By Neil Hornsby, Head of Contemporary Music
The Bedales Rock Show went digital yesterday as the 18th edition of this great Bedales event was streamed around the world on YouTube.
Whilst this Digital Rock Show was unlike any other, it still bore the same hallmarks that have made the show such a part of the fabric of Bedales in recent years – incredible songwriting, amazingly talented students and a LOT of painstaking hard work!
As well as all of the spectacular performances, a special mention must go to the amazing production team featuring the brilliant editing skills of Sam Coleman, August Janklow and Joe Wilson, along with the ridiculously professional mixing skills of Jake Scot and George Vaux.
The 17-song show was pulled together from more than 500 individual audio and video recordings sent in from students in three continents, and due to the time difference, was worked on literally 24 hours a day for the final four weeks of term.
What made this show so special is that it featured former Rock Show stars from each of the 17 previous shows, the majority of whom now work in the music industry, including Rory ‘WYNNE’ Andrew, Gabriel Bruce and Charlie Millar from the very first show in 2004, Jamie Campbell Bower and Leah ‘Minke’ Mason from the second show in 2005, through to more recent stars Freddy Sheed, Rosheen Bond and Delilah Montagu.
The involvement of so many Old Bedalians highlighted what this show has come to mean to so many and was a fittingly creative end to a strange but memorable term.
An exciting side effect of the show going digital is that, unlike the live shows where it often takes months for those who missed it to share in the experience as video highlights are prepared, today everyone can share in this memorable event because it is online for all to see here.
The show supported two worthy causes: Show Racism the Red Card, the UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity, and the John Badley Foundation, which offers financial support through bursaries, enabling young people from challenging backgrounds the opportunity to benefit from a Bedales education. Thank you to everyone who has kindly donated. If you haven’t donated, there’s still time – please donate on our Pledgit fundraising page here.