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Queen's College, Taunton

Queen's College Box Office for upcoming shows, lectures, performances and holiday clubs

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Les Miserables - School edition

Between Thursday 29 February 2024 and Sunday 3 March 2024
Following mega-productions of Shrek!, Into the Woods and Mary Poppins prepare for another immersive and spectacular production that will envelop the audience in the world of 19th Century Paris and the tumult of a city on the edge of revolution. With one of the best-loved scores in musical history, les Miserables promises to be the highlight of the year. Early booking for this show is definitely advisable.
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Painting and Prosecco

Thursday 7 March 2024
Enjoy a glass of fizz and embark on a creative journey guided by abstract artist Jenny Keogh. Create a stunning abstract canvas using an exploration of colour and mark-making. Ticket includes all art supplies and a glass of prosecco or non alcoholic beverage. Please understand that tickets are limited. If you must cancel your place, we respectfully request at least 48 hours notice in order to receive a refund. Bookings close 4th March 10pm.
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The Rijksmuseum

Thursday 14 March 2024
Rembrandt's Night Watch and much more. Sophie Oosterwijk is a lecturer at the universities of St. Andrews, Leicester and Manchester as well as the V&A and the National Trust.
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Joe Mann’s Easter Baking Masterclass

Friday 22 March 2024
Mr Mann, our Head of Faculty for Art, Design and Food, will be your cookery teacher for what promises to be an evening of fun baking in this adult only class. If you’re dotty for dough or simply bonkers for breads, come roll up your sleeves, don your aprons and cook up some tasty Easter treats. Please understand that tickets are limited. If you must cancel your place, we respectfully request at least 48 hours notice in order to receive a refund. Suitable for all levels of experience, you’re sure to walk away with new talents and plenty of treats after a fantastic evening of fun. A fantastic gift idea for the fun-loving baking enthusiast.
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Bugsy Malone - a splurge-tastic musical

Between Tuesday 26 March 2024 and Wednesday 27 March 2024
Anybody who is anybody will soon walk through that door! This is the classic show for young audiences...and anyone who enjoys a messy splurge-gun fight! Set in a strange Prohibition era New York speakeasy, Bugsy Malone and Blousey Brown duck and dive their way to fame and fortune with a host of larger than life gangsters and showbiz types. Queen's College Prep School returns following last year's stunning Moana!
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Baroque Style in English Funiture

Thursday 11 April 2024
From Rome to Kent (Kent as in Palladian classicism). The Baroque Style in English Furniture. Janusz Karczewski-Slowikowski is a writer and a lecturer, antique dealer and researcher in English furniture.
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Southern Sinfonia - April Concert

Saturday 13 April 2024
DON’T MISS OUR VERY SPECIAL APRIL CONCERT! Following their hugely acclaimed recording of Coleridge’s Requiem, Southern Sinfonia, Queen’s College’s Orchestra In Residence, brings a performance of this beautiful, haunting work to Taunton Minster, alongside Finzi’s fiery Clarinet Concerto with one of the world’s leading clarinettists, Emma Johnson MBE. The concert also includes the beautiful St Paul's Suite by Holst. The performance will include an invited choir ‘Southern Voices’, made up of singers from across the region’s many choral groups rehearsed by Matthew Coleridge himself. Doors open from 7pm. (It is recommended that you bring a cushion for the pews!) www.southernsinfonia.org.uk
Taunton Minster - St Mary Magdalene Church
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Iftar Evening Buffet

Friday 19 April 2024
Embrace the spirit of Ramadan. When the sun sets, head to the Queen’s College Kitchen Garden Restaurant to tuck into a delicious Iftar buffet. The holy month of Ramadan sees two billion Muslims around the world fast from dawn to sunset. Each day, once the sun goes down, they break their fast with an evening meal called Iftar. You can expect a tempting spread featuring international cuisine and traditional Arabic dishes at our traditional buffet. The perfect combination to share with family and friends. Please understand that tickets are limited. If you must cancel your place, we respectfully request at least 48 hours notice in order to receive a refund.
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Indulge. Pamper. Shop.

