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.’

Winners announced for the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer Of The Year

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Winner Corrine Priest with Julia McKenzie

The finals of the eighth Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer Of The Year Competition took place on 18 May at the Garrick Theatre.

The competition was won by 20-year-old Corrine Priest. The London School of Musical Theatre student performed Sondheim’s ‘Don’t Laugh’ from musical Hotspot. Priest was presented with her prize by patron of the Stephen Sondheim Society, Julia McKenzie. Callum Mcintyre, from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, was this year’s runner up. The 23-year-old performed ‘Buddy’s Blues’ from Follies.

The Stiles & Drewe Best New Song Prize was also presented as part of the competition. Twelve new musical songs competed for the top prize, which was won by Tamar Broadbent. The 26-year-old had two of her songs in the finals: ‘The Procrastination Song’ and ‘Library Boy’. Both prize-winners were presented with £1,000.

Judges for this year’s competition included Julia McKenzie, director and choreographer Jonathan Butterell, musical director Nigel Lilley, director David Lan and writer Edward Seckerson. The best new song prize was judged by singer songwriter Scott Alan, composer Andrew Lippa and, the award’s namesakes, composer/lyricists George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.