Breathing Space with the University of Kent Chamber Choir: Friday 15 March

The popular monthly Breathing Space service at St Michael’s continues next week with a sequence of music and silence by candlelight on Friday 15 March, performed by the University of Kent Chamber Choir.

20181210_193327A meditative, reflective event that creates space for contemplation, the event will feature the University’s student singers in a programme including a setting of The Lord’s Prayer,  the plainchaint Rorate coeli de super and a setting of the American spiritual, Go Down, Moses as well as a colourful movement from Between Worlds, a choral work inspired by science, by Deal-based composer, Anna Phoebe.

The Choir recently sang Choral Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral as part of a busy programme of performing commitments throughout the academic year. Their performance at next week’s Breathing Space will also include a beautiful setting of Blest are the Pure in Heart’by composer James Webb.

The hour-long service starts at 7.30pm, and all are welcome.

Photos Wanted

SPM_A0179The Band Company are hoping to make another video to promote their forthcoming Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston gig similar to the Country Life one they made for Steve Knightley, but this time they are asking for photo’s from the community. If anyone has a lovely photo of Hernhill, be it their house, family members, an event, wildlife of just a lovely view could they please send it to them via email info@thebandcompany.co.uk . They are not looking for professional photographers just images that show community and life in Hernhill.

Coming to Canterbury: the Universe of Sound

Coming to Canterbury Christ Church University in three weeks’ time, a unique opportunity to explore the world of the orchestra.

Created by the Philharmonia Orchestra, Universe of Sound offers visitors the chance to step inside the world of the orchestra, and experience what it’s like to play with – and even conduct! – one of the finest orchestras in Holst’s epic The Planets Suite.

Brought to Canterbury in partnership with the Sounds New Festival, the installation has been at the Science Museum, and will tour the country afterwards. Don’t miss this terrific chance to see – and hear – what life is like amidst a symphony orchestra; visitors can explore different sections and instruments of the orchestra, follow the music, even play with the percussion section!

Admission is free, and the installation runs from April 27 to May 12.

Find out more online here.

Lift-off!
Lift-off!

Live Music – What, When & Where

If you make live music or like live music and live near Faversham, you need search no more – everything can be found on the Playing in Faversham website here:

http://www.playinginfaversham.com/

Playing In Faversham provides details of all live music events in and around the town of Faversham. They will include rock, pop, orchestral, choral, brass band, folk etc. etc.

Herne Bay Musical Theatre Society Workshops

Our dance workshop is great for those who like to keep fit as well as dance! Debbie Farley has a wealth of experience as a dancer and choreographer and she is so much fun. Come along to learn or to re-cap some of the basic steps required in most musical productions. Debbie teach us a routine to perform at the end of the evening.

“Our dance workshop is great for those who like to keep fit as well as dance! Debbie Farley has a wealth of experience as a dancer and choreographer and she is so much fun. Come along to learn or to re-cap some of the basic steps required in most musical productions. Debbie teach us a routine to perform at the end of the evening”.

The importance of the arts in our education

An article in yesterday’s Guardian assesses the vital importance of the arts to education, and looks at the implications of its absence from the recent proposals for the new EBacc qualification,

We all have an interest in giving our children a broad education. Of course, they need literacy and numeracy. But they also need to develop their imaginations, and exercise their visual skills and emotional creativity. Learning through and about the arts enables young people to make, learn and express themselves. This is fundamental to achieving success in school and in later life.

Other subjects suffer in the absence of the arts. Schools that integrate arts into their curriculum also show improved student performance in maths, English, critical thinking and verbal skills. The arts have a primary role in a world that is now highly dependent on visual literacy. Engineers, designers and those employed in the media all have to understand through images as much as through words.

Read the full article online here.

A feast of culture on our doorstep: Canterbury Festival starts this weekend

The annual riot of the arts that is the Canterbury Festival starts this Saturday, running until 27 October.

Festival logoEmbracing music, art, drama, dance, stand-up comedy, talks and more, there’s a veritable profusion of events taking place over the two week-long festival, including family events.

Find out more on the Festival website online.