DRAMA

SSTC Edinburgh Fringe present

Patience

Wednesday 6 September
Sackville Theatre   4.30pm and 7.00pm
Tickets £10 (£8 concessions)   Book tickets

Patience is a play that centres around two people who desperately need a liver transplant. Inspired by true patient cases, the play explores the difficulties faced by patients, their families and the doctors involved. The play and the music were entirely written by the cast and based on extensive research into real experiences of liver disease.

THEATRE

Play on Words Theatre presents

Tom Crean for Bertie's 300

Thursday 14 September
Sackville Theatre   6.30pm
Tickets  £15, £10 concessions   Book tickets

Tom Crean (1877-1938) the intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland's unsung heroes is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley.

Hear the riveting true stories of Crean's Antarctic explorations as one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive three famous expeditions: Discovery, (1901 - 1904); Terra Nova (1910 - 1913); and Endurance (1914 - 1916).

Crean's story is a testament of human fortitude against all the elements of Antarctic, his 36 mile, solitary trek to base camp during the Terra Nova expedition to rescue his comrades Teddy Evans and William Lashly has been described by Antarctic historians as 'the finest feat of individual heroism from the entire age of exploration'.

Aiden and Miriam Dooley together with Sevenoaks School have kindly offered to donate a performance of the excellent Tom Crean to help raise funds for Bertie Petty via http://www.treeofhope.org.uk/bertie-petty/.

TALK

Q&A with Writer John Lanchester

Friday 15 September
Pamoja Hall    7.00pm
FREE admission   Book a place

If you are looking for some summer reading, how about Capital by John Lanchester?

Serialised by the BBC with Toby Jones as investment banker Roger Yount, Capital is the gripping story of one London street during the financial crisis of 2008. If you prefer non-fiction, his best-selling Whoops: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay is a witty, accessible explanation of how the financial world works.

You can read the books and then meet the author.

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Royal Opera House Encore screening

Die Zauberflöte

Sunday 24 September
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm
Tickets £18.50, £17 concessions & £10 child/full-time student   Book tickets

Mozart's glorious opera Die Zauberflöte is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar's production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane. This classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart's work.

The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies.

As well as being a comedy, Die Zauberflöte is an expression of Mozart's profound spiritual beliefs; Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. Die Zauberflöte was an instant success with audiences and Mozart's supposed rival Salieri described it as an 'operone' - a great opera.

Julia Jones conducts this spellbinding production with a wonderful cast including Roderick Williams as Papageno.

Opera in two acts, approximate running time 3 hours 10 minutes (including one interval) Sung in German with English surtitles

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

TALK

Professor Steven L Isenberg presents

Rereading the American Classics in the Age of Trump

Thursday 5 October  
Pamoja Hall   7.00pm
FREE ADMISSION      Book a place

Visiting Professor at The City University of New York, Steven L. Isenberg has a long, distinguished career that spans the spheres of public policy, higher education and journalism. He has taught politics, journalism and literature at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of California at Berkeley and Yale, as well as been Executive Vice President of the Los Angeles Times and the Publisher of New York Newsday.

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The Royal Opera Encore Screening

La Bohème

Sunday 8 October
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm
Tickets £18.50, £17 concessions & £10 child/full-time student   Book tickets

First performed in Covent Garden in 1897, La Bohème has been performed there more than 500 times since. Puccini's romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world. Director Richard Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to one of the best-loved of all operas, visualised in Stewart Laing's spectacular, stylised 1850s setting.

Opera in four acts. Approximate running time: 2 hours 35 minutes including one interval. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

THEATRE

SSTC senior tour present

Jane Eyre

Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 October
Sackville Theatre 7.30pm plus 1.30pm Wednesday Matinee
Tickets £10 (£8 concessions)   Book tickets

In the Sevenoaks School Theatre Company's new adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic, Jane Eyre faces life's obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart. This production, in collaboration with students from Goethe-Gymnasium in Ibbenbürren, will tour to Germany after performances in Sevenoaks.

MUSIC

Cantate Choir and Soloists with Vivacé present

Monteverdi Vespers  

Saturday 14 October
Pamoja Hall    7.30pm
Tickets  £15, (concessions £7.50 U18s)   Book tickets

Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 have stood the test of time, surviving 400 years, being rediscovered in the 20th century and remaining popular with audiences today. Monteverdi was a singer, viol player and court composer, publishing books of madrigals and producing one of the first ever operas, L'Orfeo. The Vespers was his first sacred work in nearly 30 years and is a large, complex and groundbreaking piece noted for its brilliance and power.

Director of Music: Robin Walker

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Royal Ballet Encore (screening)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Sunday 29 October  
Pamoja Hall    2.00pm
Tickets £18.50, (£17 concessions & £10 child/full-time student)  Book tickets

Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot's score combines contemporary sound-worlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley's wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real.

Approximate running time 2 hours 50 minutes including 2 intervals.

