‘If music is the food of love’ … It certainly is with the twinning link between Tonbridge and Heustenstamm, the twinned town in Germany.
Not only did early contact with their choirs help to formalise the link in 1984, but, following the first concerts given by the Evangelische Kantorei and the Society in 1989, music really began to flourish.
Every three years since then joint concerts have taken place in both towns, eagerly awaited by performers and audiences alike.
Scores of Kantorei and Society members and their families now know one another and firm friendships have been made. By staying in each other’s houses each learns about the other’s culture, from Goethe or Shakespeare (discussed over a glass of wine or beer), to our national cuisines (not just fish and chips or bratwurst) and our humour.
Author: David Packer - Patron and member of Tonbridge Philharmonic Society.