UWE gives prizes to outstanding performers

Issue date: 14 June 2010

CPA Prizewinners Students from the University of the West of England have been awarded prizes for their excellence and commitment to the Performing Arts at a special award ceremony at the Royal West of England Academy.

The students have been involved in a wide variety of activities as part of the UWE Centre for Performing Arts'programme, including the orchestra, brass consort, clarinet, woodwind and saxophone groups, drama, vocal studies, big band, music theatre and backstage crew. The students have taken part in these activities while pursuing their studies in a range of subjects including: Animation, Computing, English and French and Creative Music Technology.

The prizewinners are: Richard Kimber - Theatek Prize for Technical Excellence; Stacey Usher - UWESU Drama Prize; Catherine Buckland - The Bristol Academy of Performing Arts Prize; Dominik Schlienger - Cremona House Prize; Ben Marshall – The Luke Gale Memorial Prize; Alexander Ross - Centre for Performing Arts Prize; Melanie Melrose – Student Experience Prize; George Watson – Vocal Excellence Prize; Joshua Agasee –Alumni and Development Prize and Alex Nodes - UWE Vice-Chancellor's Prize. Each prizewinner received a certificate and a cheque for £50.

Alex Nodes, recipient of the Vice-Chancellors Prize for outstanding achievement in the performing arts and an Architecture student commented “It's been great fun, a challenge to fit everything in but very rewarding. I am particularly pleased with the Barbershop quartet – Four in the bar - that I helped start up last year and also being able to do the design for the newly released Big Band CD that I also played on.”

The evening had a distinct celebratory feel, focusing on the achievements and talents of the prizewinners as well as recapping the UWE Centre for Performing Arts' extensive programme of events that have taken place over the past year, particularly its continued commitment to community engagement and partnerships.

The event was attended by UWE Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steven West, President of the Royal West of England Academy, Simon Quadrat, sponsors, distinguished guests from arts organisations and local businesses and the families and friends of the prizewinners.

The guest speaker was Professor Leslie Bunt MBE – Founding Director of The MusicSpace Trust who gave an inspirational speech entitled, Celebrating our Creativity.

Ian Holmes, Director of the Centre for Performing Arts, said, “Congratulations to all our prizewinners for the continued dedication and enthusiasm that they have shown to the Centre for Performing Arts this year. There have been so many highlights, but one performance that really demonstrated our values, was Belshazzar's Feast at the Colston Hall in April. It was a wonderful achievement to bring together 400 performers from the University, local choirs, brass bands and schoolchildren, to perform a rousing rendition of Belshazzar's Feast that was enjoyed by all.”

For further information and forthcoming events please see:CPA website


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