The Perse School

Perse Year 7 Arts Festival celebrates Beatles’ Sgt Pepper album

23 Nov 2017

Pupils went back in time to the era of the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album for the Year 7 Arts Festival.

The Fab Four’s landmark LP, which was released 50 years ago, provided the theme for a celebration of drama, music and art in which all Year 7 pupils played a part.

Since half term, each class had been preparing sketches based on songs from the album during English lessons.

Performances included a display of circus skills based around Being For the Benefit of Mr Kite! and A Day in the Life reinterpreted as a short piece about an average day at The Perse School.

Forms had also been working towards the event in music lessons, with groups performing songs they had been practising such as When I’m 64 and Lovely Rita.

Additionally, pupils had spent time in art lessons designing their own album covers, based on the iconic Sgt Pepper sleeve created by pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth, which were displayed in record racks around the school hall.

Director of English and Drama Chris Green was pleased with how the Arts Festival had gone and the way pupils had thrown themselves into it.

He said: “For them, the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper is ancient history, but they loved it. Doing this is something completely different for many of the pupils and a bit of a challenge, but they all gain that experience of standing up and performing.

“We’re really keen to emphasise the importance of public speaking and debating and giving children confidence in those skills. This is a good way of doing that.”

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