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

Celebrate students’ achievements on Parents’ Day

This Saturday is Parents’ Day when parents are invited to celebrate students’ achievements and enjoy a day full of events and displays including a performance of Elegies for Angels, Punks & Raging Queens, the Summer Concert, tennis, cricket, dance, music, a madrigal group recital, Bedales Art & Design 2014, the opening of the meditation hut and the opening of The Kadian Observatory. Department displays will include Outdoor Work, with bread and produce available to purchase, and there will be an exhibition of plans for the new Art & Design building. Mixed doubles tennis starts at 10am and the last event, the Summer Concert, begins at 6pm. Dance, Elegies for Angels, Punks & Raging Queens and the Summer Concert are ticketed (see booking info below in Coming Up). Bring a picnic lunch – cream tea provided plus the usual BPA Pimm’s tent.

View Parents’ Day full schedule and map (hard copies available on Saturday).

Parents' Day

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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 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.

Inspiring day at Oxford

11 students in 6.1 travelled to the University of Oxford last term to attend one of their annual Open Days. The morning was spent visiting departments: a good range of interests from our students here, including Classics, English, Engineering, Computer Science, Biological Sciences, Modern Languages, Music and others. After a picnic lunch in glorious sunshine on the banks of the Cherwell, we set off to visit many of the beautiful colleges, from the gothic splendour of New College to the quiet intimacy of Corpus Christi. Throughout the day, our students had the chance to hear lectures from university staff and meet current Oxford students, as well as soaking up the heady academic atmosphere. An inspiring day was had by all.

By Michael Truss, Head of Academic Enrichment

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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.

Celebrate students’ achievements on Parents’ Day

Next Saturday is Parents’ Day. Parents are invited to celebrate students’ achievements and enjoy a day full of events and displays including Block 3 & 4’s production of The Frogs, the Summer Concert, tennis tournaments, croquet and cricket matches, dance, music, and a madrigal group recital. Department displays will include Outdoor Work bread and produce available to purchase. There will be an exhibition of plans for a new Art & Design Centre. Mixed doubles tennis starts at 10am and the last event, the Summer Concert, begins at 6pm. Dance, The Frogs and the Summer Concert are ticketed. To book tickets call 01730 711511 or email tickets@bedales.org.uk. View Parents’ Day brochure with full schedule (will be handed out on the day).

Parents Day Brochure 2013 - banner

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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.