Village Concerts was set up early in 2001 to bring quality live music to smaller village communities and has, since formation, successfully promoted around 500 concerts in association with The Astor Palm Court, The Orchestra of the Thames Gateway, The Thames Gateway Quartet and other groups.
Our concerts are designed to be both entertaining, informative and not over-long. Typically, each concert will feature well-loved melodies from TV, Cinema, West End / Broadway Shows together with Classical music. Often, the concerts will feature a guest instrumentalist / vocalist in adition to the string quartet. Concerts have been well received with regular return visits to several key venues.
The Concerts seek to entertain but to also educate, being illustrated with commentary both on the music and offering a window on "the life of the professional musician in the 21st Century".
Fostering a true community spirit, the Village Concert series has already casually raised more than £50,000 for a selection of charities and local good-causes, both through "interval raffles" and end of concert retiring collections. Beneficiaries have included Church restoration funds, animal welfare, hospices (Demelza Capital Fund, Eltham, The Ellenor, Greenwich & Bexley, Harris Hospice), The RAF Benevolent Fund, HCPT The Pilgrimage Trust, British Heart Foundation, FOAL Farm, Bexley Young Musicians, Age Concern, Help for Heroes, Prostrate Cancer Charity, and the Sumatra (Indonesia) earthquake appeal, St. Catherine's Hospice, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, I-Care (stroke charity), South London Breast Cancer Trust, and many more.
The most recent donations have been to: Bexley Archaeological Group; The British Heart Foundation; Deal Memorial Bandstand Trust; Hornsey YMCA; Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity; Cancer Research UK; The Ataxia-Telangiectasia Society; Dartford & Crayford Unit 99 Of The Sea Cadet Corps; St Elizabeth Hospice (Suffolk); Children in Crossfire; Alzheimer’s Society; Bowel Cancer UK; Macmillan Cancer Support; EllenorLions Hospices; and, The Deal and Walmer Handelians Choral Society…..
Village Concerts, a non-profit organisation, is actively engaging the attention of arts and funding organisations, both locally and nationally, to underpin the development and expansion of The Village Concerts Series.