Petersfield Branch – Fundraising Events

Senior schools concert a treat for Petersfield

on Dec 01 in News tagged by

Parents, family, friends and members of the Petersfield community had a treat on Saturday 28th November. A festive concert was held at Churcher’s College to raise funds for Save the Children.

This is an evening where the students from Bedales, Churcher’s College, Ditcham Park School and The Petersfield School gather to showcase their different talents and skills in music, song and dance. The evening began with an introduction from the Chair of Save the Children Petersfield, Pauline Keen. A 365 second film was shown— “A Second A Day” (i.e. a year in seconds)—that illustrated the collapse of a London child’s world as a looming war rumbles around and then crashes over her. It was a powerful reminder of what is happening on a daily basis to children in war-torn countries and the reason for the necessity of fundraising.

The entertainment opened with a cello octet from Bedales playing Beethoven’s haunting Allegretto from Symphony No 7 (think “The King’s Speech”) followed by joyous madrigals and Somewhere over the Rainbow. The Petersfield School followed with a medley of dance, drama and music from “Matilda the Musical” with lively, energetic performances from the Year 9 Performing Arts GCSE students.

After an interval of mulled wine and mince pies kindly provided by Churcher’s College in their magnificent hall, it was Churcher’s turn to impress. This they did with the Junior Choir singing a repertoire as varied as Rutter and The Jackson 5. Following was Arabella Barwick as vocal soloist in Skyfall with the excellent Jazz Band backing her and then playing the toe-tapping Tuxedo Junction. The Ditcham Park School Chamber and Girl’s Choirs gave excellent renditions of Mozart’s Ave Verum and led us with increasingly Christmas-flavoured pieces into a combined schools choir with the audience joining in for O come All Ye Faithful and White Christmas (solo by Sophie Roland of Ditcham Park School).

Ticket sales, a raffle and a retiring collection raised funds for Save the Children who are extremely grateful to Churcher’s for their continuing support at a busy time of year.

Here are just a few images of the event!

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