Welcome to East Malling Singers


Our next sing: Christmas Concert
Saturday 9th December 2023: Christmas Concert
including Elgar, Howard Goodall, Joanna Forbes L'Estrange



  OCTOBER 2023: An absolutely fantastic day with 150 singers under the direction of Howard Goodall, guiding us through his “Eternal Light: A Requiem”. He described his thinking behind the work, the specifics of why the very tricky rhythms were included - it was to challenge the original dance company, not the singers! - and cajoled EMS and all of our welcome guests through the whole thing, with acute insights into how best to be thinking about it, before we even began singing.

Howard’s job was to keep everyone engaged and in chorus, but there was a small army ensuring voice parts were physically sat together and keeping everyone in tea, coffee and cake, plus ensuring the lunch break went without incident, then resetting every chair ready for church service the following morning. Thanks to all guests who joined us, and to all the volunteers who, under Liz’s captaincy, enabled the day to run so smoothly.

Right - now back to work on Wednesday, prepping for the Christmas Concert on 9th December.
KCF-Logo-Colour-Web-5b45e2cb5d499 We are proud to have been considered worthy of a Kent Community Foundation grant to help pay for the Howard Goodall workshop. The award was through KCF’s Micro Groups Programme, which helps out smaller groups like EMS and was provided from the John Hobson Fund. Thank you to Sue and Elaine for compiling the application, and to KCF for their generosity.
  LATEST EMS NEWS: Rehearsals resumed after the summer break and it's great to be back! Ciara is taking us through Howard Goodall's "Eternal Light" to prepare for the workshop led by the composer himself in October. Plenty of new faces, with many guests joining us for this occasion - welcome to you all. The workshop has been so popular that we have had to limit the number of guests. To join the waiting list, please email [email protected]

JULY 2023: We combined with West Malling CE Primary School choir, who were led by Joanne Cripps, and showed off a widely varied evening of film music - from the uplifting (The Lion King), to a sense of fun (Let’s Go Fly a Kite), to Mozart’s Requiem, and the schoolchildren being just a little bit “Naughty”! A brilliant evening to a packed house. Now we take a break for the summer, and reconvene refreshed to join with Howard Goodall himself taking us through his Eternal Light.


MARCH 2023: An excellent, if exhausting, performance of Messiah, despite the disruption of our Music Director being unavailable for concert week due to Covid! However, Ciara’s hard work in rehearsals since January paid off and our former director, Ben Rous, stood in at the last moment to guide us through it.

  East Malling Singers is a friendly, mixed-voice, amateur choir of approximately 80 members that performs a very wide variety of sacred and secular music. Usually we perform four concerts per year at St James the Great Church, East Malling and are often joined by professional soloists and orchestra, as well as guest singers.
  We always welcome new members. You do not have to be able to sight-read music, although it helps, nor do you have to come to every rehearsal, and practising with a CD or online recording between rehearsals is also useful. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings during term time, at St James the Great Church, where our concerts are also held. Please ask the Membership Secretary on 01622 675592 or Contact Us for more details of how to join us.
    And here is how East Malling Singers sound like when the hard work pays off:

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