Whitstable Music Society and the repertoire of concerts presented each season would not be possible without the active support of our members through their commitment, enthusiasm, their skills and abilities across a range of jobs and tasks. These can be literally anything from serving on the committee and at committee meetings or serving tea at concerts, from promotions and PR through to stacking chairs or helping set-out the room prior to performance.
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The Whitstable Music Society Committee
Since 1975 the charitable objects have been "to educate the public in the arts and sciences and in particular the art and science of music by the presentation of concerts and other activities."
Currently, there are six trustees who meet periodically and a creative sub-committee who work on promotion of the society. Our success is largely due to the sum of volunteer help, their enthusiasm and commitment.
We are always keen to hear from new people who may be interested in helping in some way regardless of whether specialist skills or general helping out.
President & Founder
In 1974 John Wilkinson was returning to Whitstable from a chamber music concert at the Wigmore Hall in London. As he came further away from London he asked himself, “Why do I need to go all that way to hear first-class musicians play wonderful music from the chamber music repertoire? Let’s bring it here!”
And so the Whitstable Music Society was born.
A Team of Handy Helpers
There is also an eclectic bunch who help out, some have worked in the music and performance industry, others with a keen interest in chamber and classical music and enjoy live performance. It seems one of the key-skills required has something to do with tea-urns, seat-stacking and/or piano shifting. Of course, local fund-raising plays a vital part in keeping things going and a good knowledge of proprietors of the wonderful shops along Whitstable High Street and Harbour Street comes in very handy. What we all have in common is a love for chamber music and also a love for Whitstable.