Bedales Rock Show raises over £6k for the John Badley Foundation

By Neil Hornsby, Head of Contemporary Music

Twelve months ago, after the congratulations had died down following a hugely successful Bedales Rock Show 2018, the most common phrases I heard included “What are you going to do next year, with so many amazing 6.2s leaving?” and “The Rock Show will never be the same again”!

True, 20 of last year’s 30 songs were sung by 6.2s, and after hearing these comments so frequently, I started to feel a little worried myself. However, I was aware that a backbone of very promising talent remained at Bedales, so we set out on the herculean journey towards the Rock Show 2019.

I challenged Block 4 students to play like sixth formers, sixth formers to perform like professionals and we all worked harder than ever before to see if we could come close to matching our 2018 effort. After a relaxing half term break, I still can’t believe how spectacularly our amazing group of students pulled off such a successful show.

Everyone performed brilliantly and it was fantastic to see so many young musicians rising to the challenge. Over the three nights, the Rock Show also raised £6,192 for the John Badley Foundation, which offers financial support through bursaries, giving young people a chance to benefit from the transformational opportunity a Bedales education can provide.

Interestingly, no one this time has asked me “What at are you going to do next year?” As it looks like we’re now set for several years to come!

See more photos from the Rock Show 2019 here.

Legendary Rock Show celebrates 10th birthday

Last week saw the 10th birthday performances of the now legendary Bedales Rock Show. The show that has helped launch the careers of several notable OBs including Gabriel Bruce, Marika Hackman, Leah Mason and Freddy Sheed once again threatened to take the roof off the Olivier Theatre. Stunning performances from the spectacular Rosheen Bond and Delilah Montagu were complemented by the wonderful original songs of Josie Blakelock, Jack Merrett and Harley Mitford. A whole host of amazing debut performances from the likes of Stella Green and Sophia Berger were ably supported by the impressive musicianship of Peter Wilson, Louis Giannamore, Luca Caruso and departing Rock Show icons Jasper Ford Welman and Will Reynolds. View photos. Read more.

By  Neil Hornsby, Guitar Teacher and Rock Show Organiser

Rock Show 2014

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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.

Release of Rock Show: The Movie DVD

Bedales Rock Show: The Movie is out on DVD, featuring the best performances from the 2012 and 2013 shows and previously unseen historical footage from past shows, including the first generation of Rock Show superstars: Gabriel Bruce, Jamie Campbell Bower, Leah Mason, Marika Hackman, Tellison and Eliza Doolittle, as well as amazing performances from our newest talents: Delilah Montagu, Rosheen Bond, Georgie Deane, Talia Pick, Lucy Waterhouse, George Eve, Freddy Sheed, Zak Hobbs and Peter Wilson. To order your copy (£10), please email nhornsby@bedales.org.uk. Watch trailer. As well as appearing on this DVD, Freddy Sheed plays the drums on Leona Lewis’ new Christmas album and Marika Hackman, has a new EP out soon and will be touring from 10 – 14 December. Buy tickets. Listen to three new tracks from the new EP.

Bedales Rock Show The Movie DVD

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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.

New generation of Bedalian superstars

The question on everyone’s lips as they entered the Olivier Theatre for last week’s Rock Show was ‘Will things ever be the same without the great Freddy Sheed?’ Well, this question was answered resoundingly by a set of spectacular performances by a new generation of Bedalian superstars. Incredible debuts by George Morony, Luca Caruso, Leo Graziosi and the sensational Peter Wilson, as well as phenomenal performances from our departing 6.2s Zak Hobbs, Talia Pick and Lucy Waterhouse made this once again, a truly special event. Jasper Ford Welman and Will Reynolds (the legendary Rock Show ‘Pit Crew’) kept the show running like clockwork whilst also performing to the highest possible standard. Established stars Rosheen Bond, Bibi Collins, Georgie Deane and Kris Rolt added further chapters to their already illustrious Rock Show careers and above all else, the simply sensational Oscar Cooper proved once and for all ‘We don’t need the Sheed!’

By Neil Hornsby, Guitar Teacher and Rock Show Organiser

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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.

Now available: ‘Bedales Rock Show – The Movie’

By Neil Hornsby, Guitar Teacher and Rock Show Organiser

To celebrate eight spectacular years of the Bedales Rock Show, Bedales are proud to present a film charting the development and rise to prominence of this unique event. ‘Bedales Rock Show – The Movie’ features the very best performances from this February’s incredible show, includes historical footage from each of the previous eight shows and new interviews with OB Rock Show stars who have gone on to careers in the music industry. View the trailer. Copies of the DVD can be ordered from nhornsby@bedales.org.uk at a cost of £12.50 which can go on the school bill.

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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.