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Since 1946

50+ orchestra members

Experienced violinist Susan Skone James leads over 50 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. We are particularly interested to hear from prospective new members for the cello and double bass sections. 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 orchestra takes part in five well received concerts a year – latest reviews are shown below.

We rehearse on Monday evenings at 7.45 in Weald of Kent School, Tudeley Lane, Tonbridge TN9 2JP.

 

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Our Reviews

REVIEW: Orchestral Concert – Nielsen, Rota and Sibelius 

REVIEW: Orchestral Concert – Nielsen, Rota and Sibelius 

21 May 2022  Nielsen, Rota and Sibelius Tonbridge Philharmonic Orchestra St Peter & St Paul Church, Tonbridge Review by Sara Kemsley  My opportunities to review a concert by the always-impressive Tonbridge Philharmonic Society seem mostly to have coincided with the opening season of a new conductor.  There have been a few in recent years through circumstance not carelessness on the part of the Society.  How was life under its first female conductor, Naomi Butcher, going?  I had taken some...

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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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REVIEW: Tailleferre/ Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suite No.2/ Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2

REVIEW: Tailleferre/ Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suite No.2/ Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2

For the first concert of their 2022 season, the Tonbridge Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Naomi Butcher focused on Russian Romantics, with red-blooded works from Prokofiev and Rachmaninov drawing a capacity audience to the Chapel of St Augustine. They began with a rarity, the Ouverture of 1931 from Germaine Tailleferre, the only female member of the celebrated group of French composers known as Les Six. This attractive piece proved the ideal concert opener, a bustling five minutes of...

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