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Leavers’ Concert 2017

The annual Year 13 Leavers’ Concert will take place on Friday 19th May at 7.00 pm in The Max.  It will feature many Year 13 students performing solos, duets and group items in a range of styles from the pop, rock, jazz and classical genres.  A level student Molly Sykes will be performing the first movement of Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto accompanied by a Chamber Orchestra consisting of students and parents. Soul Patrol, Jazz Band, Flute Quartet and Versatile Voices will also feature as these groups have a lot of Year 13 members.  The concert is open for anyone to come and watch. Tickets are now on sale from Student Services priced at £5 adults and £3 Under 19s.  They are limited to 120 so please purchase in advance to avoid disappointment.

Xmas Concert 2016


Tuesday 29th November sees the return of our annual Xmas concert. This year is a special concert because we will be celebrating the support and commitment of our Chair of Governors, Max Corney, as he steps down after 28 years in the role.

Tickets are available now from Student Services priced £5 and £3. They normally sell out, so get yours now!

The concert will start at 7pm in the Main Hall and feature all of the Academy ensembles, including our new year 7 choir and jazz band, the AS Music class and other A level soloists.

Arts Week 2016

The Robert Smyth annual ‘Arts Week’ took place in the week before the half term break and involved students from all key stages discovering something new in the Arts.

‘Arts Week’ is a joint venture between the Art and Design faculty and the Performing Arts faculty, where students from across the academy can sign up for up to two different workshops and are allowed out of their curriculum lessons to attend these.

This years workshops were all organised and ran by our own in-house specialist teachers, showcasing again why Robert Smyth is such a good option for teaching and learning in South Leicestershire, particularly in the Arts.


Some of the workshops on offer this year were:

  • Salsa Dancing, which was very popular particularly with 6th form students this year.
  • Robert Smyth Bake Off – which was won by Jazira Uddin and Mary Welton for their upside down Oreo cake. Runner up was Scarlett Godefroy with Grace Bolton coming third.
  • ‘Parsnips’ youth theatre came in and had year 7 students creating a whole play in half a day!
  • Origami had students calmly folding paper and creating flowers, frogs, dinosaurs and rabbits!
  • The producing workshop pushed our year 7 students to the limits as they balanced, panned and added reverb and delay on to an existing multi-track recording of ‘Street Spirit’ by Radiohead.
  • Iquan Silcott from Addict Dance came in to deliver a session on Commercial dance to GCSE Dance students.
  • Mrs Petersen held a composing and arranging workshop using Sibelius notation software for year 7 composers.
  • Miss Syngajewski hosted a monologue workshop for our 6th form students who were going off for auditions.
  • ‘Paper Pokemon’ had year 7 students folding and glueing their favourite Pokemon characters together.

We need to say a massive thank you to Claire from ‘Parsnips’ youth theatre for coming in and running a workshop completely free of charge, it was very generous and the students absolutely loved it!

There were several other sessions running during the week as well, which culminated in the first concert of the year, the GCSE Music Concert in the Max, which was also fantastic and brimming with talent.

We need to say a massive “thank you” to all Art and Design and Performing Arts staff who gave up their free time to organise and run the workshops in an already very busy half term. It was a huge success and there was an amazing buzz around the academy as workshops brimmed over with students discovering new skills and concepts all week.

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RSA Performing Arts Newsletter

RSA Newsletter


It’s been a crazy, hectic and frighteningly busy few weeks back! But fear not though, we have managed to thrash together another Performing Arts newsletter reflecting on the “goings on” in the faculty during the last summer term.

Massive congratulations to all of our examination students who have achieved some of our best ever results and keeping us firmly at the top of the county in terms of results overall. Well done everybody involved….. together we are keeping creativity alive and kicking.

Please download the latest copy here sep-2016-rsa-perf-arts-newsletter

We’ve had to keep the issue shorter this time (8 pages) due to a short fall in sponsorship. A massive “thank you” goes to the Market Harborough and Bowdens Charity who are supporting us this year as we search for a more permanent sponsor for the newsletter.

A huge “thank you” too to former student Ava Forbes who has given us hours of her time in compiling this edition.


A level musicians put on public lunchtime recital

On Monday 9th May three of the eighteen students studying A level Music at RSA gave a lunchtime recital open to the general public at the Methodist Church in Northampton Road.  The three performers were: Emily Newlyn (violin), Joe Horspool (trombone), and Georgia Whittle (soprano) accompanied by our peripatetic piano teacher Nicholas Scott-Burt.

Emily and Joe both performed their full A level recital programme, lasting 12-15 minutes and consisting of four contrasting pieces with a theme.  Emily’s violin recital focused on music by Eastern European composers whilst Joe’s trombone recital featured Romantic music. Vocalist Georgia Whittle had already recorded her A level recital at the academy the previous month, the theme of which was musical theatre songs through time, so she performed just the final song from her recital.  The recital constitutes the performance coursework element of the A level music course and counts for 30% of the A2 year and 15% of the overall A level. All three students performed exceptionally well and to a very high standard reaching the top A*/A grade band for the A level performance unit. Below is the full programme from the concert as well as Emily’s own programme notes.

