Celebrating 70 years of Kent Music Summer School!


Having attended the Kent music Summer School as a student, tutor and now the manager, it gives me great pleasure to share with you the courses available for our 70th year.

70 years is an impressive achievement and testament to the outstanding music making opportunities that have been on offer since we started in 1948. In addition to the core traditional courses available 70 years ago, Kent Music, in partnership with different organisations over the years, has expanded to provide the wide and varied selection now on offer, including Rock Band, Songwriting, and Musical Theatre courses.

Kent County Council has continued to support our valuable courses enabling Kent Music Summer School to remain one of the most successful and fulfilling summer schools available. Thousands of students have benefited from the ‘Benenden Experience’, as it has become known by attendees. While music of the highest calibre is at the heart of every course, it is also about creating friendships that on many occasions will last a lifetime. Students return year after year with some returning later in life as supervisors or tutors creating what is commonly known as ‘The Benenden Family’ – a family which I am proud to have been a part of for more than 34 years.

I hope you will find our new KMSS brochure of interest and I look forward to welcoming you to the Summer School in July 2017.


Phill Hyde, Manager, Kent Music Summer School