Rhinegold Julian Lloyd Webber will open the Routh Concert Hall

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Bromsgrove School to open new Performing Arts Centre

12:12, 22nd November 2017

Bromsgrove School is to open the doors to its new Performing Arts Centre this evening (22 November).

The complex includes the new Cobham Theatre and Routh Concert Hall, both seating an audience of 300, a large drama studio and an entire suite of new music classrooms, recording studios and practice rooms.

The concert hall boasts ‘exceptional acoustic qualities’ and a raised performance area large enough to hold a full orchestra. The theatre has flexible seating options, allowing for a variety of performance styles, and a hydraulic thrust stage which will enable it it to host a range of drama and dance performances.

Professor Julian Lloyd Webber, principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, will re-open the Routh Concert Hall, and Lord Cobham (12th Viscount), whose family (Lyttelton) has been associated with Bromsgrove School for many years, will open Cobham Theatre.

The evening will include highlights of forthcoming drama productions and a showcase of musical talent from all Bromsgrove Schools

Drama students will present include the opening scenes and finale from The Pierglass, written by Bromsgrove’s director of performing arts, Tim Norton, an extract from The Tales of The Thousand and One Nights, and an extract from Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

The Routh Hall Opening Concert will feature performances by Senior School percussionists Drum Line, Senior Choir, String Orchestra, Jazz band and Concert Choirs. Composer Richard Knight, assistant director of music at Bromsgrove, has written a new work which will be performed at the end of the concert by Concert Choirs, Jazz Band and Orchestra.

The Grand Opening concert will be live streamed via Facebook from 6.15pm.

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