Families flock to inaugural performing arts celebration

Almost 500 parents and community members turned out at The Peterborough Theatre this Tuesday as Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT) brought together 11 of its schools in a regional Performing Arts Festival. 

Over 360 students from 11 CMAT schools performed to a jampacked audience of friends, family and the local community at The Peterborough Theatre on Tuesday 2nd July. The showcase included singing, dancing and acting. 

The performances across the evening included songs from musicals, such as Matilda, Annie and The Greatest Showman; exerts from Shakespeare plays including Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet and Macbeth; with several brave students providing outstanding solo performances. 

The secondary schools who participated included Stamford Welland Academy, Nene Park Academy, Sawtry Village Academy, Ely College, North Cambridge Academy and Swavesey Village College. The primary schools who participated were West Town Primary Academy, Sawtry Junior Academy, Downham Feoffees Primary Academy, Lantern Primary School and Bar Hill Primary.

The event was inspired by the vision of the Trust’s founder, the late Martin Bacon. Martin aspired to bring together all CMAT schools annually to celebrate artistic excellence and inspire improvements in the provision of arts across Cambridgeshire. The Evolve performance is to become an annual event in his honour. 

Mark Woods, Chief Executive Officer of CMAT, said: “One of Martin’s great joys was the celebration of the talent of young people, and he strongly believed that excellence in participation and quality of arts provision was a defining element of what makes a good school. 

“The Evolve event was a fantastic celebration of our students and the arts across the Trust. I want to thank everyone involved in organising the event and to the families and communities for coming to support us on the night.”

Julie Chong, Education Projects Director at CMAT, said: “CMAT’s first ever trust wide performance was a brilliant display of the talent we have within the Trust, and it was great to see the students embrace the opportunity to showcase their hard work to a large audience.

“It has been a privilege to work with so many passionate colleagues and students and it was brilliant to see a full theatre of support. I would like to thank everyone involved for all their hard work, and to say a big well done to those who performed”. 

For more information about CMAT, please visit: www.cmatrust.co.uk.

Press release from the Active Learning Trust

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