Thursday 25 April 2024
An evening to indulge all your senses. A night of self care, pampering and showcasing of local, independent businesses. Browse the very best of luxury products from prom dresses and accessories to crystals, cocktails, candles and more. Tickets include a glass of fizz, access to our food, beauty, fashion and craft stalls as well as access to our treatment room. Why not add one of our free demonstrations to your booking? Learn how to make the perfect cocktail, the ultimate makeup look or get tips from a colour analysis expert. To pre book treatments ahead of the event please email bbf@queenscollege.org.uk. Choose from a reflexology taster, a mini makeup session or an express massage or facial.
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Sixty - A pageant in British history

Between Saturday 27 April 2024 and Sunday 28 April 2024
From Athelstan to Charles III, Britain has been ruled by sixty kings and queens. Some have been villains, some have been unready and some have been happy and glorious... This year we are exploring the rich history and pageantry of the British Isles through dance, music and literature from across the centuries. Students who take extra-curricular dance, instrumental or LAMDA lessons all join forces to create a spectacular showcase of their incredible skills, talent and hard work. A huge cast of dancers, singers and instrumentalists invite you to join them on another memorable adventure.
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Artemisia Gentileschi: Daughter of Rome, painter of Europe

Thursday 9 May 2024
Lecturer Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe trained as a paintings conservator and freelance lecturer at the National Gallery and Wallace Collection.
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Between Friday 17 May 2024 and Sunday 19 May 2024
We are thrilled to be presenting the Taunton premier of the Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptation of CS Lewis' The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe. With stirring anthems evoking a past time in English folklore, and all the fabulous characters brought to vivid life by the author, this show is both touching and spectacular. Following our highly-praised production of Mary Poppins, the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe promises to create the magical world of Narnia, where Alsan the lion will do battle with the cruel White Witch.
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The healing power of plants

Thursday 13 June 2024
Timothy Walker is a college lecturer and tutor in Botany and plant conservation.
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The Mayan civilisation of Central America

Thursday 12 September 2024
Duncan Pring is a lecturer, author and archeologist.
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Courtly life in Mantua: hunchbacks, dwarves and giants

Thursday 10 October 2024
Daniel Evans is an educationalist, guide and lecturer.
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The Artists of Monmartre - the Pilgrims of Babylon

Thursday 14 November 2024
Douglas Skeggs is a lecturer, TV presenter and writer. The Arts Society Taunton Evening will be hosting their AGM this evening.
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Chinese New Year Buffet

Friday 9 February 2024
According to the Chinese horoscope 2024, the dragon represents authority, prosperity, and good fortune and is one of the luckiest and most powerful animals in the Chinese zodiac. Expect a scrumptious buffet laden with celebratory Chinese New Year dishes, washed down with a cold beer. Bring along family and friends and enjoy wholesome food at this open, inclusive and engaging buffet experience. Please understand that tickets are limited. If you must cancel your place, we respectfully request at least 48 hours notice in order to receive a refund.
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Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera

Thursday 8 February 2024
The golden age of Mexican painting. Lecturer Chloe Sayer is a specialist in Latin American art & culture.
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Monkey - Journey to the West

Between Tuesday 23 January 2024 and Friday 26 January 2024
Based on the Buddhist legends of a monk who is tasked with carrying holy scriptures to India. He must be accompanied by a monkey spirit, a fish demon and a disgraced heavenly guard who is now part pig. Encountering demons and hardships along the way, all four pilgrims must find enlightenment in their own way. Oh, and they have to fight a lot as well! This is the middle school KS3 play open to years 7-9 extending the range of the cast's theatre experience for Key Stage 2 by staging a fusion of clowning styles from commedia dell'arte to Kabuki theatre.
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Drug Sense UK - let's talk about vaping and drugs.

Friday 19 January 2024
Drug Sense UK are specialists in supporting schools, pupils, parents and guardians around drugs and vaping. This talk will provide vital information for parents and guardians on how to recognise and resolve the early signs of drug misuse. Parents and guardians play a vital role in combating drugs misuse. These seminars provide the platform to build effective partnerships with the school as well as giving parents the confidence to confide with teachers on any issues they feel warrant further evidence gathering with regards to their child. The talk will be an hour and the intention is to update parents so they are informed and better able to support their children.
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An actor's life for me?

Thursday 11 January 2024
Lecturer Tyler Butterworth is from a theatrical family and has spent 25 years working in film, television and radio.
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Christmas Cooking Workshop (CANCELLED)

Friday 8 December 2023
Queen's Hosts Fun Adult Christmas Cookery Classes Join us for a jolly Christmas Cookery Class on the last Friday for families and friends of Queen’s in our school kitchen classroom. A whole array of fun festive fayre and tasty treats will be cooked up as part of the mouth-watering Christmas edition of the popular adult cookery masterclasses held at Queen’s College. On the menu will be Christmas Cake Breads together with fruity Mince Pies (with homemade mincemeat!) It promises to be an evening of delicious pastries, with sweet, juicy seasonal fillings, and rich sweet bakes, with each person taking home a large box of beautiful bakes. “There’s no better way to enjoy festive foods this Christmas than to get stuck in and have fantastic seasonal fun in the kitchen”, said Mr Mann, Head of the Faculty of Art, Design, and Food, “and in this fun baking class, adults will learn to make a selection of wonderful festive bakes”.
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Old Queenians' Vintage Christmas Lunch

