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                                                                                                                                        Great night
Box Hill School, Surrey, concluded last term with a musical production of ‘The Great Gatsby’. Featuring
the work of pupils in Years 10 to 13, the production follows a cast of colourful characters living in
the  ctional town of West Egg, on prosperous Long Island in
the summer of 1922. The story primarily focuses on the enigmatic millionaire Jay Gatsby and his obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. The evening was comprised of drama, dancing and jazz, performed by students, with a set which allowed the guests to experience the drama  rst-hand, as it unfolded.
A lively Jazz band accompanied refreshments, giving guests a great opportunity to join the party!
The show was produced and directed by Mrs Donna Walton, Director of Theatre Arts, with choreography by Mrs Lynsey Buhagiar, teacher of Dance and Drama, and musical direction by Mr Adam Stanworth, Director of Music. A special mention also to Sarika Shah, who has completed her 5th show working behind the scenes on set production and props.
Cory Lowde, Headmaster commented “Yet another outstanding production combining the efforts and talents of pupils, from acting and dancing to lighting, sound and set production, enabling strengths across the board to shine and create a spine tingling, dynamic show”
New work
Bancroft’s School, Essex, presented the  rst ever performance of composer Chris Brammeld’s new work “Winter”, which was written especially for the School, as part of their Christmas Concert.
Director of Music at Bancroft’s, Mrs Julia Whitbread,
conducted the joint choirs and instrumentalists in the piece, which was based around Walter de la Mare’s poem of the same name. Mrs Whitbread said, “When commissioning Chris to write this for us the only brief I gave him was that it should be a secular Christmas piece, for choirs, and to include a harp! Talking to Chris after the concert, he said he was delighted with our performance.”
Chris Brammeld is an award- winning composer whose works have been performed both nationally and internationally. He is currently reading for a PhD in Composition at the University of Cambridge.
Pictured right: Julia Whitbread and Chris Brammeld
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     Showcasing Creative Talent
Polwhele House School, Cornwall, hosted an evening and afternoon to showcase and celebrate all things creative – including drama, poetry, music, art and storytelling.
The events featured performances by the Drama Club and the Musical Theatre Club alongside individual presentations from other Prep School pupils.
Keith Caddy, Head of English and Drama at Polwhele House and one of the organisers of the event, said: “The creative arts
are extremely important to us at Polwhele House, and we take pride in the opportunities we offer the children to express their talents. Both the afternoon and evening were extremely well received and the talent and creativity from the children was abundant.”
These events complement a range of other creative opportunities throughout the school year, including regular lunchtime performances, concerts and the end of year production.
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