Start Date - Saturday 22 April 2023

End Date - Saturday 22 April 2023

Venue - Invicta Grammar School, ME14 5DS

Time - 6:00pm – 8:00pm, doors open at 5:30pm

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We are thrilled to announce that on Saturday 22 April 2023 Simon Proctor and his Heart of Kent Orchestra will once again be performing a repertoire of favourite classical music in aid of Heart of Kent Hospice, with special guest pianist Oliver Poole.  

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 Ticket information 

  • Tickets: £12 per adult  
  • £4 per child* 
  • A group discount of 25% is available if you are booking for 10 or more people. A group booking can only be made by calling our booking number: 01622 790195
  • Venue: Invicta Grammar School, ME14 5DS 
  • Concert: 6:00pm – 8:00pm,  doors open at 5:30pm  

*Child ticket applies to children aged 5 – 16 years. 

Concert programme  

The programme for 2023 features: 

  • Emperor Concerto (2nd movement)
  • Hungarian Rhapsody No 2
  • The Blue Danube
  • Ravel's Bolero
  • William Tell
  • Adagio from Spartacus
  • In the Hall of the Mountain King
  • Simon Proctor James Bond Piano Concerto.


Concert information 

Simon Proctor has been supporting the Hospice for many years, arranging the concerts to raise money to help terminally ill people in our community that need our care. This year will be his 8th concert, to date Simon has raised over £10,000.

Simon, who arranges the Heart of Kent Orchestra, always invites a guest musician. He is delighted to confirm that Oliver Poole will be returning once again this year as our guest pianist. 

We have put together a music playlist featuring some of the songs that will be performed at the concert below


Simon Proctor  Piano

Simon Proctor is a British composer, pianist, and flautist, famous for his works for unusual instruments. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London where he won the Eric Coates Prize, amongst others. He has composed a wide variety of orchestral, vocal and instrumental music which have been performed throughout the UK and Europe, Asia, Canada and parts of the USA. 

Notable among these is his Concerto for Serpent and Orchestra, and his Concerto for keyed bugle. The Amherst Suite also features the serpent. He has also composed a great number of other less well-known works, including concerti for the organ, trumpet, and many works for solo piano including a seven-part fugue. 

Oliver Poole  Piano 

His musical life started at an early age when he became the youngest winner of the EPTA trophy (as the most promising young pianist in Europe) aged seven, reclaiming the title again the following year. He graduated as a prestigious Foundation Scholar with a first class Bachelors of Music with Honours degree and a Masters degree with Distinction from the Royal College of Music in London (supported by Professor Kendall-Taylor, the Soirée d'Or Award, St. Marylebone Educational Foundation and the Seary Trust). 

In the past years, Oliver has been covered by media outlets including the BBC, Russia Today, The New York Times, Culture TV, News 24 & more. Oliver's desire is to create and perform music that can reach a diverse and international audience as well as highlighting the importance of the powerful & positive effects of music and creative arts in today's society. 

Thomas Shelbourn - Conductor

Thomas studied at the Royal College of Music, graduating with a bachelor of music with honours degree at distinction level. He co-founded the recorder trio 'Equalateral', performing at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace and Aberdeen Youth Festival, among others. In his music he hopes to entertain, bringing reflection and a smile to the audience.  

In 2018 Thomas continued his studies specialising in Music Education at the University College London Institute of Education. He graduated with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with distinction. He works full-time as a Music Teacher in a local secondary school as well working as a freelance music teacher and writing for his website. 

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