The Kemsing Singers was founded in 1964 and is still based in the village of Kemsing in Kent. The choir gives at least four main concerts each year in the Kemsing and Sevenoaks area under its musical director, Sara Kemsley, with pianist Peter Young. We also go further afield each year, for example, to France in 2017 and to a choir festival in Newington in 2018.
The choir's large repertoire includes major choral classics, but we are not a choral society. Our programmes are built to a theme and consist of several shorter items in a range of styles. Many of these pieces are on the lighter side of classical music or are contemporary arrangements of songs and carols with opera and musicals also represented. Singers and audiences alike enjoy the variety.
Each year, we raise some £1000 for charity, perform with professional soloists and still only charge members £88 per year to belong.
We are a very friendly choir of about 50 singers, men and women. Some of the singers have been in the choir for a long time and really know their way around the music. Others have joined us more recently. Some read music well, some hardly at all. Some sang a lot in their youth but family and work commitments mean they are rusty but want to start up again. Whatever your circumstances, we believe that we can help you into high quality singing.
Contact us to come along to rehearsals to try it out. We meet on Mondays from 7.30 until 9.30 in the small hall in St Edith's Hall, Kemsing. After about a month, I will hear you sing a bit in private to discuss your voice and only then will you be asked to part with any money if you want to join! Alternatively, email me to discuss the suitability of the choir for you, before you try.
Sara Kemsley Musical Director
© Kemsing Singers 2021