Featured Performances

Author speech

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One of this country's great contemporary writers will be joining us to read extracts from their works and answer questions from the audience.

Further information to follow.

An Afternoon of Poetry with Jonty Driver

Wed 26 June,
3rd Form competition 3.30-4pm
Prize giving 4.30-5pm
Reading and Q&A 5-6pm

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Acclaimed novelist and poet, Jonty Driver, will be giving a reading of his work and judging the Wellington Arts Festival poetry competition.

Born in Cape Town in 1939, Jonty became President of the National Union of South African Students and his protests against the Apartheid regime led to a year of solitary confinement, ostensibly on suspicion of his involvement in the African Resistance Movement. He became stateless in 1966, and was refused a visa to re-visit South Africa until after 1991.

He has published five novels, six books of poetry, and a biography. His latest book is So Far, Selected Poems 1960 - 2004.

Jonty was Master of Wellington College between 1989 and 2000.

Anthony Penrose - The Boy Who Bit Picasso

Anthony Penrose - The Boy Who Bit Picasso

Tue 25 June, 4-5pm
Driver Lecture Room

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"The Boy Who Bit Picasso" an illustrated lecture by Antony Penrose.  

When he was a little boy he bit Picasso and the artist bit him back so hard he made him cry. Years later, he searched for the scar: he wanted to boast he had a ‘Picasso’ on his skin. But there were no physical marks, just those ingrained in the memory of a boy who spent much of his childhood with some of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

To him they were just friends of his parents, the fascinating couple formed by Lee Miller and Roland Penrose. She had been a war correspondent, a fashion model, lover of some artists and muse of them all. He was the ambassador of surrealism, an intellectual agitator, a rebellious artist and world famous biographer. Their son, Antony Penrose, will talk to us about his experiences in such amazing company.”


Chamber Concert

Tue 25 June, 5-6pm
Concert Room

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Wellington pupils perform a selection of piano classics including the Brahms piano trio.

Comedy Store

Tue 25 June, 7.30-9pm

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Enjoy an evening of fantastic comedy from some of the UK's most exciting comedians.

Featuring Carl Donnelly (Mock the Week, Russell Howard's Good News), Hayley Ellis (The Comedy Zone, XFM Beakfast Show), Ed Gamble (Russell Howard's Good News, Dave's One Night Stand) and Phil Wang (The Rob Brydon Show, Three at The Fringe).

Carl Donnelly

Carl Donelly

Carl started performing stand-up in 2005 and quickly established himself as one of the UK’s most exciting young comedians. His conversational, silly sense of humour saw him win a host of awards (Chortle Best Newcomer 2007, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2007 among others) and become a regular at all of the finest comedy clubs in the UK and Ireland.

In 2009, Carl performed his debut solo show ‘Relax everyone, it’s Carl Donnelly!’ at the Edinburgh Fringe for which he was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer. Since then Carl has returned to Edinburgh with two further solo shows as well as performing at the biggest comedy festivals in the world (Montreal Just for Laughs, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Kilkenny Cat Laughs etc).

Carl has also appeared on various TV shows including Mock The Week, Dave’s One Night Stand, Stand Up for the Week and Russell Howard’s Good News. He is also a regular on radio appearing as a guest on such shows as BBC 5live’s ‘The Back End of Next Week’, Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’ and ‘Act Your Age’ as well as being a regular guest on talkSPORT.

“Excellent, fast-rising comic with pacy anecdotal routines”
Sunday Times

“Donnelly has developed a style that is the antithesis of the loud, sweaty, manic comic so prevalent on the telly and live tours at the moment. This is stand up with valium: near horizontal levels of louche that take the mundane stories of everyday life and turns them into stretches of self deprecating silliness”
The Guardian

"gripping, unmissable stand-up"
The Guardian

Hayley Ellis

Hayley Ellis

Manchester comedian and regular contributor to XFM's breakfast show, Hayley Ellis has gone from strength to strength since she began performing in April 2009.

