Future RAM Scholar, Luca, on Pre-U recitals

Gemma Klein Photography

By Luca Caruso, 6.2 

On Tuesday 21st March, I travelled up to London to complete what would be the first of three recitals for the performance section of Music Pre-U.

Throughout my two years in The Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Jazz program, I had the pleasure of meeting many musicians whom I now play with regularly, and as a result of these encounters I am fortunate enough to feel confident in calling for their services in musical situations like these. Two of the four musicians who joined me are already undergraduates at the RAM, whilst the other two are still attending the Junior Academy course.

Although this was a performance which was recorded on camera, there was also the opportunity for a live audience to attend. Most of these recitals take place in the Lupton Hall at School, and therefore it is a given that we, as a music class of 8, always go and support one another. Since my performance was held at The Royal Academy of Music, I deemed it appropriate to bring the rest of the class with me!

Their presence, along with my family’s, made the whole mood and atmosphere lighter and less formal. To tell the truth, this performance didn’t feel like an exam. It felt to be a thirty-minute set in which I could play the music I love with a quintet of fantastic musicians, with some of my close friends in attendance.

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In February it was announced that  many of our senior musicians had been awarded places at some of the country’s leading conservatoires.

Luca was awarded the drums scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, Caleb Curtis cello (Royal Academy of Music), George Butler  voice(Royal Northern College of Music), Antonia Richards voice (Trinity College), and Hope Cramsie guitar (Royal College of Music).

Below: George, Caleb, Antonia, Hope and Luca
George, Caleb, Antonia, Hope and Luca

Bedales Prep pupils learn from award-winning Stomp artists

Pupils from Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, enjoyed participating in a recent dance workshop led by members of the award-winning West-end production ‘Stomp’.

Stomp’s multi-award winning show consists of rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance using a variety of materials such as plastic bags, bin lids and even the kitchen sink to hammer out an explosively feel good rhythm. They took centre stage at the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony and perform regularly in London, New York and internationally.

Nass and Dave from Stomp’s crew spent time with Dunhurst’s pupils showing them how to move their bodies and utilise household items to produce complex rhythms.

Commenting on the workshop, Jane Grubb, Head of Bedales Prep, said: “The whole school seemed to reverberate with the rhythm and the sound of the toe-tapping beat during the workshop. Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the chance to express themselves in a way they hadn’t explored before in dance and theatre. These skills will all help to build their repertoire as we look towards next year’s Youth Dance Platform.”

Bedales Prep pupils learn from award-winning Stomp Artists

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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.

Focus on activities: Orchestra

I enjoy playing double bass in all three of Bedales’ orchestras: Chamber Orchestra, Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra, all of which are usually fun and challenging to play in. Taking part in the orchestras has helped improve my sight-reading and intonation, which are two key factors in playing that have helped me succeed in my music exams. I find myself playing in at least two concerts each term, varying in venue from our own Quad to St Luke’s Church in Chelsea. At the end of the school year I will be travelling with the Chamber Orchestra on another trip abroad, I believe this time it will be to France, whereas previously it’s involved performing in various ancient churches scattered across Tuscany. I have also been given the opportunity to play as a soloist backed by the orchestra in the final term, which will be an interesting challenge.

By Daniel Rogers, 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.

Cambridge Pre-U Music students enjoy Medea

18 sixth form students studying Cambridge Pre-U Music recently went to the London Coliseum to see the rarely performed French Baroque opera Medea by Charpentier. This story of Greek mythology was set in a more modern time leading up to the Second World War, with extravagant and comic chorus dance routines of soldiers and sailors in military and naval uniforms. This did not detract from an incredible performance from Sarah Connolly in the title role with a very strong supporting cast. Earlier in the day the students were treated to a tour of the London Coliseum given by the most entertaining guide who gave a totally spontaneous and comical history of the theatre, the home of the English National Opera for the past four decades. Read review of Bedales Spring Concert and view photos of rehearsals.

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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.

Bedales face challenging Schools’ Challenge

Bedales recently faced Round 2 of the Schools’ Challenge competition against Hurstpierpoint College, Brighton. It took place in the MFL classroom where the atmosphere was tense partially with nerves, partially with excitement. It was clear from the beginning that this was going to be a tough match. Hurstpierpoint College were very quick on our new buzzers ramping up an early lead. Noah Clarke-Hall (Block 3) then got us racing back with his amazing knowledge of Chemistry. There seemed to be a lot of Classical Music questions which left both teams stumped (sorry Will and Nick!). The game flew by and despite us scoring 10 more points than in our first round victory, we still lost to a very strong team 740 to 510. So unfortunately that is it for the Bedales General Knowledge Team for 2012. Thank you Peter for leading us and thank you to the parents’ association for the buzzers which we will practice at being sharper on for next year. We thoroughly enjoyed taking part!

By Mim Evison, Block 5

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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.

6.1s to create a production in two weeks

Creating a production in two weeks? Now there’s a challenge. This is, however, what a small group of 6.1s aims to do when they return from study leave. The ‘dramatic’ half of the show involves J.M. Synge’s quirky One Act play The Shadow of the Glen. Should Nora accept a life of tedious duty in her isolated croft in the aforementioned glen or is there a more exotic alternative on offer? The musical half of the evening is Homemade Fusion. Written by the first recipients of the Lorenz Hart Award, this musical song cycle was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2011 and we are delighted to give its first UK school performance. A series of musical snapshots attempting to make sense of a senseless world, the show explores the lives of twentysomethings in the 21st Century: a complication of love, travel, sex, loss and candy bars. Suitable for age 13+. Tickets (free) can be obtained from tickets@bedales.org.uk or telephone 01730 711511.

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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.

Musically illustrated history of Reggae and Ska

By Vincent Hasselbach, Block 5

Stuart Inglis’ assembly on Monday evening treated us to a musically illustrated history of Reggae and Ska; starting with some early American influenced Ska, before moving on to an original Ska version of One Love, by a young Bob Marley and The Wailers, with two further songs showing just what a wonderful sound a full horns section delivers. This was followed by some early Rocksteady, and an explanation of the change in tempo heralded by this new style, and then into some early Upsetters where we dwelled briefly on the antics of the entirely insane, Lee Perry, with stories such as pouring petrol on his head and setting fire to it.

From here, we moved into the realms of dub, and heard Cassava Piece by Augustus Pablo. The final song, Behold by Culture, was a fitting end to such a positive and informative assembly. It was great to see a showcase of reggae throughout its history that delved beyond the usual Bob Marley, and into the many other facets of this beautiful genre, that more often than not don’t receive the recognition they deserve.

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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.