Folkestone Junior Choir

Music Centre

Folkestone Music Centre

Group Session

Saturdays ~ 10:00 am - 11:30 am ~ Term Time Only

Music Leader

Helen Brookes

Grade

Any

Ages

School years 3 - 6

Type

Choir

Find your voice at the Folkestone Junior Choir!

We’re excited to launch a brand-new choir for young singers in the Folkestone area in the summer of 2022 – the Folkestone Junior Choir!

Experience singing a wide range of repertoire in a variety of genres and styles under the supportive guidance of tutor Helen. Meet other young singers and build self-confidence and skills in a fun environment at regular Saturday sessions.

To kick-start our new choir, all sessions for new members who join in Term 5 of the 2021-22 school year (April 19 – May 27) will be absolutely free of charge for that term!

Each session will include warmups, musicianship games, technique practice and lots of singing repertoire, as well as breaks for snacks and socialising.

Young singers will explore  a variety of music skills including harmony singing, notation, and more through fun games and activities! Members will have regular chances to perform weekly in sessions, and we’ll also be looking for exciting local performance and collaboration projects.

Don’t miss the opportunity to join this new choir on the ground floor – sign up to join today!

Term Dates:

Term 5

23, 30 April
7, 14, 21 May

28 May (CLOSED)

Term 6

11, 18, 25 June
2, 9, 16 July

“The only thing better than singing is more singing!” – Ella Fitzgerald

You can join this group at any time – no auditions are required! The FJC is designed for all young singers in years 3 -6 who want to take their singing to the next level.

To apply for this ensemble, please click ‘Apply Here’ below. You’ll be taken to the ensemble page on our online course platform where you can add this course to your basket.

Once you’ve selected your chosen course, go to your basket to complete your application. You will then be prompted to log into your Kent Music online customer account.

If you don’t have an online customer account, then don’t worry – you can still easily apply at the ‘Apply Here’ button. You’ll be taken through some simple steps to create an account and your application will be processed the same as someone with an existing account.

After your application is complete, you’ll be sent further information about your ensemble to confirm.

If you have any questions or concerns about applying, please contact our Customer Services team on customerservices@kent-music.com

All sessions for new members who join in Term 5 of the 2021-22 school year (April 19 – May 27) will be absolutely free of charge for that term!

From Term 6 (June 6 onwards), membership will be as follows:

Fees per term for 2021-22 

Under 18s £22.50  

As a Centre member you will have access to all ensembles at our Music Centres across Kent, so you can join as many as you wish, no matter which centre you initially signed up at! 

Financial assistance is also available for students meeting our criteria, which could cover up to 75% of your membership cost. Check out the page for more info.

Click the ‘Apply Here’ button below to become a member. 

Get in touch with us at any time!

Contact our dedicated team any time through the ‘Get in touch’ button below, or on musiccentres@kent-music.com and we’ll see how we can get you making music.

Meet your ensemble leader – Helen Brookes

Helen Brookes, born in Stroud, Gloucester, gained a first class honours degree in Performing Arts (Music, Dance and Drama) before studying postgraduate singing at the Royal College of Music.

A versatile mezzo soprano, experienced in singing a wide range of styles, she has performed opera and oratorio as a soloist and ensemble member with English Touring Opera, Almeida Opera, Les Musiciens du Louvre, and English Concert as well as rock and pop vocals for Florence and the Machine, Sting, Take That, and symphonic heavy metal group Nightwish.

She sings with many of the leading vocal ensembles (Tenebrae, Dunedin Consort, Gabrieli Consort, Eric Whitacre Singers, BBC Singers) and has performed on numerous film soundtracks including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Interstellar and the Kung Fu Pandas.

She is especially passionate about music in education and as a music specialist teacher and firm believer that everyone can (and should!) sing, leads workshops, projects and training for children and adults to do just that.

She is a musicianship tutor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and is immensely proud to be Music Director of the Royal Greenwich and Blackheath Halls Youth Choir as well as the recently formed ‘FESI Choir’ – a Folkestone based group providing opportunities for enthusiastic young singers from eight local primary schools to join together, have fun (biscuits and silly voice warmups feature heavily!), and perform to a wider audience.