Category: Speeches

Andrew Burdett reading at the lectern in Reading Minster.

Reading at WWI Remembrance Service – 6 July 2014

I was honoured to be asked, as a recent Queen’s Scout Award recipient, to read at a service held to commemorate the start of the First World War. It was a real privilege but, more than that, it was enormously humbling. I’m very grateful for having been asked to participate.

Andrew Burdett at Eton College School Hall.

Taplow At Ten: A Decade-Long Choral Tradition – 28 June 2014

In this, the tenth anniversary concert of Taplow Choirs, there were all of the organisation’s traditions. As usual, a broad programme carried an eclectic range of music, from sacred to spiritual. A possibly slightly ill-rehearsed dance, to a lively African number, nonetheless attracted huge applause. And, as ever, parents fanned themselves madly; a vain attempt to relieve themselves of the insane heat.

Sarah Donlon and Andrew Burdett speaking at Furze Platt Senior School's Celebration Evening in September 2013.

My Speech: FPSS Open Evening – 3 October 2013

“I arrived at Furze Platt as an unhappy little boy: truth be told, I didn’t really want to be here. I’d said goodbye to my favourite teachers; some of my best friends had gone to other schools; and – worst of all – I’d forgotten my packed lunch. Seven years later, I’ll be leaving as a truly content young men, thanks to a wealth of experiences offered to me by the school.”