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Past concerts, 2016

Sunday 24 January 17:30
Organ Recital by Michael Bacon

Saturday 30 January 19:30
Music of the Stuart Age: Chelys Viol Ensemble and the King Charles Singers

Saturday 6 February 19:30
Masters of the Baroque: Temenos Chamber Choir

Sunday 28 February 15:00
Organ Recital by Jamie McVinne

Saturday 9 April 19:00
Handel's Messiah: dramatised performance by The Merry Opera Company

Saturday 21 May 19:30
Summer concert by the ESK Wind Ensemble

Saturday 25 June 19:30
The Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice Choir

Sunday 11 September, 3:30pm
Ellen Smith (harp and voice) and Michael Grant (saxophone)
Voice of England - Old English songs re-imagined for harp, soprano and saxophone.  (Not ticketed: retiring collection)

Saturday 17 September, 7:30pm
Alex Metcalfe (piano), Katy Johns (violin) and Miriam Cox (cello)
Piano and piano trio music by Franz Schubert

Saturday 8 October, 7:30pm
Archaeus String Quartet
Early, middle and late quartets by Beethoven

Thursday 13 October, 7:30pm
The Schubert Ensemble play Bruch and Schumann
(Presented by the Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival)

Saturday 29 October, 11:00am
Flute Masterclass with Karen Jones

Saturday 29 October, 7:30pm
Christopher Sayles (piano)
The official opening recital on the church's renovated Yamaha grand piano

Saturday 26 November, 7:30pm
Michael Bacon (organ)
Recital commemorating the centenary of the death of Max Reger

Past concerts, 2015

Saturday 25 April, 19:30
Favourites of the cathedral repertoire, performed by the King Charles Singers, with Michael Bacon (organ).

Saturday 20 June, 12:30 lunchtime recital
Ellen Smith (soprano) and Paul Clark (piano) present art songs and chansons

Thursday 23 July, 19:30
Callum Smart (violin) and Richard Uttley (piano): music by Poulenc, Ravel and others.
£10 adults, free for under-18s.

Saturday 19 September, 19:30
Music by the Bach Family, with 'Muic For Awhile': Margaret Faultless (violin), Rachel Stroud (violin) and Tom Foster (harpsichord).

Thursday 24 September, 19:30
Recital by Dame Felicity Lott, Michael Collins and Michael McHale

Saturday 10 October, 19:30
"Evening in the Palace of Reason" - Johann Sebastian Bach at the Court of King Frederick the Great, with William Summers (flute), Diane Moore (violin), Ibrahim Aziz (viola da gamba) and Yeo-Yat Soon (harpsichord).

Saturday 17 October, 19:30
Carl Nielsen 150 Anniversary Recital, with Peter Arnold (piano) and Liz Partridge (violin)

Saturday 21 November 2015, 7:30pm
Matchbox Opera perform Rigoletto

Past concerts, 2014

Saturday 1 March, 19:30
Polychoral masterpieces by Bach, Schutz and Schein, presented by the Temenos Chamber Choir, with the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, directed by Charles Vignoles.

Tuesday 22 April, 19:30
Nana Mzhavanadze (voice), Martin Fogel (guitar), Ken Aiso (violin) present Baroque music, and traditional songs from Scotland and Georgia. 

Saturday 26 April, 19:30
The Pentagon String Ensemble: music by Mozart and Haydn, and the Arensky Quartet for Violin, Viola and 2 Cellos.

Saturday 14 June, 19:30
Récréation de Musique: music by Rameau, Leclair, Forqueray and Telemann performed by Follia: William Summers, Baroque Flute; Diane Moore, Baroque Violin; Ibrahim Aziz, Viola da Gamba; Yeo Yat-Soon, Harpsichord.

Saturday 13 September, 19:30
Dulcinea String Quartet, music by Mozart, Glass and Bartok.

RPO posterSunday 21 September, 15:30
Ellen Smith, Danielle Perrett and Michael Grant; music for a Sunday afternoon, for two harps and clarinet/saxophone. 

Thursday 16 October, 19:30
The Schubert Ensemble. Dvorak's Second Quartet and Brahms' Piano Quintet

Thursday 23 October, 19:30
Michael Collins, clarinet, with Nigel Clayton, piano

Saturday 1 November, 19:30
The RPO Soloists, leader Clio Gould; Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence

King Charles II, credit www.heatons-of-tisbury.co.ukSaturday 8 November, 19:30
The King's Violin: a very special concert for Tunbridge Wells, featuring the last surviving instrument from Charles II's court orchestra, which would have been heard at the Wells on the court's visits in 1663. With Margaret Faultless (violin), Kate Semmens (soprano), Robin Jeffrey (lute) and Steven Devine (harpsichord).

