Performing Arts plays a key role in life at school
On any given day, the distant sound of an orchestra rehearsing, an instrument being perfected or lines being learnt can be caught in the air.
There is a huge array of opportunities for pupils of all strengths and abilities to get involved in, from lead roles to behind the scenes, as well as many co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Music features prominently in life at Churcher's College and every pupil here is affected and influenced by music in some way.
Whether it is simply for pleasure, or they are hoping to build a career out of it, music plays a vital part in the education of all our pupils, from the First Year through to Sixth Form. If you are interested in the academic side of the subject, please see the information in the academic area of the website.
With four full time members of staff, a music administrator and 29 visiting teachers, this ever expanding department offers a huge variety of music education.
The music department is a vibrant and busy community.
There are around 33 rehearsals taking place on a weekly basis, from chamber groups such as string quartets, through to the large main ensembles on a weekly basis, together with a Rock School on a Saturday morning. A whole host of concerts take place regularly throughout the year, sometimes multiple times in a week, from small scale lunchtime recitals to large scale events such as Cabaret nights, outdoor spectaculars or further afield such as St. John’s Smith Square in London.
Regular international choir and orchestra tours take place, giving an ever expanding wealth of musical experiences for Churcher’s musicians.
Click the sections below to discover more about music at Churcher's:
Pupils have the opportunity to study for LAMDA examinations in drama and dance, with professional tutors providing weekly coaching sessions.
LAMDA provides a fantastic opportunity for pupils to receive tuition from leaders in the field and to be formally recognised for their talents and development.
Through these sessions pupils can develop their acting abilities through a structured and graded programme of assessment, running in parallel to academic drama in which they may or may not be participating.
See below photos from the Senior Play, The Diary of Anne Frank, performed in 2020:
At Churcher’s there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy and experience many different styles of dance, across all the year groups.
Dance Club is aimed at pupils who enjoy dancing and would like to improve their technique and performance skills. There are opportunities to perform in various events and we take regular trips to be inspired by the professionals.
Performance Club is aimed at those who think they might go on to take dance at GCSE, and concentrates on more advanced levels of skill and technique, honing performances and concentrating on movement and expression.
Performing Arts at Churcher’s College has provided a mesmerising array of musicals over the years, with productions becoming more and more ambitious, striving and consistently achieving the pinnacle of professionalism.
Pupils have the opportunity to work with a wide range of professional directors, choreographers, musicians and technicians to create energy-filled shows enjoyed by all.
Past productions have included, Miss Saigon, Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical and Footloose.
See below photos of the musical "Les Miserables" performed in 2019:
From lighting to set, sound to make-up, there is a huge variety of skills that come together to make a production happen.
The production team is a dedicated group of pupils and professional staff who make the magic happen for every event the College produces, be it a show, concert, musical or cabaret.
Through the production team, pupils have the opportunity to experience a vast array of professional quality equipment (including digital mixing desks and moving lights), in a vast array of styles and genres, with professional staff employed to help design, coach and supervise.
See below pictures of the set build for Les Miserables: