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King's Week 2007

13th July 2007

This year's King's Week was as full as ever and despite the weather, which forced several performances indoors, proved popular and successful.

The two main plays in the Mint Yard were Goldoni's A Servant to Two Masters, featuring Harry Carr as Truffaldino, and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, set in 1944 at the Hotel Illyria, Alexandria, proprietress Lady Olivia (Morwenna Loughman). The junior plays were a colourful Arabian Nights, adapted by Dominic Cooke, in St Mary's Hall, and Wind in the Willows, adapted by Alan Bennett, with Freddie Clode as Toad and about a third of the Shell year performing.

The Gala Symphony Concert, in aid of Future Talent, included solos from Maristella Lee (violin), Thomas Marnham (trombone), Annabel Dight (cello), Sarah Ventress (cello) and Heidi Luk (violin). The Jazz Concert, directed by Ed Watts, featured the Modern Jazz Group, the King's Men and the King's Swingers, as well as the Jazz Orchestra. The Serenade in the Cloisters was fortunate with the weather and the vocal talents of solos and groups were displayed in a programme ranging from Passereau's Il est bel et bon to Over the Rainbow. The Virtuosi Concert by the Chamber Orchestra and the King's Brass presented an evening of American music.

Other highlights included the David Rees-Williams Trio, KiDaCo's ballet and modern dance, Songs from the Shows ('Glitter, Grime and the Gutter Theatrical'), Dark Side of the Moon from the Rock Band Workshop, the Big Show Off with popular items from performers of all ages, the Blackfriars Art Exhibition, and several lunchtime concerts.

Next year's King's Week will be from Thursday 26 June to Wednesday 2 July.

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