Serenade to Music

Saturday 8 June, 7:30pm
Tickets £15 on the door, or £12.50 in advance. Under-18s free.
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A feast of English songs with Ellen Smith (soprano) and Paul Clark (piano), and the famous 'Serenade to Music' by Vaughan-Williams, celebrating the Queen's official Birthday.

Ellen Smith and Paul Clark present a sequence of songs by Purcell, Quilter, Gurney, Ireland, Warlock and others, followed by the 'Serenade to Music', a work that moved Rachmaninov to tears at its première.

Composed for 16 solo voices and orchestra, this smaller-scale performance will feature 12 soloists and piano quintet. The players are: Marie-France Ouellet and Jane Gomm (violins), Martin Bloor (viola) and Ruth Beedham (cello), with members of the King Charles Singers and directed by Rupert Preston Bell.

Ellen Smith was a postgraduate Early Music MMus student at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, having studied classics at University College London. She is in demand as both singer and harpist at many locations throughout London and Southern England, for concerts and private functions, particularly wedding ceremonies and receptions.

"Come ho! and wake Diana with a hymn; With sweetest touches pierce your mistress' ear, And draw her home with music."

 Photo: Cantley Marsh by Pamela Abbott


Concert dates in 2019

Here's what we are looking forward to in 2019 in Music at King Charles. Tickets for all events will be available at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/mkctw.

Friday 26 April, 7:30pm
Trio Lavolta
Distinguished players Joyce Fraser (violin), Felix Buser (cello) and Simon Marlow (piano) present music by Mozart, Part, Martinu and Dvorak.

Saturday 8 June, 7:30pm
Serenade to Music
A feast of English song with Ellen Smith (soprano) and Paul Clark (piano), as well as Vaughan-Williams' famous 'Serenade to Music', performed by a specially convened group of solo singers accompanied by piano quintet.

Saturday 21 September, 7:30pm
Eboracum Baroque
This exciting baroque ensemble led by Chris Parsons open the Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival with a programme including Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons'.

Saturday 19 October, 7:30pm
Joseph Wolfe and Anthony Zerpa-Falcon, violin and piano recital, programme to be announced

Saturday 9 November, 7:30pm
Pentagon String Ensemble, programme to be announced

Saturday 7 December, 7:00pm
Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Steven Devine returns to King Charles with the singers and players from last year's unforgettable performance of 'Messiah'.

We look forward to welcoming old friends and new supporters of our series - chamber music of the highest quality at Tunbridge Wells' most historic venue.

Please also look out for concerts by CODA, the excellent chamber music series based at Rose Hill School: www.codetw.co.uk. 


Trio Lavolta 26 April

Friday 26 April, 7:30pm

Joyce Fraser (violin)
Felix Buser (cello)
Simon Marlow (piano)

W A Mozart (1756 - 1791) Trio in G major (KV 564)
Arvo Pärt (1935 - ) Mozart - Adagio
Bohuslav Martinu (1890 - 1959) Trio in D-minor
Anton Dvorak (1841 - 1904) Trio in B flat major, opus 21

Tickets £12.50 (under-18s free)
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Trio Lavolta was formed in 1995 and made its debut at Blackheath Concert Halls with a programme that included a new work commissioned for the occasion. Since then the trio has given recitals at many of the City of London churches and at music clubs throughout the country. The trio aims to offer innovative programmes of lesser known and contemporary works alongside the standard repertoire.

The trio has also developed a series of programmes of words and music in collaboration with actors, Louise Jameson and David Warwick. The first of these, ‘A private view of Christina Rossetti’; was performed at Trinity Arts Centre in Tunbridge Wells. It included specially commissioned music for the poem ‘Goblin Market’. Other programmes in this series exploring the juxtaposition of words and music are ‘The Seven Ages of Man’ based on the famous speech from Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’; ‘Lest We Forget’; ‘A Christmas Carousal’, performed at Finchcocks and ‘Victorian Variety’, performed as part of the Richard Burnett Heritage Collection’s concert series.

Sadly, the founder pianist of the trio, Sally Mays, passed away in April 2018. Felix and Joyce are grateful to Simon Marlow for agreeing to join the trio.

Future plans include a ‘Mr and Mrs Schumann’ programme, which will be performed for the Richard Burnett Heritage Collection in Tunbridge Wells on October 20 2019 to commemorate the 200 th anniversary of Clara Schumann’s birth.


Concert at the National Liberal Club

Monday 18 February, 6:45pm
Michael Collins (clarinet) and Michael McHale (piano)

We've arranged a recital in London for followers of concerts at King Charles. It's close to Charing Cross station, at the historic National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, SW1A 2HE.

Reinecke Introduction & Allegro appassionato; Brahms Sonata in F minor op.120 no.1; Debussy Première rapsodie;  Poulenc Sonata

There's a cash bar from 6:15pm, and the recital will be over by 8pm. Limited number of tickets remaining. Booking information.