Download souvenir programme of The King's Violin concert.

Saturday 13 December, 18:30
Christmas Concert with the Pentagon Ensemble, Ellen Smith (harp) and King Charles Singers.

Past concerts 2013

Sunday 27 January
'Wed Your Divine Sounds', songs to the lute from the time of the Stuarts, presented by Etrusca (Alessandra Testai, soprano, and Robin Jeffrey, lute).

Saturday 13 April
The Pentagon String Ensemble present a programme of music by Schubert, Mozart, Beethoven, Howard Blake and Sibelius. 

Sunday 28 April
Organ recital by Michael Bacon

Saturday 18 May
A Night at the Opera: the Magic of Mozart, with Kate Semmens (soprano) and Giles Davies (baritone), accompanied by Anthony Zerpa-Falcon. 

Sunday 26 May
Organ recital by Christopher Joyce

Sunday 30 June
Organ recital by James Orford

Friday 5 July
Flute and piano recital, by Lianna Jeffrey and Yukiko Shinohara

Saturday 7 September
Organ concert commemorating the 75th anniversary of the King Charles organ

Sunday 15 September
Babar the Elephant, by Poulenc, with other readings and music, presented by Peter Barker and Paul Guinery.

Saturday 12 October
Rejoice in the Lamb: a Britten Celebration concert with the King Charles Singers

Saturday 26 October
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring (piano duet version) played by Jong-Gyung Park and Anthony Zerpa-Falcon
Messian's Quartet for the End of Time, played by Thomas Bowes (violin), Tim Lines (Clarinet), Eleanor Alberga (piano) and Tim Gill (cello)
Download programme notes.

Sunday 24 November
Bach Organ Finale: Michael Bacon completes his journey through Bach's complete organ works.

Past concerts: 2012

Saturday 4th February 2012, 7.30pm 
Celebrating Gabrieli
The Temenos Chamber Choir and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Gabrieli.

Sunday 18th March, 7.30pm 
From Venice to Dresden: Gabrieli and Schutz
The Cambridge Taverner Choir, directed by Owen Rees, with the Baroque instrumental group Il Musici della Contessa. 

Saturday 5th May, 7:30pm
J S Bach: Komm Jesu, Komm
Music by  Bach, Handel, Buxtehude and others, presented by The Decimus Consort of Voices.

Saturday 12th May, 7:30pm
Dies Natalis - Music of the English Springtime
Greg Tassell (tenor) with string orchestra led by Jane Gomm, and English songs accompanied by Anthony Zerpa-Falcon. 

Saturday 15th September, 7:30pm
The Archaeus String Quartet
A programme of Dvorak, Haydn and Beethoven. 

Sunday 23rd September, 5:30pm
Andrew Hanley - Organ
A recital of baroque, and baroque-influenced music, ranging from Bach to Langlais.

Saturday 29th September, 7.30pm 
The Archduke Trio
The Archduke Trio, led by pianist Charles Wiffen. 

Saturday 13th October, 7.30pm 
The Schubert Ensemble
Part of the Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival. 

Sunday 28th October, 5:30pm
Luke Navin - Organ
Luke is the organ scholar at Worth Abbey. 

Saturday 10th November, 7.30pm 
Young Musicians' Showcase
Some of the best young talent from the area.  

Sunday 25th November, 5:30pm
Jonathan Hagger - Organ
Music by Handel, Mozart, Messiaen, Dupré and Fauré.

Past concerts: 2011

Saturday 30th April
Chamber recital for the Hospice in the Weald
Works by Bach, Corelli, Franck, Schumann and others, performed by Harry Gilfillan (cello), Tatiana Gilfillan (violin), Natalya Gilfillan (violin) and Anastasia Gilfillan (piano)

Friday 6th May
A Celebration of Song: three singers, three centuries

Music from Handel to Vaughan-Williams and from Brahms to Gershwin
Linda Taylor (Soprano), Heta Lumsden (Mezzo-Soprano), Mike Jeffree (Baritone), Paul Clark (Accompanist)

Saturday 21st May
The Glory of Venice
Music for double choir and brass, 1580 - 1610

The Decimus Consort of Voices, directed by Rupert Preston Bell, joined by Il Musici Della Contessa, featuring cornetts, sackbuts, curtal and theorbo.
Programme includes motets by Gabrieli, Bassano and Monteverdi, and Lassus' Missa Bell'Amfrit Altera

Saturday 25th June
Opera Gala

Arias and ensembles that showcase some of operas greatest moments and highlights from some of the world’s best loved operas.
Adriano Graziani (Tenor), Philip Rhodes (Baritone), Eliana Pretorian (Soprano), Philip Thomas (Pianist), Iona Jones (Compere)

Saturday 9th July
Trajecti Voces
Music from England and Holland by this celebrated Dutch choir

Friday 16th September, 7.30pm 
Cantabile: the London Quartet
'The Best of British', accompanied by Chris Hatt, with composers ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan, Pearsall and Warlock, to Noel Gay, Lloyd Webber and the Beatles, and many more.

