BTEC Music Students Collaborate with Amazing Results

Our BTEC Music students had a busy and creative week collaborating with some talented Zimbabwean musicians. Long-term friends of BISA, the musicians spent time with our young musicians conducting workshops in preparation for their performance at Bonfire Night.

Our students learned new performance techniques and just how much work goes into making a performance look professional. A week of intense rehearsals resulted in an incredible performance on Friday night. Here's what the students had to say about the experience:

"This weeks' workshop was really tough but really educational. The guys from Zimbabwe that came to help us out were also very professional and extremely talented. I felt very privileged to work with such amazing artists and I think that they really helped us give the best performance we could. The workshop was really good but we were very tired at the end of it because we worked hard all day to produce good music. We were all very supportive to each other, and we ended up learning many different skills and experiencing new and more professional ways of playing music in only one week! I feel like this was a very positive experience for all of us and that we can apply what we've learnt in our next performances. Our performance at Bonfire Night was really fun. I really enjoyed and I hope that the audience did too."  - Elsa

Well done to you all!

Spectacular Bonfire Night

The annual BISA Bonfire Night on Friday 3rd November was a resounding success! With fun stalls, delicious food, wonderful entertainment and, of course, a spectacular fireworks display, a lot of fun was had by all.

Enjoy our video slideshow of the event!

Amazing LAMDA Results!

In June this year, 46 BISA students took part in LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) examinations. 22 students presented their speeches in the Public Speaking section with a success rate of 64% distinctions. Speaking of Verse and Prose was the second most popular category and 73% of students scored distinctions. The number of students taking Acting exams is going up every year as the subject increases in popularity at IGCSE and BTEC level; this June 9 students took part in Combined Duologue and Solo exams with a phenomenal success rate of 88% gaining distinctions.

LAMDA exams are accredited and recognised worldwide. Some universities recognise the number of UCAS points gained and from Grade 6 on the points are equivalent to taking an AS level. There is no doubt that taking LAMDA exams expedites university entry and is highly recommended as it also helps to build communication skills. Congratulations go to all our students and the staff that supported them!

We would like to highlight some of the particularly good results that were achieved:

Public Speaking:

Grade 8: Josephine Kiaga 80% Distinction

Grade 6: Safari Mosha 90% Distinction

Grade 6: Marvin Onwukwe 84%

Grade 6: Waitta Teshome 83%

Grade 6: Charis Pulei 83%

Grade 5: Niamh Baker 94%

Speaking of Verse and Prose:

Grade 6: Gabriella Doria 83%

Grade 6: Sasha Pandit 84%

Grade 2: Bianca Shah 88%

Grade 1: Bridget Chilambo 94%

Grade1: Sylvie Mella 92%

Grade 1: Ella Chege 90%

Acting:

Grade 8: Andrew Ogonji 92%

Grade 8: Wilfred Chambulo 88%

Grade 5: Charis Pulei 96%

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LAMDA qualifications take our students places, as this report from West End Stage shows:

This summer, Layla Chege made her West End debut and appeared in London’s West End!

Layla, from Braeburn International School Arusha, made her West End debut this summer as she was accepted to take part in Westend Stage, the UK’s premier theatre summer school for young people aged 8 -21.

Layla was inspired to apply for Westend Stage as she gained her interest in the performing arts from her school BTEC course in Music, Dance and Performing Arts.

Westend Stage gives young people from all over the world the chance to perform at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the heart of the West End, home to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera.

Throughout the week, Layla was joined by other students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, one of the top drama schools in the UK where the likes of Ewan McGregor, Daniel Craig, and Orlando Bloom all trained.

Layla was put through her paces in Singing, Dance and Drama, as well as receiving specific industry based workshops, led by West End stars, such as Alistair Brammer who appeared in the recent international screening of ‘Miss Saigon’. The students were taken to the hit West End musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and afterwards received a very special and private question and answer session with members of the cast; as well as being lead in a master class lead by some of the cast members.

West End Stage said “Layla was an asset to the summer school and graduated West End with a Distinction! West End Stage is very proud of Layla and we can not wait to see where her exciting future takes her.”