From Prep School violinists to Sixth Form ballroom dancers, ‘A Festival of Music and Dance’ certainly showcased why King’s Ely is internationally renowned for its creative approach to education.
More than one hundred musicians and dancers, from Year 4 at King’s Ely Prep through to Year 13 at King’s Ely Sixth Form, starred in the Glastonburyesque extravaganza, which was one of numerous events held towards the end of term, to celebrate another thriving year at the school.
A huge concert Saddlespan stage was erected on The Paddock at King’s Ely Prep for the festival, with Ely Cathedral looking as majestic as ever as a backdrop. The event was organised by the school’s Music, Dance and Drama Departments, and was free to attend. Parents and carers, grandparents, Old Eleans, teachers and support staff, Governors, friends of the school – people of all ages grabbed their picnic baskets and deckchairs and came together to support pupils and staff as they performed their hearts out.
Just some of the bands and groups which performed were Samba Band, Wicked Choir, Saxophone Quartet, Concert Band, Jazz Band, King’s Barbers, Flying Fiddles, King’s Ely-Te, Rock Band, Open Dance Club, and not forgetting the ‘StrictELY Come Dancing’ competition!
The entertainment kicked off at around 2.30pm and continued right through until dark. Pupils performed as individuals, in groups, or as both – some of them singing and dancing under a Saddlespan stage for the first ever time, and some of them taking to the stage for what was likely be their last ever time at King’s Ely.
Neil Porter-Thaw, Director of Music at King’s Ely, said: “There have been some very special moments during my 28 years at King’s Ely, however the sheer amount of music and dance celebrated on one stage at this festival is without a doubt the highlight so far. I am so proud of all the students who took part, and they should all be hugely proud of themselves. Such an event cannot happen without the support and dedication of so many people. From our fabulous Music, Dance and Drama staff teams to our custodians and ground staff, thank you. If there ever was an event that showcased what makes the school Uniquely King’s, this was it.”
King’s Ely is renowned for its holistic approach to education, and this is reflected in the school’s outstanding Visual and Performing Arts provision. Music, Drama and Theatre, Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles, Photography, and Dance are each embedded in the culture of King’s Ely, with countless opportunities for pupils of all abilities and aspirations.
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