On Saturday afternoon 19 December there was no nook or cranny to be found in Tonbridge School Chapel, as once again Tonbridge Round Table and Tonbridge Philharmonic Society choir, conducted by Matthew Willis, and accompanied by Chris Harris, organ, and an excellent trumpeter, with pupils from Slade Primary School, welcomed everyone to Family Carols. The charities supported this year were West Kent Mind, and Community Sports.
Matthew Willis encouraged, and got, enthusiastic audience involvement in traditional and modern carols, keeping rhythms and speeds joyfully brisk. Choral solos included some already well-loved, and at least two, by modern composers, combined a light touch with a good deal of complexity. Slade Primary School, in their items, delighted everyone with their charm and confidence.
The afternoon went with a swing, with quiet interludes for readings from Scripture. The Readers were Tom Tugendhat, local MP, Pat Downing President of West Kent Mind, Councillor Owen Baldock, Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Toby Butler Chairman of Tonbridge Round Table and Robin Morrish, President of Tonbridge Philharmonic Society.
Finally, mulled wine and mince pies were on offer for audience and performers.
21 December 2015