Event Review: Bede's Fest
Saturday 2 September saw The Park at Bede’s filled with an audience of parents, pupils and local residents for the School’s annual music festival.
After Bede’s Fest was cancelled earlier in the year due to bad weather, everyone was hoping the skies stayed dry and luckily the sun came out.
With the First Years having only joined the School a few days previously, it was a wonderful event to welcome them to the School and socialise with fellow pupils in the September sunshine.
With so many outstanding musicians, bands and singer-songwriters the day promised to a musical spectacle and it did not disappoint. The audience enjoyed over 30 performances of a selection of covers and original songs.
The day started with the Lower Sixth BTEC Band, who played a set comprised of ‘Feeling Good’, ‘Say Something’ and ‘Hold My Hand’.
A particular highlight was Rosa Witts, Tilly Holker, Ruby Moody, Matt Grant and Ollie Prosper taking to the stage to perform their own rendition of pop crowd pleasers ‘Style’ and ‘I’m Not the Only One’.
Rosa Witts and Ruby Moody later took to the stage for performances of ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Stronger than Me’ accompanied by Ollie Prosper on the drums and the talented Rosa on guitar and vocals.
Imogen Lock took on solo performances of ‘A Long Time Ago’ and Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’. Meanwhile Matt Grant was the guitar star of the day, accompanying musicians all afternoon before performing his solo set; ‘Don’t Know Why’, ‘Georgia on My Mind’ and ‘I Thought About You’.
The pupils performed to a very high standard and three hours of non-stop music was enjoyed by all, Bede’s Fest is always a highlight of the School calendar.
William Hopkins, Lower Fifth Pupil of Dicker House reports on Bede’s Fest
Bede’s Fest is just one of the School’s many musical showcase events, but is particularly special as it is a celebration of the diverse range of modern, pop, rock, Jazz and Blues performers we have at Bede’s. It is a very informal event, where people can relax on the lawn with their picnic blankets and enjoy the music and a BBQ.
I also had the opportunity to take to the stage accompanied by Matt Grant on guitar to sing Frank Sinatra’s ‘They Can’t Take that Away From Me’.
It is the perfect occasion to socialise with friends and meet those who have just joined the School. What better way to break the ice than with a BBQ and music.
This year was the first Bede’s Fest I have attended and I can certainly say it is a Saturday well spent!