Four Bradford Grammar School (BGS) pupils took part in the sell-out show Les Miserables at the Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society. Boubil and Schonberg’s legendary musical continues to pack out theatres around the world and Ilkley’s King’s Hall was no exception.
The opening performance of Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society’s fantastic production attracted a full house with other performances sold out well in advance.
BGS pupil Catriona Ford, aged 16 from Bingley, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed performing in Les Miserables with the Operatic society as it is one of my favourite musicals. It was my first time performing with the Operatic society and I would definitely go back and do more shows with them. Everyone was lovely and we created a great show.”
Other BGS pupils include Evie Clark, Sam Clark and Siena Anderson who also had a fantastic time. They were drawn entirely from the Society’s richly talented Youth and Junior Section, and displayed consummate professionalism throughout this most challenging of musicals.
Catriona continues: “The thing I enjoyed most was that everyone in the cast was amazing, talented and equally wonderful to work with. Having a great cast that you get on with so well can make all the difference in the outcome and it is an experience where true friendships are made.”
The arts are flourishing at BGS where subjects including Drama, Music and Art provide a superb platform for fostering creativity. Catriona reflects on her experience at Bradford Grammar School.
“The Music and English Departments at BGS are always keen for you to be involved in as many co-curricular activities as you can and they are very supportive of activities you do out of school. All creative subjects at A Level, including Art, Music, English Literature and Theatre Studies, are taught in a very supportive and creative environment, which is great for doing the things I love.”
Simon Hinchliffe, BGS Headmaster said: “At a time when arts teaching is coming under fire nationally, BGS continues to advance a broad curriculum in which the arts play a full role. We are proud of the school’s musical heritage, with pupils choosing music for GCSE and A Level at almost double the national average for Independent schools.”
“The thing I enjoyed most was that everyone in the cast was amazing, talented and equally wonderful to work with.
Having a great cast that you get on with so well can make all the difference in the outcome and it is an experience where true friendships are made.”