News

14 Jun
2019

Performers' Platform

​This week’s Performers' Platform focused on solo performances and chamber music ensembles by Ayesha, who performed a stunning rendition of Grieg's Butterfly. Emily played Légende by Wieniawski with great skill and accuracy. Ami and Ivy gave a dynamic performance of Mendelssohn's technically demanding...

24 May
2019

Northfield Music Festival

Congratulations to Naina and Alisha who recently competed in the Northfield Music Festival. They won a duet together, with Naina playing viola and Alisha playing Violin. Naina also won a viola quartet and three singing classes, the 13-17 recital class from strings and the 70th String Prize award.​

17 May
2019

RS Places of Worship Trip

On Thursday 9th May, students in the Thirds visited the Sikh Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick and the Birmingham Buddhist vihara in Ladywood, as part of their work in Religious Studies. Students enjoyed guided tours and informative lectures at both sites, and were even treated to delicious vegetarian food at the...

17 May
2019

Music Success

Several students recently participated in the Northfield Festival of Music and Speech and performed very well! Sharon Li won the eleven years piano class as well as the open duet class, alongside Derwent Wilson who played the harp. Ritisha participated in speech classes and achieved an Outstanding grade in verse...

Thirds Drama Performance
10 May
2019

Thirds Drama Performance

On Wednesday evening, our youngest dramatists from KEHS & KES gathered together to present the Year 7 ‘Evening of Drama’. With a hilarious mix of sketches based around the theme of television, the students dazzled the audience with their wit and comic timing. Congratulations to all involved.

10 May
2019

Lunchtime Recital

Congratulations to Ivy on her stunning performance at last Thursday’s Lunchtime Recital. She began with Beethoven's Sonata in G major Scherzo Allegro - Trio, and followed with Kreisler's Recitativo und Scherzo-Caprice. Ivy performed both pieces with technical skill.

Aishani Ghosh
10 May
2019

Aishani's Dance Success

Talented dancer Aishani recently entered the BBC Young Dancer 2019 competition, making it to the final round of the South Asian category. Aishani competed in four competitive rounds, showcasing her ability in the popular classical Indian dance style, Bharatanatyam. She performed in the final round alongside just four..

Theatre Studies London Trip
03 May
2019

Theatre Studies Trip to London

On Friday 5th May, Sixth Form Theatre Studies students embarked on a trip to London. The trip included a visit to the V&A museum where students saw the Theatre exhibition and met Old Edwardian Immy Brown, who spoke to them about the past year she's spent at Drama school.

L4 Drama 2
05 Apr
2019

Lower Fourth Drama Performance

On Wednesday 27th March, the Lower Fourth Drama Club staged a wonderful evening performance for friends and family. Packed full of funny and moving scenes, monologues, mask work and mime, the performance was inspired by the theme of travel. The 40 strong cast of dramatists from KEHS and KES...

L6 Theatre Studies
05 Apr
2019

Lower Sixth Theatre Studies Performance

​On Tuesday evening, Lower Sixth Theatre Studies students performed their A Level devised performance Dreamcatchers to a full audience. Their piece examined dreams and the tricks our subconscious mind plays on us. Through the use of physical theatre, puppetry and heartfelt performances, the audience was treated to...

05 Apr
2019

Music News

​Congratulations to Rebecca who achieved first place in the Regional Final of the Rotary Young Musician Competition, which took place in Cheltenham. Rebecca will be competing in the National Final in May...

29 Mar
2019

Music Events

​This week’s Performers’ Platform focused on solo performances and chamber music ensembles by some of KEHS’ musicians. The concert began with a string quartet consisting of Alicia, Sharon, Ritisha and Bryneet, who performed a beautiful rendition of the allegro from Mozart’s Divertimento in F major. Eva played with...

25 Mar
2019

Dance Production 2019

This week has seen the annual dance production take place in the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre. This year’s theme was ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ and had a conservation message running throughout. We were lucky to get permission from the BBC to use David Attenborough voice overs and this helped set the tone for...

25 Mar
2019

Choral and Orchestral Concerts

On 10th and 11th March, the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre hosted the annual series of Choral and Orchestral Concerts. No-one could dispute that this year’s repertoire was one of the most brilliant, though challenging, yet. A prime example of this is the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor which featured Charlotte as..

25 Mar
2019

Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts

Naomi recently took part in the Milton Keynes Festival of the Arts, playing piano in a range of styles and a repertoire from Bach to Alexander Rosenblatt. She was successful in reaching the final round of the competition and impressed the judges, winning a special prize of a bursary to attend Chetham's International...

25 Mar
2019

Peter Vernon Vocal Prize

On Sunday 17th March, Naina, in the Lower Fifth, competed in the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Annual Vocal Competition and achieved first place in the over 14 age category.​

15 Mar
2019

Lauren's Lunchtime Recital

On Tuesday 12th March, Lauren performed to a packed audience in a recital at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She opened with an assured performance of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No.28 in A major, Op.101 before creating a spellbinding atmosphere in her interpretation of Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit...

15 Mar
2019

Sundeep's Success

Congratulations to Sundeep in the Upper Fourth who has gained a place in the National Youth Guitar Ensemble. As a result of her audition performance, Sundeep will be joining the Camerata Orchestra and will be attending monthly rehearsals as well as two residential courses this year.​

08 Mar
2019

Music Success

​Congratulations to Lulu in the Thirds, who has been selected to lead the Birmingham Schools' String Sinfonia in a concert at Symphony Hall.

04 Mar
2019

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Over the weekend, Derwent and Ritisha played with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Both students enjoyed the concert, playing Intermezzo, Les Toreadors and Habanera from Bizet's Carmen and a section of Jupiter and all of Mars from Holst's Planets Suite.​

04 Mar
2019

Rebecca Claims First Place

Over half term, Rebecca competed in the Junior section of the Bromsgrove Young Musicians’ Platform Competition and was awarded first place! Rebecca gave a solo recital, playing Prelude and Fugue in D minor by Bach, Rhapsody in C major by Dohnanyi, and a short piece called O Polichinelo by Villa-Lobos.

04 Mar
2019

Lunchtime Recital

Last week's lunchtime recital featured violinist Samantha and flautist Saffron, alongside pupils from KES. Samantha opened the recital with an expressive performance of Bloch's Simchas Torah (Rejoicing) from Baal Shem, before treating the audience to the more light-hearted La Capricieuse by Edward Elgar...

Symphony Orchestra Collaboration
04 Mar
2019

Symphony Orchestra Collaboration

On Tuesday 5th February, the Symphony Orchestra and children’s author and illustrator, James Mayhew brought to life two Russian masterpieces as part of an outreach project for primary schools across Birmingham. Over 400 pupils and staff filled the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre with each school performing classic...

Harry Potter Night
04 Mar
2019

Harry Potter Book Night

On Thursday 7th February, the third annual Harry Potter Book Night took place at KEHS. Across the world there were an amazing 13,500 different celebrations based on the theme of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! In the week leading up to the event, students were able to be ‘sorted’ by the sorting Hat into...