OB Charlie Millar returning to perform at Bedales Olivier Theatre

Notices yesterday includes an enticing clip of OB Charlie Millar playing his (acoustic) guitar – an appetizer for Friday evening’s STRANGERS: no strangers opening performance at our theatre. There’s been much talk of late about inspiration and how young people have been inspired or might be inspired by Olympians. Here is a tale of a young man inspired by a brilliant musical performer in the same theatre. In May 2003 a very tired 12 year old Charlie Millar was returning from the Dunhurst Block 2 French trip. His mother had booked a ticket for him to see one of the world’s finest guitarists, Antonio Forcione, playing in the Bedales theatre. Charlie was tired after the journey and his time in France and didn’t want to go; his mother weighed in and persuaded him that, the ticket bought and the opportunity there, he should go. Charlie went, saw and heard the remarkable Forcione make his guitar do things that are beyond most guitarists, and was inspired. Charlie’s commitment and emerging talent as an acoustic guitarist became legendary within the school and he went on to study music at Goldsmiths and develop his career as a performer. That one evening was decisive in determining his vocation. And here he is, returning to perform and no doubt in turn inspiring others.

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. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.