Welcome to

120th Season

Maidstone Choral Union

£460 RAISED

A Concert of Nations
We had a successful  and enjoyable concert on Saturday 2nd July and raised £460 for Disasters Emergency Committee. Many thanks to all who came and contributed.

Sing With Us

Experienced singers who know and have performed Mozart’s Requiem in the last few years are invited to join MCU either in rehearsals or on the day for rehearsal and concert’.

MCU 120th Season Concerts

The Pirates of Penzance (semi staged) 7.30pm  Saturday October 22nd at Mote Hall.  An event in support of The Heart of Kent Hospice.
Saturday November 26th, 7.30pm St Nicholas Church, Poplar Grove, Allington, Maidstone ME16 0DE.  Music around the theme of St Cecilia. Programme to include Blest Pair of Sirens( Parry), Serenade to Music Vaughan Williams), A Hymn to St Cecilia ( Herbert Howells), Te Deum and Gloria by Purcell written for St.Cecilia’s Day and excerpts from Handel’s Ode To St Cecilia.

 Twelfth Night Concert    Epiphany Carols for Choir and Audience. 7.30pm January 6th 2023  URC  Week Street, Maidstone ME14  1QU.

Saturday March 18th 7.30pm   Faure Requiem and supporting items. St Nicholas Church, Poplar Grove, Allington, Maidstone ME16 0DE.

 July 1 Summer concert Venue and programme in planning.

Need a Choir?

Sorry we are unable to offer ‘Hire a Choir’ at present

Maidstone Choral Union is very happy to supply a choir for special occasions. A group of about twelve members regularly sings at weddings and funerals. We are happy to sing your choice of hymn at church services and a more generalised piece of music at moments such as the Signing of the Register at a wedding.

We are happy to wear gowns supplied by your church, our own choir dress or smart clothing suitable for the occasion.

Maidstone Choral Union is very happy to supply a choir for special occasions.

A group of about twelve members regularly sings at weddings and funerals.

We are happy to wear gowns supplied by your church, our own choir dress or smart clothing suitable for the occasion.

Our usual fee is £150 payable to Maidstone Choral Union.

Music Director

Martin Hindmarsh has been Music Director of Maidstone Choral Union since 2008.The members certainly benefit at every rehearsal from his lively and engaging manner.

Season/Concerts

We are proud to say we are in our 119th Season. For full information on forthcoming concerts click the link below. 

 

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 cost £120 (Standing order for 12 * £10)
or £110 if paid before end of October.  New members £10 for the first term and students £10 per concert.
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.