As our Vocational training recommences, we re-open our doors safely and with fresh hope for all at Masters HQ. Standing tall and proud of our students and their families who have supported them, during the ongoing challenges of this pandemic.
Having delivered a successful and full virtual training programme, during this period of time, giving the students the opportunity to stay connected to their college and chosen craft, we are thrilled that it is now time, for face-to-face training to resume.
A massive thank you and note of respect, also goes out to our resident staff, guest creatives and welfare professionals, who have continued to support and deliver for Masters.
We now welcome all students and staff back into the building, mindful of all individuals’ situations and circumstances, supporting and encouraging, as ever. We also remain strict and secure on all ongoing Covid restrictions and Government guidelines, with rapid flow tests being requested and encouraged twice weekly. This service is being provided by the Colleges partnership with our local authorities, alongside our own safety regulations that are also in place, whilst training.
We look forward to letting our studios be filled with energy and enthusiasm once again and nurturing our students, as they embark back on their chosen career path. The term ahead and overview for it, is already looking dynamic and inspiring and we are all focused and dedicated, alongside the students’ training, in ensuring a strong and powerful punch of forthcoming performances.
Our Virtual Auditions have remained busy and we have been overwhelmed by the talents and potential that we have so far seen. Should you wish to audition for September entry, you can find details of our Virtual Auditions on both our Home page and Entry & Auditions page. We are also looking forward to a time soon, when we can hold LIVE auditions back at our HQ.
As we begin again, proud doesn’t quite cut it and for that, amongst the achievements and resilience of these young adults, that we have witnessed during the most unsettling of times, is what gives us extra strength and inspiration.
As we continue to head into 2021 under exceptional circumstances we find ourselves adapting & evolving.Whilst plans have been changed we still aim for the same goals.
For our students to be the best versions of themselves, achieving beyond their expectations. even during a Global Pandemic!
We want to give our Students the opportunity to stay connected, motivated & continue to work towards their chosen pathways.
Since the Government announcement on 4th January we have been following closely the advice from the Public Health England, our local authority & our own risk assessor. The safety & wellbeing or our students & staff is our first priority. All classes will now be conducted online & our Virtual HQ will be our home for these next few weeks.
We are able to deliver a full timetable with our resident team, mind-set & wellbeing professionals, along with guest creatives all being part of the delivery.
Following the success of our Virtual Open Day last term we have our second on Saturday 16th January. This gives any prospective students & their families the opportunity to have a virtual tour of HQ, see a selection of our incredible tutors teaching class & have the chance to find out more about our course & ask any questions during the Q&A with myself & our Principal.
You can book tickets via our News & Events page.
Whilst we are unable to hold LIVE auditions we have taken our audition process online with our VIRTUAL AUDITIONS –having first tried this option last year ,this is now becoming a new and exciting way to audition for us !
You can find details of our Virtual Auditions on both our Home page and Entry & Auditions page.
This can be a daunting process & we are here to guide & support you throughout the audition journey.
We couldn’t be prouder of our students & staff for their resilience, dedication & determination during this unprecedented & challenging time.
I look forward to meeting you personally or virtually soon ! Stay Safe
Vikki Bussell – Vice Principal
End of Term – December 2020
This Autumn term has seen Masters ensure the safe return to training for all of our students. Whilst this has been under very different measures for all and with our Covid risk assessment firmly in place, the health & safety of both students and staff remains at the forefront.
We are proud that our training programme along with our resident faculty have been able to fully deliver their teaching to all of our students in their designated class bubbles and that we have been able to reconnect personally again with everyone at our HQ in a safe and trusted environment.
Following all Government guidelines and restrictions we shall continue with our current scheduling and safety measures into 2021.
Masters have stayed in close contact with our Graduates of 2020 in many forms, including welcoming back a group of them to complete a six week course with us, during the first part of this Autumn term.
We have also very close to launching a new area on our website dedicated to our Graduates, ensuring our relationship and knowledge of our Graduates continues as they leave us.
We continue to ensure and support that their transition into the Industry is as successful and kind as possible.
The Autumn term has also seen new faculty members take up roles within the team, including within Senior Management, with the appointment of Vikki Bussell as Vice Principal of Masters.
In our core faculty we welcome Marvyn Charles in the Musical Theatre department, Matt Mellor in the Singing department and Tom Broderick in the Classical Ballet department.
Mitchell Hunt now takes the role of Acting Course Co-Ordinator, Blair Anderson as Musical Theatre Course Co-ordinator and Jonathan Eio as Singing Course Co-ordinator.
This term at Masters, we have also been very fortunate to invite Guest Creatives regularly in to deliver workshops, running parallel with our resident faculty.
