PUPIL NEWS 

 

2019

JUNE

Congratulations to Kate's TRINITY Musical Theatre Group at Masquerade.  Eighteen children, aged between 10 and 12 years old, took their Grade V exam and achieved an impressive Distinction result. 

MAY

Congratulations to former JACAD singing student Bronte Lavine for her amazing/dream job as one of 8 dancers (4 female, 4 male) supporting Hugh Jackman on his WORLD TOUR! Amazing achievement!

Kate's Grade 5 TRINITY Musical Theatre Group at Masquerade, CORAL,  perform their Wizard of OZ showcase and take their Exam. 

APRIL

Divine Mercy Children's Choir sing sacred music on Easter Sunday, 21st April, accompanied by organist Dr. Elizabeth Conrad.

Congratulations to Kate's Musical Theatre and Performance Arts Groups at Masquerade. The score for both groups TRINITY Grade 6 and 7 was an impressive 88% Distinction.

JANUARY

Kate begins coaching three Musical Theatre group classes for teenagers at Masquerade, Malta. 

2018

DECEMBER

Divine Mercy Children's Choir, led by Kate, sing their Christmas songs and carols including work by British composer Christopher Field. 

OCTOBER

JACAD singing alumna Sian Brown joins the cast of American in Paris in Germany. Congratulations Sian!

SEPTEMBER

JACAD singing alumna Siân Nabbs joins the cast of Thriller on their UK Tour. Congratulations Siân!

MARCH

JACAD show Dance Art at South Hill Park in Bracknell, featuring Mrs Field's vocal arrangements for two, three, four-part harmony and chorus under the fabulous new vocal coach Alexa Terry. 

Two former pupils at JACAD have been offered places at professional colleges, congratulations Hannah and Greta!

Divine Mercy Children's choir sing four pieces by British Composer Christopher Field at the Divine Mercy Santuary, Naxxar, On the Eve of Easter Concert. 

2017

DECEMBER

Divine Mercy Children's Choir, a new choir for young children, sing Christmas Carols for the Children's procession at Divine Mercy Sanctuary, Naxxar. The choir have also been invited to sing their Carols at Christmas Mass for the service in English. 

AUGUST

Congratulations to Natalie C who passed her Grade VIII Trinity Singing Exam with a high MERIT.

Congratulations to all the Junior and Senior Company singers at JACAD for their performances in this year's National Finals in London. Special mention to Ellie, Georgia, Greta and Hannah for their Song & Dance Quartet, Chief Cook and Bottle Washer, which was awarded a SILVER MEDAL.

JULY

JACAD theatre trip to see WICKED The Musical at the Apollo Victoria, featuring JACAD singing alumna Ella Nonini!

Annual awards day at JACAD:

Kate L Field Singing Shield - Greta M

Senior Vocal Award - Emma W

Intermediate Vocal Award - Theo S

Junior Vocal Award - Liliana L 

Congratulations to the St Swithun's Summer Term ABRSM singing exam candidates, the average mark being a high MERIT.

Congratulations to the Claires Court Boys Summer Term ABRSM singing exam candidates for their results, the average mark being a DISTINCTION. 

JUNE

Congratulations to the Summer Term TRINITY singing exam candidates for their results, particularly the three Grade VIII pupils. The average mark was a high MERIT.

JACAD pupils competed in the Song & Dance Classes at the Regional Finals of the All England Dance Competition in Fareham. The following performances have been put through to the National Finals in London in late July:

Senior Song & Dance Group -  LA LA Land - FIRST 

Junior Song & Dance Group - School of Rock - FIRST

21 & Under Song & Dance Quartet - Chief Cook & Bottle Washer - FIRST

Junior Song & Dance Duet - All for You - FIRST

Senior Song & Dance Solo - I Can Cook Too - THIRD

Field Voices A Cappella Choir perform in the Summer Music Concert at St Swithun's School singing Mrs Field's arrangement of Wilson Philips Hold On

MARCH

Congratulations to the St Swithun's Spring Term Trinity singing exam candidates for their results, particularly the three Grade VIII pupils. The average mark was a high MERIT.

