10.4.21

Reopening concerts: programmes update

We're looking forward to our first two recitals after lockdown - including a world premier! Booking opens on 30 April.


Thursday 27 May 7pm
Miriam Teppich (violin) and Julian Broughton (piano)
Ysaye Sonata for Solo Violin no. 4 op. 27 in E minor
Clara Schumann Romance no. 1 op. 22
Andante Julian Broughton
Sonata Elgar Sonata op.82


Wednesday 30 June 7pm
Sam Haywood (piano)
Join Sam Haywood for a unique musical adventure, 'Old Friends and New', on which you'll encounter some of the most beloved piano works (by Schubert, Rachmaniniff, Beethoven and Chopin) alongside rare and beautiful miniatures by women composers. The pieces will be performed in pairs, carefully chosen to complement each other. The programme includes the World Premier of 'Rain', a passionate and compelling work by the Czech composer Jelena Pouliçková.

More news soon.

3.4.21

Reopening news: Concerts this Summer


Wishing all our supporters a very Happy Easter, we're also looking forward to the reopening of concert venues in a few weeks' time, and are excited to announce the first of our 2021 chamber recitals at King Charles church.

Save the dates!

Thursday 27 May, Miriam Teppich (violin) and Julian Broughton (piano)

Wednesday 30 June, Sam Haywood (piano)

Further details to follow soon, including dates for concerts in July.


24.12.20

Christmas music from King Charles the Martyr


We wish all our friends a very Happy Christmas, and look forward to a fresh start for our concert series in 2021.

In the meantime, please enjoy some Christmas music from King Charles church!

Music for Advent

Christmas carols and Widor's Toccata

Available from 8am on Christmas Day, Messiaen's Dieu Parmi Nous played by Michael Bacon.

All best wishes for the New Year.

30.11.20

Musical Advent Calendar


Tune in each day during Advent for some seasonal music, including some Christmas favourites, provided by the musicians of King Charles church, in this YouTube Advent Calendar.

And go to the church's Facebook page for the Christmas Carol service, at 6:30pm on Sunday 20 December.

16.11.20

Christmas Vespers: concert 5 December

Monteverdi - a Vespers sequence for Christmas
Saturday 5 December, 7pm 

UPDATE: THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED

We are thrilled to announce the third annual Baroque concert at King Charles with players from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, directed by Steven Devine, following the overwhelming success of Handel's Messiah in 2018 and Bach's Christmas Oaratorio in 2019. 

Tailored for the current circumstances, this performance features a small group perfectly suited to the space and acoustic of King Charles church. 

Booking information

Kate Semmens - soprano
Rory Carver - tenor
Daniel Edgar & Nia Lewis – violins
Lynda Sayce – theorbo
Steven Devine – organ
Decimus Consort of Voices

Please book early to be in the audience for this special event. With social distancing measures, capacity is limited to under 50. Of course, we are working on the basis that lockdown restrictions will ease after 2nd December. In the event that circumstances change, all ticket purchases will be refunded. 

Programme

Domine ad adiuvandum (1610): chorus
Pulchra Es (1610): duet
Lute solo
Laudate Dominum: solo
Castello Sonata
Antiphon, Pulchra es (chant)
Nigra Sum (1610): solo
Organ solo
Puer Natus (Chiome d’oro): duet
Magnificat a 6 (1610): tutti

Monteverdi is most famous for the Vespers of 1610, comprising antiphons, sacred songs and psalm settings for a large and diverse group of singers and instrumentalists. Taking this as our inspiration, we present a selection of Monteverdi's music for the vespers service that would have been performed in the Christmas season. In the Baroque intimacy of King Charles, we can transport you back to 17th century Mantua or Venice for an inspiring evening of celebration. 

Steven Devine writes: “'Straighten’d Times' as Pepys would have put it, are nothing new and life carried on as normally as circumstances would allow. In Monteverdi’s Venice, it was common practice to replace vocal parts with instrumental ones and vice-versa, or leave them out completely, leaving the bass team (itself a flexible, improvising ensemble) to fill in missing harmonies or fill out textures as appropriate. Equally the distribution of voice parts was much less strict than we expect today as the over-arching concern was the completeness of the text and harmonic completeness."

Music at King Charles has continued to stage concerts this year, whether online or to a live audience, because we know that keeping music alive is of such importance to our society. Should you so wish, you can also support our work through a donation, which will help us pay artists' fees. Donations welcome here.


29.10.20

Catch up with our concerts online

Thank you to everyone who has attended or watched our latest concerts. Here's how to catch them while they are still online - for a limited period only!

View the first two concerts here vimeo.com/user/118615689/folder/2516702 
- Kate Semmens and Steven Devine's Italian Baroque concert (available until 17 November) 
- Alex Metcalfe's piano recital of music by Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Ravel (available until 24 November). 

Watch the TW International Music Competition recital by Emma Halnan and Charles Wiffen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqGMqyDkQkE&feature=youtu.be Available until 4 November - for one week only.

We will continue to do what we can to keep music live in these difficult times. Please follow this site for further updates, or find us on Twitter, @musicatkcmtw

Donations, however small, are welcomed to help with getting money to performers. 

They can be made for Music at King Charles (first two concerts) here https://www.gofundme.com/f/music-at-king-charles-concerts-october-2020 

15.10.20

October dates for live and online concerts

Alex Metcalfe
Here's what's coming up in the rest of October. Many thanks to all our supporters for joining us in person and online!

To support our concerts, please consider making a donation to Music at King Charles and to Tunbridge Wells Music Competition.

