We have invested in modern, high-grade facilities for the performing arts to ensure that each student has an enhanced opportunity to shine in orchestras, bands, choirs, dance performances and drama productions.
Our inspiring Performing Arts Centre is a facility for all our schools and was officially opened by the world-famous Professor Jane Glover CBE, a former pupil, in November 2018.
Part of the Monmouth School for Girls’ 125th anniversary programme, the Performing Arts Centre is housed over three spacious floors and is linked to the existing theatre at stage and hall level.
With a Dance Studio on the middle floor, the Performing Arts Centre also includes nine teaching studios, a rock room, a large ensemble room, a dance and drama studio, teaching rooms, a large technical/computer room, offices, a staff room, toilets and a locker room.
We also have a state-of-the-art performance space at Monmouth School for Boys, called The Blake Theatre, which is also a theatre for the local community. The Drama department has a fully equipped Drama Studio which is where rehearsals take place and where many small-scale productions are staged.
We provide opportunities for Sixth Formers to be involved in Drama whether performing on stage or providing technical support in the form of lighting, sound and set design/construction.
We have a rolling programme of performances, including musical theatre, which is usually open to everyone with an interest in the theatre.
Our sell-out production of Les Misérables was tremendously successful and we have a Senior Play every year; last year’s performance was called Girl You Don’t Know. Due to Covid restrictions, each performer recorded their own section and then the performance was edited and shown online.
Sixth Form students have toured to the Edinburgh Fringe with great success and performed at The Riverside Theatre as part of The Shakespeare Schools Drama Festival. We have regular theatre trips throughout the year and a programme of performances in the Blake Theatre from professional touring theatre companies. Although these are usually for English or Theatre Studies students, we make everyone welcome.
Music plays a large part in the life of many students in Monmouth Schools Sixth Form. We encourage students to continue with their musical interests and involve themselves in the musical life of the school; those who has not yet learned to play an instrument can begin learning.
We run a number of instrumental ensembles at a senior level for boys and girls, including Senior Strings, Symphonic Winds, HMSSO and Choral Society Chapel Choir, Jazz Orchestra and Brass Ensemble, as well as some chamber music. We have many dedicated members and offer a strong sense of camaraderie and fun, both in rehearsals and in their numerous performances in and out of school. We tour on a regular basis, with groups visiting France, Spain, Morocco and Italy in the last five years.
We present instrumental and choral concerts each term, with smaller-scale concerts and workshops taking place throughout the year. As part of Monmouth School for Boys’ 400th Anniversary celebrations, our musicians performed in a Gala Concert at the Wales Millennium Centre and at the Service of Thanksgiving in St Paul’s Cathedral. In Monmouth School for Girls’ 125th Anniversary, we celebrated with a large concert at St David’s Hall.
We have a dynamic Dance department, called Haberdashers’ Monmouth School of Dance, which adopts a nurturing and supportive ‘Dance for All’ ethos: all-inclusive but with opportunities for excellence.
Our Dance in Education develops each student and promotes skills for life: self-esteem, confidence, creativity, co-operation, communication, collaboration, discipline, focus, and determination. This artistic insight and literacy of dance contributes to success in all aspects of life.
We believe that dance is for everyone and novices are welcomed. Exams and awards are completely optional. Many students will never enter any grades and dance purely for enjoyment, relaxation and self-expression.