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Festival Programme!

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Final Update  (18.5.17)
We look forward to welcoming you, as one of over 1900 guests, to our festival on Saturday, 20 May.
Tickets: If you have purchased a ticket, you will have received a reference number (please check your junk or spam if you think you have not received a reference number). You will need this reference number to enter the school site.
Travelling to the Festival
Have you considered alternatives to taking your car? Perhaps you might think about:
Walking? And returning to Abingdon by shuttle bus? There will be a free shuttle bus operating between the lorry / coach park at Rye Farm Car Park in Abingdon and the bus bay at the rear of the school between 16.00 and midnight. The 16-seater bus will operate every half hour and more frequently depending on demand. Please note that there will be no parking in the bus bay. It will operate as a ‘drop and go’ area for the shuttle bus and cars.
Cycling? If cycling from the Abingdon direction, continue past the main gate to the bicycle gate. The bicycle gate will remain open from 12.00 to midnight. There are several bicycle racks between the Chapel and the Art Block. Please do not bring your bicycle beyond the ‘No Cycling’ sign.
Car sharing?
– Taking the train? Trains from both Oxford and Didcot stop at Culham station
Accessing the school site
There will be three car parks in operation, one at the rear of the school, one on the festival field – both accessed from Thame Lane – and one on the field on the other side of the A415. Those travelling from the Abingdon direction will be directed down Thame Lane if spaces are available and if not, into the field across the A415.Those coming from the Clifton Hampden direction will be directed onto the same field. Those parking on the field on the far side of the A415 will walk over the footbridge to access the school. All motorists will be asked for their ticket reference number.
Festival Registration will be on the tennis court – weather permitting! Follow the signs to the registration point where you will be asked for your reference number and may be asked for some form of ID. You will receive a coloured wristband – yellow or blue depending on whether or not you are over 18, a programme and a label for your name.
Festival Shopping: Commemorative books and T-shirts, mugs and bags with the festival logo will be available for purchase. We will have two bars and a cake and coffee stall and there will be several food vendors on the site throughout the festival. The bars will use recyclable plastic glasses with the festival logo.We would greatly appreciate if you could bring some 50p, £1 and £2 coins and £5 notes.
Alcohol will only be sold to those over 18 so you will need to wear your wristband and may be asked for ID. No current ESC students are permitted to drink alcohol on the school site.
Waste Management: We plan to have plenty of bins for both general waste and recycling and ask that you help us to recycle as much as possible.
Please keep an eye on the weather forecast. Bringing waterproof clothing is advisable but you might want to bring a deck chair too as the weather looks set to improve over the course of the day.
Finally, please note that tickets ARE NOT on sale on entry – all tickets must be purchased in advance. There are still a very small number of tickets available at festival2017@esculham.net. Unfortunately, this process does not work smoothly in all cases so if you have a problem, please email maeve.mccarthy@eursc.eu.
The school community has worked hard preparing for our festival and we are looking forward to a wonderful day. See you on Saturday!
On behalf of the Festival Committee


School of Rock are a group of younger secondary students who get together on Wednesday afternoons to rock the house and write their own songs. See and hear them deliver their choice of rock and pop covers with enthusiasm and skill on the Festival stage at 1.30.

Class Dismissed formed for a Muck Up Day years back and has become a gigging band playing a mix of original songs and covers. Several teachers have been in the band over the years. Best known for the end-of-school song “Holy Moly.” Sing along and do a roly poly at the Festival stage 2.30. https://www.facebook.com/ClassDismissedOxford/

Damaged Goods is this year’s S7 band who will play us some energetic rock covers. Expect drawn out guitar riffs and keyboard solos. Festival Stage 3 pm.

The Sabbaticals is a jazz trio whose members are spending their gap year playing as much music as possible at various locations in Europe. We are pleased to have them reunited for our festival, and you can hear them play some jazz standards from the Festival stage at 3.30.

Singer-songwriter Xana Corrie has made her own music since her early teens and has quite a stunning voice. Hear her perform some songs in the Quadrangle at 2.15. https://soundcloud.com/xana-corrie-754661840

Lydia Kavina plays the theremin. “What is that” I hear you ask. The theremin is an electronic instrument that you control without touching it. Very strange and very fascinating. See it with your own eyes when this theremin virtuosa performs her magic in the Quadrangle at 4.30. http://lydiakavina.com/

Pianist Joscha Gutjahr has a wide-ranging repertoire performing jazz, contemporary and classical pieces as well as own compositions. On Saturday he will wow us with his piano skills at 4.45 in the Quadrangle.

Jasper Murison-Bowie plays improvised music and cross-genre compositions. He performs both traditional and modern jazz and will tickle the ivories for us in the Quadrangle at 5 pm.

We have a bunch of talented pupils perform on the day:
Margot, Virginia and Kate will sing with beautiful harmonies, Max Blansjaar – who already performed his own composition nationally when he was 10 – will treat us to some piano,
Neela Nee – who has starred as Dorothy in Oz and been in numerous other musicals – will sing and play the guitar,
The Adams Brothers huddle up to play us some piano,
Sam Gabay and Gustavo Lerche turn up the volume for their set of electric guitar and drums.
Find them all in the Quadrangle between 1.15 and 3.15.

