Orchestra lights up Tonbridge Festival

    PHOTO: Owen Baldock

    Musicians from the Tonbridge Philharmonic Society were given an ovation after they kept playing through a mystery power cut that hit their grand finale performance at Tonbridge castle.

    The orchestra, which was appearing as part of the ten-day Tonbridge Festival, played on to the delight of the large audience who had earlier witnessed a spectacular sunset behind the stage as they enjoyed the music.

    Former mayor Owen Baldock, who was at the performance, said: “I have to give credit to the musicians and singers who were very professional in keeping going after the stage lighting went down right at the end of its Handel’s Messiah finale, just as the fireworks started.”

    Liz Penn, marketing manager for the festival said she was unaware of the power failure’s cause. She said: “The festival has gone really well, with good attendance at all of the events through-out the week.”