Tonbridge Music Club
Tonbridge Music Club (TMC) was founded in 1962 with the aim of bringing the highest quality music making to Tonbridge, Kent. To date it has presented each year between October and June a season of concerts featuring world-class artists. TMC is a Registered Charity, No. 264447. The Club is affiliated to Making Music – the National Federation of Music Societies.
Everyone is welcome to our concerts. Over the years, members and the general public have enjoyed performances of the highest artistic standards by internationally renowned musicians as well as young award-winning performers at the outset of their careers.
The TMC season comprises a number of evening concerts with additional events including pre-concert talks, school-based workshops, family concerts and special events for members. We are committed to the enrichment that high quality live music can bring to all members of our community, and to the educational as well entertainment potential of fine performances.
Due to the Covid19 emergency we were obliged to revise our intended programme for 2020-21 and to offer a reduced number of evening concerts. We are planning a full season of events once again in 2021-22.
For our 2020-21 season we introduced a special Benefactor Membership to support us. We wish to extend this scheme to help us navigate our way through these challenging times.
For our 2020-21 season we developed new pathways to music-making, keeping alive our commitment to bring the highest level of music to our community.
Despite the inevitable postponement or cancellation of some of our events in our 2020-21 season, we are delighted that some have been rescheduled for our 2021-22 season, including the acclaimed Atéa Wind Quintet and the Van Kuijk String Quartet. We thank all our artistic partners for their understanding.
In order to supplement our reduced programme for 2020-21 and to keep musical spirits high when other similar organisations had to close their entire programmes, we were pleased to offer a series of exclusive monthly ‘Virtual Events’ for our Benefactor Members on the TMC blog. From this online series of events grew ‘Totally Tonbridge’, a unique programme drawing on the richness of the musical calibre of artists in our area. Across the 2021-22 season, local artists generously contributed their talent in recorded performances, articles and interviews. TMC is very proud of the success of its ‘Totally Tonbridge’ series and are pleased to include some live ‘Totally Tonbridge’ performances within our 2021-22 season.
Totally Tonbridge 2020-21
(all available to view on the TMC Blog)
Trustee Treasures – Trustees highlighted their ‘must have’ musical choices
Reflections: life as a trombonist in the LSO – An article by TMC comittee member, Peter Gane
Top of the Orchestra – A performance of Claude Debussy’s ‘Syrinx’ by Juliette Bausor, Principal Flautist, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Beethoven in Lockdown, a presentation in three movements – Piano Sonata no.10 Opus 14 no.2 in G major by Pat Gane
String Special – A performance of Prokofiev’s unaccompanied Violin Sonata in D major Opus 115 by Tristan Gurney (recorded in All Saints’ Church, Tudeley)
Winter Favourites – Organ recital by organ scholar Alex Trigg (recorded in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor)
New Year Special – A performance of ‘Rerum Lacrimae Sunt’, an original chamber music composition by local young cellist and composer Thomas Nettle and members of his family
Totally Teenage: the NYO offers a model for the future – Pat Gane interviews Sarah Alexander OBE, Chief Executive and Artistic Director National Youth Orchestra
Solo Piano Special – Larghetto from Adolph von Henselt’s Piano Concerto in F minor Opus 16 performed by Daniel Grimwood
A Musician’s View – Personal perspectives in an article from professional singer and fixer David Clegg
A Challenging Time for Change? – An article in which Pat Gane flags up some topical insights
Brass Tacks: Blowing the trumpet for the brass quintet – An exploration of the Brass Quintet by Peter Gane