No performing arts event would be complete without a few outstanding performances! As in previous years, we showcase young talent with morning and lunchtime performances on both days, encompassing music, musical theatre and drama.
All performances will take place on The Expo Stage, located at the heart of the exhibition, alongside the Rocksteady Networking Café.
Thursday 22 February
Shakespeare Schools Foundation
Our Shakespeare flashmob at Expo Manchester went down an absolute treat! Here an SSF partner school will present another short performance. More details to follow!
Purcell Jazz Ensemble
The Purcell Jazz Ensemble features some of the UK’s most talented young jazz musicians. Many are already members of the Junior Royal Academy of Music jazz department and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and they have recently completed a tour of UK jazz clubs, playing with established jazz musicians and educators such as Simon Allen, Tom Cawley and Martin Shaw. Through the Purcell Jazz Concert series, all Purcell jazz students have gained the experience of playing with jazz stars such as Clark Tracey, Laurence Cottle, Gareth Williams, Gerard Presencer and Alan Skidmore. The Purcell Jazz Ensemble performs a mixture of well known jazz standards and originals written by members of the band.
An ABRSM partner school performs celebrated commision, Shine. Written by composer Mark Armstrong especially for the ABRSM’s recent Shine event, versions of the piece are now freely available to anyone who loves music!
Friday 23 February
Rocksteady Music School
Rocksteady Music School is the UK’s largest rock school, currently teaching over 11,000 4-11 year-olds every week. Our unique methods enable children to play real music in their own bands within ten minutes even if they have never seen an instrument before. The programme is very inclusive and has particular success in engaging more boys with music. For conferences, we can offer a mix of bands playing and live interactive workshops where we form rock bands from the delegates in the audience – it’s a lot of fun!
Mahogany Opera Group
Mahogany Opera Group creates new opera in new ways, in different spaces and places throughout the UK and internationally. Each of our distinct projects aims to stretch the boundaries of what opera can be and who it is for. We work predominantly with children and young people, and our current project ‘Snappy Operas’ is a nationwide project making opera with young people aged 7-11. Working in conjunction with Mahogany and ten regional partner organisations, 1,500 primary school children are taking part in creating and performing ten-minute works.