Arts Excellence Showcase

Each year the Edge progresses its work in student arts excellence enabling arts scholars and with associate artists (students, staff or local artists or musicians also practicing to a high standard) the opportunity to work towards performance/s

During the production process, which begins after scholarship auditions, mentors and industry professionals are brought in to work with the cast and scholars are asked to collaborate and choose work to perform.

Our visual arts including photography scholars create or contribute work to exhibit at the showcase reception. The excellence showcase has so far included classical music, new compositin (music production,) jazz, musical theatre, ballet, Bharatanatyam Indian dance, theatre, spoken word, photography and comedy.

2017 -18 The evening showcased music, photography and poetry, beginning with an exhibition from the two Photography Scholars who presented portraits with contrasting themes. The performance itself a rich diversity of music including classical, jazz, spoken word and new work. The theme of the evening was the student experience of moving to University of Bath and forming new artistic communities on campus. The event entertained an audience from campus and beyond, with senior staff, alumni, art scholarship donors and Ian Gilchrist, the Mayor of Bath witnessing the talents of the 21 students involved.

2016-17 Members of the newly formed Jazz and R&B Society collaborated with our tuba scholar on stage this year, 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. While our backstage scholars, managed the front of house for the evening’s performance as well as worked with the cast and production team towards technical arrangements.

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.

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. Images Anna Barclay

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