Summer Festival Round-Up

We have been blessed with beautiful weather and a very jolly mood at Dauntsey’s for our Summer Festival 2017. The Festival has made a welcome return after an absence of two years, and it was a wonderful way to round off our academic year.

Drama

Our Lower School productions were a celebration of some of the Roald Dahl classic books with Fantastic Twitches and Danny and George, as well as a new take on 6 well known fairy tales with Revolting Rhymes. These were all an absolute delight to the audience.
One Man, Two Guvnors was a glorious celebration of British comedy; laugh out loud satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one liners. Our cast had the audience in stitches each night, we have had many comments about the brilliant ad-libs and unexpected moments, and the audience participation was hugely enjoyable.

Chadwick School, Los Angeles visited Dauntsey’s with their play Columbinus.
This was an extremely well done and moving piece of theatre, that had many of our audience members in tears. Many thanks indeed to Chadwick School for bringing the performance to Dauntsey’s.

Dance

The Upper School Dance Showcase; a wonderful display from our Upper School Dance Clubs which included Street Dance, Contemporary and Ballet, as well as GCSE and A Level exam work. Well done to all the pupils involved - the level of talent displayed was exemplary and the audience were treated to a hugely enjoyable evening.
The Dauntsey’s Dance Company Triple Bill; The List, a piece based on the film ‘Shindler’s List, We Stand Alone Together, a 9-minute piece choreographed by Shaun Dillon – a London based choreographer, and Isabella, a tragic piece of doomed love. Beautiful work by our dancers.

Music

Throughout the week our musicians were working hard to entertain. We had a Buskers’ Corner each day from 16:15, and concerts that included an Ensembles Concert, an Instrumental Soloists Recital and a recital of piano music by Dominic Irving. There was also a Choral Concert by John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School and St Paul's Chapel Choir from Perth Australia!
Each night, in the NFU Mutual Marquee was a musical event:
The Dauntsey’s Dance Band; a wide range of styles conducted for Rosanne Jardine. The audience had a wonderful time and were compelled to dance by the fantastic music.
Acoustic and Rock night; showcased bands and solo players from across the year groups.
A Night at the Opera; some beautiful and classic opera arias were sang, and our Female Voices Choir performed from their repertoire.
Songs from the Shows; stage hits from some of our recent and coming shows. A fabulous night of musical theatre songs.

Art

Our 2017 Summer Exhibition has showcased an incredible display from our GCSE and A-Level pupils.
Opening night on Monday was a convivial affair with parents, family, and members of the public enjoying the artwork to the accompaniment of pupil musicians, a glass of wine and canapés.

Academic

Our Academic Departments did not miss out on displaying pupils work throughout Festival venues as well as Academic Departments. Departments involved included Maths, English, Classics, Science and Geography.

Sport

The following games were played during the Festival:
1st XI v MCC on Tuesday
U15A v MCC Foundation Hub
1st XI and U15A v Paramatta Cricket Academy (Visiting Dauntsey’s from Australia)
U15A v Paramatta Cricket Academy

A wonderful opportunity for visitors, staff and pupils to sit in the sun and watch some fantastic cricket.
We also celebrated our Lower School Sports Day.

Thank you again to everyone involved in making this an extremely memorable Summer Festival.