Booking open for Autumn series

How to book:

ONLINE: Tickets for Music at King Charles concerts may be booked here, https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/mkctw. Prices are discounted when you book in advance.

BY EMAIL: contact us at kcmconcerts@blueyonder.co.uk for tickets or if you wish to leave/join our mailing list.

Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival
We are delighted that the TWIMF return to King Charles to host a concert by the amazing Schubert Ensemble, on Thursday 13th October at 7:30pm.  Book tickets for the Schubert Ensemble here.


Autumn series 2016: advance notice

Tickets will be on sale later in the summer for our new season of concerts. Please make a note in your diary! To be added to our mailing list, email kcmconcerts@blueyonder.co.uk

Sunday 11 September, 3:30pm: Voice of the British Isles
Folk songs re-imagined for harp, soprano and saxophone Tunbridge Wells harpist and soprano Ellen Smith is joined by Michael Grant (clarinet & saxophone) for an afternoon of inspiring new folk song arrangements.

Saturday 17 September, 7:30pm: Alex Metcalfe (piano), Katy Johns (violin) and Miriam Cox (cello)
Interludes for piano, and the Piano Trio in E Flat (D.929) by Franz Schubert

Saturday 8 October, 7:30pm: Archaeus String Quartet
Featuring Beethoven’s very first quartet (Op,18 no,4) and his last (Op.135), as well as Op.59 no.2 from the Razumovsky cycle of his ‘middle’ period.
Formed in 1990, the Archaeus Quartet has performed in music clubs and arts centres throughout the UK, and at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in London. Ann Hooley, Rosemary Lock - violins Elizabeth Turnbull - viola Martin Bradshaw - cello

Saturday 29 October, 7:30pm: Christopher Sayles - piano recital
The official opening recital on the church's renovated Yamaha grand piano, by international concert pianist Christopher Sayles, who is based in Germany.

Sunday 13 November, 6:30pm: Howells' Requiem
The King Charles Singers will perform the sublime Requiem by Herbert Howells as the evening service on Remembrance Sunday.

Saturday 26 November, 7:30pm: Michael Bacon - organ recital
Michael Bacon is the Organist of King Charles the Martyr church, and he will be marking the centenary of the death of Max Reger with a short recital.


Male Voice Choir fund-raiser

Saturday 25 June, 7:30pm

We are delighted that the Royal Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice Choir is helping us to raise funds for the recent renovation of the grand piano at King Charles church.

We look forward to a great evening's entertainment, with a wide range of songs - including extracts from The Mikado, Les Miserables and My Fair Lady, together with hymns and spirituals.

Director: Richard Walshaw
Piano: Adam Crane
Guest soloist: Caroline Walshaw

Save by booking in advance
Buy your tickets online here for just £10
(They will cost you £12 on the door)
There is no charge for under-18s.

About the choir
The RTW Oprheus Male Voice Choir has been performing for 78 years for churches, charities and businesses to help with fundraising projects and to entertain customers. About 48 strong and growing, the Choir performs the year round. It has won several musical awards and has sung in the Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall & The Guildhall and toured abroad many times.

Thank you for helping us to raise money to pay for our concert grand piano's renovation, which will enable us to continue to provide high-quality chamber music at this fabulous venue.


Informal piano recital 12 June

Paul Clark will be giving a short recital on the afternoon of Sunday 12 June from 2pm. This is the first opportunity to hear the church's Yamaha grand piano after its recent renovation. It's free and all are welcome!

After that, our next concert is when we welcome the Tunbridge Wells Orpheus Male Voice choir on June 25th. They'll be helping us raise money to pay for the work on the piano.

And in October, we will hear concert pianist Christopher Sayles in our series, as part of his Beethoven Sonatas tour of the UK.


Spring Concert with the ESK Ensemble

Saturday 21st May, 7:30pm

The ESK Ensemble celebrates Entente Cordiale with an entertaining programme of English and French music for wind trio.

