MUSIC

Chamber Music Masterclass

Wednesday 21 February
Recital Room   4.15pm
Admission FREE    Book a Place

 

The masterclass will be taken by the internationally award-winning Fournier Trio, an ensemble that has rapidly established itself as one of the leading young chamber ensembles in the UK. They will be giving a short performance to open the class, followed by a 'Meet the Artists' question and answer session. Two of our chamber ensembles will then participate in the masterclass.

MUSIC

Maidstone Wind Symphony present

Festival of Wind & Brass 2018

Saturday 24 February
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £10 (£8 U18 & O65) U12 FREE   Book Now

Maidstone Wind Symphony is joined by former BBC Young Brass Player of the Year Matilda Lloyd and the Southern Counties Youth Band for the annual Festival of Wind Brass in Sevenoaks. Maidstone Wind Symphony's programme will include Mendelssohn's Overture for Winds, Arutiunian Trumpet Concerto and Mackey's Frozen Cathedral.

JONATHAN CROWHURST | conductor

MUSIC

Chamber Musicians' Concert Series

Platform I Wednesday 28 February
Platform II Friday 2 March
Platform III Thursday 15 March
Recital Room    7.30pm
Admission Free    Please book here

Sevenoaks School has acquired a formidable reputation in the South East in the field of chamber music.  Regular finalists in Pro Corda’s annual national Chamber Music Festival for Schools, Sevenoaks School presents three evenings dedicated to music for the small ensemble and featuring the work of some sixty pupils in the school.

TALK

Why Theatre?

Friday 2 March
Sackville Theatre   6.15pm
Admission FREE    Book a Place

Playwright Simon Stephens (Punk Rock, Birdland and adaptations of A Doll’s House, The Seagull and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time) on writing for the stage.

BALLET

Royal Opera House Encore Screening presents

The Winter's Tale

Sunday 4 March
Pamoja Hall    2.00pm
Tickets £18.50, (concession £17, & child/student £10)   Book Tickets

Shakespeare's tale of love and loss becomes a compelling dance drama in Christopher Wheeldon's ballet adaptation. The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret - and after a seemingly miraculous return to life - the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter's Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS

THEATRE

SSTC Lower 6 play

Macbeth

Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 March 
Sackville Theatre    7.30pm
Tickets £7    Book Now

The Sevenoaks School Theatre Company (SSTC) present a contemporary transformation of Shakespeare's bloody tragedy of murder and supernatural power. This exciting production, performed by Lower Sixth students, offers a bold, refreshing interpretation of this popular play - resonating ideas about gender, power and our taste for violence. Blood will have Blood

Set in a not-too-distant future during a savage tribal war, a cult-like militia fights in the ruins of a modern city for its ideals and very existence. Consumed by a deadly prophecy, a heroic female warrior and her ambitious partner betray the very order they have fought for. Descending into tyranny, chaos and madness, they risk taking their whole community and comrades with them.

Approximate running time 100 minutes. No Interval

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Temenos Chamber Choir present 

JS Bach B minor Mass

Saturday 10 March
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £20 (£10 Under 18s)   Book tickets
NB To book concession tickets please call the Box office 01732 467 765

Temenos Chamber Choir will celebrate their 30th anniversary by performing the B Minor Mass by JS Bach in the Pamoja Hall. This performance of Bach's masterpiece of Christian art celebrates the formation of Temenos 30 years ago.

Directed by Patrick Craig, the choir will be joined by soloists Rebecca Outram, Robin Blaze, Sam Boden and Tim Nelson with professional baroque instrumentalists The St Cecilia Players

OPERA

Royal Opera House Encore Screening

Carmen

Sunday 11 March
Pamoja Hall    2.00pm
Tickets £18.50 (concession £17 & child/student £10)   Book Now

Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form - numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera's heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky's highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world's most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich's The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera's endlessly fascinating central character.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME:3 HOURS 20 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL | SUNG IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

C CCARMEN - ANNA GORYACHOVA

DON JOSÉ - FRANCESCO MELI

MICAËLA  - ANETT FRITSCH

ESCAMILLO - KOSTAS SMORIGINAS

 

COMPETITION

Association of English Singers and Speakers (AESS) present

The Courtney Kenny Award 2018

Sunday 11 March
Recital Room    2.30pm
Admission FREE    Book a Place

Entrants are encouraged to explore the vast wealth of material from five hundred years of song writing, prose and poetry, of writers and composers world-wide who employ the English language. The purpose of the Association of English Singers and Speakers (AESS) Courtney Kenny Award, in accordance with the general aims of the AESS, is 'to encourage the communication of English words, in singing and in speech, with clarity, understanding and imagination'.

