It's curtain up on Performing Arts Centre at Bristol Grammar School

November 24 2016

The new school year at Bristol Grammar School (BGS) got off to a great start, with the official opening of the school’s new Performing Arts Centre on November 11.

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The new school year at Bristol Grammar School (BGS) got off to a great start, with the official opening of the school’s new Performing Arts Centre on November 11.

The 1532 Performing Arts Centre, named in recognition of the School’s long history (1532 was the year in which BGS received its Royal Charter), contains a 245 seat theatre; a drama, a dance and a recording studio; a music performance space; and music teaching and practice rooms. The arts centre will be a new addition to the performance space available in Bristol and is available for hire to community and professional groups.

Lower Sixth pupils, Varun Srivastava and Jamie Judd were busy showing visitors around the new facility at the official opening. Varun said: “It is a great pleasure to practise here. If you played an instrument in the old building you could hear it outside the room.” 

Jamie Judd added: “It’s good that everything is all here together - music and drama - and that so many people are interested in it.”

Headmaster Roderick MacKinnon said: “The fantastic facilities the 1532 Performing Arts Centre offers will further enhance the many opportunities the School offers for pupils to flourish. I am a great believer in the transformative power of performance and these new facilities will allow even more children to share in such experiences.”

Students are already hard at work rehearsing for the first School performance of Nutcracker, which will take place in December. Before then, the School will host author Michael Morpurgo for a sold-out evening of poetry and music, Where my wellies take me, on 22 November.

Any groups interested in hiring the venue can contact 1centre Manager, Beth Morgan, on bmorgan@bgs.bristol.sch.uk