Year 9 girls enhance their creative skills at the 18th Luffield Arts Festival.
Our Year 9s really did find something to suit their many talents at this year’s Luffield Arts Festival, held at Stowe School.
Prior to the event, the girls’ teachers nominated them to participate in art and photography, band, choir, dance, drama and creative writing workshops. Another group of Thornton students also acted as roving reporters. Over three days, the girls collaborated with children from other schools to produce choreographed dance routines, original music compositions, artwork, prose and poetry.
Their incredible work culminated with an art exhibition and two performances in one evening during which the students showcased all they had learnt to an audience of teachers, friends and family, bringing together the ideas on which they had been working.
To chime with the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, the theme this year was ‘All that glitters is not gold’, adapted from ‘All that glisters is not gold’ a line in The Merchant of Venice.
The topic, as relevant in today’s society as it was in the 16th century, invited participating students to think about illusion and reality. What you see is not always what you get. The poets and writers in the group put pen to paper to write their thoughts and feelings on the subject, which they presented with great maturity. Why do we value utopia over true happiness they asked. And why is it that things and diamond rings are often perceived to be worth more than people?
We also saw three beautifully choreographed and eclectic dance pieces and the students brilliantly interpreted an act from Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Meanwhile, the musicians at the Festival split into four groups to work on specially arranged musical compositions, many playing and singing music not familiar to them. The two bands, formed within three days, performed an upbeat version of Coldplay’s Viva la Vida and injected loads of energy into Jessie J’s Price Tag.
The singers belted out All Star from the movie Shrek and the musical theatre group pulled together a medley, with their own choreography, from hit West End play, Wicked.
This opportunity for Year 9 students to improvise, play their own music, be creative and take risks is what Luffield is all about.