BALLET

The Royal Ballet present: ENCORE screening

Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty

Sunday 5 March
Pamoja Hall   2pm
Tickets £18.50, £17 concession, £15 Subscriber* & £10 child  Book tickets
 
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A perennial delight and a much-loved classic,The Royal Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty combines the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers.

First choreographed to Tchaikovsky's great musical score by Marius Petipa in Russia in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty has wonderful ensembles, solos including the Rose Adageas Princess Aurora meets her suitors, and of course the concluding celebratory dances for the happy union of prince and princess.

The Royal Ballet's landmark staging was revived for the Company's 75th anniversary celebrations in 2006. The designs by Oliver Messell, one of the greatest stage designers of the 20th century, were restored and updated for this production by Peter Farmer. The rich evocations of the baroque opulence of a royal court, the panoramic journey of the prince to the overgrown castle and the colourful characters in this famous fairy tale make this Sleeping Beauty a spectacle like no other.

Choreography - Marius Petipa, Production - Monica Mason and Christopher Newton, 

Conductor Koen Kessels

Approximate running time 3 hours including interval

TALK

Midsummer Misunderstandings

A talk by Jim Grant

Monday 27 February
Recital Room 3.00pm
Free Admission   Book tickets

Jim Grant will be giving an exclusive talk to the Arts Society to support Lent Term's school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
In his own words: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream is a perennial favourite for school productions, even for quite young pupils. But why is a play about forced marriage, sexual desire, marital strife and mind-altering drugs seen as such a 'safe' choice for children? This talk will explore the assumptions about Shakespeare, about the content of the play, and about fairies that have made it the adult's favourite Shakespeare for youngsters, and explain the thinking, both educational and theatrical, behind the forthcoming Sevenoaks School Theatre Company production.'

MUSIC

Maidstone Wind Symphony present

Kent Festival of Wind and Brass

Saturday 25 February
Pamoja Hall   7.00pm
Tickets £10 (£8 concessions & under 12s FREE)   Book tickets

Maidstone Wind Symphony is joined by a wealth of world-class soloists for the annual Festival of Wind and Brass. Rex Richardson (trumpet), Les Neish (tuba) and Andy Findon (flute) will all join the orchestra in performances of the wind band music of Andy Scott to celebrate the launch of the new collaborative CD Roar! - The Wind Band Music of Andy Scott.

Rex, one of the very best trumpet soloists in the world, is flying in from America to premiere a dynamic jazz-influenced trumpet concerto written for him by Andy Scott. Europe's most recorded flute player Andy Findon will perform the beautifully poignant Fujiko while Les will wow audiences with his virtuosity on the tuba in the concerto Salt of the Earth. If that wasn't enough, the festival concert also features soprano Helen Bailey and a massed choir performing Johan de Meij's Symphony No 4, Sinfonie der Lieder. Stephen Richardson's Collision Theory and additional works by Andy Scott complete the programme for the orchestra under the baton of music director Jonathan Crowhurst.

Admission is free for MWS Season Ticket Holders but must be booked.

Full programme:         Stephen Richardson - Collision Theory, Andy Scott - Paquito, Andy Scott - Trumpet Concerto Freedom of Movement, Andy Scott - Fujiko, Andy Scott - Salt of the Earth, Johann De Meij - Symphony No. 4, Sinfonie der Lieder

The festival programme will also include a series of workshops and masterclass sessions during the day with our featured soloists. Participation in the masterclasses is £10 per person and includes a free ticket for the evening's gala concert. For more information and to register your interest  education@maidstonewindsymphony.org

TALK

Is Ballet Stuck in the Sexist Past?

Wednesday 22 February
Recital Room   4.30pm
Admission FREE   Book Tickets

Of women, men and ballet in the 21 Century, is ballet stuck in the sexist past? A talk by Alastair Macaulay, Chief Dance Critic of the New York Times.

MUSIC

Piano Technique Workshop

with Alan Fraser

Tuesday 27 September
Recital Room   4.30pm

Canadian pianist and teacher Alan Fraser is the author of the seminal book on piano technique The Craft of Piano Playing. Fraser's analysis of the innate structure and function of the human hand unlocks its power, replacing tension or over-relaxation with effective hand activation. Whatever is lacking in your technique, Fraser can see exactly where a new effort can bring your body and hand into better alignment, making your piano tone blossom with new richness and subtlety, and increasing your sense of power and agility. Alan Fraser will lead a Feldenkrais group session to introduce a mindful approach to the piano, before coaching selected students.

Theatre

BASH by Neil LaBute

Wednesday 21 September
Ordovsky-Tanaevsky Drama Studio
1.30pm and 4.30pm   

Sevenoaks School was delighted to welcome back Thea Mead, Sasha Doulerain Jr and Remi Pfister who performed their award winning Edinburgh Fringe Festival interpretation of Neil LaBute’s ‘Bash’. Their play consisted of two different mono-duet dramas, the first being ‘medea redux’, where a young girl recalls the sexual relationship she had, at thirteen, with her high school teacher and the lonely struggle she encounters due to her pregnancy. The story is powerful and Thea Mead incredibly portrays the young woman’s neurotic inner mind through repeated, subtle movements (such as scratching at her forehead) and the change of tone in her voice when she admits to killing her young child. In this powerful drama, although set in what could be an interrogation room, the audience is transported to her world and becomes a part of her story.

After the thrilling performance I got in touch with the talented actors who kindly answered my many questions. Sasha Doulerain Jr explained to me that they “spent about five weeks rehearsing, with about 3-6 hours of rehearsal each day.” When returning to Sevenoaks, they explained to me that “it felt like the perfect way to end the show’s run.” This is because when they were students they spent “pretty much all the time in and around the theatre.” Sasha described it as a “wonderful sort of closure to the show we made.” Impressively, the entire show was directed and staged by the two aspiring actors and Remi Pfister, the Tech Manager. Sasha explained to me that, for him, collaborating with Thea was incredible. She was a “legend in Sevenoaks, [he] always looked up to her as an artist and the decision to work with her on a show was a no-brainer for [him]”.

This extraordinary production had the Sevenoaks audience on the edge of their seats and I think this is one of the most exciting plays I have ever seen. I cannot wait to see what these incredible actors will create in the future.

