Lord Hall Officially Opens New Performing Arts Facilities
Friday 5th December marked the opening of the Stamford Endowed Schools’ new Llowarch Performing Arts Centre, and the refurbished Oswald Elliott Hall and music rooms. Lord Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, toured the facilities before officially declaring them open.
The Old Gymnasium and Stamford School Hall have undergone a transformation into a first-rate Performing Arts hub, from which the whole of the Stamford Endowed Schools will benefit. The facilities include new studios and rehearsal spaces for Drama and recording suites for Music, as well as an impressive performance space in the Oswald Elliott Hall with brand new lighting rigs and sound equipment. The Hall has already played host to this term’s successful Foundation Lectures and music concerts, with packed-out audiences at both.
As Director-General of the BBC, Lord Tony Hall has spent most of his life working in creative industries. At the opening, Lord Hall was led around a special Festival of the Arts, held by students, as choirs and ‘Grease’ rehearsals were staged around the performing arts centre for guests to enjoy. There were also performances from some of the school’s talented musicians and dramatists in the Oswald Elliott Hall, where Lord Hall addressed the school on the power of the creative arts, and the importance of the next generation and new talent within the field.
Lord Hall said of the facilities, “What’s great is, they are not just for those who act, or sing, or dance, or play music here. They are also for the many hundreds - thousands, I would imagine - who will sit in the audience.”
Principal of SES, Stephen Roberts, said; “These new facilities are a great addition to the Schools, and more importantly, they will be a wonderful benefit to our students, to help support and encourage the immense talent the Schools hold within the Performing Arts.”
The Performing Arts Centre, together with the Hall, form the third major part of the long-term masterplan for the School’s Estate, being preceded by the Research and Learning Centre/Glazed Atrium in 2011 and the Memorial Pool/Sports Centre in 2012. All three projects were designed by GSSArchitecture.