A regular MC at gigs around the country, Hayley’s natural warmth and girl-next-door charm make her impossible to dislike, something which has become evident in her success in new act competitions throughout the UK.

This summer, Hayley will be performing at the Edinburgh Festival as part of The Comedy Zone, the Fringe’s longest running and most prestigious stand-up showcase.

"Ellis surely has a future in comedy."
Steve Bennett, Chortle

"Warm and engaging, she’s a refreshing dissenting voice in the current female trend of twee, patchwork niceties"

"Small in stature and big in energy, Ellis simply makes you laugh."
Giggle Beats

"Outstanding. Her quick wit, ability to ad-lib and audience involvement provided the right tone and mood from the outset. Greatly entertained the crowd."
Rock Radio

"Hayley Ellis is fast becoming Manchester’s Funniest female"
Steve Wright, Radio 2

Semi-Finalist - Funny Women 2010
Finalist - Laughing Penguin New Act of the Year 2010
Finalist - Beat the Frog World Series 2011

Ed Gamble

Ed Gamble

Edinburgh 2009 saw Ed appear in The Comedy Zone - the fringe’s most prestigious stand-up showcase, as well as performing in Frank Skinner’s Credit Crunch Cabaret. Ed’s recent stand-up TV appearances include, Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three) and Dave’s One Night Stand. He has also provided national tour support for Greg Davies and Russell Kane. Ed has written for Never Mind The Buzzcocks as well as Mock The Week and Ask Rhod Gilbert.

With his self-effacing charm and lovable onstage persona, Ed can win over any crowd, a skill that has made him one of the most sought after acts on the circuit. In 2011, he presented shows for BBC Radio 4 Extra's The Comedy Club and has recently been confirmed as a regular host on the show, alongside Ray Peacock for the next six months.

“His comic timing impeccable, natural affinity with the audience infallible. He is blessed with the magic combination of well pitched audience participation, his improvisations spot on and hilarious”
Cambridge Tab

Phil Wang

Phil Wang

Winner of the 2010 Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Award, the Comedy Central Live Funniest Student Award 2011, and the current President of the prestigious Cambridge Footlights, Phil Wang is rapidly making a name for himself as one of Britain’s funniest Engineering undergraduates.

In his brief time here on Earth, Phil has supported acts such as Greg Davies, Kurt Braunohler & Kristen Schaal, and Chris Addison with his dry, deadpan charm and an occasional ukulele.

Phil has appeared as a stand-up guest on The Rob Brydon Show (BBC1), been featured on Three at the Fringe (BBC3) and has enjoyed a fantastic Edinburgh debut as part of the Festival's longest-running stand-up showcase, The Comedy Zone, which has previously launched the careers of Dave Gorman, Harry Hill, Stewart Lee, Al Murray and Chris Ramsey.

This summer, Phil embarks on the Footlights International Tour 2012, performing the Cambridge Footlights new show, ‘Perfect Strangers’, around the UK and America from June until October.

“A skilful and hilarious individual”

“Effortlessness personified”
The Tab

The Cambridge Student

Steve Bennett, Chortle


Tue 25 June, 7.30-8.30pm

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After the success of Hamlet! The Musical in 2012, Wellington College are returning to the Edinburgh Fringe this summer with the hilarious Eurobeat – see it here before they head north of the border!

It’s a musical banquet. It’s a glamourfest. It’s a political minefield. EUROBEAT – the Eurovision Musical is an original adaptation of the infamous Eurovision Song Contest. Set in Sarajevo and hosted by the glamorous Boyka and her tall, blond, pretty and dumb co-host Sergei they present for the enjoyment of the audience 12 acts representing an eclectic mix of countries.

