MUSIC & THEATRE

Sevenoaks School present

A Night at the Movies

Thursday 28 and Friday 29 November
Pamoaj Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £10 & £7 concessions   Book Tickets

New for this term – a wonderful combination of iconic film music coupled with dramatic acted moments from some of your favourite movies. Using the talents of the Foundation and Symphony Orchestras, plus the Wind Band, Big Band and Sevenoaks Strings – we aim to bring to life the thrills and drama of the big screen. Highlights include sequences from Brief Encounter, Disney, The Pink Panther and the ubiquitous 007 – so something for everyone!

MUSIC

Music at Sevenoaks present

Crash into Christmas

Friday 6 December   
7.30pm    Pamoja Hall
Tickets £10 & £7 concessions   Book Tickets

Celebrate the coming of Christmas with the Sevenoaks School jazz ensembles!  Once again, the Sevenoaks School Big Band leads the festivities with seasonal and other popular classics, supported by the Gospel Choir, the Middle School jazz ensembles alongside other quartets and jazz combos.  40% of the box office will go to the School's elected charity.

BALLET

The Royal Ballet Cinema LIVE Screening

COPPÉLIA

Tuesday 10 December
Pamoja Hall   7.15pm   Book Tickets

A classic returns to The Royal Ballet repertory with Ninette de Valois’ charming and funny Coppélia – a story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls. The intricate choreography is set to Delibes’ delightful score and shows-off the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company. Osbert Lancaster’s designs bring a colourful storybook world to life in this family Christmas treat.

Approximate running time: about 2 hours 30 minutes

MUSIC

Kidenza present

Santa in Space

Saturday 14 December
Pamoja Hall   2pm & 4pm
Tickets £15 full, £8 U16, U2's go free   Book Tickets

It’s Christmas Eve and Santa has set off on his sleigh full of presents.  All is going well until a ‘SantaNav’ malfunction sends Santa up into space! Join us as we try to rescue him. He’s sure to pop in and say thank you and (shhhh!) he’ll have a special present for every child. This will be an adventure like no other.  Featuring the music from Star Wars and Santa himself, Kidenza presents a fun Classical concert for children of all ages.

Our Festive Programme is sure to put you in a Christmassy mood!

Percussion workshops for children

The percussion workshops are £12 which includes a drink and a biscuit between the workshop and performance and reserved seating at the front of the auditorium for the concert following the workshop (concert tickets required).  The workshop is suitable for children aged 6+ and will be attended alone.  Parents are welcome to stay for refreshments in the bar area whilst their children are in the workshop.

MUSIC

Eynsford Concert Band present

A Christmas Premiere

Sunday 15 December
Pamoja Hall   7.00pm
Tickets £12 & £10 concessions   Book Tickets

This year's Christmas Festival Concert, A Christmas Premiere will feature a new piece written for Eynsford Concert Band by the renowned composer and conductor, Jack Stamp and we are delighted that he will be joining us to conduct the premiere of his new work.

Please bring your Christmas hats, tinsel and festive cheer for an evening in the company of Mike Smith, Jack Stamp and the Eynsford Concert Band to celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.  

BALLET

The Royal Ballet Cinema Special Screening

The Nutcracker 

Tuesday 17 December
Pamoja Hall   7.15pm    Book Tickets

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 Herr 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.

The Sugar Plum Fairy Lauren Cuthbertson/ The Prince Federico Bonelli/ Clara Francesca Hayward/ Hans-Peter/ The Nutcracker Alexander Campbell/ Herr Drosselmeyer Gary Avis

RECORDED LIVE AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE Thursday 8 December 2016 - Approximate running time: 2 hours 15 minutes       

MUSIC

Lydian Winter Concert No.3

Saturday 21 December 
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £15 (£6 U18 & £1 U16  Book Tickets

A winter concert with conductor Brynly Clarke and soloist Felix Rosenboom on Cello winner of the Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year 2019.  

Programme to include:

  • Tchaikovsky’s Rococco Variations for cello and orchestra with soloist Felix Rosenboom,
  • Beethoven’s 5th Symphony
  • Kurt Schwertsik's  Baumgesange (Tree Songs)

In the Lydian spirit of tackling challenging pieces the concert will also include Baumgesange (Tree Songs) – short movements written in 1992 by Kurt Schwertsik, an Austrian composer who writes contemporary music in a classical style having rebelled against his teacher Stockhausen. In Baumgesänge, Schwertsik uses orchestral forces to evoke a sense of the majesty and height of the trees, the whistling wind, the birdsong in the woods and even the blows of an axe. 

Felix began playing the cello at the age of nine and is now co-leader in the National Youth Orchestra. He gave his first solo recital in 2017 and has also been awarded a distinction for his ABRSM diploma.

