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'.


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


‘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

Founded 1928: ‘The early records show a strong interest in Piano, Strings and Singing but in recent years there has been a marked increase in the entries for Woodwind Instruments, including Recorders. These changes reflect the greater variety of instrumental teaching in schools today. It is one of the few Festivals in the country to include Harp classes.’ There is also now an Organ Section. Held in March.


'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.'


Category Arts Festivals

‘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

'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.'


'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.'


'Live music venue promoting many styles of acoustic music ... It has always been part of Dartford Folk Club's tradition to encourage Floor Spots and we continue to welcome singers and musicians to the stage ... Tickets are available on the door on a first come, first served basis. [We do not offer pre-booking but enquiries are very welcome.] The Venue has seating capacity for 100+ people so admission is rarely a problem.'


Category Dartford

'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!'


'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

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.‘


‘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.


'Faversham Folk Cub meets 8pm every Wednesday.'

Category Folk Clubs

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‘.


'Includes concerts of classical folk music performed by soloists and ensembles. Most events are free or Pay What You Want. Folkestone is on the Kent coast, less than one hour from central London by train.' Held Late March.


'Folkestone New Music promotes contemporary music in Folkestone and beyond.'


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


‘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 primarily during the months of July and September.


‘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

'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.'


‘A series of classes, performances, prizes, a masterclass and a finale concert in the historic setting of Tonbridge School over three days during the Lent half-term break ... A major feature is the blend of small group teaching by acknowledged experts, informal and formal performing opportunities throughout and a range of prizes including recital and concerto performance opportunities. A key aim of the courses is to reduce the isolation of playing the instrument, and in the midst of serious learning and performing on the courses is socialisation, fun and togetherness.’


'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

‘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.’


‘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

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’.


‘An English Arts Festival which is primarily devoted to classical music. It is a biennial event taking place in May [2020] 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’. Each year the Festival promotes a number of fund raising and other concerts and recitals in addition to the biennial Festival itself.


Category Arts Festivals
Also indexedTunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition

'Works to provide first class music opportunities for young people in the area. Since Medway Council's creation in 1998, a very strong partnership has formed with Medway Music Association which has seen rapid development in both range and quality of the provision we offer. We are also delighted to be working in partnership with Dynamics, the Medway Music Education Hub CIC.'


‘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

'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.'


ALERT 'Please note our concerts will be held in our new venue: St Paul's Church CT1 1NH'


Category Canterbury

'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

‘An eclectic mix of music including classical, jazz, folk, world and contemporary music ... Music@Malling aims to promote dynamic and exhilarating programmes of music in outstanding local venues in and around the historic town of West Malling.‘ Held Mid - Late September.


Annual Festival in Folkestone organized by and featuring the Sacconi String Quartet alongside other internationally renowned artists. Held Mid May.


'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

‘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.’


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.


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


'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 ...'


Also indexedSevenoaks Young Musician of the Year Competition

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‘.


'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 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.‘


'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.'


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


'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

‘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.’


'Meets on the first and third Mondays of each month from 8-11 pm. Most nights are now guest nights but sing-arounds are held occasionally ... Musicians and singers are welcome and encouraged to perform and join in, but it’s not compulsory! You are welcome to come along and just listen ... We are fairly liberal in our interpretation of what constitutes folk music, embracing traditional and contemporary, music hall and other vintage material, singer-songwriter etc ... Many people today would question some if not all aspects of this definition or even whether it is possible or desirable to define folk music at all. But that doesn’t stop us from recognising the folk genre or describing it.'


Category Folk Clubs

‘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.’


'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.' ALERT ’After an amazing eight year run the Rotary Club of Canterbury has taken the decision to pause Top Choir Kent for the time being.’


‘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

‘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

‘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.‘


Category Folk Clubs

’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.‘


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

'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.'

'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)

'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)

‘Based in Tonbridge and originally started in 1988 under the auspices of Kent Music. We became independent in 2006 ... Our aims are to provide local players with the opportunity to explore the large and diverse range of serious music written or arranged for wind orchestra, and to give our audiences a chance to hear this music. We regularly perform concerts in Kent and Sussex, both in formal indoor settings and in bandstands.’


