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Kent Music Summer School is over for another year! A huge thank you to the 700 young musicians, and tutors that took part during the three weeks in July! Head over to our Facebook page to see some of the photo’s and video’s.

Keep an eye out for 2019 information…

The Summer School has welcomed thousands of young people over the past 70 years and enabled the students to join in concentrated ensemble playing and singing. All of our courses are led by leading professional musicians who work at the highest level throughout the year as performers and educators.

Set in 240 acres of beautiful grounds in the heart of Kent, Benenden School has excellent facilities, including a concert hall, purpose-built theatre, music wing and lecture theatre. These amenities have contributed to the Summer School being one of the most popular and successful on offer in the country, allowing students to flourish in an unrivalled setting.

*NEW FOR 2018* We have introduced a brand new Music Explorers Course for 2018. This 2 day course caters for budding young instrumentalists who are just starting out on their musical journey. Over the 2 days, course members will create their own music, sing, learn to be part of an ensemble and be inspired by older musicians.

> Download a PDF copy of the 2018 brochure
> Download the Summer School poster

Already booked your course? View the Summer School Information Guide here.

Courses for July 2018

What is the accommodation like?

Benenden School is in a 240-acre beautiful parkland site in the heart of the Kent countryside and the school facilities are exceptional. Accommodation is mainly in individual rooms and the catering is of the standard you would expect from this prestigious school. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided each full day as well as refreshments at the morning, afternoon and evening break times. Leisure facilities include a supervised heated indoor swimming pool, tennis courts and a varied range of indoor and outdoor supervised games and sports activities such as rounders, cricket and frisbee. There is also a shop on site.

Are auditions required?

No auditions are necessary. Placement will be made after careful consideration of the standard and experience of the student as indicated on the booking form together with the need to ensure instrumental and vocal balance.

Who are the staff?

The conductors and tutors are highly experienced teachers and / or professional players. A qualified child safeguarding officer, nurse / matron, lifeguards and a team of experienced pastoral staff is present throughout. All of our staff who work with children and young people have a current enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure & Barring Service and we run a programme of regular child protection training for our teachers.

Is financial assistance available?

We have a Financial Assistance (bursary) scheme for those who need additional support to attend Kent Music activities, including lessons, groups, courses and Summer School. The fund covers 75% of the activity costs and is renewed annually. Please visit our Financial Assistance page to see if you are eligible. Please note that an application for Financial Assistance should be submitted at the same time you apply for your chosen Summer School course.

How do I book?


Please download an application form using the button below. If you require further information about the Summer School courses, please make an enquiry below or contact the Kent Music Summer School Administrator, Valerie Cordina, at Kent Music on 01622 358402.

Already booked?

View the Summer School Information Guide where you will find more information about what you need to bring, course and concert schedules and FAQs.

Cancellations and Refunds

Please visit our Terms and Conditions page for details of booking and cancellations procedures.