Musicians enjoy Southern Pro Musica concert

The Southern Pro Musica, the south’s leading professional freelance orchestra, invited a group of music students to a concert in Holy Trinity Church, Guildford recently. The students were treated to a feast of music by Handel, Mozart and J S Bach as well as the Neruda Trumpet Concerto played by Alistair Mackie. The renowned soprano Claire Seaton sang the well-known Exsultate Jubilate by Mozart and Handel’s  Let the Bright Serephim and Eternal Source of Light Divine as well as Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen from Bach’s Cantata 51. A lovely evening was enjoyed by all with thanks to The Southern Pro Musica under their conductor Jonathan Willcocks.

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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.

Enriching Spring Concert

This year’s Spring Concert, held in the Quad last Friday, opened with the Concert Band’s rousing rendition of the First Suite for Military Band by Gustav Holt, played with real energy and enthusiasm under the assured direction of Keir Rowe.

We were treated to the fourth movement of Haydn’s Symphony No. 104, the London Symphony.  This is a challenging piece for all concerned, but the Orchestra was lead confidently by Sofia Tavener (6.2) and directed clearly and musically by Nick Gleed.

Handel’s Concerto Grosso op. 6 No. 4 was played by the Chamber Orchestra and directed by William Lithgow from the harpsichord. Nick Gleed played the organ which, as it turned out, was the last time we heard the organ in the concert as it broke down; a real shame as some of the choral works in the second half of the concert would have been enriched by its contribution. Giacomo Pozzuto – oboe, and Sofia Tavener – violin, played beautifully together shaping the phrases as one.

The second half of the concert opened with an outstanding performance by Olivia Brett (6.2), accompanied by Nick Gleed, performing Schubert’s very taxing and remarkably written Gretchen am Spinnrade.

The Cecilia Consort sang Christe qui lux et dies by Robert White, which opens with a plainchant taken up by wonderful part writing for the full Consort. The Consort followed with Robert Pearsall’s Lay a Garland – an eight-part polyphony of wondrous beauty.  The Consort finished with ‘And so it goes’ – words by Billy Joel and music arranged by Bob Chilcott.  I have never heard the Consort sing so fluidly as one, exceptionally good balance – a treat to hear a choir really listening to each other in this moving piece.

The full school Choir sang Peter Cornelius’ Stromflut after the Sarabande from J.S. Bach’s English Suite No. 3; followed by Jonathan Batishill’s ‘O Lord look down from heaven’ and the Kyrie from Dvorak’s Mass in D.  The final piece of the concert was Blessed be the God and Father, a wonderfully rousing and spiritually uplifting old timer by Samuel Sebastian Wesley.

The whole concert left one feeling enriched and proud to be part of something very important to the school, and definitely something valuable that must be celebrated.

By Phillip Guy-Bromley, Head of Vocal Studies

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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.

Composer hears musicians perform his anthem

Students performed a wonderful lunchtime concert at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea. The audience of parents, alumni, prep and primary school teachers and pupils, and a renowned composer enjoyed a rich variety of musical ensembles from the Cecilia Consort, Recorder Consort, Barbershop Boys and Woodwind Trio. The setting and acoustics of St Luke’s provided a fantastic backdrop to hear compositions by Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Sir Malcolm Arnold, William Byrd, Franz Schubert, and Henry Balfour Gardiner. 6.2 music scholar Callum Anderson gave an impressive performance of Olivier Messiaien’s L’Apparition de l’Eglise Eternelle on the church’s famous organ. The concert concluded with a performance of The Call of Wisdom, a composition by Will Todd, a former pupil of Nick Gleed, Director of Music. Will attended the concert to hear the impressive rendition of his anthem. Read more. View photos. Listen to audio extracts: The Call of Wisdom; Shepherd on the Rock; George Jones; and Divertimento for Wind Trio.

Composer hears musicians perform his anthem

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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.

Invitation to Bedales lunch-time London Concert – 13 February

A performance by Bedales musicians of chamber music including Malcolm Arnold, Franz Schubert, Oliver Messiaen, Will Todd, Samuel Sebastian Wesley and Henry Balfour-Gardiner will be held at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea on Thursday 13 February at 1pm. We would be delighted if you could join us from 12.15pm for canapés before enjoying the concert. Admission is free; to reserve a place, please contact Jane Piper, Education Liaison Manager (email: ExternalRelations@Bedales.org.uk or telephone: 01730 711569).

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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.

Original organ work inspired by Edward Thomas

The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Baron Williams of Oystermouth, Lord Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, came to Steep Church to dedicate a window to the memory of the poet Edward Thomas on 7 December. During the service, Callum Anderson (6.2) performed a new work for organ he had composed, inspired by some lines from Thomas’ poem, Sad Songs of Autumn Mirth, and which had been commissioned by the parish for this occasion. The beautifully meditative music was superbly played and brought from this relatively small organ an extraordinarily varied collage of colours to the delight of the capacity congregation. View photos.