Listen to a clip from the concert

Edward Elgar: Chanson de Nuit
Henri Tomasi: Concert Champetre
Pierre-Max Dubois: Alla Breve
Henry Purcell: Fantasia No.1
Jacques Ibert: Cinq Pieces en Trio
Richard Walthew: Triolet in E Flat
Louis Cahuzac: Arlequin
Edward Elgar: Chanson de Matin
Bennjamin Britten: Six Metamorphoses after Ovid
Joseph Canteloube: Rondeau a la Francaise

The ESK Ensemble
Kate read music at King's College, Cambridge, before undertaking a postgraduate diploma at the Royal Academy of Music and Sydney Conservatorium. She has worked extensively in West End productions, including Sweeney Todd, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oliver, The Wizard of Oz and Carousel. Kate has made many recordings, ranging from the cast album of 2012's production of Sweeney Todd, to film soundtracks and pop albums - she appeared as part of Michael Buble's band for his UK filmed Christmas Special. Kate is an ABRSM Examiner.

Since leaving the Royal College of Music Steve has played for most of the major British Symphony Orchestras (including the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra under André Previn and Michael Tilson Thomas). At present he is a member of the London Concert Orchestra and plays regularly with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Chamber Music, from duo to octet, has formed a large part of his professional life. His wind octet Harmoniemusik of London released a CD of octets by Mozart and Myslivecek (on Virgin Classics) and has played at the Wigmore Hall. As a recording artist he has played on countless CDs - and on TV and film scores as diverse as Poirot, Marple, The Golden Compass and Mama Mia. In the theatre he has worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre, and many West End Productions. He was the original clarinettist in Phantom of the Opera, and features on the CD.

David studied bassoon at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, He plays with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Tafelmusik in Toronto. David was contracted to the BBC Symphony Orchestra for 2 years then left to join the RPO - a position he held for 20 years. He has made numerous recordings on CD, TV and film and has worked in the West End in many Musical Theatre productions including Oliver at Drury Lane. A keen promoter of the 'Early Music Revival' David enjoys playing Classical and Baroque bassoon and contrabassoon with the Orchestra for the Age of Enlightenment, the Gabrieli Consort, the Academy of Ancient Music and Orchestre Revolutionaire e Romantique. David is an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music where he has been a Professor for 35 years.


Handel's Messiah, staged. 9 April

In the Merry Opera Company’s acclaimed dramatic staging of Handel’s Messiah, twelve strangers seek spiritual comfort in their struggle to understand their troubled lives.

Through the words and music of this most beloved oratorio they inspire each other to look to the future with hope.

Find out more about the production here.

Saturday 9th April 2016, 7pm
Tickets £12 (£8 - under 18s) Book online here

"Bringing the singers out from behind their scores brought out the human character of this music.” Opera Now

“Imaginative new staging ... worked beautifully ... creating a wall of sound with the power to move every spectator.” British Theatre Guide

“We have never experienced anything so moving and exciting as your performance last night ... we wanted everyone to have heard it. Thank you so much. We cannot stop thinking about it.” Saffron Walden

Director: John Ramster. Music Director and Conductor: Stephen Hose. Costume Design: Michelle Bradbury. Wardrobe: Pedrick Moore. Organist: Ben Comeau.

Cast includes: Christopher Faulkner, Lucilla Graham, WeiHsi Hu, Roderick Morris, Gemma Morsley, Lawrence Olsworth-Peter, Matthew Quirk, Daniel Roddick, Eleanor Ross, Jenny Stafford, Glenn Tweedie, Emily Vine.


28 Feb: James McVinnie

Opening Concert of the Refurbished Organ
Sunday 28 February at 3pm

Admission free: retiring collection for the organ fund
More information about the organ appeal and the organ at King Charles.

Some years ago, a Sevenoaks schoolboy appeared at KCM hoping to practise the organ here. He went on to study at the Royal College of Music before becoming Organ Scholar at St Alban's Abbey, Clare College Cambridge and St Paul's Cathedral, and being appointed Assistant Organist at Westminster Abbey. During his time there he played for many important state services including the Royal Wedding in 2011.

