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Maidstone: Raise the Roof at All Saints' Church raising funds for charity

By Angela Cole

The ancient timbers of All Saints’ Church in Maidstone could be groaning this weekend as a concert promises to raise the roof.

More than 350 performers will be aiming to Raise The Roof at the mayor of Maidstone’s charity concert, performing in a grand finale that includes the Hallelujah Chorus and the ever-popular You Raise Me Up.

There will be seven local vocal groups, supported by a brass band and trumpet soloist, with performers including BAE Systems Brass Band, Maidstone Choral Union, MYMS voices and West Malling Community Choir.

Organisers hope to raise the roof at All Saints Church in Maidstone. Picture: Martin Apps
Organisers hope to raise the roof at All Saints Church in Maidstone. Picture: Martin Apps

Also performing will be Energize Community Choir, Hilton Hall Dance Academy, Friends in Harmony, Sutton Valence Choral Society and trumpeter Kevin Ashman.

The concert on Sunday, May 13 marks the end of Cllr Malcolm Greer’s mayoral year, as well as supporting local charities and celebrating Maidstone’s musical talent.

Cllr Greer said: “It has been an honour for my wife and I to experience first hand the wonderful work that goes on in our Maidstone community.

“I can think of no better way to mark the end of my year than a concert which will be an occasion not to be missed, that supports organisations that contribute much to our community and also celebrates the great talent that exists in Maidstone.”

The BAE Systems brass band will perform
The BAE Systems brass band will perform

Artistic director for the event has been Kathryn Ridgeway, who is also music director of the Maidstone Singers and West Malling Community Choir. The concert will be at All Saints’ Church on Sunday, May 13 at 6.30pm.

Tickets cost £8, £4 for students under 18 and £2 for children, and supports the three mayoral charities for the year, which are the Blackthorn Trust, Kent Lung Awareness and the Maidstone Sea Cadets, as well as All Saints Restoration Fund. The concert is being organised by Maidstone Area Arts Partnership. Buy tickets by calling 01634 388123.

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