THEATRE

Layla's Room by Sabrina Mahfouz

Produced by Theatre Centre

Monday 19 September
Sackville Theatre 4.30pm

Layla’s Room follows the struggles of a young girl desperately trying to find herself in a world where she is pressured to blend in. The story explores the harsh reality of sexual harassment and the effect it has on friendships and family relationships. Although the production uses humour and slang to capture the essence of teenagers, it shares a deeper message about the ‘everyday sexism’ young women encounter and the difficulty they face in attempting to make others believe them. The eye-opening play consists of Layla (Shanice Sewell) packing up her room and confiding in the audience in sharing her story – a story which drove her to depression. What started as name-calling from two boys at her school escalated into her being followed home and sexually assaulted in the street. The school does nothing in an attempt to keep the peace, while her classmates tell her that ‘boys will be boys’. The perpetrator, Joe (Alex Stedman), spreads rumours around the school which cause Layla to lose her best friend Monica (Emma White) and become ostracised by the rest of the school. Alone and vulnerable, Layla’s world shatters. This award-winning play performed by the Theatre Centre shows the importance of self-confidence as well as doing what’s right, even if it means standing alone.

THEATRE

Les Amants de Montmartre

Thursday 8 September
Sackville Theatre   

A romantic comedy with mischievous and caustic texts by Courteline, paced with period songs. 1910: Montmartre, the 'guinguettes' (open air cafes), the women's petticoats swirling with the music of the accordion... In this joyful and party-like atmosphere, René, a young man from 'La Butte', a little grumpy but with a big heart, meets Marguerite, a cute bird who won't be fooled. Gustave is the witness of all their shenanigans; he is the ever present friend who always has a tune to punctuate this love story full of twists and turns! This musical theatre play will make you travel into the Montmartre of the 1900s. 

MUSIC

The Story of American Piano Music with Tau Wey

Friday 2 September
Recital Room 7.30pm

Tau Wey, Head of Keyboard at Sevenoaks School, took us on a musical journey to America with its exhilarating and diverse sound world. The programme included pieces by Edward MacDowell, Amy Beach, Elliott Carter, Samuel Barber , Henry Cowell, John Cage, Philip Glass, Nico Muhly and George Gershwin.

MUSIC

Lydian Orchestra present

40TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Sunday 17 July
Pamoja Hall 7.30pm

The Lydian Orchestra was founded in 1976 by June Clements to give talented young musicians in West Kent the opportunity to play together. It is the players themselves who organise the orchestra, resulting in a close-knit community which achieves high-level performances.

Forty years on, the Lydian continues to give three acclaimed concerts a year, at Christmas, Easter and Summer, in Sevenoaks and Tonbridge. The Lydian 40th Anniversary Concert programme included Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol and Shostakovich's Symphony No.5, conducted by Nils Schweckendiek. 

MUSICAL THEATRE

The JPA Academy presents

If Only You Would Listen

Sunday 10 July
Pamoja Hall   2.15pm & 6.00pm

The JPA Academy presented a dynamic theatre showcase with extracts from hit West End and Broadway shows, featuring Les Miserables, Grease, Mary Poppins, Hair, The Drowsy Chaperone, Jersey Boys, The School of Rock and more. It starred their talented students, aged 5 to 18.

MUSIC

Judd Summer Concert

Tuesday 5 July
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm

The centrepiece of the Judd Music Department Summer Concert was the choral suite from Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. The School Choir and Symphony Orchestra this was augmented for this by alumni, parents, friends of the school and invited guests. The evening also included performances from all of the school ensembles, as well as excerpts from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat by year 7 students, building to a finale from Vivaldi's Gloria.

MUSIC

SEVENOAKS FESTIVAL FINALE

Rick Wakeman

Sunday 3 July
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Rick Wakeman has led a rich and varied life, which has included collaborations with David Bowie, Cat Stevens and Elton John, not to mention his own band worldwide tours and TV appearances on Watchdog and Grumpy Old Men. Join him as he recounts hilarious and unlikely anecdotes from a life rarely dull for Rick and for those around him.

MUSIC

SEVENOAKS FESTIVAL 

Tales of Wonder

Friday 1 July   
Recital Room  7.30pm

A mixed vocal and instrumental recital in which professional musicians draw from the classical cannon, tales of scintillating places and exotic characters,sensual and spine-chilling by turn. Are you sitting comfortably? Then we shall begin.

Vincent Barrella, Piano accompanist: Anthony Dawson, Tenor: Jane Dawson, Violin: Alison Gent, Flute: Guy Ashcroft-Lury, Violin: Mary Methuen, Piano: Anita Strevens, Cello: Helen Walker, Soprano.

Martin Taylor in Concert

Thursday 30 June
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm

Award-winning guitarist Martin Taylor will perform a dazzling solo concert combining virtuosity, emotion and humour with a strong, engaging stage presence.

A rare talent and one to be not simply appreciated but treasured - Sir Michael Parkinson

MUSIC

SEVENOAKS FESTIVAL

Martin Taylor Pre-concert Workshop

Thursday 30 June
Pamoja Hall   4.00pm
Tickets £5 (or free with evening concert ticket)

Martin will talk about and demonstrate his approach to solo playing and improvisation, and is aimed at all those curious about how to develop a 'flexible' approach to playing.

 

MUSIC

SEVENOAKS FESTIVAL 

Sir Willard White in concert

Sunday 26 June  
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm

Sir Willard White returns to the Pamoja Hall, and is joined by soprano Sylvia Kevorkian and pianist Eugene Asti to perform a scintillating and wide ranging selection of aria, lieder and musical theatre song.

THEATRE

SSTC present Years 7 and 10 production

NORSE! By Jim Grant

Wednesday 22 June to Saturday 25 June
Sackville Theatre  7.00pm

NORSE! Long Ships, Tall Stories. Come on a journey through the nine worlds of Norse Mythology. See what happens when Odin and the gods of Asgard rebrand themselves. Sevenoaks School Theatre Company's Middle and Lower School Production tackles the questions the Vikings couldn't handle: who stole Thor's hammer? Is Springsteen a rock giant? How do you ride an eight-legged horse? And what on earth is Ragnarok? IT'S EPIC! (And a bit silly.)

SCIENCE SHOWCASE

Science at Sevenoaks

An evening of celebration

Tuesday 24 May, Pamoja Hall, 7.00pm

A fast paced evening of talks, demonstrations, videos and performances celebrating the science studied at Sevenoaks School and beyond. The event will be scaffolded by a virtual tour of the proposed Science building, exploring the potential it provides for Science at Sevenoaks.

MUSIC

Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra present

SPRING SERENADE

Sunday 22 May  Pamoja Hall  7.30pm

This concert opens with Prokofiev's short but charming classical symphony (Symphony No.1 in D major) and also features the triple concerto for violin, cello and piano by Beethoven with three amazing soloists. Mozart's imposing Don Giovanni overture starts the second half which concludes with Brahms's Serenade no.1 for Orchestra, written when he was just 25 years old.