MUSICAL THEATRE screening

42nd Street - The Musical

Sunday 12 January
Pamoja Hall   2pm
Tickets £13 & £11 (concessions)    Book Tickets

Filmed live at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, 42nd Street, the legendary Broadway musical theatre classic, is a ‘glorious’ (★★★★★ Express) and ‘utterly moreish extravaganza of glitz’ (★★★★★ Times). Telling the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway, this is the largest ever staging of the Tony® Award-winning musical and it was filmed live at the magnificent Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in the heart of London’s West End. Fresh off the bus from small-town America Peggy is just another face in the chorus line on Broadway’s newest show. But when the leading lady gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she’s always dreamed of… Directed by the show author, Mark Bramble, this ‘achingly beautiful revival of an American classic’ (★★★★★ Telegraph) stars national treasure Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock, Tom Lister as Julian Marsh, Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer and Philip Bertioli as Billy Lawlor, performing with a dazzling tap-dancing and show-stopping ensemble cast. Featuring iconic songs 42nd Street, We’re In The Money, Lullaby Of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames and I Only Have Eyes For You, this is pure musical magic on the big screen – entertainment doesn’t get bigger than this!

Running Time: 144 minutes (including one 10-minute interval)

BALLET

The Royal Ballet Cinema Encore Screening

The Sleeping Beauty

Sunday 19 January
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

This production of The Sleeping Beauty has been delighting audiences in Covent Garden since 1946. A classic of Russian ballet, it established The Royal Ballet both in its new home after World War II and as a world-class company. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original staging was revived, returning Oliver Messel’s wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography beautifully combine with sections created for The Royal Ballet by Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell and Christopher Wheeldon. This ballet is sure to cast its spell over anyone who sees it.

Choreography Marius Petipa, Music Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Additional choreography Frederick Ashton, Anthony Dowell, Christopher Wheeldon

Approximate running time: 3 hours

MUSIC

Piano Showcase: Protest Pianist

Tuesday 21 January
Recital Room    7:30pm
Places are free but should be booked    Book a place

Music’s ability to turn from entertainment into protest is one of its subversive traits. It can give a voice to the unheard, and a platform for the marginalised. Far from being mere amusement, this concert seeks to uncover music as a beacon of cultural democracy and as an agent for change.

Protest Pianist presents music which on the one hand protests explicitly about issues such as climate change and war, and on the other hand dissents against the conventions and institutions of music itself. The programme is framed with two works by Dutch iconoclast Louis Andriessen, the riotous Workers Union and the socialistic Volkslied, performed by the school’s Space Ensemble.

TALK

Dr Giles Yeo talks on 

Gene Eating: The Science of Obesity and the Truth about Dieting

Thursday 23 January
Pamoja Hall   6.15pm
Admission FREE   Book a Place

Dr Giles Yeo of Wolfson College, Cambridge, offers a groundbreaking look at how our genetic makeup influences our relationship with food. Indispensable for anyone interested in biology or, indeed, any human who eats food.

OPERA

The Royal Opera Cinema Encore Screening

La Boheme

Sunday 2 February
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, including lyrical arias, celebratory choruses for Act II’s evocation of Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter and a poignant final scene over which the composer himself wept. Richard Jones’s character-led production perfectly captures La bohème’s mixture of comedy, romance and tragedy, with striking designs by Stewart Laing. The cast features some of the greatest interpreters of Puccini’s bohemian lovers performing today, as well as former members of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.

Mimì Sonya Yoncheva Rodolfo Charles Castronovo Marcello Andrzej Filończyk Musetta Aida Garifullina Schaunard Gyula Nagy Colline Peter Kellner

Co-production with Teatro Real, Madrid and Lyric Opera of Chicago

Sung in Italian with English subtitles   Approximate running time: about 2 hours 30 minutes

BALLET SCREENING

Matthew Bourne's New Adventures present

Romeo & Juliet

Friday 7 February
Pamoja Hall   7.15pm
Tickets £13, £11 concession & £10 child   Book Tickets

Matthew Bourne’s brand-new dance production of Romeo and Juliet, a passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s story of forbidden love. Matthew Bourne uses his trademark storytelling style to create a unique interpretation of the classic tale told through dance and performed by a talented ensemble of exceptional young dancers with a specially commissioned orchestration of Prokofiev’s world-famous ballet score.

JAZZ

Invicta Jazz Orchestra present

Big Band, Jazz and More

Saturday 22 January
Pamoja Hall   7.00pm
Tickets £12 (£8 concessions)    Book Tickets

Join the Invicta Jazz Orchestra, raising funds and awareness for Band without Boundaries. We will be joined on stage for some joint numbers with BWB. BWB are a Kent based jazz band that gives people with learning disabilities the chance to create, rehearse and perform their own music alongside seasoned players.

BALLET

The Royal Ballet Encore Cinema Screening

MARSTON: The Cellist WORLD PREMIERE  ROBBINS: Dances at a Gathering

Sunday 1 March

Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

Choreographer Cathy Marston is previously an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. The scheduled premiere and live relay of Liam Scarlett’s new work has sadly been postponed to a later date in a subsequent season. Dances at a Gathering by Jerome Robbins replaces Scarlett’s ballet as part of the double bill and will be performed alongside the world premiere of Cathy Marston’s The Cellist. Jerome Robbins’s elegant and elegiac classic forms the second part of the programme. This exercise in pure dance for five couples, set to music by Chopin, is a masterpiece of subtlety and invention.

