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Save the dates – Kent Music Summer School registration opens soon!

That’s right folks – we’re nearly ready to reveal our plans for next year’s KMSS. While we’re finalising the details, though, make sure you set aside the dates of your favourite courses – we’d hate for you to miss out!

Wind Band: 15th -20th July

Benenden Experience Day: 16th July

Music Explorers: 17th – 18th July

Symphony Orchestra: 22nd – 27th July

Musical Theatre: 22nd – 26th July

Ukulele (new this year!): 24th – 25th July

Jazz: 28th – 30th July

Songwriting: 28th – 30th July

Summer Strings: 28th – 30th July

Summer Singing: 31st July – 2nd August

We’ll let you know as soon as possible once we have the full info and are opening registration.

In the meantime, keep an eye on our website, monthly newsletterFacebook and Twitter accounts, as well as on this page.

Keep making music, and we look forward to welcoming you to KMSS 2021.

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.