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.



Wednesday 22 February, Monday 5 June and Monday 26 June
Pamoja Hall    6.15pm
Admission Free 

Sevenoaks School students join members of staff to sing repertoire sung in Evensong services. Although this is not a service of worship it will be a peaceful, contemplative way to end the day.  Everyone is very welcome to attend.


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


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.'

SSTC present

Scratch Festival

Monday 27 February to Wednesday 1 March
Ordovsky-Tanaevsky Drama Studio   4.30 pm & 7.00pm 
Tickets £5       Book tickets   proceeds with be donated to Refugee Action

A double bill of original, devised work created independently by lower 6 Sevenoaks students: a response to the current refugee and migrant crisis (inspired by the book The New Odyssey by Patrick Kingsley) and the story of Marie Curie. 



Wednesday 1 March - Chamber Musicians' Platform I
Friday 3 March - Chamber Musicians' Platform II
Wednesday 8 March - Chamber Musicians' Masterclass
Thursday 16 March - Chamber Musicians' Platform III
Recital Room   7.30pm (Masterclass 4.15pm)  
Admission FREE   Book a place

Sevenoaks School has acquired a formidable reputation in the field of 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, featuring the work of some 60 pupils in the school.

On Wednesday 8 March AT 4.15pm, The Guildhall School of Music will lead a lively masterclass with the chamber musicians; a wonderful opportunity to benefit from high-level coaching given by leading artists and practitioners.


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



Wednesday 8 March
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £7   Book tickets

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 School Jazz Band, saxophone quartet and many other ensembles and soloists. The music will feature film and TV themes, arranged for the various ensembles with a James Bond finale.


Bromley Youth Music Trust present

Spring Choral Concert

Sunday 12 March
Pamoja Hall   6.00pm
Tickets £15 (£12 concessions & £2 16 & under)   Book tickets

The highly acclaimed Bromley Youth Chamber Orchestra returns to the Pamoja Hall with the Bromley Youth Chorus (BYMT choir + choirs from Hayes and Langley Park Boys Schools) for a concert of orchestral and choral favourites.  

The first half of the concert features pianist Anna Crawford in the first movement of Beethoven's exciting 1st Piano Concerto. Anna then resumes her seat as sub-principal cellist in the orchestra and the programme continues with Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, which was a favourite piece of the composer and, with its exuberantly expressive and stylish string writing, is one of the greatest pieces in the string orchestra repertoire.

The second half of the concert features two much loved pieces by the French composer, Faure, his Pavane and Requiem.




Tau Wey presents

Piano Showcase: Turning Points

Tuesday 14 March 
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Admission FREE    Book tickets


What have been the turning points in your life, and what sounds have accompanied these? Important moments in history and culture have often given rise to genre-defying new music. In the current times of globalisation, uncertainty and rapid change, what sort of music can ask big questions and give us an insight into the current cultural condition?

In this concert, Sevenoaks School's piano students will become the fearless pioneers who explore the unknown, performing experimental music by composers including Henry Cowell, Stockhausen, and Cornelius Cardew.



Sevenoaks School Theatre Company present

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 March
Sackville Theatre, 7pm 
Tickets £10, £8 concessions   Book tickets

Confused young lovers and bumbling workmen step into a strange world of fairies and magic with some curious results in this potent cocktail of weirdness and comic mayhem. A team of performers from Years 9 and 10 deliver Shakespeare’s popular, endlessly fascinating exploration of the power of imagination with freshness and comic verve.


Music at Sevenoaks

Monday 20 March  
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £7   Book tickets

The Sevenoaks School Choral Society and Parents’ Choir come together in a performance of Handel’s most famous work, the choral epic Messiah. Written in a three-week creative frenzy, the intense drama and emotional impact of the work have captivated audiences ever since Messiah’s premiere in 1742. Michael Heighway directs an abbreviated version of this masterpiece in our final performance of the Lent term.


When the Eye Has Gone  

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

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.


