Ben Russell and the Charmers are a Canterbury based original musical group. They have been working really hard for the past five years establishing themselves throughout Kent. Each year they are aiming to expand their repertoire as well as their audience.
Our friendly and sociable club members are of all standards of playing, our repertoire varied, and our instruments – button or piano keys – are also varied.
We aim to publicise the accordion by playing when and where we are asked, and by holding concerts with well-known artistes. We play together twice each month, and organise occasional workshops to learn more about group playing.
Come along on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month to Newport Court, Cowdrey Place, Canterbury CT1 3PB, or contact our Chairman Audrey on 01227 780 245
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.
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 Music Club offers classical music concerts for subscribing members. It also sells tickets on the door for each event. The club has arranged eight concerts for this, its 75th season.
Single tickets cost £15 while a subscription ticket covering the entire eight concert season costs £80.
The CAVATINA Free Ticket Scheme for young people aged 8-25 is applicable to chamber music concerts.
Single concert ticket £5.
Single tickets for members of other local music clubs on presentation of membership card: £12
A thriving and friendly amateur orchestra whose aims are to promote enjoyment of classical music to our players and the community. We perform three concerts a year in Canterbury and East Kent mainly in aid of local charities, and are always happy to welcome new players.