Celebrating the Arts at Bancroft’s
Bancroft's hosted a spectacular evening celebrating the Arts at School on Friday 25 November. The evening featured over 200 pupils from across all age groups and a packed audience of parents, pupils and staff were treated to a fantastic display of drama, art, music and dance.
Upon arrival they were whisked off to join drama students from years 10, 11 and 12 who presented a promenade performance of scenes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream around the Quadrangle. This was followed by the chance to admire a selection of visual art produced by pupils, as well as join in producing pieces of inter-active art. Following supper, choirs and musicians from across the School entertained, culminating in a rousing version of Aretha Franklin’s Respect from the Bancroft’s singers accompanied by the Soul Band.
We were fortunate to have Old Bancroftian, double Olivier Award winner actor Samantha Spiro as our guest for the evening. English Teacher, Rob Young, also interviewed Miss Spiro about her work in TV, film and performing in the West End. She spoke about how her time at Bancroft’s had fuelled her enthusiasm for a career in the Arts. Rob Young also conducted an auction which featured exclusive arts themed lots (including an acting masterclass with Samantha Spiro).
MAny thanks for a terrific evening.Samantha Spiro, OB and double Olivier Award Winning Actor
The evening was designed not just as a showcase for Bancroftians many talents, but also as a fund raiser to support the Arts at the School, for example performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival or the Music Junction project with the London Chamber Orchestra The event raised around £5000 for the Arts.
Head, Simon Marshall described the evening as,“Extraordinary; it was completely magical from the moment we stepped into the Quad and were whisked away by Shakespeare’s fairies. Many students have described this as the best thing they have ever done at Bancroft’s’ – a great accolade indeed.”