9th July 2022: Summer Concert

Summer Concert:  9th July 7.30 p.m.

A Choral and Orchestral Programme of American Classics featuring the music of Gershwin, Rodgers and Copland

Chapel of St Augustine, Tonbridge School TN9 1JP 

Stop Press! Naomi Butcher interviewed by Sarika Gandhi on Radio Kent: listen on BBC Sounds (sign in may be required)
(from 14:00 minutes until 22.30 minutes in the programme)

On 9th July Naomi Butcher will lead Tonbridge Philharmonic Society’s orchestra and choir into the final concert of a season that has been filled with the relief at being able to get back to a life that is something like ordinary.

Whatever the weather, we will fill a summer’s evening with wonderful American music from the twentieth century, music that is often the backdrop for our own times, used in all sorts of films and television programmes.

Come and tap your feet to Fascinating Rhythm, take a peek Over the Rainbow, spend the time enjoying Tea For Two, and then look out for a Blue Moon as the sun goes down. There are more songs that you will recognise before we get to Copland’s Appalachian Spring, evoking the countryside and an America that may still be found if you go hunting for it.

This is optimistic and upbeat music to help us celebrate the summer, and we are sure you will leave the Chapel convinced that the choir were correct when they sang I Got Rhythm, and maybe persuaded to sing Let’s Do It to yourself when you next face a challenge!

The programme, compered by The Society’s President, Robin Morrish, will be as follows:

Overture from Primrose: Gershwin
Ain’t Misbehavin’: Fats Waller (arr. Peter Gritton)
The Man I Love: George Gershwin (arr. Bruce Coughlin)
Tea for Two: Vincent Youmans (arr. Peter Gritton)
Blue Moon: Richard Rodgers (arr. David Blackwell)
But Not for Me: George Gershwin (arr. Jonathan Tunick)
Let’s Do It: Cole Porter (arr. David Blackwell)
Over the Rainbow: Harold Arlen (arr. Guy Turner)
Fascinating Rhythm: George Gershwin (arr. Russell Warner)
~ Interval ~
I Got Rhythm: George Gershwin (arr. Christopher Clapham)
Appalachian Spring. Suite: Aaron Copland
Strike up the Band: George Gershwin (arr. Ian Macpherson)

Person with American Flag


Tonbridge School, Chapel of St Augustine,
High Street
Tonbridge, Kent
TN9 1JP  (Sat Nav TN10 3AB)

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