Summer Newsletter 2017

Welcome to the Sittingbourne Music Society’s Annual Newsletter.

We thank all our members for their support of the society and 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 – Friday 22nd September 2017 at 8 o’clock
The Midwinter Room Tunstall Church

1. Chairman’s Welcome
2. Apologies for Absence
3. Minutes of AGM 2016
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

The meeting will be followed by light refreshments and a short musical interlude; Shostakovitch’s beautiful 5 Duos for piano and violins will feature violinists
Miles Attwell and Laura Marshall.


Unfortunately, due to increased costs, we have had to put up our prices for this season. The cost of each concert will be increased from£13 to £15 although under 18s can still attend for £1. Hopefully you will agree this is still very good value for the quality of concerts on offer, especially if you think of the cost of attending a concert in London or even in Canterbury.
Renewing your membership for the season will cost £50 giving you a saving of £10 for all four concerts. We do hope you feel able to do this.
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.

OUR 2016/17 SEASON

This was another year of high quality and varied music enjoyed by all who attended. As well as music performed on a variety of instruments, flute, harp, viola, violin, cello, piano and guitar, playing music

from many composers from Baroque to modern, we had the Apollo 5 vocal ensemble who gave us a memorable performance of classical to pop with their festive programme providing a good prelude to the Christmas season.


One of the aims of the Society is to bring classical music to a wider local audience. Last October the Charlotte Ashton Flute Trio ran a workshop for young chamber music groups who then performed a short piece within the evening concert.
Next year The Marylebone Wind Trio, oboe, clarinet and bassoon, will spend the day playing in local schools prior to their evening concert.


Again there are four concerts on offer for this our fourteenth season. As you can see from the enclosed brochure, there is, as usual, a variety of performers, instruments and composers including John McCabe’s “Summer Eves” string quartet – a special request being played in our November concert by the Bingham Quartet.
A change of programme: since printing the programme, there is a change to our third concert in February when Michael Foyle will be unable to play for us. He has received an invitation to play with the Baltic Philharmonic in Gdansk which is an excellent career opportunity for him. We agreed to release him from his contract with SMS and will welcome Emily Sun, who was the 2016 Gold Medal winner of the Royal Overseas League Competition, in his place. The programme will contain Sonatas by Debussy, Faure and Schumann and the Rosenblatt-Bizet Carmen Fantasy. She will be accompanied by pianist Jennifer Hughes.
The guitarist for the first concert has also changed; Ahmed Dickenson Cardenas will be performing instead of Joseph Warwick.

Ideally it would be great to increase the size of our audience; if you know of any way of spreading the word, please do so. With this in mind, we are sending you two of our brochures; if you could pass one on (maybe someone new has moved into your neighbourhood?) it would be much appreciated.


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 and their Combined Member Grant Scheme helped towards the outreach work. A grant from the Queenborough Fishery Trust supported the concert by Apollo 5. We would not be able to continue without sponsorship of this kind.

Internet users – If searching for information, try using – and if shopping register with 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. Thank you to all those who have used this service in the past.

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

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