 

Congratulations to St Swithun's pupils taking part in their joint Winchester College production of Lionel Bart's Oliver! Particular mention goes to Emma B for her stand out portrayal of Nancy, listen here to the live recording: 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to JACAD pupil Natalie who has received the following glowing review from NODA for her portrayal of the role of Grace Farrell in Starmaker's production of ANNIE at South Hill Park:

Natalie Cox – (Grace Farrell) – I cannot believe this young lady is only sixteen! In a role that can so often disappear into the back ground she gave a sophisticated and mature performance of the highest quality. Her dialogue had a wonderfully rhythmic lilt and her character warm affectionate and liberal. She has a superlative singing voice and brought all the numbers she was involved in to life; especially I Think I’m Gonna Like it Here and A New Deal for Christmas.   

JACAD pupils competed in Song & Dance classes at the Tilehurst Eisteddfod receiving the following results:

1st Place - School of Rock - Junior Group

1st Place -  La La Land - Senior Group

1st Place - Chief Cook - Senior Quartet

2nd Place - Look at Me - Senior Trio

2nd Place - When You Got It - Emma  15 Years Solo

2nd Place - I Can't be Bothered - Theo 13 Years Solo

2nd Place - I Can Cook Too - Greta  16-18 Years Solo

3rd Place - All for You - Junior Duet

3rd Place - Listen to your Heart - Ellie 16-18 Years Solo

Congratulations to all the singers who took part in the above festival including Abbie and Georgia who also qualified along with Greta, Ellie, Emma and Liliana  to compete with their solos in the Regional Finals of the All England Dance Competition in June.

FEBRUARY

Toi Toi Toi to JACAD singing pupil Bronte Lavine as she joins the Company of FUNNY GIRL for their UK Tour.

JACAD pupils compete in Song & Dance Solo/Duet/Trio/Quartet classes at the Royal Berkshire Festival with the following results:

Senior Song & Dance Quartet - Greta, Georgia, Hannah & Ellie - First Place - 89

E Song & Dance Solo - Abbie - First Place - 88 - Winner of the Song & Dance Cup

Junior Song & Dance Duet - Tia & Lily - First Place - 86

Senior Song & Dance Trio - Abbie, Emma & Rachel - Second Place - 88

E Song & Dance Solo - Greta & Ellie - Joint Second Place - 87

E Song & Dance Solo - Emma - Third Place - 86

JANUARY

JACAD pupils compete in Song & Dance Solo/Duet/Trio/Quartet classes at Woking Festival with the following results:

Senior Song & Dance Quartet - Greta, Georgia, Hannah & Ellie - First Place - 88

Senior Song & Dance Trio - Abbie, Emma & Rachel - First Place - 87

 

2016

NOVEMBER

A Little Night Music at St Swithun's School

Field Voices performed Coldplay's Fix You.

Anesu, Emma, Jess - If I Were A Boy

Jess - Defying Gravity

Emma - Bound to You

Tobi - We Found Love 

Katya - Let's Face the Music and Dance

Kate - Ma Bella Bimba 

St Swithun's Junior Pupils take ABRSM & TRINITY Exams. The average result for this session was a High MERIT.

 

AUGUST

Summer School at JACAD for 5-13 year olds. 

JULY

Congratulations to the St Swithun's Pupils for their TRINITY singing Exam results, Grades I-VI. The average mark for this session was MERIT.

Annual awards day at JACAD:

Kate L Field Singing Shield - Ellie M

Senior Vocal Award - Abbie H

Intermediate Award - Josie W

Junior Award - Alexine S 

JUNE

Congratulations to JACAD singing pupil Ella Nonini who finishes her run with Mamma Mia! and moves into the West End cast of WICKED in September!

Congratulations to JACAD singing pupil Jemma Revell who starts a contract in the West End run of Mamma Mia in the role of Ali, covering Sophie. 

Junior & Senior Pupils at St Swithun's School take their ABRSM & TRINITY Exams.

Junior Field Voices (Aged 9/10) Perform When I Grow Up in the Spotlight: Music & Drama Evening at St Swithun's School.

Congratulations to both Charlotte and Miranda for gaining a place at Tiffany Theatre College

MARCH

Congratulations to the Claires Court boys for their TRINITY singing Exam results, Grades IV-V. The average mark for this session was DISTINCTION.

Congratulations to the JACAD pupils for their TRINITY singing Exam results, Grades I-VI.  The average mark for this session was DISTINCTION. 

Congratulations to the St Swithun's pupils for their TRINITY singing Exam results Grades V-VIII. The average mark was MERIT.

 

FEBRUARY

Twelve JACAD pupils compete in the Solo Song Class at the Royal Berkshire Festival, Ascot.

 

JANUARY

Jess L & Alice C represent their houses in St Swithun's Music Competition Finals. Congratulations to Jess L for winning the Intermediate House Music Prize.

JACAD pupils Greta, Ellie, Hannah & Georgia compete with Solo and Quartet Song & Dance pieces in Woking Festival. Congratulations to Greta and Ellie who came FIRST and SECOND respectively in their solo song class.

2015

DECEMBER

Congratulations to the St Swithun's School pupils who took their ABRSM and TRINITY Exams, the results average was a MERIT.

St Swithun's Pupils Olivia W & Alice S perform in Winchester College's production of Little Shop of Horrors.


NOVEMBER

ABRSM & TRINITY College singing candidates take their exams in Winchester. 

A Little Night Music at St Swithun's School:

Anesu sings L'ho Perduta from Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. Jess sings No One But You from the Queen Musical We Will Rock You. Emma sings I'm Not That Girl from Schwartz's  Wicked. Rachel sings What is Love? from Empire, (Mosely/Washington/Jones).   The Field Voices sing an a cappella arrangement of Jessie J's song Flashlight, (Sia/Gozeman/Moore/Sam Smith).

 

SEPTEMBER

JACAD singing pupil Katie Barker successfully auditioned for Royal Carribbean Cruises for a nine month singer/dancer contract. This includes singing in the hit show Saturday Night Fever. CONGRATULATIONS KATIE! 

 

AUGUST

Claires Court Pupil Sam MacGregor has been awarded a DISTINCTION for his Grade 6 TRINITY Singing Exam.

St Swithun's Pupils results for TRINITY and ABRSM Summer session exams average DISTINCTION.

JACAD All England Dance Finals Singing Results:

Senior A Song & Dance Quartet Greta Ellie Hannah Georgia - FIRST PLACE  

Senior B Song & Dance Quartet Katie Amy Greta Ellie - FIRST PLACE

Senior B Song & Dance Group 21 & Under - THIRD PLACE

 

JULY

JACAD Singers compete in the All England Dance Competition Song and Dance Classes at the 2015 Finals at the Hackney Empire. 

ABRSM & TRINITY Singing Examinations take place in Winchester, Maidenhead & Bracknell. 

Annual awards day at JACAD:

Kate L Field Singing Shield - Katie B

Senior Vocal Award - Greta M

Intermediate Award - Emma W

Junior Award - Liliana L 

 

JUNE

St Swithun's Pupils Alice & Olivia successfully auditioned for Winchester College's production of Little Shop of Horrors.

JACAD Song and Dance results from the All England Regional Finals, the following singers are through to the finals in July/August:

Into the Woods Medley - 21 and Under Group - First Place

Newsies Quartet - Ellie, Greta, Georgia & Hannah - First Place

Cabaret Quartet - Amy, Katie, Ellie & Greta - First Place

I know things now - Ellie - 13/14 Years Solo - Second Place

Spanish Rose - Katie - 15-18 Years Solo - Second Place

 

MAY

Congratulations to JACAD singer Natalie Cox who has successfully auditioned for the rôle of Johanna in Ocean Youth Company's production of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd.

Emma B performs Cole Porter's Cry Me a River with the St Swithun's School Concert Band at the Founders' Day Concert.

JACAD pupils compete in All England Dance Regional Finals in Fareham, Hants. Four Solos, Two Quartets, Two Duets and A GREAT BIG COMPANY NUMBER! Toi Toi Toi Girls!

 

APRIL

Jack J performs Elwyn Edwards' The Cloths of Heaven in the joint Senior Boys & Girls Claires Court Schools Music Concert.

A Night At The Oscars on the 2nd/3rd/4th showcasing World Champion performing arts students from JACAD at South Hill Park, Bracknell.

 

FEBRUARY

Sam & Sammy from Claires Court Senior Boys School perform in Maidenhead's Got Talent.

