Clifton High School: a celebration of the creative arts

The school’s inaugural Festival of Music, Performance and Arts was a standout success

Clifton High is a school for parents who want their child’s emotional and personal development to have the same level of importance as their academic achievements. The school allows pupils to ‘realise individual brilliance’, with enrichment opportunities in sport, music and drama and over 100 extra-curricular clubs.

The week-long festival for pupils and families featured workshops and events to showcase and celebrate the creative arts within the school community. 

The school hosted a number of distinguished guests during the week including the Docklands Sinfonia Orchestra who worked with pupils on the school production of West Side Story at the Redgrave Theatre.

Further highlights included children working with the orchestra and also professional illustrator James Mayhew in showcases of The Four Seasons; bucket-drumming workshops led by Rob Farrer, percussion co-ordinator at the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama; and a special performance of the award-winning Caretaker’s Guide to the Orchestra.

A finale concert at the cathedral showcasing the week of creativity and performance concluded the festival.

Visiting specialists said that the collaboration was of mutual benefit. Dr Alison Neill, head of school said, “Creating and sharing in performance and music to this standard has been extraordinary, quite remarkable. To work with consummate professionals who embody sheer pleasure and fulfilment in what they do has been an absolute privilege.”

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