Jemima’s Beautiful Painting

A beautiful painting by year 11 student Jemima as part of her GCSE project based on ‘Performance’. It is painted on wood and her subject is one of her friends and one of our very talented dancers. She was inspired brilliantly by the work of the portrait artist Jonathen Yeo.

Opera North’s Youth Orchestral programme

Opera North are very excited to return to live activity within Opera North’s Youth Orchestral programme. They are hosting opportunities for young instrumentalists aged 10 -21 to work closely with the professional musicians from the Orchestra of Opera North and education specialists over summer and in the new academic year.

Detailed information can be found through the Opera North Website: or in the direct links below. They are looking forward to making music together again after so long apart.

GCSE Dance workshop with James Cousins Dance Company

During lockdown, Year 10 and Year 11 GCSE Dancers participated in a dance workshop on Zoom with James Cousins Dance company. They had an hour theory class from James Cousins himself, who is the choreographer of one the professional dances on the GCSE Dance Anthology! They then had a practical workshop with a James Cousins Dance Company dancer, George. This was a fantastic opportunity for the students and gave everyone a positive boost and lots of inspiration at a challenging time.

Y8 – Student’s artworks done during Lockdown

GCSE Dance Film

The GCSE Dancers worked very hard over lockdown to choreograph and create our first dance film. Edited by Mrs Anstey, the film is called ‘The Light Can’t Last Forever’ and our stimulus was grief. They have all worked so hard to create this film over the last few weeks and I am sure you will agree that it is a fantastic achievement.

Watch their film here:

Opera North Online Instrumental Academy – Free instrumental workshops over half term

Opera North is hosting a series of free, online instrumental workshops for young instrumentalists (aged 10-18 and studying Grade 4+ or equivalent) led by members of the Orchestra of Opera North.

The workshops will be held between the 15 – 19 February (Half Term) and will focus on a particular instrument or on an orchestral section, such as woodwind, brass and percussion. Each session has been designed in collaboration with Opera North’s professional musicians to enable participants to celebrate what makes their instrument special and to develop technical ability and overall musicality in a friendly, supportive and safe environment. Above all, we want the workshops to offer a connection with professional musicians and a sense of extended musical community during the new lockdown.

All information is available on Opera North website: Orchestral Academy Online (

Please note: the deadline to register is 9am Monday 8 February. There is no fee for this project, but places will be limited to ensure workshops aren’t overcrowded.