THEATRE

A Bard Day's Night

Shakespeare Monologue Competition

Wednesday 23 January
Ordovsky-Tanaevsky Drama Studio   7.00pm
Admission FREE but should be booked   Book a place

A Bard Day's Night is a celebration of the words of Shakespeare, with students from Sevenoaks School performing to a panel of judges for the chance to become the school's representatives at the English Speaking Union's Shakespeare Monologue Competition later this year.

Come and support our students and watch the magic of verse and prose come to life. 

TALK

Dr Hannah Critchlow

Consciousness

Thursday 24 January
Pamoja Hall    6.15pm
Admission FREE      Book a Place

Are other animals, or even plants, conscious? Can we create conscious robots? Neuroscientist and Science Outreach Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge, Dr Hannah Critchlow, co-presenter of the BBC's Tomorrow's World Live series, considers consciousness in the era of artificial intelligence.

Book signings and sales courtesy of Sevenoaks Bookshop 

OPERA

Royal Opera House Encore cinema present

The Queen of Spades

Sunday 27 January, Pamoja Hall, 2.00pm
Book Tickets

In Tchaikovsky's intense opera of obsession and the supernatural, Gherman is caught between the woman he loves and a destructive fixation. The Queen of Spades is based on a short story by Pushkin, and comes to the Royal Opera House in a new production that has already garnered five-star reviews in Amsterdam. The production is set in 1890, the year of the opera's premiere. In his study, Tchaikovsky imagines the opera into life as his own story, its characters giving voice to his unfulfilled desires. Aleksandrs Antonenko and Eva-Maria Westbroek head the cast and Royal Opera Chorus, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera. This is an engrossing portrayal of a tortured creative artist and a gripping piece of gothic storytelling.

MUSIC PYOTR IL'YICH TCHAIKOVSKY, DIRECTOR STEFAN HERHEIM CONDUCTOR ANTONIO PAPPANO, GHERMAN - ALEKSANDRS ANTONENKO PRINCE YELETSKY - VLADIMIR STOYANOV COUNTESS - FELICITY PALMER LIZA - EVA-MARIA WESTBROEK

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL. SUNG IN RUSSIAN

MUSIC

Music at Sevenoaks present

Music Award Holders' Recital

Friday 1 February
Recital Room 7.30pm  
Admission FREE but should be booked - book a place

Don't miss this chance to hear the music award holders of Sevenoaks School. These advanced students from Year 7 to the Upper 6th present a selection of solo items in one of the department's most treasured concerts of the year.

OPERA

Royal Opera House encore cinema present

La Traviata

Sunday 3 February   Pamoja Hall   2.00pm
Book Tickets

Richard Eyre's beautiful production provides the perfect setting for Verdi's opera about a courtesan who sacrifices all for love. From the thrill of unexpected romance to a heart-breaking reconciliation that comes too late - Verdi's La traviata is one of the most popular of all operas. Alfredo falls in love with the courtesan Violetta in glamorous Paris society, but underneath the surface run darker undercurrents, leading to a tragic ending. The opera's wealth of melodies includes the famous Brindisi and the exuberant 'Sempre libera' - both showing the lyricism of Italian opera at its most immediately appealing. Richard Eyre's production for The Royal Opera brings out all the emotional colour, from the giddy discovery of love, through painful confrontation to the inevitable conclusion. Lavish period sets and costumes enhance the reality of a moving story based on true life.

MUSIC GIUSEPPE VERDI - DIRECTOR RICHARD EYRE - CONDUCTOR ANTONELLO MANACORDA

VIOLETTA VALÉRY - ERMONELA JAHO 

ALFREDO GERMONT - CHARLES CASTRONOVO

GIORGIO GERMONT - PLÁCIDO DOMINGO

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 35 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS

SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

MUSIC

Sevenoaks Music Society present

Masterclass &  Evening Performance

Sacconi Quartet and Guests

Tuesday 12 February
Recital Room   6.15pm
Tickets £7 (Students Free)  Book Tickets  (Free tickets can only be issued via email requests - book a free place )

The award-winning Sacconi Quartet join acclaimed musicians Robert Plane (clarinet) and Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn) for a performance of John Ireland’s rarely heard Sextet.  Written in 1898, this masterpiece is seldom heard on the concert stage, yet its Brahmsian soundworld and English charm, combined with its unique instrumentation, make it a piece not to miss.  The audience are also invited to a question-and-answer session with the musicians after the performance.

THEATRE

SSTC L6 Play present

Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

Monday 11 to Thursday 14 February
Sackville Theatre    7.30pm
Tickets £10 (£7 concessions)   Book tickets

Suitable for Year 9 and above.

