Canterbury Music Makers is a charitable society constituted in February 2004 to promote education in and the appreciation of music through the preparation and presentation of public orchestral concerts. The Society meets weekly on Monday evenings from 7.30 to 9.30 following the three annual school terms and normally presents an invited concert at the end of each term. The orchestra currently comprises over 50 members of diverse ability whose main motivation is the enjoyment of making music together of good quality and at a level of performance that stretches their abilities.
The repertoire of the orchestra is varied and comprises movements of orchestral works by composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Handel and Schubert together with a number of shorter programmatic pieces and some original compositions by members or friends of the orchestra. Music is borrowed from the Kent County Library at Maidstone, and some is owned by the Society.
Where possible the Society responds positively to requests for concerts in support of charitable concerns. They are most often from the churches attended by members and usually number three a year. They usually include invited soloists both internal and external to the orchestra and often some strategic strengthening of sections where necessary.