60 orchestra members
Experienced violinist Susan Skone James leads around 60 talented orchestral members. Players’ skills range from good amateurs to experienced music teachers, and we are able to field full wind and horn sections together with trumpets and timpani to join the strings each week.
We can call on a wide variety of additional musicians when something special is required, and we are always interested in hearing from potential new players. The orchestra is well regarded locally, and in recent concerts we have been fortunate to have been joined by some extremely talented soloists, including recent winners of the Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition.
The concert in February 2020 – sadly the final concert for the 74th season – comprised the Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition, and Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony.
Both are challenging works but our performance elicited the following comments from reviewer Ruth Langridge:
This was magnificent playing from the Tonbridge Philharmonic orchestra and all the players are to be congratulated on an accomplished performance. Benjamin Westerman‘s interpretation indicated careful preparation, and his innate musicality shone through. For the audience it was a memorable treat, and we are fortunate to have witnessed such superb music-making.
Brahms Requiem Rehearsal