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We are delighted to have had the following coverage:
KMTV feature on Shostakovich concert 16 February 2018
Kent Messenger paper & Online, marking anniversary of the 1st World War
16 February 2018
Times of Tonbridge, pick of the week page 61, 14 February 2018
Times of Tonbridge, What’s on - Family Carols pick of the week page 56
Times of Tonbridge - Dream of Gerontius concert preview, front page & p68
Interview with Matthew Times of Tonbridge page 74-75 28 Jun 2017
Kent Messenger What's on 9 Dec 2016 - Family Carols
Kent Life magazine on-line Newsletter - 8 Nov 2016
Kent Life magazine - '70 years of making music', 3 page article in Nov 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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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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
TPS announce the date of their 2018 Choral Workshop
Tonbridge Philharmonic Society organise a very popular annual Choral Workshop, open to all, led by their Music Director Matthew Willis.
The next workshop will be ‘Discover Britten: War Requiem’ to be held on Saturday 5 May 2018 2pm- 6.30pm in The Recital Room, Tonbridge School. The price will be £20 per person (including tea, coffee & cake!).
Family Carols raise funds for Hospice
The Society are delighted that thanks to the generous donations of our audience & ticket sales the Tonbridge Round Table Family Carols in December 2017 raised £2407 for Hospice in the Weald. Thanks to all who organised and supported this event.
TPS is seeking a replacement Music Director
It is with great regret that we have accepted the resignation of our Music Director, Matthew Willis. Matthew has been offered an exciting opportunity which will mean he has to move to Europe.
The Executive Committee of the Society is in the process of recruiting his replacement.