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Arts Award Review: Katie Penn

I went to see The Wind in the Willows performed at the Abbey Theatre and it was literally amazing! All the thought process behind it was just incredible. They had real water for the river, so Ratty’s boat could really move from one side of the stage to the other, without any strings to ruin the effect or get in the way. The scene changes were so swift and controlled that I barely saw them! The backdrops were so convincingly real that sometimes I actually felt like I was relaxing by Ratty’s river, running from weasels in the forest or having a party at Toad Hall. 
Art forms involved were music, drama, lighting, design, visual art, sculpture, and fashion and costume. There was something in that show for everyone, whether you liked designing, sewing, acting, painting, sculpting, face-painting etc… 
I would recommend this show to others as it’s appropriate for all ages, has outstanding actors, life-like scenery and is all-in-all, a fun way to spend your time. It can also, once you get into …

Tuesday Tunes 20/6/17

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Beaumont Music Department presents Tuesday Tunes; weekly recommendations for all audiences, curated by the Beaumont Music staff.
Recommendations for this week:
Henry Threadgill - Old Locks and Irregular Verbs Pt. 4
Jazz meets contemporary 'Classical' music in this chamber piece by American composer Henry Threadgill.


Mr G

We all say quite casually sometimes how music can change your life. I genuinely believe it can and that everyone's experience will be different.  Listen here to Six brand new monologues developed and produced by BBC Writersroom celebrating the transformative power of music.
Ms D

Tuesday Tunes 13/6/17

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Beaumont Music Department presents Tuesday Tunes; weekly recommendations for all audiences, curated by the Beaumont Music staff.
Recommendations for this week:
Alexander D Great - Haiti
This week Year 10 were visited by Calypsonian musician Alexander D Great. He performed some of his songs and together they wrote a simple Calypso. His songs were amazing, but I was particular struck by 'Haiti', the tune for which Alex was awarded the title of 'London Calypso Monarch' in 2010. Written after the earthquake which destroyed Haiti in 2010, it investigates many of the issues plaguing the country.

- Mr G

The Mendelssohn Octet reminds me of some really fun university days. I remember rehearsing this on a summer's evening in Brasenose Chapel, very much like tonight, and loving it and loving life. An absolutely cracking piece of chamber music. 
Enjoy.



- Ms D

Tuesday Tunes 05/07/17

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Beaumont Music Department presents Tuesday Tunes; weekly recommendations for all audiences, curated by the Beaumont Music staff.
Recommendations for this week:
Billie Holiday - That Ole Devil Called Love
Something very simple this week; quite simply one of the greatest pieces of vocal jazz ever recorded. It needs no other words.

- Mr G