Film and Music Competition finals

Wed 26 June, 4.30-6pm
Old Gym

Following the central theme of "Wellington College goes to the Movies", a £250 First Prize is on offer to the lucky winner(s) of this dynamic competition challenging entrants to create their own film. It can be of any genre but should have a central theme and general appeal. Film entries need to be less than 3 mins long.

For more information please contact the Box Office: artsfest@wellingtoncollege.org.uk

Haldane Organ Prize

Wed 26 June, 2.30-4pm

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Warner Haldane (OW) fondly remembers the sound of the Chapel Organ after services and decided to donate money for a prize to support organ playing at Wellngton College.

Warner is now Secretary of the New Zealand Association of Organists and proud to have some involvement in nurturing organ playing. The organ masterclass is taken by Alexander Mason. He was recently appointed Director of Chapel Music at Shrewsbury School and prior to that he was Organist and Master of the Choristers of St Davids Cathedral and Artistic Director of the St Davids Cathedral Festival.

For further information, please contact the Music School Office on 01344 444 201 or email music@wellingtoncollege.org.uk.

Have to Dance

Have to Dance

Wed 26 June, 7.30-9.30pm
Sports Hall

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A spectacular dance competition for talented young dancers up to the age of 18 years. They will be performing to stand a chance of winning £3000 bursary towards their dance training.

We are excited to be presenting the Have to Dance competition as part of our spectacular Arts Festival. Amongst the talented competitors performing live, there will also be performances from the thrilling dance acts Alleviate and Flawless who will also be leading workshops throughout the day.

View details about entering the Have to Dance competition.

Tickets are £20 (Concession £15)


Dance duo ‘Alleviate’ captured the hearts of thousands of fans and brought the judges to their feet, following their breath-taking performances that saw them reach the final three acts in the last series of Sky 1's Got To Dance.

Both dancers, whilst known for their television contemporary performances, are trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz, commercial, fusion and street-dance. They both hold BA (Hons) degrees in dance.

“Aesthetically and technically they are very, very accomplished, it’s very compelling to watch”
Adam Garcia - Got to Dance judge

“They are beautiful…you take us on a journey that is transcending and consistently gives me chills...”
Kimberley Wyatt - Got to Dance judge, former Pussycat Doll 


Flawless is an inspirational dance act that revolutionised street dance. They are lead by leading choreographer/dance artist by Marlon Wallen. The troupe  have won many Dance Awards and became UK Street-Dance Champions to International Dance Champions.

Flawless competed on the Third Series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. There are 11 members of the troupe and together they have formed them self as one of the biggest dance troupes in the UK.

Flawless have worked with and choreographed for some of the biggest names in the business including Beyonce, Rihanna, Kylie Minogue and Jay Sean.

"Dazzling, don't miss it!"
News of the World

"Their sense of Rhythym, their responses to the bold, unrelenting music that they us, are prodigious... the dancers are world-beaters"
Clement Crisp - Financial Times

The Parades

Tue 25 June, 9.30-10.15pm
Upper Combermere Quad

Dan, James and Andy, collectively ‘The Parades’. Having met at school, the boys formed the band towards the end of sixth form.

They are a 3 piece guitar band who have a huge mix of covers and original material,

Through constant writing, recording and playing live, their straight up pop sound and image was created.
After working with Red Triangle Productions to produce a 3 track E.P., the band are now touring schools and working on projects for 2013.

Phantom of the Opera (Silent Movie)

Phantom of the Opera

Wed 26 June, 9.30-11pm

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This 1925 horror film The Phantom of the Opera directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney in the title role as the deformed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to force the management to make the woman he loves a star. The movie remains most famous for Lon Chaney's intentionally horrific, self-applied make-up, which was kept a studio secret until the film's premiere.

Alexander Mason will improvise on the organ as you watch the film, reacting to the image and interpreting through the colours of the wonderful 3 manaual Harrison and Harrison organ in Wellington's fine chapel.