By that time, James McVinnie had won a reputation as one of the country's best solo organists as well as being an excellent continuo player in several leading baroque ensembles both here and abroad. He made his debut at London's Royal Festival Hall in March 2014, giving one of the six opening recitals on the refurbished iconic 1954 Harrison & Harrison organ. He made his solo debut in the Salzburg Festival at the age of 26, performing alongside the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under Ivor Bolton, and more locally to Tunbridge Wells he was on stage in Barrie Kosky's production of Handel's Saul at Glyndebourne in 2015.

James always plays interesting music. His recent sell-out concert at the Festival Hall included folk, electronics and improvisation as well as Bach. On 28 February he will be playing a couple of pieces so early they were written by "anon", than an early 17th century piece from Amsterdam by Sweelinck, the massive Prelude and Fugue in E Flat by Bach and ending with a transcription of the end of Stravinsky's Firebird.

James has been a particular champion of the music of Nico Muhli and we are lucky to be able to hear a new piece dedicated to the memory of John Scott, former Organist of St Paul's Cathedral, who died very suddenly last year.

Michael Bacon, Organist, King Charles the Martyr


Masters of the Baroque

Saturday 6 February, 7:30pm
Temenos Chamber Choir, director Charles Vignoles

Temenos return to King Charles the Martyr with a sparkling programme of Baroque masterpieces, which range from the early Venetian Gabrieli's eight-part Jubilate to Bach's most exuberant motet Singet dem Herrn, and culminating in Monteverdi's spectacular 1640 Magnificat. Superb motets by English composers Blow and Purcell are also included.

Temenos are joined by the talented Ensemble Hesperi on period instruments, directed by Thomas Allery (organ). They will be playing Handel's Opus 5 Trio Sonatas, and sonatas by Turini and Uccellini.

Tickets are £12 (£6 for students) on the door or by phone 01732 452715.


King Charles Festival concerts

Sunday 24 January, 5:30pm: ORGAN RECITAL by Michael Bacon
First concert on the newly restored organ. Dupre, Durufle, Whitlock and Bach. Admission free

Saturday 30 January, 7:30pm: MUSIC OF THE STUART AGE
The Chelys Consort of Viols, with the King Charles Singers
Music from Lawes to Purcell, from the reigns of the Stuart kings in the 17th century, including Dido's Lament and final chorus of Dido and Aeneas.
Tickets £12 (£6 students) online here (discounts for advance booking) or call 01892 547835

Saturday 6 February, 7:30pm: MASTERS OF THE BAROQUE
Temenos Chamber Choir, with Ensemble Hesperi
Bach Singet dem Herrn, Gabrieli Jubilate for three choirs, Monteverdi Magnificat a 8, Blow Salvator mundi, Purcell Jehovah quam multi sunt
Tickets £12 (£6 students) from 01959 523765 or visit Sevenoaks Bookshop

Presented as part of the annual King Charles Festival, which marks the commemoration of the execution of Charles I in 1649.

The completion of the renovation of the church's fine Walker organ will also be marked by a celebrity organ recital by Jamie McVinnie on Sunday 28th February, at 3pm.

Temenos chamber choir started life in 1988 as the Sunday Singers, a group of ten singers singing motets and madrigals in the village of Shoreham, near Sevenoaks, in Kent. Since then, the choir has extended its repertoire from early music up to that of the present day: from Guillaume de Machaut to James MacMillan. Concerts are held in the Sevenoaks area and further afield. The choir is directed by Charles Vignoles.

The members of the Chelys Consort trained at Trinity College of Music, London, and the Royal Academy. All are now experienced and enthusiastic players and teachers, and their busy concert schedule has recently taken them to the Holywell Music Room in Oxford, Fitzwilliam College Cambridge, and the Worcester Early Music Festival. The word 'Chelys' is derived from the ancient Greeks and referred to a bowed lyre, said to have been invented by the god Hermes. The players are active in the wider early music world, playing with leading ensembles such as the Rose Consort of Viols, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Phantasm and Charivari Agreable.