Student Performances 2022

The Festival On The Close is proud to give students an opportunity to perform alongside world-class artists.

Read on to explore the programme of student-led work being presented at The Festival On The Close 2022. Student performances take place in venues across Rugby School and its grounds. Tickets to student-led work are free but booking is necessary.

Rugby School students: please do not book tickets for these events through TicketSource.


Choral Evensong

Wed 22 June | 4pm

Sun 26 June | 4pm

BBC Radio 3

Recorded earlier in the term, the Temple Consort can be heard on BBC Radio 3 singing Choral Evensong for the Feast of Alban, first martyr of Britain. The recording will also be available on BBC Sounds for a month. The Temple Consort is directed by Richard Tanner and the organist is Ian Wicks.


Strings Concert

Thu 23 June | 7.30pm | Free

Venue: Temple Speech Room

In this spectacular Strings Concert, our Senior and Intermediate String Ensembles will join forces to perform Warlock’s Capriol Suite and Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. There will also be performances of varied repertoire by Junior Strings, Cello Ensemble and a small chamber strings group, who will play Bach’s Double Violin Concerto.


Musician Of The Year

Sun 26 June | 4pm & 7pm

Venue: Temple Speech Room Free

At this culmination of a busy year of music competitions, performers from the Piano, Organ, Rock and Pop, Musical Theatre, Strings, Woodwind, Guitars and Singing divisions will come together to compete for the title of Rugby School’s ‘Musician of the Year’.

Split into two categories for Intermediate and Advanced students, the grand finale event will showcase all the winners, runners-up and wild cards from the competitions held throughout the year, who will perform an incredible range of classical, popular, musical theatre and modern repertoire.


7 Seventeen Year Olds In A Screwed Up World

Mon 27 June | 8pm

Tue 28 June | 4.45pm & 6pm

Venue: Macready Theatre | Free

Your chance to see Rugby School students perform '7 Seventeen Year Olds In A Screwed Up World' before it heads to the Edinburgh Fringe festival this summer. 


7 Seventeen Year Olds in a Screwed up World is a bitter-sweet, absurdist comedy which takes a sharp, satirical look at the modern world. We ask all the right questions about everything. And unapologetically give none of the answers.


Middle School Scholars' Shakespeare Showcase

Mon 27 June | 7pm | Free

Venue: Macready Theatre

A celebration of all things Shakespeare. This showcase sees Rugby School's Middle School Scholars embracing their inner thespian as they present some of the Bard's most iconic soliloquies and scenes (with or song or two thrown in for good measure).

Performed by the F, E and D Block, with AV designed by Sofia Lamont and directed by Matthew Cuff, students exhibit their ability to bring Shakespeare’s language to life in an intimate setting.


Strings Chamber Music Concert I

Tue 28 June | 4.45pm | Free

Venue: Memorial Chapel

Some of our most talented string

players will perform Shostakovich’s String Quartet no 8, within the wonderful

acoustic of our Memorial Chapel. The quartet was premiered in 1960 and is the

most loved of all the composer’s quartets, even though it evokes feelings of

gloom and melancholy.

Raina Du – Violin

Samuel Lau – Violin

Benedict Tanner – Viola

Freddie Sparke – Cello


Student Guitar Ensemble Concert

Tue 28 June | 4.45pm | Free

Venue: NMR

An exciting performance of guitar ensembles featuring students from Rugby School, Bilton Grange, Lawrence Sheriff and others.

Directed by Graham Roberts and Craig Ogden.


Rock and Pop Concert

Tue 28 June | 6pm & 8pm | Free

Venue: Tandem Outdoor Arena

Rock bands, small groups, singer-songwriters and soloists from across Rugby School take to the stage to perform in a festival-style open air event. With a great variety of music, this atmospheric event promises to be a great demonstration of the amazing Rock & Pop talent at Rugby School.


Frannie & Friends

Wed 29 June | 1.30pm | Free

Venue: Memorial Chapel

Music GTA Frannie Millar will be joined by students and staff to perform a variety of classical, musical theatre and a cappella music. The programme will include songs from Wicked and Guys & Dolls, Frannie’s own arrangements of ABBA and Adele performed by our upper-voice a cappella group The Rugby Riffers, some adventurous arrangements for vocal quartet, plus instrumental duets with members of the Music Department!


