Amici subscriptions for 2018

Dear Members,

The time has come to pay your membership fee for spring 2018 if you did not buy an annual subscription at the beginning of last term.  As with last term there is a £1 discount if you pay early, no later than the second rehearsal on January 24th.  The two members who have already paid £25 can have £1 repaid at the next rehearsal.

Please use the online payment system as this greatly reduces the administration load on the Amici committee.  To do this please follow this link.  The system will ask you to log in or create a new account. You will be asked for your  email address (please always use the same email, or if you do have to change it contact and your password.  If you have forgotten your password follow the "Forgotten your password" link the enable you to set a new password.

Do you want to check whether you are already covered by an annual subscription? If you think you paid online then follow this link and select "Orders" to view all your previous online orders. If in doubt please contact me at If you did not use the online system please ask Steph or Anthea at the next rehearsal.

Many thanks


Mendelssohn’s Elijah on Tuesday Oct 24th

The Medics and Scientists Music Ensemble and Friends, are performing Mendelssohn’s Elijah in the Quire of Canterbury Cathedral on Tuesday the 24th of October at 7.30 p.m. Our conductor will be Ralph Allwood MBE. This is a free concert, but we will be collecting donations for Children in Need, to support child victims of war.

We are a fairly small group, including several members of Amici and we have been rehearsing since February. It would be wonderful to see you there.

Best wishes,

Ruth Denton

Monday Music update from Grenville

Monday Music

A reminder that there is NO Monday Music on Monday October 9. The next MM will be on Monday 16th October.

​​Changes ahead!

The format of Monday Music will change from Monday 16th. I will be joined by friend David Jones an extraordinary musician whose keyboard skills are legendary. David will play piano with us and we will begin to learn a new repertoire of songs both in unison and in parts and work to develop our harmonies. Thus Monday Music will remain as a physical, mental and spiritual work out of one hour but be even more demanding as we build our repertoire!

As we move in this direction Canterbury Cantata Trust (CCT) will provide new folders which will be allocated to every member. They will be inscribed with Monday Music and will remain the property of CCT and be the repository for new materials.

A reminder that we will be giving a Christmas performance on Monday December 18th to friends and family at 11.00 . It will be necessary to arrive for a warm up and to be seated at 10.00.

Looking forward to the next stage of Monday Music history on Monday October 16.


Canterbury Festival flash mob cancelled

Looking forward to the next rehearsal and still encouraging orchestral players sponsorship.

A message below from Ellen Pearson cancelling the flash mob event as part of Canterbury Festival opening.


Thank you so much for your continued commitment to the event – however unfortunately the flash mob is postponed due to a limited level of participation ! (Nothing to do with The Amici Chorus of course) and therefore the Amici Chorus needn’t learn the score at this moment – but I’m so thankful for the generosity of your members in volunteering to be part of the event.
Hopefully, Canterbury festival will be able to collaborate with Amici at a later date!
Many thanks again for your help and the welcoming nature of the singers in your ensemble,
Best wishes,
Ellen Pearson

Amici thank you messages from Kerry and Grenville

Dear Amici
thank you all for a wonderful concert last night – all three pieces came together brilliantly and your singing was truly inspirational. I am so grateful for your support, patience and good humour this term – it really is a joy working with you all.

Good luck with the Mozart and Jenkins – I am sure it will be a wonderful event.
with best wishes to you all



Cari Amici,
Every good wish for a wonderful concert this evening and so looking forward to our first rehearsal together in September.

An update on Amelia.
Delighted to report that she has been discharged from hospital and now in her new home in Staplehurst,adjusting to the new regime of medication prescribed by the wonderful team from Pembury, Tunbridge Wells Hospital. With careful attention to all that is around her ( pollen, perfumes, nuts et al) and with Epi pens at the ready, they expect that she will be able to be engaged with the community at large within a week or so. Great news after a very difficult three weeks, her recovery encouraged and helped by your very great support. Thank you!


The Beaney has just confirmed Singing on a Sunday tomorrow at the Beaney. It is 12-1pm tomorrow at the Beaney in Canterbury and we do informal, fun singing, free to all and all are welcome. A big variety of music and the lyrics will be provided.


Monday Music Summer 2017

Dear Monday Musicians,

Thank you again for your huge efforts on April 1/8th to bring to a wider audiences attention the fact that we feel better when we sing together!

I have to be away from Canterbury, largely in France over the next few weeks and am delighted that Phil Self, who you know well and is such a wonderful musician, will lead the sessions for a while.

We are in close contact and will be working together on developing a new collection of materials for use on Mondays.

Dates of sessions

Monday 24th April
Monday May 1,8,15,22
June 5,12,19,26
July 3,10,17

Have a great time together!

All best wishes


Message from Kerry

Dear Amici

I am very excited to be working with you all again this term. I will be taking rehearsals from next Wednesday (26th) and we will be looking at the Karl Jenkins Te Deum and one or two pieces from the Peter Gritton's 'Encores for Choirs' in preparation for a performance on Wednesday 5th July. I understand that some of you may already have 'Encores for Choirs' - if so, please do bring them along to the rehearsals. I understand that Maggie will be providing copies of the Te Deum and Encores for members who have ordered them.

I look forward to seeing you all very soon

with best wishes


Guide to ordering Amici subscriptions and scores on-line

This guide describes the way we want to handle Amici subscriptions and the purchase of scores for the summer term. As far as is possible we would like you to use our web-based ordering system and online payments by credit card. Why? To reduce the administrative burden on the Amici committee, to reduce the queues at the beginning of term, and to provide you with a record of your purchases.

Please go to Shop/Shop – Guide for summer 2017 for the detailed guide.

Amici rehearsals and preparation for the November concert

Cari Amici,

An excellent rehearsal last Wednesday preparing the way for two last rehearsals this term March 29 and April 5th centered on these two glorious works of Karl Jenkins and Mozart. Please bring a pencil to each rehearsal to mark copies when appropriate as reminders in performance.

The provisional schedule for Mozart and Jenkins rehearsals in the autumn will be:

September 13,20,27 (3 in month )

October 4,1,18,25 (4 in month)

November 1,8 ,10 (3 in month)

Saturday November Rehearsal 11.00

Performance 17.00


  • Becci Hunt soprano
  • Jennifer Brisk
  • Robin Whitehouse tenor
  • Kieran Seymour bass


This will be followed by trip to Leiden November 24-26.


The Christmas celebration concert will be on:

Saturday December 16th
Colyer Fergusson Hall.

  • Bach Christmas Oratorio Part 1
  • Handel Messiah extracts
  • Christopher Gower
  • Congregational Carols

I am determined that we will not need to turn any one away!

Sing to Beat Parkinsons!

Canterbury Skylarks, together with some members of Pimlico and Medway Skylarks will Sing to Beat Parkinson’s on

Tuesday April 4 at 14.30
St Paul’s Church

Admission is £2.50 (cup off coffee price) and all monies for Parkinson’s UK Canterbury Branch.

Please support this event, joining us for a cup of tea and piece of cake afterwards…,and think about £2.50 donation to exit the event!!

Canterbury Cantata and Camerata

Bach Mass in b minor BWV 232
Sunday April 9th

Colyer Fergusson Hall

Jusqu’à mercredi