Sevenoaks Philharmonic present

Spring Orchestra and Choral Concert

Saturday 1 April
Pamoja Hall    7.30pm
Tickets £14, (£13 over 60 and £5 under 16)   Book tickets

The Sevenoaks Philharmonic Society, founded in Sevenoaks in 1897, present their Spring Orchestral and Choral Concert in the Pamoja Hall conducted by their musical director Robyn Sevastos. It comprises works by two 18th-century Austrian composers Haydn and Hummel.

Joseph Haydn, known as the 'father of the Symphony', wrote The Little Organ Mass in 1776 for the tiny chapel of the Brothers Hospitallers, a religious order providing medical services to the poor. His Te Deum on the other hand was much grander and commissioned by the wife of Emperor Franz 1.

Johann Hummel was a younger man and very much part of the musical scene in Vienna in the 1790s - and was in fact taught by Haydn, as were Beethoven and Mozart. His works tended to become overshadowed by the 'greats' at the time, but his Mass in B flat has subsequently - and rightly - become rightly very popular.


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 tickets
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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


Sevenoaks School Jazz Club present

Spring Jazz

Friday 21 April
Sackville Theatre   7.30pm
Tickets £7    Book tickets

An intimate jazz club setting in the Sackville Theatre creates an ideal stage for the best jazz performers in the school to play with a professional jazz trio. This annual event has been building its small but very satisfied audience every year. Book early to avoid disappointment.


Theatre Ad Infinitum present

Bucket List

Monday 24 April
Sackville Theatre   6.30pm
Tickets £12   Book tickets

This multi award-winning company present the powerful story of one Mexican woman's fight for justice.

When her mother is murdered for protesting corporate and governmental corruption, Milagros finds herself with only a bloodstained list of those responsible. Determined to make them pay, she embarks on a passionate quest for justice, no matter the cost.A story about love, loss and revenge, told with physical storytelling, live instrumental music and song.

Spirit of the Fringe Award 2016 ★★★★ The Times ★★★★ The Stage


Alan Adler Memorial Concert

Tuesday 25 April
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £7   Book tickets

This year's Alan Adler concert features the Sennocke Consort under its new conductor, Michael Heighway, and the Sevenoaks School Chamber Orchestra under its new conductor, Christopher Potts. Appearing for the last time are Rachelle Lam and Lou Warnett, who will perform the 2nd and 4th movements from Rachmaninov's 2nd suite for two pianos. The second half is given to a performance of Sibelius's 1st symphony in E minor conducted by the Director of Music, Christopher Dyer.


Eynsford Concert Band present

Love is in the Air

Sunday 14 May
Pamoja Hall   7.00pm
Tickets £10 (concessions £8)   Book tickets

With love in mind, join one of Kent's foremost wind bands for this intimate evening of romance and fantasy, featuring Prokofiev's 'Montagues and Capulets', Martin Ellerby's 'Chivalry', the wonderful 'Danse Bacchanale' by Saint Saen, Reed's 'The Hounds of Spring' and many more


Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra present

Summer Classics

Sunday 21 May
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £17 (over 60 £16, under 19 £1 & season ticket holders FREE)  Book tickets

The last orchestral concert in our season features music, perfectly suited to the acoustics of the Pamoja Hall. Sophia Dee, our soloist in Grieg's piano concerto, began her musical studies at the age of six, first studying with the celebrated pianist and teacher, Ronald Smith. At the age of ten, Sophia entered the Junior Department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and by special arrangement was admitted to the class of Joan Havill, Senior Professor of Piano at Guildhall School. In 2010 Sophia won the Lutine Prize, the most prestigious Junior award of Guildhall School and in 2011 she was awarded a full scholarship to continue her studies at the Senior Department of Guildhall School.

Sophia often participates in masterclasses given by internationally renowned pianists, and regularly performs around the UK. She reached the Keyboard Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and has won several prizes in the last few years, including the Manchester International Piano Concerto Competition for Young Pianists 2013.


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.


Lydian Orchestra present

Summer Concert

Sunday 29 July
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £15 (£6 under 21, £1 under 16)

Returning to the Pamoja Hall, we welcome the Lydian Orchestra fresh from their European tour and look forward to Dvorak Symphony no 8, Reinecke Flute Concerto and Bruckner Symphony no 4, Scherzo movement.