Music, Stage & Drama

  • Fairfax pupils reveal their talent to raise money for Comic Relief

    By Jonathan Swift on March 22, 2017
    A Birmingham school has found its X-factor following an annual talent show to raise money for charity. Pupils at Fairfax, which is run by Fairfax Multi- Academy Trust, took part in a week-long competition in aid of Comic Relief. Two acts from each house in the school were invited to take part in the final, which was judged by Kath […]
  • Inspiring children to play the Rocksteady way

    By Jonathan Swift on July 4, 2016
    The founder of a revolutionary music school is sharing his infectious passion for music education in a brand new book, Learn to Play the Rocksteady Way. Through the eyes of children, parents and teachers, Mark Robinson explores the life-changing effect that learning to play music can have on children, demonstrating the principles behind his unique method of teaching. As a […]
  • Piping Championships are back with a twist

    By Jonathan Swift on December 18, 2014
    Young musicians are set to put the wind up Scotland’s bagpipe playing heritage. Scotland’s top young pipers and drummers are starting to gear up for the world’s largest schools pipe band competition – which this year comes with a twist. The Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships (SSPBC) features an innovative ‘Freestyle’ category which aims to show how traditional piping and […]
  • Disney to release ‘The Lion King’ for UK schools to perform

    By Jonathan Swift on November 3, 2014
    From January 2015, schools across the United Kingdom and Ireland will be able to perform their own productions of Disney’s award-winning musical The Lion King, when special versions of the show are released for licensing. These two versions, The Lion King KIDS and The Lion King JR will give pupils the opportunity to bring Disney’s beloved story and characters to […]
  • Nine thousand children set to enjoy Glyndebourne Performances for Schools this autumn

    By Jonathan Swift on August 20, 2014
    Nine thousand children will experience the exhilaration of watching fully-staged opera this autumn thanks to Performances for Schools on the 2014 Glyndebourne Tour. Glyndebourne Performances for Schools offer priority booking and reduced price tickets to schools to take their students to see an opera, often for the first time.  Since the initiative began in 2006, over 30,000 children have been […]
  • ‘Birmingham Band Slam’ – school pupils showcase band musicianship skills for first time

    By Jonathan Swift on July 2, 2014
    Students at ARK Kings Academy will showcase the results of their Band Musicianship Programme at a showcase event on Wednesday 9th July. The pioneering Band Musicianship Programme started in January giving each student in Year 7 and 8 the opportunity to learn singing, guitar (including bass guitar), keyboard and drum-kit. Working alongside specialist teachers the students have developed their skills […]
  • Three schools win national competition to secure £350,000 in energy makeovers

    By Jonathan Swift on June 30, 2014
    Pupils from across the country have danced their way to a greener future, winning the British Gas Generation Green Energy Performance 2014. The national competition saw students from schools across the country submit a design for their ultimate eco-house, with the hope being invited down to the finals in London which took place yesterday. The six finalists, chosen from over […]
  • Cambridge University Press teams up with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

    By Jonathan Swift on April 23, 2014
    Cambridge University Press has announced a new collaborative partnership with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust – the charity that cares for the world’s greatest heritage sites in Stratford-upon-Avon and promotes the enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare’s works, life and times to people of all ages. Cambridge University Press publishes over 200 Shakespeare titles, including the best-selling Cambridge School Shakespeare series. This […]
  • New pilot develops teaching methods for ‘free instruments’

    By Education Today on April 22, 2013
    A pilot project from Musical Futures is aiming to get pupils making music with instruments they can access for free: their voices and mobile phones. Launched in February as a response to the funding cuts to many music departments and the need highlighted by Ofsted for better quality singing and music technology teaching in schools, the national scheme will trial […]
  • Enlivening the primary curriculum through song

    By Education Today on April 22, 2013
    Twenty best practice videos designed to help primary teachers enliven the curriculum through song and on-demand training services, form part of Sing Up’s recently improved membership package.  Sing Up, providers of complete singing solutions to enhance learning in the classroom, is placing a renewed focus on support for singing as an integrated element of learning and teaching across the curriculum, […]