Wednesday 26th September

Cari Amici,

I am very much looking forward to the first Amici rehearsal next Wednesday 26 th September with a further ten rehearsals to follow before the first performance of Messiah on December 5th. As many of you are aware the work is vocally and physically demanding and I intend to ensure we are match fit by early December.

Thus please make every effort to be at each and every rehearsal. Please also use the Novello Watkins Shaw edition or borrow a copy and ensure you have the same rehearsal marks in your score as printed in the Novello WS.

On Wednesday we will begin with;
He Trusted in God
And with his Stripes
All we like sheep

During the course of the term ahead I will also at times look at the Brahms and would ask that you have the score with you from week 2 , October 3.

Canterbury Music Club opens its 18/19 season with a programme of scintillating music for Winds by Enescu, Strauss and Mozart in the glorious ballroom of Charlton Park, Bishopsbourne. I welcome as many of you as possible to come and savour the music performed by thirteen wonderful musicians at 15.00, September 30.

Until Wednesday

Message from Grenville

Cara Amici
Where did the summer go? Maybe a function of continuing to clock up the years but time does fly? And so , as such, we will begin a very busy year of rehearsals and concerts in just under three weeks time on,
Wednesday September 26th.
I am delighted to report that Christopher Gower will be back in his familiar position as accompanist having almost recovered full mobility following his accident last December. (My thanks to Stefan Cato for extending his work with us whilst Christopher was indisposed. I am so fortunate to be able to work with such outstanding musicians!)

We will be rehearsing Handels Messiah for the performances to be given on ;
Wednesday December 5th in Holy Trinity Church, Sandgate Road, Folkestone . Concert starts at 19.30
Lucinda Messer
Jennifer Brisk
Robin Whitehouse
Tony Eldridge
Sunday December 9th in Colyer Fergusson Hall, University of Kent, Canterbury. Concert starts at 19.00
Emily Renshaw
Jennifer Brisk
Robin Whitehouse
Tony Eldridge

In addition we will give a workshop performance of Vivaldi Gloria in The Beaney House of Arts and Knowledge on Saturday December 15. 11.00

We will continue to rehearse Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem for Performances in 2019 as follows;
Sunday March 10th, St Mary and Eanswythes Church, Folkestone (Brahms four hands at one piano version) 15.00
Pianists Stefan Cato and Patrick Dunn
Sunday 17th March Colyer Fergusson Hall, University of Kent, Canterbury 19.30
See poster below thanks to Steph Brunton

Looking forward with great excitement to our first rehearsal starting at 17.30 (PROMPTLY PLEASE) on Wednesday September 26th


Opera recordings from Summer 2018

Here are the recordings that we made with Kerry during the summer term 2018

Goodbye from Kerry

Dear Amici
thank you all so much for another wonderful term.

I thought your singing on Wednesday was really fantastic – entirely committed, full of passion and true to the character of the choruses. Well done – I loved every second!

Thank you for your patience and kindness – it has been a real joy to work with you all again.

Have a wonderful Summer

Best wishes

amici concert arrangements

Dear Amici
thank you for a fabulous rehearsal and great work on the recording this evening.
As promised, here is the plan and running order for next week’s concert:
4.15 helpers to arrive
4.30 solo rehearsal
5pm chorus rehearsal
6.30 start

Running order:
Va Pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew slaves)
Anvil Chorus (chorus)
Stride La Vampa (solo)
Brindisi (solos and chorus)
Dido (solo and Drooping Wings chorus)
Nina (solo)
Prendero (duet)
Humming Chorus
Ach Ich Fuhls (solo)
Seguidille (solo)
Habanera (solo and chorus)
Toreador (trio and chorus)

Thank you all for your enthusiasm and support this term, it has been such a joy to work with you all again. I am so looking forward to our concert next week

best wishes

Kerry Boyle
07530 929821

Summer Garden party

As announced – tickets are available for the Amici Garden Party in Sandgate.  For only £12 a head, you can enjoy this beautiful garden (see photo attached), watch the Folkestone Air Show, and eat scones, strawberries and cream. Drinks will be available to buy.

Here are the details: 
Saturday 21 July, 3pm – 5 pm
14 Radnor Cliff, Sandgate CT20 2JJ

There is free parking for two hours. For those coming by public transport – buses 102 and 17 stop on nearby Sandgate Hill. 

You can buy tickets at the rehearsal this Wednesday or at the concert the following Wednesday, and after that – if there are any tickets left – you can reserve by e-mailing me at Places are strictly limited to 40 so don’t delay!

The money raised from this event will help to fund the orchestra for our upcoming concerts.