Friday 8 December 2023
All our OQ's born before 1963 are invited to join us for the annual Vintage Lunch. Costs to the school have increased considerably so your attendance and support is more appreciated than ever, and much needed. In addition to a delicious three course meal and welcome drink, any surplus will go into the Foundation coffers to support Queen's pupils in need.
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Christmas Concert

Thursday 7 December 2023
Join us for our end of term concert featuring a wide range of hugely enjoyable music (some of it festive!) together with some beautiful dance routines from our talented dancers. Free entry for all but booking requested (and recommended!)
Queen's College - Queen's Hall
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Pre-Prep Christmas Performance

Thursday 7 December 2023
This witty yet sensitive adaptation of the traditional nativity story is a delightful reminder of the true message of Christmas. Jane, Rebecca and Samuel are three less-than-honest market stall holders, hoping to cash-in on the large number of visitors arriving in Bethlehem. Whilst giving it the ‘hard sell’ they encounter a tired couple on a donkey, a group of excitable shepherds and three mysterious visitors from the east, and are led to a lowly stable where they experience something that will change their lives forever!
Queen's College - Birchall Hall
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The Mouse In Santa's House - Year 3 Christmas Play

Wednesday 6 December 2023
Year 3 are proud to show you the delightful tale of a little boy desperate to receive a pet mouse for Christmas. Unlikely though this seems, when a mouse takes a quick nap amongst the presents in Santa’s sack, so begins Tip’s flight of a lifetime and his subsequent arrival at the house of one very lucky young chap.
Queen's College Prep School - Birchall Hall
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Friends of Queen's Christmas Wreath Making Workshops

Between Wednesday 29 November 2023 and Tuesday 5 December 2023
The Friends of Queens are delighted to welcome back Liz Robertson from Walking with Blooms who ran our very successful Christmas Wreath making workshop last year. Liz provides all the materials for the wreath with the emphasis on using natural, sustainable materials from known sources, no floral foam/oasis is used! The workshop will be held in the Dining Pavilion with mulled wine and mince pies on offer. Please bring your own secateurs. Each workshop will have a minimum of 6 people and maximum of 15. Last year this workshop was a sell out and so this year we are putting on 3 extra dates - early booking is advised! DATES Wednesday 29 November 2023, 7-9pm Monday 4 December 2023, 7-9pm Tuesday 5 December 2023, 7-9pm COST £28 (including mulled wine and mince pies) We very much look forward to seeing anyone from our Queen's community at these workshops
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A Christmas Carol

Between Friday 1 December 2023 and Sunday 3 December 2023
Hailed as one of the greatest works of English literature, is there any story that better captures the true spirit of Christmas than this masterpiece by Charles Dickens? Queen’s College is proud to premiere this brand new production that returns to Dickens’ own words to find the message in which he believed so passionately. Our senior performers will be joined by carollers and energetic dancers to conjure up a festive celebration that would melt the heart of even the meanest Scrooge! Early booking is advisable for this major event in our performance calendar!
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The Painting Secrets of Freud and Bacon

Thursday 9 November 2023
Lecturer Alice White is a professional oil painter, art lecturer and Tutor at Central St Martins College of Art and Design. Her lectures provide a painters perspective on famous art work. Alice has exhibited her work at various exhibitions including the Society of Graphic Fine Artists at the Mall Galleries in London.
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West End Workshop for 8 to 18 year olds - limited places

Sunday 15 October 2023
Three top West End performers will be visiting Queen's College for a fantastic one-day intensive of practical masterclasses in singing, dancing and acting! Tsemaye Bob-Egbe (SIX), Fletcher Dobinson (MOULIN ROUGE) and Sioned Jones (ROYAL NATIONAL THEATRE) have starred in top West End plays, musicals, shows and TV. They will offer unique insight into professional technique and style. Tsemaye will focus on the modern musical theatre voice, Fletcher brings the hottest new choreography and Sioned offers insight in audition technique and stage acting. You will have the opportunity to chat, learn about their incredible experiences and even take a cheeky selfie! Groups will be formed according to age and experience for young people from 8 to 18 years.
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Wilde about Oscar: Famous for being a Famous (& Infamous)

Thursday 12 October 2023
Lecturer Simon Whitehouse is an actor, presenter and award winning Blue Badge Guide. His specialisms are Theatre, Literature, Fashion and Art History, but above all he has a passionate interest in the life of Oscar Wilde.
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Patrick Hemmerle - Piano Chopin : 24 Preludes op.28

