Welcome to Kent Chorus

the friendly, lively choir
for Tunbridge Wells and the South East

Rehearsals take place on Mondays at 7.30 for 7.45pm in the Warner Hall at Tunbridge Wells Baptist Church, 12 Upper Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 2EP (near Meadow Road car park).

Some members recently joined East Grinstead Choral Society for their trip to Ypres in Belgium, where we sang at the Remembrance Ceremony at the Menin Gate, at the Cathedral and at the English Memorial Church - all to great acclaim!

Calendar details are on our Information for singers page.

Support us (as an advertiser or sponsor) - contact kentchorus@gmail.com

About Us

Kent Chorus is a friendly and lively choir which will challenge and inspire you.

Our mission is to perform the best choral music to the highest of standards.

We aim to bring more people into choral singing, and enjoy collaborations with young people, music scholars and visiting choirs.

Our Calendar consists of one major concert in the autumn, a candle-lit Christmas concert in Frant Church as part of the Frant International Music Festival, a second large scale work in the spring and then a summer concert of lighter music in a more informal setting. We enjoy a couple of social events each year.

Following our successful tour to Holland, as part of their 75th Anniversary Celebrations for the Liberation of Neimegen, we are currently looking at different options for a future tour.

Musical Director: Richard Jenkinson

Assistant MD and Accompanist: Christopher Harris

Co-Presidents: Neil Jenkins and Penny Jenkins

Patrons: Roger & Sylvia Lumley

Concerts

2018 - 2019 Season

Christmas Concert 2018: Sunday 9th December 2018 at 6.30pm

at St Alban's Church, Frant

Concert Flyer Sunday 9th December 2018 at 6.30pm

Spring Concert 2019: Friday 12th April 2019 at 11pm

at St Peter's Church, Tunbridge Wells.

Reviews

Feedback from audience members after our concert of Haydn's Creation in Salomons Victorian Theatre

I'm writing to congratulate all of you who took part yesterday. It was quite marvellous, indeed spine tingling in places and I spent quite a lot of time sitting on the edge of my seat. From my own particular angle, The Kent Chorus is a fantastic choir – the enthusiasm, energy and teamwork is palpable

The choir and orchestra were sounding particularly fine; and Lesley-Jane did a magnificent job

I thought the concert yesterday was just fab! The choir sounded tight and exciting and the soloists were all excellent.

The performance was amazing.I lost count of the 'spine tingling' moments. Congratulations to you and Kent Chorus for a wonderful concert. It was a joy to meet up with members of Kent Chorus again; they are a very friendly bunch!!

Reviews of Byrd, Chilcott & Handel concert Nov 2018

Masses of Enjoyment Once again Kent Chorus delighted the audience with their musicality and enthusiasm. Unusually, the programme included not one but two settings of the Mass, one written in our own time, and the other in that of Elizabeth I. The contrast worked. Under the musical direction of Richard Jenkinson, and supplemented by Peter Evans on bass guitar, James Chapman on drums and Ray Maulklin on piano, we were carried along by a wonderfully rhythmic performance of Bob Chilcott’s ‘A Little Mass’. Full of blues and jazz sounds, the music lifted both choir and audience. The second work – William Byrd’s ‘Mass for Four Voices’ – presented a different challenge. Its smooth polyphony is easy to enjoy but difficult to sing. But with organ accompaniment and cello played throughout the concert by Nigel Blomily, the work was a success. The final component of the concert was an enjoyable romp through 15 of ‘Handel’s Best Bits’, ranging from the hum-along familiar to the less often sung, ‘Lord, I trust thee.’ The sequence started with an attention-grabbing ‘Zadok’, and concluded appropriately with an energetic celebration of ‘the Hallelujah Chorus’. David Walder, tenor, had the perfect voice for the music. Altogether, 75 minutes of superb music sung and played by a choir clearly in love with what they do, and responsive to a conductor whose warmth draws the best from people.