Saturday 1st October, 7.30pm  |  Music at King Charles
David Maw (organ) and Simon Desbruslais (trumpet)
Music from the Baroque and modern eras

Friday 16th September, 7.30pm   |  Music at King Charles
Cantabile: the London Quartet
'The Best of British', accompanied by Chris Hatt, with composers ranging from Gilbert and Sullivan, Pearsall and Warlock, to Noel Gay, Lloyd Webber and the Beatles, and many more.

Saturday 1st October, 7.30pm  |  Music at King Charles
David Maw (organ) and Simon Desbruslais (trumpet)
Music from the Baroque and modern eras
Tickets: £5 on the door

Friday 7th October, 7.30pm
Three centuries of English Song
Fund-raising concert in aid of The John Kerr Award for English Song
Abigail Sudbury, soprano; Greg Tassell, tenor; Gary Branch, piano
The Award is an exciting competition with the twin aims of furthering the careers of young singers and promoting the cause of English Song c.1600 to c.1900. The final is held at Finchcocks,  www.johnkerraward.org.uk

Saturday 15th October, 7.30pm
Piano Recital for the Hospice in the Weald
Frances Yonge and Alex Metcalfe (piano)
Duets by Schubert, Poulenc and Luke Bedford, and solo works by Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and Rachmaninov

Saturday 29th October, 7.30pm  |  Music at King Charles
Michael Bacon (organ)
King Charles organist Michael Bacon plays a kaleidoscopic programme, with Maurice Durufle's magnificent Prelude, Adagio and Chorale Variations on Veni Creator as its climax.

Saturday 19th November, 7.30pm  |  Music at King Charles
KEMSA Young Performers 

Repeating the success of last year's concert, Tonbridge-based Kent Music Schools Association presents an ensemble showcase of young talent from students at Kent Music

Saturday 26th November, 7.30pm  |  Music at King Charles
Fingers, Feet and Fun
Featuring the organists of King Charles in a medley of solos, duets and ensembles, this is a light-hearted evening of entertainment to raise funds for Music at King Charles.

Past concerts: 2010

Saturday 13th February, 7.00pm
The Aiso Quartet

Schubert  Quartett-Satz in C minor
Beethoven  Quartet in D major Op.18-3
Mendelssohn  Quartet in A minor Op.13

Saturday 24th April, 7.30pm
Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists

The Rose Trio
Suzanne Thorn (oboe), Rebecca Thorn (clarinet), Tamsin Thorn (bassoon)

Saturday 15th May, 7.30pm
The Sacred Word
King Charles Singers

Saturday 4th September, 7.30pm
Charles Wiffen, Piano

Music by Chopin, in celebration of his double-centenary, and J S Bach, including the Goldberg Variations

Saturday 25th September, 7.30pm
Timothy Orpen (clarinet), Victoria Simonsen (cello) and Daniel Tong (piano)
Including music by Brahms and Beethoven

Saturday 9th October,7.30pm
Katie Stillman (violin) and Simon Lane (piano)
A programme of English music including Elgar's violin sonata in A minor

Saturday 23rd October, 7.30pm
Steven Devine directs Finchcocks Baroque and the Decimus Consort of Voices

Bach: Christ Lag in Todesbanden and other works

Saturday 14th November, 7.30pm
KEMSA Young Performers

Tonbridge-based Kent Music Schools Association presents an ensemble showcase of young talent from students at Kent Music


Past concerts: 2009

Friday 20th February 7.30pm
The Aiso Quartet
Schubert String Quartet "Rosamunde"
Smetana String Quartet "From my Life"

Saturday 14th March 7.30pm
The King Charles Singers
"De Profundis": music of penitence and redemption.

