Let us garlands bring

Saturday 29 April, 7:30pm

This entrancing recital is the perfect way to celebrate the spring and Shakespeare’s birthday.

It's rich programme of English music is presented by Cambridge-based duo, Rachel Godsill and Marie-Noelle Kendall. You’ll hear settings of poems by Shakespeare, whose birthday falls this week, as well as music by Britten and Elgar.

Click here to reserve your tickets at £11 (advance price - they are £12.50 on the door). Under-18s are admitted for free.

Rachel Godsill is much in demand as a soprano, and has worked with, amongst others, Richard Hickox, Simon Rattle and Roger Norrington, working with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Schutz Choir and Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Her oratorio repertoire spans Bach and Handel through Mozart and Rossini to Tippett and Orff. Her travels have taken her as far afield as China for performances of Handel's Messiah with the Academy of Ancient Music.

Marie-Noelle Kendall studied at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and since being a finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year she has played at the major London venues including the Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Fairfield Halls, St.John's Smith Square and the Wigmore Hall. She has given concerts in the UK with the Philharmonia, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Birmingham Ensemble, Cardiff Philharmonic and with several ABC orchestras in Australia.

The programme includes:
Let us Garlands Bring (Finzi)
Two Elizabethan songs (Gurney)
Four Shakespeare songs (Cecilia McDowall)
On this Island (Britten)
and songs by Elgar.


Spring series of Song

Between April and June we present a short series of contrasting recitals, with three wonderful sopranos. Ticket information here.


Imperial Male Voice Choir

Saturday 25 March, 7:30pm

The internationally acclaimed Imperial Male Voice Choir (IMVC), conducted by Deborah Miles-Johnson, will join South London’s Hasty Nymphs for this Mothering Sunday weekend concert.

Originating from Imperial College, London, the Imperial Male Voice Choir is a friendly group of over 30 men who meet to rehearse, perform concerts, occasionally enter singing festivals and tour overseas, raising money for good causes along the way. They celebrate their 40th anniversary this year with concert on 24 June at the Cadogan Hall in central London.

The Hasty Nymphs are a parlour choir based in South London who get together to sing and eat biscuits. They regularly perform at local events and celebrations, including at cafes, launches, festivals, and retirement home teas. They sing "whatever gladdens our hearts, from early music to Gershwin, Broadway to soul, and usually a capella".

Tickets available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/imvc


Looking forward to 2017

In another busy and successful year for Music at King Charles, in 2016 we were entertained by the Chelys Viol Ensemble, the Temenos Chamber Choir, the ESK Wind Ensemble, the Orpheus Male Voice Choir, the King Charles Singers, Ellen Smith, Alex Metcalfe, the Archaeus Quartet, Christopher Sayles, Michael Bacon and James McVinnie.

What does 2017 have in store?

Plans are being made for a series of song recitals in the spring, and a further series of chamber music concerts in the autumn. We hope to work again with our friends at the Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival and Merry Opera.

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We wish all of our supporters and friends a very Happy Christmas and fulfilling New Year.


Michael Bacon: Organ Recital

Saturday 16 November, 7:30pm

Marking Max Reger's centenary. Programme includes Reger's 'Halleluja! Gott zu Loben', Chorale Preludes by Bach and new pieces from The Orgelbuchlein Project, together with music by Howells and Bridge.

Free admission. Retiring collection.

Michael Bacon read Music at Liverpool University, where he studied the organ with Terence Duffy, Organist of the Metropolitan Cathedral. Subsequently taking lessons with Thomas Trotter and Anne Marsden, he was for ten years Director of Music at King Charles the Martyr, where his performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Nativité du Seigneur was a feature of the Christmas celebrations. He is now Principal Organist at King Charles, and has given many recitals at the church and elsewhere, notably two concerts in France on Classical French organs in conjunction with the King Charles Singers, and as accompanist of that choir he has also become accepted to play for Evensongs at Westminster Abbey - a carefully guarded honour! In November 2013 he concluded a journey through the complete Bach organ works, having played all 300+ pieces at concerts or services. As a Sound Engineer for Radio 3, Michael has recently had particular responsibility for organ music, as well as specialising in recording early music performances.


Howells Requiem: 13 November

Sunday 13 November, 6:30pm
Evening Service for Remembrance Sunday
The King Charles Singers

Herbert Howells’ Requiem is a short work, composed in 1932 or 1933. Howells used elements of it for his Hymnus Paradisi, a much larger-scale work which he wrote in response to the death of his son Michael, aged nine, in 1935; but the Requiem itself remained unpublished until 1980, three years before the composer’s own death. The music and the choice of texts express a sense of deep sense of loss as well as hope. The climactic moments occur at ‘lux perpetua’. In the third movement, the words shimmer in chord clusters like light through stained glass. Then, in the fifth movement, the mood of solemnity is broken by a bright declamation, leading to a sense of utter peace in the final movement.
This is a church service and not a concert, but followers of Music at King Charles may be interested in attending. There is no charge for entry.


