MUSIC

Music at Sevenoaks

Friday 2 December
Pamoja Hall
7.30pm
Tickets £7 (over 60 and under 18 FREE)   BOOK TICKETS

Music at Sevenoaks brings together all of the main classical ensembles at Sevenoaks School. The Foundation Orchestra returns with another ingenious arrangement of classical favourites whilst the Symphony Orchestra will perform movements from Sibelius' 1st Symphony. There are also opportunities to hear the Sennocke Consort , the Choral Society and the Wind Band, under the direction of the new Head of Vocal and Instrumental Studies, Julia Kiggell.

MUSIC

Sevenoaks School Carol Competition 2016

Sunday 4 December
Pamoja Hall, 6.00pm
Tickets £5 (Under 16 FREE)    BOOK TICKETS

Join us as we welcome top London chamber choir, The Cantus Ensemble, for the final of this year's Carol Competition. Fresh from their debut recording at Abbey Road studios, the choir will be working through the day to sing through all of the new student carols, before performing the winning entries in an early evening concert, alongside other festive favourites. The evening will also feature choirs from Amherst Primary and St Lawrence Primary schools. Expect twinkling tunes, wintry rhymes and a fine selection of Christmas jumpers!

Theatre

Sevenoaks School Theatre Company present

Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello

Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 December
Sackville Theatre   7.00pm
Tickets £10 (concession £8)   BOOK TICKETS

When Six characters from a play that doesn't exist interrupt a rehearsal that does, you know your sense of what is real and what is illusory is about to be challenged. Do the characters want the group of actors to act out their story? Are the actors somehow less 'real' than the characters because they spend most of their time being someone else?

In an evening of strange comedy and heartfelt tragedy, these questions will be answered... in theory.

MUSIC

Crash into Christmas

Friday 9 December
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £7   BOOK TICKETS

Celebrate the coming of Christmas with Sevenoaks School! Once again, the School Big Band leads the festivities with seasonal and other popular classics, supported by the Gospel Choir and Middle School jazz ensembles, alongside other quartets and jazz combos.

BALLET

The Royal Ballet present: Encore Screening

Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker

Sunday 11 December
Pamoja Hall   2pm
Tickets £18.50, £17 concession, £15 Subscriber* & £10 child   BOOK NOW
 
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The Royal Ballet's glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite. 

It is Christmas Eve and Drosselmeyer the magician sweeps young Clara away on a fantasy adventure in which time is suspended, the family living room becomes a great battlefield, and a magical journey takes them through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets. Tchaikovsky's glittering score,the gorgeous festive stage designs and The Royal Ballet's captivating dancing - including an exquisite pas de deux between the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince - make this Nutcracker the quintessential Christmas experience.

Choreography - Peter Wright after Lev Ivanov

Conductor Boris Gruzin

Approximate running time 2 hours 15 minutes including one interval.

MUSIC

Kidenza present

The Frozen Nutcracker

Sunday 18 December
Pamoja Hall    2.00pm & 4.00pm
Tickets £12   BOOK TICKETS

Back by popular demand, Kidenza is sure to get you in the festive mood with a programme that will include carols and a medley from Disney's Frozen. Kidenza concerts are suitable for the whole family, are always fun and never stuffy!

MUSIC

Lydian Orchestra present

Christmas Concert

Thursday 22 December  
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £15 (£6 under 21 & £1 under 16)   BOOK NOW

The Lydian Orchestra's Christmas concert features the 2016 Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year Winner, pianist Robert Cheung performing Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto, conducted by Michael Hitchcock.

OPERA

The Royal Opera present: ENCORE screening

Verdi's Il Trovatore

Sunday 5 February 
Pamoja Hall   2pm
Tickets £18.50, £17.00 concession, £15 Subscriber* & £10 child   BOOK NOW
 
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International superstars Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Anita Rachvelishvili, Lianna Haroutounian and Gregory Kunde lead a superb cast of world-class singers in this Verdi classic. Il trovatore is one of the great operas of the Romantic period, a story of passion and blood, love and vengeance, disaster and murder.

New in the 2015/16 Season, this atmospheric and poetic staging by director David Bösch puts the story of passion against the backdrop of war. Fire and snow in the landscape echo the cruelty and love of the story: soldiers and gypsies clash, a mother reveals a terrible secret and two men are engaged in a deadly fight for one woman. The famous Anvil Chorus is just one of the highlights of Verdi's exceptionally fine music, which captures the shifting emotions of the drama through impassioned love duets, fiery solos and stirring choruses.

Count di Luna - Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Azucena - Anita Rachvelishvili, Leonora - Lianna Haroutounian, Manrico - Gregory Kunde.

Conductor - Richard Farnes 

Director - David Bosch

Approximate running time 3 hours, including one interval. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Image by AKA (©ROH, 2016)

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.'

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 NOW
 
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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

Theatre

When the Eye Has Gone  

Tuesday 21 March
Sackville Theatre
4.30pm and 7.30pm + post-show Q&A 
Tickets £10 (£8 concessions)   BOOK NOW

When The Eye Has Gone written by James Graham-Brown (OS 1970) under the pseudonym Dougie Blaxland is the critically acclaimed one man show directed by Roughhouse Theatre. It tells the all too brief life of Colin ‘Ollie’ Milburn - the cricketing legend who was one of England’s most unlikely sporting heroes. With a thumping soundtrack, anecdotes and a large gin and coke, the story swings backwards and forwards through Milburn’s life as he raises a glass to his triumphs, including his first Test Century against the West Indies at Lords in 1966 and his disasters, like losing his left eye in a car accident in 1969.

Commissioned by the Professional Cricketer’s Association, When The Eye Has Gone originally toured the country in Oct/Nov 2016.

OPERA

The Royal Opera present: ENCORE screening

Puccini's Madam Butterfly

Sunday 2 April
Pamoja Hall   2pm
Tickets £18.50, £17.00 concession, £15 Subscriber* & £10 Child   BOOK NOW
 
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Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heart-breaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband.

Much loved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time at Covent Garden, in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's stunningly beautiful production.The exotic imagery of the Nagasaki settingis drawn from 19th-century Western artists' romanticized views of Japan.

Puccini's music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction by naval officer B.F. Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente) of his young, innocent bride. Well known moments include the impassioned aria ‘Un bel dì’ (One fine day) as the abandoned Cio-Cio-San clings vainly to her dreams.

Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano, acclaimed for his interpretations of Italian opera, conducts this intense and gripping journey from light and excitement to darkness and self-sacrifice.

Approximate running time 2 hours 45 minutes, including one interval. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Cio-Cio San - Ermonela Jaho, B F Pinkerton - Marcelo Puente, Sharpless - Scott Hendricks and Suzuki - Elizabeth De Shong

Conductor Antonio Pappano & Directors Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier

Photo - Kristīne Opolais as Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly©2015 ROH. Photograph by Bill Cooper

OPERA

The Royal Opera present: ENCORE screening

Verdi's Otello

Sunday 2 July
Pamoja Hall   2pm
Tickets £18.50, £17.00 concession, £15 Subscriber* & £10 child   BOOK NOW
 
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World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi's passionate retelling of Shakespeare's great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder.

Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Ludovic Tézier his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner.

A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi's Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses.

Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona's rapturous love duet and Desdemona's poignant 'Willow Song'.

Royal Opera Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts this Italian masterpiece.

Approximate running time 2 hours 45 minutes including one interval. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Otello - Jonas Kaufmann, Desdemona - Maria Agresta and Iago - Ludvic Tezier MARIA Conductor Antonio Pappano and Director Keith Warner.