Penelope is dead! And that's not the worst part. Now in Hades, the former Queen of Ithaca decides it is time to take control of her story. She is going to set the record straight; about her life, her marriage and those 20 years Odysseus was away from home.

Based on Homer's Odyssey, Margaret Atwood's theatrical retelling of this legend puts Penelope and a chorus of 12 trusted handmaids at the centre of a story of words, weaving and waiting. 'Sing Muse of the woman of many turns...'

BALLET

Royal Opera House encore cinema season present

Don Quixote

Sunday 24 February   Pamoja Hall   2.00pm
Book Tickets

Love and friendship triumph in Carlos Acosta's vibrant production of this dazzling ballet.

Cervantes's story of the bumbling knight Don Quixote has inspired countless artistic interpretations. Marius Petipa choreographed this sparkling ballet about the encounters of the man from La Mancha and his faithful squire Sancho Panza. At its heart are virtuoso roles for the lovers Basilio and Kitri. Carlos Acosta chose this joyful classic for his first production for The Royal Ballet. His vibrant staging brings together the whole Company in such roles as exuberant villagers, passionate gypsies and even fantasy flowers.

The story follows Don Quixote's picaresque journey to do deeds in honour of his imaginary noble lady, Dulcinea. Sunny, charming, funny and touching - Don Quixote is a ballet as full of uplifting emotion as it is of astonishing ballet technique.

CHOREOGRAPHY CARLOS ACOSTA AFTER MARIUS PETIPA,  MUSIC LUDWIG MINKUS ARRANGED AND ORCHESTRATED BY MARTIN YATES

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL

DEBATE

Brexit: where are we now – and what next?

Tuesday 26 February
Pamoja Hall   6.15pm 
Admission FREE but must be booked   Book a place

Passionate second referendum campaigner Lord Adonis will be joined by speakers representing a range of views on Brexit to explore the most divisive topic in the UK.

MUSIC

Chamber Musicians' Concert Series

Platform I: Friday 1 March

Platform II : Tuesday 5 March

Platform III: Thursday 7 March

Recital Room    6.15pm
Admission FREE   Book a place

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.

MUSIC

Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Concert Band and Kemsing Singers present

Joint Spring Concert

Saturday 9 March
Pamoja Hall    7.30pm
Tickets £8 (£1 U18s)    Book tickets

Sevenoaks and Tonbridge Concert Band join forces with the Kemsing Singers to bring you an exciting programme to suit all tastes, in aid of The Silas Pullen Fund.

 

Their programme will include Danzon No.2 by Marquez, Handel's Zadok the Priest, compilations from musicals and opera such as Chess, Phantom of the Opera, Verdi choruses and much, much more.

Musical Directors  Ian Harby and Sara Kemsley.

MUSIC

Piano Showcase

Aesthesia and Anaesthesia

Tuesday 12 March
Recital Room   7.30pm
Admission Free but should be booked   Book a place

At a time of momentous change and incessant social media, should we retreat from reality or confront it? Students will be exploring contemporary ambient piano music, crossing boundaries between the minimalist and the experimental.

The soothing and numbing music of Ludovico Einaudi and Yiruma might be the narcotic we yearn for in anxious times. But is anodyne music the solution? Can composers like Cornelius Cardew awaken our senses and prompt us to see more clearly the pressing realities of the world around us?

This concert will include hits such as Nuvole Bianche and River flows in you, followed by a performance of the thought-provoking experimental work The Great Learning by Cornelius Cardew, which is based on the eponymous ancient Confucian text. 

Brian Eno’s Music for Airports will be played all day in the Foyer

MUSIC

Music at Sevenoaks present

Sevenoaks Swings

Wednesday 13 March   
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £7   Book Tickets

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.

TALK

Dr Adam Rutherford talks on

The Book of Humans

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

Geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford, presenter of BBC Radio 4's Inside Science and author of A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, talks on the paradox of humans: unequivocally animals and yet extraordinary among them.

Books signings and sales courtesy of Sevenoaks Bookshop.

MUSIC

Music at Sevenoaks present

St John Passion

Friday 15 March
Pamoja Hall    7.30pm
Tickets £7    Book tickets

The Sevenoaks School Choral Society and Parents' Choir come together under the baton of Michael Heighway in a performance of Bach's Easter masterpiece The St John Passion. Composed in 1724, the work retains its appeal and relevance to this day, recounting that most universal story of western culture, the trial and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

They will be supported by Ruairi Bowen, the critically acclaimed young tenor, who has acquired a stunning reputation for his performances of Bach's music and for his interpretation of the evangelist in Bach's Passions in particular.

