News headlines – March 2017
19 March 2017 - Brahms' Requiem at St Saviour's Church
The Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra, with the ESO Chorus and the Eastbournian Society Chorus, gave a memorable performance of Brahms' Requiem at St Saviour's Church, Eastbourne, on Sunday 19 March.
Former College Director of Music Graham Jones conducted, the leader was Lisa Wigmore and the two soloists were baritone Nicholas Morris and soprano Máire Flavin.
Local reviewer Robin Gregory commented: 'Throughout, the orchestra showed what a fine full symphony orchestra Eastbourne is lucky to have. The strings’ lustre, the woodwind’s plangent tone, and the penetration of the brass were all evident in Brahms’ choral masterpiece, written relatively early in his composing life. The 70-strong choir, too, sang with a confidence born of fine rehearsal and long experience.'
More details about the ESO can be found at their website www.eso.org.uk.
17 March 2017 - The Eastbournian Society careers convention 2017
The annual careers convention for College pupils was held on Friday 17 March.
The Birley Centre was the venue for Year 11 and Lower Sixth pupils and their parents to learn about a variety of professions, careers and gap year opportunities.
Our thanks go to the many Old Eastbournians, parents and other supporters who gave up their time to offer advice and information.
The careers convention is just one of a number of events where pupils can learn about the world of work; the Eastbournian Society also arranges a series of networking evenings throughout the year. More details of these are on our Networking page.
15 March 2017 - Robert Cohen (Reeves 1977–82) presents one-man shows at Hove Grown Festival
Robert Cohen (Reeves 1977–82) is presenting all three of his one-man shows at the 2017 Hove Grown Festival.
Under the umbrella title Men Without Friends, Robert will give one performance each of High Vis, Something Rotten and The Trials of Harvey Matusow at the Sweet Dukebox Theatre in Waterloo Street, Hove. The shows will be on successive nights from 29 to 31 March.
The plays concern three unpopular men: Quint, in High Vis, is a traffic warden under siege from an airgun-wielding stalker; Something Rotten re-tells the tale of Hamlet from the viewpoint of the Prince’s murderous Uncle Claudius; and The Trials of Harvey Matusow is the true story of a man who spent four Cold War years as a McCarthyite supergrass before confessing he’d fabricated most of his ‘evidence’.
Tickets are available from www.hovegrown.org.uk and you can read more about Robert at his website www.bobbycohen.co.uk.
6 March 2017 - Tristan Voorspuy (Reeves 1968–73) killed in Kenya
We are sad to report that Tristan Voorspuy (Reeves 1968–73) has been killed at his ranch in Kenya.
Local police reported that he had been shot by pastoral herders in Laikipia on Sunday while inspecting one of his lodges.
Tristan was the founder of Offbeat Safaris, a company which offered luxury adventure safaris in Kenya's game viewing areas.
Born in South Africa, Tristan was raised in Sussex and spent a brief period at agricultural college before joining the British army for a short service commission in 1975. He left the army in 1981 and drove a motorbike from London to Cape Town over a period of nine months, looking for work opportunities in Africa. He then spent six years guiding with Tony Church in Kenya and founded Offbeat Safaris in 1990.
Our thoughts and sympathies are with Tristan's family.
UPDATE: Two tributes to Tristan have been published in The Spectator magazine and you can read them by following these links: the first is by Charles Moore and the second by a close friend of Tristan's, Aidan Hartley.
5 March 2017 - Will Kunhardt (Craig 2002–07) conducts Arensky Chamber Orchestra at the Towner
Will Kunhardt (Craig 2002–07) conducted the Arensky Chamber Orchestra in a concert at Eastbourne's Towner Gallery on Saturday 4 March.
The concert, entitled 'Sea Fever', included music from Claude Debussy (La Mer), Benjamin Britten (Sea Interludes) and Steffan Rees (Response), and was held in a small upper room at the gallery. The 60 seats had quickly sold out.
Will says that his aim is to take classical music out of the concert hall and into more unexpected performance spaces, and further concerts are being held at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on 8 March and at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings on 10 March.
Local reviewer Robin Gregory said in the Eastbourne Herald that the Debussy and Britten pieces both need 'playing of the highest calibre' and praised the 'clarity and attack' of the performance. He concluded: 'Any music-lover should make a note of the Arensky Orchestra and Will Kunhardt, and be sure to seize every opportunity to hear them in action.'
4 March 2017 - Eastbournian Medical Society at the Royal College of Surgeons
The Eastbournian Medical Society held a networking event at the Royal College of Surgeons in London on Saturday 4 March.
Old Eastbournians, parents and pupils were all invited to the event, an opportunity for careers and professional advice to be passed on and contacts made.
The guest speaker was Wing Commander Nicholas Green (Powell 1978-82), a defence consultant in aviation medicine with over 25 years’ experience in aviation medicine research and training.
He gave a fascinating talk covering a wide range of issues, including his career as a medic in the RAF, research into hypoxia and G-force, pilots' fitness to fly and problems associated with flying at altitude.
The guests then had a buffet lunch and were taken on a tour of the Hunterian Museum by President of the Medical Society Dr Aleck Brownjohn (Powell 1958–64).
Further pictures of the event are available but you will have to be registered and logged in to view these. Please visit the Members Area for details of how to do this.
We are very grateful to Jeremy Howard (Wargarve 1974-79) whose company MediClub kindly sponsored the event.
2 March 2017 - Elysia Davies (Watt 2012–14) to run the London Marathon for Rehab UK
Elysia Davies (Watt 2012–14) will be running the London Marathon on Sunday 23 April on behalf of the charity Rehab UK, part of Momentum UK.
The charity supports and aids people who have experienced brain injuries, helping them access education and employment and aiding independent living.
Elysia says: 'Not only is the charity incredibly important throughout the UK it is also personally very important to me as my dad experienced a highly traumatic brain injury in his 20s. He had to re-learn many vital skills including walking and eating. The repercussions of this injury are still felt; however, the rehabilitation he received was vital to his recovery. Rehab helps people in a similar position which is why I am running.'
If you would like to help Elysia please visit her Virgin Money Giving fundraising page and make a donation.
1 March 2017 - Year 9 history pupils help with 150th celebrations
Year 9 pupils studying history have been helping to celebrate the College's 150th anniversary by researching the lives of a number of well-known Old Eastbournians and others connected with the College.
The pupils have visited the College archives to find out about 150 OEs and others, gathering photos and biographical information with the help of Michael Partridge, Paul Jordan and the archives team of volunteers.
Head of History Simon Gent said: 'We are hoping that, as well as creating A3 poster-style biographies, some pupils will embrace modern multi-media techniques and make stylish Powerpoints to music/commentary, and compile short films which can be shown on a rolling basis on TV screens whenever required. As the History Department moves into our new revamped base by the LRC, we hope this will be a catalyst for some creative and well-researched pupil work.'