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24 May

A trip to archives, Undercroft News & a little bit of jazz

OV at London Jazz Festival

If you love Jazz, then our news this week concerning OV John Parricelli (W 67-77) will be of interest to you. John will be performing at the London Jazz Festival, as guitarist for the Lars Danielsson Group on Tuesday 19th November. The band will perform the London premiere of Libretto iii at Wigmore Hall.

John began his career as a guitarist in 1982 and he was one of the founding members of the British big band Loose Tubes, with whom he recorded three albums. He has worked with Annie Whitehead, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Chris Laurence, Peter Erskine, Vince Mendoza, Mark Lockheart, Julian Argüelles, Iain Ballamy, Mark Lockheart, Andy Sheppard, Gerard Presencer, Colin Towns, and Stacey Kent.  He has also been a featured guitarist on many TV and film soundtracks.  The Times says of him: “The resourceful John Parricelli has the right mix of lightness, rhythm and lyricism”.

The Lars Danielsson Group is headed up by Swedish bassist, cellist, composer and arranger Lars Danielsson, who teams up with an all-star line-up for the London premiere of ‘Liberetto’ at the London Jazz Festival this Autumn; with the talented French pianist Gregory Privat bringing his powerful storytelling and rhythmic sensitivity, the former e.s.t. drummer Magnus Öström carrying his broad style and with British guitarist John Parricelli’s wonderfully subtle sound.

Another wonderful donation for our ‘Open the Door to king’s’ bursary appeal

The King’s School Development Trust has recently been given a very generous donation from OV, Mark Haworth (Cl 81-88).  Mark gained a funded place at King’s, after passing his 11+ exams in the 1980s, and he feels keenly the importance of bursarial support and enabling youngsters to have the opportunity to attend a school like King’s.  After school, Mark attended St Edmund Hall, Oxford and gained a first in Modern History and he talks about the how the teaching he received at King’s influenced his university studies and indeed, later on, his professional life.

Mark is now based mainly in the US, with his principal businesses being in emerging markets and US-concentrated equity investments.  Mark is also lead trustee for a large UK charity and we were delighted when Mark informed us that he wished to make of donation of £75,000 to King’s, some of which will support a new bursary place at King’s, with an element also to be assigned to King’s Enduring Fund (whereby monies are invested with the intention of providing long term bursarial support).

We are very grateful to Mark and to the trustees of his charity for this wonderful donation to King’s in support of pupil bursaries. Our Open the Door to King’s Appeal focuses on raising funds to enable children from low income families to receive an education at King’s. Personal stories from some of our previous bursary pupils can be found here and we would be delighted to talk to anyone who knows King’s and who feels that they too would be interested in supporting this critical programme, and thereby providing access to all the opportunities we offer here at King’s, to a deserving child in the future.

Undercoft part of new Learning Centre project for worcester cathedral

We are delighted to report that Worcester Cathedral has recently been awarded a £1 million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund in order to develop the Undercroft into a Centre for Learning, Heritage and Arts.

The project aims to create an exciting and atmospheric space for schools, community groups, visitors and tourists within the dramatic setting of the medieval Undercroft. The proposed plans include two teaching rooms, an interpretation space, a reception area and toilet facilities making it the perfect space to run all sorts of educational programmes.

The Undercroft which dates back to the 12th Century is located directly below College Hall and has had many ‘functions’ for King’s including acting as the backstage area for school productions held in College Hall, being home to the middle sixth common room and even played host to some Undercroft parties! Lots of OVs have fond memories of their time spent under the Cathedral although in recent years the Undercroft has been off limits. We are really excited to watch how the project progresses and look forward to its completion when the next generation of pupils and OVs will get a chance to enjoy this wonderful space too.

You can find out more information here.

unusual accessioning in the school archives

We have seen some fairly unusual accessioning in the school archives this week.

Earlier this week, The King’s School Archives was delighted to receive a professionally-made copy of D.W. Jelinek’s [Ch 1972-1979] notebook, “Sports Notes – Rugger”, covering a wealth of detail on King’s school rugby matches during the years 1975-1978.  In his notebook, Daryl Jelinek kept meticulous records of matches, listing not only which teams competed, but also the names of individual players for each match, names of coaches, match scores, and summaries of each game.  As such, it is a wonderful resource in preserving the history of King’s School rugby during the 1970s.  We are extremely grateful to Mr Jelinek’s widow, Thalia Constantinidou, for donating the notebook to The King’s School Archives.

