Performing arts at Sir William Perkins’s School


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The Performing Arts are an integral part of life at Sir William Perkins’s School. As part of the school’s curriculum, students take part in numerous dramatic and musical activities to nurture and develop talent that already exists, or has yet to be discovered

The school provides rich and varied programmes to allow students to experience a wide choice of contemporary and traditional styles of performance for everyone - from beginners to more advanced performers - in both formal and informal settings, as well as encouragement to become involved with directing, producing, stage management and technical and design crews allowing each student the opportunity to grow in confidence.

School and Chamber Orchestras and Choirs, String Group, Flute Choir, Saxophone Group and Swing Band are just some of the musical groups students can join. In addition, all year 7 students form the year 7 choir, rehearsing each week during the autumn term and performing with the other choirs in the carol services at St. Peter's Church in December. The Chamber Choir also performs at the Royal Albert Hall at Christmas with other massed choirs.

Sir William Perkins's School also produces termly concerts, regular showcase performances and weekly lunchtime concerts by the lower years and music scholars.

And for those that are dramatically inclined, a range of performances allows all students to take part in the many different elements of a full production. This year, the school production was an adaptation of Mary Poppins.

A selection of other dramatic entertainment is spaced throughout the year including junior drama where each form group produces a short performance directed by sixth formers. The 'pop-up production' sees sixth formers pull together an entire production in just one weekend with all proceeds going towards that year's choice of charity (this year it was Great Ormond Street Hospital). And in their speech & drama concerts, students delight friends and family with prepared pieces for their Victoria College of Music & Drama examinations.

A particularly popular co-curricular club is the digital video editing club, who prepare, perform and produce short videos to develop their more contemporary production skills.

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With the custom-built performing arts centre, theatre studios, AV technology and practice rooms, Sir William Perkins's School is able to provide excellent technical, creative and performance facilities for all students so that the skills they learn here can be utilised in a real-world application beyond school.

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