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Media coverage


We are delighted to have had the following coverage:

Kent Messenger What's on 9 December 2016 - Family Carols

Kent Life magazine on-line Newsletter - 8 Nov 2016

Kent Life magazine - '70 years of making music', 3 page article in November 2016 edition.

Front cover of the Times of Tonbridge 13 July 2016

Event of the week Page 91 in Times of Tonbridge 6 July 2016

Index Magazine - October 2015 edition

Ingenu/e magazine - Autumn edition 2015  

Concert announcements on BBC Radio 3 Breakfast show.

An interview with Classical Events, featured in their enewsletter

Choir featured on the Radio Kent mid morning show December 2015. see YouTube.

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Proms at the Castle triumph

10 July 2016

An outdoor concert demands a perfect setting and the lawn adjoining Tonbridge Castle was just that – a wonderful and highly appropriate backdrop to a very British sort of evening.…


Everyone was provided with a Union Flag and two brown paper bags to blow up to replicate cannon – an essential part of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

By invitation from Matthew Willis under whose direction the choir and orchestra have moved forward to notable acclaim, the music for the programme had largely been chosen by the people of Tonbridge and surrounding communities.

As a celebration, the evening was absolutely perfect.

For the full review see our 2015-16 season reviews page.

Society marketer gets his trainers on for charity

On Sunday 24 September 2016 David Gandon, the Society's Marketing Officer, joined the 100s of other runners for the Hospice in the Weald 10k run around Tunbridge Wells.

David said about running the course, "10K completed in 51:30 this morning - happy to have a new personal best, and grateful for everyone's generosity. Current donations: £515". He was given his medal by Dame Kelly Holmes.

New season programme announced

Fresh from their Proms at the Castle concert triumph last month, Tonbridge Philharmonic society announce their new season's programme for 2016-17.

The concerts start in November, bringing to their audience the much-loved Enigma Variations by Elgar, Gerald Finzi’s setting of Edmund Blunden’s text, For St Cecilia, and then a sublime but little-known piece by Gustav Holst, The Cloud Messenger.

The Society’s popular community charity Family Carols, organised in conjunction with Tonbridge Round Table, returns to Tonbridge School Chapel. Their first orchestral concert of the season is in February at St Peters and St Pauls church, and includes Arutunian’s Trumpet Concerto, with Matilda Lloyd, the 2014 BBC Young Musician of the year ‘Brass Category’ winner, as soloist.

The second choral and orchestral concert, in March, is titled ‘Mostly Mozart’, and will include Mozart’s Piano Concerto 22, played by Marina Koka, winner of the Tunbridge Wells International Young Musician of the year competition in 2014, and Mozart’s Requiem.

In May the orchestra bring us back to the symphonic developments of the nineteenth century with Smetana Ma Vlast (My Homeland), Borodin’s 2nd Symphony and then right up to date with Richard Norris’s Symphony in (approximately) 15 Minutes.

With the season finale as always, the Society’s summer proms concert.

Season tickets are available at last year's prices

Rehearsals start back first week in September, and new members are welcome. For choir call Carol on (01732) 358458, for orchestra Alison on (01732) 833750.

Date of this season's Choral workshop announced

Dreaming of Gerontius
A choral workshop led by Matthew Willis

11 February 2017  1pm - 5.30pm
Tonbridge School

Learn about how to perform Sir Edward Elgar’s work Dream of Gerontius.
With a short performance at the end to friends and family.

Feedback from last year's workshop include:

"A fantastic workshop today! Tricky bits of the Messiah well and truly conquered!! Hallelujah!".

"What a fantastic Workshop we've had this afternoon. Grateful thanks to all who made it possible. It was the highlight of this year for me!".

Further details and how to book here.

Our Choral chair is honoured

Congratulations to our Choral Chairperson, Carol Wake, who has been awarded an OBE in this year’s New Years honours, for services to the community of Kent.  Very well deserved.

Two charities receive Family Carols donations

Following our Family Carols in December, the organisers David Robins, deputy Chair of the Society and Eileen Best presented a cheque for £1,591.04 to Jill Scott at The Scotts Project. 

Eileen said “Together with Tonbridge Round Table, we were delighted to be able to donate nearly £3,200 to two deserving charities this year, thanks once again to the support of our audience, who packed the School Chapel and donated so generously on their way out, as well as buying tickets.

The Scotts Trust were particularly thrilled as they have a big building project to finance and this donation will be very helpful."