Raise the Roof!

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In the week leading up to Michaelmas half term, Gresham’s staged an outdoor concert in the Theatre in the Woods. This event was a huge success enjoyed by the audience and especially the performers. Whilst the pandemic changed the type of content we can produce and how it is delivered, everyone involved in the concert agreed it was the most fun they have had on stage as the Amphitheatre is such a magical arena.

Due to the success of this concert, and the long-standing wish of many members of the school community to use this magic space more regularly, we wanted to purchase a larger outdoor stage canopy (11m x 7m stage 4 rig and accompanying lighting). This was not a budgeted item so the funds for the Rig and Canopy had to be raised – £31,612 + VAT. Since we launched the ‘Raise the Roof’ appeal at the end of November 2020, we have raised over £35,000, which is fantastic! Thank you!

In the short term, we will be using this canopy to stage concerts, House Entertains, plays from all three schools and music recitals allowing both pupils and parents to enjoy live entertainment once again. However longer term we can also use this canopy for any number of large-scale school events such as Three school Choir Recitals, Pop Concerts, Outdoor Theatre, OG Music events and reunions without the dreaded fear of cancelation due to the weather. We believe this will be a truly unique venue in which to perform and are extremely excited about the difference this staging Rig could make to our pupils across all three schools.

We are extremely grateful to everyone who has very kindly supported the Raise the Roof appeal and helped the School reach its target – thank you!