Totally Tonbridge! Coffee Concert

Sunday 20 February 2022, 11am

Schools at Somerhill, Tonbridge, TN11 0NJ


Jonathan Ayling – cello
Daniel Grimwood – piano

Programme to include Mendelssohn Sonata in D major and Bloch Prayer from Jewish Life

“Here was cello-playing of noble musicianship, placed at the service of the composers, revealing much depth of feeling.” (Robert Matthew Walker, Classical Source)

“Grimwood makes it sound much a whole lot easier than it could possibly be.” (Norman Lebrecht, Ludwig van Toronto) 

“Daniel Grimwood marshals the torrent of notes … with impressive bravura” (BBC Music Magazine)


Standard ticket £15  |  Under 18s & Students £5
(includes post-concert coffee, tea and biscuits)
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult

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Jonathan Ayling

Recognised as one of this country’s most versatile cellists, Jonathan Ayling leads a musically  active life as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher.  

Jonathan is Co-Principal Cello of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a frequent  performer in the Prelude and Spotlight chamber concerts at London’s Cadogan Hall. Previously, during his time with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, he was a founding member  of the LPO Soloists and regularly performed in their Chamber Contrasts series at Wigmore  Hall.  

Over the 2020 lockdown, Jonathan was delighted to form Duo Hellier with violinist Rosemary  Hinton and the piano trio Tier 3 with Joseph Wolfe and Daniel Grimwood. Other highlights of  Jonathan’s chamber music career include concerts with the English Chamber Orchestra  Ensemble and performances at the Aldeburgh Festival and Carnegie Hall, New York. 

Sought after as a Guest Principal, Jonathan has played with many of the UK’s leading  orchestras and opera houses including the BBC Symphony, London Philharmonic, City of  Birmingham Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Northern  Sinfonia, London Sinfonietta, English National Opera and Welsh National Opera. Further afield, he has been invited to perform with the National orchestras of New Zealand  Malaysia, Singapore and Ireland.  

A regular recital and concerto soloist, Jonathan enjoys performing standard and lesser  known repertoire as well as collaborating with singers, dancers and composers.  

Jonathan plays two cellos, one made by Joseph Panormo in c1810 and the other made by  Helen Michetschläger in 1999.


Daniel Grimwood

Daniel has been hailed by critics and audiences as an artist of rare versatility and refinement. His musical interest started as a 3-year-old playing next door’s piano, and from the age of 7 he was performing in front of audiences. His training continued with Graham Fitch at the Purcell School, where he also studied violin, viola and composition, giving him a broad appreciation of classical music, and later with Vladimir Ovchinnikov and Peter Feuchtwanger.

Although primarily a pianist, he is frequently to be found performing on harpsichord, organ, viola or composing at his desk. Grimwood is a passionate exponent of the early piano, and has given a recital of Chopin’s Etudes on the composer’s own Pleyel piano.

As a solo recording artist his discs of Liszt and Chopin, performed on an 1851 Erard piano, received a unanimous chorus of praise from the press; the Liszt album was Daily Telegraph CD of the week and Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine. He was the first artist to record on the Edition Peters Sounds label, the complete Fauré Nocturnes album was released to excellent reception in The Sunday Times, which was followed by a disc of solo piano works by Adolph von Henselt, described as “a blizzard of dazzling pianism” by the Observer. He will shortly release a disc of Doreen Carwithen and William Alwyn, also on Edition Peters Sounds.

Daniel Grimwood regularly performs on live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, and has been featured in BBC Four’s TV documentary series Revolution and  Romance. As editor Daniel is currently preparing editions of music by John Field and Adolphe von Henselt for Edition Peters.