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70 years of summer music

70 years of summer music


Kent Music Summer School (KMSS) has just celebrated its 70th anniversary at Benenden School, near Cranbrook, where it has taken place every year since 1948

The summer school is a strand of Kent Music, a county music education hub that delivers wonderful musical opportunities throughout the whole year. As a registered education charity, Kent Music offers both instrumental and vocal teaching – not only to school children aged from eight to 19, but also to adults of all ages too.

The popular summer school provides 10 courses across three weeks in July and caters for more than 450 young people. The range of musical opportunities on offer is diverse, including symphony orchestra, jazz, singing, string and wind band courses. The most recent additions include tuition in song writing, musical theatre and rock.

Pupils from more than 130 Kent schools play around 20 different types of instrument and there are at least 380 instruments played across the three weeks.

Students have access to 130 musical tutors and conductors and there are 12 concerts during the summer school, all being free for families and friends of children who have attended the courses.

Places on the summer school are subsidised and continue to be supported by funds from Kent County Council, as well as bursaries being available.

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