The Great Hall Fund

600 seat state-of-the-art auditorium
Opening Summer 2019

Kent College Canterbury is delighted to announce the start of construction of the Great Hall, an impressive 600-seat auditorium that will provide cutting-edge facilities for worship, concerts and the performing arts. The Great Hall is an important step for Kent College in building a world-class campus, and it will be used as a versatile and practical space for the school’s highly regarded Drama and Music departments, as well as for the wider local community.

The purpose engineered space has been three years in the planning and draws on the latest in architectural design, with the ability to expand or contract its foyer, reducing the seating capacity from 600 to 389 for smaller performances, and creating space for exhibitions, galleries or event entertaining. The building itself has a low-energy passive labyrinth heating and ventilation system, photovoltaic cells and is being built to comply with the highest level of sustainability standards.

Executive Head Master, Dr David Lamper said; “We look forward to welcoming everyone to a cornucopia of superb concerts and theatrical performances when the Great Hall is completed in 2019.”

The construction of the Great Hall also heralds an exciting new partnership, as Kent College becomes a key sponsor for the Canterbury Festival . As the Hall will be used as a Festival location from 2019, this partnership will open up a whole new world of opportunities for performing arts at Kent College, both on stage and backstage, and for the wider Canterbury community.

Even before the opening of the Great Hall, the school’s involvement in the Canterbury Festival is already underway with two students, Sophie Blummers (Year 12) and Alicia Hunt (Year 10), in the 2018 final of the Festival’s prestigious Foundation Bursary Competition. This competition supports excellence in talented young musicians across Kent. Senior musicians (aged 15-18) are eligible to compete for a cash bursary of £2,000 which they can put towards new instruments, tuition, courses or international trips. The winner is announced at the annual Bursary concert as part of the main Canterbury Festival programme, and we wish both girls well.

  • Naming Opportunities in the Great Hall

  • Canterbury Festival

  • Work in progress

The Great Hall project is a reflection of the high level of confidence that the Canterbury community has in Kent College. This is due to excellent pastoral care and focus on the development of students as individuals, resulting in impressive success both academically and in other fields; placing Kent College amongst the best schools in the country.

The new sponsorship between Kent College and the Canterbury Festival is also a vital life-line for the Festival, which recently lost its regular funding from the Arts Council and Canterbury City Council. But according to Festival Director, Rosie Turner, it’s “business as usual” thanks to Kent College and other business sponsors stepping up to help bridge the funding gap.

Get involved

The school has been fortunate to receive a number of special donations to help put the financial building blocks into place to create the Great Hall. As the building has progressed we now have a variety of different naming opportunities that are being made available to students, KC families, staff, Old Canterburians or local businesses. These vary from naming a brick to sponsoring a whole balcony. You can find details of all the various naming initiatives below. If you would like more information or would like to discuss the potential of naming the auditorium please contact development@kentcollege.co.uk.


Item Donation Benefits
£350 Your chosen name (max. 30 letters) will be inscribed on to a plaque and placed on the back of the seat
£250
£150 Your chosen name (max. 30 letters) will be inscribed onto a plaque on the brick. First 140 bricks purchased will be in the main foyer
£2,000 Your inscription on each bench
£5,000 Your chosen names (max. 30 letters) will be inscribed on plaques and placed on the back of 16 or 20 seats each, plus a plaque on the wall 60cm x 60cm
£5,000 Your chosen name (max. 30 letters) will be inscribed on to a plaque and displayed on the organ casing

At the end of April 2018, local dignitaries joined Dr David Lamper, Executive Head Master of Kent College, for a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of the Great Hall. At this ceremony, Dr Lamper announced an exciting new partnership between the school and the Canterbury Festival. Kent College will become a key sponsor for the Festival and, from 2019 when the Great Hall will be completed, will host Festival events.



Canterbury Festival

Groundbreaking ceremony

Dr David Lamper said “We are particularly keen to support the rich and diverse programme of events that the Festival brings to the local community and the opportunities it creates for encouraging young talent within the Arts.”

Rosie Turner, Festival Director, commented “This is the beginning of a burgeoning relationship with Kent College which will involve us both in arts activity of the highest calibre. There will be performance opportunities for pupils; back-stage access and creative industry training sessions with Festival staff and artists. We are already collaborating on events for the Great Hall’s opening in 2019, when a new musical will be premiered, as the new venue joins the portfolio of buildings the Festival inhabits throughout the city. This October we are delighted that Kent College will both perform in, and sponsor, the Lunchtime Concert series, and we are excited to be collaborating on a highlight of the Kent College Lecture Series – guest speaker to be announced in the Festival programme in early July. We can’t wait to work with the amazing young singers and actors of Kent College. A gorgeous new theatre/concert hall is the icing on the cake!”

For pupils at the school, the partnership brings many exciting new opportunities:
  • Festival placements including stage management, front of house and event management
  • Opportunities to attend professional rehearsals and meet artists
  • Live performance opportunities
  • Study for Arts Award levels Bronze, Silver, and possibly Gold, through the Festival
  • Lectures and talks from visiting artists and Festival staff
  • Opportunities to enter Festival competitions

Work on the Great Hall started in Spring 2018. Follow the progress of its construction on this page.



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