Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival
The Sevenoaks Three Arts Festival, started in 1951, is well known and popular with Adjudicators and competitors as friendly and enthusiastic, and draws entries from all over the South-east. Many past competitors 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. We are pleased to have Robert Sackville-West, Lord Sackville, as our President.
Classes are held over two weekends in June at Walthamstow Hall Senior School, Sevenoaks, in Speech & Drama, Piano, Singing (including Choirs), Woodwind & Brass (including Orchestras), Strings and Accordions.
Probably the biggest landmark in the Festival's history was the launching of the Sevenoaks Young Musician of the Year Competition, founded by June Clements in 1995. The standard of the 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 to a wonderful woman.