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)

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.

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.


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...


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