Tonbridge School’s Community Concert welcomes 150 local guests

Tonbridge School were delighted to stage their annual event for local senior citizens, which has run for nearly 40 years. Guests enjoyed a musical evening with tea and cake.

Tonbridge School’s Community Concert welcomes 150 local guests
Local senior citizens were invited to a concert at Tonbridge School (Photo: Tonbridge School)

Tonbridge School were delighted to stage their annual event for local senior citizens, which has run for nearly 40 years.

On arrival, guests were hosted by boys from the Tonbridge Community Action (TCA) volunteering programme, and all enjoyed sitting together and sharing stories and reminiscences.

The evening got off to a flying start with compères Eddie Adams and Kit Rawlins from the Upper Sixth, who kept everyone entertained with their well-pitched humour as well as their own superb singing performances.

The first half was classical and traditional in feel, with some fantastic small ensemble playing as well as moving solo performances.

The interval saw the ever-popular raffle, with over 20 donated prizes given away.

As TCA boys served tea and cake, special awards were given to the guest who has lived in Tonbridge for longest (93 years) and the most senior guest (97 years), while there was a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday for the senior citizens and boys whose birthdays fell closest to the concert.

The senior strings opened the second half with Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, after which the evening moved more towards a more light-hearted feel, featuring numbers from musicals including Guys and Dolls.

Finally, the Big Band got toes tapping with Fly Me To The Moon and ended the night on a high with Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.

Jutta Poxleitner, Community Action Co-ordinator, said: "The evening was a huge success, and we all look forward to welcoming our guests back for more concerts and events in the near future.

"Our thanks to the Music Department and performers, to the fleet of staff and parents who drove our guests to and from the concert, and to the TCA boys for hosting.

"These boys have all chosen to spend their Wednesday afternoons volunteering in local schools, care homes and charities, and looking after our visitors at the concert is an important part of this year-round commitment."

Photo: Tonbridge School
Photo: Tonbridge School
Photo: Tonbridge School

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