A FAREWELL TO ALAN STACEY
College Hall was the perfect place to celebrate the happy life of Hon OV Alan Stacey on Saturday 23rd February. Alan died in November 2018 and it was lovely to see his widow Jane and all his family joined by so many OVs and members of the King’s family to say farewell.
The celebration took the form of a concert where Jane had organised beautiful readings, and superb music. Mary Pope sang Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs beautifully, and it was so wonderful to hear Hon OV and former Hostel Housemaster Keith Bridges sing Is She Not Passing Fair in the programme. A particular highlight was the group rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan’s When I was a Lad, led by a chorus of OVs, friends and family. Much of the music was lead or accompanied by OV Adrian Partington (S 66-76), and Hon OV Malcolm Drummond, former Director of Music here at King’s. Readings included The Donkey, G.K. Chesterton and three Hon OVs and former colleagues, Peter Diamond, Stephan Le Marchand and Ian Brown also read wonderfully too.
As Housemaster of School House, History and French teacher, and also Contingent Commander of the CCF, Alan had crossed the paths of so many here at King’s, and a tribute by Nigel Bax (S 56-66) articulated perfectly the positive effect his passion for his subject, and his pupils, had on all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. The tribute also included the fond memories of many OVs who had taken the time to send condolences and messages to the family after Alan’s death.
Refreshments afterwards in the school dining hall, gave a really good opportunity for everyone to catch up further and to remember Alan. Jane and the Stacey family requested that donations are made to The King's School Worcester Development Trust. All donations support bursary places at King's and we are immensely thankful to the Stacey family for choosing this as the charity they wished to support in memory of Alan. Alan saw the life-changing effect that the splendid education and opportunities here at King's afforded the many boys and girls who passed through his care. We are therefore so very appreciative that Alan's legacy will continue to support bursary provision here at King's, ensuring more young people from all backgrounds can have the opportunity of a King's education.
The Celebration was a happy occasion, and fantastically organised by Jane and all the Stacey family who not only did so much in the lead up, but also played a huge part on the day itself, contributing with music and readings. Alan will be sorely missed, however the 23rd February really offered a fitting tribute to an amazing gentleman, and gave opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate Alan’s life and his many contributions to King’s.
OV Musicals Award
We were delighted to find out that OV and Creative Director, Matthew Crossey (Br 81-86)’s company, The School Musical Company, has just won the prestigious ‘Outstanding Musical Theatre Education Resource’ award at the Music Teacher Awards For Excellence! Matthew co-founded the company in 2016 and after being runner-up last year, secured the top spot in the ‘Outstanding Musical Theatre/Drama’ category for their innovative range of school musicals, nativities and songbooks aimed at Primary Schools and Key Stage 3.
Matthew said, ‘With music education in schools very much in the spotlight, we want to give children, teachers and youth-theatre leaders the most enjoyable, meaningful and stress-free experience that we possibly can. Everything we create comes from that starting point and it is wonderful to hear that we are fulfilling that promise”
One of their shows ‘Pantastic’ was staged at King’s last spring by The Theatre Factory and was a great success so we look forward to seeing what’s next for The School Musical Company!
OVs help students find their Career Match
Wednesday 13th March saw our Upper Removes take part in Careers Speed Dating here at King’s. This gives an opportunity for the students to meet a variety of representatives from a diverse range of professional sectors, spending a short amount of time with each, aiming to find their ideal career match.
We were hugely grateful as ever to the OV community for lending so much support to this event and we were delighted to welcome the following OVs back, and immensely grateful for all the advice they offered our pupils; Andrew Sadler (Br 59-69), Franny Taylor (Ch 07-14), Steve Crowcroft (W 62-69), David Scrimshaw (W 63-68), Sarah Fardon (Os 01-08), Laura Bligh (Br 93-01), Ben Alexander (Ch 06-13), Lorna Wilson (Cr 94-01), Nick Checketts (W 91-96) and Peter Ballard (Br 79-86).
The session was organised by Helen Airdrie in our Careers department and took place in College Hall – well remembered by all the OVs! The whole event was hugely successful and all the pupils left with lots of valuable career advice and ideas.
Lizzie competes in University Challenge Quarter-Final
Monday night’s University Challenge really had us on the edge of our seats as OV Lizzie Fry (Cr 07-14) and her teammates from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, battled it out in their second quarter-final round, this time against Bristol University. With Bristol off to a flying start, we had to wait until almost half-way through for Lizzie and her team to really get going (at one point they were even -5 points!). Thankfully a question on Alfredo & Violetta’s duet in La Traviata got some points on the board, and with that St Edmund Hall began a tremendous climb towards Bristol who were already holding a comfortable 95 points. Lizzie identified Tina Turner singing River Deep, Mountain High, and she and all her team had to answer a range of questions on a number of subjects including Polaris, the Jefferson Lecture , Hogarth Shakespeare and Lactantius.
25 minutes in and with not much time left on the clock, the two teams became neck and neck as St Edmund Hall successfully answered a question on Abraham Lincoln… at this point, it was anyone’s game! We were delighted to see St Edmund Hall fight hard in the remaining time, and with a good round on Jewels and Lizzie’s team also correctly identifying Henry David Thoreau as the author of the 1854 work Walden, we could at last breathe a sigh of relief as Teddy Hall secured a win, with 150 points to Bristol’s very admirable 130. Well done to Lizzie and all the team and they head into the Semi-Finals!
Diploma Delight for OV Organ Scholar
We loved this super photo of OV Matthew Kelley (S 10-17) receiving his diploma and becoming an Associate of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO). It was received during a Royal College of Organists (RCO) ceremony at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 9th March.
Matthew is currently in his first year studying music at Durham University and is also an Organ Scholar at St Chad's College, taking part in two chapel services a week.