A warm welcome to the 15th Royal Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival!

The 2018 Music Festival programme includes:


The Twilight Ensemble

Friday 5th October, 7.30pm, King Charles the Martyr TN1 1YX

The Twilight Ensemble is a brilliant vocal group bursting with personality: opera singers Sarah Dacey, Ciara Hendrick, Greg Tassell, James Oldfield and pianist Belinda Jones and guests will give us sparkling performances of Brahms Liebeslieder and music from Fauré, Holst, Flanders & Swann and others. Our Festival opening concert at this historic landmark venue is in partnership with Music at King Charles.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra & Freddy Kempf

Sunday 7th October, 3.00pm, Assembly Hall Theatre TN1 2LU

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1 with celebrated international soloist Freddy Kempf will be a highlight of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra’s season-opening concert. Khachaturian’s Masquerade Suite and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 6 (Pathétique) complete an excellent programme.

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Ensemble Frisson

Friday 12th October, 7.30pm, King Charles the Martyr TN1 1YX

A Festival highlight will be the concert by Ensemble Frisson with Karen Jones (whose fabulous flute playing was chosen for the Harry Potter films and May’s royal wedding), Ann Beilby (viola) and Hugh Webb (harp). Their enchanting programme includes music by Debussy, Bax, Richard Rodney Bennett and others.

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Jane Gordon (violin) with Jan Rautio (piano)

Sunday 14th October, 3.00pm, Rose Hill School Theatre TN4 9SY

Jane Gordon (violin) with Jan Rautio (piano) perform in the world’s top music venues and now combine in a charming recital at Rose Hill with works by Mozart, Debussy, Brahms and Piazzolla. This marks a first festival collaboration with the local CODA (Concerts Originaux des Amis) music society.

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Jessica Kelly : HOW TO BE A COMPOSER - for children age 8 to 12+

Sunday 21st October, 2.30pm, King Charles Church Hall, 3 Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells TN2 5TA - (tbc)

Calling all budding Mozarts and Ed Sheerans! Meet award-winning young Kent composer Jessica Kelly (Tonbridge Girls GS and Edinburgh University) and discover how composers turn tunes into rich musical pieces. Jess creates music soundtracks for theatre, video games, TV and film. Her awards to date include Best Children’s Event (Edinburgh Fringe) and Best Music Video (RoundGlass Awards, New York). This fun and child-friendly programme will include a screening of Jess’s award-winning short film, “Little Thing”.

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Enjoy the 2018 Royal Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival!

Michael Waggett, Festival Chairman

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