early Music Kenardington can now be held.

 

Category Churches
Also indexedSaxon Shore Early Music Kenardington

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