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Alumni Round Up February 2023

Mon 6 March 2023

Our alumni have been busy with a range of performances across dance, music and musical theatre.

In the dance scene, Bootycandy, Robert O’Hara’s semi-autobiographical story, with movement direction by alum Malik Nashad Sharpe, premiered at the Gate Theatre on 13 February. The performance is showing until 11 March, book your tickets here.

Looking for a playlist to listen to while cooling down at the end of a session? Greenwich Dance Artist in Residence, Holly Smith, shares her Dance for Wellbeing Playlist.

Professor Emma Redding discusses how treating dancers like athletes could help prevent injury in an article by ArtsHub UK.

BalletLORENT (Liv Lorent) has encouraged parents and their children to audition for its new multi-generational production of Rapunzel.

Propel Dance, a brand new professional all-wheelchair user dance company, are delighted to announce their premiere production of The Snow Queen, with alum Amy Dalton-Hardy as their Executive Director.


In the music scene, Ezra Collective (Joseph Armon-Jones, Dylan Jones, Femi Koleoso) raised the roof at the O2 Academy in Bristol on 18 February.

Xhosa Cole returned to the North Devon Jazz Club, hosted by The Beaver Inn, Appledore on 20 February.

Moses Boyd is involved in the new album Transmissions From Total Refreshment Centre, produced in collaboration with Blue Note.

Countertenor, Terry Barber, conducted a 2-hour masterclass on 22 February to Mohave High School students in preparation for their performance, Mercury: The Music of Queen’s Front Man.

Sam Jewison performed on 25 February at Stephen Joseph Theatre to celebrate the 125th birthday of George Gershwin.

John Savournin leads the way in the prologue in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos.

Henry Drummond is about to publish his first book The Cantigas de Santa Maria, which may be of interest to those working in musicology, medieval studies, and Iberian studies. Anyone interested can preorder the book here.

Onto some Musical Theatre news: some of our alumni will be performing and touring within the UK. Jacob Fowler, Katie Ramshaw, and Lewis Asquith are performing in Heathers the Musical London and the UK tour.

London’s The Play That Goes Wrong welcomes a new cast, of which alum Rosie Meek is a member.

The Lord of the Flies, Leeds Playhouse, premieres between 18 March to 8 April, with Jason Battersby as Roger.

Our alumni also have the opportunity to perform on cruise lines. Jordan Donnelly and Thomas Ibbs are performing in The Choir of Man (NCL Cruise) while Dani Brennan performs in Grease on the Royal Caribbean.



Coming up:

Jemima Hoadley launches her upcoming exhibition at Siobhan Davies Studios, a collaboration with Camilla Greenwell on 10 March.

Internationally renowned British composer, Cecilia McDowell, will be premiering her new work, The Ice is Listening, commissioned by Henley Choral Society to celebrate their 50th Anniversary.

On 4 April and 5 April, Pulse, National Dance Company Wales, will bring their new double bill featuring SAY’s (Sarah Golding and Yukiko Masui) piece, working with beatboxers to explore the meaning of to represent.