June 2021 News
Posted on 2nd July 2021 at 12:57
All of our June news
1st June 2021
Here’s a fabulous update sent from Beth last week. We are hoping to get a trip organised when we get back after half term. 👏👏
"Hi everyone! So I have just finished my second day of Hairspray UK Tour rehearsals. It’s been a full on couple of days learning all of the vocal material and finally meeting all of my fellow cast members after a year and a half of waiting! I’m super excited to start dance rehearsals with Drew McOnie on Monday - it’s going to be an amazing show!
If anyone is wanting to come I will attach the link to see all of our dates and venues across the UK and Ireland. We start touring at the end of June so if you are going on a staycation this summer or want to come and watch close to home (Bradford is our closest venue) then I would LOVE to see you all!!
3rd June 2021
We are thrilled to announce yet another success story!
This time our lovely news is about Emma Jackson, who has been awarded another year at York Dance Scholars (formerly Yorkshire Ballet scholarship centre).
Congratulations Emma all your hard work and dedication has paid off!
Emma is seen here just after taking her Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate Foundation filmed examination.
York Dance Scholars is a registered charity providing master classes in Classical Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Modern Jazz with highly acclaimed teachers from around the world with a wealth of experience in the dance profession.
The master classes are intended to complement the training given by their own dance teachers.
5th June 2021
Congratulations to Jack and Charlie for recording their variation on video to send off to IDTA as nominees of the theatre awards 2021.
Well done boys from your KH family.
6th June 2021
Sunday evening smiles
What a lovely surprise Miss Angela received off her Niece, Sas, when they recently met up in London!
Sas gave her a card off Ant and Dec!!!
Sassy had been telling Ant and Dec , while she was working backstage with them, all about her Auntie Angela’s 50th year of teaching celebration and so Dec wrote the card without hesitation and both Ant and Dec signed it.
Thank you Saskia for your kind thought of spreading the word of the work that Miss Angela and Kirkham Henry do and to Ant and Dec for taking time out to write the card. ❤️
10th June 2021
We welcome Miss Fran to our team and thank her for three brilliant jazz classes tonight.
Fabulous lyrical hip hop routine together with great warm up, technical workout and everything that goes together to make a great jazz class.
Brilliant feedback Miss Fran we hope you enjoyed yourself as much as our senior 1,2,3’s.
13th June 2021
Sunday morning smiles-
Wonderful memories of attending The Patron’s lunch this very rainy weekend 2016.
Seeing Miss Sophie with fellow students from The Royal Academy of Dance as part of the parade and having the privilege of talking to Dame Monica Mason and Sir Peter Wright of The Royal Ballet Company made my day.
Miss Angela x
Dame Monica Mason, DBE, is a former ballet dancer, teacher, and artistic director of The Royal Ballet.
Sir Peter Wright, CBE is a British ballet teacher, choreographer, director and former professional dancer. He worked as a choreographer and as the artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet.
The Patron’s Lunch
On Sunday June 12th 2016, The Mall in St James’s Park was transformed for its largest ever street party to celebrate The Queen’s patronage of over 600 charities and organisations on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
The Patron’s Lunch was an iconic event that recognised the un-relenting support and service our Monarch has given to the community over her 63 year reign. The Mall was the centrepiece to the truly magnificent spectacle; 10,000 guests, most of whom were representatives from the Patron’s Organisations, taking part in a classic British ‘street party’.
The invited guests enjoyed hamper-style lunches at tables positioned along the full length of The Mall. They were entertained by the spectacular parade that was designed to encapsulate memories from the decades of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign.
13th June 2021
Sunday evening smiles... From Miss Nicky
“When our voices join together, we are fearless, we are one.”
What a joy to hear a group of young people singing together again!
Thank you for those who joined me this morning in my group singing workshops. Everyone did really well with mask wearing and social distance spacing which meant hearing each other was tricky at times but it was just wonderful to be in a room where we could sing with our friends after a year and a half. Watch out for more dates in the near future!
“Singing lifts the spirits, heals the heart and feeds the soul. Singing makes us stronger, we can reach for any goal.”
From the excited children leaving I’m sure everyone enjoyed their singing. Thankyou Miss Nicky for your time and to Miss Millie for her help with the younger ones.
A lovely morning .
16th June 2021
Huge congratulations to Maddie Lund for gaining a place on The Royal Ballet School Junior Associate programme.
Well done Maddie from everyone at KH, we look forward to following your progress.
From Maddie’s family-
We would like to thank Kirkham Henry for your continued support and direction. Special thanks to all of Maddie’s ballet teachers since starting in the preschool classes at 2.5 years old and especially Miss Kyla who assisted us with her audition.
The Junior Associate programme is for girls and boys aged 8 to 10 who wish to take class with The Royal Ballet School, alongside their regular ballet classes.