Full ticket price includes a free programme and glass of sparkling wine.

THEATRE

SSTC present Year 8 production

THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER

Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 May
Ordovsky-Tanaevsky Drama Studio 
7.00pm

An exciting interpretation of Coleridge's famous poem combining atmospheric sounds with physical imagery and text. Part live radio drama, part-theatre, the company will explore abstract voices and music to transform a wedding reception into the Mariner's haunting story.


 

 

TALK

National Trust lecture

COACH AND HORSE: from Kent to Moscow in the 16th and 17th centuries

Monday 9 May  Recital Room
7.00pm (6.15pm for refreshments)

Julian Munby, Oxford Archaeology The appearance of the coach in the mid-16th century was a social innovation with widespread consequences. Although there were at first few technological changes from medieval carriages, the new opportunities for display of the highly decorated coach bodies were exploited by the crown and aristocracy. Important travellers arriving at Dover might find themselves being taken to London by coach, while the ownership of a coach was a status symbol that soon became widespread. A remarkable gift of a coach from the London Muscovy company was taken in 1603 from Gravesend to Moscow as a present for Boris Godunov, and survives today in the Kremlin Armoury Museum. As a superb example of Jacobean craftsmanship, its highly decorated body has elements that can be compared with work at Knole.


 

 

DEBATE

Sevenoaks Chamber of Commerce present

EU Referendum: In or Out?

Thursday 28 April   Pamoja Hall   7.00pm 
Tickets Free, but must be booked.   

The Sevenoaks Chamber of Commerce and The Space invite you to an evening of debate and discussion in lieu of the up and coming EU Referendum. We are delighted to confirm the participation of Daniel Hannan MEP of the South East of England and Cllr. Peter Fleming OBE as Leader of Sevenoaks District Council. Further panellists to be announced shortly, to provide what promises to be an interesting and lively discussion to represent both sides of the 'in or out' conclusion. Some of the topics of discussion will include:

  • Trade
  • Employment
  • Regulations

The evening will be compared by Paul Andrews CEO and owner of Jobs In Kent and Kent Business Radio. Paul is passionate about supporting SMEs on their journey to success and is an experienced presenter and compare of business debates. The evening is intended to be interactive and there will be opportunity for audience participation.

  • 7.00pm: Reception and networking (paid bar)
  • 8.00pm: Introductions
  • 8.15pm: Debate
  • 9.45 pm: Conclusion
  • 10.00pm: Close

MUSIC

Alan Adler Memorial Concert

Tuesday 26 April 
Pamoja Hall  7.30pm

The Sevenoaks School Choral Society and Parents' Choir lead this concert of choral singing bringing together all of Sevenoaks School's main classical choirs. The Sennocke Consort will perform Mendelssohn's much loved classic anthem 'Hear my prayer' with its famous solo 'O, for the wings of a dove' and the concert culminates in three of Haydn's masterpieces for choir, the celebrated Insanae et vanae curae, his Te Deum in C and finally, from the oratorio The Creation, the popular chorus 'The Heavens are telling'.

DANCE

Sevenoaks School Dance Show 2016  

Friday 22nd April 

Pamoja Hall   7.30pm

A fantastic showcase of dance including tap, Bollywood, the Charleston and hip hop, involving over forty students across Sevenoaks school in a multitude of cultures, eras, and styles. This student-led spectacle brings together the talents of experienced dancers and novices alike, showing how collaboration between all ages can produce a night, full of toe tapping entertainment.

This evening will be in aid of two very worthy charities. Magpie helps people of all ages who have learning disabilities by teaching them dance, while the Stroke Association is focused on improving life for stroke survivors. 

 

MUSIC

Music at Sevenoaks present 

Symphony Orchestra Concert

Tuesday 19 April 
Pamoja Hall    7.30pm
 

The Sevenoaks School Symphony Orchestra presents a concert of music from the 19th century. The first half opens with Rossini's witty overture to the opera The Italian Girl in Algiers. Lou Warnett and Rachelle Lam share the stage in a performance of Beethoven's 4th piano concerto. The leading string players open the second half with Mendelssohn's beautiful 9th String Symphony in C before being joined by a massed woodwind, brass and percussion section for a performance of the ballet music from Gounod's opera Faust to end proceedings.

MUSIC

Sevenoaks School Jazz Club 

Thursday 14 April
Sackville Theatre  7.30pm
An intimate 'jazz club' setting in the Sackville Theatre creates an ideal stage for the best jazz musicians in the school to perform with a professional jazz trio: Jim Treweek, piano, Eric Guy, double bass and Buster Birch, drums. 'The best event I have ever been to at the school.' Sevenoaks School parent

DANCE

The Housley School of Dance present

Sweet Sixteen

Saturday 19 March 5.00pm
Sunday 20 March 12.00 noon & 5.00pm
Pamoja Hall

The Housley School of Dance celebrates 16 years of teaching in this bi annual performance. If you love all types of dance, drama, singing and musical theatre its well worth watching. The school has 190 children with ages from 4-18. A west end style show created by the principal of the school Jane Kirkby who has appeared in over 10 west end shows. It will be a lovely evening and a true celebration of children who dance!

TALK

National Trust lecture

NEWS FROM KNOLE

Monday 14 March   Recital Room
7.00pm (6.15pm for refreshments)

Nathalie Cohen, Head of Community Archaeology, National Trust gives an update on the ongoing archaeological project at Knole. Hear about the exciting details that are being uncovered about the origins and development of the house and park, and the lives of those who lived and worked there.

MUSIC

Piano Practice Showcase

Tuesday 8 March
Pamoja Hall & Recital Room 7.30pm

Mention the words 'piano practice', and what springs to mind?

From the dreaded scales to the lofty artistic heights of Chopin's Etudes, everything relating to this central aspect of pianistic endeavour will be explored.

Metronomes are an important part of piano practice, and no fewer than 100 will be assembled for a performance of Ligeti's Poème Symphonique. Throughout the day, a Hanon exercise marathon will be taking place in the foyer for everyone to have a go at piano practice!

MUSIC

The Allegri Quartet present

Chamber Music Masterclass

Wednesday 9 March
Recital Room   4.15pm

The Allegri Quartet was founded in 1953 and is Britain's longest-running chamber music ensemble, sustained over six decades by successive generationsof performers. Come and hear them coach severalof Sevenoaks School's chamber musicians in a masterclass in which they will bring to life principal works of the chamber music repertoire.

