IN THE BEGINNING.
Bromley Barbershop Harmony Club was formed in 1975 by Ron Mesure, when he was bitten by the barbershop singing bug after watching a television documentary of an American Barbershop Convention. Ron decided this was for him, so he set about gathering a few friends, and with the help of some existing barbershop singers from Brighton and Crawley clubs the Bromley club was founded. The first meeting was held in a room over the Star and Garter public house on Friday 26th September of that year. Barbershop singing had arrived in Bromley!
Ron was eventually honoured by being made Life President of the club. He died a few years ago, but the club he founded continues to go from strength to strength. The members of the chorus, particularly those who remember Ron, will be forever indebted to his memory for what he did. The current membership of The Kentones is 62, making us one of the largest choruses in the country. Friday 26th September 2010 was a special day in the history of the Kentones, not only was it the club’s 35th Anniversary but it also saw the Chorus gather at Proper Records’ recording facility in Sydenham to record their first CD – From The Edge.
The Club’s objectives are to educate its members and the public in the performance of unaccompanied harmony singing and to contribute, by public performance or donation to charitable organisations. Members are drawn together by their common interest and love of four part close harmony singing. As a hobby it is both fulfilling and rewarding and provides a great opportunity to make new friends.
BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF BARBERSHOP SINGERS.
The Chorus is a member of BABS, which has over 50 member choruses. The Chorus has reached the finals of the annual National Convention every year since 1995. In the last four years our mark has increased from 57.5% to 63.1% in May of 2010 reaffirming our status as a B Category Chorus
The Chorus perform a number of singouts throuout the year. Regular ones include performances at,
St Mary’s Church Westerham
Hayes Free Church
The Disabled Christian Fellowship
The Glades, Bromley – charity Christmas collection
As well as our own biannual “Barbershop Showcase” concert
MUSIC FESTIVAL COMPETITIONS.
The Club also enters Music Festival competitions, which have included,
The Croydon Music Festival
The Bournemouth Music Festival
The Bromley Music Festival
Every year the Kentones nominate a Charity to support. The Chorus has raised many thousands of pounds over the years for charities such as Demelza, and MacMillan Nurses. For 2010/2011 our nominated charity is the Marjorie McClure Specialist School in Chislehurst Kent. The school caters for pupils from the age of 4 to 19 years. The main criterion for admission is that the pupil has a physical and/or medical condition. Some pupils may have other, additional difficulties such as learning, communication or sensory problems. As with any school there are always extra costs so any financial support from the chorus is greatly appreciated.