3.1.18

St Andrews Madrigal Group

Saturday 20 January, 6:00pm
Pre-Burns Night entertainment: concert by the St Andrews University Madrigal Group followed by a reception at 7:00 until 8:00.

The St Andrews University Madrigal Group was founded in 1946 and although it originally confined itself to singing madrigals and secular part songs, over time its repertoire has widened considerably, with a particular fondness for Scottish folksong as well as renaissance and baroque polyphony.

Tickets available here for concert and reception with an early-booking discount.

Coming up...
On Thursday 12 April we will have the exceptional privilege of a recital by the world-famous baritone Gerald Finley, accompanied by Julius Drake. Join our mailing list if you've not already done so to receive notification of discount tickets for this special event.

12.11.17

The end of one season and prospects for the next

We finished our autumn season with a virtuoso performance on Armistice Day, which absolutely enthralled the audience. Many thanks to all those who helped to arrange the concert and make it all go smoothly on the day. Our introduction to the music of Joseph Boulnois, the French organist and composer who was killed in the last weeks of the Great War, was a particular revelation.

What's next?
We look forward to Saturday 20 January, when we will welcome the St Andrews University Madrigal Group for a pre-Burns Night evening.

The St Andrews University Madrigal Group was founded in 1946 and although it originally confined itself to singing madrigals and secular part songs, over time its repertoire has widened considerably, with a particular fondness for Scottish folksong as well as renaissance and baroque polyphony.

And on Thursday 12 April we will have the exceptional privilege of a recital by the world-famous baritone Gerald Finley, accompanied by Julius Drake.

More details will be available soon! To be sure not to miss our updates, just 'follow' the site using the links on the right-hand side of the page.


24.10.17

11 November: Elegies and Thanksgivings

Saturday 11 November, 7:30pm
A concert for Remembrance Day
Oliver Davies (piano)
Robert Gibbs (violin)
Adrian Bradbury (cello)

Tickets £11 in advance (£12.50 on the door)
www.ticketsource.co.uk/mkctw

This will be an entertaining and thought-provoking concert by three brilliant individuals who have made their names as scholars as well as musicians.

Oliver Davies, the pianist., has had an extraordinary career as a performer covering many different styles, from recordings, recitals, broadcasts and as a chamber music player he has played with many distinguished artists in leading concert halls. He was a Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music as well as Keeper of the College’s Department of Portraits and Performance History. He is very well known for his concerts on special themes, including scholarly reconstructions of historical programmes, surveys of the musical histories of great British houses, and reassessments of significant composers and performers.

Robert Gibbs, the violinist, another outstanding product of the RCM, has appeared as a soloist throughout the UK and has toured Europe, the Far East and the Americas. He has made many recordings including Mozart, Brahms, Goosens and Bax and he is also an exceptional player of the viola. Robert is leader of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and the London Festival Orchestra.  Robert plays a beautiful Amati violin which produces the sweetest sounds imaginable.

Adrian Bradbury, the cellist, read Veterinary Science at Cambridge before studying at the Royal Academy of Music. His father is the famous clarinettist Sir Colin Bradbury and in the end the pull of music proved too strong. Adrian has played chamber music all over Europe, playing in several prize-winning groups and he also has a busy recording and broadcasting schedule. He is a regular guest principal with many orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic. Adrian has contributed to a number of scientific projects about the effects of music on the brain.

Programme
Haydn: Trio in A
Glazunov: Elegie for piano and cello
Schubert: Rondeau Brilliant for violin and piano
Boulnois: Andante
Schubert: Auf Das Fest Aller Seelen transcribed by Piatti for the cello.
Dvorak: Trio Dumky (Dumkas) Op 90

Retiring collection in aid of the Royal British Legion.

15.10.17

21 October: Telemann in Paris

Saturday 21 October, 7:30pm

The early music ensemble Follia mark the 250th anniversary of the death of Georg Philipp Telemenn, including a selection of his ground-breaking 'Paris Quartets', together with music by his French contemporaries.

William Summers (baroque flute/recorder)
Diane Moore (baroque violin)
Ibrahim Aziz (viloa da gamba)
Yeo Yat-Soon (harpsichord)

This is what we do best at Music at King Charles: baroque music in a baroque church, played on period instruments - the architecture and acoustics suit the music perfectly.

Tickets: £12.50 (£11 in advance from www.ticketsource.co.uk/mkctw)

Follia specialise in period music played in historic venues, so King Charles in a natural choice. They have recently been playing at Lauderdale House, the Handel House Museum, Garrick's Temple and Walpole's house at Strawberry Hill.  You can hear the group play some samples of this music at their website here.

Yeo Yat-Soon was born in London of Chinese parents. Between the ages of 5 and 18 he lived in Tunbridge Wells, where for many years his father owned the Hoover Chinese Restaurant in Calverley Road. He attended Claremont Primary School and then the Skinners’ School.

As a teenager he began harpsichord studies with the distinguished harpsichord maker Malcolm Rose who was then based in nearby Mayfield and was given significant encouragement in early music performance by Richard and Katrina Burnett at Finchcocks in Goudhurst... Read on...


3.10.17

October concerts

Saturday 7 October, 10:00-11:30  Piano masterclass, followed at 12:00 by a short, free recital with Michael McHale. All welcome to attend, no booking necessary, and please come and go as you please, as the church is open to the public. (Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival). Norman Lebrecht described a McHale performance as "scintillating... fascinating from start to stop." Read more about Michael here.

Friday 13 October, 7:30pm The Schubert Ensemble Hosted by the Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival, this is a chance to hear one of the very last performances by this world-famous piano quintet who are set to retire early in 2018 after a 34 year career. Programme: Suk Elegy, Schumann Piano Quartet, Dvorak Piano Quintet. The Sunday Times said of the Ensemble: "Seasoned eloquence, a unanimity of feeling born of deep communal consideration... they demand superlatives." Book tickets here.

Saturday 21 October, 7:30pm ‘Telemann in Paris’: chamber music to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of Georg Philipp Telemann, including a selection of his ground-breaking 'Paris Quartets', together with music by his French contemporaries. This is the ideal music for the church, which has the perfect acoustics for this intricate, energetic chamber music. Performed by Follia, the Baroque ensemble directed by Yeo Yat Soon. Read more about Yat-Soon hereBook tickets

28.9.17

7 October, Michael McHale masterclass and recital

Saturday 7 October, Michael McHale

10:00-11:30 Piano masterclass
12:00-13:00 Recital.

Hosted by the Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival. FREE OF CHARGE.

All welcome to attend, no booking necessary. And the church is open to the public so you may come and go as you please.


Belfast-born Michael McHale has established himself as one of Ireland’s leading pianists and has developed a busy international career as a solo recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. 

He has performed as a soloist with the Minnesota, Hallé, Moscow Symphony and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, the London Mozart Players, and all five of the major Irish orchestras, and performed at the Tanglewood Festival, Wigmore Hall, London, Berlin Konzerthaus, Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Lincoln Center, New York, Symphony Hall, Boston and Pesti Vigadó in Budapest.

2016/17 performances include concerto performances with the City of London Sinfonia and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in Florida, and a début concert at the Tokyo Spring Festival. Future engagements include a début in the Dublin National Concert Hall's International Concert Series performing the Schumann Concerto with the City of London Sinfonia.

His critically acclaimed solo album, The Irish Piano, was released in 2012 by RTÉ lyric fm and selected as ‘CD of the Week’ by the critic Norman Lebrecht. More recent solo releases include Schubert: Four Impromptus on Ergodos, Miniatures and Modulations on Grand Piano, and a first orchestral album, Irish Piano Concertos, featuring works by John Field and Philip Hammond with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Courtney Lewis, supported by a Major Individual Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

His discography also includes releases on Delos, Nimbus Alliance, Champs Hill, Lorelt, Louth CMS and seven duo recital albums on Chandos with clarinettist Michael Collins. Upcoming projects include a recording of Strauss’s ‘Burleske’ with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on Chandos, and a first album with the McGill/McHale Trio on the Cedille label, featuring world premiere recordings and special narrations by Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali.

Winner of the Terence Judd / Hallé Award in 2009, Michael was also awarded the Brennan and Field Prizes at the 2006 AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, the 2005 Camerata Ireland/Accenture Award, and in 2016 a Major Individual Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. He studied at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music, and his teachers and mentors include John O’Conor, Réamonn Keary, Christopher Elton, Ronan O’Hora and Barry Douglas.

Michael collaborates regularly with Sir James Galway, Michael Collins, Patricia Rozario, Dame Felicity Lott, the McGill/McHale Trio and Camerata Pacifica.  view his website for some video clips.

