Our values permeate everything we do.
Last weekend this was very much in evidence at the school’s performance of Dido and Aeneas. It was BGS’ first opera, a bold move. Opera is challenging to perform with young voices and is demanding for a young audience. Yet the girls rose to the challenge and sang difficult harmonies with relative ease, accompanied by the string ensemble who played as if they were a professional chamber orchestra.
The audience was spell bound. The set, Dido’s bar, transformed the Assembly Hall and captured the audience’s attention as soon as they walked in. It was imaginative, creative and clever and set the right atmosphere and mood for what was to follow. The singing was exquisite and the girls’ talented voices were ably supported by the bass and tenors from Bedford School.
Whilst the character of Dido is not one I would wish the girls at BGS to emulate, her death scene was played with such tender sensitivity and suffering by Sixth Former Katy Sergeant that I was literally moved to tears. Katy’s acting was sublime and her singing of Dido’s lament will remain with me for some time.
It reminds me that when we set the bar high girls rise to the challenge. Too often as Michelangelo said: “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss, but that it is too low and we reach it.”
At BGS we are not in danger of this. I am incredibly proud of the aspirations our girls’ and staff hold, and their dedication and commitment to realise them.