THEATRE

SSTC present

MOBILE PHONE SHOW by Jim Cartwright THE WARDROBE by Sam Holcroft

Wednesday 21 to Saturday 24 June
(Thursday 22 June, Matinee only 2pm)
Sackville Theatre   7pm 
Tickets £10 full, £8 concessions   Book Tickets

'Ladies and gentlemen, the performance is about to begin. Could I ask you all please to turn ON your mobile phones? Thank you.'  

Light-hearted and touching, Mobile Phone Show explores how this technology affects our lives through the stories of young people. The play asks the crucial question of whether modern technology drives us apart or brings us closer together.

Wardrobe features groups of young people hiding from danger through the centuries of British history... Different circumstances but in the same big Tudor wardrobe.

Written by two celebrated playwrights for the National Theatre's youth project, Connections, this double bill production will be staged by a talented group of Lower School ensemble.

Sevenoaks Festival Film & Jazz

Buster Birch Quartet present

Buster Plays Buster

Sunday 25 June
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £15     Book Tickets

A special screening of Buster Keaton's classic silent movie Steamboat Bill Jr, with live jazz accompaniment arranged by Buster Birch for his Quartet and featuring Jo Fooks on saxophone.

The show will start with a moviescape of Keaton's amazing life compiled by Buster Birch and set to his arrangements of jazz standards, with Steamboat Bill Jr as the main feature.

This show is not just a surprise, it's a real treat... This audience loved it, I defy anyone not to. Chris Howes, Brook Theatre, Chatham.

MUSIC

Sevenoaks School present

Evensong

Monday 26 June
Pampja Hall   6.15pm
Admission FREE   no need to book

Sevenoaks School students will 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.

MUSIC

Evensong

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.

Sevenoaks Festival - Workshop

Accordare Quartet present

Pre-Concert Workshop

Thursday 29 June
Recital Room   4.30 pm
Tickets £5.00 - pay on the day.  Entry free to those with a ticket for the evening concert.

The Accordare Quartet's workshop is for local string players and will feature works to be performed in their evening concert. During the workshop, many aspects of the music will be brought to light and placed in an historical, social and political context. Students will be coached in excerpts from the evening concert's repertoire and will play alongside the quartet. The students will also receive a unique insight into the workings of a professional string quartet.

If you're a young string player and wish to participate during the workshop, contact Anita Strevens 07939 121509 or 01622 814657 or book a place

Sevenoaks Festival - Recital

Accordare Quartet in Concert

Thursday 29 June  
Recital Room   7.30 pm  
Tickets £12.00, (£5.00 Student)   Book Tickets

Robbie Norman and Craig Jarvis - Violins, Tim Grant - Viola and Anita Strevens - Cello Programme includes

Mozart String Quartet No.21 in D major, K.575

Shostakovich String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110   

Beethoven String Quartet Op.18 No 2 in G major

www.accordarequartet.com

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
 
 * To qualify for the Subscriber ticket price of £15, you must book for a minimum of 3 ENCORE screening performances in one transaction. For more information and to book for Subscriber tickets Click Here

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.

Sevenoaks Festival - Jazz Big band

Back to Basie Orchestra present

Swingin' The Blues Count Basie Style

Sunday 2 July
Pamoja Hall   7.30 pm
Tickets £25.00       Book Tickets 

2017 is the 60th anniversary of Count Basie's first visit to Britain, and the album launch of The Atomic Mr Basie.

Featuring the best of London's jazz and big-band musicians, Paul Lacey's Back To Basie is the only professional big-band in Britain to specialise in the music of Count Basie, playing Basie's music of the 1950s and 1960s. Launched in 2001, Back To Basie has presented concerts with 'Uncanny accuracy and style' throughout Britain and Europe to great reviews. Featured vocalist is Jacqui Hicks 'a singer of warmth, poise, and intelligence'.

Back To Basie has been voted Best Big Band in the British Jazz Awards, six times!

'The music and the magic of Count Basie were back in town!'   Sunday Times

Sevenoaks Festival - Theatre

Daniel Taylor, Sharon Byatt & Gareth Jones present

The Tommy Cooper Show

Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 July
Sackville Theatre   7.30 pm 
Tickets £17.00 (£15 concession )  Book tickets  

'Just like that!', Daniel Taylor presents his brilliant tribute show tracing the life and times of Britain's best-loved comic and magician, featuring Tommy's favourite tricks and sketches.

'The true impact of The Tommy Cooper Show is best gauged by the ovation of an audience who have spent the duration of the show utterly entranced by this portrayal and laughing along as if the great man was actually present in the room with us. Essential viewing for those who loved and remember Tommy Cooper, as indeed it is for those who may never have seen him as it is difficult to conceive of a better recreation of such a unique and memorable character.' British Theatre Guide

'Daniel Taylor's evocation of the great man is spot on' Liverpool Echo 'Extremely Funny....A tour de force' Chris Bleach Chairman, The Tommy Cooper Society

MUSIC

Sevenoaks Partnership Orchestra present

A Night at the Movies

Wednesday 5 July
Pamoja Hall   4.30pm
Admission Free    Book a Place


10 primary schools from the Sevenoaks district will come together to play music from blockbuster films such as Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean and Ghostbusters. Sevenoaks schools partnership and Kent Music are working together to bring the many young musicians in the district together. There will be approximately 70 children on a range of instruments that have all been working hard to learn the music over the last 2 months. Lizzie Hughes, music teacher from Fordcombe Primary School has worked with children at the event for the past 10 years and is leading the proceedings again this year. Lizzie will lead the day of rehearsals and the final performance for friends and family. Co-leading the proceedings again this year alongside Lizzie is Guy Saunders for their 10th year in collaboration! The concert will start at 4.30pm in the impressive venue ‘The Space’ at Sevenoaks School which the school has generously provided for free. Tickets are available for free on boxoffice@sevenoaksschool.org or call 01732 467765.