Requirement: Competitors are asked to present and sing a themed recital of classical 'Art Songs' and the spoken word, with original English texts. (N.B.'Art Songs' does NOT include opera, oratorio, operetta or musical theatre). The integrated programme may include spoken links and must contain poetry and/ or prose. The programme should not exceed 20 minutes in total. The entire programme must be delivered from memory in both rounds. The judges will give equal emphasis to the spoken and sung elements of the programme.

Eligibility: The competition is open to young singers aged 18 to 23. The application form must be signed by an AESS member.

Age Limit: Singers, together with pianists eligible for the accompanists' prize, should be in the above age-range on or before the date of the final. In 2018 this is March 11th. Prizes: First Prize - £1,000 Second Prize - £500 Third Prize - £500 Accompanists' Prize - £500 

MUSIC

Music at Sevenoaks present

Choral Concert

Tuesday 13 March
Pamoja Hall    7.30pm
Tickets £7    Book Now

The Sevenoaks School Choral Society and Parents' Choir come together under the baton of Michael Heighway in a performance of Mozart's ever popular Requiem. They will be supported by the school's other classical choirs in a selection of music for chamber choirs from across the centuries.

THEATRE

SSTC L6 present

Girls Like That

Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 March
Ordovsky-Tanaevsky Drama Studio    7.30pm
Tickets £5   Book Now

When our sense of reality is constructed by Smartphones, no one is safe; and when your profile picture gets 100 likes, are they really your friends? When Scarlet's naked photo goes viral around school, the ferocity of smartphones and tweets are unleashed, and her reputation is torn to shreds. The enemy however is not the boys; this is girls against girls.

A twisted fusion of Mean Girls and Black Mirror: Evan Placey's explosive dark comedy explores the perils of growing up in our new digital generation. Girls Like That not only highlights the damaging standards placed on women by society, but more shockingly by women themselves.

With a soundtrack of Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Pink and Taylor Swift, a group of Lower Sixth students take us from the nursery playground, to the secondary school corridors; back in time to the roaring 1920s, World War II, the 60s and 80s, in order to determine: when did girls last have each others' back?

JAZZ

Music at Sevenoaks present

Sevenoaks Swings

Friday 16 March
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets  £7    Book Now

The jazz music that has come out of Sevenoaks School in recent years has been astonishing. Come and hear large ensembles, such as the Sevenoaks School Big Band and the popular choir 'Voices' in our annual end of Lent term celebration Sevenoaks Swings.

MUSIC

Music at Sevenoaks present

The Alan Adler Memorial Concert

Monday 19 March
Pamoja Hall    7.30pm
Tickets £7    Book Now

The Sevenoaks School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras present a concert of 18 and 19 century orchestral music. Mika Curson, Amelia Ross and Mervyn Tong are the soloists in a performance of Bach's Brandenburg concerto No 4.

The Symphony Orchestra present Sullivan's popular overture to The Pirates of Penzance, Berlioz's 'Hungarian March' from The Damnation of Faust and the concert concludes with Schubert's 'unfinished' symphony no 8 in B minor. Christopher Potts and Christopher Dyer direct.

DANCE

The Housley School of Dance presents

ID, 18 Years of the Housley School of Dance

Saturday 24 & 25 March
Pamoja Hall    12.00 & 5.00pm
Tickets £13 (concession £10)    Book Tickets

The Housley School of Dance celebrates 18 years of teaching in the bi-annual performance. If you love all types of dance, drama, singing and musical theatre it is well worth watching. The school has 200 children aged between 4-18 and the west-end style show is created by the principal of the school Jane Kirkby. It will be a lovely children's dance show and a true celebration of theatre.

