Brittens Music - Proud Sponsors of RTWSO

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Brittens Music are proud sponsors of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra centenary

The Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra (RTWSO) is marking its centenary year. What began in 1922 as a group of around 25 amateur musicians giving a first public performance has grown to become widely recognised as one of the finest and most ambitious regional orchestras in the UK.

This Kent-based orchestra is a real asset to our town of Tunbridge Wells in Kent. It boasts a stellar line up of gifted local musicians and professional orchestral players from London and the South East. 


The RTWSO is a charity and receives no public subsidy. It relies on the generosity of supporters – people who are passionate about music and the arts – to help them continue to bring the thrill of live music to audiences in and around Tunbridge Wells. Brittens Music is proud to be one of the sponsors of their special centenary year.

RTWSO share our philosophy of encouraging music at all levels. It launched an Educational Outreach programme in 2015, which is growing from strength to strength, with exciting plans in place for workshops and projects in local schools every season. They take great pleasure in performing an enjoyable and diverse range of orchestral concerts that are designed to inspire all music lovers.

RTWSO share our passion for encouraging people to explore and nurture their musicality. We are really excited to strengthen our partnerships with them even more in the coming months as we ramp up our focus on music in the community.

Join the celebrations

The orchestra has arranged a series of concerts and performances to mark the anniversary year at the Assembly Halls theatre in Tunbridge Wells.

More information is available on the Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra (RTWSO) website.

Date: Sunday 5 February 2023

Time: 3pm

GUERRA-PEIXE Suite Pernambucana

PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3 in C major, Op. 26

BEETHOVEN Overture to Coriolan, Op. 62

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

Neil Thomson – Conductor

Isata Kanneh-Mason – Piano


Guest Conductor Neil Thomson enjoys a long-standing relationship with the RTWSO. Due to his current relationship with the Goiás Philharmonic in Brazil, he has become something of an expert on Brazilian music. Suite Pernambucana by Guerra-Peixe comprises vibrant Brazilian rhythms and infectious tunes. Isata Kanneh-Mason, performing with the RTWSO for the first time, brings the perfect contrast with Prokofiev’s third piano concerto. The concert ends with Beethoven’s cheerful and somewhat light-hearted Eighth Symphony. 

Date: Sunday 5 March 2023

Time: 3pm

FAURÉ Suite from Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80

COPLAND Concerto for Clarinet

SIBELIUS Karelia Suite, Op. 11

 SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105

Roderick Dunk – Conductor

Katherine Lacy – Clarinet


Katherine Lacy is one of the country’s most exciting clarinettists, having held principal positions with a number of UK orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also in great demand as a soloist and makes her second appearance with the RTWSO, this time playing the Copland concerto. The piece has a strong jazz influence, having been commissioned by clarinettist Benny Goodman, and is technically challenging for both soloist and orchestra alike. Fauré and Sibelius provide a great variety of style to this concert. 

Date: Sunday 2 April 2023

Time: 3pm

RAVEL Mother Goose Suite

MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Roderick Dunk – Conductor

Callum Smart – Violin


One of the most popular and well-known violin concertos in the repertoire, the Mendelssohn concerto sees the return of another of the orchestra’s favourite soloists, Callum Smart, for this final concert of the season. The concert opens with Ravel’s lovely Mother Goose Suite (five children’s pieces) which started life as a piano duet. The composer’s own subsequent orchestration has all of the subtlety and colour expected from Ravel’s complete mastery of the instruments. The RTWSO season closes with one of the great orchestral showpieces, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.


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