Summer Newsletter 2018

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. Please note the change of venue from the last few years; we hope that by holding it in Sittingbourne more of you will feel able to attend.

Annual General Meeting – Friday 14th September 2018 at 8 o’clock
The Phoenix Centre, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne



  1. Chairman’s Welcome
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. Minutes of AGM 2017
  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 recital by committee member Miles Attwell and three of his advanced violin students, Laura, Joely and Freya.



We do hope you will renew your membership again this year. Season tickets for this, our fifteenth season, remain at £50 giving you a saving of £10 for all four concerts. Given the quality of 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!!

No doubt you have all heard of the new General Data Protection Regulations; if you wish to continue to receive next year’s brochure and newsletter please fill in the enclosed form and send it with your membership renewal and rest assured the details will never be passed on.                  


OUR 2016/17 SEASON

This was another year of high quality and varied music enjoyed by all who attended.

The Emily Sun and Jennifer Hughes recital, which replaced the original planned concert, was outstanding and gave us our largest audience.

Special mention should also be made of The Bingham Quartet who also
gave us a brilliant concert. They included John McCabe’s  ”Summer Eve’s Quartet” which they had learned especially for us, and which players and audience alike greatly appreciated.



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

Last season The Marylebone Wind Trio, oboe, clarinet and bassoon, spent the day playing in local schools prior to their evening concert. They gave performances to the boys at Borden Grammar School and to two Junior Schools at Minterne School. The presentations were very different; the boys asked questions about the instruments, while the younger ones enjoyed several short and exciting items. Both were well received.

Three years ago “Travelling by Tuba” gave a funny and gripping session to junior school pupils which was very enjoyable; we have asked them back again this year to give two sessions during the daytime before the evening concert, one each to junior and secondary pupils. They give examples of musical styles and strange instruments over a thousand years and four continents.



We again anticipate a great season of music with the four concerts on offer for this our fifteenth season.

Two of our concerts feature performers who have entertained us in previous years. The Concert Royal Quartet with their period instruments gave a very enjoyable performance, although the programme this time will not include a singer. Travelling by Tuba provide a wonderfully entertaining and informative evening and the sheer number of strange and wonderful instruments that this duo play is incredible.

The second concert is a “Sittingbourne first” – we have not had a saxophone quartet before and are looking forward to it.

The last concert is a young Japanese pianist who some of you may have enjoyed listening to when she played for one of the Saturday morning recitals at St Michael’s church.


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 Swale Borough Council for our outreach work and Making Music’s Selected Artist Subsidy sponsored Emily Sun.

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

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. 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.


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