Barnstorming Band Night

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Last week saw the second annual Bedales Band Night. Stunning performances from regulars Rosheen Bond and Delilah Montagu were complemented by the incredible debuts of Esme Allman and Aidan Bunce-Waters. Other highlights included wonderful performances from the likes of Stella Green and Sophia Berger, ably supported by the amazing musicianship of Kit Mosely, Louis Giannamore, Luca Caruso, Peter Wilson and George Gardner. The roof of the Quad was nearly blown off by the sensational and explosive performance of Leo Graziosi and the night was brought to a close with a barnstorming rendition of The Jackson 5’s Blame It On The Boogie. No one who was in attendance will forget this night in a hurry.

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Words by Hannah Rogerson, 6.1

Photos by Lydia Walker, 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.

Playwriting with the National Theatre

Bedales students are participating in the National Theatre’s New Views course for young playwrights. The programme involves students receiving guidance from some of the best in the business to write their own 30 minute play. A competition is held to judge the best play with the winning entry staged at the National Theatre with a professional cast. Last year Phil King, who joined Bedales drama department this year, won the teacher play submission and received a staged read at the National. English teacher, David Anson, will be attempting to repeat the teacher success and he, together with Phil, will be helping the students with their drafts. Jemma Kennedy from the New Views course, will visit the students and give them feedback. Students will visit the National as part of the programme to comment on the plays they’ve seen and engage in a debate that connects the young writers with the world of British theatre – a wonderful opportunity for all involved. To find out more about the course visit the National Theatre’s New Views website.

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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.

Academy Award winner talks music and cinema

Rachel Portman, composer of scores for films such as Emma, Never Let Me Go and Chocolat, delivered on Friday a talk that provided Bedales students with an intriguing insight into the world of film music. She revealed secrets of the industry, such as the use of ‘click tracks’ (a sort of dynamic metronome used to conduct an orchestra in perfect synchronisation with a section of film) and spoke about her compositional process, which involves finding the emotional summit of a film and associating with it a motif that provides inspiration for the rest of the music. It was an enlightening talk for aspiring composers, directors and film fans alike. Bedalians will no longer see (or perhaps hear) film music in the same light again!

By Toby Matimong, 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.