The Performing Arts
The quality and range of opportunities in the performing arts at St Mary’s, Worcester, is excellent and as the recent Independent School Inspectorate noted both Preparatory and Senior School girls demonstrate
“a high level of artistic attainment and appreciation.”
Self-expression is seen as important in all departments of the school. Drama has a high profile and there are numerous opportunities for all pupils to be involved in the performing arts in both Preparatory and Senior Schools. Plays, shows and concerts are an integral part of school life.
There is a strong tradition of singing and each term there are opportunities for performance in all departments as well as a week long celebration of the arts in the summer term. Peripatetic music teachers offer specialist music tuition and both Preparatory and Senior Schools boast fine orchestras, choirs and instrumental groups.
Recent highlights for the choir have included wins for both the under-16 and under-19 choirs at the Cheltenham Festival of the Performing Arts and a highly successful tour to Italy. In 2012, the school launched a new middle school choir for girls in years 5 to 8. In 2013, they reached the final of the Barnardo's School Choir competition which was held in the Barbican.
You cna hear an interview with the Middle School choir just before they set off to London to perform as broadcast on BBC Hereford & Worcester. Just click on St Mary's on BBC Hereford & Worcester and then press play.
Each year the senior school performs either a musical or a Shakespeare play with most recent examples being Annie, The Wizard of Oz and The Comedy of Errors. Whilst the Preparatory department perform an an annual production in the summer term. The drama department also organised a Shakespeare Festival, inviting local primary schools across Worcestershire to see short excerpts from Shakespeare's plays produced and performed by girls from Years 7 to 9.