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Ben Russell and the Charmers

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.

Canterbury Cantata Trust

The Trust is a charity helping people of all ages and abilities to improve health and well-being through active participation in singing. We believe that anyone who wishes to sing with other people should be able to do so, regardless of experience, and without any financial barrier. Following a decade of collaborative research, the Trust acts as an umbrella organisation to make opportunities for caring through singing. The Trust runs, supports and funds local singing groups, enabling people to sing regularly and enjoy the benefits. Each group is concerned with caring through singing, both fotr each other and the wider community through a range of activities and performance.Current groups include: Monday Music, Sing to Beat Parkinson's, Amici Chorus and Canterbury Cantata.

Canterbury Choral Society

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.

Canterbury Christ Church University Music Department

Canterbury Gregorian Music Society

Canterbury Guitar Society

We (CGS) are providing a VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY to hear Mårten Falk (photo) on the Russian 7-String Guitar (семиструнка) on MONDAY JUNE 3rd 2019 FULL PROGRAMME NOTES can be DOWNLOADED on the EVENTS PAGE

The Origins of the Russian 7-string Guitar.

The guitar probably originated in Spain early in the 16th century, derived from the guitarra latina, a late-medieval instrument with a waisted body and four strings. The early guitar body was narrower and deeper than the modern guitar, with a less pronounced waist ( and had 5 strings, tuned ADGBE. It was a folk/flamenco instrument which from the outset attracted some serious composers, like Gaspar Sanz, Robert de Visee, and Luis Milan.

At the end of the 18th century, extra strings were added, and its history burgeoned, and forked.

In Spain it acquired a sixth string, the low E, becoming essentially the modern Western instrument, tuned mainly in fourths, EADGBE. and this greatly enhanced instrument began to attract many more serious classical composers, such as Luigi Boccherini, Niccolò Paganini and Ferdinand Sor.

At the same time, in Russia, the guitar acquired TWO extra strings, clustered round the central DGB, but re-tumed, mainly in thirds, to a G-major chord, DGBDGBD. Right from its invention, the Russian Guitar, like its Spanish brother, attracted serious classical composers, acquiring a huge high quality repertoire, which is, however, almost totally unknown in the West.

There is a splendid MASSIVE compilation on Youtube, of Russian Guitar music, uploaded last October. It lasts OVER SEVEN HOURS, but is indexed and items can be played individually...

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 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. We have gradually built up a reputation and are having to turn down world class performers.

Click here for photos of previous performers.

CGS Performers

Our last 8 concerts were - Gaëlle Solal, Fabio Zanon, Fernando Espi, Antigoni Goni, Jan Depreter, Giacomo Susani, Sean Shibe, Giacomo Susani, Emre Gökalp & Laura Snowden (June this year).

Canterbury Music Club

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. Other students: Single concert ticket £5. Subscription £25. Single tickets for members of other local music clubs on presentation of membership card: £12

Canterbury Music Makers

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.