Welcome to Tonbridge Music Club.
We start and finish our 2015/16 season with themed programmes, the first on 10 October 2015 from the outstanding period ensemble Florilegium, with the beautiful, pure soprano voice of Elin Manahan Thomas: ‘Father, Son and Godfather’ – a Telemann Suite, J S Bach Cantatas, and a C P E Bach Symphony – what could be nicer to start the season. It will sound beautiful in Tonbridge Parish Church too.
We have two amazing quartets for you to enjoy and compare this year. On 28 November 2015, the Romanian Arcadia Quartet performs Haydn, Beethoven and Bartok. Winners of the 2012 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition and the 2014 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition, this outstanding quartet makes the most wonderful sound and is at the cutting edge amongst current European interpreters. Equally prestigious and award winning, the UK Heath Quartet is an exciting and original voice on the international scene too; they will perform a luscious programme of Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Ravel for us on 13 February 2016.
On 9 January 2016, to welcome in the New Year, the Magnard Ensemble performs for our Young Artists’ Concert. This young wind quintet of advanced students from the Royal Academy of Music, London is great fun; they currently hold a Chamber Music Fellowship at the RAM as well as an Open Academy/Wigmore Hall Fellowship, and they have all played in musicals and with major UK orchestras. Their programme will include a work by British composer Paul Patterson. The Busch Ensemble joins us on 12 March 2016 with a wonderful programme of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Brahms piano trios, alongside a modern work by Dutch composer Theo Loevendie. Winners of the Royal Overseas League Competition in 2012, the Busch has emerged as the leading British piano trio of the new generation and, as The Times described them in its 4 star review of their recent Wigmore Hall, “there’s nothing like the rush of young blood!”
Finally, to round off the season, on 14 May 2016, Trevor Pinnock and Friends perform ‘Trios and Solos by the Most Fam’d Masters’ – Purcell, Croft, Corelli and Handel – a programme featuring a wealth of wonderful Baroque repertoire from four of the foremost early music exponents of all time.
Artists repeatedly tell us what a pleasure it is to perform at TMC and how much they appreciate the attentiveness and enthusiasm of the audience. From the musicians from the 2014-5 season an example would be Fine Arts Brass, who recently performed the Berio fanfare ‘Call’ – they told us they hadn’t programmed it for some time as it’s challenging, but after the reaction of the TMC audience they thought they would start doing it again. Likewise, Roderick Williams, Roger Vignoles and Julia Somerville told us what a huge pleasure it had been to perform the ‘Magelone Lieder’ here and how much they had enjoyed meeting the audience afterwards.