Youth Dance Platform showcases local talent

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On Sunday 1 March, Bedales held the annual Youth Dance Platform. This is a dance performance that consisted of Bedales students ranging from Block 4 to 6.2, and pupils from Dunhurst and other local schools including Frensham Heights, Amesbury, Petersfield Dance Academy and Karen Blackburn Company.

Throughout the show a variety a styles were shown to the audience such as Ballet, Contemporary, Street and Tap. There were also a variety of ages that performed, which was nice from an audience perspective to see a range of dancers as well as styles.

As well as the conventional styles performed, there was a performance that combined theatre as well as dance, performed and choreographed by 6.2 students Thomas Higginson and Anastasia Sheldon. Another performance that stood out to the audience was a contemporary group piece performed by Frensham Heights as well as the Hampshire Youth Dance Company who put on a production of their version of Matthew Bourne’s dance adaptation of Edward Scissorhands.

Overall the schools put on a great show and Bedales were able to once again show the public our creative skills. A special mention to Dunhurst too, as they put a lot of effort into their performance and worked together as a group very professionally.

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By Bella Watts, 6.2


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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Bedales showcases best local dance talent

Bedales hosted a stunning display of dance at the Youth Dance Platform last weekend. The annual showcase of creative and imaginative contemporary dance saw students from Bedales and Dunhurst programmed alongside groups from other schools, colleges, and independent dance companies. Dunhurst Blocks 1 and 2 pupils performed a piece to a mix of songs from Walk on By to Walking on Sunshine. Street, Ballet, Modern and Tap were included in this piece. Bedales students’ choreography comprised a piece by Daisy Nielsen (Block 5) in a fast-moving Charleston duet with Daniel Rasbash (6.2). Block 4 students performed a piece to music by Danny Elfman. The Youth Dance Platform acted as a perfect rehearsal for Bedales Dance Performs two days later, which featured students studying Dance at BAC and A Level. The evening featured 17 performances inspired by different cultures. Read more. View photos: Youth Dance Platform; Bedales Dance Performs.

Bedales showcases best local dance talent

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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.

Colourful and Gothic arts programme

An artist revelling in colour and texture offers us a timely antidote to the lowering grey of the skies. Our new exhibition by Michael Minas is now open and runs until 8 February. Three Gothic Tales, the Dunhurst Blocks’ Play, will be performed in the Theatre next week. Free tickets are available for Thursday and Friday at 7.30pm and Saturday 18th at 2.30pm from tickets@bedales.org.uk or 01730 711511.

Michael Minas

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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.

Prep schools enjoy Tudor music at Bedales

Bedales hosted a workshop for young musicians recently to give them a taste of music education and the chance to experience participation in a concert in the Olivier Theatre. Students from Bloo House, Camelsdale First School, Conifers, Dorset House, Knightsbridge School, Newton Prep and Oakwood School joined students from Dunhurst, Block 5 and the Sixth Form. Students began by discovering the dance choreography of the Tudor period before moving on to exploring the music played at such performances. Bedales Director of Music, Nick Gleed and Director of Music at Dunhurst, Ben Harlan, led the workshops, which featured madrigals, instrumental ensembles and the chance to play in a renaissance band alongside Bedales Sixth Formers. Read more.

Oakwood pupils at Tudor Music Workshop

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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.

Olivier Theatre hosts dance showcase

The Olivier Theatre played host to a stunning display of local dance talent at the annual Youth Dance Platform last weekend, giving young people the opportunity to perform on stage and see other performances from their contemporaries with the aim of celebrating and developing dance style and talent. The lively fast moving show comprised various short works by students from Bedales and Dunhurst, the Hampshire Youth Dance Company, Frensham Heights, Totton College, Amesbury School and Petersfield Academy of Dance. Dunhurst Block 2 pupils performed ‘Those magnificent men in their flying machines’ and Bedales AS Level exam trio performed ‘Shattered’. The Bedales Dance Company performed ‘I believe’, a student devised piece and the BAC group’s ‘Night Light’ saw dancing to an electronic score. Read more. View photos.

Youth Dance Platform 2013

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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.

Bedales hosts local dance showcase

Bedales Olivier Theatre played host to a stunning display of local dance talent at the school’s annual Youth Dance Platform over the weekend. The event gives young people the opportunity to perform on stage and see other performances from their contemporaries with the overall aim of celebrating and developing dance style and talent.

The lively fast moving show comprised various short works by the Hampshire Youth Dance Company, Frensham Heights, Totton College, Amesbury School, Petersfield Academy of Dance and students from Bedales and Bedales Prep, Dunhurst.

