King Charles the Martyr, Tunbridge Wells

The Parish Church of King Charles the Marty, Tunbridge Wells

Church Choirs

Director of Music: Rupert Preston Bell
Organist: Michael Bacon
Assistant Organists: Jonathan Hagger, Jonathan Roberts, Paul Clark

King Charles has always enjoyed a strong musical tradition, and benefits from the services of a number of talented organists from the congregation. Services at feast days involving special music, and especially the Christmas services, are highlights of the church’s year. The organ is one of the best in the area, and is often used for recitals.

Other highlights in recent years have included sequences of music by Bach, Victoria and Stainer’s Crucifixion in Holy Week; Duruflé’s Requiem for All Souls’; a string quartet at the church’s patronal festival; and plainchant services.

Parish Choir

The Parish Choir sings at the Parish Communion services and for special occasions such as the carol service. It has around a dozen members and rehearses on Sunday mornings before the service. We welcome competent singers whether or not they are able to attend every week. For special occasions, three or four times a year, we field an Augmented Choir, which provides an opportunity to sing for those unable to make a regular commitment.

Junior Choir

The church’s Junior Choir is flourishing, with about fifteen members aged between 7 and 14, who rehearse once a month in place of  Sunday School and sing in services once most months. This is an opportunity for children to learn about music and to have some fun along the way. We make use of some music and tuition resources from the RSCM. New members are always welcome!

Choral Evensong

Evensong at 6.30 on the third Sunday of most months is fully choral, with sung canticles and responses, a chanted psalm and an anthem. We aim to maintain a high standard of music at all services at King Charles, but these occasions give wider scope for worship to be enhanced through high quality music, in the cathedral tradition.

The King Charles Singers provide music for choral evensongs and other services about once a month, including the Advent Carol Service. From time to time we have fielded a men’s voices plainchant choir, and the local chamber choir Quorum occasionally sing evensong.

Sing at King Charles

Please contact the Director of Music if you are interested in contributing to our choirs. We also welcome suggestions for other choirs who might like to help us maintain the regular round of these services. Please contact the parish office.