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18 January

OV Announcements, Awards & Appearances


Many congratulations to OV Ben Humphrey (Cr 93-04) and former King's School Head of Alumni Communications, Alice Brunt (Hon OV) who have just got engaged! 

Ben surprised Alice with a trip to Tromsø in northern Norway just before Christmas, and asked her to marry him on top of a snow covered mountain under the most dazzling show from the northern lights!! As if that weren't enough, he then produced two flasks of hot chocolate! The wedding is planned for October. 




A CD celebrating 100 Years of Nine Lessons & Carols has been released with OV Stephen Cleobury (Ch 58-67). Stephen has been Music Director at King’s College, Cambridge for the past 37 years, from which he will retire in July next year. The CD has done enormously well and even reached #2 on the Billboard Chart for classical albums.

Eagle-eyed viewers may also have spotted that Stephen featured in the Queen’s Speech on Christmas Day, conducting King’s College Choir as they both introduced and finished Her Majesty’s annual broadcast to the nation!


We were pleased to see that OV Hugh Thomas (W 00-07)’s business Ugly Drinks has won another super award! Following their launch in the USA in May 2018, UK-based Ugly Drinks recently received an award by beverage industry-leading publication, BevNET, for the Best New Product for 2018 in the USA. 

Ugly make 100% natural, flavoured sparkling water and we have been delighted to see the brand going from strength to strength, now taking prized spots on the shelves of some of the UK’s biggest stockists, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, WHSmith  and Wholefoods. Well done Hugh!

OVs in Berlin

Ten sixth formers recently enjoyed a fantastic trip as they took part in the annual five day intensive cultural and linguistic experience that is the Berlin Trip. Cultural visits included the 1936 Olympic Stadium, Deutsches Historisches Museum and Wilhemine Cathedral, not to mention the Ständige Vertretung and Schöneberger Weltlaterne restaurants.

We were so pleased that three OVs  – one living in Berlin and two from last year re-celebrating their affinity for the dynamically evolving city were able to join the group and share their experiences with the current pupils. The OVs who met with staff and pupils included Harriet Drew (Cr 07-14), Daisy-Mae Ellis (S 11-18) and Bella Parker-Byatt (Br 11-18). Pictured here with the students is OV Harriet.