2017 Festival Programme

FESTIVAL OPENING CONCERT ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA with DAME SARAH CONNOLLY

Roderick Dunk conducts the first RTW Symphony Orchestra concert of the 2017-18 season with internationally renowned mezzo soprano Sarah Connolly singing Elgar’s Sea Pictures - five songs about the sea in its different moods.

Kodaly: Dances of Galanta
Elgar: Sea Pictures
Brahms: Brahms Symphony No 1

Soloist : Sarah Connolly
Conductor : Roderick Dunk

For more details visit www.rtwso.org

Sunday 1st October 3.00 pm

Assembly Hall Theatre
Tunbridge Wells
TN1 2LU

Tickets:
£20, 22, 25, 28. Students £1 from Assembly Hall Theatre www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk
or box office 01892 530613

ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Sarah Connolly

MICHAEL McHALE PIANO RECITAL
& MASTERCLASS FOR STUDENTS

Michael McHale is one of the most impressive pianists of his generation with his playing described as “instantly engaging” (The Times) and “beautifully proportioned” (Washington Post).

Leading critic Norman Lebrecht described a McHale performance as “scintillating... fascinating from start to stop” and we are delighted that Michael will give us a one hour Saturday lunchtime piano recital after taking local grade 8 students through their paces in an earlier masterclass.

Saturday 7th October
10am Masterclass
12-1pm Recital

King Charles the Martyr Church,
Tunbridge Wells
TN1 1YX

Tickets:
Both events are free but donations (optional) will be welcome and will help the Festival’s education projects for children and students.

Michael McHale

LITERARY EVENT:
AN EVENING WITH VICTORIA HISLOP

Victoria Hislop, the Sunday Times Number One bestselling author of The Island, The Return, The Thread and The Sunrise, makes a welcome return to the Festival to talk about her novel (newly in paperback), Cartes Postales from Greece. A powerful combination of stories and photographs, this critically-acclaimed international bestseller is a moving and sometimes dark journey around Greece. “Victoria Hislop writes so vividly about the Med, you can almost feel the scorching heat” (Good Housekeeping)

Thursday 12th October 7.30pm

Trinity Theatre,
Church Road,
TN1 1JP

Tickets:
£12/£10 Friends of Trinity/groups of 10 from www.trinitytheatre.net or Box office 01892 678678

victoria-hislop-cartes-postales

THE SCHUBERT ENSEMBLE
Chamber Music at King Charles the Martyr

A highlight of this year’s Festival will be one of the last-ever appearances by one of the world’s finest ensembles for piano and strings. After three decades in the global spotlight, the Ensemble’s musicians have decided to retire in the New Year. The Ensemble has chosen a fascinating finale programme for us: Suk’s Elergy, Schumann’s Piano Quartet and Dvorak’s Piano Quintet.

Friday 13th October 7.30pm

King Charles the Martyr Church
Tunbridge Wells
TN1 1YX

Tickets:
Tickets £15 on door (£12.50 in advance). Students/U18s free.
Tickets online from www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/397725

the-schubert-ensemble

VERDI’S REQUIEM –
THE MERRY OPERA COMPANY

Verdi’s Requiem has held audiences in its spell since its 1874
premiere, for Verdi uses his operatic skills (La traviata, Aida, Rigoletto) to give the Latin Requiem Mass an electrifyingly theatrical setting. This staged version by the Merry Opera Company brings the audience deep into the music: twelve powerful classical voices whispering prayers for salvation and triumphantly praising God. (“A delight” Opera Now).

Saturday 14th October 7.30pm

Penshurst Church,
High Street,
Penshurst TN11 8BN

Tickets:
£18
Online: www.ticketsource/merryopera
Telephone: 0333 666 3366 (a booking fee may apply)

merry-opera

ARENSKY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA –
“e-IMAGINED”; SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

The Arensky Chamber Orchestra – one of the UK’s most dynamic young orchestras will be going into TWBC primary schools, exploring the world of Sibelius’ magnificent 5th Symphony as a springboard for children to compose an exciting new piece.

Not open to the public

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