World Class Stradivarius Piano Trio visit Great Ballard School

It was a real honour to welcome back the Stradivarius Piano Trio to Great Ballard for the third year running. The Stradivarius Piano Trio are a world class musical act consisting of Andrew Bernadi, Jonathan Few and Maria Marchant.

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27th September 2019 — It was a real honour to welcome back the Stradivarius Piano Trio to Great Ballard for the third year running. The Stradivarius Piano Trio are a world class musical act consisting of Andrew Bernardi, Jonathan Few and Maria Marchant who play all over the world.

Andrew Bernardi plays a stradivarius violin - a unique and beautiful violin worth millions of pounds. As part of the Shipley Arts Festival, the trio put on an evening performance at Eartham House and on the same day, treat Great Ballard pupils to their very own concert. Andrew, Jonathan and Maria played some beautiful pieces and pupils helped Andrew to 'paint a musical picture' after they listened to an extract from 'The Lark Ascending' by Vaughan Williams. They described blue skies, birds tweeting, an oak tree, and a rainbow in the distance.

Eva, our Head of School, stood up and thanked the trio on behalf of everyone and with three cheers to end, it was a wonderful occasion. A few pupils stayed to speak to the trio and Rosie played Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on Jonathan's cello!

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About Great Ballard

Great Ballard is an independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 2 to 13. It is situated in the magnificent Eartham House set in idyllic parkland just 10 minutes from Chichester.

Our children enjoy a vibrant and genuinely all round education that is exciting, challenging and stimulating. Academic study is central to what we do and we expect all our pupils to adopt a healthy work ethic, but we also believe that to truly educate we must celebrate the creative, physical, and spiritual, as much as the intellectual.

Our aim is to nurture happy, accomplished, and well rounded children. We value self confidence, but not arrogance, and applaud gentleness and humility. We appreciate unaffected good manners and embrace traditional values. We respect individuality and recognise success, but most essentially quality of character is regarded equally as highly as achievement.

We understand that parents have a choice of a number of independent schools in West Sussex, and each is unique. How do you know if Great Ballard is right for you? We think the only way to assess what we're all about is to come and see us. We are confident you will be able to appreciate how much we care about each and every one of our children and their individual needs. Our classes are small so we can give everyone the attention they deserve.

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