Outing Guide July 13 – July 20
Local singers perform “Late Night Lyrics” in world premiere
The singers from Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks made a triumphant return to the stage by being the first to perform a new work for its composer during his visit to the UK.
American choral composer, Frederick Frahm was present for the Choir Cantata performance of ‘Late Night Lyrics’ on June 25th at St Mary’s Church, Platt, north of Tonbridge.
The work included a setting of Emily Dickinson’s poem “I Felt a Burial in My Brain” and Janet Little’s “Hecate the Bandicoot”.
Cantata Music Director Robin Walker said: “Fred’s music is incredibly special and highly revered, and it has been a wonderful experience to rehearse this piece, to understand the intricate details of the work and to bring it to life for the first time.
“Performing new works by the best living composers, working together as a group of musicians and performing them in front of an audience that will never have heard them before is an incredible experience, and in many ways it is what it is. acts as a choir. It will be a remarkable occasion, especially when performed alongside other gems from the repertoire,” he said.
Choir member Jim Follett told The Times: “It’s a huge blow for the choir, and it’s exactly the kind of thing we need to get people singing and going to concerts after two years without being able to do so.
“It was truly inspiring to be able to sing such a fantastic piece with Frederick himself at the concert.
“He was such a nice man to meet, incredibly generous for letting us sing the premiere before it went to print, and he said some really nice things about our performance, which is always lovely.
“We put our heart and soul into learning and performing it. Certainly a highlight not only of this year, but of the last 20 years that the choir has lived.
On stage and on screen
‘ESTELLA’, a groundbreaking new play will see three actor-musicians lead a radical reimagining of Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’, set to live music and songs. Trinity Theater, July 14-15 at 8 p.m. July 14, followed by a Q&A between director Kate McGregor and Trinity Theater Artistic Director Sean Turner.
What better company to cheer you up than Shakespeare’s “Merry Wives of Windsor”? July 15 on the South Lawn at Penshurst Square. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with food available for purchase at the bar before the curtains rise at 7 p.m. Bring your own seat or blanket.
The hilarious Scummy Mummies are back, in an event guaranteed to make happy parents and non-parents laugh about their life choices. Comedians Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn return to Tunbridge Wells as part of the TW Fringe – celebrating the scummier side of parenthood, from drinking wine at tea time to hiding from the PTA. Catch them before they head to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. The assembly hallJuly 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Another TW Fringe staple is Flitt & Folio’s Jubilee Hangover at the record store and cafe Regular flow at 8:15 p.m. on July 15. Join Pam Flitt and Ivor Folio for an evening of spoken word, skits and song. From whimsical to debauched to downright silly, Flitt & Folio reflects on life with humor, rhyme, and lots of wine.
The forums The Summer Stable showcase continues, with three special nights this week welcoming new artists from Kent and East Sussex, at 7.30pm. Tonight’s lineup (July 13) includes Revolver, Rugosa Hips, Sammy Vincent and Shoot The Messenger. Monday’s show (July 18) features King Reverend, Move Over Dali, Stormy T & Bluesman Lane and U TURN. Tuesday (July 19) sees India Blue, Chris Chalaye, Matt Dolphin and Sofia Lovell on stage. 16 years and over unless accompanied by an adult.
Tone up by day and relax by night, because the UK’s premier fitness festival is back. At the beautiful St Clere Estate (Sevenoaks), LoveFit combines fitness and wellbeing with a passion for music. From July 15-17, exercise like never before, join mass workouts that include cycling and pole fitness. After a morning of feel-good, the festival gives way to party and fiesta, with food, drink and partying to the sound of live music and the hottest DJ sets. Tickets from LoveFitFestival.com.
On July 16, the sensational Bowie Experience takes over The assembly hall, celebrating the sound and vision of David Bowie. A must for all fans of all eras, with all the hits, from A to Ziggy. 7:30 p.m.
Groove 101, one of the most exciting soul, funk and RnB bands in the South East, arrive at the TW Fringe for a 90 minute set at The Compasses pub, Little Mount Sion on July 16 at 7pm. With soulful vocals, fiery horns and a tight rhythm section.
Fringe TW is also for children, and Arty Farty Retreat (Southborough) held some of its most popular workshops for the festival this Friday. On July 15, on the program, two drawing masterclasses, at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. at THE HUB, Grosvenor and Hilbert Park. Suitable for the whole family, with all equipment provided.
Also at Grosvenor and Hilbert Park (lower football ground), Friends are having their picnic in the park this Sunday (July 17) from 12pm-4pm. Celebrate Love Parks Week by joining in the fun and games! Bring a mat and your picnic.
The Knights of Royal England appear at Hever Castle this weekend (July 16-17), for the annual Jousting tournaments. Opening of the jousting ground at 1 p.m., tournament from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tournament entry included with Gardens Only and Castle & Gardens tickets.
At EM Forster Theater (Tonbridge) for a two-night run (July 18-19), the bright and colorful world of Eric Carle will be brought to life by a collection of 75 adorable puppets, set to charming music. With titles loved by all kids, including ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’, ’10 Little Rubber Ducks’, ‘The Very Lonely Firefly’ and ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, the beautiful production makes for the perfect preschool outing. Sessions at 2 p.m. (July 18) and 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. (July 19).