Hats off for Bedales music! What a week it has been! With our musicians filling St Luke’s, Chelsea with a rich and ambitious programme of classical music on Wednesday lunchtime and then the Rock Show on Thursday and Friday evenings, the full span is on display. Both concerts are testimony to admirable teamwork, inspired teaching and painstaking, professional preparation and, of course, sheer talent across the traditions. Not only does the Rock Show benefit from a core of musicians who happily encompass both the classical and contemporary, but a number of the Rock Show numbers mine deeply into the classical tradition: strings and brass run strongly through the evening. A number of the same fine voices that we heard at St Luke’s are there in the theatre. Although it is great to hear strong renditions of current and old favourites, it is above all the pieces that our own talented song-writers have composed that are the most spell-binding and help make the Rock Show a wonderful testament to student creative drive.
By Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales Schools
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 school. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.