Saturday 30 September 2023
Patrick HEMMERLÉ Much acclaimed for his live performances and recordings, Patrick’s most recent recording of piano works by RAVEL will be released this autumn. https://patrickhemmerle.com/ This delightful programme IS NOW BEING HELD IN QUEEN'S HALL THEATRE and will end with a performance of the 24 Préludes composed by Frédéric CHOPIN. The recital will be preceded by a short introductory talk by Michael Stembridge-Montavont , a specialist of the French Pianistic tradition https://www.cortotheritage.com/ We look forward to welcoming you to Queen's Hall Theatre
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Sidney Lawton Trust presents... A night at the movies

Saturday 23 September 2023
This is a charity concert performed by OQ's and friends. The Sidney Lawton Music Trust was established by Sidney Lawton, Director of Music at Queen’s College from 1947-1980, who was a highly published and respected musician and teacher. Founded in 1989, the Trust’s primary aim is to help students at Queen’s College develop their musical talent. It administers funds to help young people at the school to enjoy and benefit from musical experiences which, owing to financial circumstances, they would not otherwise have been able to access. Since its founding, the Trust has supported numerous students with grants to enable them to study musical instruments as well as supporting individual projects to further enhance the musical life of the College; many of these recipients have now gone on to careers in music themselves.
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A Photographic Odyssey : Shackelton’s Expedition on Camera

Thursday 14 September 2023
Lecturer Mark Cottle was at Birmingham University his career has been spent in education and training at home and abroad. The aim of the lecture is to capture Hurleys achievements as a photographer of the Antarctic in the first flush of human contact, when it was still essentially terra incognita.
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Megan's Academy of Dance

Sunday 16 July 2023
Megan's Academy of Dance presents their annual show. We are exploring music genres, from Classical to Brit pop, all of the different types of Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Reggae - The lot! So come and join us for a show filled with music for everyone and dances that will blow your mind!! Our talented cast range from 5 years old through to 55! Let's rock it 🤟
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Summer Ball 2023

Thursday 6 July 2023
We're delighted to invite all members of the Queen's College community to an evening filled with food, music and dancing, to celebrate the fantastic 22/23 academic year. Don't forget to pre-order wine for your table! find the link to do so here- https://www.thefizzypheasant.co.uk/pre-order-queens Please note: Arrival from 7pm for a sparkling reception, to be seated at 7.30pm. Dress code: Black tie. Admission: strictly by ticket only.
Queen's College marquee - Lower pitches
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Senior School Speech Day

Thursday 6 July 2023
Family and Friends of Queen's College are invited to join us in celebrating our Senior School pupils' successes of this academic year, and to bid a warm farewell to our Year 13. We request your attendance from 10:00am with celebrations and prize giving to begin promptly at 10:30am, closely followed by strawberries and fizz for parents and guests on the playing fields.
Queen's College marquee - Lower pitches
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Prep School Speech Day

Wednesday 5 July 2023
Join us this year to celebrate all of the outstanding achievements of our Prep School pupils. Celebrations and prize giving will commence at 11am, followed by strawberries and fizz for parents, and refreshments for pupils in the marquee; a wonderful opportunity to bring our ever-growing community together. All family and friends of Queen's College welcome. -Please note prize giving will begin promptly at 11am, we ask for arrivals from 10:30am to be seated at 10:45am.
Queen's College marquee - Lower pitches
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Performance: Grease - in a day!

Monday 26 June 2023
Queen's Senior Students have signed up to join in with a high energy one-day intensive workshop. They will rehearse for ONE DAY, and then perform the world's favourite musical in our wonderful Queen's Hall Theatre. Want to see what our students can do in one day? Tickets are £5 for the one off performance at 6.30pm. All welcome
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Year 11 Ball

Friday 23 June 2023
Arrival from 7pm for reception and photos on the front lawn. Sit down at 7:30pm for a delicious 3 course meal, followed by a silent disco. Please note - tickets available for Year 11 Pupils only.
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Pre-Prep Summer Concert

Thursday 22 June 2023
Parents of Pre-Prep children are invited to a celebration of music and speech performances from our Pre- Prep in the Birchall Hall. Refreshments will be provided.
Birchall Hall
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Somerset County Orchestra @ St. James' Church

Saturday 17 June 2023
Programme: Firebird Suite - Stravinsky London Suite - Coates Nutcracker Suite - Tchaicovsky Three Cornered Hat Suite No 2 - De Falla Spartacus - Khachaturian
St. James' Church
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Taunton Festival of the Arts Gala Evening

Sunday 11 June 2023
Taunton Festival of the Arts brings together some of the areas top young performers and highlights from Music, Drama and Dance events which will be showcased at the annual Gala Evening on Sunday 11th June 2023 at 5pm. An event not to be missed.
Queen's Hall Theatre
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Great Operatic Rivalries - The Arts Society Taunton Evening

Thursday 8 June 2023
Handbags at Dawn! With Tim Mirfin - Opera singer and lecturer. As an opera singer Tim has sung in all major European Countries. He graduated in Law from Cambridge University where he was also a choral scholar. Meet at 6.30pm before the lecture from 7.00 to 8.00pm at Queen's Hall, Queen's College, Taunton TA1 4QS.
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Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins Jr.

