Top Birmingham schools unite for music and dance extravaganza
Pupils from three Birmingham schools are to team up for a music and dance extravaganza.
Dance pupils from Elmhurst School for Dance will be accompanied by members of the Symphony Orchestra from King Edward VI High School for Girls and King Edward’s School for a special gala concert. This is the second collaboration between the schools, which will bring together some of the best young dance students in the country with some of the most gifted young musicians.
The programme will include excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite No.1 and will take place in the stunning Ruddock Performing Arts Centre, a shared facility of the two King Edward’s schools, which can accommodate an audience of 400 in the professionally-equipped concert hall.
Sarah Evans, Principal of King Edward VI High School and a governor of Elmhurst, said: “This is an incredibly exciting collaboration and promises to be an exceptional concert. There will be some of the finest young talent in the region performing in our wonderful new venue.”
“Collaborations such as this are precisely the reason we have invested in facilities such as the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre” said John Claughton, Chief Master of King Edward’s School. “There are pupils within both schools of remarkable musical ability and we now have a facility to match their talent. We all collaborated with great success in a gala evening at Symphony Hall a few years ago, but this will be even more exciting.”
Jessica Ward, Principal of Elmhurst School for Dance, said: “It is with great excitement that Elmhurst is working in partnership with the King Edwards Schools’ Symphony Orchestra to present this year’s Upper School Performances at the new Ruddock Performing Arts Centre. Elmhurst has been working hard to build partnerships with local schools and other arts led organisations in the community, so we are extremely pleased to be part of this exciting collaboration”.
Robert Parker, Artistic Director of Elmhurst said: “We are delighted that David Bintley, Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, has kindly given Elmhurst permission to perform his highly acclaimed work ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café. Sir Peter Wright, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director Laureate, has also given the go ahead for excerpts of his seminal Swan Lake production to be performed. The performances promise to provide a very special evening showcasing some of the best young talent in the region”.
Elmhurst School for Dance is the oldest vocational dance school in the UK and prepares students for professional careers in top dance companies nationally and internationally including Birmingham Royal Ballet. King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls are amongst the top academic schools in the country and also have a strong musical tradition. King Edward’s School currently has three pupils in the National Youth Orchestra, including the current leader, Robbie Ruisi.
The performances will take place on Tuesday 9th July (Gala Evening), Wednesday 10th July and Thursday 11th of July. Tickets for the Gala Evening on 9th July are now on sale through the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre. The general public ticket sale date is 17 June
King Edward’s School
- King Edward’s School, Birmingham was founded in 1552 by Edward VI and is one of the most successful boys’ schools in the country.
- The School is proud of its rich extra-curricular activities, excelling in music, drama, sport and outdoor pursuits. In April 2012, King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls opened an £11m Performing Arts Centre, which has been substantially funded by former pupil Sir Paul Ruddock.
- Academic standards are extremely high – the first year of IB examinations in 2012 produced three top marks of 45, which only 109 students out of 119,000 achieved worldwide, seven boys dropped one mark to achieve 44 and one third attained scores of 40 or above, higher than 4 A*s at A-level.
King Edward VI High School for Girls
- Founded in 1883, King Edward VI High School is an Independent Day School for girls with good academic ability aged 11 to 18 years of age. It is part of the King Edward VI Foundation that dates back to 1552.
- In 2012, the school maintained its status as the Midlands’ top independent school for both GCSE and A Level results.
- Both schools offer Assisted Places to ensure children who would benefit from a King Edward’s education can attend irrespective of parental income.
- The school was originally based in Camberley in Surrey; Birmingham Royal Ballet was one of the prime movers in Elmhurst’s relocation to Birmingham in 2004. Elmhurst formally became an Associate School of Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2002 and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director, David Bintley CBE, became the school’s Artistic Advisor.
- The new school has been specifically designed to meet the requirements of professional dance training, with all facilities on one five- acre campus. This move constituted a £20 million investment in the future of dance education in the UK and Elmhurst now fills what was a conspicuous void in vocational dance training in the Midlands. In October 2005, the school was officially opened by Dame Merle Park, a former student, and Sir Peter Wright, former Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet.
- In October 2006, following a visit to the school by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, Her Royal Highness agreed to become Patron of Elmhurst. HRH The Prince of Wales is the President of Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Elmhurst School for Dance
Live, Dance, Learn: these are the three strands of life at Elmhurst School for Dance, where we offer the highest standard of dance training, combined with a strong academic education and a caring environment.