Bedales Music Festival raises £6,000 for local charities

A Midsummer Music Festival organised by the Bedales Parents’ Association (BPA) raised over £6,000 following a concert held on the school grounds with the newly-completed Sam Banks Pavilion as the backdrop to the event. The Festival featured music across the genres of rock, classical and jazz performed by student musicians from Bedales and Bedales Prep, Dunhurst.

Home-Start Butser was selected as the local charity and representatives exhibited at the event. The other cause was the school’s own bursary initiative, the John Badley Foundation, which is widening access to the school for children who could benefit from a boarding school environment. Six children will be on the scheme with 100% bursaries to Bedales from September.

Tickets for the Music Festival sold out very quickly across the school community and everyone enjoyed the festival atmosphere. Integral to its success was the professional management of the stage crew, sound and technical equipment by a Bedales student-run company.

Midsummer Music Festival


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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