Friday 15th May 7.30pm
Ken Aiso (violin), Iliana Machado (soprano) & Howard Moody (organ)
Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival

Friday 12th June 7.30pm
Sasha Grynyuk, piano
Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists

Saturday 20th June, 7.30pm
The Archduke Trio & friends
Beethoven: Sonata for violin and piano in C minor
Beethoven: Piano Trio in B flat major
Schubert: ‘Trout’ Quintet

Friday 4th September 7.30pm
The London Bridge Ensemble
Bridge: Phantasie (string) Quartet in F minor
Schumann: Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 88, "Fantasiestucke"
Bridge: Piano Quintet

Saturday 19th September 7.30pm
Roselyne Martel-Bonnal (soprano) and David Maw (piano)

Saturday 3rd October, 7.30pm
Centenary Celebration of the 1909 Walker Organ
Featuring the organists of King Charles in a medley of music and fun

Saturday 24th October, 7.30pm
Anthony Zerpa-Falcon (piano)
Music by Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Mozart and Albeniz

Saturday 7th November
Unexpected Opera: 'Messiah'
A semi-dramatised rendition of Handel's famous work presented by this innovative local opera company.


Past concerts: 2008

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Sunday March 2nd


Venice and the Italian Baroque

Kent Baroque (leader, Theresa Caudle), directed by Sarah Stuart-Pennink, with Shaun Marten (recorder).

Programme includes
Mancini: Recorder Concerto
Handel: Concerto Grosso
Vivaldi: Gloria

The opening concert is given by the chamber ensemble Kent Baroque, with a varied programme of music from the cultural zenith of 17th and 18th century Italy. The orchestra is joined by a choir including the King Charles Singers and members of the Mead School for Vivaldi’s well-known “Gloria”.

Saturday 8th March


Anthony Zerpa-Falcon (piano)

Programme includes music by Rachmaninov and Beethoven

A finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, and winner of the Making Music Young Concert Artist Award, Anthony Zerpa-Falcon has performed throughout the United States, the Far East and Europe and has broadcast for BBC Radio 3, ‘ARTE’ and Spanish national radio and television.

Saturday 26th April


Katie Stillman (Violin) and Simon Lane (Piano)

Beethoven: Sonata in G
Ravel: Sonata in G
Britten: Suite, Op.6
Prokofiev: Sonata no.2

Canadian Grand Prize Winner Katie Stillman and recital partner Simon Lane have won numerous awards, both individually and as a recital duo. Recent and forthcoming performances together include recitals at St. John’s Smith Square, St. James’s Piccadilly and Wigmore Hall.

“..combining tenderness, wistful nostalgia and red-blooded passion in an interpretation of terrific distinction and compelling emotional force.” Geoffrey Norris - The Daily Telegraph

Saturday 24th May


Serenade to Music
King Charles Singers, Ken Aiso (violin), other strings tba, Paul Guinery (piano)

This concert includes an arrangement of Vaughan-Williams’ famous Serenade with a string quintet to accompany the 16 solo voices for which it was originally written. The remainder of the programme features a wide range of instrumental and vocal music from England’s Romantic early 20th century.

Paul Guinery has worked for many years for BBC Radio 3 as newsreader and presenter. He studied the piano at the Royal College of Music, where he was also a repetiteur in the Opera School. He performs regularly with the wind quintet Harmoniemusik including their annual chamber music festival at St. Columb, in Cornwall.

Saturday 21st June

The Kokoschka Trio

Music for piano trio by Ravel, Beethoven and Schubert

Born out of a shared passion for chamber music and long term friendship, this highly powerful combination of three accomplished and committed musicians gave its first performance in 2004. They have appeared at festivals such as the Aberystwyth Musicfest and the Deal Festival, and recently gave a recital at St. John’s Smith Square.

Saturday 5th July



The Barbirolli Quartet with David Campbell (clarinet)

Schubert: Quartettsatz in C
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major
Mendelssohn: Fugue in E Flat Major
Brahms: String Quartet in C minor

The Barbirolli Quartet brings together a wealth of experience, its members each having performed widely in their native countries of Canada, Wales, Australia and New Zealand. Upcoming engagements include their Purcell Room debut as Park Lane Group Young Artists and a Wigmore Hall concert. They are joined by David Campbell, internationally recognised as one of Britain’s finest musicians, for the Mozart Clarinet Quintet.

Saturday 20th September


Guy Johnston ('cello) and Simon Lane (piano)

Programme includes music by Chopin, Bridge, Stravinsky and Beethoven.

Guy Johnston made his debut in London at the Proms playing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. He was BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2000, and is a founder member of the Aronowitz Ensemble. “Johnston has already forged a place as one of the country’s most promising and distinctive cellists.” (The Strad).

Saturday 11th October


Karina Lucas (mezzo) and Simon Lane (piano)

Schumann: 'Frauenliebe und Leben'; Britten 'A Charm of Lullabies'; Grieg 'Sechs Lieder'; Granados and Obradors collections of songs.

