RTWSO: 100th Birthday Civic Concert
A special celebration concert to mark the 100th birthday of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra. Not only acknowledging a century of music making past, but after all the disruption and upset of the pandemic, also heralding a real renaissance as we look forward to the next 100 years of orchestral concerts in Tunbridge Wells. The slightly lighter first half reflects the joy on this occasion, and features some of the orchestra’s own principal players as soloists. In contrast gravitas follows, by way of Elgar’s 2nd Symphony which the composer dedicated “to the memory of His late Majesty King Edward VII”.
Fanfare for the Common Man – Copland
Dance of the Comedians – Smetana
Romance for Violin & Orchestra op.26 – Svendsen
Romance for Cello & Orchestra op.255 – Johann Strauss (II)
Konzertstück for Four Horns op.86 - Schumann
Symphony No2 in Eb op.63 – Elgar
Conductor: Roderick Dunk Soloists: Julian Leaper (Violin), Sarah Butcher (Cello), The Dave Lee Horn Quartet (Dave Lee, Tom Bettley, Lindsay Kempley, Jane Hanna).
Roderick Dunk is the RTWSO Music Director and one of Britain’s most versatile conductors, with a repertoire encompassing a diverse range of musical genres. He has conducted numerous British orchestras including the BBC CO, Hallé, CBSO, RLPO, RPO, LSO, BBC SSO, RSNO, RN Sinfonia, Northern Ballet and the Orchestra of Opera North. Abroad he has conducted orchestras in Ireland, Norway, Finland, Germany and Italy and as far afield as Bangkok and Hong Kong. For 25 years, he was a frequent guest conductor for the BBC’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ and during that time conducted around 200 broadcasts. Roderick is also a prolific arranger and his scores are now performed by orchestras all over the world.
Julian Leaper’s solo and concerto performances include the complete Brandenburg concertos at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Purcell Room, Mozart D major Violin concerto at St John’s Smith Square, Beethoven Triple concerto and Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending together with a number of other solo performances at venues across the UK. He has recorded a large number of sound tracks for Film and TV including “Harry Potter”, “Lord of the Rings”, “James Bond” and has recorded the solo Violin tracks for Ridley Scott’s “Tristan and Isolde” and TV blockbusters such as “Upstairs Downstairs”, “Cranford”, and “Downton Abbey”. Julian is the leader of the Maggini String Quartet.
Sarah is the RTWSO’s Principal Cello. Her association with the orchestra began when she was just 15 and a student at Tonbridge Grammar School. Following later studies at the Guildhall with Stefan Popov, Sarah has enjoyed a busy career working with the BBCSO, OAE, Hanover Band, Glyndebourne, Garsington and English Touring Opera and Peter Gabriel. She is currently a member of the London Mozart Players.
The Dave Lee Horn Quartet (Dave Lee, Tom Bettley, Lindsay Kempley, Jane Hanna)
Principal Horn Dave Lee has played with the RTWSO for many decades. Alongside a busy and distinguished career in some of the UK’s finest Orchestras, Opera Houses, Recording Studios and West End Theatres, Dave has been an enthusiastic supporter of the RTWSO. He has been involved in numerous activities beyond just our concerts, not least of all our education and outreach projects with which he is frequently involved. We are delighted to welcome his own horn quartet as soloists in this special Civic Concert.