Founded in 1972 by music director Jon Lafleur, the Kent Singers began its 50th season in December 2022 with Welcome Yule!, a collection of our favorite selections from past holiday concerts. The Spring concert, A Jubilant Song, on March 19, 2023, celebrated the power of music and song in our lives.
On June 11, 2023 we presented our Major Works concert for this year, featuring Schubert’s Mass No. 6 in E-flat and Haydn’s Te Deum No. 2 in C Major with soloists and orchestra. The audience responded to this final concert of our season with an enthusiastic standing ovation.
After presenting our holiday concert for the 2019-2020 season, Among Angels, we began rehearsals for our planned Spring concert, Songs of the British Isles. Unfortunately the global COVID pandemic forced us to cancel the Spring concert, and our planned Summer concert as well.
We spent the pandemic year of 2021 learning all twenty choruses of Handel’s Messiahwith individual study, guided practice videos made by our director, and weekly Zoom meetings to check in with each other and socialize. We resumed live rehearsals in Fall 2021 with strict health safety protocols, and resumed our work on the British Isles repertoire. After a two year delay, that concert was presented in March 2022.
Immediately afterward we began rehearsals for Messiah, singing the choruses together as a group for the first time. Thanks to all that practicing we did at home during our 2021 “virtual season,” Messiah came together quickly resulting in a very successful performance on June 12, 2022 with soloists and orchestra of period instruments.