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Kent County Junior Choir & Kent County Junior Singers

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 Junior Choirs meet one Saturday a month and attend a three-day residential course in the summer. They also provide an ideal stepping-stone to the more senior choirs.

We are sorry to announce that, due to the COVID 19 pandemic and the continuation of social distancing measures we have made the extremely difficult and very sad decision to cancel all County Group courses due to take place in the summer 

 In the meantime, we are continuing to make plans to support engagement with Kent Music and our County Groups this summer. This will include auditions for membership of any of our portfolio of County Ensembles, which will initially be available by video application although we are investigating options for face to face auditions later this year. We will update you on new information and activities as soon as we can through our website, monthly newsletterFacebook and Twitter accounts. 

 For answers to queries about refunds, as well as our organisational response to the COVID 19 pandemic, please visit our COVID 19 page here: https://www.kent-music.com/news/kent-music-and-covid-19-coronavirus/ 

 Please keep making music and we look forward to welcoming you to our activities in the future. 

Rehearsals and Courses

From Autumn 2019 the rehearsal venue for the Junior Choirs will be at our established Medway Towns Music Centre at Fort Pitt in Chatham. The venue provides good sized rooms, excellent road and rail links, ample parking and “The Friends” operate a tuck shop and café area where snacks and hot and cold drinks can be purchased. Adults are welcome to use this area too if they would like.

The three-day residential summer course provides a creative and focused setting in which to rehearse and also gives an opportunity for like-minded children who have an interest in music to meet. 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.

Autumn 2019
Rehearsals: 14 Sep/12 Oct/09 Nov/30 Nov/14 Dec
Concert: 14 December

Spring 2020
Rehearsals: 11 Jan/08 Feb/07 Mar/08 Apr
Concert: 09 April

Summer 2020
Rehearsals: 16 May/13 June
Course:  25-27 July (TBC)
Concert: TBC

Repertoire

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.

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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.

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 springboard to the more senior choirs, Kent Youth Choir.

Conductors

The choir is led by choral and vocal specialists who also teach music and singing in the county’s schools and Kent Music Centres.

How much does it cost?

Monthly rehearsals: £50 per term – three terms per year which covers 10 rehearsals and 2 concerts.

Three day residential summer course – £159.

To find out if you are eligible to apply for a bursary, please visit our Financial Assistance page.