'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

'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

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


'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+!'


'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.'


‘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

‘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

‘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".'


Category Chamber Choirs

'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

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" ... On average the group presents about twenty concerts per year as well as many services in Canterbury Cathedral.‘


Category Chamber Choirs
Also indexedCaritas International Emerging Composer Competition

‘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

'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.'


‘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.'


Founded 1967: ‘Every year the choir stages two major concerts with professional soloists and orchestras ... In the summer the choir often presents a less formal concert ...We also perform Christmas carols at local churches ... We don’t audition singers or expect you to read music fluently. We do support all our singers and you will find a friendly welcome’.


Category Choral Societies

‘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

‘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.’


Category Community Choirs

‘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

‘Founded in 1892, Dover Choral Society presents two major concerts every year. Programmes contain a wide variety of choral works, both sacred and secular, using professional instrumentalists and soloists ... Each summer we join with other local musicians to present the Dover Festival Proms Concert in support of local charities. Other musical and social events also take place throughout the year. New members are always welcome - rehearsals are intensive, but friendly!’


Category Choral Societies

‘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.’



Category Deal

‘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.‘


‘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

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

‘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.


'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

‘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

'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.'


'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 ...'


'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

'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.)’


'The Invicta Jazz Orchestra is probably the biggest big band you will ever see. Based in Kent, they perform both locally and further afield, recently touring to France and The Netherlands. Their style and their music are infectious, and audiences have often been seen dancing in the streets, with their variety of swing, jazz, funk and rock. A talented group of musicians who love what they play and love to perform.'


Category Big Bands

‘Founded in 1964 and is still based in the village of Kemsing in Kent.  The choir gives at least four main concerts each year in the Kemsing and Sevenoaks area ...The choir's large repertoire includes major choral classics, but we are not a choral society.  Our programmes are built to a theme and consist of several shorter items in a range of styles.  Many of these pieces are on the lighter side of classical music or are contemporary arrangements of songs and carols with opera and musicals also represented.  Singers and audiences alike enjoy the variety.’


Category Community Choirs

Founded 1983: ‘With some six concerts a year we bring high quality choral singing to towns and villages throughout Kent, occasionally elsewhere in the UK and abroad. Drawing on membership of forty or so singers our repertoire ranges from simple miniatures to complex music for two or more choirs. We programme all kinds of sacred music from the 15th to the 21st centuries and often include a diverse mix of secular items. Although much of what we sing is unaccompanied, a large-scale work with orchestra is a regular feature’.

Category Kent

‘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.’


'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.'

‘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.’

‘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.

‘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.’


Category Canterbury

'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 ...'


Founded 1902: 'We are a very friendly choir and you will be asked to sit next to an established choir member who will keep a friendly eye on you. You do not have to be able to sight-read music, although it helps, practising with a CD between rehearsals is also useful! ... The choir’s "season" now extends to four or five concerts'.


Category Choral Societies

‘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

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

‘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.‘


‘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

‘Talented group of Friendly people who put on High quality shows & performance events throughout Kent.’


Category Maidstone

‘We sing a wide variety of music spanning the ages. Contemporary, Classical, Choral, Songs from the shows, Gospel, Madrigals.... something for everyone ... We perform several concerts throughout the year, sometimes pairing with local orchestras or ensembles. We also hold charity concerts and get together socially at least twice a year.’


Category Ladies Choirs

‘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.’



‘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.’


‘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

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

‘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.’


‘A mixed-voice choir of around 45 members. PWCS began life in January 1980 as an evening class at Mascalls School, later becoming an independent, fully-functioning choral society ... Our repertoire covers all eras of music from the renaissance to pop. The Christmas concert usually features one or two main works plus carols, and for the spring concert the choir engages professional soloists and is usually accompanied by The Henham Chamber Orchestra. This performance often consists of more serious works and the orchestra performs a work of its own.
The summer concert is in lighter vein, perhaps involving groups from local schools and other guests.’


Category Choral Societies
Also indexedHenham Chamber Orchestra

‘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!’

‘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

‘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

‘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

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

’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

‘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.’