 

Sevenoaks Festival - Concert

Michel Legrand presents 

A Lifetime of Exquisite Melody

Thursday 6 July
Pamoja Hall   7.30 pm
Tickets £25.00    Book Tickets 

In association with City Lights Entertainment (UK), the legendary,multi award winning French-born composer and pianist Michel Legrand has been creating wonderful music for over half a century. A virtuoso in both jazz and classical piano, he performs all over the world.

His most famous compositions and collaborations, with lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman, are modern standards: The Windmills of Your MindThe Summer of '42 and What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?.

He has composed and scored music for more than 200 films, TV shows and musicals, including the Oscar winning Summer of '42, The Thomas Crown Affair, Ice Station and Zebra.  

For this special Festival concert, Michel will be accompanied by bassist Geoff Gascoyne and drummer Sebastian DeKrom as he sings and plays the magnificent Steinway grand piano in the Pamoja Hall. 

Lucy Robins School of Dance present

City of Stars

Saturday 8 July
Pamoja Hall   1.30pm & 6.30pm
Tickets £8 (£5 16 and under)   Book Tickets

Over 170 Lucy Robins School of Dance dancers take to the stage to perform over 20 diverse numbers including ballet, street dance, acro, musical theatre, modern and jazz. The show, which promises to be a magical afternoon and evening of foot tapping, head nodding, shoulder shimmying dance is finished off with a colourful array of show-stopping costumes. The cast of dancers and singers will perform numbers from 42nd Street, The Wiz, Wicked and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Dances will be performed to songs by Tinie Tempah, Queen, The Black Eyed Peas, Stevie Wonder and Rag'n'Bone Man to name but a few! There is really something for everyone! So sit back and enjoy our performers showing how Sevenoaks is....for one day only the.........City of Stars.

 

Sevenoaks Festival Finale Concert

The Manfreds featuring Paul Jones and Mike D'Abo

Sunday 9 July
Pamoja Hall   7.30 pm 
Tickets £25.00   Book tickets

'There she was just a walkin' down the street, singing do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do!' One of the most popular, instantly recognisable songs of the 1960s and still the biggest audience-pleaser at their concerts some 50 years later. Original Manfred Mann members Paul Jones, Mike Hugg and Tom McGuinness are joined by former member Mike d'Abo plus Rob Townsend, Marcus Cliffe and Simon Currie as the line-up of The Manfreds. Since the band formed in 1962, they have firmly secured their place in the history books of British popular and R&B music.

The band re-formed as The Manfreds in 1991 and tour the world extensively promoting their music, both old and new. 

DANCE

The JPA Academy Summer Show present

Who Tells Your Story

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 July
Pamoja Hall   1.30pm & 5.00pm
Tickets  £12.00  (£10 under 16s)   Book Tickets

The JPA Academy is back at the Pamoja Hall with a showcase packed full of songs from hit Broadway and West End shows. A musical theatre extravaganza from our talented students aged 5 - 18.

MUSIC

Lydian Orchestra present

Summer Concert

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

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

Conductor Brynly Clarke with Bethany Crawley Reinecke, Flute Soloist.

MUSIC

The King's Singers

Friday 29 September
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £20 (£15 concessions)   Book Tickets
Patrick Dunachie - Countertenor, Timothy Wayne-Wright - Countertenor, Julian Gregory - Tenor, Christopher Bruerton - Baritone, Christopher Gabbitas - Baritone and Jonathan Howard - Bass

Acclaimed worldwide for their virtuosity, life-affirming energy and charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand. The group tours across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australasia performing to hundreds of thousands of people each season. Instantly recognisable for their immaculate intonation, vocal blend, diction and incisive timing, The King’s Singers are consummate entertainers. Their repertoire has evolved to become one of the most diverse imaginable with over 200 commissions from leading composers including Luciano Berio, György Ligeti, Sir James MacMillan, Krzysztof Penderecki, Toru Takemitsu, Sir John Tavener, Gabriela Lena Frank and Eric Whitacre alongside a significant collection of close harmony arrangements from jazz standards to pop chart hits. In June 2017, the group will host their inaugural U.S. Summer School at DePauw University, Indiana and in July 2017 will return for their 3rd U.K. Summer School at Royal Holloway (part of the University of London) where they are also Ensemble in Residence. Recently voted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame and with two Grammy® Awards to their name, rave reviews and sell-out concerts confirm that The King’s Singers remain one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles.Official website: www.kingssingers.com