Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Tonbridge School Chapel
High Street


Gerald FinziFor St Cecilia, Op.30
Edward ElgarEnigma Variations, Op.36
Gustav HolstThe Cloud Messenger


Matthew Willis – Conductor

Tonbridge Philharmonic Society

Programme Note

Music Director, Matthew Willis, is ramping up the demands on all the forces under his baton as he prepares for the Society's first concert of the new season, bringing you the much-loved Enigma Variations by Elgar, Gerald Finzi’s setting of Edmund Blunden’s text, For St Cecilia, and then an amazing but little-known piece by Gustav Holst, The Cloud Messenger. The largest of his ‘Indian’ works, it tells the story of an exiled Indian poet who sends a cloud towards the Himalayan mountains to relay the message of his love to his lonely wife. Described by Vaughan Williams as ‘beautiful’, Holst translated the original Sanskrit words himself.

These works are rooted in England in the twentieth century. These were turbulent times, when societal and musical norms were being challenged, shocking and exciting audiences in equal measure.

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