Since 1946

120 choir members

We are always interested in enquiries from potential new members, and review the complement of voices on a regular basis in order to maintain the optimum balance. We are particularly happy to hear from prospective new Tenors and Basses!

The friendly and welcoming Choir is made up of over one hundred singers, many of whom have been singing with Tonbridge Philharmonic for many years. While there is no audition to join, members are expected to have a basic ability to follow music and the readiness to practise at home between rehearsals. Each voice is broken down into two sections, reflecting the nature of the works that the Society performs. Rehearsals are at 7.45 on Wednesday evenings, in Tonbridge School. 

The Choir takes part in three concerts each year, together with a (usually sold-out) Family Carols event in December.



Our Music

Brahms Requiem – Rehearsal

Mozart Requiem


Our Reviews

Review: Summer Concert – a programme of American Classics

Review: Summer Concert – a programme of American Classics

You cannot say that Tonbridge Philharmonic Society’s programming is anything other than challenging! Last nights offerings were no exception. An interesting, if a little unexpected, evening was another triumph for this wonderful musical society. The final concert of the season began with aplomb with a lesser known, yet charmingly lighthearted Overture from Primrose by Ira and George Gershwin. Here the orchestra, as always, showed their prowess providing a wonderfully harmonious sound and what...

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REVIEW: Duruflé Requiem and Serenade to Music

REVIEW: Duruflé Requiem and Serenade to Music

Review 1 It was a welcome return for the combined forces of the Tonbridge Philharmonic choir and orchestra after a two and a half year absence, in a challenging programme of choral music both a cappella and with orchestral accompaniment. The European flavour to the concert was set from the opening motet Abendlied by Rheinberger which was performed with a warm firm sound by the choir, with lots of vocal colour and a lovely blend. Any uncertain entries were fully dispelled in two of Holst’s Six...

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What a joyful and happy reunion took place in the School Chapel on Saturday night! Performers, choir and orchestra, and audience alike joined in the spirit of the Psalmist and composer, Hubert Parry: we were united in the gladness of entering the House of the Lord to celebrate together after many months of isolating lockdown. To crown the glory of the event, we welcomed the arrival of our wonderful new Director of Music, Naomi Butcher, whose energy and enthusiasm immediately invigorated the...

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In reviewing the performance of Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (March 2019), Sarah Gough commented:
‘the baritone soloist, choir and orchestra gave their all, working up to the climax of “Hölle, wo ist dein Sieg?” (Hell, where is your victory). At the conclusion one could have heard a pin drop, no hasty applause intruded to break the spell created by the performers, until it eventually came and clearly expressed the audience’s obvious appreciation. Tonbridge continues in its good fortune in having concerts of this calibre’.

Save the dates!

We are starting to plan our next season of concerts!