UWE rewards excellence in the Performing Arts

Issue date: 17 June 2009

CPA prizewinners at the prize-giving evening The University of the West of England has awarded annual prizes for Performing Arts at a special event hosted by The Royal West of England Academy. The annual prize giving ceremony, organised by UWE's Centre for Performing Arts, recognises final year students who have demonstrated exceptional talent and commitment to the performing arts over the course of their degree studies.

The prizewinners have been involved in a wide variety of activities as part of the UWE Centre for Performing Arts' programme, including the orchestra, brass consort, woodwind and saxophone group, drama, vocal studies, big band, music theatre and backstage crews. The students have taken part in these activities while pursuing their studies in a range of subjects including: Criminology, Diagnostic Radiography, Engineering, History and Drama, Forensic Biology and Education.

James Foster, winner of the Vice-Chancellor's prize exemplifies the wide range of activities students can become involved with. James was principal percussionist of the University Symphony Orchestra, played for the CPA Musical and also plays in the Big-Band.

James commented, “It's been great to have something to take part in that complements my academic studies. My overall experience of University has been more enjoyable because of what I've been able to take part in with other students, staff and community members within the CPA.”

The evening focused on the achievements and talents of the prizewinners as well as on the UWE Centre for Performing Arts programme of events over the past year and its continued commitment to community outreach. The event was attended by distinguished guests from local business, arts organisations, and the families and friends of the prizewinners.

Ian Holmes, Director of the Centre for Performing Arts, said 'Our activities have continued to expand over the past year and many of the prizewinners have helped the CPA with this through their continued dedication and commitment. They have in particular helped us to further engage with members of the local community by taking part in many outreach events and public concerts.'

Guest speaker at the award ceremony was Chris Harris, an internationally renowned actor, writer, director and performer. In an address to the prizewinners Mr Harris highlighted how lucky the students were to be able to take part in such a range of activities without the pressure of having to ensure that they were gaining the necessary skills for a professional career in the performing arts. He highlighted that whilst standards of performance were clearly very high it was fantastic that the priority was on participation and fun

For further information and forthcoming events please see:CPA website


Editors notes:

The Award of Prizes for the Performing Arts took place on Thursday 11 June at the Royal West of England Academy.

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