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ARTS & CULTURE 053


WIN! TWO TICKETS TO KITCHEN OPERA’S performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs


Having successfully navigated works by composers ranging from Purcell to Gilbert and Sullivan, this January Kitchen Opera’s band of youngsters aged nine to 18 will perform a new version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a unique blend of opera meets panto, on Saturday 26th January. Created by Deborah Gjeloshaj, a Sevenoaks-based freelance musician, the work combines the well-loved pantomime/musical and Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes with arias from well-known operas. “This combination of panto and opera is a first,” says Deborah, who set up Kitchen Opera in 2013, meeting all costs herself with help from performers’ families. “Students experience different composers and styles in the same production, whilst contributing to the creative aspects too.”


Deborah is hoping to attract sponsorship for this and future productions, with donors being credited in the programme.


THE GOOD GIG GUIDE


• Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs takes place at The New Beacon School, Brittains Lane, Sevenoaks TN13 2PB, with performances on 26th January at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 (cash and cheque), from Sevenoaks Bookshop. For more information, visit deborahgjeloshaj.co.uk


How to enter


For your chance to win, simply email your contact details to editorial@indexmagazine.co.uk with Kitchen Opera in the subject line. The winner will be the first name drawn at random at noon on Friday 18th January. The editor’s decision is final. There is no cash alternative and the prize is not transferable. The winner will be notified by phone and the tickets left at the theatre box office.


January’s pick of what’s going on in the local music scene, compiled by Gary Collins


Contact Gary on @tnlivecouk or gary@tnlive.co.uk


ALEX GOLD The Beau Nash, Tunbridge Wells, 12th January


One of my personal favourite acoustic musicians on the pub scene, Alex has a knack of bringing something different to the table. This venue is suited perfectly for the single musician and Alex fits the bill with his acoustic versions of current and past hits. This pub used to be my local for many years and it is wonderful to see that they are still supporting live music every weekend. • Call the pub on 01892 539350.


Brittens Music raises more than £200 FOR CHARITY


Brittens Music raised £201 for the renal unit at Guy’s Hospital in London at a one-off performance, With Bells On, by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain when they stopped off at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells as part of their UK tour. Brittens were proud to support the event with a stand in the foyer selling ukuleles and accessories. Included in the goodies were charity raffle tickets, with a chance to win a ukulele, donated by Brittens.


One of the members of the orchestra read out the winning ticket on stage – a green 63 – and a very lucky Mike Fullalove won a Barnes & Mullins ukulele named The Greese, which was signed by the entire orchestra, and presented to him after the concert by Andrew Collins, owner of Brittens Music. • Brittens Music, Grove Hill Road, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1RZ, visit brittensmusic.co.uk or call 01892 526659.


KENT DUCHAINE The Anchor, London Road, Sevenoaks, 16th January Born and raised in Minnesota USA, Kent began practising on a ukulele given to him by his father, then obtained his first electric guitar from around the age of 13 and found his forte performing at local parties and school functions. In the 1970s he earned a recording contract and even shared a stage with John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins and Howlin Wolf. Then in 1989 he teamed up with master bluesman Johnny Shines and the two of them toured until Shine’s death in 1992. • Call The Anchor on 01732 454898.


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