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Media & Performance Arts

There are some amazing opportunities for students who are interested in Creative Arts. You don’t even have to be studying a subject within the department to take part! Every year the college puts on a live show. Previous performances have included ‘The Addams Family’, ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘We Will Rock You’. This is a great opportunity for anyone who likes to act, dance, sing or play an instrument to get involved. You can also get involved as stage managers, sound engineers, part of a film crew and even help create props and costumes!

We also have a number of events throughout the year from Jazz to Classical shows, Dance shows and trips to the theatre, Podcasts and the production of a college film with Winstanley TV. most of these activities are managed completely by students with the support of our staff. 

Examples of the successful careers our students go onto and the activities we offer are listed below:

Role of Honour 2023



Provider name

Course placed

Holly St. Peter's RCHS University of Leeds Music with Enterprise
Jamie Deanery HS University of Leeds Music
Calvin St. Bede's RCHS BIMM University Popular Music Performance
April Deanery HS University of Westminster, London Film
Leah De La Salle HS University of Derby Sound, Light and Live Event Engineering
Elijah Co-op Academy Walkden Newcastle University Film and Media
Charlotte St. Edmund Arrowsmith RCHS University of Warwick Film Studies
Eloise Greenbank HS Lancaster University Film and Creative Writing (Placement Year)
Georgia Co-op Academy Walkden University of Huddersfield Costume with Textiles
Paige Rainford HS University of Manchester Film Studies and English Literature
Ruby Co-op Academy Walkden Manchester Metropolitan University Film and Media Studies (Foundation Year)
Constance St. John Fisher RCHS Leeds Conservatoire Music (Popular Music)
Madelyn St. Mary's RCHS, Leigh University of Lincoln Film & Television Studies
Grace Golborne HS University of Salford Music: Creative Music Technology
Jasmine Maharishi School Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Filmmaking & Creative Technologies
Aaron St. Peter's RCHS LMA Musical Theatre
Ella Deanery HS BIMM University Musical Theatre and Dance
Coby Rainford HS BIMM University Popular Music Performance & Songwriting
Harry Lowton HS Leeds Beckett University Filmmaking
Emma St. Bede's RCHS Edge Hill University Television
Joseph Birchwood Community School Edinburgh Napier University Film
Cecilia St. Peter's RCHS University of Oxford Music
Joseph Upholland HS Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Theatre and Production Technology
Erin Upholland HS Nottingham Trent University Costume Design and Construction
Arran St. Peter's RCHS BIMM University Popular Music Performance
Nathan Cansfield HS University of Salford Music: Creative Music Technology
Lauren St. Bede's RCHS University of Leeds Film Studies
Jake Standish HS SOAS University of London Music and Japanese
Libby Co-op Academy Walkden Liverpool John Moores University Film Studies
Jessica Byrchall HS University of Lincoln Technical Theatre and Stage Management
Harri Byrchall HS University of Salford Music: Creative Music Technology (with Foundation Year)
Daniel Kirkby HS LMA Musical Theatre
Georgina Rainford HS University of East London Musical Theatre Performance
Edwin St. Edmund Arrowsmith RCHS Nottingham Trent University Film Production Technology
Chloe Rainford HS Falmouth University Music Production & Sound Engineering
Charles St. Peter's RCHS Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Music (Song Writing & Performance)
Carly Byrchall HS BIMM University Filmmaking
Ellie St. Peter's RCHS University of Cambridge Music
Ellie Shevington HS Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Music (Song Writing & Performance)
Morgan Golborne HS University of Salford Theatre & Performance Practice
Luke Deyes HS, Maghull LMA Music Performance & Industry
Ella Ormskirk School University of Salford Television and Radio Production
Georgia-Lilly St. Joseph's RCHS, Horwich Falmouth University Costume Design for Film & Television
Emily Burscough Priory Academy LMA Musical Theatre
Jenson Standish HS Central Film School London Practical Filmmaking
Amelia Byrchall HS BIMM University Musical Theatre and Dance
Matilda St. Ambrose Barlow RCHS Sheffield Hallam University Film and TV Production
Aleksander Standish HS Manchester Metropolitan University Music and Sound Design

Annual Dance Show

Each year, our fantastic dance students showcase what they have been learning in class and in extra-curricular activities. It is fantastic event where friends and family can come along and experience an enjoyable evening of dance.