Based in Saltwood, Hythe, Kent: ‘The Society was founded in 1921. It was always intended that it should remain a small choir to serve the needs of village life and over the years membership has fluctuated between 30 and 40, except in 1948 when it had a record 60 members. The current membership is just over 50 ... The Society performs two or three concerts during the year. The programmes have been varied, ranging, in a lighter vein from Gilbert and Sullivan, Edward German and “Songs from the Shows”, to the classical choir repertoire of Bach, Fauré, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Vivaldi. At Christmas, the Society has a carol concert in the church’.


Category Folkestone

‘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.’


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.’



'A symphonic wind band based in Sevenoaks, Kent, with its players drawn from a wide area. With a busy schedule of performances at different venues across the region, our repertoire ranges from original works for wind ensemble to arrangements of orchestral pieces, traditional military band items and light music of various styles ... The Concert Band generally recruits experienced ensemble players, but our musicians’ range in age from school students to retired members ... OurTraining Band offers an opportunity for less experienced players to develop their skills.'


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

‘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.‘


'The Choir is a non-auditioning choir of approximately 70 singers, drawn from Sittingbourne and surrounding towns, encompassing all ages, from students to the recently retired, and from all walks of life. We are very proud to have a few long-serving members in the choir and celebrate its diversity and longevity.'


Category Choral Societies

‘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.‘


‘The Society was formed in 1990 by the Director of Music of Sutton Valence School, and has grown over the years to about 100 members.  The choir ... is a society where people can come and sing for the sheer joy of it all ... At least two major concerts a year are performed with professional soloists and the Beresford Sinfonia. We also undertake workshops, carol concerts and charitable functions.’


Category Choral Societies
Also indexedBeresford Sinfonia

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

'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.'

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘Comprises a mix of amateur, semi-pro and professional players, who enjoy a wide repertoire of classical and light music, ranging from baroque concerti to "songs from the shows" - our library contains over 1000 items. At present it tends to put on 3-4 concerts per year ...  It is almost always looking for new members, on almost any instrument, but strings are particularly welcome. Those unable to commit to weekly rehearsals ... are also welcome to join us on an “occasional” basis. We enjoy working with young players, either those wanting to gain experience in orchestral playing, or those seeking to play a solo piece with the orchestra (a movement from a concerto, for example).’

Category Light Orchestras

‘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.‘


‘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.’


‘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

'We are a non contesting brass band based in Sittingbourne ... In the early days of the band all the players worked at the Paper Mill and were given time off to attend rehearsals and play at concerts. The band was often seen at parades and processions, marching along Sittingbourne High Street.  In recent times the number of players working at the mill has fallen and the band attracts players from across north Kent ... In every concert, we play a balanced programme containing varied music to suit everyone's tastes. Our repertoire contains traditional marches, and selections from popular musicals, but it also contains popular songs and some more unusual pieces as well - we provide a programme to entertain everyone!'


‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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.’

‘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.’


Category Choral Societies

'A 1,000-seat, multi-purpose venue in the heart of Tunbridge Wells in Kent. We’re committed to bringing an exciting and eclectic variety of theatre, music, comedy, family and entertainment events from around the world to south east England – encouraging everyone in our local community to participate in the arts. Collaborating with local, national and international organisations, our vision is to entertain, educate and enrich.'


'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 ...'


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

'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.'


Category Cathedrals

‘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.’


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.‘


‘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.’


‘A beautiful Victorian structure, the Leas Bandstand still hosts regular concerts throughout the summer season. Its tent-shaped canopy supported by cast-iron columns provides shelter for the band while deckchairs are set out for audiences.’ The concerts take place on most Sundays (a few Saturdays), with performances from 2.30PM to 4.30PM: ‘Performances are subject to change and are weather dependent’.


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

'Rochester Cathedral is the Mother Church of the second most ancient diocese in England, and has resounded to the singing of God's praises since AD 604, when St Augustine appointed Justus to be the first Bishop ... Rochester Cathedral has a vibrant programme of concerts, exhibitions and activities throughout the year. There is something for everyone ... Hear our spectacular organ being played by internationally acclaimed organists.'


Category Cathedrals

‘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.’


‘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

'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.'


‘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.


Also indexedFolkestone-Hythe Operatic & Dramatic Society

'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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