Assembly Hall Theatre

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

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

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 Butcher

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.




What's On?

Skate Tunbridge Wells
November 19th 2021
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Bavarian Curling
November 19th 2021
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Parent & Toddler Ice Skating
November 19th 2021
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The Comedy Store
December 4th 2021
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Adam Kay: Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas
December 5th 2021
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
December 17th 2021
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Jimmy Carr
January 19th 2022
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Legend - The Music of Bob Marley
January 20th 2022
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Frankie - The Concert
January 21st 2022
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Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years
January 22nd 2022
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Made in Tennessee
January 28th 2022
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Katherine Ryan
January 29th 2022
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Bee Gees Magic
February 2nd 2022
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The History of Soul
February 3rd 2022
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Rob Lamberti
February 4th 2022
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Hits Out Of Hell - The Meatloaf Songbook
February 5th 2022
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RTWSO: 100th Birthday Civic Concert
February 6th 2022
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An Evening with Aggers & Tuffers
February 7th 2022
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Gordon Buchanan
February 8th 2022
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Killer Queen
February 9th 2022
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The King is Back - Ben Portsmouth is Elvis
February 10th 2022
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Animals and Friends Farewell Tour
February 11th 2022
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Gangsta Granny
March 2nd 2022
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RTWSO: Celebrating International Women’s Day
March 6th 2022
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Dreamboats and Petticoats - Bringing on Back the Good Times
March 7th 2022
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Ian Ashpitel & Jonty Stephens as Eric & Ern
March 15th 2022
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Trexstasy
March 16th 2022
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Russian State Opera - Madama Butterfly
March 17th 2022
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That'll Be The Day 35th Anniversary Show
March 18th 2022
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Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
March 19th 2022
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Pop Divas Live!
March 20th 2022
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Friends! The Musical Parody
March 24th 2022
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Cinderella - Grown-Ups Only
March 25th 2022
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Henning Wehn
March 27th 2022
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Agatha Christie's A Murder Is Announced
March 29th 2022
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RTWSO: Centenary Season Finale
April 3rd 2022
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A Beautiful Noise
April 5th 2022
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Count Arthur Strong: And This Is Me!
April 7th 2022
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RTWCS: Verdi's Requiem
April 10th 2022
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Blood Brothers
April 12th 2022
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The Illegal Eagles
April 17th 2022
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The Carpenters Story
April 18th 2022
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Reginald D Hunter
April 20th 2022
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Think Floyd
April 21st 2022
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Lost In Music - One Night At The Disco
April 22nd 2022
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Nish Kumar: Your Power, Your Control
April 24th 2022
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The Tiger Who Came To Tea
April 25th 2022
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RTWSO: Sounds of the '70s
May 1st 2022
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Dreamboats & Petticoats Music That Lives Forever
May 3rd 2022
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Sound of Springsteen
May 7th 2022
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Tony Hadley
May 8th 2022
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Billionaire Boy
May 26th 2022
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Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
June 8th 2022
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Paul Merton's Impro Chums
June 10th 2022
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Shrek
June 14th 2022
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Strictly Presents: The Power of Dance
June 22nd 2022
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Anton & Giovanni
July 11th 2022
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Jason Manford
July 20th 2022
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The Quo Experience
August 12th 2022
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Bye Bye Baby
September 3rd 2022
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The Simon & Garfunkel Story
September 7th 2022
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Wrong Jovi
October 1st 2022
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Abbamania In Concert
October 4th 2022
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Sarah Millican
October 7th 2022
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ELO Again
October 27th 2022
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The Legends of American Country
November 1st 2022
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The World Famous Elvis Show
November 5th 2022
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Sleeping Beauty
November 22nd 2022
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Rumours of Fleetwood Mac
April 4th 2202
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