The Kent County Junior Choir (KCJC), was formed following the great success of the first three day residential singing courses for primary and younger secondary school pupils held at Benenden School. The Kent County Junior Singers (KCJS) followed due to the great demand for places in the Junior Choir. Members are from all areas of the county and are aged between 8–11 years (Kent County Junior Singers) and 11–14 years (Kent County Junior Choir).
The choirs aim to communicate to children the sheer joy of singing; enabling them to understand the delight of the emotional and dramatic response they are capable of giving and receiving. Day rehearsals are held monthly and the choirs attend a three-day residential course in the summer. The Junior Choirs also provide an ideal stepping-stone to the more senior choirs.
The Junior Choir and Junior Singers are in great demand to take part in concerts throughout Kent. The Junior Choir have also performed in the National Festival for Youth at the Royal Festival Hall.
Come along to one of the Junior Choirs‘ try-out days and enjoy singing in a new group of friends – even bring a friend with you! Junior choirs (for ages 8-14) meet every month on a Saturday at New Line Learning in Maidstone and perform at concerts every term. The rehearsal/try-out days run from 9.45am to 3.30pm and you should bring your own packed lunch. To join, there will be an informal audition, so please just turn up or contact Choirs Administrator, Valerie Cordina at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Both choirs sing a variety of repertoire that is designed to give young singers an awareness of different periods and cultures of vocal music. The music is chosen carefully to provide an assortment of lighter pieces that may be arrangements of popular and folk songs and music from the classical periods.
The Kent County Junior Singers perform from memory and rehearse with a combination of words and notation designed to introduce the younger singers to the skills required to read music. The Junior Singers also sing in up to three part harmony and learn rhythm from an assortment of aural and written techniques.
The Kent County Junior Choir sing in up to six-part harmony and rehearse from musical scores to improve their ability to read from notation.
Throughout their time in these county groups our young singers are musically guided and educated in the art of choral singing and general musicianship, providing an ideal stepping-stone to the more senior choirs, Kent Youth Singers and Kent Youth Choir.
The choir is led by choral and vocal specialists who also teach music and singing in the county’s schools and Kent Music Centres. Throughout their time in Junior Singers and Junior Choir our young singers are musically guided and educated in the art of choral singing and general musicianship, providing an ideal stepping-stone to the more senior choirs. For more about our conductors and artists, click here.
The choirs meet throughout the year and also during the summer at Benenden School for a three day residential course. The summer course provides them with a creative and focussed setting in which to rehearse and also gives them the opportunity to meet like-minded children who have an interest in music. As well as choral rehearsals the children have access to a number of recreational activities including swimming, tennis, organised sports and comfy areas to watch DVDs and play indoor games. Strong social bonds are created on the residential courses that can last into the senior choirs and beyond.
Summer Residential Course: 29 July – 31 July at Benenden School, Cranbrook.
Monthly rehearsals: £50.00 per term – three terms per year which covers 10 rehearsals and 2 concerts.
For further information regarding auditions, membership, vacancies or booking of the County Youth Choirs please contact the Choirs Manager, Liz Samson at firstname.lastname@example.org or the County Groups Administrator, Valerie Cordina at email@example.com or 01622 358402.