Dunhurst musicians entertain Steep’s Welcome Club
Musicians from Bedales Prep, Dunhurst were at the heart of the community on 25 November when they performed for a local residents’ club at Steep Village Hall.
Music award holders visited the Welcome Club, a bi-weekly group for older Steep residents, to perform eight pieces, including the main theme from Star Wars and ‘Let It Go’ by James Bay. After a closing performance of ‘Bye Bye Blackbird’ on the saxophone, pupils enjoyed tucking into afternoon tea alongside the Welcome Club’s members.
Due to COVID, the visit to the Welcome Club was the first in several months. Prior to the pandemic, however, pupils visited twice a year – accompanied by Dunhurst’s Director of Music Ben Harlan – to perform and enjoy a homemade tea with its members. It is one of the ways that pupils connect with local residents and give something back to the community, with both age groups enjoying and benefiting from the experience.
Head of Dunhurst Colin Baty said: “We are delighted that Dunhurst pupils are once again able to strengthen their links to the local community in this way. Both music and giving back to the community are central to life at all three schools at Bedales, and it’s wonderful to see how music has connected the pupils with an older generation at the Welcome Club.”