Arts Excellence Showcase

We would like to thank Dorothy Walters-Godfree, Elly Williams, Nick Berry, Anna & Grace McQuaid, Margaret Dewey, Santander, Kathryn & Simon Arnold and the Cullum Family for their generous contributions to the Scholarship and Tuition Award programme.

Each year the Edge Arts Team produce an arts excellence showcase in the Theatre at The Edge.

The project was initially devised to enable arts scholars the opportunity to perform alongside each other. Now in its third year, the showcase is going from strength to strength, this year welcoming other groups and individuals outside of the scholarship programme to take part.

During the production process, which begins after scholarship auditions, mentors and industry professionals are brought in to work with performers and the scholars are asked to collaborate with towards their performance; choosing or composing work to perform.

These highly successful events are well attended by staff, families, students, scholarship donors and members of our local community.

2015-16 Scholars who took part in the 2016 Arts Gala showcase also performed at other events during the year such as lunchtime concerts. As well as the University’s 50th celebration in Bath Abbey, before the University’s Chancellor and 800 guests. Scholars working on this event benefited from mentoring from musician Alexander Balanescu. Who assisted them to perfect an adaptation of a Micheal Nyman piece, Prospero’s Magic which was a special commission from Edge Arts Music.

Members of the newly formed Jazz and R&B Society collaborated with our tuba scholar on stage this year at the 2017 Platform showcase, as well as playing after wards at the showcase reception. We also welcomed several of our tuition award holders to the stage as well as student acapella group, Aquapella. Scholars and special guests, performing in Platform, all benefited from mentoring from Actor, Mark McGann as well as workshops provided by our specialist music tuition team.

The showcase content has so far included classical music, new composition (music production,) jazz, musical theatre, ballet, Bharatanatyam Indian dance, theatre and comedy.

Click here to watch Platform 2017

Our visual arts scholars create or contribute work to exhibit at the showcase reception. While our backstage scholars, manage front of house for the evening’s performance as well as work with the cast and production team towards technical arrangements for these unique events.

Please scroll down to see images of the 2016 Arts Gala and work from the visual arts exhibition. Images Anna Barclay