TALK

Michael Griffin 

Developing Musical Skill

Friday 31 August
Pamoja Hall   6.30pm
FREE admission    Book tickets

The talk will be aimed at teachers, students, and will look at different practice strategies and motivation techniques. His educational philosophy is born out of Carol Dweck’s growth mindset theories, which are all the rage in pedagogy (particularly American) nowadays. It looks like it will be a fascinating talk for teachers and students alike. A Sevenoaks pupil will be a musical ‘guinea-pig’ on the stage for part of his talk.

THEATRE

OS Edinburgh Fringe returning show

'UNINVITED'

Wednesday 5 September
Ordovsky-Tanaevsky Drama Studio
4.30pm & 7.00pm
Tickets £5    Book tickets

'No-one leaves home - unless home is the mouth of a shark.' Follow 18-year-old Tariq as he flees his war-torn home for the promise of peace abroad. Experience his journey through the lives he touches along the way. The Sackville Theatre Company return from a run at the Edinbugh fringe.

TALK

Dexter Dias Talks on

Why Humans Hurt Each Other

Friday 14 September
Sackville Theatre   6.15pm
Admission FREE   Book a Place

Dexter Dias QC's quite provocatively-entitled The Ten Types of Human is bound to incite healthy debate. As Queen's Counsel, Dias has been instructed in some of the largest recent cases of terrorism, genocide and crimes against humanity, pushing him to examine human will at its most extreme, prompting the author to ask the most fundamental of questions. For Waterstones, the author sets the stage for his extraordinary, research-laden quest for answers. Why do humans hurt other humans - and what can we do about it? 'This simple, searching question has confronted me almost daily in my 25 years as a human rights lawyers and part-time judge. But the research for the book began with an event that took place outside the courtroom. In a prison. It was the death of a child.'

THEATRE

Upper 6 Studio Play present

Nine by Jane Shepherd

Tuesday 18 to Thursday 20 September
Ordovsky-Tanaevsky Drama Studio   
4.30pm & 7.00pm
Tickets £5   Book Tickets

A gripping snapshot into the lives and fluctuating relationship between two women struggling to survive in the hands of traffickers. Proceeds of tickets will go to Unseen UK, a charity combatting human trafficking and supporting trafficking survivors in the UK. - https://www.unseenuk.org/

THEATRE

Play on Words Theatre present

Tom Crean Antarctic Explorer

Tuesday 25 September
Sackville Theatre   6.30pm
Tickets £10   Book Tickets

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. Crean's story is a testament of human fortitude against all the elements of Antarctic, described by historians as 'the finest feat of individual heroism from the entire age of exploration'. www.tomcreanshow.com

TALK

Steven L Isenberg talks

Election of Nixon & the Assassination of Martin Luther King

Thursday 4 October
Recital Room   6.15pm
Free Admission Book a Place

- in a career that has spanned law, journalism and public policy - Steven has taught at universities including Berkeley, Texas and Yale, and been Executive Vice President of the Los Angeles Times and Publisher of New York Newsday.

MUSICAL

Sevenoaks School present

Sweeney Todd (schools edition)

Wednesday 3 to Saturday 6 October
Pamoja Hal   7.00pm
Tickets £20 full £17 concessions  Book tickets

Uncomfortably the most popular of the Sondheim/Prince collaboration, Sweeney Todd is the story of one man’s revenge against the corrupt judge and general London society which exiled him for a crime he had not committed. Together with his business associate, Mrs Lovett, Sweeney engages in his now legendary spree of murdering Londoners and serving them up in meat pies for fellow Londoners to consume.  Sondheim’s delicious score has wonderfully exhilarating melodies and luscious orchestrations which are somehow at odds with the terrifying plot and darkly comic moments.  A feast for all the senses.

This whole school production is brought to life by a talented ensemble cast of 51 Year 7-12 performers.They are accompanied by an orchestra featuring some of the most accomplished student musicians. 

