Experience the joy of live music at the opening concert of Tonbridge Philharmonic Society’s ‘75 plus 1’ season, conducted by new Music Director Naomi Butcher. Book your tickets here.
Saturday 20th November, 7.30pm
Chapel of St. Augustine, Tonbridge School
PARRY: I WAS GLAD
FANNY MENDELSSOHN: OVERTURE IN C MAJOR
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: SYMPHONY NO. 3 ‘THE SCOTTISH’
On Saturday 20th November Tonbridge Philharmonic Society returns to the splendid Chapel of St. Augustine at Tonbridge School to present a varied programme of joyful music celebrating the power of music to heal and unite. The choir and the orchestra will be conducted for the first time by exciting new Music Director, Naomi Butcher, in her Tonbridge debut.
Tonbridge Philharmonic Choir has not performed together since the memorable performance of Dvorák’s Stabat mater in November 2019. They are set to raise the roof of the chapel with its opening anthem, Parry’s I was Glad. Originally written for the coronation of Edward VII, it is a wonderful setting of Psalm 122, and has been popular fare for celebratory occasions ever since. “From the moment it begins, it is throbbing with energy, and the first choral cloudburst of the words ‘I was Glad’ still sends a tingle down the spine, even on the hundredth hearing.” Vivaldi’s Gloria is a contrasting, yet equally uplifting work. The distinctive melodies and rhythms are characteristic of Vivaldi’s music, and the opening chorus Gloria in excelsis Deo sets the jubilant tone.
The second half of the concert will feature Tonbridge Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra will open their programme with the Tonbridge premiere of Fanny Mendelssohn’s Overture in C major. The sister of Felix, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel is for many, one of the most celebrated female composers today. She wrote over 460 pieces of music, but the Overture in C major, written around 1832, remained her only work for orchestra alone. The Overture will be followed by Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 in A minor, nicknamed ‘The Scottish’. He was inspired to write the symphony following a visit to Scotland in 1829, and famously started it after a visit to Holyrood Palace: “In the evening twilight we went today to the palace where Queen Mary lived and loved…The chapel close to it is now roofless, grass and ivy grow there, and at that broken altar Mary was crowned Queen of Scotland. Everything round is broken and mouldering and the bright sky shines in. I believe I have found today in that old chapel the beginning of my Scottish Symphony.” Felix Mendelssohn