Performing Arts Soirée

“That was the best concert I have ever heard at Elstree!”

This comment by an audience member of the Performing Arts Soirée is no exaggeration; the quality exhibited was of the highest standard and every performer displayed exceptional competence, confidence and commitment.

What is the Performing Arts Soirée?

This annual event was originally devised as a means of enabling music scholars to give their pieces an airing immediately prior to their senior school auditions. It has since evolved to include drama and emerging talent from younger years.  We were treated to high level performances from pupils as young as 10 years, as well as from experienced Year 8s.

The Programme

Five drama scholars and five musicians presented a programme of poetry, monologues, violin, piano and recorder items.  In the quiet stillness of the Long Room, with its beautiful acoustic, there was not a single audience member who was not touched in some way to the depths of their heart by the words or music.  “The sounds and atmosphere they created by their haunting playing won me over” wrote another audience member.

We are lucky indeed to be surrounded by pupils who have chosen to develop their god-given gifts.  Well done to everyone who performed, it really was outstanding.

Performing Arts at Elstree

Alongside the pursuit of academic excellence, rooted in the School’s ethos is the importance of giving children a proper childhood; participating in group and individual activities that develop their own characters and their relationship with others.  Academic achievement coupled with this opportunity to be involved in Performing Arts such as music, art, DT and drama as well as sport ensures that Elstree remains a preparatory school in the broadest sense of the word.