I am sure the great jazz guitarist John Etheridge (C 61-65) would not mind me revealing that he is the most senior OB represented and probably someone who will himself raise a smile at the thought that his portrait has replaced that of a former Headmaster! Having performed with such stellar names as Stephane Grappelli, he has more recently captivated Bradfield music-lovers with his unique combination of breathtaking playing, warmth of personality and infectious wit. Eve Niker (K 08-10) is a familiar face in Bradfield’s Bright Futures campaign, whose own bursary enabled her to attend the Sixth Form in 2008. She went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and RADA, which provided the perfect training to embark on her fledgling multifaceted career as an actor, singer, director and writer. Chris Scott (E 07-09) is a professional dancer whose photo shows him in action in a recent contemporary piece, although in December 2019 he was working full-time on a new Disney feature film. A highlight of Chris’ time as Senior Prefect must have been when one of those apocryphal stories about a Head Boy’s privileges came true – a goat (on loan for the occasion) was led down the central aisle of Chapel during an assembly and presented to Chris for him to tether on Quad!
Two of the photographs show OBs who have achieved sporting excellence. Cricketer Lauren Bell’s (J 17-19) skills as a seam bowler are represented in a dramatic photo of her appealing for a wicket in the colours of Southern Vipers. Lauren made a successful debut for Middlesex in 2019 and she is also a member of the England Women’s Academy and a name to watch. Nico de Boinville (H 02-07), on the other hand, did not pursue one of Bradfield’s impressive list of school sports, instead opting for a career in horse racing. He is a highly successful National Hunt jockey and his photo captures one of his proudest moments, winning the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup on Coneygree.
Wildlife photographer Bertie Gregory (G 06-11) was already passionate about his eventual career whilst a pupil at Bradfield and it was a frequent sight, when crossing Iron Bridge, to see him submerged in the Pang, capturing images of swans both above and below the waterline. Fast forward to 2020 and Bertie has made films for National Geographic, worked with Sir David Attenborough on BBC’s Seven Worlds, One Planet series as well as communicating his inspirational skills and enthusiasm ‘live’ to Bradfield audiences. Since her recent completion of a Diploma at the Barcelona Academy of Art, Lara Robinson (M 07-12) has returned to the UK to help initiate the art start-up MasterPeace, a new venture combining mindfulness with creative inspiration, as well as taking on commissioned portrait work and planning her first solo exhibition for early 2021. Fenella Watson (J 07-09) demonstrates similar artistic and entrepreneurial flair as a designer, silversmith and jeweller. She is currently based at South Hill Park Arts Centre where she is an artist in residence and tutor, whilst also offering commissions, a bespoke design service and an eye-catching online shop that stocks a range of items, from earrings to cufflinks to gin stirrers.