Celebrating RGS Creativity and Talent with the Creative Arts Festival
On Monday we welcomed parents and pupils to the RGS Creative Arts Festival to join us in celebrating the creative talent at RGS Worcester.
Visitors were welcomed to the evening by the Senior Strings Trio as they entered the Performing Arts Centre, perfectly setting the tone for the evening ahead. As visitors moved through to the picturesque setting of ‘Long Walk’, Year Seven pupils recited their English Anthologies for guests to hear. Across ‘Long Walk’ powerful Drama Monologues were performed by Lower Sixth students. The Lower Sixth students staged compelling extracts from the ‘Taming of the Shrew’, ‘As You Like It’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘Dr Faustus’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ to rapturous applause from the audience.
The next stop saw Senior Jazz perform in ‘The Quad’, the rousing swing and blues was played in the early evening sunshine whilst parents and visitors enjoyed refreshments. This year saw Dance displays perfectly choreographed and performed by pupils from Year Seven providing a welcome new addition to the evening’s entertainment. In between performances visitors were invited to view exhibitions of work in Art in Eld Hall and Design and Technology in Perrins Hall.
The Art department presented work from pupils in Year Eleven, Lower and Upper Sixth, which exemplified the variety of media that pupils can explore during the GCSE and A Level courses and lessons at RGS Worcester. The work was exceptional.
In Design and Technology, the pupils’ work exhibited celebrated the variety of projects and practical work undertaken in the Design Centre over the past year; from bird stations to furniture. Also on display were digital portfolios to show the inspiration, design journey and research behind finished designs. William Blizzard’s bell-ringing contraption was one of the stars of the show and he was on hand to demonstrate the complex system.
This year, the Prep Schools participated with Artwork from RGS Springfield and RGS The Grange pupils exhibited in Perrins Hall providing the chance for the younger pupils to showcase their work. RGS Springfield pupils performed both vocal and piano based pieces beautifully in Perrins Hall before concluding their recital with an instrumental hand chimes performance.
The Intermediate Strings, comprised of pupils in Years Seven to Ten performed rousing renditions of ‘Amadeus’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ to the delight of the audience.
Audiences applauded as the Headmaster’s Lawn became a catwalk for models to show work produced by RGS Textiles pupils. On display were sweatshirt collections from Year Nine modelled by Year Seven pupils, GCSE examination pieces showcased by Year Eleven pupils who came back after their exams to model. As well as the Fashion Icon Competition winners (1st, 2nd and 3rrd) displaying their finished garments made from upcycled wedding dresses. It was fantastic to see their creations again after doing so well at The NEC in March. The Lower Sixth Textiles students put on an excellent display of their sustainable creations with Upper Sixth pieces on display in Perrins Hall.
The evening concluded with a concert in Main Hall featuring music performed by the RGS ‘Mass Ensemble’ composed of 52 pupils. They performed ‘Habanera’ and ‘Toreador’s Song’ from Carmen with a rousing rendition of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to end the evening on a joyful high, as the Headmaster congratulated the pupils, staff and parents for such a lovely evening and exceptional work.
Thank you to all of our visitors who joined us on a warm, midsummer evening at RGS Worcester to celebrate creativity and the many talents and achievements of our pupils.