The concert was very well attended by family, friends, students, staff, governors as well as people from the general public.  Following the concert, we received the email below from one of the members of the general public who regularly attends our academy concerts:

Soul Patrol to Headline at 2016 School Games National Finals

Following submission of an audition DVD of three original songs written by Year 13 students Taylor Burton, Jake Cartwright and Georgia Whittle, Soul Patrol have been selected by the YST (Youth Sports Trust) Factor to perform at the Closing Ceremony of the 2016 School Games National Finals.  This will take place on Sunday 4 September at 3.45 pm at Loughborough University in front of 2,500 spectators. On the panel of judges were Youth Sport Trust ambassador and former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, Bounce from Flawless and Lizzie Gough from Alesha Dixon’s Street Stars.


The School Games National Finals brings together 1,600 of the UK’s best young athletes for four days of sporting competition. Many Olympians and Paralympians hoping to head to Rio this year have competed in previous School Games including Dina Asher-Smith, Jonnie Peacock, Adam Peaty, Ellie Simmonds and Hannah Cockroft. The School Games National Finals are supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, the Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health and British Paralympic Association.


Youth Sport Trust Director of External Relations, Phil Chamberlain, said: “The School Games National Finals is a huge event that gives a true taste of high-level multi-sport competition to the UK’s best school-aged competitors. It has the feel of a mini-Olympic and Paralympic Games and as such the YST Factor offers an excellent opportunity for young talented performance artists to realise their dreams in front of a large audience.”


Many congratulations to all members of Soul Patrol on being selected to headline at this event!

A Fluty Farewell

On Wednesday 4th May in the evening our peripatetic flute teacher Kathryn Cartwright, held her annual flute concert in the main hall showcasing the talent of all her flute students from years 10-13.  There were ten solo items on the programme as well as one duet covering a wide range of styles but pre-dominantly classical. The concert also featured the year 10-12 Flute Ensemble as well as the year 13 Flute Quartet. All students introduced their own pieces and performed with great confidence and musicality.   Well done to all the students for their excellent performances and thank you to Kate for arranging this event which was well-attended by parents.

Unfortunately, this is Kate’s last term at Robert Smyth as she has decided to pursue new career pathways and will be moving to the Netherlands sometime during the next academic year.  Kate has been an outstanding flute teacher and flute ensemble leader. As a professional performer herself with various professional orchestras in different countries, she has been an excellent role model and real inspiration to all her students at Robert Smyth, some of whom are now studying postgraduate flute courses at London Conservatoires.  We have been lucky to have Kate on our peripatetic staff. She will be greatly missed and we wish her all the very best for the future.


From left to right:

Back row: Hannah Mance, Rebecca Hix [hidden], Sejal Assan, Andrew Martin, Kathryn Cartwright, Megan Barnes, Katie Cook.

Front row: Ella Barnes [one of Kate’s year 8 students], Zoe Bates, Hope Haynes-Coote, Emily Moore.

Fluty Farewell

Spring concert programme

On Wednesday 23rd March, the penultimate day before the Easter holidays, we staged our annual Spring Concert to a packed hall. The concert featured A level Music soloists as well all the academy ensembles: String Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Year 10-12 Flute Ensemble, Year 13 Flute Quartet, Saxophone Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Versatile Voices Choir, Folk Group, Big Band, Jazz Band and Soul Patrol. In addition year 13 violinist Emily Newlyn gave a mesmerizing performance from memory of Josef Suk’s ‘Appassionato’ from ‘Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Opus 17’.  Our other 6th form soloists of the evening was year 12 vocalist Ellie Boxall who performed a cover of Adele’s ‘When We Were Young’ very convincingly accompanied by rhythm section and strings in an arrangement by AS Music student Madeleine Oakland.

In the second half the Versatile Voices Choir put on a memorable performance of the traditional spiritual ‘Steel Away’, arranged by Mark De-Lisser, featuring year 11 GCSE Music students Amirah Bobat, Lola Pap and Bronwen Herman as soloists. At the end of the second half Soul Patrol showcased three of their new original songs written for the Music for Youth Festival recently.

Leavers concert tickets

Leavers concert 2016

Our last concert of the year is fast approaching and it promises to be a cracker!

The Leavers Concert features only year 13 musicians and is always filled with very high quality performances. This year features Emily Newlyn playing the 1st movement of Mozarts’ 3rd Violin concerto with a chamber orchestra.

The concert is on Friday 20th May in the Max and starts at 7pm. Tickets are available from students services priced at £5 for adults and £3 for under 19s.