Royal Opera House Live Screenings

Royal Ballet

Royal Opera House Encore Screening

Bernstein centenary

Tuesday 27 March
Pamoja Hall    7.15pm
Tickets £18.50, £17 (£10 Child/Student)  Book Tickets

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The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth with an all-Bernstein programme from choreographers Wayne McGreggor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon. 

The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist's first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett's The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein's soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are inspired by W.H. Auden's masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II.

 

Royal Opera House Live Encore Screenings

Royal Opera

Macbeth

Sunday 8 April
Pamoja Hall 2.00pm
Tickets £18.50, £17 concession, £15* subscriber & £10 child/student Book Now

Verdi's life-long love affair with Shakespeare's works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be 'one of the greatest creations of man'. With his librettist, Francesco Maria Piave, Verdi set out to create 'something out of the ordinary'. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.

Phyllida Lloyd's 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold. The witches, imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths' childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds. The Royal Opera's production uses Verdi's 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth's riveting aria La luce langue.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 20 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL 

SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

JAZZ

Sevenoaks School Jazz Club

Thursday 19 April
Sackville Theatre   7.30pm
Tickets £7   Book Now

 

Join us in the Sackville Theatre for the more intimate Jazz Club night, where the school’s leading soloists are backed by a professional trio of musicians under the leadership of Nicholas Beston.

THEATRE

Theatre Ad Infinitum present

Translunar Paradise

Wednesday 2 May
Sackville Theatre   4.30pm & 7.30pm
Tickets £13 (concession £10)    Book Now

Theatre Ad Infinitum's wordless tale of life, death and enduring love returns to tour the UK and Chile following years of extensive international touring amassing nine awards.Original performers George Mann and Deborah Pugh are joined by Sophie Crawford to retell, with precise gesture and touches of humour, the story of widower William who escapes to a comforting world of fantasy and memories rather than confront his grief. From beyond the grave, his wife Rose returns to help him let go.

This poignant, life-affirming tale uses intricate and lifelike hand-held masks - created by Madame Tussaud's senior sculptor Victoria Beaton - to travel back and forth through William and Rose's relationship, wordlessly conveying a lifetime of memories in 75 minutes.

Royal Opera House Encore Screenings

Ballet

Manon

Sunday 6 May
Pamoja Hall 2.00pm
Tickets £18.50 (£17 concession, subscriber £15* & child/student £10) Book Now

Kenneth MacMillan's source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet's repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance.

MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon and her struggle to escape poverty. Designs by his regular collaborator Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. MacMillan's spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux's impassioned pas de deux - recalling the intensity of MacMillan's earlier Romeo and Juliet that drive this tragic story, and make Manon one of MacMillan's most powerful dramas.

Approximate running time: 2 hours, 35 minutes, including two intervals.

 

 

THEATRE

SSTC Year 9 present

House of Blood

Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 May
Sackville Theatre   7.00pm
Tickets £7    Book Now

A curse haunts the House of Atreus, passed down the generations and written in blood. Can the cycle of murder and revenge never be broken? Inspired by Aeschylus’s Oresteia, Year 9 students tell the story of a dark and disturbing Greek myth.

THEATRE

Clueless Theatre present

Two

by Jim Cartwright

Thursday 17 to Saturday 19 May
Ordovsky-Tanaevsky Drama Studio   8.00pm
Tickets £10 (£8 concession)   Book Now

Fourteen characters, two actors and one night in a hectic bar in Northern England. This is the recipe for Jim Cartwright's Two, blended with a whirlwind of emotion, questionable customer service and unspoken truths. From the landlord and landlady who despise the sight and sound of one another to a shaken (not stirred) cocktail of customers, Two explores the different types of relationships in society today.

'Jim Cartwright's 1989 play is a distillation (no pun intended) of what we've all experienced whilst nursing a drink in the local - rows, adolescent showing off, pathetic pick-up lines and overheard snippets of bizarre conversations' - J. D. Atkinson. Running time is 80 minutes without an interval.

