Orpington groups into final seven of Top Choir Kent

PUBLISHED: 09:47 19 January 2016 | UPDATED: 09:47 19 January 2016

The Kentones

The Kentones


FUNdamentally GOSPEL and The Kentones will compete at Canterbury’s Shirley Hall on March 19

Two Orpington choirs have made it through to the final of a regional competition.

FUNdamentally GOSPEL and The Kentones are both among the final seven choirs of Top Choir Kent - a prestigious festival of singing which takes place on Saturday, March 19 at Canterbury’s Shirley Hall.

Peter Kennedy, musical director of barbershop quartet, The Kentones, said: “We’re delighted to have made the final seven, particularly because we know historically the standard in this competition has been really good.

“I think what differentiates us from other choirs is the overall experience - you can go home and listen to a gospel record, for example, but for us, it’s a real performance that you only experience by watching us in person.”

The Kentones has been performing for over 40 years, with many of its members present throughout that entire period, but Mr Kennedy says the key to success is being

“The challenge for us is to try and evolve and develop our sound,” he said.

“Our average age is quite high, and we’d certainly like to try and attract more singers between 18 and 40, so we’re trying to make ourselves more appealing to the younger generation so we’re always trying new things in an attempt to do that.”

John Harris, competition director of Top Choir Kent, said: “The standard of entries is always exceptionally high and this year is no exception.

“All of the choirs are very distinctive.

“They range from gospel to chamber via barbershop and all have demonstrated extraordinary talent; the audience will be in for a real treat.”

Now in its seventh year, TCK offers the winners unique, money-can’t-buy performance opportunities, with this year’s successful party set to participate in The Canterbury Big Sing, held at the Marlowe Theatre in April.

Tickets for the final cost £15.75, including booking fee, and are available online at

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