Welcome to the Royal Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival which, this year, takes place from Friday 11th September to Friday 16th October 2015.
We are now well into our second decade as a Festival of Music and the Arts, held annually in and around Tunbridge Wells, the cultural hub of the Kent and Sussex Weald. Our regular followers, from the towns and villages of the South-East, can look forward to an attractive combination of classical music, classic jazz, film, events for children and culminating in a jazz concert in conjunction with Frant Festival of
The 2015 Festival
starts on 11th September with
The James Pearson Trio: Tribute to
- a Celebration of
Jazz Piano Greats
at Trinity Theatre. The Trio, who are as popular
in New York’s Birdland as at London’s Ronnie Scott’s, celebrates the music of
Oscar Peterson, Erroll Garner, Fats Waller, Jacques Loussier
and other Jazz Greats.
The Festival then continues at Trinity Theatre on Sunday 13th September at 3pm when celebrated film and
his moving film
HOLST: In the Bleak Midwinter
about the composer of the most recorded piece
of British music, The Planets, and its famous melody from Jupiter. The film
reveals much that is not known about Holst’s life and his other music; and
Palmer believes Holst’s time has come.
Friday 18th September takes us to
Penshurst Church for the
"No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money”
ESU/RTWIMF Book Launch. Starting with a reception from 11.30 am (including
a complimentary glass of WSC’s favourite champagne - with our thanks to
Pol Roger) and the first part of David Lough’s talk (from 12 noon) we then cross to the Leicester Arms Hotel for lunch at 1pm and the conclusion to
David’s talk, plus a Q & A session. Interlocutor James Lee.
Tickets £30 from Festival Office.
Next on Saturday 19 September (7:30pm) at King Charles the Martyr we have
Music by the Bach Family,
On Thursday 24th September (7.30pm) the
International Music Festival features one of the world’s best-loved
Dame Felicity Lott, at
beautiful King Charles the Martyr Church. It will be a special
occasion as the ever popular "Flott” will be joined by internationally
Michael Collins and brilliant pianist
Michael McHale, his accompanist at their sell-out Wigmore Hall concerts
. The programme includes music by Schubert (The Shepherd on
the Rock), Weber, Verdi, Rossini, Donizetti, Offenbach, Liszt, Britten and Noel
Coward. Felicity Lott has performed in all
the world’s major opera houses and in concerts with all the world’s great
orchestras and conductors; so it will be a rare treat to hear her with Michael
Collins and Michael McHale in the intimacy of Royal Tunbridge Wells’ oldest and
most charming music venue, with its lovely acoustic.
On Sunday 4th October (3pm) we have a concert by the
RTW Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Elschenbroich (cello) at the Assembly Hall Theatre featuring
Dukas - Fanfare for La Peri;
Dvorak - Cello Concerto;
Holst -The Planets. We are pleased to highlight this excellent
RTWSO concert that coincides with the Festival and to include it in our
Festival line-up as our first collaborative project.
And finally, on Friday 16th October (8pm)
Evan Christopher and his quartet Django a la Creole appear at Frant Church as part of the Frant Festival of Music 2015. Having attended
several excellent concerts of this Frant "rolling” music festival, we asked its
inspirational founder, Paul Barber, if we could include one of his attractive
events in our Festival line-up and shine a spot-light on this splendid
neighbouring Festival. Paul agreed and, having started our RTW Music Festival
with classic jazz, here is an opportunity to close in similar fashion with
Django a la Creole – and especially to hear
the brilliant clarinet virtuoso from New Orleans in an evening of music
dedicated to Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and more.
...and, finally, as these concerts
sell-out quickly, don’t delay in purchasing your tickets!
If you have any enquiries about the
programme, please contact me on
firstname.lastname@example.org and I shall be pleased to help.
Enjoy the 2015 Festival !
Michael Waggett, Festival Chairman