Welcome to

122nd Season

Maidstone Choral Union

Our next concert

Our Easter Concert will be on Saturday 16th March.
The concerts this season will be varied as we plan to hold joint concerts with other choirs and orchestra’s. The concert dates are listed below.

Sing With Us

If you would like to join us do get in touch with our Membership Secretary.

MCU 122nd Season Concerts

Concerts for the 122nd Maidstone Choral Union Season

Sept 2023  to July 2024

MCU with Maidstone Voices and Headcorn Primary School Choir.  

Saturday March 16th, 19.30
MCU Easter Concert
at St Martin’s Church, Northumberland Rd, Maidstone, ME15 7LP.

The concert features Pegolesi’s moving masterpiece Stabat Mater and Monteverdi’s dramatic Beatus Vir. We are joined by two top professional soloists in a fitting programme of music for Easter.

Saturday 6th July  at St. Martins Church. Details of the Music to be performed at these concerts will be posted here when finalised.

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Some comments from our audience

The friend of one choir member wrote:

“Well, what can I say!
I came to your concert this evening in Shepway and I was completely blown away. I knew that it would be good, but it completely exceeded my expectations. I thought the programme was impeccable, lovely carol choices, and extremely well balanced between choir only, and choir and audience. I loved every minute, and it was over far too soon, I’m so glad that I came, and what an honour to be able to sing with such a fantastic choir.
Well done to everyone…singers, accompanist and conductor.
Happy Christmas”

One patron wrote:

 “…. hearty thanks for a really enjoyable concert last night.

The programme was well balanced; the poem a delightful variation, I particularly enjoyed Coventry Carol, The Three Kings (William has such a good voice), Gaudete and of course Sleigh Ride brought the house down!

My best wishes to you and to MCU for a Merry Christmas, and a Happy and Healthy New Year too.”

Our New Music Director

Our new Conductor Ciara Considine Conducts a varied and exciting programme with the visiting Witten Symphony Orchestra

Season/Concerts

We are proud to say that the 122 season will commence in September.

 

Locations

We perform most of our concerts at All Saints Church in Maidstone. Some are at The United Reformed Church, Week St, Maidstone or at Mote Hall, Maidstone.

History

In 1902 Maidstone had a Ladies Glee Club, whose conductor was Frank Wilson Parish, the organist at All Saints’ Church. In October that year some musical gentlemen sought to join them and the Maidstone Choral Union was born.

Annual Subscriptions
Subscriptions for the 2023/24 Maidstone Choral Union Season

Subs:
General:
£170 if in our bank by 30 September
£180 if not (currently £125)
Or 10x £18 (= £180)
Or 12x £15 (= £180)
Or 52x 3.50 (= £182)

Concessions: (those in receipt of State pension or benefits (means tested))
£150 if in our bank by 30 September
£160 if not (currently £125)
Or 10x £16 (= £160)
Or 12x  £13.50 (= £162)
Or 52x £3.15 (= £163.80)

Students in higher education (college or university)
£90 if in our bank by 30 September
£100 if not
Or 10x £10 (= £100)
Or 12x 8.50 (=£102)
Or 52x £2.00 (= £104)

Students at school
£80 if in our bank by 30 September
£90 if not
Or 10x £9.00 (= £90)
Or 12x £7.50 (= £90)
Or 52x £1.75 (= £91)

1st term taster (regardless of status) £20
Following terms pro rata according to category.

Hire of Music    FREE

Concert Dress
Women – long black skirts and black elbow length sleeved top with a peacock blue scarf, which you buy through the society. We occasionally wear a plain white top of your own choice.
Men – Black dinner jackets and a peacock blue bow tie, which you buy through the society.
Choral Student Programme
Would you like to sing with MCU, Maidstone’s leading adult choir free of charge?
Learn to sing with our Choral Student Programme.
We offer:
A friendly mentor within the choir who will be your contact.
Free membership until the end of your full time schooling.
Free hire of scores.
Two half-price tickets for your first concert.
You agree:
To attend rehearsals regularly on Tuesday evenings during term time (7.30pm – 9.30pm) at Maidstone Girls Grammar School.

For further information contact our membership sectretary.
CONTACTS

Our Annual Tour Abroad
In the last few years we have been to Koblenz, Appledorn, Beauvais, Bayeux, Witten, but we are also looking at more local tours within the UK.
Social Activities
As well as singing in rehearsals and concerts, Maidstone Choral Union runs a number of social activities, including
Fundraising activities such as quizzes, Strawberry tea and Murder Mystery evenings.