After eighteen months of reduced or cancelled performances in the worlds of entertainment and culture, we are delighted to have started Autumn Term 2021 with a bang. Here are some of the shows which are taking place at West Buckland this autumn.
House Drama kicks off today with the drama competition for the entire senior school.
Tonight, drama students and enthusiasts will take part in poetry and reading, followed by improvisation, prepared scenes and performances of Shakespeare. We look forward to hearing about the event and finding out which houses have come out on top!
The music department has put together a full calendar of events and we couldn’t be happier to be able to hear our talented musicians do what they do best. In the Informal Concert on Wednesday, Alex Bingham sang ‘Johanna’ from Sweeney Todd, after which Harry Waterfall in Year 7 gave us a rendition of ‘AngelFish’ on the piano.
Reuben Windley played ‘Sonata in E minor’ on violin and Sophie Temple played ‘Remote Xianggelila’ on piano. The concert was wrapped up by Vincent Burton playing ‘The Swan’ on cello; Loveday Williams singing ‘I’d Give My Life For You’ and finally a duet between Megan Brown and Ben Hodgson of ‘Shallow’. It was wonderful to listen to our young musicians in action.
We are delighted to be hosting two events with former student and OWBA, Ana Fernandez, next week.
World-renowned soprano Ana Fernandez Guerra is coming to inspire our pupils with a workshop and concert, accompanied by our very own Dominic Carter.
The first event is a vocal workshop on Wednesday 20 October from 4-6pm in the Memorial Hall with a selection of our singing pupils being coached by Ana. This is open to anyone to attend but our singing pupils and music scholars are expected to attend as we know this will be a very beneficial workshop for them.
On Thursday evening, Ana will give a recital accompanied by Dominic Carter, with repertoire ranging from Handel to Gershwin. This event is free to all pupils and staff, and £5 to all others. We are so excited to be able to welcome a world-class professional musician who started her career right here at West Buckland.
In December, we are planning to put on a production of the Messiah, featuring a choral society of students, parents past and present, as well as staff and members of the wider community. There will be four professional soloists and a professional orchestra so it should be an impressive event. Soloists booked so far include Ana Fernandez, Louise Mott and Thomas Spencer-Wortley. More details will follow.
Last Friday saw the inaugural performance by Joshua Vendetta Nash, an acclaimed krump artist. Nash and his dancers performed a double bill of Krump, Hip Hop and theatre telling stories of masculinity, self image and friendship. The event was really well attended by the local community, staff and students who were unanimous in their praise of the performance. Some direct quotes include , “memorising,” “stunning”, “phenomenal”, so we are delighted that the event was so well received. Thank you to our dance teacher Louise Coates for arranging the event.