A number of productions are staged every year, with a large musical performance each year. In recent years productions have included ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, ‘Legally Blonde’, ‘Grease’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Sound of Music’ and ‘Divorce Me Darling!’.
A number of smaller productions also take place each year including a Shakespeare Festival. In the past the pupils performed ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Moulton Theatre and ‘Julius Caesar’ at the Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton.
Many of our pupils use the opportunity of drama at Pitsford School to take their talents further and to join drama groups such as Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT). Pupils are encouraged in their appreciation of the theatre through trips to see performances.
English Speaking Board
Pupils from J2 to Year 8 may take part in English Speaking Board (ESB) Lessons. Participation in ESB activities encourages pupils to develop communication and presentation skills, sharing their interests and hobbies within the relaxed and friendly atmosphere of a small group. The life skills addressed and developed are highly beneficial throughout the school years and beyond. Pupils interested in ESB should contact the School Office.
Instrumental and vocal tuition is provided by a team of dedicated specialist visiting teachers and covers all orchestral instruments, together with guitar, piano, organ and percussion. A number of practice and ensemble rooms are available for use by pupils. We have a close working relationship with NMPAT (Northamptonshire Music and Performing Art Trust) and a number of our pupils belong to the county ensembles, choirs and youth theatre. Many pupils choose to take performance exams (ABRSM, TrinityGuildhall or Rockschool).
There are many ensemble opportunities for musicians at Pitsford. Our ensembles rehearse weekly, led by either the Director of Music or one of the department’s specialist teachers, and perform a wide range of music. We have a growing school choir that performs at most school events in a variety of styles including sacred, gospel and jazz. Other musical ensembles include:
- String ensemble
- Woodwind ensemble
- Flute choir
- Sax quartet
- Guitar group
- Percussion ensemble
At Pitsford School, pupils have a wide range of performance opportunities: There is a weekly lunchtime concert programme for senior pupils and these concerts are well attended by pupils, staff and often parents. Regular evening concerts held in either a school venue or at the local church include: