Kensington and Chelsea Music Society (KCMS) was founded in 1960, originally as a gramophone society, with John Juviler as its first chairman and with the active support of the late Roger Oliver. Today we continue to flourish by hosting eight classical music concerts a year, having grown into an ambitious and highly respected London music society. Our main objective is to provide a London platform for exciting new talent and young classical musicians. Over the years, we have been privileged with performances from internationally acclaimed artists such as John Lill, Imogen Cooper, John Ogden, Radu Lupu, Michiko Uchida, Felicity Lott, and Mike Westbrook as well as talks and masterclasses from Richard Baker, Carl Davis, James Lockhart and Peter Pears.
We welcome our President, Professor Jane Glover, whose illustrious career as conductor on the international stage contribute a special dimension to the success of KCMS. We are also grateful to our distinguished Vice-Presidents for their valued support and without whom KCMS would not exist as it does today. The Society continues to enjoy a cordial relationship with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and with their Arts and Libraries Service which is responsible for the running of Leighton House.
Plans for our 60th season have been catastrophically disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we have responded to this challenge, launching a Virtual Concert Series for broadcast in January and February 2021. For more information on this, see the Concerts page.
KCMS is a Registered Charity No. 291038