 

MASTERCLASS

Piano Masterclass with Charles Owen

Tuesday 9 October
Recital Room 2.20pm - 6.00pm
Admission FREE   Book a Place

Charles Owen is a critically acclaimed pianist who has appeared in concert venues throughout the world, including the Wigmore Hall and Carnegie Hall. He is a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Students will have the opportunity of receiving coaching in the art of piano performance.

THEATRE

Y11 Short Studio play present

DNA by Dennis Kelly & Extremism by Anders Lustgarden

Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 October
Ordovsky-Tanaevsky Drama Studio
7.00pm    Tickets £5   Book Tickets

Two contemporary one-act plays about fear, friendship and survival in a divided, violent society. Darkly comic, relevant and maybe a warning of what is to come?

DNA by Dennis Kelly - A group of teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find the cover up unites them and brings harmony to their once fractious lives, where's the incentive to put things right?

Extremism by Anders Lustgarten - The police just took Jamal away. Because Miss Tomlinson called them. Because she had to. Because of Prevent. But now Miss Tomlinson and the police are gone, and all that's left is a shell-shocked class. Who knew Jamal? What did he do? And what is gonna happen next?

BALLET

Royal Opera House Encore cinema present

Mayerling

Sunday 21 October
Pamoja Hall   2.00pm   Book Tickets

Mayerling is a classic of the Royal Ballet repertory, with its emotional depth, haunting imagery, and one of the most demanding roles ever created for a male dancer. Kenneth MacMillan choreographed a complex work around the psychologically tormented heir to the Habsburg Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf. From the ballet’s start, the glamour of the Austro-Hungarian court is contrasted with undercurrents of sexual and political intrigue that drive the story to its violent climax in a double suicide. The large cast allows for impressive ensemblesin addition to the ballet's many solos of distinctive character and pas de deux of disturbing eroticism. This ballet, bursting with intensity, madness and passion, proves that sometimes the truth is more scandalous than fiction.

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

 

OPERA

Royal Opera House LIVE cinema present

Die Walkure

Sunday 28 October  Pamoja Hall   5.00pm
Book Tickets   

ANTONIO PAPPANO CONDUCTS AN INTERNATIONAL CAST IN THE SECOND OPERA OF RICHARD WAGNER’S EPIC DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN.

Wagner's Ring cycle is one of the greatest works of all opera. Keith Warner's production is conducted by Antonio Pappano, Music Director of The Royal Opera, and this final revival is cast with an outstanding international array of Wagnerian specialist singers. The full cycle's four operas journey from the beginning of a world to its destruction, with gods, heroes and monsters. This epic myth portrays every type of human emotion in music and ideas of extraordinary power. The Ring is always a special event in the operatic calendar: once experienced, never forgotten. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) is the second opera in the cycle, and features several of the Ring's musical highlights - the sparkling Magic Fire Music and the electrifying Ride of the Valkyries. But among the musical fireworks and Norse mythology, at the centre of this opera are the unforgettable characters and the complex entanglements between them, including twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, and Wotan and his Valkyrie daughter, Brünnhilde.

SIEGMUND STUART SKELTON, SIEGLINDE EMILY MAGEE, WOTAN JOHN LUNDGREN, BRÜNNHILDE NINA STEMME, FRICKA SARAH CONNOLLY

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 4 HOURS 50 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS SUNG IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

Theatre

Strangeface Theatre Company present

The Hit

Thursday 1 November
Sackville Theatre   4.30pm & 7.30pm
Tickets £10     Book Tickets

Pitched on the extremes of mind and body, this dark comedy from award winning Strangeface Theatre draws on the latest thinking in cognitive neuroscience to question the way we see the world.

MUSIC

National Youth Jazz Orchestra

NYJO present

What's Hip

Wednesday 7 November
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £15 (£7 concession)   Book Tickets

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is a charity, whose mission is to promote jazz as an exciting, engaging and inspirational art form through world-class performances and education work. NYJO's flagship band is the UK's premier youth (under 26) jazz orchestra, performing around 40 concerts annually - nationally and internationally.

