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Centre’s grand opening

Posted on December 31 2017 at 2:38:58



Distinguished guests attended the Grand Opening of Bromsgrove School’s Performing Arts Centre.

Years of planning and 18 months of construction have resulted in world-class facilities for the school: the new Cobham Theatre and Routh Concert Hall can each accommodate an audience of 300.

These facilities are complimented by spacious teaching areas, with a large drama/television/dance studio and an entire suite of new music classrooms, recording studios and practice rooms.

Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, gave an inspiring speech as he officially opened the concert hall.

Christopher Lyttelton, 12th Viscount Cobham, whose family has been associated with Bromsgrove School for many years, officially opened the new theatre. 

A vignette of drama performances took place in Cobham Theatre which included the opening scenes and the finale from The Pierglass (written by Bromsgrove’s Director of Performing Arts, Tim Norton), and extracts from The Tales of The Thousand and One Nights and Waiting for Godot.

The Routh Hall Opening Concert featured performances by Senior and Preparatory School musicians, with Winterfold School also adding some of their skilled musicians to the list of performers.

Richard Knight, Assistant Director of Music at Bromsgrove and a composer in his own right, wrote the finale – a piece entitled All Kinds of Music – especially for the opening with the aim of it being an all-inclusive tour of music.

It certainly was a fitting end to the evening’s celebrations and an auspicious beginning for the new facilities at Bromsgrove School.

Above: Lord Cobham, Tim Norton, Julian Lloyd Webber and Peter Clague (Headmaster)

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