Performing Arts

    The Walkfares Performing Arts Centre is the home of New Hall’s thriving Music, Dance and Drama Departments. Passionate staff, state-of-the-art facilities and the opportunity to take part in performances, national competitions and examinations provides students with all the resources they need to reach their full potential.


    Dance at New Hall School takes the form of a dedicated Dance School, with a successful Dance Company available for those who show an exceptional ability. 

    Classes take place after school, during lunchtimes and on Saturdays. 

    Students have the chance to take part in dance shows in public theatres and at special events, including at the Civic Theatre in the city of Chelmsford, and in national competitions.

    Dance Uniform List for September 2017 | PDF

    2017-2018 Dance Calendar

    Michaelmas Term - Weekdays


    Dance Term Dates

    Open Morning

    No Saturday School

    No Saturday School

    Rising Stars Dance Competition

    Half Term

    Suffolk Dance Festival

    Mock Exams Modern and Tap

    Mock Ballet examinations

    Thursday 7 September – Saturday 9 December

    Saturday 30 September (Advanced  Company only)

    Saturday 30 September

    Saturday 14 October (Taster day)

    14 - 15 October and  21-22 October

    Monday 23 October – Sunday 5 November

    4 - 5 November and 11-12 November

    Saturday 25 - Sunday 26 November

    Saturday 1 - Sunday 2 December

    Ballet Examinations

    Modern and Tap Examinations

    Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 December

    Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December

    Christmas Dance Party

    Lent Term - Weekdays

    Saturday 9 December 3.00 -6.00pm


    Dance Term Dates

    BDTD Dance Comp

    No Saturday School

    Sudbury Dance Comp

    Saturday Classes return

    Move It Trip

    Monday 8 January - Wednesday 28 March

    20 - 21 January and 27 - 28 January

    Saturday 10 February

    10 - 15 February

    Saturday 17 February

    Friday 16 March (Advance Dance Company only)

    Dance Examinations

    Last Saturday class

    Friday 23 March

    Saturday 24 March

    Trinity Term - Weekdays


    Dance Term Dates

    Open Morning

    Wednesday 18 April – Saturday 30 June

    Saturday 5 May

    Dance Show Rehearsal (New Hall School)

    The Colchester Dance competition

    The Chelmsford Dance Competition

    Saturday 12  May

    May TBC

    May TBC

    Dance Show Rehearsal (Civic Theatre)

    Saturday 23 June

    Dance Show (Civic Theatre)

    Disneyland Paris Trip

    Dance Summer School (Over The Rainbow)

    Saturday 23 June (7.00pm) and Sunday 24 June (1.30pm & 5.00pm)

    Saturday 21 - Monday 23 July

    28 - 30 August



    Drama forms part of the weekly curriculum for all Year 7, 8 and 9 students.  The Eaton Theatre, equipped with the latest in lighting and sound technology, provides a great performance venue, whilst in Walkfares the well-equipped, versatile studios provide the perfect environment for both teaching and more intimate performances. 

    All students are encouraged to participate in the English Speaking Board (ESB) or London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) programmes. 

    Each year, the Senior School puts on four major productions, and whether students are interested in acting, production or theatre management, there is an opportunity for them to take part both on and off the stage. There are also two productions for students in Years 7-9 and two for Years 10-13 each year, allowing students of every age a chance to take on a major role. 

    Students also have the opportunity to be involved in the yearly Monologue and Duologue competition, take part in workshops with visiting drama practitioners and attend regular theatre trips to London. 



    Music has a long and fine tradition at New Hall School. Individual lessons are available in a range of disciplines, with visiting music teachers and a large staff team enabling any musical talent to be nurtured to its full potential. 

    There is a host of performing groups, including senior and junior choirs, chamber choirs, a chapel choir, a senior orchestra, a strings academy, wind bands, a guitar ensemble, and chamber groups.

    The facilities available to students, including recording studios and a ‘rock room’ mean that non-traditional musical interests are also more than catered for. 

    Regular performances are given by students in assemblies, lunchtime recitals and concerts. Students take part in regional and national musical festivals and competitions, and groups tour regularly to perform in major venues in Europe, which in the past have included St. Peters, Rome; St. Marks, Venice; Westminster Cathedral, London, as well as on BBC Television.

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