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"Head West" Concert

A Gala Charity Fundraising Concert – 7.30pm on Friday 30 January in the Chapel at St Joseph’s College, Ipswich

Join West End legend Ruthie Henshall and acclaimed rock vocalist Tim Howar in an exclusive evening of musical hits at St Joseph’s College. Performing in the intimate surroundings of our acoustically optimised chapel, Ruthie and Tim will team up to perform personally selected favourites from their West End and Broadway careers.

Ruthie’s multi award winning career has seen her work in the most popular musicals of our time including Cats, Miss Saigon, Crazy for You, She Loves Me, Marguerite, Oliver!, A Chorus Line, Les Miserables and Chicago. Ruthie is currently starring as Mrs Wilkinson in the London production of Billy Elliot.

Tim joined the newly reformed Mike + the Mechanics in 2011, and is co-fronting the supergroup with Mike Rutherford and Andrew Roachford. His theatrical and musical endeavours have seen him star and play in every major theatre and city across Canada, the United States, Europe and the whole of the UK.

Tickets are £15, £20 or £30 for a VIP ticket including prime seating, a complimentary interval drink, and the opportunity to meet with Ruthie and Tim in person at our post concert reception. Book now through the Box Office at www.redrosechain.com or 01473 603388

All proceeds from this exciting event go directly to the new association the College recently announced with the Osiligi Obaya School in Kenya. Dr Martin Hine, the St Joseph’s College Vice Principal and Head of Prep School has been instrumental in forming this international relationship. “The main purpose of the association is to create a mutually beneficial, wholesome partnership with this wonderful Maasai co-educational school, for their and our pupils, staff and community. We will be sending students and staff out to the village of Kisamis in Kenya next summer to assist with teaching English, sport, cooking, music, art, ICT and technology. A new venture will be established to run a holiday club for the 4 to 10 year old girls and boys to learn more about recreation.”

Education in Kenya has a fairly narrow curriculum and most schools follow the State syllabus with limited science, art and craft being taught. Throughout the country, there are typically 60 to 80 students in a class who are taught by a ‘chalk and talk’ method with little hands-on teaching. At Osiligi, the class size is around 25 with much more proactive education.

Martin Hine continues: “Schools in Kenya are formal and serious but we know that children want to play and deepen their all-round education and this is something that we think we can help with. There are five classes now at Osiligi Obaya school and the aim is to add on one class every year and to work together over a period of time to create a senior school so that it becomes a similar co-ed 3 to 18 structure to the one we have here at St Joseph’s. As we do here in Suffolk, we want to help their pupils and the whole community by going out and visiting the locality and respecting the culture of the Maasai. But our project is certainly not forcing western attitudes upon them; it is all about enriching pupils’ broad learning experiences alongside fun, active and creative opportunities.

The “Head West” show starts at 7.30pm. A bar and light refreshments will be available from 6.30pm and during the interval, during which there will also be a silent auction.