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Media coverage


We are delighted to have had the following coverage:

Interview with Matthew Times of Tonbridge page 74-75 28 June 2017

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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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.

Date of 2017 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!".

Our Choral chair is honoured

Congratulations to our Choral Chairperson, Carol Wake, who has been awarded an OBE in the 2017 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 2016, 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."

New season's programme announced


As the Society's new 2017-18 season will coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, there are some powerful themes in this year's musical programme. Starting with the Dream of Gerontius, the choir and orchestra reflect on mortality, as Elgar explore's John Newman's poetic reflections on the after life.

The orchestra embark on an epic journey by performing Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony in February, in Tonbridge School Chapel. The programme will of course be peppered with joy, with our Family Carols in December,  and expect more operatic excitements in our Summer concert. To enjoy all our concerts don't forget to purchase a season ticket - 5 concerts for the price of 4.

Operatastic reviews 

The Society's Summer concert this year involved a semi staged version of Bizet's Carmen and had rave reviews from a full capacity audience and participating members. The official reviews wrote "It was extraordinarily exhilarating and moving - is testament to Matthew Willis’ skills and the performers’ growing confidence in their abilities together." Audience members wrote "Carmen! A wonderful evening - exciting, dramatic, so much energy. Thank you TonPhil!"

For the full review , see our 2016-17 Reviews & Feedback page

 Shostakovich Strings Day announced

For those playing in what will be an unique performance locally of Shostakovich’s Symphony no 7 ‘Leningrad’, on 17 February 2018, there will be a strings practice day on Saturday 7 October at St Saviour’s Church, Tonbridge from 10am - 4pm.

Please contact Sara Young for further details of how to join the day as it is a concert not to be missed for anyone keen to broaden their musical repertoire.   Email:

Shell award grant to Society's orchestra

Tonbridge Philharmonic Society are delighted to have recently received a grant from Shell International Limited, through their "Shell Employee Action Scheme", which promotes volunteering and community involvement among employees and pensioners.

The grant was awarded to support the Society's Strings Day workshop in October. enabling orchestral members, with additional guest players, to explore Shostakovich's Symphony no 7 - a demanding and poignant piece, rarely performed by amateur orchestras. The performance of the piece will take place on 17 February 2018, in Tonbridge School Chapel.

For further details of the Strings Day please see below.

TPS chosen for fundraising support

Thanks to our fundraising officer Mike Tonge, the Society was chosen as one of Tonbridge Waitrose's community organisations over the summer. Our local community kindly donated many of their green tokens to the Society after their shop, and the funds we received will go towards the additional costs there will be to put on our ambitious Shostakovich concert in February. Thank you to all those who supported the Society.