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Whitgift School chartered the magnificent Goodwood House with outstanding talent.

Whitgift chartered the magnificent Goodwood House, in West Sussex, at the end of April, for a very special Arts Day; the School’s second venture at this historic venue, the first being in 2003. The event was a huge success and featured a wonderful programme of outstanding Whitgift talent and special guests. 

Scenes from Summer’s Last Will and Testament, performed by current students and Old Whitgiftians, were particularly well suited to the venue’s dramatic setting and traditional décor. Musical entertainment throughout the afternoon included performances from the Whitgift Brass Ensemble and Whitgift Symphony Orchestra, as well as solo pieces. The Whitgift Choristers further impressed visitors with a repertoire from their recent Tudor CD recording. Music journalist and acclaimed author, Jessica Duchen, also joined Whitgift for the day to introduce her latest novel, Ghost Variations

Visitors were able to try their hand at mastering the art of origami, with students at the ready to help them perfect paper cranes and peacocks. The stunning Senbazuru tree was a special highlight, adorned with 1,000 cranes crafted by the Whitgift Japanese Club. Undergraduate placement student, Adam Syke’s, life-size peacock sculpture was on display in the Front Hall, this one skilfully constructed from metal rather than paper!

Whitgift’s new Artist-in-Residence, Valeria Duca, directed a ‘Depth, Form and Portraiture’ masterclass for pupils, and captivated guests with her impressive speed-sketches, managing to draw a remarkable likeness in under 20 minutes. Beautiful paintings from the prestigious young Moldovan artist were exhibited, alongside a display of self-portraits created by Upper Third Form students.

The Tea Ceremonies proved incredibly popular, with guests eager to see Giandomenico Scanu, Tea Sommelier at The Ritz, demonstrating some of the world’s most famous tea traditions. In keeping with the theme, on display around the room were tea sets featuring intricate illustrations by Lower School Art students.

Outdoor entertainment was provided by the Whitgift Corps of Drums and demonstrations by Whitgift fencers. Along with croquet, Tim Trodd, Whitgift’s resident PGA professional, was also on hand to share golf tips with visitors, encouraging participation from all ages in the chipping competition (the youngest winner being just two years old!).

The day ended on a high, figuratively and literally, as Ultimate High’s elite pilot, Mark Greenfield, took to the sky for a spectacular air display, wowing everyone with his dare-devil tumbles. Whitgift would like to thank all those who helped make the day such a triumph, and we look forward to returning to Goodwood House in the future.

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