Welcome to Tonbridge Music Club.
The 2015-2016 season of concerts ended on 14 May 2016. Our opening concert of the 2016-2017 season is on 1 October 2016 and is an exciting venture with the stunning vocal ensemble V O C E S 8, one of the UK’s most versatile and best-loved singing groups. In the afternoon they will run an educational workshop with Tonbridge Grammar School’s award-winning Motet Choir. Their evening programme will range from early music to modern classics. On 29 October 2016, we welcome Mark Simpson (clarinet) and Richard Uttley (piano) in a wonderfully romantic and virtuosic programme of Brahms and Weber, plus one of Mark’s own compositions. Mark won both the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the BBC Proms/Guardian Young Composer of the Year competitions.
Our Benson Young Artist on 26 November 2016 is Alexander Ullman (piano). Known to many of you already as the winner of the 2012 Tunbridge Wells International Competition, Alexander has won several prestigious competitions since and is really making a name for himself. He performs Bach, Schumann, an arrangement of the Stravinsky ‘Firebird’, and the monumental Liszt Piano Sonata.
‘Those indispensable pillars of British musical life’, the Chilingirian String Quartet, join us on 4 February 2017 with an enticing programme of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven string quartets, and Levon will also introduce us to some lesser known Armenian pieces. On 11 March 2017 the highly acclaimed Schubert Ensemble (piano quintet), world exponents of their field, perform the exhilarating Shostakovich and the joyous Schumann Piano Quintets, along with Mahler’s romantic Piano Quartet Movement.
For our final concert, on 6 May 2017, one of our foremost early music groups, the London Handel Players, presents ‘Pearls of the Baroque: A Celebration of Telemann and His Illustrious Contemporaries’. Known for their ‘consummate skill and musicianship’, this promises to be a great conclusion to a very exciting season!