MUSIC

Music at Sevenoaks present

William Sevenoke Memorial Concert

Monday 25 March
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £7   Book tickets

The Sevenoaks School senior students come together in a concert which celebrates the school’s senior classical musicians. Join us for performances from the school’s renowned Sennocke Consort and Senior Girls’ Ensemble, the string and wind bands as well as the school’s Symphony Orchestra, who will conclude the concert with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Marche Slave.

OPERA

Royal Opera House encore cinema season 2018/19 present

La Forza Del Destino

Sunday 7 April   Pamoja Hall   2.00pm
Book Tickets

Leonora falls in love with Don Alvaro, but when her father forbids their marriage, a fatal accident triggers a drama of obsession, vengeance and tragedy. Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko star in Verdi's epic La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny) an opera which demands the very best of singers for its powerful music and the fullest theatrical treatment for its story of bitter revenge pursued across miles and years. The production comes to The Royal Opera in a sensational staging from Amsterdam packed with colour and action. It is directed by Christof Loy and conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera.

MUSIC GIUSEPPE VERDI, DIRECTOR CHRISTOF LOY, CONDUCTOR ANTONIO PAPPANO DONNA LEONORA - ANNA NETREBKO

DON ALVARO - JONAS KAUFMANN

DON CARLO DI VARGAS LUDOVIC TÉZIER

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 4 HOURS, 15 MINUTES INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS

SUNG IN ITALIAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

OPERA

Royal Opera House encore Cinema present

Faust

Sunday 5 May  Pamoja Hall   2.00pm
Book Tickets

EXPERIENCE THE DECADENCE AND ELEGANCE OF 1870S PARIS IN DAVID MCVICAR'S SPECTACULAR PRODUCTION OF GOUNOD'S BEST-LOVED OPERA.

There are many versions of the story of Faust, who trades his soul with the Devil for youth and power, but Gounod's opera remains one of the most constantly enthralling. Michael Fabiano stars as Faust, with Diana Damrau as his beloved Marguerite and Erwin Schrott as the diabolical Méphistophélès. Virtuoso leading roles, a large chorus, sensational sets, ballet and an ecstatic finale make this the epitome of theatrical spectacle - the lavish scale of French grand opera is wonderfully in evidence in this production by David McVicar, set in 1870s Paris. Above all, the music includes several of popular opera's most recognisable numbers, performed by a cast of great international singers and the Royal Opera Chorus.

CONDUCTOR DAN ETTINGER

FAUST MICHAEL FABIANO

MÉPHISTOPHÉLÈS ERWIN SCHROTT

MARGUERITE DIANA DAMRAU

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 45 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL 

SUNG IN FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

BALLET

Royal Opera House encore Cinema present

Within the Golden Hour / WORLD PREMIERE / Flight Pattern

Sunday 19 May Pamoja Hall 2.00pm

Book Tickets

The contemporary face of The Royal Ballet is shown in works from three of today's leading choreographers. Christopher Wheeldon's Within the Golden Hour is based around seven couples separating and intermingling, to music by Vivaldi and Bosso and lit with rich colours suggested by sunset. Crystal Pite's Flight Pattern, revived for the first time, uses a large dance ensemble and Górecki's familiar music from his Symphony of Sorrowful Songs for a poignant and passionate reflection on migration. Between them, a new work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, created on The Royal Ballet has its premiere to bring the contemporary truly up-to-date.

CHOREOGRAPHY CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON, SIDI LARBI CHERKAOUI & CRYSTAL PITE

MUSIC EZIO BOSSO, TBC & HENRYK MIKOŁAJ GÓRECKI

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS

Ballet

Royal Opera House encore Cinema present

 

Romeo and Juliet

Sunday 16 June   Pamoja Hall  2.00pm
Book Tickets

SHAKESPEARE'S STAR-CROSSED LOVERS ENCOUNTER PASSION AND TRAGEDY IN KENNETH MACMILLAN'S 20TH-CENTURY BALLET MASTERPIECE.

Shakespeare's enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the story's tragic end. Each revival gives opportunities for new dancers to interpret the doomed lovers. The whole Company brings the colour and action of Renaissance Verona, where a busy market all too quickly bursts into sword fighting, and a family feud leads to tragedy for both the Montagues and Capulets.

CHOREOGRAPHY KENNETH MACMILLAN MUSIC SERGEI PROKOFIEV

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS

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