Lowry Summer School Inspires Our Students

Summer SchoolThe week of the 3rd to the 7th of August saw our fantastic Performing Arts students participating in a week of experimental workshops at The Lowry Theatre in Salford Quays.

Our pupils viewed the new interactive Art Exhibition which questioned “What is Art?” Travelling through the visually and physically challenging experiences they were confronted by art work that really opened their minds to the world of Visual Art.

Having made the Lowry our home for the week, our pupils all participated in a 2 hour Physical theatre and Capoeira workshop. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. As you can imagine, this push our boundaries, testing performance skills and fitness, but every pupil immersed themselves in the process ready to share the work they created on Friday for friends and family.

On Wednesday morning we met the Artistic Director of the theatre production Barnum. He led a 2 hour physical and vocal workshop based on the repertoire from Barnum. After a short lunch the students were then invited to attend the production and watch the cast and crew work their magic on The Lowry Stage.

The Lowry is also chaired by Sir Rod Aldridge, chair of our sponsors the Aldridge Foundation. A keen dancer himself Sir Rod has supported the development of a Dance Academy at one of our sister schools in Sussex and put us in contact with the Theatre. The staff at The Lowry were phenomenal and incredibly complimentary about our fabulous pupils. The week was an experience we will never forget and both staff and pupils cannot wait to repeat the experience next summer.

We continue to be blown away by the commitment and enthusiasm of our pupils. One of our favourite moments from the summer school, was watching our talented students entertain shoppers at The Lowry shopping mall during their lunch hour, with short musical numbers and dances.  True entertainers!