100+ 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. 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.
Brahms Requiem – Rehearsal
Review of Tonbridge Philharmonic Society Concert – 1st July 2023 The Tonbridge Phil concert on 1st July was entitled ‘Treading the Boards: Theatrical Music Across the ages from Shakespeare to Sondheim'. This included music from the 16th century to the 1980’s. It was an evening combining real favourites and some less familiar music in a thoughtful programme. I was advised it would make us laugh and cry in equal measure - I did have a hankie handy. It was an excellent programme compiled with...
Review of Tonbridge Philharmonic Society Concert – 25th March 2023 From reading the Chairman’s preface in the handsomely produced programme booklet one could detect something of the frustration and sense of impoverishment for the performing arts caused by the restrictions in force during lockdown – an acute sense of deprivation for singers and players, the musical equivalent of ‘nil by mouth’, though in this case with reference to ‘giving out’ rather than ’taking in’! With such restrictions...
The very well-produced programme for the Tonbridge Philharmonic Society’s performance of the Verdi Requiem on Saturday 19th November 2022 in Tonbridge School Chapel contained some interesting memories from Joanna Mace on the last 75 years of the Society. Although now in its 77th season, this concert was intended to be a 75th anniversary celebration, postponed for obvious reasons. This reflection reminded me that I first sang with the choir in the mid 1970s, then played cello in the orchestra...