First up is Ran Kan Kan – a 20 piece Cuban style Big Band who will make your feet move with their passionate music when they play on the Festival stage from 19.45 http://www.rankankan.co.uk/

Another act to grace our festival is Tony O’Malley with his funky piano playing and soulful voice. Festival stage 4.30. http://www.tonyomalley.com/

8 May 2017 update
Dear Festival Ticket Holder,
We have now sold over 1,600 tickets for our festival on 20 May and are delighted to present our festival programme to help you plan your day.
You will see that the singing workshop with Lin Marsh and Mandy Smith is confirmed as is the Jazz Band Bash with John Marsh. If you would like to participate in either event, please email hanne.fahl@teacher.eursc.eu.
The following food vendors will be on site:
• Margo and Rita, Mexican food

• Casa das Bolitas

• Pig Roast

• Greek Vegetarian snacks

• Barbarian Grill

• Gourdans Steak Frites

• Cake stall

There will be bars in both the field and the Quad from noon to midnight. You may be asked for identification to purchase alcohol. However, no current students are permitted to drink alcohol on the school site.
Please note that no tickets will be issued for the festival. All you need is your reference number.
Further information will follow closer to the festival. We look forward to seeing you on 20 May
Best wishes
ES Culham

April 28th update

As our European School Festival draws closer, we have now sold over 1300 tickets.
The cake and coffee stall at the festival will be organised by Michelle de la Motte. If you are willing to donate a cake, please email michelle@tuckers.tv. All donations will be gratefully received.
A range of festival T-shirts and hoodies can be ordered NOW and will be delivered on 19 May, so that they can be worn at the festival. Festival mugs are also available. Attached you will find information on how to order items and an order form. When choosing sweater colours, you might like to keep in mind the colours of the festival logos, which are also attached. T-shirts are only available in white.
Order forms MUST be delivered to Reception by the morning of Wednesday 3 May and all items will be delivered to the students on the morning of Friday, 19 May. It would be very helpful if orders could be placed tomorrow or Tuesday so that Antonella Shorrock can begin processing the orders. Please note that orders without payment will NOT be processed.

Festive Shopping – Order Form

Festival Shopping – How To Order final


Our commemorative book has arrived from the printers and is now on sale at Reception at a cost of £10.00. A sample is available to view at Reception.

April update on Festival

Would you like to sing with Lin Marsh and Mandy Smith?

We have now sold over 900 tickets for our festival on Saturday, 20 May. To buy tickets, please contact festival2017@esculham.net .Everyone attending the festival will need a ticket which must be bought in advance.

Singing Workshop??

How about participating in a singing workshop at the festival? For the first – and last- time in the European School, Lin Marsh and Mandy Smith have volunteered to run a singing workshop together. This will take place in the Schuman Hall at 13.00 on Saturday, 20 May. If you would like to participate, please email hanne.fahl@teacher.eursc.eu with ‘singing workshop’ in the subject line by Wednesday, 26 April.

Jazz Band Bash??

A one hour session has been suggested but depends on numbers interested. Taking part would require you to bring along your instrument. The session with John Marsh and Ian Gorman would start at 12.45.If you would like to participate, please email hanne.fahl@teacher.eursc.eu with ‘jazz band bash’ in the subject line by Wednesday, 26 April.
The programme is already taking shape with a great range of music from classical to salsa to rock but have you considered performing? There are still a few slots available on the acoustic stage. If you would like to perform, contact hanne.fahl@teacher.eursc.eu this Friday, 7 April

March 2017 update on Festival
Preparations are under way for our European School Festival on Saturday 20 May and tickets are selling well.
Please note that:
• Tickets WILL NOT be on sale on the day – all tickets must be purchased in advance
• Children aged two or below will not require a ticket.
• Each purchaser is restricted to six tickets.
We will shortly be issuing a programme with timings to help you plan your day.
If you would like to buy tickets, please register at festival2017@esculham.net Unfortunately, this process does not work smoothly in all cases so if you have a problem, please email maeve.mccarthy@eursc.eu

European Festival
20 May 2017
A Celebration of the European School Culham
1978 – 2017

The European School Culham will close its doors for the last time in August 2017. To celebrate the 39 years of our wonderful school, we have planned a programme of events for current and former staff, students and parents.

Events will be spread throughout this academic year but the highlight, the European Festival, will take place on Saturday, 20 May 2017.

We hope to share a day of great music, delicious food and happy memories with the whole European school community of students, staff and parents, present and past.

Please contact us to register your interest in participating on 20 May at festival2017@esculham.net

You are very welcome to pass this message to former colleagues, students and their parents.

Further updates will be available on:

our school website http://www.esculham.eu/

and on our Facebook page EUROPEAN FESTIVAL 2017.

Those who register will be kept updated by email

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, 20 May 2017