Sutton Valence Music Society
The School has close links with Sutton Valence Music Society, providing both support and a venue.
The Society was founded in 1973 and was registered as a charity (no.1002000) in 1990 with the stated object being “to educate the public in the arts and sciences, and in particular the art and science of music, by the presentation of concerts and other activities.”
There are normally six concerts during a winter season from October to March, with additional fund-raising events. In recent years, the policy has been to encourage and support young musicians, particularly those in post-graduate education who have already won major awards.
Members of the Society are those who have paid an annual subscription in advance of the season. Most concerts are also open to non-members.
The Music Society's 'home' is the Groves Hall, Sutton Valence School, named in honour of the conductor, Sir Charles Groves, who was a pupil at the school from 1930 to 1932. He left to continue his music education at the Royal College of Music. He was probably best known for his long tenure (1963 to 1977) as Musical Director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and as a regular conductor of the Last Night of the Proms. Sir Charles was a frequent visitor to the School and village, bringing other musicians for a day in the country, often including a pub lunch at the Kings Head. He died in 1992.
Further information is available from the Society website.
Sutton Valence Choral Society
The Choral Society numbers over 80 adults who enjoy singing and meet every Monday evening. They perform at least one concert every term at various chuches and concert venues in Kent and further afield.