Monologue Slam

Wed 29 June | 4.45pm | Free

Venue: Collingwood Centre

Our annual monologue slam showcase enables young actors to perform extracts from plays they have been exploring in their acting lessons. Performances of our best-loved comedic and dramatic scenes from theatre, film and TV come to life before your eyes. Expect an array of theatre genres and dramatic styles in one performance.


Dance Showcase With Motionhouse & Student Monologue Slam

Wed 29 June | 4.45pm | Free

Venue: Macready Theatre

A special showcase performance sees students from across Rugby town perform dance pieces and dramatic monologues alongside world-class dance company, Motionhouse. 


Rugby School's Performing Arts Scholars and students from surrounding schools have been working with artists from Motionhouse throughout the year, and will perform a piece showcasing their new movement skills.


Rugby School's LAMDA students will also be performing extracts from plays they have been exploring in their acting lessons.


Finally, the award-winning Motionhouse will also take to the floor, presenting two beautiful duets including the female duet Knot, and a second duet piece, Lost.


Concerto Concert

Wed 29 June | 4.45pm | Free

Venue: Memorial Chapel

This year’s Festival Concerto Concert will feature some of our most gifted student soloists, performing ambitious movements from strings & piano concertos accompanied on the piano by Rob Colley.

With repertoire including popular favourites such as Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2,

Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Saint Saens’s Cello Concerto, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto and Bruch’s Violin Concerto, this concert will give our students a chance to tackle advanced works, and promises to be a

varied and impressive showcase.


Percussion Concert

Wed 29 June | 6pm | Free

Venue: Temple Speech Room

We hope you will join us for an exciting programme performed by the finest percussionists at Rugby School. Staff and students will show off the exceptional percussion instruments that we are lucky enough to have, including a five-octave marimba and a vibraphone, and there will be lots of high-energy drumming with some untuned percussion.

The programme will include stunning solo marimba works by Nebojsa Zivkovic, arrangements of Ed Sheeran hits, as well a performance by the Rugby School Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Tim Palmer.



Twilight Choir Concert

Wed 29 June | 9.30pm | Free

Venue: Chapel

This atmospheric evening concert will take place in Rugby School’s glorious Chapel, where the Arnold Singers will perform a range

of choral music including Elgar’s Give unto the Lord, Byrd’s Laudibus in Sanctis, R. Nathaniel Dett’s Ave Maria, Lars Jansson’s Salve Regina, Rachmaninov’s The Great Doxology from

All-Night Vigil, Eleanor Daley’s Upon your heart and A Ukrainian Prayer by John Rutter. The Arnold Singers is made up of around 35 of the school’s advanced singers, who rehearse once a week and learn a wide repertoire encompassing both sacred and secular music.

Our Twilight Concert will also feature modern arrangements performed by our three a cappella groups, including music by Adele and Mika, and the music of the Spice Girls, Marvin Gaye and ABBA performed by the School’s largest musical ensemble – Rugby School Choir! 


Strings Chamber Music Concert

Thu 30 June | 4.30pm | Free

Venue: Memorial Chapel

In this exciting chamber concert, some of our most talented string players will perform Brahms’s Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 alongside members of staff, within the wonderful acoustic of our Memorial Chapel.

The perfect way to round off a fantastic year of chamber music-making by our string trios, quartets and quintets, this concert will be a great reflection of the students’ dedication and passion for chamber music!


West End To Broadway

Thu 30 June | 4.30pm | Free

Venue: Macready

West End to Broadway is a medley of show tunes performed by the school's finest musicians and actors. A wide variety of genres have been chosen to suit all, with numbers from some of the best-loved classic musicals sitting alongside selections from newer additions to the musical theatre scene.


Wind Chamber Music Concert

Thu 30 June | 4.30pm | Free

Venue: NMR

This chamber concert for our wind ensembles will include music for clarinets by Grundman, Mascagni, Dvorak and Harvey, and an arrangement of the first movement of Beethoven’s 4th Symphony for Wind Dectet.

There will also be music by Francaix, de Waily and Goepfart, played by a wind quartet comprising peripatetic members of the Rugby School music team.

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