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 Festival & The Brit School
Pupils from the BRIT School perform an abridged 80s & 90s themed version of Comedy of Errors. Expect costumes-galore and Ace of Base!
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. Their approach gets children with no previous musical experience playing together as a band in under ten minutes. Here they’ll be workshopping their approach with delegates. Drop by the performance stage to catch rock and pop hits with a chance to join in. Get grooving on bass, drums, guitar and keys. It’s a tonne of fun!
Rocksteady Music School
Rocksteady resume their performance slot and get our delegates up on-stage and playing together as a band in under ten minutes. If you missed this before the warm-up, get ready to jam!
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.
Shakespeare Schools Festival & Curwen Primary School
Pupils from Curwen Primary School in Plaistow perform one of the Shakespeare Schools Festival highlights – Puppet Hamlet! SSF credit this as ‘one of the most hysterically fun and inventive Hamlet’s they’ve ever seen’ – make sure you check them out!