Jazz Legend at Bedales

Later…with Jools Holland (see You Tube) and a little later still – 12 November – with us at Bedales, a legend in British Jazz. If the often-quoted 10,000 hours is what it takes initially, think what 70 years as a professional pianist might do to hone your skills. This promises to be a very special evening – a father/ son piano and drum duo in the first half, drawing on 30 years of music-making together.  Reviews speak of “two masters at the top of their game”. Then there’s the added variety of a quartet in the second half, with Stan Tracey (piano) and Clark Tracey (drums) joined by Bobby Wellins (tenor sax) and Andrew Cleyndert (bass). Book tickets.

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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.

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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.

Contemporary jazz visits Bedales

“One of the glories of contemporary jazz”, singer Norma Winstone joins her ECM recording partners at Bedales Jazz on 12 February. Klaus Gesing (soprano sax and bass clarinet) and Glauco Venier (piano) have been hailed as ideal foils for Winstone’s renowned artistry. Their previous album won Best Vocal CD (Academie du Jazz) and a Grammy nomination. The Bedales community gets the opportunity to hear a group whose tour itineraries include London’s Barbican, Zurich, Elmau and Basel. They perform jazz ballads and original compositions from Stories Yet To Tell. Tickets £14/£12 conc. from tickets@bedales.org.uk or 01730 711511. More information.

Winstone / Gesing / Venier Trio

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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.

JFP rocks the Quad

Thursday 4th October marked the long anticipated JFP (Jazz, Folk and Poetry) of 2012. JFP is primarily a student led and organised event, with students not only performing but also helping with the lighting and technical areas. The night included quite a bit of Jazz, a lot of Folk and a smattering of Poetry (especially relevant on National Poetry Day). There was great original poetry from Abby Sedgley and Laurel Mullin, wonderful folk from Zak Hobbs, and spectacular Jazz from Block 3s Luca Caruso and Ally MacDonald. Yet, despite the name, other genres were also very well represented with magnificent covers of Beyonce, The Beatles, Van Morrison, Radiohead and even Jurassic 5 to name a few. Amongst the covers were also original songs written and performed by the very talented Delilah Montagu and Jack Merrett. JFP provided a mix of performances from Rock Show regulars such as Georgie Deane, Jasper Ford Welman and sensational headliner Lucy Waterhouse, and wonderful debuts from the amazing Peter Wilson and George Morony.

Although JFP is very much students having the chance to independently organise their performance, it would be very difficult without the magnificent help and enthusiasm of Neil Hornsby who, by choice, is there to help with every element of JFP if at all needed. Neil described the evening as “another fantastic night of music at Bedales as JFP literally rocked the Quad”, and it was clear that those who attended, both staff and students, agreed.  

JFP is always a special night because it reminds the students involved and those watching what they are capable of achieving and helps them to do so independently. Students with all sorts of interests and talents can become involved and the talent is always immense and diverse with this year proving to be no exception.

By Bibi Collins, 6.2

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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.

Jazz supergroup to perform at Bedales School

Bedales is delighted to welcome BLINQ, a supergroup of top solo vocalists with a truly international jazz pianist and Mercury Prize nominee 2011, to play in concert at The Olivier Theatre on Monday 24 January at 8pm.

The launch of BLINQ, comprising Brendan Reilly, Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw and Natalie Williams (vocals) and Gwilym Simcock (piano), at Ronnie Scott’s in August 2011 had critics savouring their superlatives. The festival programmers of Cologne, Hamburg and Montreux were advised to book without delay. Tickets are £14 and £12 for concessions, and are available from the theatre on 01730 711511 or by emailing tickets@bedales.org.uk.

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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 school. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.