The Festival is run by Tunbridge Wells Music Festivals Ltd, which is a registered charity. Although we enjoy friendly relations with the Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition (previously TWYICA) our organisations are not connected.

Opportunities to get involved

TWIMF has a modest but carefully-managed range of activities at present, benefitting from a small contribution from the local council, supported by a well-established mailing list of ‘friends’, and close working relationships with several venues in the town.

There are plentiful opportunities for expansion, which could be facilitated by successful grant applications, and/or sponsorship from local businesses.

For example, individual sponsorships could bring in more international performers, pay for a masterclass in a local school, or sponsor instrument hire for students.

We are also interested in new members of our committee and trustees, as well as those who wish to volunteer to help in an unofficial capacity.

Potential future initiatives

• A new music concert and/or competition, attracting grant support, working with one of the London music colleges to give a platform to new compositions, showcasing young talent and musical innovation
• Youth music showcase for local students, especially those just starting or considering a career in music
• Expanding our programme of masterclasses to take place round the year.
• Developing a forum and ideas exchange for local musicians
• Gala charity events, to take place at a grand location (possibly a private residence), with significant performers
• Exploring further venues and partnerships and with other local music series.

Past programmes

 

In our 2022 season, we featured a major symphony orchestra concert performed by the RTWSO (with whom we now collaborate as partners) in front of a large Assembly Hall audience, two well attended chamber music concerts by famed international soloists James Gilchrist (tenor) and Michael Collins (clarinet), plus a linked masterclass for young pianists.

In 2023, the Festival again featured the RTWSO, while lovers of opera had a chance to experience some favourite solo and ensemble highlights in a lavish gala concert at the historic King Charles the Martyr church, which was also the setting for a top-class piano recital and an evocative chamber recital of English music by Elgar and Vaughan Williams featuring the tenor Mark Padmore.

Previous performers have included The Schubert Ensemble, Steven Devine and other members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and opera stars Felicity Lott and Gerald Finley.

 

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