News headlines – May 2017

22 May 2017    The Eastbournian Society Over-60s lunch
13 May 2017    Grandparents visit the College
8 May 2017    The annual London dinner
2 May 2017    150th anniversary concert with the King's Singers
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22 May 2017 - The Eastbournian Society Over-60s lunch

Our annual lunch for OEs and other members of the Eastbournian Society was held on Monday 22 May.

We were grateful once again to Peter Jamieson (Blackwater 1960-63) who hosted the event at St George's Hill Club in Weybridge, where he is the chairman.

The guest speaker was Torin Douglas (Gonville 1964–69), former media correspondent for BBC News, who was awarded the MBE in 2013 for services to the community in Chiswick, where he runs the annual book festival and other arts events.

In his speech Torin gave an insider's view of the BBC, with some candid observations of the working of the organisation.

Torin is pictured here, third from right, with some of the other lunch guests.

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13 May 2017 - Grandparents visit the College

Grandparents of current pupils visited on Saturday 13 May for an opportunity to look round the College.

This annual event allows the guests to be escorted on a tour by their grandchildren to see the school in action on a typical Saturday morning.

Some of the guests are pictured here at a drinks reception which followed the tour, held in the foyer of the Birley Centre.

Here the visitors had a chance to meet and speak with Headmaster Tom Lawson.

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8 May 2017 - The annual London dinner

Over 100 guests enjoyed the Eastbournian Society annual London dinner on Monday 8 May.

The event, held at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in the Aldwych, began with a drinks reception in the elegant Palm Court, before moving on to dinner in the Adelphi Suite.

Chairman Hugh Price welcomed the guests to the evening and later Tom Lawson spoke with humour about his first year as headmaster, reflecting on the recent comments by the Duke of Devonshire that the College is 'the jewel in Sussex’s educational crown'.

The guest of honour was Nasser Judeh (Blackwater 1975–79), former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs for Jordan. In a warm and sincere speech he paid tribute to his housemaster Forbes Wastie, saying how his education at Eastbourne had been a formative experience that had guided him throughout his career.

There was a good turn-out from Nasser's contemporaries and former housemates, and he spoke about a few of their escapades which at the time did not always meet with the approval of Forbes. He finished by saying how he had felt humbled to be asked to attend as the guest of honour, and wished the College well as it celebrates its 150th year.

The picture shows Headmaster Tom Lawson, Nasser Judeh and Forbes Wastie.

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2 May 2017 - 150th anniversary concert with the King's Singers

The Music Department hosted the internationally renowned vocal ensemble The King’s Singers on Tuesday 2 May for a special anniversary concert in St Saviour's Church, before a 750-strong audience.

Earlier in the afternoon, the Chapel Choir had the opportunity to spend an hour rehearsing two pieces with the group: 'A Thanksgiving', specially composed by Bob Chilcott for the group in 2008; and 'Only in Sleep' by the Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds, another composer with whom the group have a strong connection.

For the school choir it was a marvellous opportunity to work with the six singers, gain some useful feedback and top-class performing advice.

'Only in Sleep' also featured Year 11 pupil Sian Sulke as soprano soloist. Sian gained particular praise from the group and spent some time fine-tuning and polishing her performance for the evening concert. 

For most pupils in the audience, hearing some of the finest a capella singing in the world was a totally new experience and one which will have inspired and enthused them.

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