- The Kent Singers -
A Brief History of the Kent Singers
The Kent Singers first performed in December 1973 before an audience in Kent, CT, which has remained the group's "home" ever since. As of January 2013, the group welcomed a new musical director, Matt Travis.
Members come from as far as Sharon to the north, Sherman to the south, and Pauling, NY, to the west; the majority are residents of Kent, South Kent and immediately surrounding towns.
This amateur group has maintained a high standard of excellence in the performance of the classical choral repertoire. Significant performances have included Bach's St. Matthew Passion conducted by Jon Lafleur in 1992; Vivaldi's Gloria; the commissioning and first performance of Epitaphos by American composer Gerald Near; and the presentation of Handel's Messiah with the Fanfare Consort in the manner the work was first performed in the eighteenth century.
The Kent Singers typically performs five concerts annually -- two in the December holiday season and three in the spring. The group's main performance venue is St. Andrew's Church in Kent, a setting which enhances the clean sound of the Singers. To reach a wider audience, the Singers are now performing in other towns in addition, including Sharon, Sherman, Bridgewater and New Preston.