Audition Preparation

If your course at University requires an audition, all the support you need will be provided at Winstanley College. We have many experienced staff who will be able to guide you through the process of preparing for an audition to ensure that you are successful.

College Musical - The Little Mermaid

Every year College puts on an all singing, all dancing musical that anyone who wants to can audition for. Examples of former productions include Rock of Ages, The Addams Family, Hairspray, We Will Rock You and The Little Mermaid. 

Check out this podcast in which Steve speaks to three of the show's main characters about their experiences working on the production.


Dance Workshops

Winstanley College works with Winstanley Alumni, professional companies and universities who come in to run workshops with our Dance students. Dance students are able to ask about careers in dance and learn what is needed to successfully become dancers.

Film Club

If you are not studying Film Studies, but love watching excellent films, then you can attend a film screening. The films are chosen by the Film Studies department to explore different genres of film.

Film Academy

Are you interested in the different genres of films, films as an art form and the technical workings behind films? If you are, then Film Academy is the perfect enrichment for you. In Film Academy you will watch great films and then have opportunity to discuss the films with other students to further your knowledge of film production.

Jazz Jam Sessions

Are you the proud owner of a trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, sousaphone, piano or any other instrument and would like to play jazz with other like-minded musicians? Then this is your opportunity! Come along and have a go at playing jazz standards, trying different arrangements and improvising your own solos.

Monologue Performances

Some of the most powerful performance pieces are monologues. At Winstanley College, you have the opportunity to perform your own monologue performances with the direction of our excellent drama department.

Music Supervised Student Led Ensembles and Performances

Are you a budding musician and want the opportunity to form a band, group or ensemble? During this enrichment, you will work with other students to twist classic anthems by changing genres and learn new styles on your instrument. This enrichment is a great way to develop your own skills as a musician and also allows you to build collaborative skills with other artists.

Music Theory Classes

If you are studying A-level Music and you want to take your musical studies further, you will need a qualification in Music Theory. In these sessions, you will have the opportunity to study the ABRSM Music Theory grades to allow you progress onto any Music course at University.

National Theatre

If you want the opportunity to tread the boards then National Theatre is for you. Working with the Drama department alongside the National Theatre you will have the opportunity to develop, explore and rehearse scripted work.


If you have something you would like to discuss with your peers and would like the opportunity to record in Winstanley College's radio studio then come along to Podcasting. Podcasts have covered a wide range of subjects from Politics to Biology, so you can have a go at presenting a podcast on whatever subject you would like to.

To hear the latest Winstanley Podcast follow the link below:

Winstanley Podcast 

RNCM Music Session

BTEC Music Performance students had a visit form Andy Stott, Head of Popular Music at the RNCM @rncmlive and three current RNCM students Lia Gorman @liagormanx Harry Lines @harrylines and Max Cooper @max_cooper05. They heard some fine performances from the RNCM students, learnt about professional music industry practice and got some feedback on their own performances and compositions.

Rock Bands

If you like rock and love playing rock music then there are lots of opportunities to join or form your own rock band. You can play your favourites, write your own songs and perform them during Winstanley College's lunchtime and evening concerts.

Winstanley TV

Winstanley TV gives you the opportunity to work in Winstanley College's very own TV studio to produce, rehearse and film your own television shows. Students can take part in presenting or working behind the camera to find out what it's like to work in a broadcasting team.

To see more of the work of Winstanley TV please visit the college YouTube Channel:

Winstanley TV

Contact the Performing Arts department

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