At the start of the week, our archivist, Harriet Patrick (pictured right) received an email from Michael Rogers, archivist at the Anglican Church, Southern Queenland, Australia, offering King’s Archives three books awarded to OV Philip Strong (Ca 1909-1913) as school prizes by King’s Headmaster W.H. Chappel (HM 1896-1919).  These books are:

Poetical Works of William Wordsworth (published 1911, edited by Thomas Hutchinson MA), presented to Strong by the Headmaster for Cathedral Catechising, 7 October 1913;

Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott (new edition, George Routledge and Sons Ltd), presented to Strong by the Headmaster for Prayer Book, 7 October 1913;

H KAINH  ΔΙΑΘΗΚΗ (published 1904), presented to Strong by the Headmaster for Greek, October 1912

After leaving King’s, Philip Strong eventually went on to become Archbishop of Brisbane from 1963 to 1971.  It will be wonderful to accession these three books formerly belonging to him into the school archive when they arrive from Australia.  We are very grateful to Michael Rogers for thinking of us.

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards for OVs

We were thrilled to be sent this photo of four recent OV Gold D of E Gold Award recipients. OVs Andrew Salkeld (Cl 11-18), Ollie Colebourne (Br 11-18), Rob Bennett (W 05-12) and Ed Dorsett (Cl 08-15) all collected their awards at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 22nd May 2019. The sun shone as they and their families celebrated all their hard work, determination and commitment.

The Duke of Edinburgh scheme was set up in 1956 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and gives young people an opportunity to explore, to do charitable works, build team skills and most importantly have fun! After completing Bronze and Silver, Gold is the final stage and involves four selections that have to be completed. These are Volunteering, Physical and Skills, an Expedition for 4 days and a shared Residential for 5 days.

The OVs were presented their awards by singer and actress Kerry Ellis with HRH The Countess of Wessex also in attendance. Kerry is well known in the musical theatre world and has performed in West End productions including ‘Oliver!’ as Nancy and ‘Les Misérables’ as Fantine.

Congratulations to all on a wonderful accomplishment!

(Photo courtesy of Donna Salkeld)

OV Charity Quiz Champions

We were really pleased to hear that a team of OV quizzers recently took the winning trophy in a local fundraising quiz at Worcester Rugby Football Club. Ben Crabbe (Cl 86-91), Duncan Hughes (Os 84-91), Phil Mackie (Cl 73-84), Richard Wilkes (W 76-86), and Andy Jenks (K 81-91) teamed together to represent Benedict’s company, BRI Wealth Management and they stormed to victory beating 29 other teams.

The theme for the quiz night was ‘Back to school’ so Ben made sure to choose a team of OVs only. The quiz was run by Wooden Spoon Worcestershire and the evening raised over £2,000, all of which will go to charities in Worcestershire. Wooden Spoon aims to transform the lives of children and young people with a disability or facing disadvantage through the positive influence of rugby.

Duncan Hughes was the captain, Richard Wilkes was the multiple choice guru, Phil Mackie and Andy Jenks were the engine of the team and Ben was their ‘manager’. Well done all – the King’s Development team will have to watch out at the next King’s Parents’ Committee Quiz!

(Photo courtesy of Phil Mackie)

OVs on magical gap-years

We’ve got a great gap-year update from OV Owien Harriott-Davis (Os 16-18) from the beautiful island of Koh Tao in Thailand. Owien is pictured here with fellow OVs and friends Louis Radley (W 11-18) and Lily Reed (W 11-18).

Owien is currently touring the world after spending the first half of his gap-year working here at King’s. Owien and Lily joined Louis in Chiang mai. The three of them then went to Bangkok and are currently exploring the Koh islands together. Owien and Lily’s next stop is the Philippines whereas Louis is heading home for a while before doing Camp America.

Owien says, “It has been nice to experience a new culture and learn about different beliefs and religions mainly buddhism, we have seen many important temples from Doi Suthep to the Reclining  buddha at Wat Pho and have even been taken to pray with some locals we bumped into whilst getting some water.”

(Photo courtesy of Owien Harriott-Davis)