MUSIC

Chamber Music Platform Series

Tuesday 1 March  
Thursday 3 March
Wednesday 9 March

Sevenoaks School has acquired a formidable reputation for chamber music. Regular finalists in Pro Corda's annual national Chamber Music Festival for Schools, Sevenoaks presents three evenings dedicated to music for the small ensemble and featuring the work of some 60 of its students.

MUSIC

Bromley Youth in Concert with guest soloists Jan Schmolk, violin and Michael Dolovich, piano

Sunday 6 March 
Pamoja Hall 6.00pm
 

Bromley Youth Chamber Orchestra will perform Piazzolla's Four Seasons with Jan Schmolk,( German Young Musician of the Year and Leader of the Orchestra of St John's) , Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G and Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. Bromley Youth Concert Band will then perform Martin Ellerby's Paris Sketches before welcoming Michael Dolovich to join them as piano soloist in Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

Jan Schmolk has been sponsored by Bromley Intu Centre and Bates Solicitors of Covent Garden for this performance.

MUSIC

PIANO PRACTICE SHOWCASE

Tuesday 8 March
Pamoja Hall & Recital Room

Mention the words 'piano practice', and what springs to mind? From the dreaded scales to the lofty artistic heights of Chopin's Etudes, everything relating to this central aspect of pianistic endeavour will be explored. Metronomes are an important part of piano practice, and no fewer than 100 will be assembled for a performance of Ligeti's Poème Symphonique. Throughout the day, a Hanon exercise marathon will be taking place in the foyer for everyone to have a go at piano practice.

MUSIC

Sevenoaks Swings

Friday 11 March
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm

Sevenoaks Swings is the traditional end of term celebration of all things jazz and swing at Sevenoaks School. The evening will feature the school big band, Middle Schoool jazz band, saxophone quartet and many other ensembles.

Film

The Importance of Being Earnest Theatre Screening

Saturday 12 March  7:00pm
Pamoja Hall
 

Don't miss Olivier Award winner and Poirot star David Suchet as the formidable Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's much-loved masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest, which was filmed live at London's Vaudeville Theatre. A superb satire on Victorian manners and one of the funniest plays in the English language, the delightful repartee and hilarious piercing of hypocrisy will make you laugh out loud!

MUSIC

Sevenoaks School present

MUSIC FOR A CAUSE

Wednesday 3 March   
Pamoja Hall  6.30pm

Music for a Cause aims to raised awareness of the devastating effect of the Syrian Civil War and raised funds of approximately £1,900 to help rebuild the lives of those who have been physically maimed by the ongoing conflict. The money raised will go to the National Syrian Project for Prosthetic Limbs. The concert featured talented musicians, dancers and bands, both established and up-and-coming, across the year groups from the school.

MUSIC

Maidstone Wind Symphony present

FESTIVAL OF WIND AND BRASS

Saturday 27 February
Pamoja Hall   7.00pm

An evening of big bands and big brass featuring renowned trombonist Brett Baker, the award-winning Orbi Playa Big Band, current National Concert Band Champions Maidstone Wind Symphony and National Brass Band Championship finalists BAE SYSTEMS Brass Band, under the baton of conductor Jonathan Crowhurst. We journied back to the 1940s with Peter Graham's Glenn Miller inspired work Radio City with special guest soloist Brett Baker, before being taken into outer space with Peter Meechan's International Space Station Flyover and Graham's thrilling tale of pioneer John Harrison in Harrison's Dream. The programme also included a world premiere of Simon Dobson's exciting new concerto for trombone and wind orchestra, Shift! This was a unique and innovative concert experience. 

THEATRE

SSTC present Year 9 production

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISSOCIA By Anthony Neilson

Wednesday 3 to Saturday 6 February
Sackville Theatre  7.00pm

Lisa Jones was on a journey. It was a colourful and exciting off-kilter trip in search of one lost hour that tipped the balance of her life. The inhabitants of the wonderful world she found herself in - Dissocia - were a curious blend of the funny, the friendly and the brutal.

Produced originally for the 2004 Edinburgh International Festival, The Wonderful World of Dissocia wowed critics and audiences alike, cleaning up at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland. This original play, both magical and moving, confirmed Anthony Neilson as one of the major voices in contemporary British theatre. 'Bubbling with inventiveness that is distinctly its own.' Telegraph.

MUSIC

The Thomas Recital

Sunday 31 January 6.00pm Recital Room 
Tickets £8 (£5 concessions)  

Every Year Kent International Pianoforte Courses, directed by Mary Methuen, awards a range of prizes and opportunities as a result of participants' work in classes and competitions. The two performers in this recital are the winners of the under 16 Recital Prize as a result of the impressive performances they gave to the Coursesto tutors such as Professor Ruth Harte MBE, Professor Ruth Gerald and international artist Joanna MacGregor.

James Short and Lou Warnett were worthy winners. Their ease of play and understanding of the pieces made for a very a lovely evening.

MUSIC

Sevenoaks School present

Music Scholars Recital

Friday 29 January   Recital Room   7.30pm   

The Music scholars at Sevenoaks School have acquired a reputation over many years for their technical excellence and musical mastery of leading works in the classical repertoire.

Many of them have won local and national awards and excel in music festivals around the UK. We heard music from Bach and Britten, performed to an exceptional standard by these teenage stars!

MUSIC

Sevenoaks School present

String Platform Recital

Monday 25 January 
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm

The String Platform Concert on Monday 25th January was a chance for the string players in the school to showcase their talents. The concert opened with two items from Sevenoaks Strings, conducted by two of our music scholars: Sophie Westbrooke and Sehee Lim. What a wonderful opportunity for them to have the chance to direct an ensemble! This was followed by six solos, that ranged from movements of violin concertos to harp solos. All of the soloists flourished and enjoyed their opportunity to perform a solo in the Pamoja Hall!

MUSIC

Cantate Choir present Handel's Messiah

in aid of Hospice in the Weald

Saturday 23 January
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £20

Introduced by guest of honour Lord Sackville, the choir performed Handel's masterpiece under the baton of Robin Walker with great musicality and colour. The orchestra 'Vivace!' led by Hazel Brooks, who played on period instruments, were 'as one' and lead the choir with conviction.

Cantate should be congratulated on their choice of soloists: soprano Gillian Keith, counter tenor Francesco Ghelardini, tenor Tom Randle and bass Trevor Eliot Bowes, who all performed with great understanding of the composition style .