Following its creation during the summer months, we have also introduced Our Advisory Panel to our students and welcomed the panel all personally into Masters HQ for a tour of our buildings and our first meeting to introduce them to our brand, our story and our vision. We look forward to continuing working closely with them next term and beyond, in our delivery of a safe space to train, breathe and be.
The start of the autumn term also saw Our Student Voice created by Masters and voted in by our students and their board created. And as we continue to listen with respect, we also watch with pride as this voice flourishes.
Chosen Charities have also been supported by Masters, Our Student Voice and our students throughout this term and we look forward to expanding this platform as we head into 2021.
With the growth of our Wellbeing services during the summer months, offering webinars and workshops supporting mental health and raising awareness this has been a key part of returning to College life for all of us and this continues to be paramount.
You can read in further detail on all the above – just click the Education & Support tab on the home page.
Whilst the World and our Industry is on a slight pause, Masters is not standing still.
The training programme that we offer continues to thrive here at the HQ and we champion all of our students fight, individuality and determination along with gratitude for our faculty.
For potential new students we have launched two Virtual Open Days through December & January ( check the news page to book ) and our first LIVE audition being in January 2021, along with holding Virtual auditions throughout the year ( check the Entry & Auditions page to apply ).
We now look forward to a brand new year ahead together, welcoming auditionees to Masters and achieving a positive 2021.
Masters wish you all a very happy, safe and peaceful Christmas with health, hope and happiness for the New Year.
During what can only be described as a challenging and unsettling period for all – Masters have stayed connected and committed to our students, with online training throughout this global pandemic. Our students and faculty have shown immense application to these difficult times. Masters have also navigated themselves through these unprecedented times, by ensuring that we continue to reach out to both local and national MP’s. Letting our voice be heard in championing the arts and our own colleges aims, goals and place within this Industry. Applying for grants and lobbying with local parliament to help raise support. Our main aim now is to get all of our students and staff safely back into full training and work for September, as restrictions continue to ease but ultimately when it is safe to do so. The Health and safety of everyone remains paramount. We are working tirelessly to understand and keep up to speed with the UK Governments guidelines, as Masters make ready for the Autumn Term. Please be assured that as a Team, we are preparing for all outcomes but ultimately we have the vision and focus for a September return. Whatever format this may also be forced to take, the safety of all will be at the forefront, followed closely by a full training programme to fit and suit all circumstances and eventualities.
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Matt Plummer – Principal
Following our previous statement Masters would like to reach out to you as we continue to listen and learn from our student experiences. Together we are stronger and committed to ensure an equal, safe and fully inclusive place to train, breathe and be. We respect this is the start of a long road ahead and we would like to thank you in advance for allowing us the time to action. We are working as a Team and recognise change is vital and that change starts now.
We would like to outline our proposals with you and welcome conversation with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org alongside regular visits to our website, which will detail all of these policies as they develop further.
Our Advisory Panel
Masters are fully immersed in stage one of creating this independent panel, actively reaching out & holding daily conversations with a number of respected voices within the Black, Asian & Ethnically Diverse communities to join as representatives in order to create a diverse, balanced & informative panel. Focusing now on key issues, these key voices will highlight where reviews, situations & changes need to be made across management, faculty & student areas. We are grateful and respect the conversations we have had already on this and for the commitment shown to us.
Our Student Council
A consistent & committed plan to hear every single student voice equally.
Following detailed research into this area across all education platforms we are creating The Student Council.
A combined effort from all sides to create a platform that is ultimately led by a board of students, voted by the students, for the students.
Throughout each term the council will feedback to management in order to open up conversations between both parties, respectfully continuing to hear their voices.
Our Wellbeing, Mindset, Mental Health & Nutrition
Masters are committed to increase our current services offered & provide a consistent safe place for all conversation.
By enhancing our current service, we are reaching out to sources and specialised consultants within these fields to provide an equal & balanced service available to all students & faculty.
We acknowledge, respect & remain mindful.
Masters Performing Arts
A STATEMENT FROM MASTERS PERFORMING ARTS
We acknowledge that we have shown failure in our duty of care towards our Black, Asian , And Ethnically Diverse students who have trained with us.
We must take this opportunity to offer our deepest apologies. We now realise the experience of our Black, Asian and Ethnically Diverse students has not been where it needs to be.
This needs to change. This will change.
We had always hoped that Masters was fully inclusive, encouraging and a supportive environment for all, however we now understand that this has not been everyone’s experience and this is something we deeply regret.
We are conducting an internal review alongside reaching out individually to students past and present to respectfully hear their voice.
We are sincerely committed to listen, learn and re-educate ourselves so any previous mistakes are avoided as we move forward to create a space where all students feel equal, confident and safe.