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.

Invitation to Chelsea concert

As is becoming a Bedales annual tradition, a performance by Bedales musicians of chamber music including Bach, Vierne, Humperdink, Elgar, Stamford and Blow will be held in the impressive St Luke’s Church, Chelsea on Thursday 7 March 2013 at 1pm. Admission is free; to reserve a place, please contact Sue Harrison by email at sharrison@bedales.org.uk or telephone 01730 711545.

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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 performs ambitious Spring Concert in Chelsea

Bedales School’s Chamber Singers and Chamber Orchestra have enjoyed performing, and delighting large audiences, in many prestigious locations in the UK and Europe’s mainland. At the end of this term, it was decided to move the Spring Concert away from the school to give more Bedalian musicians the opportunity to perform in the magnificent acoustic of St Luke’s Church, Chelsea.

The First Orchestra opened the concert with a performance of Schubert VIII (first movement).  In establishing a mood of powerful emotion, the orchestra gave the audience its first experience of the enormous acoustic. Gustav Holst’s little-known setting of Psalm 86 followed and demonstrated how well this great composer could create startling beauty out of even a single chord.  In Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir  the Chamber Singers displayed an astonishing stylistic awareness and vocal agility. The Barbershop Boys provided a contrast of genre, but not at all of ability, in arrangements of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot and Africa.  Operatic theatricality returned when  Block 5’s (year 11) Olivia Brett and sixth formers Georgie Gulliver and David Thomas delivered a mature and moving performance of Soave sia il vento from Mozart’s Cosi fan Tutte. There was, now, just one final coup de théâtre before the concert ended.  All available forces reassembled for three movements from Brahms’ massive German Requiem. This was conducted with commanding assurance by student assistant James Thomas. The captivating, bell-clear beauty of Olivia Brett’s interpretation of the soprano solo will live long in everyone’s memory.

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Keith Budge, Headmaster Bedales Schools, commented:

“I am very grateful for the opportunity for our musicians to perform at St Luke’s, which provided such a wonderful setting. Director of Music, Nick Gleed’s young men and women give us a wonderful evening. It was quite something to move the whole event to London, adapt to a different acoustic and produce a concert of this ambition and quality. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

 

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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 musicians perform at St Luke’s

Bedales musicians performed their annual lunch-time London concert of instrumental and vocal music at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea on Wednesday.

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100 pupils and staff from six visiting junior schools joined Bedales parents, former students and other friends of the school to be entertained by many of the school’s finest classical musicians under the direction of Nicholas Gleed and William Lithgow. Wonderful performances concluded with the beautiful choral music performed with professional precision by the Chamber Choir: Agnus dei from Missa Brevis (Kodaly); Geistliches Lied (Brahms); and Psalm 42 (Mendelssohn). Read more and view photos.

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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.