Approximate runningtime:2 hours 30 minutes, including one interval

MUSIC

Temenos present

Bach Magnificat & Handel Dixit Dominus

Saturday 7 March
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £20 (Students £10)   Book Tickets

The St Cecilia Baroque Players Soloists:
Susan Gilmour-Bailey
Rebecca Outram
Robin Blaze
Nick Pritchard
Edward Grint

OPERA

Royal Opera Cinema Encore Screening

FIDELIO (NEW PRODUCTION)

Sunday 22 March
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.

Leonore (Fidelio) Lise Davidsen Florestan Jonas Kaufmann Rocco Georg Zeppenfeld Don Pizarro Simon Neal Marzelline Amanda Forsythe

Sung in German with English subtitles  Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

BALLET

The Royal Ballet Cinema LIVE Screening

SWAN LAKE

Wednesday 1 April
Pamoja Hall   7.15pm   Book Tickets

Liam Scarlett’s glorious production of Swan Lake, new in 2018, returns for its first revival. While remaining faithful to the Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov text, Scarlett’s additional choreography and John Macfarlane’s magnificent designs breathe new life into what is arguably the best-known and most-loved classical ballet. The entire Company shines in this eternal tale of doomed love, a masterpiece filled with iconic moments.

Tchaikovsky’s first score for ballet soars with its symphonic sweep and combines perfectly with exquisite choreography from the grand pas de deux of Prince Siegfried and Odile to the swans at the lakeside. An intoxicating mix of spectacle and intimate passion, the overall effect is irresistible.

Choreography Liam Scarlett after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov Music Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky Additional choreography Frederick Ashton

Approximate running time: 3 hours

OPERA

The Royal Opera Cinema Encore Season

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA & PAGLIACCI

Sunday 26 April
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

Two opera classics are drawn together in this wonderfully observed re-creation of life

in a south Italian village as a travelling theatre visits and emotions erupt. The award-winning production by Damiano Michieletto presents vividly the fast-moving, shocking events brought about by secret love and uncontrollable jealousy. The music is full of Italianate melody in the great choruses that bring the villagers together in celebration and revelry, alongside the solo arias and tense confrontations that provoke violence and tragedy. With thrilling singing and intense drama, ‘Cav and Pag’ distils into one wonderful night out, the enduring appeal of Italian opera in its most familiar form.

CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA

Turiddu Yonghoon Lee Santuzza Liudmyla Monastyrska Alfio Dimitri Platanias Lola Josè Maria Lo Monaco

PAGLIACCI

Canio Roberto Alagna Tonio Dimitri Platanias Nedda Aleksandra Kurzak Silvio Bogdan Baciu Beppe Mikeldi Atxalandabaso

Co-production with Opera Australia, La Monnaie, Brussels, and the Göteborg Opera

Sung in Italian with English subtitles.   Approximate running time: 3 hours

BALLET

The Royal Ballet Cinema Encore Screening

THE DANTE PROJECT (WORLD PREMIERE)

Sunday 31 May
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

Dante’s Divine Comedy is an epic journey through the afterlife: it encompasses the horrifying drama of Inferno and its damned, the lyrical mysticism of pilgrims on mount Purgatorio and the dazzling spheres of Paradiso with their endless configurations of light. The poem was inspired by the agony of Dante’s own exile, and traces his path from crisis to revelation guided by his literary hero Virgil and his lost love Beatrice. In this new work, The Royal Ballet’s trailblazing Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor collaborates with an award-winning team – contemporary composer Thomas Adès, artist Tacita Dean, lighting designer Lucy Carter and dramaturg Uzma Hameed – to bring us closer to Dante and his extraordinary vision.

A collaboration between Wayne McGregor, Thomas Adès, Tacita Dean, Lucy Carter and Uzma Hameed

Approximate running time: 3 hours

OPERA

The Royal Opera Cinema Encore Screening

ELEKTRA (NEW PRODUCTION)

Sunday 21 June
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

Strauss’s thrilling and audacious adaptation of Greek tragedy receives a new staging by the award- winning director Christof Loy. This uncompromising opera, about a daughter intent on bloody revenge and a mother driven to madness, has provoked critics to lively debate and both shocked and excited audiences since its 1909 premiere. Antonio Pappano conducts music that combines violence with moments of exquisite tenderness in his first Strauss interpretation for The Royal Opera since 2002. The outstanding cast includes Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde in last Season’s Der Ring des Nibelungen) in the title role, and Karita Mattila in her role debut as the haunted queen Klytämnestra.

Elektra Nina Stemme Chrysothemis Sara Jakubiak Klytämnestra Karita Mattila Orest Christof Fischesser Ägisth Joseph Kaiser

Sung in German with English subtitles.   Approximate running time: 2 hours

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