On 24th November 2018, Tonbridge Philharmonic Society will perform Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in the beautiful Chapel of St. Augustine at Tonbridge School. Tonbridge Philharmonic’s Choir and Orchestra will be joined by the award-winning Tonbridge Grammar School Motet Choir, alongside soloists Sofia Troncoso, Bradley Smith and Tristan Hambleton. Conducting the combined forces of over 200 musicians for this memorable occasion will be Matthew Willis, in his final concert as Music Director of Tonbridge Philharmonic Society after four inspirational years at the helm.

War Requiem was commissioned for the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral in 1962, and alongside the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead, Britten chose to set nine poems by Wilfred Owen, who died on 4th November 1918, just one week before the Armistice. The concert on 24th November will begin at 7.30pm with a pre-concert talk by the co-producer of the Britten Centenary Edition on Decca Classics, Barry Holden, followed by readings of selected Wilfred Owen poems by members of the choir.

Tonbridge Philharmonic Society’s performance of Britten’s War Requiem will be a special occasion for the local community, as well as for the musicians and the audience. We will be involving young people not only as part of the choir, but also from the cadet groups in the area representing the Army, Royal Navy and British Air Force. There will also be an installation of white poppies called ‘Requiem for Peace’ made by local children at workshops hosted during November by Tonbridge Creates. The concert will end with a retiring collection for the Royal British Legion.


Opus Theatre are delighted to welcome Hastings’ own outstanding flAutist, Daisy Noton, to her first appearance at the theatre as a solo artist on 10thNovember.

She will be accompanied by the well-known pianist Anne Marshall, who teaches at the Royal Academy of Music. They will be playing a varied programme of works for the flute and piano, from the 18th century to the present day.

Daisy is just 15 but has already had extensive orchestral experience. She was a member of the National Children’s Orchestra for six years, travelling all around the country to play in prestigious concert halls. She has played under the baton of Ed Gardner with the Barbican Young Orchestra, and. is currently a member of the National Youth Orchestra, with whom she played at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year under Sir George Benjamin. Other concerts with the NYO this year included “Unleashed” at the Royal Festival Hall, and performing Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” at the Barbican with Sir Mark Elder conducting.
Her forthcoming concert at Opus promises to showcase her outstanding technique, musicality and feeling for the beauties of the classical flute repertoire.
Saturday 10th November 7.30pm at Opus Theatre, 24 Cambridge Road Hastings TN34 1DJ.
Tickets only £10 from, Hastings Information Centre, or on the door.