Welcome to Front Room

- the singing group from North West Kent

Dates for your diary:

  • 28th October 2017 — Memorial Concert for Trevor Sandford - Memorial Hall, Bearsted
  • 18th November 2017 — Oxfam Christmas Bazaar - New Ash Green Sports Pavilion
  • 8th December 2017 — Christmas Concert - Hartley Church Centre
  • 10th December 2017 — St Martin’s Church

See Forthcoming performances for more details.


About Front Room

Front Room is a group of local singers who came together in July 2008 following the very successful TV talent show 'Last Choir Standing'. After spending a few fun evenings during the summer months singing round the dining table with a glass of wine at Heather’s in Longfield or gathered round the baby grand at Jerry’s in New Ash Green, we were enjoying ourselves so much that we simply didn’t want to stop when our regular commitments started again in the autumn.

For our first public performance at Gravesham Festival of Music & Speech in March 2009, we needed a name. It could only be one thing, couldn't it? A front room was where it had all started, so Front Room it was!

Front Room has 18 members, and under the leadership of our Musical Director Jo Love, we rehearse regularly at Southdowns Church near Dartford. We have also established two smaller groups, the Front Room Ladies and the Back Room Boys, to expand our repertoire and these groups still meet in a front room!

Full length concerts have been given at many venues including Gravesend, Luddesdowne, Meopham and Ash. Front Room has also provided the cabaret at Rotary and Golf Club gala dinners, and many other private parties. Canon Chris Stone of St George’s Church Gravesend has been a huge support to Front Room since its beginning and we were delighted, along with Gravesham Choral Society and Kent Chamber Choir, to help fund a replacement for the church’s old upright piano. Front Room has also supported the work of ROPE charity, singing at their Christmas and tea-time concerts in 2015.

We also are regular performers at the annual Hastings Beatles Day – an event held in the White Rock Theatre, where groups perform Beatles’ songs all day long in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief. This event has the added bonus of Crazy Golf in the afternoon and a fish and chip supper!

News

Supporting Blake at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford
July 2016

Front Room were delighted to be the backing group for singing trio Blake at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford in July. This was a novel and exciting experience for us, as we were singing along to an orchestral backing track on a soundstage in a big venue. The audience enjoyed songs ranging from Nessun Dorma to You'll Never Walk Alone. Blake hope to tour the country again next year and we look forward to singing with them then.



Forthcoming Performances

Memorial Concert for Trevor Sandford
Saturday 28th October 2017 - 7.30pm

King George V Memorial Hall, Bearsted ME14 4DB

Given by members of Front Room, Kent Chamber Choir and the London Bach Choir. Donations in aid of Cancer Research UK.




Oxfam Christmas Bazaar
Saturday 18th November 2017

Morning performance at New Ash Green Sports Pavilion DA3 8HS

Given by members of Front Room, Kent Chamber Choir and the London Bach Choir. Donations in aid of Cancer Research UK.




Christmas Concert
Friday 8th December 2017 7.30pm

Hartley Church Centre, DA3 8EL

Ticket details to be confirmed.




A joint afternoon concert with Energize Choir
Saturday 10th December

St Martin’s Church, Maidstone ME15 7LP

Details of ticket price and time to be confirmed.




Getting in touch

If you would like to find out more about our group or want to contact us about a concert or short 'cabaret' performance, please send us an email or give us a call.

By Email:
By Telephone:
Judy Burrows on: 01474 873721

What people say

Read some feed back from the MMF Choir Showcase: View feedback (PDF)


Who's Who?

The Front Room singers are:

Sopranos:

  • Judy Burrows
  • Angela Clark
  • Annette Hughes
  • Joanna Love
  • Kristin MacLaughlin
  • Marianna Stone

Altos:

  • Sheila Buchanan
  • Heather Pickering
  • Carol Gracey

Tenors:

  • David Clark
  • Tony Rumsey
  • Tim Stone
  • Jerry Sykes
  • Paul Houston

Basses:

  • Steve Doerr
  • Peter Jaques
  • Dave Saunders
  • Derek Wheeler