The choir and orchestra of Tonbridge Philharmonic Society are coming together to present a concert of wonderful European choral music in the magnificent Chapel of St. Augustine, Tonbridge School on Saturday 26th March. Music Director, Naomi Butcher, has put together a programme that comes from the first part of the twentieth century, a turbulent time when the way music was written was changing as fundamentally as were the world’s borders and politics.
The evening starts with a gentle tone, featuring the motet Abendlied by Rheinberger, a selection from 6 Folk Songs arranged by Holst, and Fauré’s familiar Cantique de Jean Racine.
As this year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958) the choir and orchestra will commemorate this by performing his luminous Serenade to Music to conclude the first half of the programme.
The climax of the evening will be Duruflé’s Requiem, dedicated to the memory of the composer’s father. The Society were due to perform this just as everything closed down two years ago, and so it seems very appropriate to perform it now as we move out of this difficult period.
Please join Tonbridge Philharmonic Society on 26th March for an unforgettable evening – tickets available on the Events page.
arr. Holst: A selection from 6 Folk Songs
Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
Conducted by Naomi Butcher
7.30 p.m., Chapel of St Augustine,
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