The aim of the concert was to raise at least £10,000 and this event. We hope they achieved their goal

THEATRE

SSTC present Lower Sixth studio production

100 By Neil Monaghan, Diene Petterle, Christopher Heimann

Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 January
Ordovsky-Tanaevsky Drama Studio
6.30pm (4.30pm Thursday)

Imagine that you must choose one single memory from your whole life and capture it with a magical camera. Everything else will be erased from your mind forever. Imagine that choosing this memory is your only way of passing through to eternity. You have just one hour to decide... This was a student led adaptation of of the award-winning piece created by theatre company The Imaginary Body.

Read the review here

MUSIC

Creative Performance Workshop Part 2

DOUGLAS FINCH 

Wednesday 6 January Pamoja Hall
12.00 noon to 4.30pm

Douglas Finch is a pianist and composer, known for his innovative and imaginative approach to performance, and for helping revive the lost art of classical improvisation in concert. The workshop was a hands-on session for students to have a go at piano improvisation. It concluded with an improvisation concert in which featured Finch's wizardry at the keyboard.

THEATRE

SSTC present

BRIGHT

Tuesday 1 to Thursday 3 December 

Drama Studio 7.00pm

Clair is bright. Too bright. She crackles with energy. She has a flat, a boyfriend, a life - until one night she loses it all... Sectioned to a psychiatric ward, should Clair comply with the system or defy it? Is she manic, as the doctors tell her, or just too 'bright' for their liking? A play about saving your world, your wits, your spark - your life. Sometimes minds aren't lost. They're stolen.

'Polly Wiseman's first play is an extraordinary account of bipolar disorder, or manic depression. Her writing sears and burns you to feel what it must be like in the manic phase - to be too bright.' Lyn Gardner, Observer

One Act play: no interval

MUSIC

The Band of the Grenadier Guards & Eynsford Concert Band present

FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY

Sunday 22 November

Pamoja Hall 7.00pm

The Band of the Grenadier Guards and Eynsford Concert Band combine for the third year in the Pamoja Hall for a concert of fabulous music and entertainment.

Please join us for a showcase of the spectacular pomp and ceremony of our great nation in one special evening.

This charity concert is being held to raise money for SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association). Please come and show your support for our armed forces and their families at this special event.

THEATRE

Rouge 28 Theatre present

KWAIDAN

Thursday 12 November

Sackville Theatre 7.00pm

Inspired by Japanese ghost stories and horror movies, Kwaidan combines life-sized puppets, acting and video projections.

It tells the story of Haru, a young woman who comes back to her abandoned family house after many years of absence. Strange events happen as the house seems to be inhabited by spirits and ghosts from the past. As the action unfolds, the memory of a terrible event resurfaces.

THEATRE

Rose Theatre Kingston present

MY KINGDOM IS A HORSE!

Tuesday 3 November Sackville Theatre 4.30pm

My Kingdom is a Horse! is a brand new breakneck, irreverent and hilarious history of the Wars of the Roses, from the writer of international stage hit Horrible Histories: the Ruthless Romans, Ciaran McConville, directed by Rosie Jones.

The world's most brilliant actor, David Garrick, prepares for his opening night of Shakespeare's Richard III. For rising star Susannah, tonight is her first ever Shakespeare performance... but she doesn't understand a word! Grumpy Garrick and his long-suffering dresser Bert have just minutes to give her the real lowdown on England's goriest power match: the Yorks vs the Lancasters.

Running time: 50 minutes (no interval). Suitable for ages 7+

THEATRE

FRANTIC ASSEMBLY CREATIVE RESIDENCY

Tuesday 3 to Wednesday 18 November

Sackville Theatre 10am-5pm

Workshops in physicality and devising, for teachers and school pupils.

 

Frantic Assembly creates thrilling, energetic and unforgettable theatre. The company attracts new and young audiences with work that reflects contemporary culture. Their unique physical style combines movement, design, music and text. They have built an enviable reputation as one of the most exciting companies in the country.

In addition to its productions, Frantic Assembly operates an extensive Learn & Train programme introducing participants to the company's process of creating theatre, in a wide variety of settings. 'Vibrant and visceral' The Independent

Free Teacher INSET, Saturday 7 November 10am-5pm

Free public workshop for young people aged 14-19, Sunday 8 November, 1-5pm

Email Annabel Bates asb@sevenoaksschool.org to enquire about bookings.

THEATRE

Sevenoaks School Theatre Company present

THE GOLDEN KEY

Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 October Sackville Theatre 7pm

For over 30 years, the Sevenoaks School Theatre Company has taken a biennial tour production to schools in Germany. This year's production is based on Grimms' Fairy Tales, weaving some familiar narratives, such as 'Hansel and Gretel' and 'The Juniper Tree', with remarkable true stories from Lebanon and Disney Studios.

A highly talented senior company has spent a year exploring and devising material that has been written and shaped into a dynamic theatrical presentation. The Golden Key is a powerful, moving and highly entertaining production that offers an imaginative staging of tales you thought you knew so well.

THEATRE

The Paper Birds present

BROKE

Friday 18 September Sackville Theatre 4.30pm

The Paper Birds returned with a new verbatim show that shares the real life stories from the frontline of poverty and debt in the UK. Broke is a heartfelt and urgent look at the debt of a nation, from displaced families and gambling addictions to beans on toast and blind leaps of faith onto the property ladder.

Based on interviews taken across the UK in 2014, multi-awardwinners The Paper Birds explore what it means to be broke, from 'feeling the pinch' to finding yourself penniless, in this visually stunning new production.

Age suitability: 13+

ART

MAKING IT

Sevenoaks Alumni Exhibition: Invention & Imagination

Sundays 6, 13 & 20 September The Space 11.00 - 4.00pm

Admission FREE

Group private views available by appointment boxoffice@sevenoaksschool.org

Making It is a contemporary exhibition which showcases ten pre-eminent Sevenoaks School alumni who have established international careers as visual thinkers.

The exhibition is curated in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Society. It will feature works by Thomas Heatherwick, creator of the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron and new London Bus, Turner Prize winner Simon Starling, Daiwa Foundation Art Prize 2015 winner Oliver Beer, shoe designer Emma Hope, sculptors Oliver Barratt and Andrew Burton, textile artist Celia Pym, photographer Matt Humphrey, architect Richard Reid and textile designer Sophie Roet.

This is a celebration of invention and imagination: both in the individual practice of each artist and in the exhibition itself, the show expresses a delight in, and respect for the diversities of visual thinking and the hands-on process of making.