THEATRE

Theatre Ad Infinitum present

The Odyssey

Thursday 2 November
Sackville Theatre   4.30pm & 7.30pm
Tickets £12 (£10 concession)   Book tickets

One actor. One hour. One man's epic quest to reunite with his family and seek his bloody revenge. The Odyssey follows the Greek warrior Odysseus in his relentless attempt to reach home so he can see his wife and son again before he dies. Passionate, highly physical and poignant storytelling brings this breathtaking adventure to life. A journey that will ignite the imagination and awaken the senses.

'The Best of the Fringe' - Observer

DANCE

Kala Chethena Kathakali Company present

The Ancient Art of Kathakali

Thursday 9 November
Pamoja Hall 2.20pm
Free Admission   Book places

Kathakali is the classical dance drama of Kerala, South India, and is a breathtaking blend of theatre, dance, drama, spectacle, music and storytelling.

The internationally renowned Kala Chethena Kathakali Company bring the ancient art of Kathakali to Sevenoaks during its UK autumn tour. Kathakali enables children to gain a deeper understanding of different cultures and exposes the remarkable qualities of Asian theatre, music, colour, stunning costumes and intricate make-up.

In addition to the spectacular performance of Kathakali there is an opportunity to take part in a South Indian music workshop, see the elaborate make-up, view the costumes and meet the artists. Before each performance there is a demonstration of how the actor tells a story, followed by a short film.

Come along and enjoy discovering the world of Kathakali.

'They perform with amazing grace, intensity and dignity. Intense, hypnotic and spectacularly beautiful' - The Telegraph

MUSIC

Sevenoaks Philharmonic Society presents

Choral Concert with Soprano Eliana Pretorian

Saturday 25 November
Pamoja Hall    7.30pm
Tickets £14 (£13 over 60, £5 under 16)   Book tickets

The Sevenoaks Philharmonic Society is excited to present this concert featuring international soprano, Eliana Pretorian, former principal artist at Glyndebourne, and conducted by Musical Director Robyn Sevastos.

The first half of the concert comprises Mozart's 'Solemn' Mass in C Major (K337). It was written in 1780 in Salzburg when Mozart was 24, and was in fact his last completed Mass. The second half will feature Eliana singing Mozart's Exultate Jubilate and arias by Mozart and Verdi. The choir will also perform pieces by Handel and Mozart and the concert will end with the magnificent Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni.

MUSIC

Music at Sevenoaks presents

The Mighty Orchestra III

Friday 1 December
Pamoja Hall 7.30pm
Tickets £7    Book tickets

This concert celebrates the large ensemble playing which takes place at Sevenoaks School. The Symphony Orchestra, which will perform Schubert's 8th symphony, is supported by the younger Foundation Orchestra as well as the school's Middle School string orchestra, Sevenoaks Strings, and the school Wind Band. Members from all of these groups, and also some enthusiastic beginners, will join together for one spectacular performance of Luigi Denza's timeless classic, Funiculi, funicula. The Sennocke Consort will perform a selection of their Christmas material.

THEATRE

SSTC Year 10 present

Great Expectations

Tuesday 5 to Saturday 9 December (no show Friday 8 December)
Sackville Theatre   7.00pm
Tickets £10 (£8 concessions)  Book tickets

A tale of wealth, poverty, ambition, rejection and love, Great Expectations is the story of Pip, an orphan whose life is changed when he meets an escaped convict in a churchyard, and is subsequently introduced to a mysterious elderly woman, and her beautiful ward. Neil Bartlett lovingly reinterprets Charles Dickens' dark, original Bildungsroman for the stage.

MUSIC

Crash into Christmas

Friday 8 December
Pamoja Hall    7.30pm
Tickets £7 (Profits to charity)  Book tickets

Join the large Sevenoaks School jazz ensembles in a festive musical extravaganza. The Big Band will lead the celebrations with performances of Swing sensations and there is also a chance to hear the school's gospel choir, barbershop ensembles and saxophone quartets perform many other light popular favourites.

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Royal Ballet Encore (screening)

The Nutcracker

Sunday 10 December
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm
Tickets £18.50 (£17 concessions & £10 child/full-time student)   Book tickets

Peter Wright's nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov's 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky's sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognisable of all ballet scores.

Approximate running time: 2 hours 15 minutes, including one interval

MUSIC

Lydian Orchestra Present

Winter Concert

Thursday 21 December
Pamoja Hall 7.30pm
 
Tickets £15 (£6 under 21, £1 under 16)   Book tickets

The Lydian Orchestra's Winter Concert will feature the 2017 Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year, pianist Peter Xie, who will perform Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2. The conductor will be Peter Young.

MUSIC

Temenos Chamber Choir present

JS Bach B minor Mass

Saturday 10 March
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £20 (£10 concessions)   Book tickets

Temenos  Chamber Choir will celebrate their 30th anniversary by performing the B Minor Mass by JS Bach in the Pamoja Hall.  Directed  by Patrick Craig  the choir will be joined by a stellar group  of soloists including Nicholas Pritchard, Robin Blaze and Edward Grint, with an orchestra drawn from professional baroque musicians.