I am delighted to announce that Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir are about to bring out a CD in time for Christmas. They are due to be filmed by the BBC later this month and will appear on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ on 11th December. The CD, under Decca’s label, is due to be released on 1st December. St Edmund’s is extremely proud that five members of our school, Annabelle Fairchild (U5), Evie Jackaman (M5), Poppy Mansfield Jones (U5), Isabelle Matharu (U5) and Maya Moh (L5) sang in the recording and we hope that the sales reflect the incredible talent of these musical girls. If you would like to pre-order the CD, do click on the following link http://amzn.to/2zSe34E
20 November 2017
Celebration of St Edmund’s Day
The whole school (3-18) met this morning at the University of Kent for a service at the Colyer-Fergusson Hall led by our Chaplain. The Venerable Jo Kelly-Moore, the newly installed Archdeacon of Canterbury, gave a beautifully crafted address with a poignant message about helping others and Nicole Jackson (U6) and Maurice Caldon (Form 8), supported her text with their readings. Choirs, brass and organ were of the highest calibre and we were treated to the premier of a moving Tavener-esque introit, ‘Fungar Vice Cotis’ (the school’s motto), composed by James Futcher (U5). The Pre-Prep’s song ‘I have a song to bring’, progressively joined by Junior Choirs, Choristers and Chapel Choir took the breath away from many of us. Captain of School, Charlie Bourne, ended the service inviting the school to join him in a rousing three cheers for St Edmund and St Edmund’s.
A terrific occasion supported by all members of the school community.
16 November 2017
Musicians perform at Canterbury Festival
Over fifty St Edmund’s musicians performed in a lunchtime concert today at the Spiegeltent as part of the Canterbury Festival. A diverse range of musical styles were heard with the Senior Strings playing Sospiri by Elgar and Autumn from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi with great skill, the Chamber Choir expertly sang Nine Hundred Miles arranged by Jonathan Rathbone and Sleep by Eric Whitacre, and soloists Evie Jackaman, Aidan May, Jacob Titterton, James Futcher, Maya Moh, Phoebe Sandey and Leander Hasubek provided beautiful items to punctuate the group ensembles. The Big Band brought the concert to a rousing and perfect conclusion. A wonderful opportunity for our musicians to play and sing to an appreciative audience in the local community.
St Edmund’s talent at the Kent Piano Festival
On Saturday enthusiastic audiences filled the St Edmund’s Music Recital Hall for the annual Kent Festival Piano Competition. Renowned adjudicator, Timothy Barratt, gave beautifully delivered, warm and incisive comments to all performers, taking the time to encourage and congratulate in equal measure. St Edmund’s Pre-Prep was represented by Mael Staehler (Cricket class) and Yasar Zhao (Dragonfly class), our Junior School by Ami Watters (Form 4) and Senior School by Leander Hasubek (Middle Fifth). Well done to our young pianists and many thanks to our Director of Music, Mr Payne, for his skilful organisation and for his support of our own and local young musicians.
Inter House Cross Country and Fun Run
Over 80 St Edmund’s pupils have taken the Crab and Winkle Way by storm for our annual Inter House Cross Country and Fun Run. This year a generous parent offered some prizes to spur on the eager participants which increased the stakes and added a competitive element even to the dressing up. A first for the Line and a Chapel setting, prizes were awarded in the Line to the Nintendo Triplets and a banana with Wonder Woman and the Football Heads receiving special mention, all of whom had provided quite a spectacle for the dog walkers of Kent. On a more serious note, Euan Wood and Alex Millard won the Elite Runner prizes, with Charlie Allan the runner-up. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon for all involved and a good amount of money raised for charity.
Chavdar invited to Grand Final Epee championships
Terrific news that Lower Sixth pupil, Chavdar Panayotov, has won 2nd place in the Elite Epée Junior Series, the top flight national fencing competition. He has secured his place in the Grand Final in December, with only the top 8 fencers in the country invited to take part in this particular competition. A phenomenal achievement and we wish Chavdar well for the Final.
St Edmund’s has continued throughout the summer and into the autumn terms to be the training ground of some of Kent’s and now the country’s most talented young cricketers. Upper Sixth pupil, James Nordin’s (see photo), cricket reached new heights when he was selected to play for the England Lions Disability Squad and then to play for the England Squad where he opened the bowling, took a wicket, a catch and got a run out . Upper Fifth pupil, Ben Mills, has also enjoyed a very successful cricketing summer when his squad won the Bunbury 50 over format and were runners up in the Twenty20 matches. Ben was awarded bowler of the tournament and has since played and won against the West Indies U16s and represented the South v North in the best of Bunbury. With Upper Fifth pupil, Joe Gordon, also a Bunbury player, St Edmund’s boasts an incredibly strong field for the 2017-18 academic year.
Winning jazz trio
Congratulations to the newly formed St Edmund’s Jazz trio, In Medias Jazz, which saw Will Inscoe (Upper Fifth), Freddie Rupp (Middle Fifth) and Timon Staehler (Upper Fifth) winning the Kent Festival competition. This is a phenomenal achievement and their prize includes the use of rehearsal facilities, a day’s studio time to record a demo, and an interview and performance on Academy FM. We look forward to hearing them play at this year’s Canterbury Festival.
Douglas Noel – ranked 7th in England
Lower Sixth pupil and talented athlete, Douglas Noel, has seen terrific success in the English Schools Multi-Event Athletics Championships in Lincolnshire. The event lasted two days and comprised eight different disciplines. Douglas gained three personal best times and distances on the first day in the Discus, Javelin and the 400m. On the second day, he achieved personal bests in the hurdles and in the final gruelling 1500metre run. Douglas achieved the National Gold Standard, a new club record by over 300 points for his athletics club Invicta and is now ranked seventh in England. We congratulate him on this remarkable achievement which is a great testament to his hard work and talent.
Canterbury Festival finalists
The prestigious Canterbury Festival Bursary Competition 2017 saw two St Edmund’s musicians, Timon Staehler (Upper Fifth) and Maya Moh (Lower Fifth) perform this year. Outstanding pianist, Timon, played Mendelssohn’s Andante & Rondo Capriccioso with great virtuosity and style, while talented violinist, Maya, played Sarasate’s Malagueña with great technical skill and musicianship. Congratulations to both on their enormous success and we look forward to seeing them continue to shine in local and international competitions.