Pure rhythm School of Performing Arts are excited to announce that the next production will be Andrew Lloyd Webbers Cats . The musical based on Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats by T.S.Elliot . Since its world premier CATS has been presented in over 30 countries and translated into 15 languages .CATS is one of the longest running shows in the West End and Broadway history .It recieved its world premier at The New London Theatre in 1981 where it played for 21 record breaking years .   The production will run from 18th-20th July and tickets for sale from www.stagestubs.com from 27th April or Saffron Walden Tourist Information.   The show is set in a junkyard and is alive with feline characters including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr Mistoffelees, Jennyanydots ,Old Deuteronomy, Grizabella and Skimbleshanks.  On one special night of the year all Jellicle Cats  meet at the Jellicle Ball where Old Deuteronomy , their wise leader makes the Jellicle choice and announces which one of them will go up to The Heaviside Layer and be born into a whole new Jellicle life.


      Pure Rhythms  youngest members finished the term  with a fabulous performance of songs from ‘ Annie. ‘ They all sang and danced with confidence, and their faces showed how much fun they were having . The Tinies Trophy was awarded to Freya . It was an extra treat to have an Annie , Izzy had been Annie in a production that week so sang a beautiful version of ‘Maybe’ to open the performance.


      Students were very lucky to have a workshop run by Ryan Gover on Movement and make up for the  production of CATS being put on in July. Ryan, who  trained at Arts Educational Schools had so much to offer the students having had such a successful career himself ( and still performing) with credits including 42nd Street, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory ,Oliver, We will Rock you, Cats and The Wizard of Oz .The students loved learning about the production itself, Cats movement skills and the make up needed. Many students made their own tails to get into their part which was great fun the week before.      


























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      Pure Rhythm started their Christmas celebrations by putting on a festive Cabaret sharing with parents the terms work. From the  youngest at 5 years old up to 16 they Sang and Danced sharing their hard work . A collection was made after the two performances to raise money for Accuro a charity who offer support to people of all ages with severe disabilities. We managed to raise £449 so thrilled .       


























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      Saffron Walden County High School put on their yearly Dance show on 4th December , Musicals & Mixers .Dance club danced a very  upbeat number to ‘Ease On Down The Road’ and the older Pure Rhythm Students performed  a lyrical number to ‘Not about Angels. ‘ SWCHS show is always an exciting event with hundreds of students taking part , performing at the award winning 740 seat Performance Space built in the grounds of Saffron Walden County High School.


      Pure Rhythm students were very lucky  on November 18th to have a workshop run by Andrew Chadwick in preparation of their auditions for Cats the musical. Andrew is a Musical Theatre performer with a vast experience in performing , including Rusty in Starlight Express , Mungojerry in Cats , lead role in  Disneys Hit Musical Tarzan, and he also appeared in the in the Disneys major motion Picture Remake of Beauty and the Beast where he danced the role of Lumiere. The workshop consisted of the students learning the actual audition Dance used for Cats and various drama scenes. There were some lovely moments as they learnt various ways to work on Cat like movements . Everyone had a great afternoon and inspired for their auditions next week.


      Summer school at Pure Rhythm this year was  The Greatest Showman and circus Themed. A fun week including songs and dances from Barnum, The Greatest Showman and Side Show with a performance on the last day , Pop corn included !   The older students were very lucky too to have a workshop with Steven Oliver learning a routine to The Greatest Showman. Steven returned to Pure Rhythm due to popular demand , he  has run many  workshops at Pure Rhythm .


      The students of Pure Rhythm took audiences on a magical journey to Neverland on July 12th , 13th and 14th. The students aged 7-15  performed Piers Charter - Robinson s musical based on the famous  J M Barrie's story . The beloved story of the Boy who won t grow up was a big hit with all ages in the audience. Peter and Tinker-Bell took Wendy , John and Micheal on a journey to Neverland  meeting Pirates, Indians, mermaids , Lost Boys and even a crocodile .   Ella Gressier our Mr.Darling/Captain Hook  was awarded the Performing Arts Shield 2018 .

Peter Pan The Musical 2018

      Lily Briner won the Pure Rhythm Shield for Performing Arts following her performance of Ugly in Honk Jr . The shield is awarded to a student who through out the year has shown Excellence in performing Arts . Lily has worked on films and commercials along side training with Pure Rhythm .

Pure Rhythm Performing Arts Shield

      On 24th March Pure Rhythm took 56 students to join in with Pro Excels mass movement performance with 1 700 dancers. The performance was pre match to Saracens v Harlequins performing to Tokio Myers, the winner of Britains Got Talent in 2017. The students learnt the routines in 21 hours of intense rehearsals the weekend before run by Pro-Excel . Pure Rhythm paired up with Saffron Walden County High School for the event and it was definatly a day that they will remember for a life time.

Performance with Tokio Myers at London Stadium

      Everyone joined together to perform at The Christmas Cabaret , showing the Terms work plus extra numbers by solo singers and numbers from Pure Rhythm Summer school. A lovely way to End the Term .


      Joe has made it simple so that you can just click on the link enter the password that has been emailed to all students and you can then see all photos Joe has taken and can order.    http://joehighamsreportage.zenfolio.com/pr


      Great fun the week on 31st July, Pure Rhythm held a week of Singing , dancing and acting with a performance on the last day to a packed Theatre. Numbers from Pippin , Neverland and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, with a fabulous scene and emotional song from the firm favourite of a lot of the students , Molan.It was a very intense day from 10-4 but a great result and everyone feeling that they had achieved a lot in a week , made new friends and had a lot of fun.


Honk JR

Honk JR


Main school production 2017

       The Tinies , age 5-7 performed their own musical of the story Hansel and Gretel .This was a delightful performance with them all singing and Dancing to a full Theatre . For many this was the first time they have performed to an audience .  

Tinies perform their own production.

      Saffron Walden 8Dayweek Carnival 2017

Saffron Walden 8Dayweek Carnival 2017

      Family Favourite Shaun the Sheep and ET were two films shown at Saffron Screens  annual screening outdoors.Pure Rhythm performed between the two films entertaining the crowds with their Dancing . A great afternoon and always happy to help raise awareness about making the most of Saffron Walden facilities. 

Saffron Screen Event

Pure Rhythm Dancers entertain the crowds .


      Sixty Dancers from Pure Rhythm and Saffron Walden County High School performed at Wembley stadium along side 1, 300 other dancers For so many of the students this was the biggest  stage of their lives to perform on with an audience of 80,000. The students were all part of the biggest Mass Movement that Wembley have done and the extra excitement of it being with Louisa Johnson , winner of X Factor 2015. An occasion that they will remember for many years , such fun form them all. Thank you to Pro-Excel for the fantastic experience and we look forward to 2018 .

WEMBLEY STADUIM 2017  with Louisa Johnson