King Edward VI School in Southampton is proud of its vibrant and exciting Creative Arts Faculty. Large numbers of students perform and participate in a range of musical, dramatic and artistic activities to an exceptionally high standard culminating in a biennial Arts Festival.
Music is a very popular subject with many pupils taking GCSE and ‘A’ Level Music, achieving outstanding grades. In 2016 the Department won the ISM’s Gold Award in recognition of its excellent examination results. Students benefit from first-rate facilities and can perform either individually or with one of the many music ensembles or choirs in a range of venues. Regular workshops and side-by-side playing with professional groups, such as Southbank Sinfonia Orchestra and the London Mozart Players, are also a key feature of what is on offer.
Art students at KES produce work of the very finest standard, examples of which are proudly displayed throughout the School. The Department is vibrant and exciting and quality classroom teaching is complemented by workshops and trips to galleries in the UK an
d abroad, resulting in students taking up places at the UK’s top Foundation Art Schools.
Drama is also thriving with a wide range of academic and co-curricular options available. Recent productions of ‘The Ash Girl’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Haiwatha’ and ‘Grease’ all represent the diversity of genres performed by students.
Currently, the School is carrying out an extensive development project for a new and much- anticipated state-of-the-art 400 seat theatre and performance space, as well as refurbished and improved Art Studios and Gallery area. The new Art Studios were completed at the start of the spring term and the theatre will be opened in September: it is already looking stunning – and vast! We are very excited that the first performance in the new theatre will be Beauty and the Beast.
“The Department is vibrant and exciting and quality classroom teaching is complemented by workshops and trips to galleries in the UK and abroad, resulting in students taking up places at the UK’s top Foundation Art Schools”
This year’s Arts Festival in June ran for three sunny days and featured a kaleidoscope of performances, exhibitions, workshops, lectures and concerts providing an exciting, vibrant and stimulating three days to challenge and inspire students and staff.
In total, 62 visiting artists came to the school during the event. Activities included drumming, face-painting, dance, magic, architecture and origami workshops, photography, composition and book sculpture competitions, with many live displays of music, dance and drama.
A big top was erected on the School Field and played host to a variety of live performances. The festival ended in a lunchtime of traditional Street Theatre with a large number of local primary and prep school children joining us. It featured aerial gymnastic displays, bowling, face-painting, circus acts, dance, a miniature railway, crazy golf, Punch and Judy shows, magic, portrait artists, stilt walkers, a bubbleologist and jugglers, to name just a few! The three-day extravaganza was rounded off with a rocket and firework display.
If you would like to see all the opportunities we have available at King Edward’s, including those
in the Creative Arts, please join us at our Open Evening on Friday, October 6, between 6.30pm and 9pm.