The Performing Arts
L Mitchell (Director of Drama) and M Sammy (Director of Music)
The Performing Arts at Catmose College have had another successful and full year, giving many opportunities to the students to get involved in performance. Below is a review of some of those opportunities:
The annual Christmas concert was held at All Saints Church and consisted of around 200 students. A number of ensembles performed some excellent pieces of music which were directed by the different Peripatetic teachers. The evening consisted of an array of drama and musical items with a selection of carols which were sung by the congregation and accompanied by the Catmose choir and orchestra. Some drama students mimed to the track of ‘Bethlehemian Rhapsody’ (a parody song) which gave a flavour of our whole school musical production which was to be performed later in the academic year.
Over 100 year 7 students visited London in January to see the West End musical ‘Matilda’. They took part in a workshop at Pineapple studios led by some of the cast. Each of the forms then sang and choreographed a song performing twice to an audience of over 500 Primary school children, parents and students on the Hellerup staircase in April.
In April, 40 music students competed at the annual Kettering Eisteddfod Festival of Music. Both Choirs performed exceptionally well and received excellent comments from the head adjudicator. The junior choir narrowly missed out on first place, but certainly did themselves proud with two fabulous performances. The Chamber choir displayed an excellent ‘wall of sound’ in their two contrasting pieces enabling them to win their class and be named ‘outstanding senior choir.’
One of the highlights of the year was the performance of ‘Schools Will Rock You’ in July at Catmose Theatre (three evenings and one matinee performance). The students were put through their paces in the numerous rehearsals that occurred during and after school. The cast numbered around180 students from Years 8 to11 performing on stage and running the technical side of the theatre. The students were also involved in creating and teaching the choreography for this production. The live band rose to the challenge of performing music from the West End Score and wowed the audience with their exceptional musical talent. We were privileged to have an outstanding principal cast who performed to an exceedingly high standard: Seb Quinn, Elle Taylor, Will Kennard-Kettle, Megan Spencer (Year 11), James Carter, Charlie watt (Year 10) and Louisa Orchard (Year 9). This very technical show was greatly enhanced by the skills of James Macdonald and Daniel Bond.
Andrew Parsons was a tremendous help over the year during L Mitchell’s time of absence as well as a great support with extra-curricular activities. He is now embarking on a School Direct place here at Catmose College specialising in English and Drama.
Finally, James Barlow has been an instrumental figure within the performing arts since he began as a work experience student two years ago. His enthusiasm and passion resulted in him being awarded a place on a GTP with Nottingham Trent University. James has now successfully completed his GTP in Secondary Music and now spreads his teaching commitment at Catmose College as well as two other local primary schools.