Mu­sic and act­ing tal­ent on show at the King’s School

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

A SCHOOL is hum­ming with top mu­si­cal and stage tal­ent af­ter six stu­dents bagged win­ning of­fers from the coun­try’s best per­form­ing arts col­leges.

King’s School pupil and bas­soon player Jenna Salt, 18, from Sut­ton, has of­fers from Royal Holloway and Gold­smith’s Col­lege to study Mu­sic.

Dar­ragh Burke, 18, from Macclesfield, has an of­fer from the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic and is a gui­tarist with the multi award win­ning Wi­gan Youth Jazz Band.

Kate De Cam­pos, 17, from Heaton Chapel, has an of­fer to study the vi­ola at Lon­don’s Guild­hall School of Mu­sic and Drama. Kate is a mem­ber of the Na­tional Youth Orches­tra.

Singer Sacha Allen, 18, from Twem­low Green, has of­fers from both Royal Holloway and the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic to study Popular Mu­sic Per­for­mance.

Laura Em­brey, 18, from Con­gle­ton has been of­fered a place at the Royal North­ern Col­lege of Mu­sic to study the vi­o­lin and Alex Moore, 18, from Con­gle­ton, who has an of­fer to study Stage Man­age­ment at the Royal Welsh Col­lege of Mu­sic and Drama and has al­ready been on a pres­ti­gious sum­mer place­ment at The Na­tional Theatre.

Ruth Roberts, the head of the King’s School sixth form, said: “It is won­der­ful to see so many out­stand­ing young per­form­ers and cre­atives pur­sue their dreams and win highly prized places at the na­tion’s top col­leges.

“It shows King’s of­fers much more than rig­or­ous aca­demic work, but has the scope to en­able young tal­ent to re­alise its po­ten­tial.”

Mean­while, the act­ing tal­ent in the sixth form was on dis­play re­cently when the school staged Swiss play­wright Friedrich Dur­ren­matt’s post war tragi­com­edy The Visit to au­di­ences.

The 1995 play cen­tres on Claire Zachanas­sian’s abid­ing de­sire for re­venge on the man who raped her in her youth.

Now rich, fa­mous and bar­ing a mil­lion dollar bribe, she re­turns to the vil­lage in which she grew up of­fer­ing vil­lagers cash in re­turn for the life of the per­pe­tra­tor Arthur Ill.

Emma Maxwell stared as Claire Zachanas­sian, Ollie Muir played Al­fred Ill, the Mayor was played by Ben Lynch and Ab­bie Richard­son joined them on stage play­ing the schoolmistress.

King’s Head of Drama, Don­ald Forbes, said: “The Visit is a mod­ern master­piece, multi lay­ered and swing­ing be­tween com­edy and de­spair and a won­der­ful piece to chal­lenge our de­vel­op­ing young ac­tors.”

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