We were very sorry to hear of the recent death of Mr Tim Daniell, following a period of illness. Mr Daniell was Director of Music at Walthamstow Hall from 1986 until his retirement in 2010. During his 24 years at Walthamstow Hall Mr Daniell led many, many concerts, including at the opening night of The Ship Theatre in 1989 (see the picture below).

Tim’s family have asked us to share the following link for those who would like details of Tim’s funeral or who would like to make a donation to the Hospice in the Weald in his memory.  Click here to remember Mr Tim Daniell

Mr Daniell oversaw a thriving Music Department. The following article, which he penned for the School’s CODA magazine in 2004, gives a flavour of the musical accomplishments which he led each year.

Looking back at a year in Music, Mr Tim Daniell, CODA magazine, 2004

“Another year full of music and music-making and everyone has been active. The major event of the Autumn Term, the 15th anniversary of The Ship (Theatre), was celebrated with its fifth festival.

The year continued with a House Carol competition, the winners taking part in the Christmas Concert. After all the carols at the end of the Autumn Term, it was time to prepare for the Summer Concert once we came back in January. Much work had gone into an Evening of Wind Music with a host of solos and ensembles but suddenly Kent became a snow zone and we had to cancel the event.

The annual Summer Concert, attended amongst others by the Mayor of Sevenoaks, Governors and former members of staff, seems to have been one of the best in recent years. It also gives me the opportunity to thank girls in the Upper Sixth for all of their contributions to school music – Felicity, Mary, Chevonne, Elizabeth, Katherine and Melanie who was also the soloist in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto.

Only a short time later was the String Evening featuring massed cellos, the Vivaldi Ensemble, eleven guitarists with numerous amplifiers, the Junior School strings and duets and solos from all ages.

Looking back on the year it has been good to perform in the wider community and a glance at our schedule reveals a busy schedule:

  • The Ship Festival
  • Soloists at the Probus Dinner
  • Choirs at the Sevenoaks Playhouse for Festival of Carols
  • Soloists at the Governors’ Dinner for Sir Jeremy Elwes
  • Christmas Concert
  • Carol Service at St John’s Church
  • Summer Concert
  • Soloists perform at St Mary’s Church, Westerham, for Heritage Music Day
  • String Evening
  • Three Arts Festival
  • Musicians at Rockdale Garden Party

A large number of girls take music examinations each term, both in and out of school. Congratulations to everyone and in particular Zoe for her Distinction at Grade 8 on the violin and also to Hanna who won a place in the National Children’s Orchestra.”