Between Friday 19 May 2023 and Sunday 21 May 2023
What can we say? It's one of the most delightful and eternal pleasures of every childhood! Mary Poppins has enchanted generations and now the story has been transferred miraculously to the stage. Featuring all the much-loved Supercalifragilistic songs, such as Jolly Holiday and Step in Time, plus new classics such as Practically Perfect and Anything Can Happen, this show will have you dancing on air! The multiple award-winning show is packed full of magic and charm, and our Key stage 3 students are stepping up to the challenge to create an energy-packed and eye-popping spectacle that truly appeals to the whole family. Mary Poppins advises: early booking is a very good idea for this show!
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Inside Out

Between Thursday 27 April 2023 and Friday 28 April 2023
Inside Out is another exciting fusion of all forms of music and dance, including ballet, contemporary and hip-hop alongside a wide variety of instrumental solos. Inspired by the hilarious Pixar movie, the show melds many styles to explore the human mind and our complex and evolving emotions. Students of all ages will come together to form a huge cast of dances, singers and instrumentalists and they invite you to join them on a memorable adventure!
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Easter Baking Adult Masterclass

Wednesday 29 March 2023
Back by popular demand, we have another hilarious hands-on cookery class for adults only at Queen's College, this time with an Easter theme. If you're dotty for dough or simply bonkers for breads, come roll up your sleeves, don your aprons and cook up some tasty Easter treats at our next adult cookery class. This baking workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, creating lovely Easter bakes. Mr Mann, our Head of the Faculty for Art, Design and Food, and your cookery teacher for the night. A great gift idea for anyone who enjoys fun hands-on cooking with friends and family.
Queen's College Senior School
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Orchestral Festival Performance

Sunday 26 March 2023
A special concert for family and friends of the young musicians taking part in the Orchestral Festival in a day with the Southern Sinfonia
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Moana Jr - Crossing the ocean

Friday 24 March 2023
Moana is the daughter of Tui, the Village Chief; her destiny seems mapped out for her, but she yearns for a life beyond the nautical charts. Setting off on a journey to right the wrongs of her ancestors, Moana must face Gods, Demi-Gods and a host of strange creatures, and find her place in the world. This visually spectacular show will be performed by our Prep school year 5 & 6 students in a large cast who are all onstage throughout the whole performance
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Informal Concert - 7pm in the OMR

Wednesday 22 March 2023
A concert featuring a super range of solo items including performances from our GCSE music cohort. Free admission
The Old Music Room
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Old Queenians 20 years on...

Saturday 18 March 2023
OQ leavers '98-'03 are invited to an evening of reminiscing with old friends over dinner, laughter and memories. Dress - Smart casual
Queen's College- Wyvern Hall
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Somerset County Orchestra Concert at St James Church

Saturday 18 March 2023
Somerset County Orchestra are delighted to be performing with the soprano soloist, Naomi Harvey. Richard Strauss’s swansong of sublime beauty, the haunting and evocative Four Last Songs. With Mahler’s monumental and stirring Fifth Symphony in the second half, this is a concert not to be missed.
St James Church
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Spring Concert in the Queen's Hall

Friday 17 March 2023
Join us for a range of ensemble and solo music provided by our talented musicians. Free admission
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The Crucible

Between Monday 13 March 2023 and Thursday 16 March 2023
This breath-taking new production is lit by candlelight, in the atmospheric setting of the Wyvern Hall. This powerful drama is not to be missed and with limited seating available, early booking is essential to avoid disappointment. All too often, society turns against a group, not so much for its deeds, but for its beliefs. The Crucible explores the dangers of prosecuting "invisible crimes" in a fictionalised account of the Salem witch trials of 1692. Miller takes the true story and creates a metaphor to criticize the House of Representative's Committee on Un-American Activities, led by Senator McCarthy, which previously condemned him for his possible Communist sympathie.
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Queen's Unplugged

Friday 10 March 2023
On Friday 10th March we will be hosting Queen's Unplugged, a fun charity pop concert initiated last year to raise money for St Margaret's Hospice- a fantastic charity which provides care to many families in the local area. Join us for an evening showcasing talent from across the college including the opportunity to get stuck into a delicious bake sale and bar.
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Mother Courage and her children - by Bertolt Brecht

