On 4th February 1922, a group of around twenty-five amateur musicians gave the first public performance of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Orchestral Society. Over the ensuing years the orchestra grew and developed in both size and professionalism. One hundred years later, the Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra is now a modern, spirited orchestra, looking forward to embracing our next chapter with renewed vigour and enthusiasm.
Our celebratory season is packed full of exciting plans, with a new innovative and fresh outlook reflected by a new logo and image.
We have a fascinating Centenary booklet available, specially produced by the orchestra’s Cellist John Lacy. This charts the history of the orchestra in a unique and entertaining style, and really is well worth reading.
I am delighted to announce that at last, after years of being asked, we are going to produce a recording. On CD or to download, whichever is your preference, it will be available to buy in February. We will be crowd-funding to help bring this project to fruition, so please do read our website and EScore to find out how you can participate. There are even a few opportunities available to sit in on the professional recording sessions!
As ever, we are planning six terrific concerts for this season. As well as including many of the great orchestral classics, our thrilling programme encompasses music from the movies and the world of dance. This season the orchestral music we are presenting promises to include something for everyone. Embracing a broad range of genres, our programme aims to be universally appealing.
The Centenary Season Finale Concert takes place on 3rd April, but that’s not the end of our celebrations: we will be performing a spectacular seventh concert on 1st May.
More details will follow as soon as I’m allowed to reveal them, but for now I can say that this will be a significant step away from what you might expect of a symphony orchestra. This evening event will appeal to families young and old: save the date, all will be revealed in November!
Thank you for your continued support – we look forward to celebrating with you.
Frances Armstrong, Chair RTWSO