‘Performing4u’ students compete at festival

Centre back: Jonathan Finn. Front - Left to right: Alex Merry, Bronwyn Spratt, Carys Spratt, Robyn Merry, Polly Barwis SUS-150225-112154001
Centre back: Jonathan Finn. Front - Left to right: Alex Merry, Bronwyn Spratt, Carys Spratt, Robyn Merry, Polly Barwis SUS-150225-112154001

On the 7th and 8th of February, six students from Performing4u in Horsham took to the stage and competed at Chichester Music and Drama Festival.

Chichester Festival is now celebrating its 60th year of running and has only missed a couple of years during World War II.

The students were entered into the poetry sections by their teacher, Emma Spires, and enjoyed varied success. On the first day Jonathan Finn gained 1st place in the class for 12-14 years, winning the Susan Brand Cup, with Polly Barwis in 2nd place.

This was followed by Carys Spratt gaining 1st place on the Sunday in the class for year 2 and under, winning the Noreen Ayling Cup No.1 and her sister Bronwyn Spratt gaining 2nd place in the class for year 4 achieving an ‘Outstanding’.

Alex Merry competed in the year 6 class gaining a ‘Very good with outstanding features’ as did his sister, Robyn Merry, in the year 3 class.

When asked, Emma Spires, who is the director and founder of Performing4u, said “I couldn’t be prouder of the students. They all worked extremely hard and deserved their success.

“Festivals provide a brilliant opportunity for children to perform and be creative, and any type of imagination and creativity that we can encourage in children has to be a good thing.”

Performing4u has been running for 3 years and provides drama classes for 3-16 year olds, and are just expanding to include 18 months and up.

They believe in qualified teachers, quality classes at affordable competitive prices.

For more information, please contact Emma Spires at info@performing4u.co.uk or visit their website at www.performing4u.co.uk.

Report and picture contributed by Emma Spires.