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Opera & Roots in the Park
Culford School, Suffolk, welcomed 900 guests through its gates for Opera and Roots in the Park. There were also some stunning cars on display in the beautiful grounds, thanks to supporter Lancaster BMW & MINI Bury St Edmunds.
On Saturday evening, the fourth Opera in the Park saw London Festival Opera performing Madame Butter y and other operatic favourites. Culford welcomed back talented former pupils Florence
Taylor and Joseph Dodd, who sang with the company. There was also a charitable purpose to the evening, with generous opera goers donating over £1,100 to a raf e for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH). The pro ts from both events went to The Campaign for Culford, which is raising funds to refurbish the school’s main art department.
There was a mellow vibe on Sunday afternoon for Culford’s
 rst Roots in the Park. Families and
friends lounged in the sun while listening to the cool sounds of Winter Mountain, Robert Vincent and The Delta Bell. The audience were also wowed by the talent of pupils and the Headmaster, Julian Johnson-Munday, who took to
the stage for a set before the party ended with Norfolk-based The Vagaband turning up the volume as the sun set.
Culford’s Foundation Director, Jo Johnson-Munday, said: “This was
Classic tale
Girls in years 7 – 9 at Loughborough High School performed Swallows & Amazons, based on the much loved book by Arthur Ransome. A story
of an idyllic era, of endless summer evenings and the beauty of youthful
a fabulous weekend of music with something to suit all tastes. We were also delighted to welcome many new visitors to Culford and share two stunning summer days with everyone, from toddlers and their parents to our oldest ‘Old Culfordian’ who left the school
in 1945! We are very grateful to everyone who supported these events and are already looking forward to next year.”
imagination! Audiences followed Captain John and his able crew as they set sail to Wildcat Island on an exotic adventure to encounter savages, capture dastardly pirates and defeat mortal enemies.
Centenary celebrations
On June 13th 1917 Irene Hammond held her  rst dance class in the Grand Ballroom of The Grosvenor Hotel, Chester. Since that very  rst day The Hammond School, Cheshire, have supported talented young performers in dance, drama and music.
The school hosted nearly 150 Alumni over 2 summer days, with people travelling from as far a eld
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as Australia, New Zealand, USA and Bermuda to celebrate the 100th anniversary.
Head Maggie Evans said: “We have 100 years of producing successful international stage careers to re ect on and now look to the future
and maintaining our national and international reputation for performance excellence”.

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