Ashlyns 60th Anniversary
More than 500 people, including former Foundling Hospital pupils, visited Ashlyns School during the weekend of 14 and 15 May 2011 to celebrate our 60th Anniversary. Classroom displays presented memorabilia from each decade of the school’s history, and visitors poured over old photos of themselves, entries in the punishment book and clippings from the local papers. Four films from The Foundling Museum were shown in the school hall, and provided a valuable insight into what life was like for foundling pupils. A particular highlight were the guided tours of the school led by forming Foundling pupil, John Caldicott, and on the Saturday evening, 130 past pupils sat down to a traditional-school dinner in the dining room.
The weekend culminated in a concert that celebrated Ashlyns School’s unique relationship with Handel and our students’ special musical talents. The school choir and orchestra were joined by more than 50 singers and orchestral players (including past pupils and staff) from the Chiltern Chamber Choir and the Bridgewater Sinfonia Orchestra. The first half of the concert featured extracts from Handel‘s Messiah, which used to be sung regularly in the Chapel. This was interspersed with readings by actor and Ashlyns parent Adrian Scarborough and Head of English Martin Roper who read from Charles Dickens and William Blake. After the interval, Ben Beechey, past pupil and star of West End performances, enthralled us with a rendition of ‘Stars’ from ‘Les Miserables’. The finale of the 60th anniversary concert with the Ashlyns Choir and Orchestra alongside the Chiltern Chamber Choir and Bridgewater Sinfonia Orchestra was a glorious finish to the weekend of celebrations, as one of our audience later commented: “The concert was outstanding. It made me proud to be an Ashlyns parent”.
Visit our Ashlyns Archives page to find out more about the school’s history and our past pupils’ network.