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11 January

Bumper New Year OV News

MBE for Stephen darlington

We were absolutely thrilled to see that Stephen Darlington (Cl 60-70), former Organist of Christ Church Oxford, was made an MBE for services to music in the New Year’s Honours. Stephen has only recently  stepped down from the office of Organist at Christ Church Cathedral  after an incredible 33 years in post. The job was unique – in that the post-holder not only directs the Cathedral Choir but teaches in the Faculty of Music at the University of Oxford. Speaking to us following the announcement, Stephen said:

“I must say it is a delight to have received an award for doing a job I have loved for all these years.”

Stephen’s musical accomplishments are many. His recorded works amount to over 50 albums, of which several have won awards including Gramophone Awards. He has travelled worldwide, both with the choir, and as an organist and conductor. He has directed, among others, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, London Mozart Players, English Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Hanover Band, English String Orchestra and London Musici. Congratulations to Stephen on this wonderful achievement.

OV wins big at food awards

Whilst food has certainly been high on the priority list for most of us over the last few festive weeks, one OV has had the pleasure of not just eating his amazing product, but also winning a fantastic award for it! Paul Rostand (Ca 73-82) created the Great British Biscotti Co. in 2015 and has had great fun establishing the brand and setting up his bakery.

The Caterer Product Excellence Awards celebrate the most advanced, innovative and tasty products in the UK. We were absolutely thrilled to hear that Great British Biscotti Co. were announced as winners of Best Bakery product for their Red Onion Marmalade & Walnut savoury Biscotti. The award ceremony took place at the London Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in December.

The Great British Biscotti Company offers a full repertoire of enticing flavour liaisons (of both a sweet and savoury persuasion) and a couple of thoughtful foodie formats, from the traditional dunking fingers to the more avant garde biscotti crouton. Such innovation means canapés, cheese boards, salads and soups (like tea & coffee) can now enjoy and extra indulgent biscotti twist. Well done Paul!

OV ranked UK no 1 for 10,000 m

We were very excited to learn that OV Alice Wright (S 06-13) has been ranked UK no 1 in the 10,000 m for 2018. Alice will be making her professional half marathon debut in the Houston Half Marathon on 20th January. Good luck Alice!





10 Years On

Saturday 15th December saw us welcome the year of 2008 back to King’s for a hugely fun reunion, consisting of a drinks reception in the Michael Baker Boathouse and tours of school. We were joined by around 90 OVs and some of their former teachers. The rain outside was pouring, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits as everyone caught up on all the news ten years after leaving school. There were exciting academic and career progressions, travels, rings on fingers, and babies on the way, so nobody was short of exciting news to share.

Russ Mason (Hon OV), welcomed the year of 2008 back to school and filled them in on current school life and on how OVs can still be a part of King’s today. With both former Headmaster Tim Keyes (Hon OV), and former Head of Classics, Bob Stone (Hon OV), celebrating birthdays on the evening, there was even the opportunity for a surprise rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ and a slice of cake. The reunion continued in a lively fashion long after it’s intended finish time, and furthermore the groups headed into the city afterwards to continue the reuniting.

OV Chris Tarrant TV Highlights

OV Chris Tarrant (Ch 60-64) has had a busy few weeks with several television appearances and interviews as well as the launch of series 5 of his programme, Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys which is currently showing on Channel 5 on Mondays at 9pm. In this latest series, Chris will be travelling thousands of miles by train exploring the extraordinary railways, beautiful landscapes and fascinating histories of The Alps, Spain, Ukraine and Vietnam.

You can watch Chris on ITV chatting to Ruth Langford and Eamonn Holmes here and there is also a really fun quick-fire interview with Chris here talking about various topics including career, bucket lists and more.

OV vs King’s 1st XI 2019

It was an absolute pleasure to welcome 16 OVs back onto King’s turf on the 4th January for the annual OV vs King’s 1st XI football match. Last year the OVs secured an impressive 2-1 win and hopes were high of a repeat success. It was a crisp and bright day where both sides played well and both secured impressive goals which saw the game end 2-2.

