17th July 2017
Two of our Performing Arts ensembles had the privilege of being selected to perform at the National Music for Youth Festival at Birmingham Townhall on 5-6 July. This is the first time that we have had not one but two groups perform at the National Festival, a testament to the quality and range of musicianship that is being nurtured at Richard Taunton.
On the first day our Performing Arts Company, under the musical direction of Miriam Kenny Williams, performed three numbers from our recent musical ‘Carrie’. The judges praised the group for their ‘compelling and committed’ performance that kept them ‘pinned to their seats’ and also commended the ‘100% commitment from the whole group’.
The following day, the Jazz Band, under the Musical Direction of Sam Adams, was treated to a workshop with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra before playing to the public at a fringe event. This culminated in a performance by the six piece Jazz Band, which featured their own compositions for which they were highly commended. The judges praised the band’s ‘vibey sound’ and recognised their high level of musicianship.
Many of our students will be continuing their studies in Performing Arts and Music this September at institutes including Guildford School of Acting, Birmingham Conservatoire, Leeds College of Music and East 15.