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Barber Recital
26 Nov
2018

Barber Institute Lunchtime Recital

On Friday 16th November, KEHS presented the annual lunchtime recital at the Barber Concert Hall in the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham. The recital began with a powerful performance by Renee, Daniel, Enoch and Lauren who played the opening movement (Allegro molto moderato) of...

Junior Production 3
26 Nov
2018

Junior Production - Around the World in 80 Days

This week saw the culmination of many months of hard work as students from both KEHS and KES came together to perform the highly anticipated Junior Production, ‘Around the World in 80 Days.’ Kicking off the string of performances with a Wednesday afternoon matinée, the cast confidently executed the first show

19 Nov
2018

Music News

This month’s Instrumental Evenings have been presented by Woodwind, Brass and String players from both schools. For some musicians, this is the first time they have performed publically at KEHS, and they did so with confidence and musicality.

New York Trip 1
13 Nov
2018

New York Trip

​On the 24th October, Miss Evans and Mr Bassett took 21 Sixth Form Economics and Art students to New York, USA. The aim of the trip was to give the students an opportunity to explore the rich culture and history that the city has to offer. For the Art students, this consisted of visiting two of the world's most...

13 Nov
2018

Drama Trip

On Tuesday 6th November, 54 GCSE Drama students visited Birmingham Repertory Theatre to see an amazing production of The Lovely Bones. Originally a novel by Alice Sebold, Bryony Lavery has adapted this shocking story for the stage with amazing effect.

Spanish Theatre Trip 2
13 Nov
2018

Spanish Theatre Trip

​During October half term, Sixth Form Spanish students took a trip to London to see the Spanish play Yerma by Federico Garcia Lorca. Despite the initial shock of stepping through the doors of the theatre into what seemed like another country, the play was a challenging approach to consolidating the students’ knowledge

22 Oct
2018

Instrumental Evening: Piano and Vocal

The 2018-2019 series of Instrumental Evenings began in earnest on Monday 15th October with the Piano and Vocal Evening. Musicians from both KEHS and KES displayed their musical prowess, coping professionally with disruption to the running order due to traffic problems causing a delay for several supporters...

22 Oct
2018

Performers’ Platform

Jessie opened last week’s Performers’ Platform on Tuesday 9th October with a stirring rendition of the first movement of Beethoven’s Sonata in F minor op. 2 no. 1, playing with crisp articulation and clearly contrasting themes. Scarlett followed with poised performances of Schubert’s An Die Musik and Purcell’s Music...

22 Oct
2018

Lunchtime Recital

Charlotte Howdle opened this week’s lunchtime recital with an assured performance of the final movement of Franck’s incredible Violin Sonta, displaying a warm tone and great versatility in all registers of the violin. Naomi closed the recital with contrasting piano works by Rachmaninoff...

22 Oct
2018

Success at Birmingham Music Festival

Three of our pupils had great success at the Birmingham Music Festival, an annual piano competition which takes place in the Ruddock PAC, which was held last weekend on Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October. Bronagh won the Junior Open Choice Class with her performance of Wedding Day at Troldhaugen by Grieg...

Aliyah
15 Oct
2018

Aliyah crowned Birmingham's Young Poet Laureate

Award winning poet and writer Aliyah was recently crowned Birmingham’s Young Poet Laureate 2018-20, during the Birmingham Literature Festival and said she was “overwhelmed and incredibly proud”. Aliyah was among hundreds of talented youngsters who applied for the honour which, along with the adult Laureateship, is...

05 Oct
2018

Performers' Platform

​This year’s series of Performers’ Platforms began in earnest this week with vocal, guitar, piano and violin solos by some of our musicians. Lucia opened the concert with beautiful and poised interpretations of Pergolesi’s Se tu m’ami, se sospiri and Brahms’ Wiegenlied, and Priya brought a Brazilian theme to the ...

01 Oct
2018

Margaret Davis Lunchtime Recital

On Thursday, the first Lunchtime recital of the year, the Miss Margaret Davis Memorial Recital, named after a generous benefactor to the Music Department, was held in the Ruddock Hall. It featured Jessica and Charlotte, playing the violin and oboe respectively, in what were their final solo recitals at KEHS.

01 Oct
2018

Music Successes!

Congratulations to Rebecca who has been awarded the title of Solihull Musician of the Year as the overall winner of the Solihull Music Festival. She performed three times in the Winners’ Concert, having won the solo recital class (young instrumentalist), the piano duet class alongside her sister Naomi...

Poet Laureate Nandini
01 Oct
2018

KEHS Poet Laureate 2018-19

Congratulations to Nandini in the Upper Sixth who was announced as the KEHS Poet Laureate 2018-2019. The winning poem Marigolds can be viewed here. Poems were entered on the theme of education, which was inspired by the writer Muriel Spark. 2018 marked the birth of Spark...

24 Sep
2018

National Portrait Gallery Visit

​On Friday 14th September, 30 Art students from the Upper School embarked on a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in London. They visited the Michael Jackson ‘On the Wall’ Exhibit, showcasing a variety of pieces honouring his life and career in a multitude of ways, including film and sculpture.

17 Sep
2018

The 39 Steps

On Tuesday evening our Lower Fifth GCSE Drama students went on their first live theatre trip to see The 39 Steps at The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham. It was an incredibly inventive production with just four actors performing over 30 roles, with numerous settings being re-imagined using only four benches.

Syndicate Concert 1
09 Jul
2018

Syndicate Concert

The Syndicate concert is an annual event, organised entirely by Upper 6th students from KEHS and KES. This year’s concert was on Saturday 30th June, only four days after the end of A-Level exams, so rehearsals were frantically packed into the week leading up to the concert.

Community Read Winner Hannah Barlow
09 Jul
2018

Community Read 2018

The Community Read project has been running for several years now and invites the entire first year to read the same four books and then produce ‘responses’ to them in the form of written or creative work. This year included two brand new releases: Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend, and A Skinful of Shadows...

18 Jun
2018

Performers’ Platform

The final Performers’ Platform of this year’s series took place in the Ruddock Hall on Tuesday 12th June. Beatrice Beardmore (cello) opened the concert with a heart-rending performance of Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei

18 Jun
2018

Lunchtime Recital

Rosy (6L) was the final pupil from KEHS to perform in the 2017-2018 series of Lunchtime Recitals during the recital in the Ruddock Hall on Thursday 14th June.

25 May
2018

Northfield Festival of Music and Speech

There were a number of successes for our pupils during the Northfield Festival of Music and Speech which took place on 11th and 12th May.

Lauren Zhang Bbc Young Musician 2018
14 May
2018

16-Year-Old Pianist Lauren Zhang Wins BBC Young Musician 2018

16-year-old pianist Lauren Zhang from Birmingham has been named the winner of BBC Young Musician 2018. The Grand Final of BBC Young Musician 2018 took place today (Sunday 13 May) at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

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11 May
2018

Middle School Production— Blue Stockings

On 2nd and 3rd May, 27 KEHS and KES students performed in the Middle School Production of 'Blue Stockings' an interesting and thought provoking play which raises the question of women's rights to education and the historical need for women to choose love or knowledge. In a world where some women and girls still ...