Saturday 17 October, 7pm. Online premiere of our first concert, Virtuosic love in the Italian Renaissance - a dramatic and sensuous selection of 17th century keyboard music and songs by Kate Semmens and Steven Devine (available until 17 November).  vimeo.com/user/118615689/folder/2516702 

Wednesday 21 October, 7pm. Live concert at the church by Emma Halnan (flute) and Charles Wiffen (piano), a fund-raising concert for Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition  Ticket information 

Saturday 24 October, 7pm. Online premiere of Alex Metcalfe's piano recital or music by Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and Ravel (available until 24 November). vimeo.com/user/118615689/folder/2516702 

Wednesday 28 October, 7pm. Online premiere of Emma and Charles's recital, link to be announced.

With concert venues only gradually reopening, to small audiences and with safety precautions in place, we're thrilled to be playing our part in bringing music back to real life. 

The last six months or more have been incredibly challenging for the arts, and we want to give musicians every encouragement. The number of people who can be accommodated at a live concert - and possible income - is quite limited, so please show your support by watching their performances online and making a donation, however small, in response. (Links will be given alongside the recordings.)


11.10.20

Concert 14 October: Alex Metcalfe

Piano recital by Alex Metcalfe
Wednesday 14 October, 7pm
Ticket information

PROGRAMME

Mozart: Sonata in F, K.332
Chopin: Etude in E, OP.10/3
Liszt: Etude de Concert S.144/3 'Un Sospiro'
Debussy: La Cathedrale Engoutie
Ravel: Jeux d'eau

Alex Metcalfe studied at the Royal College of Music with Raymond Fischer (piano) and William Mival (composition). He subsequently gained Nelly Ben-Or Foundation scholarship to study the application of Alexander Technique to the piano. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed extensive around Europe and the UK at venues including Kings Place, LSO St. Luke’s and St James’ Palace, and played with the London Sinfonietta and the London Symphony Orchestra. His piano playing has been featured on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and BBC 2’s The Culture Show. His current CD release, Four Ogives and other works by Erik Satie is available from alexmetcalfe.com

If you are unable to attend the concert, do tune in to the recording, which will be premiered on 24 October at 7pm here vimeo.com/user/118615689/folder/2516702 

NEXT CONCERT

Emma Halnan (flute) and Charles Wiffen (piano) 
Fund-raising concert for Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition 

One of a series of streamed recitals by young musicians who were finalists in the Competition during the past ten years. 
Music by Arnold, Prokofiev, Kriesler and Georges Hüe 
Live concert: Wednesday 21 October, 7pm 
Recording premiere: Wednesday 28 October, 7pm

Ticket information

With concert venues only gradually reopening, to small audiences and with safety precautions in place, we're thrilled to be playing our part in bringing music back to real life. 

Every precaution is being taken to ensure the safety and confidence of our audience. The concerts will place midweek so that the church is not busy on consecutive days, to reduce further the risk of infection. The same, now familiar, procedures that are in place for services will be followed at the concerts, such as distanced seating and the wearing of face coverings.

6.10.20

Concert 7 October: Virtuosic Love in the Italian Renaissance

Kate Semmens (soprano) and Steven Devine (harpsichord)

Music by Frescobaldi, Caccini, Monteverdi and others

Live concert: 7 October, 7pm SOLD OUT

"The Italians, more than any other nation, pushed the expressive capabilities of music from the Renaissance. Virtuosic demands, searing dissonances, pictorial word-setting: all these combined with rhythmic structures to paint music that strikes at the heart. This programme contrasts written-down keyboard improvisations with charming ballads and soulful laments.”

If you are unable to attend the concert, do tune in to the recording, which will be premiered on 17 October at 7pm here vimeo.com/user/118615689/folder/2516702 

PROGRAMME

Toccata Seconda (Book I – 1637)
Se L’aura spira (Primo libro d’arie musicali... 1630)
 Cosi mi disprezzate – Aria di passacaglia (Primo libro d’arie musicali... 1630)
Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) 

Pavana ‘Fusi’ & Gagliarda ‘El Poverin’ (Intabolatura Nova di Balli 1551)
Anonymous 

Canzonetta: O vive rose
Francesca Caccini (1587-c1641) 

Capriccio supra l’aria di Ruggiero
Girolamo Frescobaldi 

Io mi son giovinetta – ballata di Domenica Ferrabosco (1542) Keyboard Divisions by Scipione Stella (1558 – 1622), Gio[vanni] Dom[enico] Montella (c.1570 – c.1607) and Ascanio Mayone (1565 – 1627)     

Si dolce tormento (Quarto scherzo delle ariose...)
Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643) 

Che si puo fare
Barabara Strozzi (1619 – 1677) 

Cicaonna
Bernardo Storace (fl.1664) 

O rosetta (Scherzi Musicali 1607)
Claudio Monteverdi

OTHER CONCERTS

Alex Metcalfe (piano) Music by Mozart, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Ravel 
Live concert: Wednesday 14 October, 7pm 
Recording premiere: Saturday 24 October, 7pm 

Emma Halnan (flute) and Charles Wiffen (piano) 
Fund-raising concert for Tunbridge Wells International Music Competition 

One of a series of streamed recitals by young musicians who were finalists in the Competition during the past ten years. 
Music by Arnold, Prokofiev, Kriesler and Georges Hüe 
Live concert: Wednesday 21 October, 7pm 
Recording premiere: Wednesday 28 October, 7pm

Ticket information

With concert venues only gradually reopening, to small audiences and with safety precautions in place, we're thrilled to be playing our part in bringing music back to real life. 

Every precaution is being taken to ensure the safety and confidence of our audience. The concerts will place midweek so that the church is not busy on consecutive days, to reduce further the risk of infection. The same, now familiar, procedures that are in place for services will be followed at the concerts, such as distanced seating and the wearing of face coverings.