Musical and Theatrical Productions
The school annually presents two productions: a lower school play and an upper school play. The productions provide an opportunity for every student to enrich their experience of Drama. Whether they are actors or stage crew, the tremendous commitment, creativity and camaraderie of the students involved is commendable. There are also opportunities for students to provide technical support as lighting and sound operators. There are students who assist with rehearsals, prop-making, costume-making and make-up design. Everyone is welcome to audition and/or sign up for a role behind the scenes.
St Bede’s has a thriving music department with performances every term. Through our termly recitals, we offer students the opportunity to perform solos, duets and trios in an intimate environment. These are designed to encourage students’ confidence and often include performances from students who are about to sit ABRSM or GCSE exams.
In addition, we host a large-scale concert at Christmas presenting our orchestra, choirs, jazz band and other large ensembles. There is also a Carol Service incorporating our Chaplaincy Representatives and musicians at a local church. Student groups also regularly perform during end of term liturgies.
The school also presents a musical on a biannual basis.
Expressive Arts Event
During the summer term, our art and music departments come together to present our Annual Showcase which exhibits the work completed by our GCSE Art/Graphics students and music from approximately 40 soloists. The evening culminates in a concert by the orchestra, choirs, string groups, woodwind groups and other large ensembles.