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'CODA was founded by Arthur Boyd (who had run his first music club when at school) and its origins date back to 1982 when he had the idea of chamber recitals to support young and up-coming professional musicians by providing a venue for them to perform. Originally recitals were presented in Arthur’s home but, as interest grew, CODA moved to larger (but still intimate) venues ... At CODA we pride ourselves on our reputation as a welcoming and friendly organisation with a distinctive personal touch. All those attending recitals have the opportunity to meet and chat to the artists over refreshments after the performance.'

 

Typically about half a dozen evening meetings, September to May.

 

‘A series of classes, performances, prizes, a masterclass and a finale concert in the historic setting of Tonbridge School over three days during the Lent half-term break ... A major feature is the blend of small group teaching by acknowledged experts, informal and formal performing opportunities throughout and a range of prizes including recital and concerto performance opportunities. A key aim of the courses is to reduce the isolation of playing the instrument, and in the midst of serious learning and performing on the courses is socialisation, fun and togetherness.’

 

‘An English Arts Festival which is primarily devoted to classical music. It is a biennial event taking place in May [2020] and is centred in the ancient and beautiful village of Mayfield in East Sussex, just south of the Spa Town of Royal Tunbridge Wells.’ The Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition is ‘a prestigious competition held every two years in conjunction with the Mayfield Festival’. Each year the Festival promotes a number of fund raising and other concerts and recitals in addition to the biennial Festival itself.

 

Also indexedTunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition

'Meets on the first and third Mondays of each month from 8-11 pm. Most nights are now guest nights but sing-arounds are held occasionally ... Musicians and singers are welcome and encouraged to perform and join in, but it’s not compulsory! You are welcome to come along and just listen ... We are fairly liberal in our interpretation of what constitutes folk music, embracing traditional and contemporary, music hall and other vintage material, singer-songwriter etc ... Many people today would question some if not all aspects of this definition or even whether it is possible or desirable to define folk music at all. But that doesn’t stop us from recognising the folk genre or describing it.'

 

‘Presents a season of concerts, by world-class artists each year between October and May in Tonbridge, Kent. Over the years, audiences have enjoyed performances of the highest artistic standards by internationally renowned musicians and have also had the opportunity of hearing young award-winning performers at the outset of their careers. TMC also arranges occasional pre-concert talks and masterclasses.’

 

‘We were formed in 1984 to promote local interest in jazz in all its forms. We arrange nine or more concerts per year in Tunbridge Wells ... through a season which runs from each September to December then from February to June.’

 

‘Welcomes Classical Guitarists of all standards to come and play or listen at our monthly meetings held in Frant (Near Tunbridge Wells) ... Its aim is to promote the classical guitar by encouraging members and their guests to play at our meetings. In addition we organise occasional concerts by visiting professional guitarists. Meetings are held each month (except August) and typically consist of a dozen or so acts where members play one or two pieces either solo or as a duet, trio or ensemble. There is no minimum standard and if you would like the opportunity to play, perhaps for the first time, in front of like-minded guitarists please come along. If you prefer just to come and listen you will be equally welcome.’

 

‘Based in Tonbridge and originally started in 1988 under the auspices of Kent Music. We became independent in 2006 ... Our aims are to provide local players with the opportunity to explore the large and diverse range of serious music written or arranged for wind orchestra, and to give our audiences a chance to hear this music. We regularly perform concerts in Kent and Sussex, both in formal indoor settings and in bandstands.’

 

Founded 1967: ‘Every year the choir stages two major concerts with professional soloists and orchestras ... In the summer the choir often presents a less formal concert ...We also perform Christmas carols at local churches ... We don’t audition singers or expect you to read music fluently. We do support all our singers and you will find a friendly welcome’.

 

'We study, rehearse and perform all kinds of orchestral music in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Our conductor is an experienced performer and ensemble coach. We give occasional concerts, for which admission is normally free. At these events we support a nominated charity by inviting our listeners to make a donation. A guest speaker gives a brief talk to raise awareness of the charity’s activities. Membership is open to all ages, and there are no auditions, though a standard of at least Grade 5 ABRSM is recommended. (Numbers may be limited in some sections in order to maintain a good orchestral balance.)’

 

‘Small-scale fully-staged operas, in English ... in and around Tunbridge Wells. We take pride in producing professional standard performances with a cast that consists mainly of amateurs. The company is unique in offering opportunities to good amateur singers, both as chorus members and in principal roles. It is committed to nurturing promising singers, whatever their prior experience. Several of our members have started in the chorus and progressed to solo roles. Others simply enjoy the camaraderie of the chorus. Rehearsals are fun and the environment is supportive ... Why not come and give us a try? You don’t have to be a Callas or Domingo in the making. The only requirements are a good voice, musicality, commitment and enthusiasm. Experience will come. Confidence will grow.’

 

‘A mixed-voice choir of around 45 members. PWCS began life in January 1980 as an evening class at Mascalls School, later becoming an independent, fully-functioning choral society ... Our repertoire covers all eras of music from the renaissance to pop. The Christmas concert usually features one or two main works plus carols, and for the spring concert the choir engages professional soloists and is usually accompanied by The Henham Chamber Orchestra. This performance often consists of more serious works and the orchestra performs a work of its own.
The summer concert is in lighter vein, perhaps involving groups from local schools and other guests.’

 

Also indexedHenham Chamber Orchestra

‘Formed in 1963 by the Rector and Doctor of the village who considered that regular singing might help to empty the Doctor’s surgery and encourage members to sing in church! ... From originally having a few members and rehearsing in Penshurst Church, the Society has grown to about 60 members ... The Society performs a wide range of music, including items from the standard choral repertoire, with occasionally more modern and demanding works. Concerts, usually two each year, also regularly feature an orchestral item with occasionally a concerto. The Choral Society also performs an annual Carols by Candlelight and enjoys singing at the local Christmas Farmers Market at Penshurst Place!’

’RTWCS is a vibrant community of people from all walks of life who share a passion for classical, mixed voice choral singing. We welcome everyone that shares our love of singing and who wishes to listen to, learn about or perform beautiful live music. Our aim is to engage and inspire both members and audiences alike through high quality public performances. As a self-governing society, we enjoy the support of our own orchestra, and the freedom to achieve our aims through evolution, adaptation and innovation.‘

 

‘The orchestra is made up from a core group of gifted, local musicians, who play alongside a number of professional players. It aims to provide orchestral programmes of excellent quality in the context of a diverse musical season, and the on-stage standards are consistently high. Among UK orchestras, the RTWSO is a true all-rounder that attracts many internationally famous soloists.’

 

‘Formed in 1946, the Tonbridge Philharmonic Society is a vibrant part of musical life in the West Kent area. Comprising of a friendly mixed voice choir and orchestra, the Society works hard to provide exceptional performances ... We perform up to five concerts each season, two are orchestral, plus a Charity Carol concert ... If you enjoy singing, are enthusiastic about making music, and are able to practice between rehearsals, come and try us out ... If you are interested in joining the orchestra please contact the orchestral chairperson to arrange to come to one of our rehearsals.’

'A 1,000-seat, multi-purpose venue in the heart of Tunbridge Wells in Kent. We’re committed to bringing an exciting and eclectic variety of theatre, music, comedy, family and entertainment events from around the world to south east England – encouraging everyone in our local community to participate in the arts. Collaborating with local, national and international organisations, our vision is to entertain, educate and enrich.'

 

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