Sevenoaks schools celebrate Commonwealth in music

Sevenoaks schools celebrate Commonwealth in music

A project to bring together 13 Sevenoaks schools to celebrate the Commonwealth in music is being backed by Soundhub, the music education hub for Kent.

The Sevenoaks ensemble and Commonwealth Celebration Orchestra Project began in March with pupils working towards a joint concert at Knole Academy on July 11. Seven of the schools are forming ensembles for the first time. All the schools are rehearsing Commonwealth-themed pieces in their school ensembles, including a new piece composed especially for the project.

Teachers are being assisted and mentored through five coaching sessions by four local professional musicians: Joanna Kiely, Nick Downs, Lizzie Hughes and Cheryl Blake.

The 13 schools will come together to perform as the Sevenoaks Commonwealth Celebration Orchestra on Friday July 11 at The Knole Academy Performing Arts Centre, in Bradbourne Vale Rd, Sevenoaks. The concert starts at 6.30pm and admission is £4.

Soundhub chief executive Peter Bolton said: “It’s great that we can help schools to give children the chance to make music as a group, some for the first time, and we hope they are encouraged to continue ensemble playing in the future. By working with professional musicians based locally, teachers have the opportunity to maintain relationships with experts who can help them develop future projects.”

The orchestra has also been invited to take part in a special event in Tonbridge on June 5 which forms part of the Queen’s Baton relay, a nationwide tour heralding the start of the Commonwealth Games.

For further information on Soundhub, visit To learn about joining county music groups and choirs, tuition and instrument hire, visit or call 01622 691212.