Amici rehearsal 27th June 2018

Dear Amici
Well done for your fabulous work so far this term. As we approach the last couple of weeks I would like to remind you of the timings for each session.
On the 27th we will be starting at 5pm promptly and finishing at 7.15 (double booking at the church). This is the recording so it would be great to have as many members as possible at the session.
On the 4th July the rehearsal will be at 5pm for a 6.30 concert. Concert wear is bright and colourful.
I am really looking forward to these final sessions – thank you for your enthusiasm and wonderful singing as ever.
Best wishes

Message from Grenville

Dear Friends,
Some of you may be aware of the tragic death of Rob Thrower a former colleague at Canterbury Christ Church University. Rob sang with the Choral Society when I was there and continued to be a loyal ​singer with Dr  David Allinson. I copy below a message from David should any one wish to take part in this memorial service to be held at St Paul’s.

As you know, Rob loved music, and was an enthusiastic member of University Chorus during my tenure at CCCU, and for many years before that, under your direction.

I am working with Clair, his widow, to bring together current staff, students, recent colleagues, alumni and friends to sing at a service of thanksgiving for his life, to be held in St Paul’s church, just off Monastery Street, at 4pm on Saturday 16 June.

I hope very much that members of your choir which rehearses at St Paul’s, that includes alumni and former colleagues, might be interested in taking part?

To explain the commitment: depending on numbers signing up, I’m hoping that the choir will sing two fairly simple accompanied anthems, and boost the three hymns with harmony and descants, if appropriate. The music will be ‘upbeat’, and while it will doubtless be an emotional occasion, the intention is to celebrate the creative, sociable and life-affirming person that Rob was.

Might you and your choir members be willing and available to sing? I’d love to have a substantial and good-sounding choir. 

Rehearsals will be in St Greg’s (singers must come to at least ONE of these):

Thursday 7 June, 5.30-7pm

Wednesday 13 June, 5.30-7pm (not possible for Amici)

Everyone will be required to attend the rehearsal on the day, hopefully at 1.30pm in St Paul’s (tbc: the vicar is currently away).

The service will last about an hour, and refreshments will be provided for all afterwards in the Cathedral Chapter House.

I hope you might be willing and able to help.

Would you pass this to your singers and any other contacts who might have known Rob, asking them to reply to me David Allinson <>AND to Events <>, giving the following information?




This will enable me to select repertoire, make copies of scores, etc. Thank you so much.

And of course, if people are unable to sing but can attend to celebrate Rob’s life, they will be welcome at the service, too.

Best wishes,



Some dates for your diary

Dear Amici
thank you so much for your wonderful singing so far this term – it is so exciting to work with you on the opera repertoire!

Please make a note of the following dates:
Wednesday 30th May – no rehearsal (half term)
Wednesday 27th June – recording for the Canterbury Recorder – rehearsal START AT 5pm
Wednesday 4th July – 5pm rehearsal for a 6.30pm concert

Also, for anyone interested in coming along to the Canterbury Voices event later this term, the concert is at 7.30pm on June 15th at St Mildred’s Church.

Finally, those gentlemen who would like to sing the verses for the Toreador are invited to come along at 5pm on Wednesday next week. We will go through the verses to share out the lines, clarify the French and secure the notes.

best wishes

Amici message January 26th

Cari Amici,

A very good rehearsal again this week. Glorious music in both works which we are approaching with typical Amici enthusiasm and expertise. Kerry will take the choruses forward over the next two weeks whilst I am absent. Additionally (if time) we will embark on no VII Selig sind die Toten and Since by Man came death, Messiah no 46 .
I look forward to taking up the baton again on Feb 21 with a reminder that there is NO rehearsal one Feb 14 (Ash Wednesday).

If you are reading this message and have not been able to be at a rehearsal for a variety of reasons, please will you ensure that you revise independently the choruses that we have worked on to date:

Brahms Requiem

  • no I Selig sind
  • no IV Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen

Handel Messiah

  • no 28 He Trusted in God
  • no 12 For unto us a child is born

The following fifteen choruses will be rehearsed for performance on December 9th 2018. Without exception they are demanding and need to be very well known to be able to deliver a memorable performance

  • Part 1 Nos 4, 7, 9, 12, 17, 21
  • Part 2 Nos 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 33, 44
  • Part 3 Nos 46, 53

I attach projected costs for both concerts to be given in Collyer Fergusson based on 400 ticket sales (max) at either £15 for £20. This may be useful in our deliberations with regard to fund raising.

Finally confirmation of the remaining spring time rehearsal dates.

  • January 31
  • February 7, 21, 28 (note not 14 Feb)
  • March 7, 14, 21
  • April 11, 18

All best wishes


and here is a message from Maggie:

Many thanks to everyone who came with the right money to collect scores yesterday.  We have sold out of Messiah but still have a number of the Brahms left.
Thanks again