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
£20, 22, 25, 28. Students £1 from Assembly Hall Theatre www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk
or box office 01892 530613
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
King Charles the Martyr Church,
Both events are free but donations (optional) will be welcome and will help the Festival’s education projects for children and students.
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
£12/£10 Friends of Trinity/groups of 10 from www.trinitytheatre.net or Box office 01892 678678
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
Tickets £15 on door (£12.50 in advance). Students/U18s free.
Tickets online from www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/397725
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 TN11 8BN
Telephone: 0333 666 3366 (a booking fee may apply)
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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