Benenden is taken over by the arts Back to archive
26th April 2017

Benenden School was awash with drama, music, food, dance and much more over the weekend for its third Benenden Arts Festival.

Parents flocked to the three-day event which culminated with a fantastic Gala Concert featuring Hemsted Forest Youth Orchestra and Benenden School’s Chamber Choir and Ensembles.

This came after another highlight of the weekend - the Great Benenden Bake-Off, which saw MasterChef: The Professionals judge Marcus Wareing presiding over two competitive but fun 90-minute cooking sessions featuring parents and daughters.

The event also included:

  • A Modern Dance show by Benenden girls and dance workshops
  • Two art lectures – one by Benenden Senior and now Art teacher, Holly Morrison and one by Benenden’s Head of History of Art Steve Mansfield and art workshops on printmaking and life drawing
  • A concert by Kent-based band Half Way to New York
  • Several School drama productions including Be My Baby, Extremities, Daisy Pulls It Off and The Last Days of Anne Boleyn
  • A number of musical performances and music workshops including a Music Scholars’ Concert and a Lunchtime Concert by The Halcyon Quarter who are one of the Royal Academy of Music’s top Chamber ensembles.
  • Masterclasses on honey making, wine tasting, smoking meat, butchery and fishmongery
  • A tour of the School grounds with a difference – each location featured a theatrical performance!
  • A floristry workshop
  • A poetry performance by renowned British poet, and star of the Edinburgh Fringe, Luke Wright
  • A one man show by the Torch Theatre Company on rugby legend Ray ‘Grav’ Gravell.

View a selection of photos from the weekend below: