• TASMIN LITTLE

  • 28 June 2019

  • Stonegate Village Hall

A wonderful evening was had by all as we listened to the world famous violinist Tasmin Little. She dazzled audiences with a performance of outstanding virtuosity. Tasmin introduced several pieces and her warm personality shone through as she answered questions from a spell-bound audience. Tasmin played on her 1757 Giovanni Battista Gaudagnini violin.

Earlier in the day she thrilled pupils at Stonegate Primary School with an informal recital where she inspired the children with her playing.

Tasmin Little is one of today’s leading international violinists. She has performed on every continent in some of the World’s most prestigious venues including The Carnegie Hall, The Vienna Konzerthaus, The Barbican and The Royal Albert Hall.

Tasmin has enjoyed a very active recital life performing at major festivals and venues throughout the UK including BBC broadcast recitals from The Wigmore Hall to The Cheltenham Festival; however, she enjoys playing for small communities and inspiring young people.

Tasmin is a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, a vice president of the Elgar Society, an ambassador for the Princes Foundation for Children and the Arts and for Youth Music and has received honorary degrees from the Universities of Bradford, Leicester, Hertfordshire and the City of London. In 2016 she was awarded honorary membership of the Royal Academy of Music. She was awarded the Gold Badge Award for services to music and in 2012 Tasmin was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Birthday Honours List.

Profits made from this concert and our production of Murder By Misadventure earlier in the year totalled £15,500 making our grand total to date £152,500. Charities benefiting in 2019 were:

Band Without Boundaries, Shelter, St Michael’s Hospice and Free Of Hope.

  • MURDER BY MISADVENTURE

  • A Thriller by Edward Taylor

  • 6 – 11 May 2019

  • At Stonegate Village Hall

This exciting production was well received by sell-out audiences. Edward Taylor’s tale of corruption and betrayal was intriguing and frightening, but entirely plausible. The characters were real and, at times, humorous which encouraged the audience to be drawn into feeling safe and comfortable.

Murder By Misadventure fed our desire for fear and suspense. “I love it because it frightens me. When I first saw it, I left the theatre with my shoulders aching from being so tense.” Susan Bowie, Director.

O L I V E R !

  • F E B R U A R Y   February 2018

SADS are delighted to report a sell-out success of our production of Oliver! at Wadhurst Commemoration Hall. Over 1,500 people enjoyed this wonderful musical by Lionel Bart in this hugely entertaining show.

This was during half-term week which meant that audiences could bring brothers, sisters and friends of the cast to our three matinées. Audiences who came to the six evening shows enjoyed a hot 2-course meal in the interval.

The 10-piece orchestra led by Robin Hare played the melodies and accompaniments to perfection which helped to create a wonderfully atmospheric show. All performers, both principals and chorus, showed great commitment during the long rehearsal schedule and their hard work and enthusiasm on stage paid off in abundance to the delight of audiences.

The profit of £10,500 raised has gone to the following:

Stonegate Primary School

Labrador Rescue Kent

Pancreatic Cancer UK

Canine Partners

Music for the Memory

Team Domenica

A BIT OF HISTORY

Stonegate Amateur Dramatic Society was formed in 2002 as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.

The idea was to bring together the people of Stonegate at the Village Hall which was built by the men and women of the village over 60 years ago.

SADS has gone from strength to strength starting with two performances of Two and Two Make Sex and now performing eight shows with a public dress rehearsal catering for nearly 1,300 people at each production.

NODA presentation

Susan Bowie (Director), Robin Hare (Musical Director) and John Bush (Lighting) proudly collect the prestigious NODA Accolade of Musical Excellence award from Anne Lawson for our production of “Oliver!” which was performed to packed houses in February 2018 and which raised a staggering £12,500 for local charities.