World star clarinettist Michael Collins to star at Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells

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By kentsussex | Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 16:48

Michael Collins, widely regarded as one of the world's top clarinettists and described by the Music Director of Trinity College, Cambridge as "probably the world's finest clarinettist alive today" will play Finzi's Bagatelles and will conduct the City of London Sinfonia at this final event of the 2012 Tunbridge Wells Music Festival. The programme celebrates the Jubilee Year and will show-case British music.

Commencing with Elgar's lovely Serenade for Strings, the concert features a roll-call of famous British composers; and the intimacy of Trinity Theatre provides a delightful setting for one of the UK's top orchestras, the Grammy Award-winning City of London Sinfonia, for whom Michael Collins is their inspirational Principal Conductor. Highlights also include Vaughan Williams' beautiful Oboe Concerto, 2 pieces from William Walton's epic film music for Henry V, Britten's Simple Symphony and Finzi's 5 Bagatelles for clarinet and strings that will give maestro Collins an opportunity to demonstrate his fabulous clarinet technique. 

A special feature of the concert will be the playing of the dashing oboist Daniel Bates who, as well as exciting London audiences with his solo performances for the likes of the LSO and ECO has an earlier career as a successful actor in leading roles in Vienna and the West End, as well as on TV as Adrian Green in Casualty!  .

Tunbridge Wells Mayor, Cllr John Smith, will be at the concert and will present the Festival's annual award "to a person who has made a special contribution to the musical life of the town and the Weald": and this year the award will go to Trinity Theatre's artistic manager, John Martin, for his energetic encouragement of classical music, jazz, folk and other music forms.

Proceedings at Trinity will commence with a jolly Pre-Concert Festival Club Lunch to which audience members are welcome (12.00 for 12.30pm with table or place bookings via Trinity Cafe on 01892 500 676.

Sun 28 Oct

Concert at 3pm

£18 (£16) | £12 children

Box Office: 01892 678 678



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