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Kenardington SSEMK EVENTS

I am more than pleased to report that the March 19 concert has now raised the fantastic sum of £1,125 for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Thank you to all who contributed to this fantastic sum. Whilst a microcosm of the extraordinary global response, every penny counts to the lives of others less fortunate than ourselves.

If you have not already booked, I make no excuse to write to you to invite you to our next concert on Saturday 9 April at 4pm, please note start time.

After no less than 28 months, we are returning to celebrate to being able to give you concerts as normal, and we hope you will feel able to join us for this very special occasion. for so many reasons.

Special because we welcome, arguably for the first time in some 481 years to St. Mary's, Kenardington since the Dissolution by Henry VIII, a Catholic priest to the church, and that no less than His Eminence Cardinal Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England. I have been honoured to provide him with some very special words to complement the fantastic music of Biber, Scheidemann and Sweelinck.

The contents of the music, in the extraordinary Catholic Sorrowful Mysteries from The Rosary Sonatas, lends itself to reflections on the music itself,  and there cannot be a more approrpriate reader for the readings I have chosen, than that of His Eminence to bring the Crucifixion story to you, our audience.

Whatever your faith or belief especially if it is one that music gives you, please do come to enjoy this unique experience.

With every good wish,

Steve Coles

Artistic Director



Warehorne Church Tower are having a beacon at 2145 on June 2, therefore the time of the Vivat Regina! concert will now be 7pm to allow people to go to  another beacon, or watch from Kenardington over to Warehorne with refreshments and a sausage in the churchyard.

Thursday 2nd June 7pm:        Vivat Regina! A Celebration for the Queen's Offical Birthday and Platinum Jubilee

                                                        Dame Felicity Palmer, Anna Dennis & Newe Vialles


These two remaining events bring a diversity of music for your further enjoyment. From the extraordinary Biber Sorrowful Mysteries from The Rosary Sonatas, (with the performer playing different violins for each sonata, all tuned scordatura), contrasting with the ravishing Bach flute works, to an Elizabethan romp with the eclectic Newe Vialles supporting one of today's new generation of outstanding sopranos, Anna Dennis. On that occasion, we will be honoured to welcome Dame Felicity Palmer, one of this country's best admired musicians as reader.

We hope you will agree that this menu is as enticing as any that SSEMK has brought to your plate. We look forward to seeing you soon. Book now at In view of the multiple enforced changes for all but the Jubilee concert, revised tickets will shortly be issued to those who have already booked these other four events.


With every good wish for 2022,