Christopher Sayles, piano: 29 October

Saturday, 29 October, 7:30pm
£12.50 (£11 in advance, tickets available here)

We are delighted to welcome international concert pianist Christopher Sayles to King Charles for a recital of Beethoven Sonatas. Through the evening, Christopher will introduce the music, talking about Beethoven's life and how he revolutionised composition for the instrument.

This is the first solo recital on the church's Yamaha grand piano since its renovation earlier this year.

Christopher Sayles was born in Caterham, Surrey in 1984 and began taking piano lessons at the age of seven. At the same time he became a chorister at St. John’s Church, Caterham Valley, where he eventually progressed to become Head Chorister, as well as obtaining the St. Nicholas Award (now Gold Award) in July 1998. Christopher was educated at St. Bede’s School, Redhill, where his passion for music greatly increased.

In 2003 he went to study music at Leeds College of Music, where he was given piano tuition by Marion Raper and Julian Cima. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Michael Grady Award for Piano Accompaniment. On completing his Bachelor Degree in June 2006, Marion Raper persuaded him to stay on to take his Masters and a subsequent career in music. His recitals of this time included Beethoven’s third piano concerto, Debussy’s “Pour le piano” and other works of reputable note.

On finishing his Masters, Christopher made his public concert debut in the Leeds International Concert Season in October 2007. His highly praised performance of the Brahms Op.79 Rhapsodies led to his being awarded the Robert Tebb Trophy for Outstanding Performance.

In the years following his studies at Leeds, Christopher moved back to Caterham, and was very active as a concert pianist, giving solo recitals in famous London churches, various music societies and cathedrals nationwide. In 2008 and 2010 respectively, he gained his Licentiate and Fellowship Diplomas at Trinity College of Music with distinction.

From 2009 to 2011 he was Director of Music at the United Reformed Church, Caterham. Christopher moved to Berlin in 2011 with his then girlfriend, now wife, Linda. There he continues his concert career, giving recitals in Berlin and Brandenburg, as well as teaching piano at the Musikschule Landkries-Oder-Spree, Schöneiche.

Sonata No.2 in A Major, Op.2 No.2
Sonata No.9 in E Major, Op.14 No.1
Sonata No.13 in E Flat Major, Op.27 No.1
Sonata No.14 in C Sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2 'Moonlight'


The Schubert Ensemble, 13 October

Tunbridge Wells International Music Festival presents the world-famous Schubert Ensemble on Thursday 13 October at 7:30pm

We are delighted that the TWIMF return to King Charles to host this concert. Tickets available here at the discounted price for advance booking. Tickets for under-18s are just £5.

Since its first concert in January 1983 the Schubert Ensemble has established itself as one of the world's leading exponents of music for piano and strings. Regularly giving around 50 concerts a year, the ensemble has performed in over 40 different countries, has over 80 commissions to its name and has recorded over 30 critically acclaimed CDs. In the past few years the Ensemble has enjoyed a busy international schedule, with performances in Romania, Norway, Spain, Holland, Bermuda, the UAE and the USA, as well as a first visit to China. Two of its recent recordings were chosen as CD of the month by the BBC Music Magazine.     

This concert takes place in the middle of the Ensemble's series of piano quintets at Kings Place in London.

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Archaeus Quartet: 8 October

Saturday 8 October, 7:30pm

Tickets available from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/mkctw with a discount for pre-booking.

This concert is part of the Archaeus Quartet's three-year cycle of Beethoven's string quartets, demonstrating, as they put it, that "Beethoven journeyed further in his lifetime expressively, conceptually and emotionally than any other composer".

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.

Beethoven String Quartet in C minor Op.18, No.4
It has been suggested that Beethoven's C minor quartet is based on material from his earliest period in Bonn; whatever the truth, the work represents him at full power so far as he had evolved it around 1800, when the six Op.18 quartets were being composed.

Beethoven String Quartet in E minor Op.59, No.2 (1806)
The second Rasumovsky quartet gives vent, perhaps, to some of the nervous tension that begins
to show itself in the scherzo of the first. Like another even more tense later quartet, Op. 132, it has
a deeply contemplative slow movement.

Beethoven Quartet in F major, Op.135 (1826)
Apart from the second finale of Op.130, the F major quartet is the last substantial work Beethoven
finished. It is smaller in scope and lighter in character than the other late quartets. Profundity is not
always weight or elaboration, and the Lento is a piece as deep as it is seemingly simple.

(Extracts from notes by Robert Simpson)