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See you next year! Kent Music Summer School 2018 will run from Thursday 12 July to Monday 30th July.

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.

The Summer School has grown considerably over the years. While it still offers the core of traditional courses that have been key to its success, new courses have been added to allow more students to be part of a very special musical experience. In July 2016, we introduced a new commercial music course and moved our musical theatre course into the school’s theatre so that we could work on fully-staged segments from musical theatre shows.

Read more about our 70th Anniversary celebrations in 2017


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 members of Kent Music Summer School and Benenden School staff have enhanced CRB / DBS certificates.

How do I book?

For further information about the Summer School courses, please contact the Kent Music Summer School Administrator, Valerie Cordina, at Kent Music on 01622 358402 or click on the link below to email us.