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Theatre Studies Trip
04 Jul
2019

Theatre Studies Trip

On Thursday 27th June, a small group of Theatre Studies students visited the Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre in Stratford upon Avon for a performance of Crooked Dances. The students were also able to meet the writer of the play, Old Edwardian, Robin French and quiz him about the show and his successful career...

28 Jun
2019

Artsfest Week

What a fantastic week it has been celebrating the arts! We have enjoyed African drumming workshops, Kathak dancing, art exhibitions, live music every morning, a monologue slam, Lauren Lunchtime Recital, anatomy of the sketchbook, careers in the arts and more! Thank you to all who contributed their time and work and...

28 Jun
2019

Lauren’s Lunchtime Recital

​On Thursday, Lauren entertained a sold out audience with a breath-taking performance beginning with Bach's Toccata, followed by Beethoven's Sonata No. 31 and finished with Ravel's La Valse. After a standing ovation, Lauren played an encore, Beethoven's Sonata No. 28.

Jazz Evening Nandini
28 Jun
2019

Jazz Evening

On Sunday 23rd June, musicians from both KES and KEHS performed an evening of jazz music to a packed Ruddock Hall. As well as our usual talented bunch, Senior Swing Band were joined by student vocalists and two professionals: Joe Thompson on piano and Robert Rickenberg on bass, who both gave workshops...

21 Jun
2019

Samantha’s Success at the Leamington Spa Competitive Festival

Samantha, in the Lower Fifth, competed in the Leamington Spa Competitive Festival last weekend. She won the Solo Bach class (Open), the Solo Unaccompanied String Class (Open), The Anniversary Trophy for the 15-18 years Violin class and The Gradwell Recital Trophy for the String Recital Class...

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.