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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...

Senior Production 2
04 Feb
2019

Senior Production: Suspicion, Mistrust and Mortality

This year’s senior production, The Crucible, is running from Wednesday 30th January to Saturday 2nd February and even featured an added performance due to the popular demand for tickets! The show includes a talented cast of 45 actors evenly split across KEHS and KES; the cast and crew have worked extraordinarily hard..

Aliyah
04 Feb
2019

Aliyah's Poet Laureate Work

Since being appointed as Birmingham’s Young Poet Laureate, Aliyah has been busy! Last weekend she performed at the Council House in Birmingham city centre, showcasing an original piece, entitled Fraying Homes, which she wrote for Holocaust Memorial Day.

Cbso
28 Jan
2019

Thirds Trip to Symphony Hall

On Friday 18th January 2019, the Thirds went to a concert given by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall, featuring strings, woodwind, brass and percussion conducted by Michael Seal. The concert was thoroughly enjoyable and many brilliant pieces were performed from different times and places...

21 Jan
2019

Thirds Trip to Stratford-upon-Avon

On Thursday 17th January, the Thirds visited the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon to watch a production of A Christmas Carol. The performance, which was a unique adaptation of the festive classic, included moments of humour and hope, as well as darkness surrounding Scrooge’s journey to...

21 Jan
2019

Instrumental Evening

Several of our pianists and singers took to the stage in Ruddock Hall on Monday 14th January to take part in this term’s first Instrumental Evening. The audience enjoyed performances from Ishani, Anushka, Chloe, Saffron, Simran, Rohita, Tavleen, Noor, Grace and Shivanii. Congratulations to all of them...

21 Jan
2019

National Children's Orchestra Success

Congratulations to sisters Jenni and Alicia who have both been successful in their auditions to join the National Children’s Orchestra on violin. Jenni has joined the Main Orchestra and will attend three courses this year with concerts in The Anvil, Basingstoke, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and the Southbank Centre...

14 Jan
2019

Music News

Congratulations to Bronagh, in the Lower Fifth, who has been successful in her audition to join the National Youth Orchestra. Bronagh attended the NYO course over the Christmas holidays and performed in concerts with the orchestra in Warwick and Nottingham...

Hira Varma And Salihah Baig
17 Dec
2018

Music News

​This term’s Guitar and Drum Evening was held in the Ruddock Hall on Monday 3rd December. The Guitar Orchestra and Ensemble opened the concert and 27 soloists then took to the stage to showcase their talents. Congratulations to the following pupils who took part in the evening: