Singer songwriter returns for sell-out performance

Bedales welcomed back renowned singer songwriter Teddy Thompson OB for a performance in a packed Olivier Theatre recently. Students supported Teddy with solo and group performances of songs they had composed. The evening, organised by Bedales guitar teacher Neil Hornsby, raised £5,000 for the John Badley Foundation, which is providing full bursaries for young people with talent and potential. Earlier in the afternoon, Teddy held a songwriting workshop for students to help and inspire them to develop their music, and described participants as “so poised and confident.” Read more. Read student reviews. View photos. Read exclusive interview with Teddy.

Teddy Thompson

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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.

Student reviews of Teddy Thompson concert

On Monday, many Bedales students saw our peers play in a highly anticipated concert in the theatre. Whilst the majority of us had copious amounts of work to do we set down our books to go and see our friends perform with Teddy Thompson (Old Bedalian). The Olivier Theatre was full of parents, students and local people who had heard about the gig and as Neil Hornsby (music teacher and mentor for the four acts about to play) came on stage, we could tell it was going to be a good night. The line up was incredible with Zak Hobbs (6.2), Josie Blakelock (6.1), Delilah Montagu (Block 4), and Block 5s Rosheen Bond and George Gardner (who unbelievably had been only working together for six weeks!). These acts were jaw-droppingly good, especially considering everything performed had been written by them. The first half went so quickly I was shocked when the lights came up and we were ushered out so the crew could set up for Teddy. Unfortunately, duty called and I had to run off and write a Classics essay and missed Teddy’s performance, however I’ve heard only good words about his set. The gig was in aid of the school’s John Badley Foundation, so hopefully in the future we will have even more inspiring artists come and perform for this great cause.

By Calum Knight, Block 5

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OB Teddy Thompson filled the Olivier Theatre last Monday night with a terrific performance after a well received song writing workshop. After a half hour opening set from Delilah Montagu, Josie Blakelock, Zak Hobbs and the new George Gardner and Rosheen Bond duo, Teddy began his set. His voice carried the audience through his ballads of sorrow such as Separate Ways to his upbeat That’s Enough Out Of You. In balancing the occasional heavy-heartedness of these songs Teddy lightened the mood with his signature wit. At the end of the set Teddy reintroduced nephew Zak to join him on two tracks. All funds raised went to the John Badley Foundation.

By Zak Hobbs, 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.

Teddy Thompson treat – book early

Teddy Thompson, acclaimed singer-songwriter and Old Bedalian, will perform on Monday 19 November, 7.30pm at the Olivier Theatre supported by Bedales students. Teddy’s original songs and live performances generated such acclaim that he was soon signed to Virgin Records. In 2008, he released the upbeat and highly acclaimed, A Piece of What You Need, which was declared “one of this year’s best” by The Guardian and debuted at #9 in the UK pop charts. Tickets, at £20 and £15 concessions, are available from tickets@bedales.org.uk or 01730 711511. Payment can be made by credit card, cheque (to ‘Bedales Schools Development Trust’) or charged to the school bill. Proceeds will go to the school’s John Badley Foundation which provides full bursaries for children who would be unable to consider an independent education. More information.

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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.