Volunteering as a musician at Knole

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Musical ensembles have been performing at Knole in Sevenoaks since 2009, taking advantage of our high numbers of visitors and transport links. If you're in a group or would like to perform as a soloist, we'd love to hear from you.

What's in it for you?

Although we can't pay you (we cover travel expenses), Sevenoaks is an affluent area and a relatively high proportion of visitors have sufficient income to book musicians for their own functions. You're welcome to give your business card to visitors.

Built from 1456, Knole is an atmospheric but intimate place to play. Some musicians use their visit as an enjoyable way to try new pieces.

If you visit us several times a year, you may qualify for a National Trust volunteer card, which gives free entry to our places, plus a discount in our shops and tea-rooms.

What do we want?

We're looking for soloists or groups of up to five, who play at a good performance standard. As a guide, regular visitors include students from London music colleges and members of the Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Concert Band.

We prefer music from the Baroque period or earlier, but this can be part of a varied programme. For example, one group has devised a programme covering four centuries - from Henry VIII to early jazz.

Practicalities

During the open season (mid-March to October), the house is open Wednesday to Sunday, 12-4pm. You may play for as long as you wish within these hours. We can provide music stands and stand lights.

We're a short distance from Sevenoaks rail station; if you plan to arrive by train we can usually pick you up. Trains run from London (Charing Cross or London Bridge) several times an hour and take 35 minutes. Slower trains also run from Victoria at weekends and Thameslink stations on weekdays. By car, we're just off the M25 at Junction 5.

Interested?

  • To find out more, email our volunteering team, or call us on 01732 462100.