Summer Newsletter 2019

A big thank you to all our members for your support of the society over the past year. We hope you enjoyed the last season and will continue to do so in the coming one. We also hope you will be able to attend the AGM, details below, which is your opportunity to contribute your views on the society.

Annual General Meeting – Thursday 12th September 2019 at 7.30pm
The Phoenix Centre, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne


  1. Chairman’s Welcome
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. Minutes of AGM 2018
  4. Reports: Chairman – Secretary – Treasurer – Adoption of Accounts
  5. Retirement and Adoption of Directors
  6. Election of Officers: Chairman – Company Secretary – Treasurer
  7. Any other Business

 Light refreshments will be available, and after the meeting there will be a short musical entertainment performed by a quartet led by committee member Miles Attwell.


We do hope you will renew your membership again this year. Season tickets for this, our sixteenth season, remain at £50 giving you a saving of £10 for all four concerts. Given the high quality of all the performers, we feel this gives very good value for money and hope you agree.

If you are interested in other local Music Societies, as advertised in the concert programme notes, don’t forget you get £2 off the admission price on production of your SMS membership card. We would love to increase our audience size, so, if you know of anyone who may be interested, please pass on the extra brochure we are sending out or just spread the word by enthusing about the concerts!!



Please note that all concerts this season will be held at the Millennium Hall, Fulston Manor School, Brenchley Road, Sittingbourne ME10 4EG Access to the Millennium Hall is in Brenchley Road at the first roundabout from Bell Road.

We hope this will prove to be a good venue for concert goers and performers alike. It has full wheel chair access. Also the piano is of a suitable standard for professional players meaning we can extend our performer range without the very high costs of hiring a piano.


OUR 2018/19 SEASON

This was another year of high quality and varied music enjoyed by all who attended. Both Concert Royal and Travelling by Tuba had performed for us before and their return visits did not disappoint. Everyone who attended the concert by Borealis Saxophone Quartet enjoyed this enthusiastic group and the virtuosity of pianist Maki Sekiya made for a spellbinding finale to a great season.



One of the aims of the Society is to bring classical music to a wider local audience.

Four years ago “Travelling by Tuba” gave a funny and gripping session to junior school pupils which was very enjoyable, so we were very pleased when they offered further sessions prior to their concert in February. This time they visited Minterne Junior School and Meadowfield School. In both cases they were very well received with the students thoroughly enjoying their enthusiasm and the wonderful range of instruments.

This season we have the added advantage of offering two outreach activities; Manus Noble will be working with young students from the area and soundSPARK will also be performing in schools



We again anticipate a season of wonderful music covering a range of performers and genres over the four concerts on offer for this, our sixteenth, season. Our first concert features the young talented violinist Alexandra Lomeiko, accompanied by pianist Ana Gogava, who will be playing music by Beethoven, Ravel and Grieg. The young wind quartet soundSPARK are set to give an exciting performance covering a variety of styles from classical to contemporary. In February we welcome back the popular young guitarist Manus Noble and the season will end with The Barbican String Quartet, a young chamber group who made their debut in 2017. Their programme will include works by Haydn, Bartok, Beethoven and Mendelssohn.



We would like to thank all our members for supporting the Society and those who kindly add a donation when paying their subscription. Gift aid can be claimed on donations we receive which obviously helps our funds even more.

We also want to thank all the organisations who supported the Society financially last year. Grants were given by KCC Combined Members Grant Scheme for our outreach work and Making Music subsidised the concert by Borealis Saxophone Quartet.  Queenborough Fishery Trust gave us a grant that allowed us to hire a concert standard baby grand piano for the highly successful final concert with Maki Sekiya.

We would not be able to continue without these grants and donations however great or small.

Internet users – If searching for information, try using www.easysearch.org.uk  – and if shopping register with www.easyfundraising.org.uk and nominate Sittingbourne Music Society. Each purchase will generate a small donation at no extra cost to you and we can claim gift aid as well. We thank all of you who have used this service in the past.

Thank you all once again for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the coming season’s concerts.