Karina Lucas is of English and Spanish descent and studied at the RNCM and the National Opera Studio. Karina and Simon opened the prestigious Park Lane Group New Year Series 2007 at the Purcell Room with excellent reviews.
"Karina Lucas' name is one to remember. She entranced us". Musical Pointers.

Saturday 15th November


Sophia Lisovskaya (piano)

Programme includes Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata, and Etudes and Nocturnes by Chopin.

Sophia was born in Moscow and at the age of 13 won first prize in the All Soviet Competition 'New Names'. She completed her musical education in the West and has performed all over the world.

"Coming close to the standard set by Sofronitzky and Richter for these pieces. These are outstanding performances." American Record Guide review of Sophia's recording of music by Scriabin

Concerts: 2007

Saturday November 24th: 7.30pm. The Aiso Quartet
Programme includes quartets by Bartok, Mozart and Haydn.

Sunday November 4th: 7.30pm. King Charles Singers
French sacred choral and organ music
Duruflé: Mass Cum Jubilo, and Fauré: Messe Basse

Saturday, 29th September 2007: Konevets Male Voice Quartet
Return of the Konevets Male Voice Quartet, at the invitation of TWIYCA (Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition)

Saturday July 21st: 7.30pm. Aiso Quartet
Mozart - Dissonance Quartet
Debussy - String Quartet
Beethoven - Harp Quartet

Sunday June 10th: 6.30pm. Haydn's Nelson Mass in service of Holy Communion, with the Aiso Quartet and members of the King Charles Singers

March 18th 2007, 7.00pm: Handel Messiah (extracts); Caldara Stabat Mater
Performed by The Mead School Choir directed by Sarah Stuart-Pennink, with members of King Charles parish choir, the King Charles Singers, and a Baroque instrumental ensemble led by Teresa Caudle

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February 17th, 7.30pm: Piano recital by Anthony Zerpa-Falcon
In aid of Cancer Research. Music by Albeniz, Mozart, Liszt and Chopin.

February 24th, 7.30pm: "From Tallis to Tavener"
Choral music from the Renaissance to the present day, given by chamber choir Terpsichore.

March 3rd, 7.30pm: Concert in aid of Tunbridge Wells Homeopathic Hospital


Concerts 2006

January 29th 2006, 6.30pm: Festival Evensong
The King Charles Singers. Music by Purcell

February 4th 2006, 7.30pm: Cellists of the RPO
Villa Lobos and much more

March 25th 2006, 7.30pm: Cambridge Taverner Choir
The Coronation of James I

April 9th 2006, 6.30pm: Duruflé's Requiem
Devotional performance for Palm Sunday

May 4th 2006, 2pm and 6.30pm: Raphael Wallfisch
Masterclass and recital of the complete Bach cello suites

May 20th 2006, 7.30pm: Composers of Tunbridge Wells
The London Archduke Trio, led by Charles Wiffen

May 28th 2006, 7.30pm: Death and the Maiden
The Aiso String Quartet, led by Ken Aiso, with a programme including Schubert's late quartet

June 3rd 2006, 7.30pm: Music's Garland
Amanda Pitt (soprano) and David Owen Norris (piano): an evening of songs and piano music from the Romantic period

June 17th 2006, 7.30pm: From Madrigal to McCartney
A riotous evening with Cantabile, the London Quartet

June 25th 2006, 7.30pm: Handel festival concert
Directed by Richard Egarr, Director of the Academy of Ancient Music

Organ Recital Series 2006
September 16th, 6.00pm: David Maw
September 23rd, 6.00pm: Michael Bacon
October 7th, 6.00pm: Jamie McVinnie



Christopher Sayles


Chelys Viols

Jamie McVinnie

Ellen Smith

Dame Felicity Lott

Callum Smart (photo: Patrick Allen)

Richard Uttley (pjoto: Kaupo Kikkas)


Margaret Faultless

Liz Partridge

Peter Arnold

Clio Gould

Dulcinea Quartet

Schubert Ensemble

Steven Devine

Michael Collins



Ken Aiso

Pentagon Ensemble

Yeo Yat-Soon

Eleanor Alberga

Paul Guinery

Tom Bowes

Tim Lines

Tim Gill

Jong-Gyung Park

Anthony Zerpa-Falcon

Kate Semmens

Pentagon ensemble

Lianna and Yukiko


Greg Tassell

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Charles Wiffen
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Dan Tong
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Katie Stillman
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Simon Lane
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Steven Devine
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Anthony Zerpa-Falcon

The Aiso Quartet

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Archduke Trio

Roselyne Martel-Bonnal

David Maw

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Richard Egarr

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Cambridge Taverner Choir

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