Alongside these performances, NYJO delivers inspirational education work wherever it goes. NYJO also operates a weekly Academy, which offers London-based access to jazz ensembles for young musicians of varying levels and abilities.

TALK

Edwin Heathcote talks on

Building the Future

Thursday 8 November
Recital Room   6.15pm
Admission FREE   Book a Place

Edwin Heathcote is the architecture and design critic of the Financial Times and the author of The Meaning of Home. He will talk on Building the future - the future of architecture and the city development

 

THEATRE

Theatre Centre present

The Muddy Choir

Monday 12 November
Sackville Theatre   4.30pm
Tickets £10   Book Tickets

The Muddy Choir tells the story of three soldiers serving with the Durham Light Infantry. Including traditional wartime songs, the play is about childhood friends growing up in unbearable circumstances and the humanising power of music.

TALK

Sue Prideaux Talks on

I Am Dynamite

Thursday 15 November   
Sackville Theatre    6.15pm
Admission FREE   Book a Place

Where do we place a thinker who was equally beloved by Albert Camus, Ayn Rand, Martin Buber, and Adolf Hitler?

BALLET

Royal Opera House ENCORE cinema present

 

La Bayadere

Sunday 18 November   Pamoja Hall   2.00pm

Book Tickets

NATALIA MAKAROVA'S PRODUCTION OF THIS 19TH-CENTURY CLASSIC BALLET BRINGS AN EXOTIC WORLD OF TEMPLE DANCERS AND NOBLE WARRIORS TO LIFE.

Marius Petipa's fantasy, set in legendary India, tells the tale of a temple dancer and the prince who loves her but marries another. The famous, moonlit 'white act' - The Kingdom of the Shades - is a corps de ballet highlight, as multiple images of the prince's lost love haunt his mind. The choreography allows two opposing ballerinas to shine, while a bronze idol comes vividly to life in a stunning solo. Throughout, the melody and moods of Minkus's music perfectly match the fluidity and precision of the classical choreography and the drama of the storytelling.

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME: 3 HOURS 5 MINUTES, INCLUDING TWO INTERVALS

MUSIC

Music at Sevenoaks present

Voyage en Francophonie

Friday 30 November
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £7    Book Tickets

Voyage en Francophonie is an exploration of the francophone culture and history. Interspersing these moments which celebrate the diversity of French interests and influence will be music with a French connection, performed by Sevenoaks School’s leading musical ensembles, culminating in a performance of the last movement of Saint-Saens’ Organ symphony, live from the Pamoja Hall and, simultaneously, from Westminster Abbey!

BALLET

Royal Opera House LIVE cinema present

The Nutcracker

Monday 3 December   Pamoja Hall,   7.15pm
Book Tickets

A CHRISTMAS TREAT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY AND A CLASSIC WITH A SPECIAL PLACE IN THE HEARTS OF BALLET FANS AROUND THE WORLD.

The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet - and makes for a delicious seasonal treat for all the family. Tchaikovsky's much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Peter Wright's production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes. The many solo roles and ensembles put the world-class skills of the Company to the fore in this Christmas classic.

CHOREOGRAPHY PETER WRIGHT AFTER LEV IVANOV, MUSIC PYOTR IL'YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

APPROXIMATE RUNNING TIME:2 HOURS 30 MINUTES, INCLUDING ONE INTERVAL

THEATRE

SSTC Y10 present

The Good Person of Szechwan by Bertold Brecht

Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 December (no Friday show)
Sackville Theatre   7.30pm   
Tickets £7   Book Tickets

How can you live 'a good life' and still make ends meet? How can you reconcile goodness in a world where it apparently cannot exist.

Follow the trials of Shen Te as she realises what a task it is to be a 'good person'.

MUSIC

Music at Sevenoaks present

Crash into Christmas

Friday 7 December
Pamoja Hall   7.30pm
Tickets £7   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

MUSIC

Lydian Orchestra present

Winter Concert

Friday 21 December
Pamoja Hall    7.30pm
Tickets £15 (U21 £6 & U16 £1)   Book Tickets

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

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

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

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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