MUSIC

Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra present

Summer Classics

Sunday 20 May
Pamoja Hall    7.30pm
Tickets £17, £16 Concessions (60+), Season Ticket holders £15 & U19 £1   Book Now
 

Programme includes Mendelssohn Overture: Fingal's Cave, Chopin Piano Concerto No2 (soloist Artur Haftman), Schubert Rosamunde Ballet Music and Beethoven Symphony No7 in A.

Mendelssohn's atmospheric overture makes a wonderful opening work for a summer concert. It will be followed by music full of the Polish master's characteristic touches, and we can look forward to some virtuosic playing from our young Polish soloist. Schubert's incidental music for a long-forgotten play has remained very popular, with good reason, delightful tunes and delicate scoring. The symphony, which the composer spoke of fondly as 'one of my best works', will end the evening with a rousing triple forte.

MUSIC

Singer/Songwriting Concert

Thursday 7 June
Recital Room   7.00pm
Admission FREE   Book a place

TALK

Victor Mallet Talks

Thursday 14 June
Recital Room   6.15pm
Admission FREE     Book a place

Victor Mallet, Asia News Editor of the Financial Times, will discuss his book River of Life, River of Death. Hailed in the New Statesman’s books of the year as a 'wonderful achievement', the book, on the Ganges and India’s future, exposes an environmental crisis of international significance and asks whether India’s politicians can save the holy river from catastrophe. 

BALLET

Royal Opera House Encore Screening present

Swan Lake

Sunday 17 June
Pamoja Hall    2.00pm
Tickets £18.50, £17 concession, £15 subscriber* & £10 child/student   Book Now

Swan Lake has had a special role in the repertory of The Royal Ballet since 1934. This Season The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. While remaining faithful to the Petipa-Ivanov text, Scarlett will bring fresh eyes to the staging of this classic ballet, in collaboration with his long-term designer John Macfarlane.

Prince Siegfried chances upon a flock of swans while out hunting. When one of the swans turns into a beautiful woman, Odette, he is enraptured. But she is under a spell that holds her captive, allowing her to regain her human form only at night.

Swan Lake was Tchaikovsky's first ballet score. Given its status today as arguably the best loved and most admired of all classical ballets, it is perhaps surprising that at its premiere in 1877 Swan Lake was poorly received. It is thanks to the 1895 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov that Swan Lake has become part of not only ballet consciousness but also wider popular culture. That success is secured not only by the sublime, symphonic sweep of Tchaikovsky's score, but also by the striking choreographic contrasts between Petipa's royal palace scenes and the lyric lakeside scenes created by Ivanov.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME:3 HOURS, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS

THEATRE

SSTC Lower School Play present

Coram Boy

Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 June
Sackville Theatre   7.00pm
Tickets £7   Book Now

Coram Boy adapted by Helen Edmundson from the children's novel by Jamila Gavin.

Set in Georgian England, where Thomas Coram has recently opened a foundling hospital in London for deserted children. Handel offers to stage a benefit concert to help provide a home for the alarming number of vulnerable, abandoned, children. But unscrupulous Coram men have taken advantage of the situation by promising desperate mothers to take their unwanted children to the hospital for a fee. Set amidst this tragic episode of British social history, and to the backdrop of Handel’s Messiah, Coram Boy follows the tale of two cities - Gloucester and London - and of two boys: Toby, saved from an African slave ship, and Aaron, illegitimate heir to a great estate.

Staged by a large Lower School ensemble, the Sevenoaks School Theatre Company’s production of this dark but uplifting story is not to be missed.

A beautiful story of lost children, abandoned hopes, broken hearts and reunions - The Guardian

Coram Boy won the Whitbread Children's Book Award in 2000. 

Lydian Orchestra Summer Concert

Sunday 15 July
Pamoja Hall   6.30pm
Tickets £15  (students/u21 £6 &  u16s £1)   Book Tickets

Conducted by Brynly Clarke, this concert features Davide Sorrentino (tenor) performing some of the world's best-known operatic arias, plus Bruckner's Symphony No.4 to showcase the talents of our amazing local young instrumentalists. Not to be missed!