There was a palpable extra buzz at the Society’s Annual Members’ Party held on 22 April in the Michael Room of St Michael’s Church. The 100 guests were especially happy to celebrate the first “in person” event for members since just before the pandemic when our last party was held in February 2020.
As in previous years, hard work behind the scenes and on the night by the Events Committee and other volunteers ensured a generous supply of delicious canapés, described as “very professional” and a constant flow of wine. The loud and lively conversation was briefly interrupted for the now established tradition of some special entertainment from students of the ArtsEd.
The Arts Educational Schools London is on our doorstep in Bath Road and once again the performance reinforced its reputation as the leading drama school in the UK for musical theatre. Eight very accomplished students from the 2022 graduating class sang a selection of solo numbers from popular musicals and shows, including favourites like “When I married Mr Snow” from Carousel, all accompanied by piano. Jonathan O’Boyle, Director of the School of Musical Theatre, very slickly masterminded the performers to produce a highly professional mini show that was a great success with all the audience. The students, most of whom have already secured roles in West End productions, then stayed on to chat with members, along with the school’s Marketing Manager Steven Tagg.
Thanks to the members of the Events Committee for organising the party and all the food, to the Road Reps and other volunteers who helped on the night and to Society members who took photos to record the evening
If you would like to support the Arts Ed as a Friend and receive advance notice and priority access to future performances, you can find out more on their website.
A selection of photos below record guests enjoying the events and some of the volunteers and performers.