Gifted Brookvale pupils take centre stage with Birmingham’s Royal Ballet and Symphony Orchestra

Talented children at Brookvale Primary School have been showcasing their flair for the arts after securing roles with Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO).

Year 5 pupil, Ethan, has been delighting audiences with his performances with the Birmingham Royal Ballet in its stunning production of The Nutcracker at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

Ethan in costume

Anna Trigg, acting headteacher at Brookvale, said that Ethan’s aptitude for dance was first spotted at school.

She said:

We’re so proud of Ethan at Brookvale, but we are also proud of the fact that he discovered his talent for ballet whilst taking part in a workshop with the Birmingham Royal Ballet when he was in year 1.”

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus (CBSO) is one of the world’s leading musical organisations both for professional and amateur musicians. During 2018, the CBSO worked each month with Brookvale Primary School as part of a WW1 anniversary concert, culminating in a mass performance at the city’s Symphony Hall alongside other schools.

The whole experience inspired many Brookvale pupils to become part of the CBSO family, including year 5’s Sofija, who successfully passed her audition for the children’s chorus and took to the stage in CBSO’s Christmas concerts at Symphony Hall.

Mrs Trigg said:

We’re incredibly proud of Sofija’s determination and enthusiasm, which resulted in this wonderful success story. Sofija is looking forward to having the opportunity to work with world famous musicians and to tour cities in the UK and across the globe.”

Former music teacher and ATLP CEO, Richard Gill, said:

I’m so pleased for Ethan and Sofija. Not only are they incredibly talented, but they’ve demonstrated a real commitment and passion for their art and I wish them every success for the future. All the world’s a stage for our young people if we can unlock that potential and confidence from an early age by providing opportunities through school, collaborating with others and developing the ‘whole child’.”