TRH Masterclass Trust receives £17,258 donation

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Cheque presentation at The Waldorf Hilton London

The Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust has received a donation of £17,258 from The Waldorf Hilton London and the Hilton in the Community Foundation. The donation was presented at The Waldorf Hilton London on 2 February. In attendance was TRH’s chairman and Masterclass founder Arnold M. Crook who was joined by actress and Masterclass patron Elaine Page, who accepted the donation on behalf of the trust.

Paige said: ‘I’ve given three Masterclasses, with some fantastic young people from a wide range of backgrounds, over the past few years and each one has been an enjoyable and fun afternoon. Throughout my career I’ve learnt many things which I am very happy to pass on to the next generation. Even if just one piece of advice makes an impact on just one person, then it’s been worthwhile. Which is why I support the Masterclass Charity as it can make such a difference by inspiring and empowering the talent of the future.’

The Masterclass initiative, founded by Crook 15 years ago, aims to give theatre training opportunities to 14–30 year olds, as well as to provide careers advice and theatrical skills development.

Blayne George, TRH Masterclass Trust’s programme director, added: ‘It is only through the very generous support of organisations like the Waldorf Hilton London and the Hilton in the Community Foundation that Masterclass is able to continue to give young people free access to the professional world of theatre; inspiring and encouraging them to have a voice.’

Friday’s HOT Topic

A survey released this week revealed 30% of primary school’s and 10% of secondary’s hadn’t been on a theatre trip in two years. The same questionnaire found that 89% of secondary schools HAD been to a theatre production in the last year…

Is this something we should be concerned about? The 89% is a promising statistic… but should we be worrying about those who aren’t exposed to as much drama? Do you think it’s important that children go to the theatre at a young age? As teachers, how easy is it to get the support of your school to take students to performances?

Let us know your thoughts…