Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival
Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival

Festival History

On 20 July 1950 representatives from several local organisations met to discuss the possibility of holding a competitive Festival in Sevenoaks.   After a huge amount of discussion and organisation the first Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival was held in November 1951.   Because of the Queen's Coronation and other festivities there was no Festival in 1953, but it has been held every year since then using several different schools in and around Sevenoaks.   Since 2005 it has been held at Walthamstow Hall Senior School.

 

Numerous changes have taken place over the years.   The Dance Section was discontinued in 1985; however, in 2003 the Accordion Section was added joining classes in Speech and Drama, Vocal, Piano, Strings and Woodwind.

 

Well-known and popular with Adjudicators and competitors as friendly and enthusiastic, the Festival draws entries from all over the South-east.   Many have gone on to become successful professionals and some are now entering their pupils in the Festival, knowing the benefits and experience they can gain and the sheer enjoyment of performing in front of an audience.

 

The past 50-plus years have seen many changes in committee members who have coped nobly with the enormous task of running the Festival, notably Jill Hargreaves-Browne (whose mother was one of the founders) who worked tirelessly as Secretary for 25 years!  We are pleased to have Robert Sackville-West, Lord Sackville, as our President.

 

We do however congratulate ourselves on the biggest landmark in the Festival's history, namely the launching of the Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year Competition.   It was the brainchild in 1995 of June Clements, a long-standing member of the Festival's Executive Committee, and has grown in stature and prestige, moving in 1998 from its beginnings at Bradbourne School as part of the Festival in June to its present venue, Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks.   The standard of the fifteen or so competitors each year has been astounding, and the difficult task by the excellent adjudicators of picking a winner has resulted in some truly outstanding young musicians receiving the first prize - £500 plus the chance to play a concerto with the Lydian Orchestra, also founded by June Clements.   Sadly June died in November 1996, but the Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year Competition remains as a thriving memorial.

 

The Festival is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech.   Much needed financial help has been given by SDAC and the Town Council, and there were times when without this the future of the Festival would have been in doubt.

Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival 2017

This year’s Festival again attracted almost 700 entries, involving about 1,000 school age children and several adult competitors.  The final event, the Prizewinners’ Concert and presentation of awards, took place on Saturday 24 June at Walthamstow Hall’s Ship Theatre where twenty performers gave us their prize-winning pieces, providing a snapshot of what went on in the competitive classes over the two previous weekends.  The programme included poetry recitations, mime, drama, piano solos and duets, singing, flute, violin and cello solos and a string ensemble.  As usual the capacity audience enjoyed the high standard of performance and the evening ended with the presentation of awards by Cllr Alan Pett, Chairman of Sevenoaks District Arts Council.

This year’s winners were as follows:

Speech

KIRKPATRICK CUP   Mae Sims

FLORENCE LOTT CUP   Jasmine Beckett

VERSE SPEAKING CHALLENGE CUP   Alison Boys

RUSSELL HOUSE CUP   Charlotte England

EARL STANHOPE SHIELD   Grace Adams

ELLA SUTTON CUP   Tara and Jasmine Bhatti

COMBE BANK CUP   Lucy Hoffer/Evie Hopkins

ST MICHAEL’S CUP   Steephill School Class III

MARGARET MAY CUP   Steephill School Class V

LLOYD-ROBERTS TROPHY   Steephill School Class IV

PUBLIC SPEAKING CUP   Alison Boys

SEV. EVENING TWG TROPHY   All the Arts Theatre Group

GROVE POETRY AWARD   Jessie Yau

 

Piano

ISABELLE PEACOCK CUP    Valia Coutroubis

JUNIOR PIANO CUP   Madeleine Brown

ELSIE WELLS CUP (1)   Archie and Isla McCulloch

ELSIE WELLS CUP (2)   Emily Sellors/Amelia Ross

FIONA PRAGNELL CUP   Hugo Maughan

 

Vocal

SDAC JUNIOR CHOIRS SHIELD    Hilden Grange School

SCHOOL CHOIRS SHIELD    Hilden Grange School

HARGREAVES-BROWNE CUP    Alex Horton

ORR EWING CUP    Sam Horton/Sasha Batchelor

FESTIVAL ROSE BOWL    Joshua Barrett

LESLIE BONING CUP   Molly King/Max Sullivan/Louis Kontos

CLAUDE HUNTER CUP   Barbara Richards                            

 

Woodwind  

NANNIE JAMIESON AWARD    Daniel Pengelly

WARREN CHALLENGE CUP    Daniel Pengelly

SEVENOAKS TOWN COUNCIL CUP    Daniel Pengelly

 

Strings

RUPERT SUTTON CUP    Rebecca Wells

CELLO CUP   Rodrigo Guzman

COLIN BOSWELL GUITAR CUP   Archie McCulloch

ARTS COUNCIL CUP   Marcus Pengelly

STRINGS/WIND/RECORDER CUP   Senior Olbrich Cello Trio

 

Accordion

ACCORDION WORLD MAGAZINE TROPHY    Ann Claire Herr

DAVID KEEN MEMORIAL TROPHY   Amici Accordions

 

All the Arts Theatre group receive their award 

Daniel Pengelly, who won all three awards in the Woodwind Section

The Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous assistance received from the Sevenoaks District Arts Council (which is funded by the Sevenoaks Dsitrict Council) and Sevenoaks Town Council

Affiliated to the British & International Federation of Festivals

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