By Nick Gleed, Director of Music

Original organ work inspired by Edward Thomas

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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.

From Stalin’s Moscow to the Austria of Mozart and Brahms

The Cecilia Concert has the reputation for its eclectic programming but 2013’s must be the most extreme yet: from Stalin’s Moscow to the Austria of Mozart and Brahms with plenty of stops in between. Keir Rowe began the music with a brilliantly spirited performance of Shostakovich’s Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra. Clearly this was the composer letting off steam during the Soviet Union’s worst decade and the Concert Band whirled their way expertly through the music. The next part of the orchestral half was much more traditional with the First Orchestra playing Brahms’ St Anthony Variations and Will Lithgow conducting the Chamber Orchestra in a wonderfully poised rendition of Mozart’s Divertimento. The second half of the concert was devoted to choral music with the Barbershop Boys, the Cecilia Consort and Choir all performing. As a singer in the latter Nick Gleed‘s programme notes confirmed my fears calling the C.P.E. Bach Magnificat ‘astonishingly difficult’ and ‘unfathomable’ and yet the audience enthusiastically received the 182-bar ‘Amen’. Congratulations must go to everyone in the Music Department for arranging yet another highly successful concert.

By Nick Meigh, Teacher of History and Choir member

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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.

Bedales in concert with Southern Pro Musica

Sopranos and Altos of the Bedales Cecilia Consort will join with the Southern Pro Musica orchestra in a performance of Pergolesi’s beautiful Stabat Mater conducted by Jonathan Willcocks at Saint Peter’s Church, Petersfield on Friday 11 October 2013 at 7.30pm.

Southern Pro Musica is widely acknowledged as the leading freelance professional orchestra based in the south of England. Since its inception in 1991 to provide first-class professional support for choral societies in the area, the orchestra has developed a strong performing profile through its own concerts.

There are plans for Southern Pro Music to work closely with students from Bedales in the future, providing opportunities for solo and ensemble master classes as well as concert platforms on which Bedalian singers and instrumentalists will be able to perform alongside professional musicians.

The concert in Saint Peter’s Church signals the formation of that association. Sixth Form Music scholar, Callum Anderson, will be the soloist in Handel’s F-major Organ Concerto.

Tickets for this event may be booked from the Tourist Information Office in Petersfield Library or by phoning 01730 268829.

Southern Pro Musica

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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.

Bedales Jazz: Meier Group

Flamenco and Turkish influences as well as classical sources inspire jazz from the Meier Group in next Friday’s concert at Bedales. Nicolas Meier (guitar) and Asaf Sirkis (drums) made powerful impressions on previous visits to Bedales Jazz. James Pearson (piano) is resident pianist at Ronnie Scott’s and Lizzie Ball (violin) has played alongside Nigel Kennedy. Demi Garcia, the London-based Spanish percussionist, and Kevin Glasgow, the outstanding young Scottish bassist, complete the sextet. This promises to be a wonderfully entertaining evening for all ages, featuring outstanding musicians on the European jazz scene, and should be inspiring for a wide range of student instrumentalists. Tickets cost £14 and £12 (concessions), and are available from tickets@bedales.org.uk or 01730 711511.

Nicolas Meier

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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.

Musicians impress at St Luke’s

Musicians from the school’s Chamber Orchestra and Cecilia Consort performed the annual London showcase lunchtime recital in St. Luke’s, Chelsea on 7March. The concert opened with Callum Anderson playing the Final from Vierne’s First Organ Symphony, setting a challenge of virtuosic exactness and intelligent understanding which was ably sustained by every subsequent soloist and ensemble musician. Members of the Cecilia Consort, in works by Edward Elgar, Charles Stanford and John Blow, demonstrated a choral integrity and emotive impulse which would be the envy of any cathedral choir. The post-Renaissance dramatization of word-setting in monody and operatic ensemble was beautifully conveyed by Olivia Brett, Immy Welch, Ellie Lester and Georgie Gulliver in music by Caccini and Humperdinck. The concert concluded with a suitably spirited performance of CPE Bach’s Piano Concerto in d-minor by Callum and the Chamber Orchestra. View photos.

By Nicholas Gleed, Director of Music

Musicians impress at St Luke’s

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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.

Invitation to Spring Concert and art exhibition

The Spring Concert, in the Quad on Friday at 7.30pm, includes all the familiar school ensembles. Concert Band will play the overture ‘Poet and Peasant’ by Suppé and the Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra will play the first movement from Beethoven’s 1st Symphony and a keyboard concerto by Philipp Emanuel Bach. The Prisoner’s Chorus from ‘Fidelio’ features among the choral works. The Dunhurst Community Art & Design Exhibition, in Bedales Gallery until 20 March, will be open after the concert. This biennial exhibition makes exuberant use of the gallery’s relatively generous wall-space, once again, alongside some charmingly imaginative 3-D work. To book concert tickets please email tickets@bedales.org.ukor telephone 01730 711511.

Dunhurst Community Art & Design Exhibition

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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.