It was my pleasure to attend the Kent Chorus concert at St Peter’s Church on November 18th. The choir, under the expert direction of Richard Jenkinson, gave us a delightful blend of styles, ancient and modern, with a pleasingly tuneful modern mass setting by Bob Chilcott, so perfectly contrasted by the great Mass for Four Voices by the great William Byrd – in perilous Reformation times - but on this occasion with a very contemporary flavoured instrumental accompaniment – highly effective! This was followed by a splendid selection of favourite Handel numbers, where the choir’s excellent articulation was a pleasure to hear, as were solo tenor David Walder’s contributions. There was excellent instrumental accompaniment throughout. One looks forward to a further appearance from this highly successful choir. Reviewer: retired strings teacher Michael Hewitt

Comments on our performance of Handel's Messiah

As far as I was concerned it was easily the best amateur choral sound I have ever heard in all of the High Weald. A singing group, with such an enviable low average age has not been around for decades and a musical teen & twenty, listening to that performance, would surely want to join the Choir.

Feedback after our concert of Vivaldi and Schubert

Absolutely fabulous and the soloists were amazing.

First rate performance at a professional standard.

That music and the singing were truly good for the soul.

Musical Director

RICHARD JENKINSON, FRCO, GRSM, ARCM

Richard Jenkinson is well-known and respected for excellent, critically acclaimed concerts. He was a scholarship student at the Royal College of Music in London, where he won many prizes and awards for his work, and where Sir David Willcocks was a huge influence and guide. He works regularly with many choral societies, chamber choirs and church choirs in and around London/Southern England, and has appeared at most of the major venues.

A recent highlight was the highly acclaimed performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, where singers of various choirs came together to perform, with Mark Padmore as Evangelist.

Richard is also Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church in Cuckfield, West Sussex where the music tradition is thriving and flourishing.

Richard's other projects include helping to develop great choral singing in local primary and secondary schools, running a "Vocal Academy", and leading musical exchanges between his English choirs and their twin town counterparts abroad.

Away from music, Richard continues to enjoy sport (mostly viewed from the safety of a comfy sofa) plus good wine and local beer!

Information for Singers

Join in the Kent Chorus success story - come and sing with us!

If you are thinking of joining us, come along for a rehearsal to give it a try. Just bring yourself and a pencil - music available. All levels of singers welcome.

You pay just £5 for the rehearsal; you will be given your music, introduced to other members of Kent Chorus and to the Voice Rep in your section - just try it out for a week or two to see if this is the choir for you!

We can guarantee a very friendly atmosphere, fun but hard-working and high-achieving rehearsals and, most of all, a musical learning experience, regardless of how experienced a singer you are.

Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from 7.45 - 9.45pm with a break for refreshments in Tunbridge Wells Baptist Church (Warner Hall), 12 Upper Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2EP. Parking in Meadow Road car park nearby.

We often gather at a local venue in Tunbridge Wells for a drink and a chat afterwards - just ask for directions!

Dates for the Diary

2018

  1. Monday 3rd December 2018: Rehearsal at Frant Church Dec 3rd- 7.30 for 7.45pm. Car share please.
  2. Wednesday 5th December 2018: Extra Rehearsal Dec 2018 at TWBC at 7.45pm
  3. Sunday 9th December 2018: Christmas Concert - Dec 9th - setup 3pm Rehearsal 3.30 - 5.30 Concert 6.30pm. Car share please.

2019

  1. Monday 14th January 2019: Next term's rehearsals begin. Jan 14th TWBC 7.30 for 7.45 pm

Team

  1. Treasurer: Jessany Marsden
  2. Chairman elect: Jane Osman (07979952547)
  3. Choir Secretary and Alto rep: Belinda Evans (07956063618)
  4. Ticketing and Advertising: Marion Hobday
  5. Socials: Colin Wood (07930916148)
  6. Finance: Frances Rotunno
  7. Librarian - Facebook: Pip Macdonald-Brown (07887386064)
  8. Soprano rep: Rosemary Brown Humes (07807349104)
  9. Fundraising: Kate Sander (01892527315)
  10. Chairman to 31 Dec 2018 - Librarian - Tenor & Bass rep.: Andy Macdonald-Brown (07989555957)

Contact Us

Email

kentchorus@gmail.com

Telephone

01444 882398 or 07931 703452