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Ardingly Arts Festival

July 8th, 2015

The weekend culminated in group performances, including an outdoor music event

Over the last weekend of June, 15 pupils from Year 10, 11 and 12 were invited to Ardingly College to take part in their three day residential Arts Festival.

The group of 15 boys travelled to Ardingly College in Sussex on the Friday and stayed in the school’s boarding accommodation, taking part in a wide variety of artistic activities with children from other schools.

Instructed by a range of international practitioners from Glynbourne, National Youth Theatre and the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Under their instruction, the pupils were put into groups and tasked with putting together a performance that showcased their skills in the best light.

Students spent the first day meeting other pupils in ice breaking events and learning new skills. On the second day they used the skills they learnt and enhanced to plan and choreograph a performance based on the theme of love and loss. On the third day they worked with technicians to plan different ways to stage a performance, working on a technical run through with professional equipment before performing it to the audience of 400 members of the public and their peers on an outdoor stage.

The boys had a great time and learnt how professional artists worked and the time and effort that goes into making a high quality performance. Their performances were given high praise from Ardingly staff and the professional practitioners for their attitude and commitment to performing.

For more images from the weekend, click here.

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