As St Albans School works towards Phase Two of the refurbished facilities for the Performing Arts, the vision to help each pupil flourish remains at the core of our fundraising efforts.
The Drama and Music departments within St Albans School have grown exponentially over the last few years, with increasing numbers of students taking these subjects at GCSE and A level, as well as many more participating outside of the curriculum. New Hall can no longer accommodate this growing demand and is stretched to full capacity. Equally, the size and complexity of productions that the School wishes to put on have long since outgrown our current hall, with poor backstage, changing room and technical facilities. Our highly complex and ambitious productions, which span multiple shows, a full orchestra, chorus and technical crew, demand facilities to match.
The improved facilities demand considerable financial resources and we have introduced Play your Part – a part of the Building Futures campaign – to meet our next fundraising target of £1 million. This work will include the redevelopment of the main and balcony floors of New Hall, and the addition of a 300 seat multi-use auditorium for students and their families to enjoy. To complete this project and to ensure that the Centre for the Performing Arts is further enhanced by its setting, we plan to refurbish Middle Yard with new landscaping.
This is a wonderful opportunity for you to support the future of the arts at St Albans School; giving students the much-needed space and resources they need to grow. Your support and commitment will create a richer artistic experience and bring out the best in our students.
With your support, the new Centre for Performing Arts will transform facilities for students for years to come. Enriched by the performing arts, students will benefit from a creative escape and a means to develop invaluable life skills.
Students thrive in an atmosphere that fosters creative expression and personal growth. The arts increase opportunities for self-expression, helping students to develop new ideas and new ways to express themselves.
The arts instil pride, enabling students to derive satisfaction from their own achievements and those of their peers. Students not only develop self-knowledge and self-confidence, but also discover that success is achieved through discipline and perseverance.
The arts help to open students up to forming new opinions and perspectives; helping them learn to understand and empathise with others.
St Albans School, Abbey Gateway, St Albans AL3 4HB