Performing Arts At The Academy

Spring Performance Evening

Check out the pictures our Spring Performance Evening!

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Well done Aiden McKenzie!

Aiden McKenzie (Year 10) has been learning to play the piano with Mrs Thackwray for just under a year. Today he took his Grade II Piano Exam with Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music. We are very proud of his progress in such a short period of time, all due to his strong commitment to practise. Well done Aiden!

Well done Xander Cooke!

Xander Cooke (Year 8), participated in the Peterborough Music Festival last week. He performed two piano pieces by Baroque composer Bach and Romantic composer Schumann. Bach was performed note perfect, with great dialogue between hands, complemented by the adjudicator. While playing Schumann Xander expressed musicality through performance. We are very proud of Xander, to have been commended for his great playing by the adjudicators. He should also be proud of his commitment to developing his musical talent and experiences by participating in the Music Festival. Well done Xander!

Bluecoat Primary Visit

Today we had the pleasure of welcoming Year 2 students from Bluecoat’s Primary School. Ms Giddings’ class have been learning about the castles and banquets of Medieval times. We really enjoyed listening to their beautiful singing of a medieval style song, with accompanying rhythm and drone from this lovely group of year 2 students.

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Today 7.1 were sad to end their rotation of Brass lessons with Mr Taylor. Here is a lovely picture which represents the fun and enjoyment gained by this group. Mr Taylor and Mrs Thackwray look forward to introducing 7.2 to these lessons next week.


Song writing Competition 2017!

Mrs Thackwray and Mr Fox would like to encourage all of our students to participate in this competition. Please see Mrs Thackwray if you would like to take part. A great challenge! Why not have a go?!

Please click here to see the poster!

Stamford Arts Centre Workshops Jan-Apr 2017

Please click here to have a look at all of the great workshops available to musicians for free! This is a great opportunity for our students to connect with other like-minded students and to share their love of music.

Dance Performance – 26/01/2017 

Mr Fox, our fabulous Dance and Drama specialist, prepared our students and delivered a wonderful performance to our friends at Priory Care Home, in celebration of Burns Night. Our Year 9 Dancers, choreographed a Scottish themed dance. Some of the residents were rather emotive watching our fabulous Dance students perform.

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You can watch a video of the dance here

MashUp – Spring term 2017

During this term, 7.1 have been learning to play brass instruments during one of their Music weekly lessons. They have made excellent progress and now can not only “Buzz”, but they can also play 5 notes on their chosen instrument. Here is a recording of one of the pieces our year 7 students learnt today during their brass lesson. This group of year 7 students will enjoy the fun of one more lesson with Mr Taylor, before the change in rotation. We would like to expand the instrumental lessons available at SWA by offering Brass lessons. If you are interested in your son or daughter continuing or wishing to receive paired brass lessons at SWA with Mr Taylor, please contact Mrs Thackwray for further information.