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Performing Arts

Faculty Information

Head of Music Mr Lester
Head of Drama (Acting Head of Performing Arts) Mr Carrington
Teacher in charge of Dance Miss Parry
Music Teacher Mrs Alderman

Testbourne has a strength in the Performing Arts (formerly being a specialist school in Performing Arts from 2005 - 2010) and our aim is to provide students with as many opportunities to perform on professional platforms. We feel strongly that the Performing Arts can offer something for all, so we therefore aim to offer something for all to a high standard.

Students in every year group have the opportunity to shine on stage as dancers, actors, singers and musicians, and also behind the scenes, taking on roles as lighting designers, sound technicians, stage managers and set designers.

The Performing Arts Faculty lead a whole school musical every year and our most recent productions include School of Rock (Testbourne Theatre Hall - 2017) Oliver (Testbourne Theatre Hall – 2015), Honk! (Testbourne Theatre Hall – 2014) and Our House (Haymarket Theatre – 2013). Extra curricular activities play a prominent part in school life, with a wide range of groups including Concert Orchestra, Bella Voce (auditioned girls’ choir), Wind, String and Brass Ensembles, Spectrum Dance Company and Testbourne Technicians. We have a full-time Performing Arts Technician and a part-time Administrator to help run and support concerts, events, workshops and peripatetic music lessons. We organise a biennial foreign music tour, allowing pupils to achieve a sense of achievement by performing in public, experience a different culture and to improve team work, commitment and discipline. We went on tour to Italy in 2017 and Spain in 2015, please click here to watch a video highlights of our tour to Italy. We participate in a number of community events such as performing at local fetes and festivals, such as the Winchester Hat Fair and PTFA events and we also participate in external events such as Rock Challenge, Shakespeare School Festival and the Basingstoke Music Festival with first place for our renowned choir Bella Voce in 2014.

The following departments make up the Performing Arts Faculty, please click on the following links for further information: