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.

2016-2017 Dance Calendar 

Michaelmas Term - Weekdays

Dance Term Dates Tuesday 6 September - Friday 9 December
Dance Examinations Monday 5 December - Wednesday 7 December TBC
Parent Consultations Monday 12 December - Thursday 15 December

Lent Term - Weekdays


Dance Term Dates Tuesday 10 January - Thursday 30 March
Dance Examinations Tuesday 28 March - Wednesday 29 March TBC
Trinity Term - Weekdays


Dance Term Dates Wednesday 19 April - Friday 30 June
Dance Gala Evening (Selected Students) Civic Theatre Friday 23 June
Dance Examinations Saturday 1 July - Sunday 2 July TBC
Parent Consultations Tuesday 4 July - Thursday 6 July

Michaelmas Term - Saturdays


Dance Term Dates Saturday 3 September - Saturday 10 December
Mock Tap, Jazz & Modern Examinations Saturday 8 October - Sunday 9 October
Mock Ballet Examinations Sunday 6 November
No Saturday School Saturday 24 September (Open Day, Dance Companies required)
Saturday 8 October - (Year 7 Taster Day - mock examinations)
Saturday 29 October (Half Term)
Saturday 5 November (Half Term)

Lent Term - Saturdays


Dance Term Dates Saturday 14 January - Saturday 1 April
No Saturday School Saturday 18 February (Half Term)

Trinity Term - Saturdays


Dance Term Dates Saturday 22 April - Saturday 17 June
Dance Show Rehearsal (New Hall School) Saturday 20 May
Dance Show Rehearsal (Civic Theatre) Saturday 24 June
Dance Show (Civic Theatre) Saturday 24 June (7.00pm) and Sunday 25 June (1.30pm & 5.00pm)
No Saturday School Saturday 29 April (Open Day, Dance Companies required)
Saturday 20 May (Dance Show Rehearsal)
Saturday 3 June (Half Term)
Saturday 24 June (Dance Show Rehearsal)



Basildon & Canvey Island Festival 26 - 30 October (Half Term)
James Hornsby High School, SS15 5NX
Sudbury Dance Festival Dance: 11 - 15 February
Music: 28 February - 5 March
Speech: 9 - 13 March
Epping Forest Dance Festival March TBC
Chelmsford Festival Witham Public Hall, CM8 2DY
Dance Uniform List for September 2016 | PDF


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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