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1 March

OV Openings, Interviews, Articles…and Two Finals in our midst

University Challenge Success for Lizzie

Having successfully made it through the first and second round of University Challenge, OV Lizzie Fry (Cr 07-14) competed alongside her fellow students from St Edmund Hall, Oxford, on Monday, 18th February BBC2 at 8:30pm in the Quarter Finals. Teddy Hall competed against Emmanuel College, Cambridge and it was an impressive round from start to finish. We were thrilled to see Lizzie and her team finish with an impressive 190 points to Emmanuel’s 55. As expected, Jeremy Paxman threw a plethora of questions at the teams, from art and music, through to history and literature, and it was a pleasure to watch both sides battle for victory. Well done to Lizzie and the St Edmund Hall team. We are looking forward to the next round!

What a Welcome for Jabba

Mayor of Worcester, Jabba Riaz (Br 91-96), is currently representing our city on a trip to Pakistan. Jabba has met with Governors, Mayors, and Ministers there, discussing various issues close to his heart, including diplomacy, human rights, and the promotion of tourism and friendship. He was even interviewed on Live TV! A full write up will follow on his return, however we couldn’t help but be tickled by this amazing welcome Jabba received on arrival in Mirpur. We are thinking we might need to up our game next time Jabba visits us here at King’s!

A Match (Report) Made in Heaven

BBC Radio 5 Live yesterday saw Ugo Monye and Chris Jones interviewing OV TMO Rowan Kitt (Ch 77-87) and international referee Wayne Barnes on the ‘Rugby Union Weekly’ programme. Rowan and Wayne lifted the lid on the art of the television match official and discussed the influence of TV directors, the ‘wild west’ clearouts at the ruck, and asked should there be more interventions from the TMO? The programme was produced by OV Louise Gwilliam (03-10), who is the Rugby Union producer for BBC 5 Live. You can listen to the show here.

OV actor, Clifford Rose unveils the new Theatre Supporters’ Board

We were honoured to welcome back to King’s this week OV actor, Clifford Rose (S 43-38) who has recently sponsored one of the new theatre seats in the John Moore Theatre.  Clifford spent some time with Hon OV Andrew Maund’s Upper Remove English class and talked about examining the text of ‘Macbeth’, and Shakespeare and his relevance today. Clifford has previously taught at LAMDA and his area of expertise is exploring the texts of Shakespeare.  Clifford himself has acted in all but two of Shakespeare’s plays, performing in theatres as far afield as Broadway and Tokyo and closer to home with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, of which Clifford is now an Associate Artist.

Clifford also enjoyed a Q&A with Head of Drama, Shara Parry and a group of drama students in the Wightman Studio, who thoroughly enjoyed hearing about Clifford’s personal experience of theatre.  He was asked about his best piece of advice : “Don’t always be the same.  You need to evolve and try different parts.  Also don’t worry about failure too much; examine what went wrong and put steps in place to avoid that in the future.”   Also Clifford was asked, “What do you think acting is?” to which he replied that he believes acting is about revealing aspects of oneself, it is not about ‘hiding behind the part’ but about finding aspects of a character that you have in common and exploring how you feel and react through the character you are playing.  Clifford was a huge inspiration and wished the King’s drama students the best of luck, especially if they wanted to pursue a career in Drama.

After formally opening the new Theatre Supporters’ Board, which is located at the entrance to The John Moore Theatre, Clifford watched the Removes performance of ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ a musical based on The Tempest and was very impressed with the enthusiasm and talent of the young performers.  Clifford commented that the acoustics (& comfort!) of The John Moore Theatre was a huge improvement from when he had performed ‘Macbeth’ in College Hall in 1948!

We are always so happy to welcome OVs back to King’s and our students really enjoy hearing about the different experiences, expertise and professions of King’s OVs. Do give us a call if you would like to come back and visit the school, on 01905 721737.

If you are interested in sponsoring a seat as well and having your name on our new Theatre Supporters’ Board and on a seat in the John Moore Theatre, please click here.

Cup Final for Sophie

Sophie Le Marchand (Cl 96-07) plays for Leyton Orient Women’s Football Club and we were thrilled to see that they have this week made it to the final stage of the Isthmian Cup, having secured a 1-0 win against Enfield Town Ladies, courtesy of a fantastic ‘flying salmon’ header from Sophie herself, scoring a goal in the 76th minute. Well done Sophie! The Isthmian League Cup Final will be played on 17th April at Hanwell Town Football Club, and Sophie will also play in the Capital Cup Final on May 2nd.

A Must Read Article

Richard Lea (Br 00-07) is a senior Surveyor at Allsop LLP. We were delighted to read recently an article published by Richard on the increase of music venues closures. Richard’s fantastic article was published on the Allsop blog and looked at the diversity of reasons why more music venues are closing. From rising business rates to property related issues, including other residential developments and noise complaints, the statistics Richard looks at are fascinating and his writing thoroughly engaging. The full article can be read here.

On the Panel for Ed

We were very excited to hear that Ed Brew (Br 01-08) was a panel guest at Vidcon London 2019, speaking on "What is and isn't working between brands, agencies and creators in influencer marketing?".

VidCon is the world’s largest event for everyone who loves online video and is excited about its potential, and between their London event and the two others held in Australia and America, they welcome over 90,000 attendees. We are incredibly proud that Ed was chosen to share his experiences and thoughts at the event.

Ed is currently Co-Founder & CCO of The Hello Group. Initially working extensively in the music industry with heavyweight brands such as Monstercat and Trap Nation, Ed built a large network of contacts at all levels. A seasoned brand campaign consultant, he has worked with household names such as EA, Hewlett Packard, Missguided, HEAD, Universal Music Group, Jägermeister, ISAWITFIRST, Audible and many more. At present, Ed develops and oversees a variety of tech projects such as LabelRadar, and influencer marketing platform Post For Rent, while also managing high profile social media influencers with a focus on diversifying their revenue streams.