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September Sounds in 2019 was Bexley’s first multiple venue, mixed genre music festival aiming to bring new live music into the heart of its biggest town centres. There were 30 events to enjoy, where a wide range of artists, bands and local talent performed at local pubs, restaurants, cafés and even a library. As part of the festival, several acts also played at the highly anticipated Sidcup Fringe and the Erith Pier Festival.

Featured acts:

Nkomba and Pretending People

Nkomba are a contemporary African folk band who play an energetic mixture of Malawian folk songs and African roots music. The band is led by Ron Nkomba who performs on guitar, mandolin and harmonica and sings in English & Chichewa, the national languages of Malawi. As well as interpretations of traditional Malawian folk songs, their compositions draw on experiences and influences from Europe, Asia and Africa which reflect their up-bringing.



Pretending People are a traditional English Folk ensemble who are not only well known on the festival circuit for their musical talents but also as producers of innovative theatre in conventional and non-conventional performance spaces.


Taiko Meantime

Taiko Meantime strike at the heart of Taiko drumming's magic: an enthralling show combining traditional Japanese rhythms and techniques with eclectic, original compositions, enticing their audience to follow them on a musical journey.

Taiko Meantime was founded in Greenwich in 2001. Their aim, to provide an enlightening musical Taiko experience is satisfied by numerous theatrical performances ever since.

They performed in Japan in 2010, in London for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics and are regular performers at the London Marathon.

They have had appearances on both BBC (Family Prom in the Park) and featured in Channel 4's 'How Music Works' series.

The Carnegie Ensemble

The Carnegie Ensemble (formed from members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra) will perform a concert of Brahms' string Sextet Op.18 and Dvorak’s Double-bass quintet Op.77 in the Carnegie Hall at The Exchange in Erith. As an encore they will play a short piece by local Erith composer Percy Hilder Miles (1878-1922).

The members of the ensemble are:

Anna Smith and Lucy Curnow (violins)
Philip Hall and Peter Mallinson (violas)
Michael Atkinson and Colin Alexander (cellos)
Beverley Jones (double bass)

All proceeds from the concert will go towards the repair and renewal of Erith’s old library.