MAD Week Returns to Stamford Endowed Schools
Stamford Endowed Schools celebrated the arts with their biennial Music, Art and Drama (MAD) Festival.
The SES MAD Week focuses on all of the arts, providing students and the public with events ranging from music recitals to pavement art. Many of the events aimed to raise money for charities, with collections at the intervals of ‘Animal Farm’ as well as charity Zumba-thons.
Some of the main events of the week included a visit from the Miraculum Children’s choir. After the success of a performance from their partner choir, the Aurin Girls, at MAD week 2013, the Hungarian choir returned for an evening of folksong and classical arrangements. The choir also spent some time with the SES Cantare and Cantarini choirs in workshops throughout the day. The Music department held other public events every day during MAD week, including lunchtime concerts which saw the return of former students and even the staff getting involved. In the evenings they provided platforms for the students to show-off more specialist skills in composition and Music Technology.
The Drama department also had a busy week, with a day of “Berkoff in the Birkbeck” held at Stamford High School’s drama studio, the Year 12 students performed extracts from ‘East’, ‘West’, ‘Greek’ and Berkoff’s adaptation of ‘Metamorphosis’ to family and peers. From Wednesday to Friday it was the Lower School’s turn to impress, with a production of ‘Animal Farm’, adapted by Peter Hall held in the Llowarch Performing Arts Centre.
Exhibitions were held at all of the Stamford Endowed Schools sites, showcasing work from the Design Technology, Art and Textiles departments. We had visits from professionals, with local artists, violinist Adam Summerhayes and children’s author Julian Sedgwick.
Stamford Junior School didn’t miss out on the creative activities, with different workshops taking place all week, including Monday morning with artists working on projects such as mini installations and sculpting. The final night of MAD week saw the Year 6’s ‘Spotlight’ performance at the Stamford Corn Exchange, family and friend were inviting to see the leavers’ two comedy plays, their final event for the schools.
Click here for some photo highlights from MAD Week