Alexander is a prize-winning improviser, taking First Prize and Variation prize in the Grand Prix d’Improvisation, Prix André Marchal, Biarritz, 2001 and was runner-up in the Tournemire Prize, St Alban’s, 1997. His debut solo CD of improvisations Beyond the Score earned a Critic’s Choice in Gramophone 2001 and he has improvised ‘live’ on BBC Radio 3 and Radio France. He has improvised to several silent movies and delivered a lecture-recital in Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Remus Azoitei Recital

Tue 25 June, 7.30-8.45pm
Great School

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Described in The Strad as "an uninhibited virtuoso, with soul and fabulous technique", the Romanian-born violinist Remus Azoitei graduated from the Juilliard School in New York in 2001, and has since been a featured soloist of prestigious European ensembles including the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique and Deutsche Kammer Orchester.

He has performed concertos under conductors such as Lawrence Foster, Dimitri Kitaenko, Michael Sanderling, and Gabriel Chmura.

Accompanied by Eduard Stan, the evening's programme will feature:

Kreisler - Praeludium and Allegro
Beethoven - Spring Sonata
Bazzini - The dance of the goblins
Bach - Chaconne from the D minor Partita for solo violin
Enescu - Impromptu Concertant
Saint-Saens - Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso

Rodgers & Hammerstein Celebration

Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration

Wed 26 June, 7.30-9.30pm
College Garden

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Come to the beautiful College Garden to hear a selction of your favorite songs and choruses from the pen of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Music from The King and I, Carousel, South Pacific, the Sound of Music and Oklahoma accomanied by the College Symphony Orchestra directed by Hilary Davan Wetton.

Tickets are £5 (students free) and are available through Wellington College Reception on 01344 444 000 or by emailing BoxOffice@wellingtoncollege.org.uk

Singer-Songwriter Competition

Tue 25 June, 7.30pm
Old Gym

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This exciting live concert will showcase the fantastic talent of the local and Wellington College students participating in the acoustic Singer-Songwriter Competition.

The competition is for students aged 13-18 with prizes for best original song and best performance, and will be judged by a panel of music industry insiders including singer Will Young (OW)!

To enter the competition, please read this information. Send applications to competitions@wellingtoncollege.org.uk and include a short bio with a weblink to an audio/visual demo of your work. Restrictions apply and entry closes at 6pm, 11 June 2013. 

Summer in February

Wed 26 June, 2.30-5.30pm
Q&A only, 4.30-5.30pm

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SUMMER IN FEBRUARY is set in the years running up to the First World War and focuses on the wild and bohemian Lamorna Group, dominated by the charismatic Alfred Munnings. The incendiary anti-Modernist Munnings, now one of Britain's most sought-after artists, is at the heart of a complex love triangle, also involving aspiring young painter Florence Carter-Wood and Gilbert Evans, the land agent in charge of the Lamorna estate.

True - and deeply moving - the story is played out against the timeless beauty of the Cornish coast, in the far West of England, beyond the reach of London and its stifling conventions.

Starring Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning, Dan Stevens, Hattie Morahan, Shaun Dingwall, Mia Austen, Max Deacon, Michael Maloney and Nicholas Farrell.

Summer Spectacular

Thu 27 June, 7.30-9.45pm
(Gates open at 6pm)
North Front

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Bring your rug, your hamper and be prepared to listen to an evening of majestic music with the Band and Bugles of the Rifles, directed by Major Lawrence Sale, and sounds of the Wellington College Jazz Orchestra, directed by Ben Greenslade-Stanton.

With guest appearances and a spectacular fireworks finale this promises to be an enjoyable evening rounding off the Arts festival 2013. The Band and Bugles of The Rifles are one of 22 bands in the British Army that form the Corps of Army Music. They maintain traditions dating back over 200 years, including the use of the silver bugle and the distinctly fast speed in which they march - 140 paces per minute!

The evening will feature the marching band and also the concert band and the music will include movie themes ending on a wonderful fireworks finale. Get ready to sing along!