MUSIC

The Story of American Piano Music with Tau Wey

Friday 2 September
Recital Room 7.30pm
Tickets Free   BOOK NOW

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

THEATRE

Les Amants de Montmartre

Thursday 8 September
Sackville Theatre   7.30pm
Tickets £10   BOOK NOW

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. Come and discover a funny, poetic and shimmering play! Set sail with the lovers...in Montmartre!

THEATRE

Layla's Room by Sabrina Mahfouz

Produced by Theatre Centre

Monday 19 September
Sackville Theatre 4.30pm
Tickets FREE    BOOK NOW

For Layla, every day is a battleground. The pay-gap, the thigh-gap, over-sexed pop and selfies that are photo-shopped, they're just part of the world she lives in. But Layla's world is about to change. While breaking out of her bedroom and with drama, comedy, poetry and music as her weapons, Layla breaks down and makes sense of the realities, difficulties and absurdities of teenage life in the UK today.

Collected from a national survey, award-winning Sabrina Mahfouz weaves together the voices of 1000 UK teens in this hard-hitting yet hopeful story of how girls just wanna have fun(damental human rights).

MUSIC

Piano Technique Workshop

with Alan Fraser

Tuesday 27 September
Recital Room   4.30pm
Tickets Free   BOOK NOW

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.

CABARET

Sevenoaks School Cabaret Club present

What's Love Got to Do With it

Friday 7 October
Sackville Theatre 7.30pm
Tickets £7   BOOK NOW

An exploration of relationships within families, between friends and first love... A fun and delightful collection of songs from musical theatre and cabaret repertoire, exploring the complex relationships that are the closest to our hearts, with composers such as Rogers and Hammerstein, Tom Lehrer, Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber among others.

A warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere that will have you toe tapping, smiling and humming along.

Accompanied by Tom Carradine

THEATRE

SSTC present

Mnemonic

Monday 10 October to Thursday 13 October
Pamoja Hall    7.30pm (plus Thursday Matinee 2.00pm)
ADMISSION FREE    Book Now

Tourists descending a frozen mountain peak discover a shrivelled body emerging from the ice. How old is it?

A man, alone in his London flat, unable to sleep, searches in his memory. Or does he imagine?

Buzzing with creativity and vibrant physicality, the productioncombines a unique movement-based performance style with anintegrated, atmospheric audio visual design.

Running time 1 hour 50 min approx. - no interval.

OPERA

Royal Opera present: ENCORE screening

Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte 

Sunday 23 October 
Pamoja Hall    4.00pm
Tickets £18.50 (concessions £17.00) & £15 Subscribers*    Book Tickets

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How much do you love your partner? How much do you trust them? And can they trust you?

Mozart's classic opera Così fan tutte puts two pairs of lovers to the test - with great music but distinctly unexpected results.

For this new production, director Jan Philipp Gloger creates a richly theatrical world as the playground for this quirky comedy, where two men try to woo each other's partners for a bet. Don Alfonso - the puppet master of this experiment in love - is here a theatre director who uses all the sets, props and tricks of his trade to invent new scenes to challenge the lovers' affections.

This lively, youthful and imaginative take on one of the world's best-loved operas is performed by a cast of rising stars

Fiordiligi - Corinne Winters, Dorabella - Angela Browner, Ferrando - Daniel Behle, Gugliemo - Alessio Arduini, Don Alfonso - Johannes Martin Kranzle and Despina - Sabina Puertolas.

Conductor - Semyon Bychkov and Director - Jan Philipp Gloger

BALLET

The Royal Ballet present: Encore Screening

Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker

Sunday 11 December
Pamoja Hall   2pm
Tickets £18.50, £17 concession & £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 hrs 15 mins

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

Image by AKA (©ROH, 2016)

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

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.