Robin Morrish. In June 2014, Robin Morrish conducted his last concert with the Tonbridge Philharmonic Society, before retiring after 44 years of distinguished service with the Society.
Robin was a choral scholar at King's College Cambridge, and sang as a counter-tenor under David Willcocks; he also played both violin & viola. He then embarked on a teaching career. Robin first joined the Society in 1970 as leader of the orchestra. In 1993, when the conductor John Cullen retired, he encouraged Robin to take over from him as conductor. Robin's wife, Penelope Howard, a professional violinist, then took over as orchestra leader. Robin & Penny had previously met when they were scheduled to play the Bach Double Violin Concerto together - the start of a lifetime of joint music making.
Since 1993, under Robin's leadership as music director, the Society flourished. And with a proud record, that over his 44 years with the Society, he never missed a concert; a remarkable feat.
Robin had an encouraging and positive style - a member commented that Robin was the only conductor he'd ever sung with who didn't ever shout at them - and his willingness to include all interested in music making, he has made a major and unforgettable contribution to Tonbridge musical life.
Robin is also very supportive of the musical links with Heustenstamm, Tonbridge's twin town near Frankfurt in Germany, and been leader of their orchestra when Society members have travelled over to join in their concerts.
We are delighted Robin agreed to become President of the Society.
EileenBest JürgenBlume John Cullen ChristopherEverettCBE AnthonyGould Martin Hammond EricHolder PennyMorrish DavidPacker Wolfgang Weyrich