* The School aims to invite all Associate students to attend one pre-general rehearsal at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden during the year
* In addition, we invite students to attend a workshop held at the Upper School to enhance their training
* Occasionally, Associates are asked to take part in productions by The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and visiting companies
* An introduction to The Royal Ballet School System of Training
* Enhanced ballet training with the view to a full-time vocational education
* Dance with students of a similar age who share the same passion and drive for a career in dance
* The creation of life long friendships.
17th June 2021
Wonderful amazing news today as we congratulate Hermione Collier-Hield for gaining a place at Guildford school of Acting on the BA musical theatre programme.
Well done Hermione, you so deserve this fabulous news, from all at KH.
Hermione is the eldest daughter of Dan who is a Director of Kirkham Henry and Sara.
Programme overview from website
Guildford School of Acting is arguably one of the world’s most successful conservatoires for musical theatre training with alumni appearing in the West End, on Broadway and across the world. We provide personalised industry-focused instruction and education, within the discipline of an ensemble, to develop skills and abilities in preparation for a successful and rewarding career in musical theatre.
Our BA Musical Theatre programme achieved 97% overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2020. We have also been ranked 3rd for drama and dance in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020.
Our BA Musical Theatre course will develop professional and collaborative sensibilities through a rigorous programme of training. gaining individual technical, critical and evaluative skills, with practical classes in a range of core disciplines – from jazz dance to stage combat.
On this course, skills are continually developed through integration exercises, scene work, project rehearsals and productions of classic and contemporary musicals. Classes in dance and singing are highly-prioritised alongside acting classes and projects, which will enable everyone to become multi-skilled and highly versatile, ensuring the appeal to the industry and a flying start to a career in Musical Theatre.
20th June 2021
Sunday evening smiles...
and plenty of them today as our IDTA Intermediate performers, after so so long waiting through lockdowns and waiting for exams to be able to take place again, finally got to show all their hard work and dedication for a ‘filmed ‘exam.
Miss Rebecca did an amazing job with her camera work and Miss Joanne was playing music .
These filmed exams will be sent to an IDTA examiner to be examined .
Everyone was so happy when they came out and danced fantastically . Miss Rebecca was feeling very emotional and very proud of all her dancers .
Well done to everyone
25th June 2021
Wishing former pupil Beth Armstrong all the best for opening night of Hairspray the musical. ‘Break a leg’ Beth from all your KH family. ❤️
Plymouth's Theatre Royal welcomes the West End hit show 'Hairspray the Musical' to the stage from 25 June, with audience members seated in a socially distanced format. A spokesperson for Theatre Royal Plymouth said: “We are thrilled to be opening the UK tour of Hairspray after an incredibly difficult year.
25th June 2021
The year 10 pupils gained a Yorkshire Ballet Scholarship (one missing from Photo), we think it was 2009.
How amazing to have that many young people so talented and dedicated all of a similar age group.
27th June 2021
Sunday evening smiles-
Miss Nicky here:
What a lovely morning of song!
In private lessons some of my pupils have been learning duets and trios. They have learnt their part on its own and this morning some of them were able to come to the studio and sing it with their song partners in ‘real life’! Some have had some tricky harmonies to master and many of them surprised themselves when they heard it as they sang together for the first time. It was wonderful and I am super proud of all of them! It was lovely to be able to share a bit with our families too. Thanks for coming.
A few more to do in the coming weeks if we can find times where everyone is available around work and school! Thanks for all your hard work learning your songs everyone.
Congratulations to Miss Nicky and all involved, what an achievement to be able to do such a wonderful presentation.
28th June 2021
Bring on the girls
Here’s Josie, Janet, Julie and Anita who have been Tap dancing at KH for 150 years between them !
Josie and Julie for over 40 years and Janet and Anita for over 30 years. (Even taking Adult Tap exams).
Here they are after their Monday afternoon Tap class. Their class mates haven’t been dancing as long but they all tap together with gusto, and usually with a big smile on their face.
Well done girls and Keeeeep Dancing 👏👏
30th June 2021
Here’s an exciting update from former pupil Leo.
"Hello everyone! After what has been an incredibly interesting year and a half of training in 2 different careers, I’m feeling so lucky to be going back to doing a job I love - SINGING!
Fellow ex-student Scott Garnham asked me to be a part of ‘The Barricade Boys’ performing on the beautiful Celebrity Silhouette and so for the past couple of days, I’ve been rehearsing down in London!
We have 4 different shows to learn, with music ranging from Tom Jones to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.
I feel so grateful to Scott for giving me this incredible opportunity and for helping me to go back to work and re-igniting my passion for performing again. I’m looking forward to the next 4 months of entertaining guests whilst travelling around the U.K., Iceland and Western Europe!
I hope all of you are doing well and that you are all enjoying and looking forward to a return to ‘normality’ again! Stay safe and healthy everyone ❤️"
How wonderful that two former KH young men are working together. 👏👏👏👏
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