24.9.17

Yeo Yat-Soon

On 21 October we look forward to hearing Follia, the Baroque ensemble led by harpsichordist Yeo Yat-Soon.

Ticket information here.

Yeo Yat-Soon was born in London of Chinese parents. Between the ages of 5 and 18 he lived in Tunbridge Wells, where for many years his father owned the Hoover Chinese Restaurant in Calverley Road. He attended Claremont Primary School and then the Skinners’ School.

As a teenager he began harpsichord studies with the distinguished harpsichord maker Malcolm Rose who was then based in nearby Mayfield and was given significant encouragement in early music performance by Richard and Katrina Burnett at Finchcocks in Goudhurst.

Yat-Soon went on to study music and historical musicology at King’s College London. He continued with postgraduate studies in harpsichord and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music, during which time he won the prestigious Raymond Russell Prize for Harpsichord.

He performs widely as a soloist, specializing in concerts in historic buildings. Recent venues include Handel House Museum, Craxton Studios, the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court, Strawberry Hill House, Holywell Music Room in Oxford and the Kammersaal Friedenau and Musikinstrumenten-Museum in Berlin. Yat-Soon also specializes as a baroque opera conductor and has worked with London Baroque Opera, City of London Festival and Opéra de Baugé, for whom he conducted Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea in 2016. He plays with the ensembles Follia, The Stanesby Players and Camerata Berolinensis (Berlin), and has performed regularly at the South Bank and St John’s, Smith Square. He has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM radio, and BBC1, BBC 4 and Channel 4 television.

Yat-Soon has had a long association with education, and has been Director of Music at The Lady Eleanor Holles School and St Paul’s Girls’ School, where his predecessors included Gustav Holst and Herbert Howells. He currently teaches harpsichord and chamber music, and lectures on historical performance practice at the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research at the University of Birmingham.

Yat-Soon still very much regards Tunbridge Wells as a spiritual home-town. He first performed at King Charles the Martyr Church in 1988 and has returned on numerous occasions since. He is delighted to be coming again on 21 October with his group Follia with a programme commemorating the 250 th anniversary of the death of the German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann, with works by Telemann and his French contemporaries.

Discounted tickets available here.



31.8.17

Venue information for concert goers

Click here for Autumn 2017 concert information.

The church of King Charles the Martyr is a grade 1 listed building in the centre of town. It offers a unique venue for concerts, particularly because of its excellent acoustics, perfectly suited for chamber music.

Audiences may sit in the body of the church or in balconies on either side. Seating is on pews; some members of the audience like to bring a cushion!

Location
See the map on the church's website. Postcode TN1 1YX.
The church is a short walk from the town's railway station.

Parking
Street parking nearby is usually possible. However, the town council may be imposing residents-only restrictions in the coming months so visitors should always check parking notices.
Nearby car parks include:
Torrington car park TN1 1DJ
Linden Park TN2 5QL

Facilities
The only WC is situated through the vestry, which is generally used as a green room for performers, and so is not easily accessible. Whenever possible, (depending on other events taking place) the WCs are made available in the nearby Church Hall during the interval.

See also:
Visit Tunbridge Wells


27.7.17

What's on this Autumn?

Saturday 23 September, 7:00pm
Verdi’s Requiem: a staged performance by Merry Opera. Verdi composed his Latin Requiem Mass as a gripping drama that has enthralled audiences ever since its premiere in 1874. 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. Book tickets

Saturday 7 October, 10:00-11:30  Piano masterclass, followed at 12:00 by a free recital with Michael McHale. All welcome to attend, no booking necessary. (Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival). To apply to take part, phone 01892 547835.

Friday 13 October, 7:30pm The Schubert Ensemble Hosted by the Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival, this is a chance to hear one of the very last performances by this world-famous piano quintet who are set to retire early in 2018 after a 34 year career. Book tickets.

Saturday 21 October, 7:30pm ‘Telemann in Paris’: chamber music to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of Georg Philipp Telemann, including a selection of his ground-breaking 'Paris Quartets', together with music by his French contemporaries. Performed by Follia, the Baroque ensemble directed by Yeo Yat Soon. Book tickets

Saturday 11 November, 7:30pm ‘Elegies and Thanksgivings’: an imaginative programme of piano trios for Remembrance Day, including music by Schubert, Glazunov, Dvorak and others. With Robert Gibbs (violin), Adrian Bradbury (cello) and Oliver Davies (piano). Book tickets