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City of Canterbury Chamber Choir

The City of Canterbury Chamber Choir gave its first concert in 1995, and in over twenty seasons since foundation has made regular appearances at the Canterbury and Presteigne Festivals, and also at the English Music Festival, and for the Sittingbourne Music Club and has performed regularly with Orchestra Nova, both in concert and on disc. A recent highlight was its appearance at St John’s, Smith Square, London for Cecilia McDowall’s 60th birthday concert. The choir has presented Good Friday concerts at the Shirley Hall, King’s School, Canterbury, for the Lady Mayoress' Charities and sings frequently at many of the beautiful churches in and around the City – and throughout Kent. In 2017, after 22 years at the helm, George Vass retired as music director and was succeeded by Edward-Rhys Harry, internationally known as a voice coach, adjudicator and composer, and director of several chamber choirs from Wales to Volgograd. New Music is always a feature, the choir having premiered numerous compositions by, amongst others: Cecilia McDowall, John McCabe (President until his death in 2015), David Matthews, Bob Chilcott, Tarik O’Regan, John Tavener, Peteris Vasks, Adrian Williams, Rihards Dubra, Morten Lauridsen, Michael Berkeley, Celia Harper, James MacMillan, Paul Patterson, Deborah Pritchard, Arvo Pärt, Pawel Lukaszewski, Thomas Hyde, Will Todd and Gabriel Jackson. CCCC has also hosted Choral Workshops – for choirs throughout East Kent, to encourage a mix of young inexperienced and more experienced singers, involving then Music Director George Vass, and guests John Rutter, Rachel Nicholls and Bob Chilcott. Accompanist: Edward Kemp-Luck. Honorary Patron: The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Canterbury. President: Cecilia McDowall. Founding Chairman: Tony Eldridge

CT6 Contemporary Art Group

A group of visual arts graduates living in and around the CT6 area who meet on a regular basis to discuss art in its various forms. We exhibit together approximately 4 times a year - often in the Bay Art Gallery, 47a William St,. Herne Bay. Our main criterion is to promote contemporary art within the area, establishing links with the community and local schools, encouraging them to use the Bay Art Gallery to promote their own work. The group is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Bay Art Gallery which is a not-for-profit organisation, specifically set up to enhance the cultural well-being of the town and its community.

Adam De Ville

Framework is an arts production company in pursuit of a story that fits. We often find ourselves suspended, caught between the fragments of an elusive grand narrative, blurring the boundaries of our real and imagined lives. We search for a story that fits, and explore the brief encounters and happy accidents that happen along the way. Performance lies at the heart of our work, and the material reflects our aims. Form is driven by story and the questions we attempt to answer.

East Bridge Chorale

The choir is open to anyone who enjoys singing and has over 120 singers on its contact list. We perform at least 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. If you are interested in joining us, or would just like to learn more about the East Bridge Chorale and its activities, please contact our Choir Administrator, Geraldine Wyant: geraldine@kola18.demon.co.uk Rehearsals take place on Friday evenings at 7.30pm in Littlebourne War Memorial Hall. New members are always welcome.

English-Speaking Union (Canterbury & East Kent)

The ESU is an international educational charity with a head office in London. We have branches in many areas of the UK, USA and Australia, and also in over 100 countries worldwide. Our aim is to promote international understanding through the use of the English language. We run international debate and public speaking competitions and offer bursaries for education. The local branch sponsors Shakespeare and public-speaking workshops for local school children and offers scholarships to young musicians and actors. We also run an interesting programme of social events to raise funds for our charitable work.

Festival Chamber Orchestra & Crowther Wind Quintet

The Festival Chamber Orchestra was founded in 2002 for a performance in Canterbury Cathedral as part of the Canterbury Festival, conducted by international conductor and oboist, Nicholas Daniel In 2007, the orchestra was brought together once again under conductor Anthony Halstead. A professional orchestra that enjoys exploring and performing a wealth of wonderful chamber music.

Fishslab Gallery

A not for profit organisation promoting art for all the community especially supporting emergent and established artists in the local area.

Folk in the Barn

Folk in the Barn was formed in 2003 to raise awareness of the fantastic roots music that exists outside the mainstream, and to create opportunities for the UK's (and beyond) top folk/roots/acoustic musicians to come and play in the South East. Our aim is to promote top quality, yet friendly, informal events with a diverse range of performers in beautiful and atmospheric venues in Canterbury and the surrounding area. Past performers have included Show of Hands, Seth Lakeman, Beth Nielsen Chapman, ColvinQuarmby, John Tams and Martin Simpson. Every concert so far has been amazing and support is strong with a growing emailing list getting priority information and booking. Join the emailing list online at www.folkinthebarn.co.uk Most concerts sell out in advance so it pays to book early.