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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 Kent Music Summer School at Benenden School this year including all County Group courses due to take place in July. 

This is a sad blow for all of us at Kent Music – this will be the first year since 1947 that the Summer School will not be going ahead – however, the health, safety and well-being of students and staff is our highest priority.  However, rest assured; we hope to return bigger and better than ever in 2021!  

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. 

Thursday 9 July – Monday 27 July 2020

The Summer School has welcomed thousands of young people over the past 72 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 purpose-built theatre, lecture theatre and a new state of the art concert hall is also being built. 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.

Our Courses for July 2020

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 small three or four bed 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 scheme for those who need additional support to attend Kent Music activities, including lessons, groups, courses and Summer School. 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.

Cancellations and Refunds

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