Tonbridge Philharmonic Society


Tonbridge Philharmonic Society
74th Season is unveiled

The first concert of Tonbridge Philharmonic Society’s 2019/2020 season will feature a performance of Antonin Dvořák’s Stabat Mater on Saturday 23rd November in the majestic Chapel of St Augustine, Tonbridge School.

Conducted by Guest Music Director, Matthew Scott Rogers, the choir and orchestra will be joined by four stellar soloists for the evening – Helena Dix, Sophie Dicks, Christopher Turner and Dawid Kimberg.

Helena Dix

Consisting of 10 beautifully varied movements, Dvořák’s Stabat Mater is a substantial choral masterpiece. It is the longest setting of Stabat Mater, a 13th century poem describing the suffering of Mary at the foot of the cross. The full score of Stabat Mater was completed in 1877 under a burden of personal grief for the composer, yet the work is uplifting in its melancholy.

“It’s unlike anything else in the repertoire, somewhere between oratorio and opera but also something completely unique. It’s written as a circle, the beginning is also the end… It starts with one note F sharp, slowly resounding around the orchestra which, like a cell, gradually moves through various stages of evolution, before coming back to this one note at the end.” Matthew Scott Rogers

Matthew Scott Rogers. photo: Olivia Wild

The first orchestral concert of the new year, on Saturday 22nd February 2020, showcases big-boned works by two Russian giant – Pictures At An Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, and Symphony No. 5 by Dmitri Shostakovich. The orchestra will be conducted by Music Director, Mark Biggins, and the concert will take place at St. Peter & St. Paul’s Parish Church, Tonbridge. The society will then take a musical journey from Russia to France, as the combined choral and orchestral concert on 28th March 2020 is set to include delicious music by Camille Saint-Saëns and Gabriel Fauré, with Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem forming the highlight of the programme.

Mark Biggins, Tonbridge Philharmonic. photo: Hannah Elizabeth

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