MUSIC

ANIMA

Tuesday 15 September Pamoja Hall 7.30pm

ANIMA, an eight-piece contemporary music ensemble, will perform live music alongside animated film clips. Founded and conducted by composer-in-residence Chris Roe, ANIMA consists of some of the UK's most exciting young performers, including Olivia Jaguers (harp) and Minn Majoe (violin), both former students of Sevenoaks School.

Performing a diverse range of audio-visual collaborations from talented emerging composers and animators, the group explores the profound relationship between film and music.

This concert features music by Old Sennockian composers Joanne Sy and Chris Roe, and new compositions from Sevenoaks School Composers' Corner, who will hear their new pieces of film music come to life for the first time!

THEATRE

Lecoq Company Superbolt Theatre present

JURASSIC PARK

Monday 14 September Sackville Theatre 4.30pm & 7.30pm

The celebrated Lecoq company present their award-winning five-star sell-out spin on Spielberg's classic. The Park family welcome you to Lyme Regis for their dinotastic DIY adventure. Raptors may be defeated, but every family has its monsters.

Winner of VAULT Festival's Pick of the Week Award and the Origins Award for Outstanding New Show.

'It's very funny... powerfully touching too.' (Stage)

MUSIC

Rethinking The Traditional 

Billy Hill, Ramon Goose & Special Guests 

Friday 11 September Sackville Theatre 7.30pm

Over the last two years, Billy Hill has been working with guitarist Ramon Goose to develop an acoustic instrumental rocky sound which incorporates bluesy, syncopated rhythms from the Deep South, violin solos, and West African influences.

They have featured several times on BBC Radio 6 Music, and their recording 'Glory in the Meeting House' was chosen by musician and broadcaster Tom Robinson as one of his favourite tracks for 2014.

They have just received an Arts Council award to release a CD of their work, and are promoting this with a small series of gigs.

Season 2014/15

THEATRE

Familia de la Noche Theatre Company present

THE VERY GREY MATTER OF MR EDWARD BLANK

Wednesday 9 September Sackville Theatre 4.30pm & 7.30pm

Edward Blank is extraordinary. A mild-mannered audio typist, he rarely leaves his one-bed flat. But Edward is never alone. His tiny magnolia world is far from empty. Unseen by anybody else, but utterly real to Edward, are an imaginary entourage of maniacal friends all vying for attention and adventures. Edward is happy in his ordinary-extraordinary life, until a voice on an audio-tape changes his world forever.

After the success of The Greatest Liar in All the World, Familia de la Noche return with a brand new production featuring their darkly comic signature style of clowning, live music and storytelling.

MUSIC

The Song Inside

Helen Walker and Friends

Tuesday 30 June, Recital Room 7.30pm

Helen Walker drew upon her long and distinguished singing career together with five players: Anthony Dawson (Tenor), Jane Dawson (Violin), Alison Gent (Flute), Mary Methuen (Piano) and Anita Strevens (Cello) for an evening of song and musical treats.

The programme mainly of song from various countries, was seasoned with solo musical interludes, accompanied, where necessary by Merce Villanueva Molas.

Programme

  • The Singer by Michael Head
  • Music for a while by Purcell
  • G major Suite for Unaccompanied Cello by JS Bach
  • Abendempfindung an Laura
  • Der Zauberer both by Mozart
  • Infant Joy by Vaughan Williams
  • A Poison Tree
  • The Lamb from 'Ten Blake Songs'
  • The Self I Lack from Paul Bunyan all by Britten
  • Vaga Luna by Bellini
  • Praeludium in D minor by Carbonelli
  • Sonata for Two Violins and continuo in G minor by Handel
  • Gretchen am Spinnrade
  • Die Forelle both by Schubert
  • Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen by Mahler
  • Etude in A flat no. 3 (posthumous)
  • Etude in A flat opus 25 no. 1 by Chopin
  • Lydia by Faure Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar
  • How can I keep from singing? Traditional

 

 

MUSIC

Music for a Summer's Evening

Thursday 25 June, Pamoja Hall

The Space hosted the world premiere of Introduction, Scherzetto and Finale composed by Peter Young and written for Alec Frank-Gemmill Principal Horn of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The piece is for horn and string orchestra for which the orchestra comprising of young professionals and conservatoire graduates, together with local players from Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra coped admirably. The conductor was Chris Atkinson, a post-graduate visiting staff member of Sevenoaks School's Music Department.

The programme  included Mozart's Oboe Concerto in C, K.314, and Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings.

 Alec has been recently chosen to be one of the six BBC Young Generation Artists for 2014-2016.

MUSIC

London Welsh Male Voice Choir

Saturday 20 June, Pamoja Hall,

The London Welsh Male Voice Choir has a long and illustrious history of over 110 years. It has a worldwide following, and has sung in national concert venues such as Bridgewater Hall, the Royal Albert Hall and the Millennium Centre, Cardiff, as well as a number of the country's largest cathedrals.

This concert was the realisation of a long-held ambition by former pupil of Sevenoaks School, Barry Boulton (OS 1947). After joining LWMVC ten years ago, he had the idea to bring both together. 

DRAMA

SSTC Lower School present

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 June Sackville Theatre

Adapted by Peter Hall, with lyrics by Adrian Mitchell and music by Richard Peaslee, this much-acclaimed dramatisation of George Orwell's classic, allegorical novel was first seen at the National Theatre in 1984. The Lower School's modern production re-vamped the play Lord of The Flies style.

A school art class is abandoned and as one teenager begins to read the novel, the farmyard of Manor Farm comes to life around them and the others re-enact the animals' rebellion. Animal Farm is a collaboration between the SSTC, Strangeface Theatre Company and Sevenoaks School Art department, with Sevenoaks students creating their own masks, puppets and animations.

DRAMA

Sevenoaks School Theatre Company

Hecuba

Thursday 11 to Saturday 13 June, Ordovsky-Tanaevsky Drama Studio

Hecuba is a tragedy by Euripides written c. 424 BC. It takes place after the Trojan War, but before the Greeks have departed Troy. The central figure is Hecuba, wife of King Priam, formerly Queen of the now-fallen city. It depicts Hecuba's grief over the death of her daughter Polyxena, and the revenge she takes for the murder of her youngest son Polydorus.

MUSIC

Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra 

Midsummer Classics

Sunday 17 May Pamoja Hall 7.30pm

This concert started with Mendelssohn's light and sparkling overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, which reflected the evening's lovely weather. Then proceeded with Brahms piano concerto No1 in D minor which was both powerful and symphonic, and exploited to the full our fine Steinway piano resident in The Space. To conclude, Beethoven's Symphony No3 in E flat, the mighty 'Eroica' symphony dedicated, until the composer had second thoughts, to Napoleon.

