Hänsel and Gretel: a truly magical opera

As we all know, music is very special in the Bedales community. On Wednesday and Thursday last week, those of us who were lucky enough to get tickets (as they were all sold out weeks before the performances!), felt really privileged to attend this wonderful opera.

Hänsel and Gretel was originally composed by Engelbert Humperdinck in 1893 (in fact, the year John Badley founded Bedales!) so it was just perfect to perform it in the Lupton Hall.

The opera showcased the great collaboration of the Arts: Phillip Guy-Bromley (director), Sheila Rowe (producer), Nick Gleed and Will Lithgow (répétiteurs), Jo Alldridge (choreographer), Simon Sharp (set designer) and Rod Edwards and Cameron Cross (lighting technicians).

Superb singing, fantastic music playing, beautiful set, costumes, lighting and dance made this event truly amazing. And it was great to have our Bedales and Dunhurst musicians together: the young Dunhurstian singers added even more magic to the final scene.

Hänsel and Gretel were played respectively by 6.2s Olivia Brett and Immy Welch, two phenomenal and exceptional singers. Block 5 George Butler (the father in the fairy tale) and Josh Grubb (6.2) playing the clarinet also stood out. Everybody worked so hard.

It was so professionally done, polished and brilliant: “la cerise sur le gâteau” seems quite fitting here!

As always, a massive bravo to the Music department and a very big thank you to everyone involved. This special event will be remembered and cherished in our hearts for many years to come. John Badley (looking from above) must have been very proud indeed.

This fairytale opera was indeed truly magical! What a great treat!

By Marie-Pierre Hamard, Teacher of French

Hänsel and Gretel: a truly magical opera


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.


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