It was an exciting and action-packed final week of
music-making at Bedford School.
Wednesday 1st July 2015 saw a collaborative event
featuring work by boys in the first two years of the senior school in artistic,
dramatic and musical genres in the new Quarry Theatre at Bedford School. The
exhibition of art featured painting, drawing, prints and sculpture, all on the
theme of ‘British Pastoral’. The music and drama responded to this starting
point too, with a number of Shakespearian sonnets and other small scenes from
plays by the bard, as well as a selection of pastoral music.
Thursday 2nd July saw the main orchestral concert
of the series, with performances by all of the major ensembles at the Upper
School, including the School Band, Brass Ensemble, Dance Band, Chamber
Orchestra, Second Orchestra and First Orchestra. Highlights included a spirited
performance of ‘Jupiter’ from Holst’s Planet Suite by the School Band and a
heavy rock orchestral version of ‘Kashmir’ by Led Zeppelin by the Chamber
The concert on Friday 3rd July was one of
contrasts. The first half was held in the School’s Chapel and featured the
Chapel Choir and a small choir called Corpus Cantus, directed by U6 student
Thomas Edwards. There was fine singing all round from the Chapel Choir
including a rousing performance of Vaughan Williams’ piece ‘Lord thou hast been
our refuge’, and the first performance of a beautiful setting of ‘Ave verum
corpus’ by Thomas Edwards. The audience then walked across the school site to
the Quarry Theatre for a second half of chamber music and jazz, including
performances by the Jazz Ensemble led by the inspirational Nikki Iles.