About

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.

Now into our 59th season, our first two concerts this year take place in the Studio Room at Leighton House. The first “musical party” at Leighton House was organised by Lord Leighton in May 1868 and KCMS builds on that tradition. We have come to regard it as our spiritual home and again take pride in presenting young musicians of the highest international quality in our programme. Owing to Leighton House’s planned refurbishment in 2020, we will be holding concerts in three other venues in 2020: the wonderful Music Room at Killik & Co.’s Grosvenor Street office, St George’s Church on Aubrey Walk and the Austrian Cultural Forum. Please see the Directions page for more information. We hope that you will consider becoming a Friend of KCMS to enjoy the whole season of concerts. Alternatively, we encourage you to come and hear some truly remarkable musicians and track the names of those who will dominate chamber music for many years to come.

KCMS is a Registered Charity No. 291038