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Lower School Music Scholars Recital, RADA Awards and Tate Modern Visit.

Lower School music scholars entertained the largest ever Tuesday concert audience the Guildford Institute has seen, drama students gave their all in attempting an externally-assessed RADA Messenger Award, House Music auditions are underway and rehearsals for this year’s Roald Dahl-themed House Drama – a totally girl-led enterprise – are in full flow.

Mr Pratt comments, ‘Lower School Music Scholars, aged 11 to 14, made history this week – giving the largest recital in the history of the Guildford Institute’s Tuesday evening concerts, in terms of number of players and size of audience. Those spectating included a former Prior’s Field Head Girl, now in her 90s, who – along with other Institute members, teachers and parents – delighted in the mix of classical and pop music and musical theatre performances. Congratulations to all scholars – especially those for whom this marked their Prior’s Field solo debut.’

Ms Hedley reports, ‘19 students took part in a RADA assessment on Tuesday, an excellent opportunity to work with a professional examiner from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and to pursue their Messenger Award. The girls performed two speeches from Shakespeare, and having received feedback, applied this to the second, named speech to perform again. Results will be with us in the next few days! Well done girls; we are looking forward to the next award.’

Art students drew inspiration from gallery visits this week: GCSE students travelled to contemporary art gallery the White Cube in Bermondsey, followed by Tate Modern on Wednesday; today, Sixth Form students absorbed the work of Paul Nash at Tate Britain and American painter and graphic artist Robert Rauschenberg at Tate Modern.