Derby Arts Festival has been taking place all this month. Affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech, the Derby Festival attracts over 2000 entries each year across multiple categories.

18 Junior and seven Senior Derby Grammar School boys have been amongst the entrants in the speech and drama categories. Our Barber Shop Choir also entered the choir category.

Our pupils have all performed excellently, with many being placed in their categories:

– Senior Schools Choirs – first
– Acting Duologue (15 years and over) – first, Tommy Goldsmith and Aaron Thomas
– Verse Speaking (9 years) – first, Teo Panayotov
– Acting Duologue (13 and 14 years) – second, Abubakr Ali and Ethan Morris
– Acting (13 and 14 years) – second, George Cochrane
– Verse Speaking (11 years) – third, Daniel Davies
– Verse Speaking (10 years) – third, Cameron Tamber
– Verse Speaking (14 and 15 years – third, Alex Liddle
At Derby Grammar School we award music and choral scholarships each year. Both music and performance are an important part of our curriculum.

Hayley Simpson, speech and drama teacher said: “our pupils work extremely hard to develop and refine their performances. I am so proud of them when I watch them compete and perform at an event like Derby Arts Festival. Competing brings out the fighting spirit in my students which is lovely to see, and performing is so important for building confidence and communication skills, which will come in useful for the rest of their lives.”

Full list of Derby Grammar School entrants to Derby Arts Festival 2017

Verse Speaking (8 years)     
Reehan Walia, Harjan Nahal

Verse Speaking (11 years)
Ibrahim Ali, Daniel Davies, Leo SIlverwood, Lucas Brandon, Rahul Bala

Verse Speaking (9 years)
Tharusna Suthaskaran, Thomas Miln, Ali Khan, Omer Khan, Teo Panayotov, Will Flear, Daniel Kitchen

Verse Speaking (10 years)
Adam Gentles, Jeona Shergill, Chester Penny, Cameron Tamber

Acting (11 and 12 years)
Rohan Singh

Acting Duologue (13 and 14 years)
Abubakr Ali and Ethan Morris

Verse Speaking (14 and 15 years)
Alex Liddle

Acting (13 and 14 years)
George Cochrane

Acting Duologue (15 years and over)
Tommy Goldsmith and Aaron Thomas

Secondary Schools Choir
Barber Shop Choir singing Can You Feel The Love Tonight (Elton John), Run To You (Pentatonix) and Amazing Grace (Trad).

Watch the Barber Shop Choir singing Amazing Grace