Welcome to the Tenterden Singers

We are a friendly and enthusiastic choir of around thirty mixed voices, based at Homewood School in Tenterden. Our ages vary, from young mums to newly retired members as well as several veterans of long standing membership, giving a balanced sound from each voice part.

Our repertoire includes sacred and secular pieces, including items from musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, Godspell and Chicago. Our concerts are a blend of serious and light hearted pieces and we really enjoy the challenge of performance. Our repertoire includes African American Spirituals and Folk Songs as well as Early Church music and that of contemporary composers.

Our concerts also feature poetry and other readings, of a seasonal, topical or humorous nature. We regularly perform in local churches, all in aid of charity. We are always glad to consider invitations to perform from churches and charities. Our services are given freely but any contribution towards our Music Library and accompanist's expenses, for example, would be very welcome and gratefully received.

Accompanists

We are most fortunate to be accompanied by one of the following busy, talented musicians, depending on their availability.

Kevin Bull

Kevin Bull was educated at the Harvey Grammar School in Folkestone. He started piano lessons at the age of eight with Mrs K. Mannering and ended them with Mr K. Alladine of Hastings. In 1979, Kevin achieved his Associateship of the London College of Music for playing the Pianoforte. In subsequent years, he gained a Diploma in Music and a B. A. Honours Degree having studied with the Open University. When he is not teaching, playing or practising, Kevin enjoys reading about Medieval History, Cosmology, Physics and Politics.

Duncan Finn

Duncan has been playing instruments since the age of seven and was accompanist for the Ashford Invicta Singers from 1993 until 2011. During this time Duncan would also take on the role of conductor for part of the concerts and, in his own unique way, brought a new dimension to all the performances!

Tracey Laws

Tracey is a pianist, organist, choir director, singer, and music teacher. Music has been her passion from an early age with Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 being an early love. It is still a favourite, as well as many others! She enjoys working with choirs and it is a new experience to work with other choir directors. Tracey's recent achievement was a BA (Hons) in Church Music. Tracey is actively involved with the Royal School of Church Music in the Canterbury Area and is working with the Royal College of Organists on a new initiative for introducing a new accreditation scheme for the organ - "the early level certificate scheme for organists". The scheme is designed to establish and develop fundamental skills and musicianship at the organ. When Tracey is not involved with music, she works with fabric, making patchwork quilts.

Damien Smith

Damien began to play the piano at the age of five and ever since has had a strong passion for music. His tastes are quite varied, with a particular fondness for jazz but at the same time liking all other styles including classical music. His singing voice began to mature during his mid to late teens and since then he has sung in stage shows, choirs, bands and other musical groups. He started playing the saxophone when he was sixteen and it has always played a key role in Damien's repertoire. Since completing his Degree (MA in Music Performance), Damien performs regularly as well as teaching and participating in musical workshops around the country.

E-mail us at tenterden.singers@gmail.com if you would like to join us, or have any questions about commissioning a concert. We would be very pleased to hear from you.

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