Between Wednesday 8 February 2023 and Friday 10 February 2023
Considered to be one of the most important figures of 20th Century Drama, Brecht created a new form of political theatre that endures to this day. Mother Courage and her children is one of the author's most powerful and though-provoking fables, demonstrating the fact that 'whether you win or lose, for the poor war is a total disaster'. Brecht has a reputation as being rather serious, but in fact his plays are packed with sharp satire. This brand new adaptation embraces Brecht's message, visual style, and love of absurd comedy in a production that follows in the footsteps of last years epic 'Animal Farm'.
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A Slow Crash- A talk on addiction & recovery by Iain Mahoney (CANCELLED)

Wednesday 8 February 2023
An engaging, honest talks on the perils of addiction and the causes that can lead to it. Problems with addiction are often portrayed to young people in a dramatised and sensationalised way. The focus is on the consequences not the causes. This can make it feel like it is something that will never happen to them. Iain has the background and experience to connect with young people as they consider the difficult subject of addiction. He uses his personal experience to illustrate that the journey into addiction can be one of small, but increasingly painful, steps. It is delivered in an open and straightforward way, which naturally encourages questions and interaction and will take place in the Old Music Room at Queens.
Queen's College - Old Music Room
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Somerset County Orchestra

Sunday 11 December 2022
Breeze - Fezziwig's Jig Vivaldi - Concerto for 2 flutes (soloists Sally Hedges and Jonty Hedges) Beethoven - Symphony no.1
St Mary Magdalene Church
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Christmas Baking Adult Masterclass

Friday 9 December 2022
Back by popular demand, we have another hilarious hands-on cookery class for adults only at Queen's College. There's no better way to enjoy festive foods this Christmas than to get stuck in and have fantastic seasonal fun in the kitchen! In this baking class you will learn to make a selection of wonderful festive bakes. So if you're dotty for dough or simply bonkers for bread, come and roll up your sleeves, don your aprons and cook up some tasty Christmas treats to enjoy with a glass of your favourite festive tipple. This baking workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, creating lovely festive bakes to make your holiday season extra special. Mr Mann, our Head of the Faculty for Art, Design and Food, and your cookery teacher for the night said, "Christmas is a time to celebrate and indulge, and what better way to treat yourself than to a fun evening of festive baking?"
Queen's College Senior School
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Pre-Prep Christmas Performance

Thursday 8 December 2022
Hey Ewe! is a baa-rilliant nativity performed this year by our Reception, Year 1 an Year 2 pupils. Of all the sheep in the flock, the smallest, youngest ewe is the most inquisitive. She is always busy getting under the shepherd's feet, asking questions and, to the irritation of the rest of the flock, demanding to know exactly what is going on. One night, however, while all the other sheep are trying to sleep, some extraordinary events unfold that excite her curiosity more than ever before! Come and see what she discovers!
Queen's College Prep School- Birchall Hall
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What Makes A British Hero?

Wednesday 7 December 2022
The Historical Association presents... What Makes A British Hero? by Sean Brunton "A real hero is the one who exhibits extraordinary bravery and spirit" writes the author in the introduction to his book 'Six of the Best'. People have made heroes of individuals in all societies throughout history. This talk explains how heroes emerge as exemplars of the customs and norms of their age. They may be imperfect individuals in terms of personal morals and behaviour, but they inspired their contemporaries and subsequent generations. -Please contact Geoff Bisson, gb@queenscollege.org.uk, to book tickets.
Queen's College- The Birchall Hall
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Christmas Concert

Wednesday 7 December 2022
A festive celebration of the season with performances from our main ensembles as well as from the Dance School - not to be missed! Tickets - free, with retiring collection for charity.
Queen's College
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Year 3 Christmas Play

Wednesday 7 December 2022
Father Christmas has invited Mr Partridge's Amazing Performing Troupe to sing for Mrs Christmas, but Nasty Grimgrump wants to spoil the Twelve Days of Christmas for everyone. Can Mo and Jo reconcile them all in time for a happy Christmas?
Queen's College Prep School- Birchall Hall
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Into The Woods

Between Wednesday 30 November 2022 and Sunday 4 December 2022
One of the greatest works by musical theatre Stephen Sondheim, Into The Woods imagines a fairy-tale world where our favourite characters collide; Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Ridinghood, Jack (and his beanstalk) all share an adventure that is both hilarious and heart-rending. Along the way, they learn that maybe it's better if our wishes don't always come true.
Queen's College
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Show Of Hands with Miranda Sykes

Thursday 1 December 2022
Folk supergroup Show of Hands are finally reuniting with formidable folk singer Miranda Sykes to captivate audiences at a long-awaited autumn tour. The trio will perform brand-new tracks, live renditions of their award-winning hits and festival favourites for the first time in five long years. 7:30pm Start time 6:30pm Doors open
Queen's College
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E-Safety talk

Tuesday 29 November 2022
By Karl Hopwood
Queen's College - The Old Music Room
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Christmas Wreath Making Workshop

Wednesday 23 November 2022
Spend a few relaxing hours making a natural Christmas wreath with local florist Liz Robertson of Walking with Blooms who will demonstrate how to make a wreath and help participants make their own. We will be using lots of natural materials obtained from known and sustainable sources. This event is organised by the QCC and a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie are included! The workshop will be held in the Dining Pavillion. We will provide the materials for the wreath and the emphasis will be on using natural, sustainable materials from known sources. We would ask the participants to bring their own secateurs, although there will be some spares if people don't have any.
The Dining Pavillion
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Somerset County Orchestra

Saturday 12 November 2022
Somerset County Orchestra will be at St James Church, Taunton to perform the wonderful Stanford Irish Rhapsody No 1, Vaughan Williams Job and Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G minor, where they welcome Cristina Dimitrova, Rotary Young Musician winner.
St. James Church
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The Sistine Chapel - The Arts Society Taunton Evening

Thursday 10 November 2022
The Arts Society Taunton Evening presents... The Sistine Chapel By Daniel Evans, Lecturer, teacher and tour guide. The Sistine Chapel is rightly considered one of the modern Wonders of the World. It is a sacred building where mysterious elections take place infrequently, whilst for the rest of the time, thousands visit it on a daily basis. This lecture will look at the decoration of the ceiling by Michelangelo and concentrate on some of the more unusual inclusions in the Old Testament scheme. It is a mighty piece of painting that demonstrates incredible artistic talent but contains plenty of somewhat subversive elements. Sin and punishment were key themes for much of Michelangelo’s career and it seems that he decided to project these ideas onto the Pope, Conclave and Tourist.
Queen's College - The Queen's Hall
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Traitor King - The Historical Association

Wednesday 9 November 2022
The Historical Association presents... Traitor King: The Scandalous Exile of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor by Andrew Lownie This is the story of a royal shut out by his family and forced into exile; of the Nazi attempts to recruit the Duke to their cause, and of why the Duke, as Govener of the Bahamas, tried to shut down the investigation of the murder of a close friend. It is a story of a couple obsessed with their status, financially exploiting their position and manipulating the media to portray themselves as victims. -Please contact Geoff Bisson, gb@queenscollege.org.uk, to book tickets.
Queen's College- The Birchall Hall
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Half term with Academic Camps Week 2

Between Monday 31 October 2022 and Friday 4 November 2022
Join Academic Camps for the second week of activities.
Queen's College
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An Evening Without Kate Bush (CANCELLED)

Sunday 30 October 2022
Howl with the Hounds of Love and dance on the moors with Wuthering Heights! Kate's not there - but you are. Whether you’ve been a fan for decades or recently joined the shoal via the ‘Stranger Things’ phenomenon, there has never been a better time to release your inner Bush and celebrate at this joyful, unique and mind-blowing show. Following its sold-out, critically acclaimed fringe premiere and Soho Theatre season, this smash-hit, award-winning show goes on tour! Sarah-Louise Young and co-creator Russell Lucas pay glorious homage to the music, fans, and mythology of one of the most influential voices in British music. BOOK NOW! “Sheer delight” The Sun ★★★★ “Joyful” The Times ★★★★ “Richly entertaining” The Daily Telegraph ★★★★ (Critics Choice) “Magnificent” Attitude Magazine ★★★★★ “Re-inventing the tribute act” The Stage ★★★★★ “You don’t need to be a Kate Bush fan to be transported into something very special” Scotsman ★★★★
Queen's College
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Half Term with Academic Camps

Between Monday 24 October 2022 and Friday 28 October 2022
Queen’s College, Taunton are excited to be partnering with Academic Camps to offer a fantastic new scheme of camps throughout the school holidays. During the holidays your child can spend the days learning, having fun and making new friends with other local students, as well as international students who will be boarding with us. For more information go to: www.academiccamp.org/holidays/day
Queen's College
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October Half Term Sports masterclass

Between Monday 24 October 2022 and Thursday 27 October 2022
Join our fantastic sports team here at Queen's College for a day (or two!) of intensive, high energy masterclasses. Whether you already have a passion for hockey, swimming or rugby and want to improve your skills, or just simply want to try something new, these mixed sport masterclass days have something for everyone! Years 3-6: Monday 24th October Tuesday 25th October Years 7+: Wednesday 26th October Thursday 27th October
Queen's College
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Informal Concert

Wednesday 19 October 2022
Join us for an enjoyable and varied programme of music performed by our talented musicians, served with a cup of tea and cake!
Queen's College - Old Music Room
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West End Taunton

