Out of over 200 schools considered for the awards, the judges noted that Shrewsbury “stood out as a key player in the industry due to the depth and breadth of your offering” and praised our outstanding work in drama, music and dance.
The Performing Arts have long been a valued gem within Shrewsbury School’s treasure chest with a proud tradition dating back to its earliest days. Indeed, the School’s very first Headmaster Thomas Ashton was passionate about the Arts, producing (and even acting in) numerous Whitsuntide school plays from 1560 onwards.
Theatre, music and dance remain an exciting and invigorating area of School life with a flourishing reputation under the dynamic leadership of Director of Drama Dr Helen Brown and Director of Music John Moore. Last summer the cast and crew of The Drowned Bride received rave reviews for their home-grown musical version of Daphne du Maurier’s novel Rebecca, continuing a 25-year association with the Edinburgh Fringe.
Last term’s highlights in the Performing Arts included the outstanding Senior School production of A Streetcar Named Desire, the Junior Play Under Milk Wood, two sell-out St Cecilia concerts and an historic first music tour to Hong Kong.
Some of the highlights to look forward to this term include Jesus Christ Superstar, (7th - 9th February) Choral Evensong in Chester Cathedral (27th February) and a Gala Concert in London at the Cadogan Hall (10th March), as well as several House plays.
This award recognises the considerable achievements of our pupils, and is a fitting tribute to the boundless energy, enthusiasm and expertise of our passionate and talented staff. Bravo!
Peter Middleton, Deputy Head (Co-Curricular)