Welcome to Front Room

- the singing group from North West Kent

Dates for your diary:

  • Saturday 30th November - 7.30pm — Meopham Village Hall

See Forthcoming performances for more details.

About Front Room

Front Room is a group of local singers who came together in July 2008 following the very successful TV talent show 'Last Choir Standing'. After spending a few fun evenings during the summer months singing round the dining table with a glass of wine at Heather’s in Longfield or gathered round the baby grand at Jerry’s in New Ash Green, we were enjoying ourselves so much that we simply didn’t want to stop when our regular commitments started again in the autumn.

For our first public performance at Gravesham Festival of Music & Speech in March 2009, we needed a name. It could only be one thing, couldn't it? A front room was where it had all started, so Front Room it was!

Front Room has 18 members, and under the leadership of our Musical Director Jo Love, we rehearse regularly at Southdowns Church near Dartford. We have also established two smaller groups, the Front Room Ladies and the Back Room Boys, to expand our repertoire and these groups still meet in a front room!

Full length concerts have been given at many venues including Gravesend, Luddesdowne, Meopham and Ash. Front Room has also provided the cabaret at Rotary and Golf Club gala dinners, and many other private parties. Canon Chris Stone of St George’s Church Gravesend has been a huge support to Front Room since its beginning and we were delighted, along with Gravesham Choral Society and Kent Chamber Choir, to help fund a replacement for the church’s old upright piano. Front Room has also supported the work of ROPE charity, singing at their Christmas and tea-time concerts in 2015.

We also are regular performers at the annual Hastings Beatles Day – an event held in the White Rock Theatre, where groups perform Beatles’ songs all day long in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief. This event has the added bonus of Crazy Golf in the afternoon and a fish and chip supper!


Best Choir in Kent 2019

We were delighted to be declared Best Choir in Kent by MASC in Folkestone on 29th September 2019. We performed three songs to a large audience of other choirs and 5 judges in the Leas Cliff Hall. Competition was stiff and the standard was high, with choirs singing gospel, soul, African, ‘50s and classical pieces. Front Room were on stage last, and tension was building in the hall. We sang our first number – Swing Low Sweet Chariot – and the audience burst into loud applause! We relaxed, and sung our other two pieces – And So It Goes and Let’s Do It – and felt we had done well, but was it enough? It was the unanimous decision of the judges that we had! We now have a trophy to keep, and lots of happy memories of a wet and windy day in Folkestone.

Best Choir in Kent

Frontroom celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Front Room celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2018, and was pleased to welcome three new members in the last year: Mike Hickie (bass), Alan English (bass) and Vanessa Best (alto). They are busy learning all our repertoire and have brought even more depth to our singing. Now we would like to reach new heights in 2018 by finding an additional soprano!

Forthcoming Performances

"A Show for the Windmill"
Saturday 30th November - 7.30pm

Meopham Village Hall, Wrotham Road, DA13 0AT

An evening of popular songs and music – Lennon & McCartney, Billy Joel, Cole Porter and more - in support of the Meopham Windmill Trust

Tickets £10 from Front Room members, on the door, or telephone/leave a message on 01474 812726

Bring your own refreshments

Getting in touch

If you would like to find out more about our group or want to contact us about a concert or short 'cabaret' performance, please send us an email or give us a call.

By Email:
By Telephone:
Judy Burrows on: 01474 873721

What people say

Read some feed back from the MMF Choir Showcase: View feedback (PDF)

Who's Who?

The Front Room singers are:


  • Carol Arman-Addey
  • Judy Burrows
  • Angela Clark
  • Annette Hughes
  • Joanna Love
  • Kristin MacLaughlin
  • Marianna Stone


  • Vanessa Best
  • Sheila Buchanan
  • Heather Pickering
  • Carol Gracey


  • David Clark
  • Tony Rumsey
  • Tim Stone
  • Jerry Sykes
  • Paul Houston


  • Steve Doerr
  • Alan English
  • Mike Hickie
  • Peter Jaques
  • Dave Saunders
  • Derek Wheeler