Canterbury Choral Society (CCS) is one of the most accomplished symphonic choirs in the South East and is admired for its quality of sound, ensemble and intonation. The CCS Youth Choir (started in 2007) is a platform of excellence for younger voices, tackling works in many languages, including German, Latin, Russian (and occasionally, English). CCS performs four major concerts in Canterbury Cathedral every year, hosts Family Carols at Christmas, and has been invited to perform in Canterbury Festival every year since the Festival’s launch in 1984. CCS has performed Verdi’s Requiem in Boulogne, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony in Lille and Mahler’s 8th and Berlioz’ Grande Messe des Morts (with the RPO) in the Royal Albert Hall. In 2005 CCS made a live recording of Elgar’s oratorio The Apostles (available on Amazon) with the Philharmonia Orchestra. CCS undertakes challenging programmes alongside the more regular choral repertoire. These have included Bartok’s Cantata Profana (in the presence of the President of Hungary), Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Bruckner’s Masses in E and F minor, and Britten’s Spring Symphony and War Requiem. The performances of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Haydn’s Creation and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky with Rachmaninov’s The Bells were all acclaimed as highlights of their respective Canterbury Festivals. Significant Baroque works with period orchestras such as The London Handel Orchestra and the Hanover Band have included Bach’s two main Passions, B minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt, and Monteverdi’s Vespers.
A membership society formed as a registered charity to celebrate Canterbury's history. Its first successful project has been the statues of King Ethelbert and Queen Bertha unveiled in 2006.
The Canterbury Guitar Society meets monthly from September to July at the Friends Meeting House, 6 The Friars, Canterbury on third Mondays (not August) at 7.30pm.
We welcome (classical) players of all standards, visitors are welcome to attend 2 or 3 meetings free to see if they would like to join us.
Twice a year, we have public professional concerts of a very high standard and a growing reputation locally, the other meetings we perform to and learn from each other. MOST OF OUR CONCERTS HAVE BEEN OVERSUBSCRIBED AND WE HAVE NOW CHANGED OUR VENUE (FOR THE CONCERTS ONLY) TO St PAUL'S CHURCH, WHICH CAN SEAT NEARLY DOUBLE THE F.M.H. We have gradually built up a reputation and are having to turn down world class performers.
Click here for photos of previous performers.
Our last 6 concerts were - Gaëlle Solal, Fabio Zanon, Fernando Espi, Antigoni Goni, Jan Depreter, and Giacomo Susani (Photo above by John Kemp - G. Susani, Canterbury concert Nov 2016).
OUR NEXT CONCERT IS THE SCOTTISH GUITARIST, SEAN SHIBE, on June 19th 2017 - see the events page. A largely English programme - Dowland, Bach, Arnold and Britten. Some of you will have heard the magnificent concert he gave to Faversham Music Club last year.
Canterbury Archaeological Society was established in 1920 'to encourage the study of the history and antiquities of the City of Canterbury and surroundings and to preserve the architectural features and characteristics of the City.'
Currently, its principal activities are to arrange a series of winter lectures by invited speakers on historical and archaeological subjects, and to organise summer excursions to places of historical interest.
Non-members may attend the lectures on payment of a small fee. The programme for the lectures is published in the autumn.
The Society seeks to raise and maintain interest in the City's architectural heritage.