MUSIC

Music at Sevenoaks

Wednesday 6 May, Pamoja Hall, 7.30pm

This concert programme incorporated music in a range of styles, from folk songs to music from the American band tradition, and from classical arrangements to show song medleys and film soundtracks. 

We were delighted to be joined by visiting primary and prep school players for two of our Wind Band items, following a very successful collaboration last year.

The programme featured The Seal Lullaby, by Eric Whitacre and the Sound of Music and finished with the Lower School Singers performing chart-topping hits and some of their favourite songs.

LECTURE

The Role of Chemists in the Discovery of New Medicines

Thursday 26 March Pamoja Hall

This lecture illustrated how medicinal chemistry continues to lead the discovery of new medicines worldwide. By using specific examples of a modern-day diseases (such as cancer, AIDS, etc.), and applying problem-solving techniques to design molecules that interact with specific biological targets the talk discussed how this will save lives and improve upon quality of life.

The talk highlighted how diverse technologies (such as robotics used originally in the car industry and supercomputers) and ground-breaking discoveries in other scientific fields (biology, analytics, formulation, large-scale chemistry, and engineering) are co-ordinated in the design of new therapeutic agents, with the emphasis being on how chemistry is the core science which makes this possible.

MUSIC

Music at Sevenoaks ROSSINI - PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE

Tuesday 24 March Pamoja Hall 

Following a wonderfully successful performance of Dvorak's Stabat Mater the previous year, the Sevenoaks School Choral Society and Parents' Choir joined forces once again and performed one of Rossini's finest musical achievements, his Petite Messe Solennelle. This version, written for four solo voices, chorus, a piano and a harmonium, was referred to by Rossini as 'the last mortal Sin of my Old Age'. Contrasting both the 'old church' style of choral writing with his infectious operatic style, this 90-minute long work is a feast for the ears.

MUSIC

SEVENOAKS SWINGS

Thursday 19 March Pamoja Hall

This traditional Sevenoaks School end-of-term celebration of all things jazz and swing featured the school big band, Middle School jazz band, saxophone quartet and many other ensembles and soloists, plus special guest, the internationally acclaimed saxophonist Simon Bates. Simon is recognised as one of this country's leading jazz saxophonists and appears regularly at Ronnie Scott's, The Jazz Cafe, 606 Club, The Bull's Head and the finest jazz clubs and festivals worldwide.

DRAMA

Sevenoaks School Theatre Company present

THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE by Bertolt Brecht

Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 March Sackville Theatre

The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Brecht's comic, moving and uplifting tale, centred on the consequences for Grusha, a peasant woman, when she rescues and nurtures the abandoned baby of fleeing nobles. Staged in the round by a talented ensemble cast of 43, the Middle School production focussed on the moral dilemmas of parenting and justice as it entertainingly followed Grusha through many adventures to the test of the Chalk Circle itself.

MUSIC

TOY PIANO SHOWCASE

Tuesday 10 March Pamoja Hall

In another innovative programme of music for the keyboard, Sevenoaks School presented an evening of music based around toy instruments. Masterminded by Sevenoaks School's Head of Keyboard, Mr Tau Wey, the concert featured Leopold Mozart's 'Toy Symphony' as well as other curiosities and delights intended to stimulate and amuse audiences of all ages.

MUSIC

Bromley Youth Chamber Music present A CONCERT OF ORCHESTRAL AND CHORAL FAVOURITES

Sunday 8 March Pamoja Hall

The highly acclaimed Bromley Youth Chamber Orchestra returned to the Pamoja Hall with the Bromley Youth Choir for a concert of orchestral and choral favourites. The concert opened with Bach Suite no.3 (with the famous 'Air on a G String') followed by the much-loved Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus by Vaughan Williams which was performed at the composer's funeral. The second half contained two wonderful baroque choral works - Handel's spectacular 'Zadok the Priest' (BBC Ten Pieces) and Bach's effervescently brilliant setting of the Magnificat.

MUSIC

Bollywood Brass Band 100 YEARS OF BOLLYWOOD

Friday 6 March Pamoja Hall

Funky drummers and a six-piece horn section played massive hits from Indian films, celebrating a century of Hindi films throughout a golden age of Bollywood and beyond. The Bollywood Brass Band played music with video projections from early 1913 footage to present day blockbusters and their super-hit songs.

In aid of the Mulamula Education Centre project.

MUSIC

Sevenoaks School CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES

Monday 2 March, Thursday 5 March and Wednesday 11 March Recital Room Sevenoaks School has acquired a formidable reputation in the South East in the field of chamber music. They are regular finalists in Pro Corda's annual national Chamber Music Festival for Schools. Sevenoaks School presents three evenings dedicated to music for the small ensemble and featuring the work of some 60 students.

MASTERCLASS

Lewis Turner and friends GUITAR MASTERCLASS AND CONCERT

Thursday 19 February Sackville Theatre

Lewis Turner, Tom Quayle, Levi Clay and Sam Bell hosted masterclasses throughout the day, with a live gig in the evening, featuring individual and group performances complete with a live band. This was a rare and exciting opportunity to see and pick the brains of some of the UK's top guitarist, and was an educational, inspirational, and fun day. The Masterclasses covered skills needed to be a working guitarist, such as techniques, improvisation, playing over changes, transcribing and ear training, rhythm and timing, sight reading and much more.

MUSIC

FOURNIER TRIO

Thursday 5 February Pamoja Hall

Formed in 2009, the London-based Fournier Piano Trio is rapidly emerging as one of the leading young piano trios. Winners of the 2013 Parkhouse Award, they were awarded both second prize and Audience prize at the sixth Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition in 2011. The trio has made critically acclaimed debuts at both the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall in London and have also performed widely around the world with concerts in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. This includes a visit to Singapore's Yong Siew Toh Conservatory to give master classes and perform in the 'Ones to Watch' Series.

COMEDY

HYPNOTISM WITHOUT HYPNOSIS Martin S Taylor

Thursday 22 January Pamoja Hall

Martin S Taylor has been a stage hypnotist for over 15 years. Yet he doesn't use hypnosis. His skills combine suggestion, social pressure and obedience. Martin is totally open about what he is doing. His scientific approach means there is no sleep, no trance and no zombie state. The show still has all the laughs, the wonder and the excitement of any hypnotist show you'll see anywhere else and it is safe. No hypnosis is involved; even though his subjects are behaving in bizarre ways, they know what they're doing, and they can resist if they want to.

