The annual Christmas baroque concert at King Charles
Saturday 3rd December, at 7:00pm.
One of the world's leading baroque violinists, Bojan Čičić, joins director and harpsichordist Steven Devine for a programme of music by Vivaldi, Praetorius and Bach, with the Decimus Ensemble and the Orchestra of Devine Music – principal players of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Academy of Ancient Music and others.
This concert has been an exciting feature of the Christmas celebrations at King Charles, Tunbridge Wells’ oldest building, for several years now and is always very popular.
Steven Devine, known to many in the area through his many years of work at the Finchcocks Musical Museum, said: “This is absolutely one of my favourite concerts of the year. I’m lucky enough to be able to involve some brilliant players from groups I work with, and we enjoy ourselves so much that every one of them asks to come back each time.
“The setting is just perfect. An intimate baroque church with a wonderful acoustic, and the audiences are wonderful! The ovation at the end of our first concert, when we performed Handel’s Messiah in 2018, was the most spontaneously exciting response I’ve ever witnessed in this country. This year I’m thrilled to involve Bojan Čičić as soloist - for me, he’s got to be one of the finest violinists around.”
The programme includes Bach’s Brandenberg Concerto No.1, carols by Praetorius, Vivaldi’s violin concerto ‘Il Riposo’, and Bach’s Lutheran Mass in F major.
Rupert Preston Bell, director of music at King Charles the Martyr, has been promoting concerts of chamber music at the church since 2006. He said: “We’re very lucky to have these musicians coming to Tunbridge Wells, and their excitement is infectious. The church was built in the baroque period and is the perfect venue for this exciting and life-affirming music.”