The Orchestra

Original Painting by Andrea Watson, ©2021

The Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra (RTWSO) is a vibrant, thriving orchestra at the heart of the South East’s cultural community. Since the very first concert in February 1922 the orchestra has steadily grown to become widely recognised as one of the finest and most ambitious regional orchestras in the UK.

The RTWSO family is a wonderful, complementary mix of professional and local gifted players who blend seamlessly to produce music of a very high standard, often working with internationally renowned artists as well as brilliant younger soloists at the start of their careers. There are lots of opportunities for social gatherings and the orchestra has a reputation for being one of the friendliest in the area. We are always looking for local players of a high standard and enthusiasm and if you are interested in becoming an orchestral member, please contact Anne Parker for further information.

We are proud to have the internationally renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti as our Honorary President. Her passion for inspiring young musicians in music through the fantastic Benedetti Foundation is very much in line with the ethos of our own Educational Outreach programme which the orchestra launched in 2015. This is growing from strength to strength with exciting plans in place for workshops and projects in local schools every season.