Music: Pupil-Led Concert Raises £2,000 For Unicef


On Tuesday 7 February, Lower Sixth Bloomsbury House pupil Rosa Witts hosted a concert at Hailsham Pavilion that raised over £2,000 in support of Unicef.

Organised without the assistance of any teachers or support staff at Bede’s, and featuring over a dozen of the School’s talented musicians, Rosa was inspired to organise the event having seen the devastation caused by the conflict in Syria.


Rosa said of her motivations, “The inspiration came after I saw the terrible atrocities taking place on the news last year, most recently in Mosul and Aleppo. Here at Bede’s we are all so unbelievably privileged and we do take this for granted on occasions.

“In contrast, many of the suffering children in Syria are living in war zones and have lost everything, with many of a similar age to us.”


In order to help, Rosa looked to recreate the kind of musical experience Bede’s pupils are familiar with, taking key numbers as performed at last December’s Cabaret concert and the whole school House Music extravaganza, calling on her friends and members of the wider school community who all pitched in.

With over 30 Bedians answering her clarion call, a set list was quickly assembled, rehearsals organised and running order hammered-out. From the Jazz Choir to the Bloomsbury House Band to dozens of solo and small group performers, Rosa’s peers stepped up to the mark and helped to deliver an inspirational evening for all who attended.


“I feel proud of myself for taking the initiative,” Rosa said, “but obviously couldn’t have done it without everyone pitching in, including everyone who worked on lighting and sound and, most importantly in a way, all of the parents, students and local people who bought tickets and came along in support.”

The event ended with Rosa’s grandmother, Mrs Annika Parris, presenting her with a bouquet of flowers.


Bede’s Co-Curricular Deputy Head Rachael Woollett said of the endeavour, “I think the whole Bede’s community should commend Rosa on her extraordinary labours. She identified the need, led the charge, booked the venue and sold the tickets.

"She represents the best of Bede’s in many respects, and is an exceptional role model.”


Learn more about the Bede’s Music department >

Read Rosa’s Student Hero Interview from the Summer Term of 2012 >