It is announced today that the outdoor stage built at The BRIT School, in order for performances to continue through lockdown, has been donated by The BRIT Trust and will be named The BRIT Trust Stage.
The stage, which measures 8m wide x 4.5m deep x 4.6m high, was completed after the third lockdown ready for the Summer Term. It has already hosted a whole range of BRIT School drama productions, including a full Shakespeare season of three plays (As You Like It, The Tempest and Henry V), the annual Drag Show, dance performances and graduation ceremonies.
Tony Wadsworth CBE, BRIT Trust Chair, said:
"At the start of the pandemic last year, the Trust reached out to Stuart and the School and asked what they needed to carry on providing the world-class education that the BRIT School has become known for. As well as ventilation, screens, technology, extra tuition etc., the Trust was able to fund the construction of a beautiful outdoor stage which has hosted student performances in the last academic year and will continue to do so well into the future.”
Stuart Worden, Principal of The BRIT School, added:
“As the world opened up, the School needed an additional performance space which was Covid-secure for audiences to enjoy live shows again. With the generosity of The BRIT Trust, an outdoor stage was built and rigged with infrastructure to make performances possible and give our students the best learning environment to learn their craft.”
Having opened its doors in September 1991, The BRIT School celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and last week proudly announced that former alumna and celebrated actor Cush Jumbo has been appointed a Trustee of the School.
As the School continues to adapt and evolve through the demands of COVID, BRIT Kids, the Saturday morning community programme for 7-13 year olds, has also launched an app BRIT Kids + -offering a suite of creative classes for all young people and their families to access through a subscription.
The BRIT Trust will be honoured tonight (14 Sep 2021) at the Music Week Awards ceremony as the official Charity Partner. Founded in 1989, it has since been able to distribute over £27 million raised largely through The BRIT Awards and The MITS, to a whole range of causes that promote education and wellbeing through music, with the largest amounts going to The BRIT School and music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins.