The performing arts are a lively and integral part of life at the College. We are very fortunate to have state of the art facilities, including a fully equipped theatre, separate dance and drama studios and a music technology suite which includes a professional recording studio. Students are involved in a variety of drama clubs and have the chance to devise and direct their own plays as well as performing to many different audiences.

There is a proud tradition of music and singing at the College. All new students are encouraged to take up, or continue learning, an instrument, and tuition is provided for around 25% of students who take the opportunity to improve their confidence and enhance their overall musicianship.

There are three tiers of Music Scholarship on offer to students, which offer varying levels of financial assistance towards music tuition, and personal mentoring. Our Music Scholars also benefit from unique performance opportunities, which include taking part in a workshop with visiting members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

We compete successfully at both local and national music drama festivals, while the music ensembles and drama groups perform annually at the popular Christmas concert at All Saints Church in Oakham. Our students also have the opportunity to go ‘on tour’ around Europe performing music, dance and drama to audiences across the continent.

Productions

Dramatic performances are a key part of life at Catmose College. Our Year 7 students travel to the West End to watch a musical and take part in dance and movement workshops. They then work on performances during their Drama and Music lessons, culminating in a performance to families later in the year.  Our whole-school performances form one of the highlights of the school year, often involving over 200 students and invariably sell out well in advance. As well as performing on stage, out students are involved in arranging the choreography, constructing the set and organising the backstage and technical functions. The annual Dance Showcase, brings together a wide repertoire of dance styles, many of the pieces being choreographed by the students themselves.

Mary Poppins 2020

Sister Act

Year 7 Matilda Performance 2019

Extra curricular

 As well as one-to-one tuition, Catmose College believes strongly in the importance of nurturing a musician through group performance so offers a variety of ensembles which rehearse each week as part of our extra-curricular programme, including Junior and Senior Orchestra and Choir, a Jazz Band, and Flute ensemble.

Drama Festivals

In April 2019, 68 students from Catmose College competed at the 101st Oundle Festival of Music and Drama. The students who were in Years 7-12 spent the day performing in the different classes; ‘Solo acting’, ‘Duologues’ and ‘Creative Performance’. Our students won every class they entered, against several other schools. Catmose College took home 1st place in KS3 Duologues, KS3 Solo Acting, KS3 Creative performance, KS4 Duologue & KS4 Solo Acting. Harington School took home 1st place in KS5 Duologue.

LAMDA

LAMDA lessons are offered at the college, either on a one-to-one basis or in shared lessons. Students can study a variety of qualifications including: Solo acting, Duologues, Public speaking or Speaking & Prose. Students take one or two exams a year and the results have been exceptional, with the majority of students achieving a Distinction grade. Some of our higher level students have also earned their Bronze and Silver Medals in Acting, and are working towards their Gold Medal.