The Tenterden Singers were formed around 1944 and were then known as the Tenterden Choral Society. Membership fluctuated over the years, but it is thought that at one time around eighty singers attended rehearsals and regularly performed works such as Handel's Messiah and Stainer's Crucifixion.
Over the years, members retired or moved away. By the 1990s numbers had dwindled to very modest fifteen or so singers. Various Musical Directors steered the group until in 1998 Stephen Pusey, a senior member of the staff at Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre in Tenterden, took up the baton. He suggested that the name be changed to The Tenterden Singers and also that the repertoire should include a more varied programme.
Since taking over, Stephen has introduced an always interesting and often challenging variety of music. Our concerts are a blend of serious and light hearted pieces - anything from God Be In My Head to The Beatles' Let It Be and we really enjoy the challenge of performances.
In recent years the Tenterden Singers have enjoyed a variety of different engagements. We have opened a season of Summer Concerts at St Mary's in the Marsh and also performed in Wittersham Church. We have been invited to take part in a "Sing-Up" Workshop which brought together several primary schools and music teachers for a thoroughly enjoyable day of silly songs and music!
Being based at Homewood, we have sometimes been found at their Christmas Fairs as Carollers and we have also been one of the acts taking part in an Extravaganza Show organised by the students - a very different venue and audience but very well received!