THE PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT IS A THRIVING HUB OF ACTIVITY. EACH DAY THE BUILDING IS BUZZING WITH INSTRUMENTAL LESSONS, CHOIRS, THE ORCHESTRA, DRAMA CLUB AND MANY MORE EXTRA- CURRICULAR ACTIVITES.
Regular showcase concerts throughout the year allow our young musicians to demonstrate the progress they are making in their lessons.
The Senior School end of year production in the third term gives students the opportunity to combine all areas of performing arts - music, dance and drama - through staging an exciting musical theatre production in which students may also take on many additional roles such as assisting with the choreography, assisting with stage management or playing in the band. Recent shows include Matilda, Cats, Oliver and Into the Woods.
The Chamber Choir is made up of students who have been selected due to their musicality and vocal ability. Members of the Chamber Choir are pushed to the very highest levels, singing in several different languages and styles. Chamber Choir vocal music tends to have been specially arranged for the choir by one of the music staff, resulting in a completely original repertoire and one that is catered to challenge and meet the strengths of the singers involved.
‘Deep Treble’ is a vocal group made up entirely of Senior School boys. Inspired by Glee and Pitch Perfect, ‘Deep Treble’ tends to perform a more contemporary repertoire, using a combination of singing, beat boxing and body percussion. There is even talk of introducing some street dance!
We aim to give our pupils the opportunity to perform on the stage as regularly as possible during their time at The Banda.
The Pegasus Pre-Prep play is in the January term. All Pre-Prep pupils are involved.
The Junior School pupils perform their main production at the end of the January term, which comprises a range of musical plays for each of the individual year groups.
In the Senior School, Years 5 and 6 work on a production which is performed in the April term and involves all members of the year groups. Traditionally, Year 7 perform their own version of a Shakespeare play in January, which is a culmination of work done in both English and Drama lessons.
The Performing Arts Department is ever expanding, and there are plenty of exciting new projects and activities lined up for the coming academic years