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


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.

Soloists and consorts perform to St Peter’s

Soloists and consorts derived from the chamber choir and chamber orchestra performed a lunch-time recital in a packed St. Peter’s Church, Petersfield last Tuesday. Callum Anderson opened the concert with a delicately layered account of Schubert’s Gb Impromptu. The soaring contrapuntal beauty of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto (slow movement) found fine expression in the hands of two new sixth form scholars, Sofia Tavener and Miriam Wilford, accompanied by a solo string quintet. The second half of the concert began with Immy Welch, Olivia Brett and Georgie Gulliver forming into pairs for Humperdinck’s Prayer and Mozart’s Portrait Duet. This well-crafted concert concluded with the Chamber Choir singing Lotti’s Crucifixus, Haydn’s Insanae et Vanae and Schubert’s Intende Voci Orationis, a relatively unknown work of astonishing beauty for which the choir was joined by the tenor Patrick Burrowes (OB). View photos.

By Nick Gleed, Director of Music


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.