Education & Family
by Aspect County

Kent’s newest performing arts venue announces first season’s programme

The renowned BBC Big Band, jazz legends Ronnie Scott’s All Stars and TV quizzer-cum comedian Paul Sinha are among the artists who will be performing in the first season of events at Kent’s newest performing arts venue. Hemsted Park – a collection of performing arts spaces at the world-renowned Benenden School, just outside Cranbrook – has unveiled the initial shows from its debut season, with a promise of more announcements to follow.

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Completing the initial line-up of performers are improvisor extraordinaire Harry the Piano, light-hearted violin quartet Stringfever and the London Film Music Orchestra performing the music of Hans Zimmer and John Williams.

These events run between 25 March and 25 Juneand the Box Office is now open

Based at the beautiful 250-acre Benenden School site, Hemsted Park’s performance spaces principally comprise the stunning new Centenary Hall, which has established one of the foremost concert halls in the South East of England. Designed by the multi award-winning Kent-based Guy Hollaway Architects, the 800-seater Hall offers state-of-the-art acoustics and gives audiences a truly impressive performance experience.

Other spaces include the separate beautiful purpose-built Theatre and the historic parkland that Hemsted Park is proud to call its home.


Paul Sinha

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Since the opening of the Centenary Hall enabled the School to start welcoming the public to its wonderful spaces, it has already enjoyed hosting the likes of the English National Opera, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Len Phillips Swing Orchestra and professional touring company Chapterhouse, all to strong audience acclaim.

What an amazing room – this is just great, the whole setup is lovely and the sound quality in that room works a treat, it’s just a brilliant room to play in.”