The Dawn Chorus

SUNDAY 25 August 2013
St Nicholas Church
Pluckley at 7pm
Tickets cost £7: phone 01233 820516,
or purchase in Pluckley Butchers
Refreshments on sale
Special offer: bring two friends & have your ticket price refunded!
Proceeds to the Friends of Health Needs Education

The Dawn Chorus was formed in 2007, an offshoot of Sutton Valence Choral Society, and took its name from a supportive local singing teacher, Dawn Freer. It has about 20 singers and gives three or four concerts a year in Maidstone and the Weald. Its conductor, Nancy Litten, is a highly experienced singing teacher, examiner and choral conductor; she is based in Maidstone.

The choir performs a wide range of secular and religious music from 15th to 20th century. This includes a mixture of popular and less well known pieces, from Renaissance polyphony to numbers from musical shows and films, and audiences take part! Each concert is given in support of a local charity; last year the choir raised £1500 for these charities.

West Kent Health Needs Education provides teaching for young people who are too ill (with physical, mental or emotional conditions) to go to school. All are legally entitled to their education, and we find ways of providing it for them. Teaching takes place in pupils’ homes, in libraries and – for teenagers – at one of our three centres in Leybourne, Pembury and Seal. An East Kent provision is based at a centre in Canterbury. The charity, Friends of Health Needs Education, has been set up in West Kent; it may well in future support Health Needs across the whole county.

The charity was formally set up in September 2012. It has three aims: to raise funds for education and leisure resources and opportunities which cannot be afforded from the KCC delegated budget, to provide regular opportunities for former pupils (Buddies of HNE) to visit and inspire current pupils, and to create a network of support for the service.

As Friends of HNE, we are delighted and grateful that The Dawn Chorus is putting on a concert in Pluckley to raise funds for our charity. We will try to spend some of the money raised in a way that encourages and benefits musical talents and interests among our students.