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Canterbury Society of Art

The Society, which was founded in 1968, has over 100 members, with experience ranging from complete beginners to professional artists and tutors. They meet in Blean on Monday evenings, approximately 40 weeks per year, for demonstrations, talks and practical evenings. They hold up to three exhibitions annually. Please go to the website for more details.

Canterbury Three Cities Association

This triangular association was formed in 1985 to develop understanding, friendship and support between the citizens of the Canterbury District, Bloomington-Normal (Illinois) in the USA and Vladimir, Russia (then the USSR). The association set out to foster cultural, educational and business links between our very different societies, leading to friendships which have lasted for decades.

The link attracted national attention in 1988 when promoting a world-first school pupil exchange with the Soviet Union. Links have since been established between academic institutions in each city. Over the years choirs, musician, folk singers, artists, photographers, dancers and sports enthusiasts have visited each others’ countries. There have also been numerous exchanges or study visits by professionals and Association members, and several civic delegations have travelled between the three countries.

The Association is supported by both Canterbury City Council and its Honorary Patrons, the Lord Mayor of Canterbury and the Bishop of Dover, the Bishop in Canterbury.

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Canterbury Vocals

Canterbury Vocals 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 to discover and enjoy their own voice. Every session, whether a choir rehearsal, individual lesson or workshop aims to share the joy of singing while introducing and exploring the technical elements of voice production from breathing to diaphragm control. It is this focus on the physical, along with a firm belief in the creative potential in every individual which guides and motivates everything we do.

Caritas Chamber Choir

‘Caritas’, the Latin for charity is an ethos held close to the ensemble's heart. We sing with precision and passion, thereby captivating our audiences whilst fundraising for a variety of causes. In 2011, our Music Director, Benedict Preece, selected singers from his larger choir, East Bridge Chorale, to perform for the charity ‘Catching Lives’ in the March; Caritas was born. Since that date, the chamber choir has developed into one of the leading vocal ensembles in Canterbury and beyond, boasting both Stephen Portman and Dr Robert Willis, the Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, as our Honorary Patrons. Our members are auditioned, and a number of our singers have performed professionally with cathedral and London-based chamber choirs. We are frequently invited to sing services in Canterbury Cathedral and are the Dean and Precentor’s preferred choir when the boys and girls are away. In our short life, we have sung hundreds of works in such venues as Ely Cathedral, Ampleforth and Selby Abbeys, as well as a plethora of other churches, the Colyer-Fergusson Hall at the University of Kent and St Clement Danes, as part of the Brandenburg Choral Festival. Reviews have called our music-making “superb”, “brought vividly to life”, also saying “‘A Little Piece of Heaven’ was not an exaggeration, if taken metaphorically”, “My first impression of the choir was of a surprisingly lovely sweep of well-in-tune and homogeneous song rising up the hill.” and “Caritas is a very welcome addition to the rich musical life of Canterbury.” Recent highlights have included Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Bruckner Mass No.1 and No.2, Bach Magnificat and Motets. We also perform many contemporary works and have premiered pieces by Oliver Lambert, Benedict himself and UK premieres of Mikael Carlsson’s works. We often programme works by Arvo Pärt, Morten Lauridsen and Ola Gjeilo. Caritas is a busy choir, singing concerts in most months and is always seeking to perform more concerts for charity. We are actively pursuing the international connections that Benedict has made, and are strengthening links with our friends in Sweden (Haga Motettkör) and in Holland (Cantica Sacra). Our collaborations with more professional orchestras have been encouraged by the enthusiasm of London professionals to play with us. Benedict Preece, an ex Canterbury Cathedral Chorister, Deputy Tenor Lay Clerk, hornist, organist, accompanist and composer, continues to be in increasing demand as a conductor in Kent; “This is a choir to watch and Benedict Preece has a bright future as he leads Caritas from strength to strength.” His talent is fuelled by meticulous preparation and sheer hard work, qualities he values highly in the Caritas musicians. Benedict studies conducting with Stephen Portman and attends courses led by Peter Stark.

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Charlton Park

Charlton Park promotes cultural events, provides venue services and further educational programmes for the development and well-being of the local community. It also helps to maintain, preserve and improve the heritage of a Grade II* listed mansion and parkland in Bishopsbourne, near Canterbury.

City of Canterbury Band

The band was formed many years ago but was temporarily disbanded after the war. We started again in 1968 and have gone from strength to strength since then. We have 28 enthusiastic members who play in the band solely for pleasure. We are all very keen and have some accomplished musicians amongst us. Our longest serving member has been with us for 38 years and our newest member has been with us for 1 year. There is a diverse cross section of society in the band with our ages ranging from 15 to over 80. We have members from various professions including teaching,building,I.T.,telecoms,transport,council services,and engineering,though some members are now retired from their professions. During the 1980s and 1990s we did two concerts each week in the summer for SAGA holidaymakers staying at The University of Kent,plus fetes and bandstands etc. Sadly SAGA no longer organise holidays at the university. However we perform throughout Kent at bandstands,churches,village halls and fetes,which adds up to about 25 performances a year. We practice every Friday evening at Chartham Hatch village hall and we always extend a warm welcome to new members of any standard. Please give us a try if you are interested and we can loan you an instrument if necessary. You may also like to view our website at www.canterburybrass.co.uk