The many forms of festivity

Festivity comes in many forms: a 6.2 victory in the most local of football Derbys (6.1 vs 6.2 boys); an energetic and energising Dunhurst Christmas Concert, with more or less the whole school on stage and an inter-galactic orchestral performance (Ben Harlan inimitably to the fore) which spanned Battle Cry to Away in a Manger; and an excellent, demanding (in the best sense, i.e. of both audience and cast) production of The Relapse, with Phil King’s maiden production provoking and beguiling us to think about how close the antics of Restoration fops might be to our own. Meanwhile, the one and only Bedales singing practice of the year, taken with aplomb by Nick Gleed, sets the scene for the final Advent assembly.

By Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales School


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.