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About the SSO

The Sevenoaks Symphony Orchestra is made up of 70 local musicians with a professional conductor and leader. We are set up as a charity with registered number 1057071 and our aim is to make live orchestral music available locally.

Our three subscription concerts each season focus particularly on 19th and 20th century masterpieces which are attractive and enjoyable for our audiences, and at the same time interesting and challenging for us as players. In addition we present our very popular Family Concerts in October and a Taste of Classics concert in the New Year, a short mid-week concert with complimentary glass of wine.

Most of our concerts take place in the Stag Sevenoaks, our local theatre. We rehearse each Wednesday from 8-10.15pm at Sevenoaks Primary School. 

Our Conductor


Darrell Davison won the Barbirolli Conducting Prize in 1979, since when he has conducted all the major London orchestras and recorded with the BBC and London Symphony Orchestras.

As a composer, he has had works performed by the Philharmonia and London Philharmonic Orchestras and has written and orchestrated film scores for the LSO.

Darrell has now been at the helm of the SSO for forty years, and under his guidance we have tackled increasingly ambitious programmes which have been warmly received.

Our Leader


Catherine Smart, who has now been leading the SSO for more than thirty years, gained her first orchestral experience as leader of the Croydon Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.

She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and went on to play with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra as sub-principal, and with the BBC Radio Orchestra.

Catherine is leader of the Stringendo string quartet, a member of the English National Ballet Philharmonic and plays with various London ensembles.

She also works as an ABRSM examiner and trauma therapist.

The Committee

Joanna Kiely - Chairman  chairman@sevenoakssymphonyorchestra.org.uk

David Floyd - Librarian

Charles Hebert - Secretary  secretary@sevenoakssymphonyorchestra.org.uk

Mike Thompson - Treasurer

Chasey Crawford

Jonathan Jaggard

Ian McLauchlan

Prosper Marr-Johnson

Rebecca Rogers

Guy Saunders

Nick Thomas

Our Venues

Stag Theatre

We do most of our concerts in the Stag Theatre, London Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 1ZZ.


Pamoja Hall

We are currently using Pamoja Hall for our May concerts. This concert hall is part of Sevenoaks School's performing arts centre, known as The Space.


Soiree Musicale
29th June 2022, 20:30

An evening for our patrons, season ticket holders and friends.  By invitation only....

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