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Concert raises £660 for ‘School in a Bag’

A Music Teachers’ Charity Concert was held on Wednesday, 6 February to raise funds for the charity, School in a Bag.

The concert raised £659.88 for the charity and saw the College’s instrument and voice teachers, the Director of Music, Dr Tom Edwards and a few special guests, including the Head of College’s wife, Pippa Jones, take to the stage.

The funds raised have purchased 33 schoolbags which are being packed and sent to Sri Lanka. The bag numbers are 59996 to 60028 and can be tracked online at 

Representing School in a Bag at the evening was Lis Foy, Schools Liaison Officer. She said: “It was a pleasure to come to Rendcomb College and listen to these amazing musicians; I feel very privileged that Rendcomb decided to support School in a Bag.”

Director of Music at Rendcomb College, Dr Tom Edwards, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to support such an exciting and worthwhile charity and at the same time highlight the exceptional abilities of our dedicated staff who all gave very generously of their time and expertise. It was a wonderful evening of very high-quality music making.”

The School in a Bag charity was set up to provide a simple solution to help poor, orphaned, vulnerable and disaster affected children throughout the world. Each schoolbag is filled with stationery, learning resources, eating utensils and a water bottle which will enable a child to write, draw, colour, calculate, express themselves and above all, learn. Each bag costs £20 and has a unique number which can be traced via the charity’s website to the child who receives it.

Concert Programme:
  • Mrs Caron de Burgh (oboe) and Year 13 pupil, Grace T

    • The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Handel
  • Mr Shaun Kennedy (classical guitar)
    • Capricho Arabe, Francisco Tarrega
  • Mrs Tonia Price (woodwind)
    • Peregi Verbunk, Leo Weiner
  • Mr James Agg (cello)
    • Sonata for Cello Solo, Bach
  • Mrs Natanya Phillips (voice) and Miss Becks Grant-Jones (marketing)
    • Barcarolle, Offenbach
  • Mrs Hannah O’Toole (piano and curriculum music)
    • The Little Shepherd and Dr Gradus Ad Parnassum, Debussy’s Children’s Corner
  • Miss Becks Grant-Jones (marketing)
    • Hello! Oh, Margaret, it's you, Menotti
  • Mr James Agg (cello, double bass and jazz piano) and Mr Dan Goodrum (piano)
    • After Hours, James Agg
  • Mrs Pippa Jones (Head of College’s wife)
    • Evergreen from A Star is born, Streisand and Williams
    • I Can’t Make You Love Me, Raitt
  • Mr Paul Cordell (electric guitar)
    • The Wind that Shakes the Heart, Andy James
  • Mrs Natanya Phillips (voice)
    • The Boy (from The Mad Show), Sondheim and Rogers
  • Mr Phillip Anderson (brass)
    • Benedictus from The Armed Man, Karl Jenkins 
  • Mr Dan Goodrum (piano) and Mr John Wright (piano and organ)
    • The Elephant, The Cuckoo in the Wood, Introduction and Royal March of the Lion from Carnival of the Animals, Saint-Saëns
  • Dr Tom Edwards (Director of Music)
    • The Crocodile, Benjamin Britten