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Masterclass Showcase - Saturday 5 March 2016

Monday, 7 March 2016

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Aularians and students discuss the Masterclass Awards and their impact of Hall talent
Teddy Hall students talk about their achievements after the Showcase

On Saturday 5 March, Principal Keith Gull welcomed over 60 guests to our 2016 Masterclass Showcase; a chance for student beneficiaries of our popular Masterclass Awards to showcase what they had spent their funding on, and how it had helped them to excel in their chosen field.

The Masterclass Awards are intended to help students who are already highly accomplished in an extra-curricular activity to receive advanced coaching sessions to refine and improve their technique and ability. The Awards continue to go from strength to strength, and continue to attract highly competitive applications from the world of sport, music and drama, to name just a few, and adds to the Hall's reputation as a centre of excellence with achievements that extend far beyond the academic. 

Keyron Hickman-Lewis talks about his musical achievements after a stunning piano piece
Keyron Hickman-Lewis talks about his musical achievements after a stunning piano piece

This year we were entertained with everything from the piano to surfing, from the harp to pistol shooting, with students pursuing their passions as far afield as the Lofoten Islands in Norway to Goa in India. Keyron Hickman-Lewis (2011, Earth Sciences) gave us a stunning performance of Mozart's Fantasie in D Minor and Schubert's Impromptu No.3 in G-Flat Major, and we were also entertained muscially by Eve Smith (2012, Biochemistry) on the cello, Rachel Carver (2015, Modern History) on the harp and another pianist in the from of Alexis Chevalier (2014, Maths and Philosophy). Roxana Willis (2011, DPhil Law) spoke about her incredible work using forum theatre to highlight mental health and social issues in India, and we heard about the sporting achievements of Pola Orlowska (2013, Economics and Management) and Konstantin Goncharov (2013, Engineering Science) in dance, Alastair Adams-Cairns (2012, Engineering Science) in surfing, Anja Mizdrak (2009, DPhil Public Health) in kayaking and canoe polo, and the outstanding rise of David Robinson (2008, DPhil Physical and Theoretical Chemistry) in pistol shooting.

Alastair Adams-Cairns talks Artic surfing and exceptionally thick wet-suits
Alastair Adams-Cairns talks Artic surfing and exceptionally thick wet-suits

We were delighted to welcome back Michael Cansdale (1956, Jurisprudence) who gave us an introduction to the scheme which he helped to found, and guests had an opportunity to view our Women Inspire exhibition, introduced by Dr Dianne Gull, before heading off for drinks and canapes in the Jarvis Doctorow Hall.

The event was a roaring success, and we hope to see Aularians back in the future to celebrate the fantastic achievements of our extremely talented students, made possible through their very generous donations.

We were delighted that so many Aularians could join us for such a special event
We were delighted that so many Aularians could join us for such a special event