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'Dartford Music is an inspiring local music hub based in the heart of the community and designed with musicians in mind. We offer two activities for musicians of all ages, backgrounds and interests; Dartford Music Lab and Dartford Junior Orchestra. These have come out of Kent Music’s partnerships with Dartford Area Schools Consortium (DASCo), Dartford Youth Hub at The Bridge, The Mick Jagger Centre and Dartford Music School. Our connections with these fantastic organisations mean Dartford Music is the best place to connect with the local music community. We provide access to fantastic music education outside of school hours and regardless of the availability of lessons and groups in schools. All our activities are supportive, creative and welcoming, and excited to meet new members. We look forward to making music with you!'

 

‘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!’

‘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.’

 

‘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.’

‘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.’

 

‘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).’

 

‘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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