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Tonbridge ‘Family Carols’ raises over  £4,000 for local charities.


In December 2015, in a candlelit Tonbridge School Chapel, under the professional tinsel-clad baton of music director, Matthew Willis, Tonbridge Philharmonic Society, in conjunction with the Tonbridge Round Table, organised a sell-out Family Carols event.


Proceeds from the event, totalling £4,315.00, are now going to their chosen charities, West Kent Mind and to provide local community sports equipment.


Pat Downing MBE, President of West Kent Mind, said about receiving £2,077.50 this week from the Society “We are thrilled to receive such an amazing amount.  West Kent Mind will put this to good use, continuing to work in the local community with those experiencing mental health problems.  It was such a marvellous Family Carol Service and it was a pleasure to attend and read a Lesson.   Thank you to everyone involved for their support and generosity.”   


Eileen Best who organised the event on behalf of the Tonbridge Philharmonic Society says “We are delighted our annual festive event was such a success this year, and enabled us to support these worthwhile local charities.”


 Toby Butler of the Tonbridge Round Table said “It is great to be able to invest in our local community this way, and wish to thank all who those who came and made it such a special community event, including our lesson readers Tom Tugendhat MBE MP, Pat Downing MBE West Kent Mind, Mayor Owen Baldock, three schoolchildren, and Robin Morrish, Tonbridge Philharmonic Society President.”

Friends from Heusenstamm perform sell out concert

with Tonbridge Philharmonic Society


In March 2016, 33 members of the Evangelische Kantorei, including 26 singers, 2 violinists and 5 supporters from Tonbridge’s twinned town of Heusenstamm, came and stayed with members of the Tonbridge Philharmonic Society, to perform Handel’s Messiah together to a packed and appreciative audience in Tonbridge School Chapel on the 19th.


Under the baton of the Society’s music director, Matthew Willis, the concert was a huge success, with a standing ovation at the end.


The Mayor and Mayoress of Tonbridge & Malling attended, standing for the Hallelujah chorus as tradition dictates.


David Packer who coordinated the visit with Eileen Best, said “We were delighted to host our friends from Heusenstamm again this year – something we have done every three years since 1989. I am very pleased that the concert was so well attended, and we look forward  to visiting our friends in Germany in June to sing the Messiah again.”


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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.

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 www.tonphil.org.uk/tickets.

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.