Tilehurst Eisteffodd and Royal Berkshire Festival of Dance - ALL of the Song & Dance JACAD 2015 entries qualified for the Regional Finals! 

 

JANUARY

Kate's JACAD singing pupils competed in Woking Festival of Dance with great results:

Katie Barker - Solo Song & Dance - First Place & Trophy

Ellie Malins - Solo Song & Dance - First Place (88)

Greta McKinnon - Solo Song & Dance - Third Place (86)

Guys & Dolls - 21 Years and Under Duet Song & Dance - Second Place (89)

Newsies - 15 Years and Under Quartet Song & Dance - First Place (88)

Cabaret - 21 Years and Under Quartet Song & Dance - Second Place (86)

 

2014

NOVEMBER

Alice C sings Rodgers & Hart, Bewitched Bothered and Bewildered, Anesu sings Sia's Chandelier,Emma B sings Sam Smith's I'm Not the Only One, Jess sings Brown's You Don't Know This Man and an ensemble group of pupils will sing Joe Iconis' Broadway Here I Come in A Little Night Music concert at St Swithun's School on the 13th. 

 

OCTOBER 

Singer-Songwriter Sam MacGregor attends Big Music Project as a recipient of RBWM arts bursary, getting advice for songwriting from industry experts. 

 

SEPTEMBER

Congratulations to my St Swithun's ABRSM singing exam candidates whose average result was a Distinction.

Congratulations to my JACAD singing pupil Natalie C who is through to the second round of auditions for the new Adrian Mole Musical.

 

AUGUST  

Ellie Popham takes part in AIMS  Summer School Solo course.

 

JULY

JACAD leavers Charley, Harriet, Nerys and Chloe perform at the end of year Prize Giving. Having gained scholarships for College, Harriet and Nerys are all continuing their training towards a career on the stage. 

Congratulations to the St Swithun's TRINITY singing exam candidates, encompassing Grades 1 to 8, who all scored over 90% Distinction marks. Fabulous!

Congratulations to the Claires Court School Senior Boys singing exam candidates who all passed their ABRSM, the average result being a pass.

 

JUNE

Congratulations to JACAD pupil Charlotte W. for her Grade VIII TRINITY Examination Merit. Charlotte is going on to read for a degree in Music at University.

Claires Court Senior Boys perform in the Summer Term School Concert.

St Swithun's pupils take their ABRSM & TRINITY Guildhall singing examinations.

Claires Court Senior Boys take their ABRSM singing examinations.

 

MAY

Two St Swithun's School Junior School pupils both won their song competition sections with Honours. Well done Aggie & Saskia!

 

APRIL 

JACAD pupil Charley King makes the second round of auditions for the rôle of Johanna in the opera Sweeney Todd at this year's Eisteddfod. This comes after an open audition round where hundreds of hopefuls applied. Charley was the youngest singer in round two and was up against much older professional sopranos. A very talented young lady!  

Congratulations to St Swithun's Pupil Charlotte S for her Grade 6 TRINITY Singing Exam DISTINCTION

 

MARCH 

Sam M and James T- sing the Mozart Requiem with the Taplow Choirs at St George's Chapel, Windsor.

Natalie C takes part in Starmaker's production of Miss Saigon at South Hill Park, Bracknell.

Sam sings his original songs for the RBWM Arts Bursary Showcase at The Firestation, Windsor 

Sammy sings Howard Goodall's Lacrymosa in the Claires Court Boys' school music concert. 

Isabella sings with The Morrows Rock Band in the St Swithun's School Rock Concert! 

JACAD pupils compete in the Tilehurst Festival St Swithun's School pupils take their TRINITY & ABRSM Singing Examinations.

 

FEBRUARY  

14 JACAD singing pupils all successfully performed a solo song from a Musical at the Royal Berkshire Festival. Congratulations to Harriet, Miranda & Emma for coming 2nd, and Nerys, Greta & Ellie for coming 3rd in their respective classes. 

 

JANUARY 

Advanced pupils audition for NYMT.

JACAD singing pupils compete in the Woking Festival with their Song & Dance entries. 

 

2013

DECEMBER 

Sam M showcases his compositions alongside covers at Art on the Street in Maidenhead Town Centre on Saturday 7th.