Sunday 16 October 2022
Three top West End performers will be visiting Queen's College for a fantastic one-day intensive of practical masterclasses in singing, dancing and acting! Daniele Coombe, Fletcher Dobinson and Rose Reynolds have starred in top West End shows, TV and Hollywood movies and they will offer unique insight into professional technique and style. Daniele will focus on the modern musical theatre voice, Fletcher brings the hottest new choreography and Rose offers insight in audition technique and stage acting. You will have the opportunity to chat, learn about their incredible experiences and even take a cheeky selfie!
Queen's College
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Lunchtime Concert

Friday 14 October 2022
A group of our top musicians will be performing our annual lunchtime concert at St John's, performing an exciting and diverse programme of music. Tickets- Free, with a retiring collection for charity.
St. Johns Church
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Lord Fitzwilliam and the Fitzwilliam Museum

Thursday 13 October 2022
The Arts Society Taunton Evening present... Lord Fitzwilliam and The Fitzwilliam Museum by Sarah Burles The Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge was founded on the death of Richard Fitzwilliam, 7th Viscount Fitzwilliam, in 1816, five years after the Dulwich Picture Gallery and eight years before the National Gallery in London. His bequest included paintings, drawings, prints, medieval manuscripts and books, in addition, a sum of money to build "a good, substantial museum repository for the increase of learning". Who was Lord Fitzwilliam? How did he acquire his extensive collection? What prompted him to leave it to the University of Cambridge? and, why was Napoleon partly responsible for the founding of one of the great regional Museums? These, and many other questions, will be answered in a lecture that will also discuss some of the key works in Lord Fitzwilliam's bequest.
Queen's College - The Queen's Hall
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The Darkening Ages - The Historical Association

Wednesday 12 October 2022
The Historical Association presents… THE DARKENING AGES: THE CHRISTIAN DESTRUCTION OF THE CLASSICAL WORLD By Catherine Nixey This talk will tell the story of how early Christian zealots ruthlessly destroyed the teachings of the Classical world to establish adherence to 'one true faith'. In the process, altars and temples were demolished, libraries emptied and tolerance was despised all in the cause of a religion that espoused peace and compassion. The tale will encompass events that span the Mediterranean world.
Queen's College- The Birchall Hall
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Somerset Business Climate Summit 2022

Wednesday 21 September 2022
This packed event will help you to find out more about the different ways to make your business more sustainable and highlight the support available to help you get there. It will showcase some great examples of how to get started and what other local businesses are doing to achieve their goals, whilst often reducing their energy bills and saving money. No matter where you are on your business journey towards becoming net zero this summit is designed to help.
Queen's College- Wyvern Hall
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Under One Sun Festival (CANCELLED)

Sunday 18 September 2022
A day for bringing the Queen's College community together. Come and join us! Live music, raffle, ice cream, food stalls, craft stalls and more! Free entry for Queen's pupils, parents, OQs and staff. £5 entry fee for all others.
Queen's College
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My Thirty Years On The Antiques Roadshow - Lars Tharp

Thursday 8 September 2022
The Arts Society Taunton Evening... Lars Tharp is a historian, lecturer and broadcaster. He first appeared in the BBC television series Antiques Roadshow in 1986. Lars is Danish born he was at Cambridge University receiving a BA Honours degree in Archaeology and Anthropology. It’s the BBC’s, longest-running, most treasured reality show. The lecture is a 'Cracking' talk. It will fundamentally change your view of William Hogarth. Pots, crocks and chinaware tumble through Hogarth's domestic dramas. His detailed paintings and prints are wittily infiltrated with recognizable ceramics........'A Must'!
Queen's Hall
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Adult Cookery masterclass

Friday 26 August 2022
Join Joe Mann, Head of Food and Nutrition at Queen's College, for a hilarious hands-on cookery class in the school holidays for adults only. There's no better way to enjoy cooking than to get stuck in and have fantastic fun in the kitchen! So if you're dotty for dough or simply bonkers for bread, come roll up your sleeves, don your aprons and cook up some tasty treats to enjoy with a glass of your favourite tipple.
Queen's College
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Under One Sun Festival

Saturday 2 July 2022
Join us for a glorious celebration of all that makes our community rich, diverse and inclusive. With music throughout the day, ranging from steel pans and Taiko Japanese drums to pop, R&B, musical theatre and folk, there is something for everyone. Queen's students are also preparing a vast array of world cuisines under the expert eye of our boarders. With crafts, outdoor activities and a diverse range of presentations from inclusivity groups, this is a festival to fill you with pride!
Queen's College
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Our New Baby and Me- By Xanthe Lukes

Wednesday 22 June 2022
In this talk Xanthe Lukes will explore some of the ways in which you can support your toddler when welcoming a new baby into the family. She will explain some developmental stages that might be influencing your toddler, and practical solutions to ease the change for them, in their new family situation.
Highgrove Nursery