Lancing College is highly regarded for its emphasis on Performing Arts. Offering diverse and eclectic programmes in Music, Drama and Dance, we aim to attract those pupils who arrive at Lancing with plenty of experience under their belt, but also those whose curiosity and interest are waiting to be sparked. Participation in Music, Drama and Dance ensures that our pupils are equipped with valuable life skills that are easily developed when practising these disciplines, such as collaboration, communication, organisation, confidence and leadership.
The focus on the Arts doesn’t stop within the boundaries of the College. We are delighted to be continuing our sponsorship of the Charleston Trust Festival and Chichester Festival Theatre, a commitment which has lasted for several years now, with the aim to support artistic initiatives in the areas surrounding the College.
The Charleston Trust, once the home and meeting place of the Bloomsbury Group, hosts a very popular literary festival in its intimate venues. Now in its 30th year, the Festival’s creative focus is inspired by its past residents and visitors, which includes Virginia Woolf, her sister (and artist) Vanessa Bell and artist Duncan Grant.
The College is proud to be sponsoring the Festival talk ‘On the Future’ with Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, and our pupils will be attending a number of events during the course of the year.
The programme for Chichester Theatre Festival 2019 includes a real breadth of work, from classic Shakespeare to powerful new writing, family theatre and musicals. The College will be sponsoring Plenty, written by OL Sir David Hare; our pupils are looking forward to the opportunity to see the production on stage.
Our pupils have been so far in the term exceptionally busy with rehearsals, productions and performances. The whole student body has been involved in the Inter-House Music Competition, where the main aim is to compete to earn points for their Houses. Over 300 performances took place in February, with Head’s House (runner-up) and Manor House (winner) coming at the top in the overall competition.
More recently over 40 pupils (and… two dogs!) have been hard at work rehearsing for this year’s colourful musical Legally Blonde; while an even larger number of musicians and vocalists have been practising for the upcoming Lent Concert at the end of March.