Performing Art Events

“Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it’s producing the most extraordinary results in Human Culture.” Ken Robinson

Carols by Candlelight and end of term musical celebrations

2018 closed in a festive and emotional way with a special performance of Carols by Candlelight to mark the 150th Anniversary of Notre Dame. The College Chamber Choir, the Festive Choir, the College Orchestra, staff choir and 6th form ensemble, together with a number of soloists and readers created a night to remember in front of a capacity audience including the College Governors, representatives from the local parishes and Father Richard Ebo from St Anthony’s Of Egypt church. The audience was treated to a selection of carefully selected carols and pieces including 'The Snow' by Edward Elgar, the 'Candlelight Carol' by John Rutter as well as traditional Carols supported by the congregational singing.

The following day brought all staff together at 8am to sing for the students as they arrived for the final day of term. The students were both surprised and delighted to see all their teachers grouped together in a large scale rendition of their favourite carols and songs. The festivities didn’t end there, however as liturgies for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 were followed by a whole school sing  a  long on the Spanish Steps with the Notre Dame Music department and 6th form ensemble joining the Leadership team and teaching staff from Resonate. To complete the festivities the teaching staff came together one last time to perform their version of the Twelve days of Christmas to rapturous applause from the students.

Shakespeare Schools Festival

24 Notre Dame students gave an inspiring performance of Macbeth at the Capstone on Thursday 23rd November. The students from Years 7 to 11 took part in a morning dress rehearsal with members of the Shakespeare Schools Festival before performing their finished production, for the public, in the evening celebration at the Capstone Theatre. The performance was described by the Shakespeare Schools Festival as: “A brooding and powerful Macbeth with passionate acting in which the whole ensemble contributed effectively to the storytelling”. Congratulations to all the students involved.

Dance Showcase

A Dance showcase will take place on Wednesday 7th March at 6:30pm in the Dorothy Stang Theatre and includes assessment work from all year groups.

Notre Dame Students Tour 'Illusion 17' to Liverpool schools

Year 12 Notre Dame Drama students were invited by the 'Now Festival' to tour their award winning play about teenage mental health; ‘Illusion 17’, to 3 schools in the North Liverpool area. The multimedia performance, devised by and performed by, the Notre Dame BTEC level 3 group, was taken to The North Liverpool Academy, St John Bosco and Cardinal Heenan to raise awareness around teenage mental health issues. The success of the project has led to the students performing their work for every year group in Notre Dame as part of mental health themed assemblies.

Notre Dame Win the Catholic Schools Choir Competition for the 2nd Year

The Notre Dame Catholic College Chamber Choir were crowned champions for the second year running in the Catholic Schools Choir Competition. The competition, started by Notre dame in 2016 was hosted by St. Julie’s High School and featured choirs from around the city including St. John Bosco, St Nicholas’ and Archbishop Beck. Notre Dame sang 2 pieces: The Christmas Blessing by 'Philip Stopford' and their own arrangement of songs form 'Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band'.

Notre Dame leads 5 Liverpool Schools in the Hidden Voice Dementia Awareness performance at The Everyman Theatre

Notre Dame lead 5 schools in the Hidden Voice performance at The Everyman on Monday 6th November. The project, devised and led by Notre Dame, brought together schools, musicians from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, The Everyman and the Music In Mind charity. Students from the 5 schools; St Julie’s, Cardinal Heenan, Broughton Hall, West Derby Comprehensive and Notre Dame worked for 6 weeks to devise their own pieces based around the theme of dementia. The evening performance at The Everyman featured drama, dance and music and was greeted with great enthusiasm from the audience.

Sergeant Pepper Live

To mark the 50th year anniversary of the Beatles’ iconic album ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band the Notre Dame performing arts department staged 3 performances of ‘Sgt Pepper Live’. The performance featured the college band, orchestra, choir, drama and dance clubs plus Beatles friend and celebrity Billy Kinsley, who sang ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite', in a spectacular and colourful concert including new drama pieces based on the themes and characters in the album. The public and school parties, including The Fred Longworth School in Wigan, were treated to a wonderful staging of the Beatles’ 1967 concept album that not only entertained but offered GCSE music students in the city an opportunity to explore the album which forms one of the set works.

Chamber Choir trip to Rome

The Notre Dame Catholic College Chamber Choir have just returned from their summer tour to Rome. The 35 students and 4 staff stayed and performed at the beautiful Pallazzolla retreat in the Lazio region of Rome. They performed for the guests and enjoyed a number of trips including a long walk through the woods to Caster Gandolfo, the summer residence of the Pope, and a long day taking in the sights and sounds of Rome.

Let’s Play at St George’s Hall

The ‘Let’s Play’ orchestra gave a fantastic performance in the Concert Room at St George’s Hall on Thursday 29th June. The concert led by Notre Dame in partnership with Resonate and the RLPO involved over 100 pupils playing especially composed pieces to an invited audience in the beautiful surroundings of the Concert Room. The event was the culmination of 3 years work to inspire young people to join in large scale music making and brought together pupils from Liverpool schools in a celebration of youth music making in the city. The success of the project has now led to Resonate taking Let’s Play to Bellreve School on a Tuesday evening as part of their Resonate Music Studios. 

BTEC Student Performance at The Brink

Year 11, 12 and 13 students gave an evening performance at The Brink bar in Liverpool City centre on Wednesday 11th April. The performance was organised by the Year 13 students as part of their BTEC course and proved to be a great success. The audience was treated to a wide selection of material including jazz songs by Gershwin, contemporary songs and close harmony interpretations of Stevie Wonder and Fleetwood Mac and the Beach Boys.

College Chamber receive a Cheque from ASDA for Community Work

Mrs Harrison and the Notre Dame College Chamber Choir were delighted to be awarded a cheque for £200 from ASDA for their performances in the community. The cheque was presented to Headteacher Mrs Harrison by regional manager Louise Sutton and will be used by the choir on their forthcoming tour of Italy.

St Julie’s Baton at the Metropolitan Cathedral

To mark 200 years of St. Julie’s legacy, Notre Dame Catholic College and St Julie’s High School came together at the Cathedral of Christ the King to mark the culmination of the baton relay around England and Scotland that visited all Notre Dame Schools on the way! The baton left Liverpool in March 2016 and on Monday the 14th November 2016 the baton arrived back in Liverpool to be passed onto Sister Margaret Walsh, the Coordinator of the Heritage Centre in Namur, Belgium where the baton will remain. Each of the schools met in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King to witness the final handing over of the Baton. Represented on the day were: Notre Dame Plymouth, Notre Dame Southwark, Notre Dame Sheffield, Notre Dame Glasgow, Our Lady and St Patrick’s, St Julie’s High School, Woolton and Notre Dame Catholic College.

The Notre Dame Orchestra, Chamber Choir, actors and presenters were joined by dancers from St. Julie’s in a depiction of the life of St. Julie.

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