In aid of Sevenoaks School PROMO charities

MASTERCLASS

PIANO TECHNIQUE WORKSHOP with Alan Fraser

Thursday 15 January Recital Room

Canadian pianist and teacher Alan Fraser is the author of the seminal book on piano technique The Craft of Piano Playing. Fraser’s analysis of the innate structure and function of the human hand unlocks its power, replacing tension or over-relaxation with effective hand activation. Whatever is lacking in your technique, Fraser can see exactly where a new effort can bring your body and hand into better alignment, making your piano tone blossom with new richness and subtlety, and increasing your sense of power and agility! Alan Fraser will lead an Awareness through Movement Feldenkrais group lesson, before coaching selected piano students.

MUSIC

CRASH INTO CHRISTMAS Friday 5 December Pamoja Hall

The Sevenoaks School Jazz ensembles performed in a festive musical extravaganza. The Big Band lead the celebrations with performances of music by Gordon Goodwin, Glen Miller and many more light popular favourites. Also performing was the Sevenoaks School Gospel Choir and Saxophone Quartets.

DRAMA

SSTC Lower Sixth play OUR COUNTRY’S GOOD by Timberlake Wertenbaker Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 December Sackville Theatre

In 1988, Our Country’s Good premiered at the Royal Court before transferring to the West End and Broadway, winning major awards on both sides of the Atlantic. Wertenbaker’s drama explores the early colonisation of Australia and the redemptive power of theatre, while intelligently debating the philosophical and political arguments around the purpose of prison. Based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally, Our Country’s Good explores the true story of a ragtag cast of transported convicts in a penal colony in New South Wales in 1780, who staged Australia’s first ever play. ‘The convicts laugh at hangings, Sir. It’s their theatre.’ Imaginatively staged in the Sackville Theatre to bring the audience into the world and themes of the play, Our Country’s Good will be performed by a talented Lower Sixth ensemble.

MUSIC

Music at Sevenoaks presents RUSSIA

Thursday 27 November Pamoja Hall

2014/15 orchestral music focusses on the music of nineteenth and early twentieth century Russia. The programme included music by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich. The school orchestras were joined by the Wind Band and the Sevenoaks Strings in this annual celebration of the large ensembles at Sevenoaks School.

DRAMA

Les Enfants Terribles presents THE TRENCH

Tuesday 4 November Sackville Theatre

After a sell-out five star run at the Edinburgh Festival, Les Enfants Terribles present their new award-winning show, The Trench. From the team behind Ernest and the Pale Moon, comes a new play inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed in a tunnel during World War One. As the horror threatens to engulf him, he finds that not everything in the darkness is what it seems as he starts to discover a new, strange world beneath the mud and death. Setting off on an epic journey of salvation, the boundaries between reality and fantasy blur as he questions what’s real, what’s not and whether it even matters.

MUSIC

Eynsford Concert Band and the Band of the Grenadier Guards present HEROES

Sunday 19 October Pamoja Hall

Following the fabulous success of last year’s concert, the world-famous Band of the Grenadier Guards and the Kent-based Eynsford Concert Band are pleased to once again join forces to thrill a packed Pamoja Hall. ‘Heroes’ will include an exciting and entertaining programme of music paying homage to the heroes of the past wars from yesteryear to the present day.

We commemorate and support our armed forces and their families in what promises be another spectacular massed bands event.

All proceeds went to the Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA).

MUSICAL THEATRE

Sevenoaks School presents Les Misérables school edition

Wednesday 8 to Tuesday 14 October Pamoja Hall

Sevenoaks school presents this award-winning musical with a cast and band of over 70 pupils. This is the biggest production in the history of The Space.

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, the plot follows prisoner-on-parole, 24601, Jean Valjean, as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades at the centre of the rebellion. Meanwhile, the life of a working-class girl with a child is at a turning point as she resigns herself to prostitution in order to pay the evil innkeeper and his wife who look after her child, Cosette. Valjean promises to take care of the child, eventually leading to a love triangle between Cosette, Marius who is a student of the rebellion, and Eponine, a girl of the streets. The people sing of their anger and Enjolras leads the students to fight upon the barricades.

Sculpture Talk and Tour

IN CONVERSATION WITH TWO SCULPTORS

Thursday 11 September, Pamoja Hall

This event celebrated the installation of two sculptural commissions for Sevenoaks school campus. The two artists discussed their work in conversation with Rachel Campbell-Johnston, art critic of The Times and Tony Carter, Principal at City & Guilds. Oliver Barratt was commissioned by the Parents Association to produce a large, painted bronze piece called Thinking Aloud, formed from a complex of curves that describe the intuitive but disciplined act of thinking.

Joshua Vaughan, a recent graduate of City & Guilds London Art College, won a commission to produce a collaborative sculpture, produced with input from pupils from Sevenoaks school. Groups of pupils drew maps of the daily routes they undertake about the school campus and these drawings formed the basis of the sculptures.

DRAMA

Theatre Infinitum presents Ballad of a Burning Star 

Thursday 11 September, Sackville Theatre

Multi-award winning Theatre Ad Infinitum (Translunar Paradise,The Big Smoke & Odyssey) presents an explosive tale. Armed with music, killer heels and a lethal troop of divas an enraged Israeli executes a story of victimhood, persecution, aggression and love. With shrapnel sharp voices and moves as smooth as an oiled tank chain, this cabaret troop invites you on a journey into the core of the conflicted Jewish State. Winner of The Stage Award for Best Ensemble, Best of the Edinburgh Fringe, Guardian and The ‘Sixth Star’ Bobby Award from Broadway Baby.

A thrillingly edgy piece of entertainment

The Scotsman *****

DRAMA

The TOOT Collective presents BE HERE NOW

Tuesday 9 September Sackville Theatre

Music, Life and Love are remixed and re-mastered in TOOT’S Be Here Now, a constantly surprising, occasionally chaotic and irreverently comic look at the soundtrack of the 1990s. This lively and original show celebrates the thrill of anticipation and examines how music can seep into and influence our lives at key moments. TOOT will immerse you in a world of CDs, cassettes and minidiscs, rewinding, fast-forwarding and pausing fantasies, memories, the rawness of love and the music that defines it. Hit repeat and relive together the scenes you play over and over in your head, the potent moments you can’t change, all set to a soundtrack of 90s classics. Pumping 90s beats, suspect dance routines and angsty shoe-gazing combine to celebrate the irresistible power of pop, and examine how that song will forever ignite heady feelings of love lost and won.