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                                                                                                                                       Joint concert
The Benenden School, Kent, Symphony Orchestra performed at Drapers’ Hall, London, in a joint concert between the School and the English-Speaking Union (ESU), an international educational charity.
Tasmin Little, one of the ESU’s
most widely known music scholars, performed as part of the ESU centenary celebrations to honour the founding of the charity in 1918. The Symphony Orchestra of Benenden School appeared in celebration of the School’s 95th anniversary.
The concert featured a varied programme which included pieces by Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn and Rossini, as well as a piece
composed by former Benenden pupil Grace Young.
Benenden Headmistress Samantha Price said: “We are honoured
that our Symphony Orchestra performed with Tasmin Little in such magni cent surroundings. Benenden and the English-Speaking Union both focus on advancing the aspirations of young people, and our collaboration for this concert was the ideal way to celebrate
our respective anniversaries and combined success. Music is integral to all that we do at Benenden. We are committed to not just helping pupils to reach the very highest standards of performance but also to widening participation in music.”
Pictured: Paige as Anne Frank in Sibford School’s special production of Cabaret which also incorporated excerpts from the Diary of Anne Frank and Arbeit Macht Frei
Secret  nally out of the bag!
 Thoughtful production
A Matter of Life and Death – based on Powell and Pressburger’s 1946  lm – was the second of three joint productions last month (January) from senior students at Abingdon School and St Helen and St Katharine School in Oxfordshire.
Audiences were treated to an evocative set and a talented 22-strong cast in an adaptation that combined whimsical humour with thoughtful re ections on the nature of life and death.
When the BAFTA-nominated  lm ‘Darkest Hour’ was released in the UK last month (January), Sibford School, Oxfordshire, pupil, Paige Godman, was  nally able to share a secret.
The 15-year-old, who has been a pupil at the school since 2011, had been selected to play a refugee
in the movie, which stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill. However, her contract kept her from speaking about it until
the  lm had debuted in British Cinemas.
“It was an amazing experience,” said Paige. “Having been selected at audition, I was invited to go to London for costume  tting, hair and make-up. This was really exciting and made me feel really professional.
“We did the actual  lming at an
airbase near Bicester. I had to
wake up at 5am and start  lming
at 6am so it was an exhausting
day but thoroughly enjoyable, even if it did involve a lot of takes and patience to  lm our scene.”
Paige, who wants to be a professional actor in the future,
is no stranger to the stage. Last year she appeared as Anne Frank in Sibford School’s production of ‘Cabaret’ and next month she stars as the Lady of the Lake when the school presents the Monty Python musical ‘Spamalot’.
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      Pictured (l-r): former ESU Director-General Valerie Mitchell; Samantha Price; current ESU Director-General Jane Easton; Tasmin Little and her mother Jilly
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