Nearby: Maidstone

‘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 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.


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


'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

‘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

'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

'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.'

‘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.

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.‘


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


Category Maidstone

‘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.’


‘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

‘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

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