Young musicians and singers from across the area have the opportunity to take part in residential courses over the summer.

Kent Music’s Summer School offers the chance for eight to 19-year-olds to study a range of disciplines from musical theatre to wind bands, jazz groups and orchestras in a relaxed, creative environment at Benenden School near Cranbrook.

Application are open now for the courses in July, which attract more than 1,000 youths each year.
Kent Music’s Phill Hyde said: “The summer school has been running successfully for more than 60 years, and is constantly updated to keep up with modern requirements.

“Courses in musical theatre and jazz have been added to more traditional courses in orchestral and string ensembles that have run from the start. There is also the chance to sing in a choir, whether you’re a complete beginner or planning to study music at university.”

As well as the music, there is a wide range of recreational facilities on offer outside of rehearsal times, including swimming, tennis and squash. Students are provided with mainly individual rooms, high-quality catering, and are looked after by a team of experienced supervisors, qualified nurses and lifeguards.

The summer school has been running for more than 60 years and tutors are professional musicians and teachers of the highest quality, including members of major London orchestras. There are no auditions and anyone can apply.

Go to or contact Valerie Cordina, summer school administrator, on 01622 358402  or email