'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.'


A Canterbury-based charity helping people of all ages and abilities to improve health and wellbeing through active participation in singing. The four choirs we currently run are: [1] Canterbury Cantata A specialised choral group, open to young singers by audition; [2] Amici Chorus A non-auditioned community choir, open to all; [3] Monday Music Offers the opportunity to use singing as a means of improving individual well-being; [4] Sing to Beat Parkinson's A choir similar in principal to Monday Music but for people at varying stages of Parkinson’s Disease ... We believe that anyone who wishes to sing with other people should be able to do so, regardless of experience, and without any financial barrier. Based on the belief that singing is good for you, and following over a decade of collaborative research, we act as an umbrella organisation to make opportunities for caring through singing.'


Also indexedAmici Chorus | Canterbury Cantata | Monday Music | Sing to Beat Parkinson's

'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.'


‘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.’


'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.'


'Faversham Folk Cub meets 8pm every Wednesday.'


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‘.


'Music at St Peter’s, a registered charity founded in 1999, was established under the aegis of St Peter’s Methodist Church Canterbury as part of its outreach to the community, to promote an annual series of chamber music recitals of the highest quality within its available resources at a price which kept the series within the reach of most people ... Another aim has been added to the original one. As successful music promoters, we have assumed a responsibility for encouraging young local musicians ... In addition, we have recently often had the pleasure of welcoming into our main concert series professional musicians who have received their initial encouragement and training as youngsters in Canterbury.'



'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

'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

'The Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health is committed to researching the potential value of applied participatory arts such as theatre, storytelling, music, singing, movement, puppetry and digital arts in the promotion of wellbeing and health of individuals and communities.'


‘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.’


‘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.‘


’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.‘


‘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.‘


‘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.’


'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!'


‘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.‘


'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".'


'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 ...'


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’.


‘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.’


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!‘


‘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.


‘We are a friendly band that performs at various venues throughout the year around the Kent Coast. The band is 50 members strong and still growing. We always have places for new players, so if you want to come along and join the team please don't hesitate to contact us ... Having enjoyed our concerts over the years, a number of members in the audience have asked us how they can help to support the band. One way is to keep coming to our concerts, but hopefully that’s a given. Another way which is becoming popular is to donate a piece of music to the band. This is marked with the donors name, and announced at all performances, so that the donation is always remembered.’


‘We take our name from Lees Court, a converted stately home near the village of Sheldwich in Kent, where in 1979 a few of the residents formed an informal group of keen amateur singers. From those small beginnings, the group has grown in number and has gained a reputation as one of the most versatile choral ensembles in the county, performing a repertoire spanning ten centuries in a range of styles which has left its gentle, amateur origins rather far behind ... Performances have included recitals in Holland, Luxembourg and France, and cathedral services across the south of England and Wales. We are also proud to maintain a strong relationship with Canterbury Cathedral, having been invited to sing services and other performances there on a regular basis. By contrast much of our work consists of concerts in small country churches in Kent in support of local fund-raising initiatives.’


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’.


‘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.’


‘Whitstable Choral Society has over 120 enthusiastic singers who perform a wide range of choral music in various venues in the Whitstable, Herne Bay and Canterbury area, with the aim of making the joy of music accessible to the local community ... We perform at least four concerts a year.’


'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.'


‘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.’


'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.'


'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.'


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