Sadly the OVs lost 5-4 on penalties and our congratulations must go to the 1st XI on a game well played, and a deserved win. The OVs then enjoyed a curry in Worcester with their former King’s football coaches Jon Sarriegui and Mark Poole (Hon OV) which gave a great opportunity to catch up on studies, travel and work news. We were delighted that the following OVs took part:

Cameron Stanley-Blakey (S 10-17), Harry Annable (Br 10-17), Archie Humpage (K 10-17), Sean Jarvis (S 11-18), Angus Guthrie (Cr 10-17), Will Newton (W 05-12), David Newton (W 12-14), Sam Lowe (W 11-18), Richard Newton (K 15-17), James Arnold (K 11-17), Cameron Mathewson (Cr 11-18), Will Price (Br 12-17), George Fradgley (Cl 15-17), Lewi Hobbs-Jeffrey (Br 10-17), Henry Wilde (Br 09-16), Tom Gidney (S 11-18).

Others that didn’t play but joined at the curry were Will Burgoyne (K 10-17), George Francis (Cr 11-18) and Will Hood (W 11-18).

OVs Row for charities

OVs gave a helping hand with this year’s King’s annual indoor one million metre row which raises funds for charity. This year’s charities were Cardiac Risk In The Young, Alzheimer’s Society & St Richard’s Hospice. The event, which was took place on 15th December in the Michael Baker Boathouse raised an incredible £5,544.00! 



OVs who gave their support included Mayor of Worcester, Jabba Riaz (Br 91-96), YouthComm radio presenter, Jamie MacDonald (W 08-15), last year’s Head of School, Alice Evans (S 11-18) as well as Charlie Kenny (Ca 11-18), Abigail Watson (S 11-18), Michael Watson (W 08-15), Matt Bladen (W 08-15), James Beattie (Cl 10-17), Henry Armstrong (Br 11-18), Sophie Lee (W 16-18), Ollie Colbourne (Br 11-18), James Robins (K 12-17), Andrew Salkeld (Cl 11-18) and more.​


OV Christmas celebrations!

Christmas is a perfect time for catching up with friends and OVs Corah Lewis (Ch 07-14) and Livvy Deehan (W 07-14) did a fantastic job of organising a festive 2014 leavers’ reunion just before Christmas.

Over 50 OVs reunited for an evening of catching up, reminiscing and celebrating Christmas and the New Year. It was a wonderful evening! Here are a selection of photos from Corah taken at the Farriers Arms.




Christmas Catch Up

We were delighted to hear of an OV reunion planned over Christmas for some of those who left King’s last year. The group haven’t been together since King’s Day and they were very excited to be able catch up having all taken up studying, working and travelling all across the country since leaving, with one of group even studying away in America. The OVs enjoyed a meal at Miller and Carter, then headed to a few familiar places in town.

It was organised by Joe Sullivan (Ca 12-18) and OVs in attendance were Tom Gidney (S 11-18), Cam Mathewson (Cr 11-18), Hugo Walton (S 11-18), George Francis (Cr 11-18), Sam Garland (Cr 12-18), Noah Crampton (S 11-18), Will Hood (W 11-18), Dom Sullivan (Os 12-16) and James Austin (Os 16-18).

The Development & Alumni Relations Office were thrilled to help facilitate and support this reunion. Do let us know if you have any OV get-togethers planned.


We were delighted to be sent this report from OV Ilija Rašović (Cr 03-10) who recently organised another successful OV basketball reunion…

“After the success of last year’s basketball reunion, a small group gathered at short notice recently at Perdiswell Leisure Centre for some 3×3. Fitness forgiven, it was a great evening. There’s a decent number of us kicking about the West Midlands so we are organising regular sessions over the next three months both in Worcester and Birmingham. If anybody is interested in coming along, please contact Ilija Rasovic (”

OVs taking part with Ilija included Quentin Elmhirst (Cr 03-10), Andreas Neophytou (K 05-12), Charlie Titmuss (Ch 03-10) as well as former King’s staff, Julien Cantin and coach Aleksandar Racić.

Retired staff coffee and cake

On Monday 17th December we were delighted to welcome around 30 retired staff back to King’s for a festive catch-up over coffee and cake.

It was wonderful to hear what some of our Hon OVs have been up to since retiring and it was great to be able to give them updates on the school and OVs.