24th September 19
The Lady Elizabeth School is a centre alive with the Arts. We believe that exposure to the Arts is essential if we are to provide a rounded education for our pupils. By involving pupils with opportunities across art, design, dance, debating, drama and music, we hope that our pupils’ experience of school life will be enhanced and that they develop personal skills and a cultural appreciation of the Arts that will last a lifetime.
The extra-curricular Arts Programme includes: Art, Music, Drama, Musical Theatre and Stagecraft and Photography.
LES Music Academy
The Music Academy benefits from a high profile performance calendar particularly for the senior choir and participation in music festivals and competitions. In addition, LES Music Academy now has its very own recording studio. We are delighted to offer after school sessions in DJ and music production skills with the much acclaimed DJ and music producer ATFC – Aydin Hasirci, as part of our after school programme. These sessions will begin after half term and be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Students are given the opportunity to learn a number of instruments in the Instrumental Music Programme. We presently have expert teachers providing lessons on drums, acoustic, electric and bass guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, cello, piano, keyboard and voice. Just complete the slip at the bottom of the instrumental letter to sign up for the lessons for the year.
Lessons are based on half hour individual time with peripatetic teachers each week. Practice books will detail progress and ways to improve which should be followed at home in between lessons.
Fee Schedule: The cost per half-hour individual lesson will be announced in advance at the beginning of the term by the school and publicised through the LES Newsflash. Accounts for each term are sent home and are to be paid directly to the teacher prior to the first lesson. As these lessons are supplied by our specialised peripatetic teaching staff, lessons cannot commence until the term fees have been paid to them directly.
ABRSM Exams: (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)
Each year students may sit graded exams with the ABRSM. LES is an official exam centre with the ABRSM which is the world’s leading examining body for music. They provide an internationally recognized system of exams and assessments to encourage and motivate students at all levels through the provision of goals and measurement of progress. Our young musicians have progressed through the grades to diploma standard and many have had successful musical careers.
Rock School exams are also available through the teaching program which allows a contemporary but structured approach to popular instruments such as drums, guitars and voice.
After school rock clubs and music ensembles give the opportunity for playing together which improves musicality and commitment to a team. Sign up for rock school, ukulele group steel pan ensemble or general orchestra to be a part of something special.
Drama provides essential life skills for young people and is available to all.
Weekly after school theatre classes provide a range of skills in the theatre beginning with improvisation and devising, speech and acting training, musical theatre and stagecraft.
Opportunities to perform in our purpose built theatre are countless through showcases, bite size drama monologues and duologues, one act plays, full musicals and debating and public speaking competitions. Look out for the performance calendar for this year where you will be able to enjoy a range of amazing live performance events either as a proud parent or member of our community.
LAMDA (The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts)
Preparation for exams in acting, speaking of verse and prose, public speaking and musical theatre under expert tuition takes place throughout the year. We are a recognised centre for examinations and hold two sessions per year.
Suzanne Millington was responsible for introducing LAMDA examinations into Spain in 1992 and continues in her role as the representative for LAMDA for all schools throughout the country.
If you have queries relating to any aspect of the arts at LES, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Suzanne Millington – Head of Performing Arts