Dunhurst Block 2 (year 8) pupils performed ‘Those magnificent men in their flying machines’. The Bedales AS Level exam trio performed ‘Shattered’ and the Bedales Dance Company performed ‘I believe’, a student devised piece led and rehearsed by them in their own time. The Bedales Block 5 (year 11) group’s ‘Night Light’ saw dancing to an electronic score with a film projection, designed by the students as part of their project.

Erin Norris, Dance Teacher at Amesbury School, said:

“We all had a fantastic day at Bedales. It was such a great opportunity for the pupils to meet other students and to get a chance to share work with each other. It was a really positive event and we are looking forward to next year already.”

Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales Schools, said:

“The Youth Dance Platform provides a wonderful opportunity for dance students to practise and perform in front of a knowledgeable and appreciative audience. We enjoy hosting this event, enabling local dance companies and school students to learn from each other through sharing their talents and passion for dance.”

Bedales hosts local dance showcase

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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 Prep pupils and staff showcase creative talent

Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, has launched an exhibition at the Bedales Gallery this month, showcasing talent across the school community featuring art, textiles, ceramics and design work by pupils, teachers and support staff.

Highlights of the Exhibition include ‘The Big Draw’ showing portraits created by all the school, including cleaning staff, cooks, teaching and support staff as well as pupils. The school participates in this annual event, now registered with the National Campaign for Drawing, to provide the opportunity for everyone who works or studies at Dunhurst to try their hand at drawing with the aim of dispelling the myth “I can’t draw”. The pictures spread the length of the gallery and it was through this exercise that Elaine Hewitt, Dunhurst’s Head of Creative Studies, discovered the hidden artistic talents of members of the support staff including Cassandra Crook a cleaner at Dunhurst and Garath Tulett a carpenter in the school’s facilities department. Gareth painted a portrait of his father-in-law as a 60th birthday present and Elaine thought the painting was worthy of a place in the exhibition.  Cassandra’s art-work was inspired through the ‘big draw’ project. The last time Cassandra had painted was when she was at school so she was delighted that her talents were recognised in the Exhibition.

The pupils’ work captures their experiences throughout the academic year including art work created during an art trip to Barcelona and sculptures with Andy Cheese who created the shepherd statue in Petersfield’s Shepherd’s Walk. Andy, who teaches at Bedales, took up the role of artist in residence at Dunhurst last year and worked with the pupils on a sculpture project that now graces the school grounds.

The Creative Studies teachers at Dunhurst have also included their own work featuring paintings and ceramics. This year’s exhibition is particularly special for the School as Elaine Hewitt will be retiring at the end of this academic year along with art teacher Louise Banks, who will be leaving in July. Both teachers have taught at the school for over 20 years.

Commenting on the exhibition, Jane Grubb, Head of Bedales Prep, said “This annual exhibition is an important event in our calendar as it is a culmination of all the hard work and creative ideas produced by the pupils throughout the academic year. The Big Draw is a project that everyone in the school enjoys taking part in and it is fun for people to identify themselves in the gallery of the many faces here at Dunhurst. It is great that through this exercise we have indentified hidden talent amongst the support staff in our community too and I am delighted that we are able to inspire everyone in our community. This is a very fitting final exhibition for Elaine and Louise after over 20 years of teaching art at the school.”

The exhibition will run until March 20th and is open to all and free to attend. Viewing times are:  2 – 5pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 1pm Saturdays.

Cassandra with her art on display

Gareth with his art on display

Louise Banks with her bird paintings in the 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.

Dance takes centre stage

Dance takes centre stage over the next three weeks. The Youth Dance Platform on Sunday 10 March features our own students from Dunhurst and Bedales, as well as the Hampshire Youth Dance Company, Amesbury School, Totton College, Frensham Heights and Petersfield Academy of Dance (performances at 5pm and 7.30pm – tickets £5). On Tuesday 12 March, the exciting all-male company 2Faced Dance returns with a brand new full-length work (tickets £12/£10 concessions). Finally, on Tuesday 19March at 7.30pm, Bedales Dance Performs offers a showcase for the choreographic work of our BAC and A-Level students (free tickets). For tickets, please contact 01730 711511 or email tickets@bedales.org.uk.

Youth Dance Platform

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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.

Olivier Theatre hosts the Darlings

Dunhurstians put on extra performances of Peter Pan in The Olivier Theatre recently after the snow forced cancellations. Children from Blocks 1 and 2 worked tenaciously in rehearsals to get the production ready for the first performance on Thursday just before the snow struck. Although the bad weather initially halted plans, the production returned to a packed audience on Monday for two shows to make up for lost time. Jane Grubb, Head of Dunhurst, said: “The children and staff put a phenomenal amount of effort into making the show spectacular. From the lighting and music to the script and the costumes, the event was captivating. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces around the school transformed into sprites and members of the Kickapu tribe and Darling family.” Read more. View photos.

Peter Pan

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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.