Following Masters new partnership, announced earlier this Summer and after an incredible 19 years for me personally, my Masters journey is now ending.
Having experienced so very much along the way, I would like to thank the numerous people that have been a part of this, who have supported me, stood by my side and helped me achieve the many goals – You know who you are. I am privileged to have worked with some of the most passionate, faithful, talented, creative people and friends – for this I am forever lucky and truly grateful. There have been so many instrumental people over my time here, some stayed a while and some left too soon but with respect and fond memories to all who made a difference and to those who still remain the Masters family. Having also nurtured and worked with countless students, I again stand tall with gratitude and pure pride, having witnessed some of the most incredible talent and success stories. I also must thank all the supporters of Masters, for their belief and trust.
I would now like to wish Vikki Bussell, along with the Creative Team and the current students here, all the very best as they move Masters forwards into its next chapter.
It has been my absolute honour to captain this ship.
With the Autumn Term commencing, Masters return to HQ and welcome back our students, alongside our dedicated Team. We are also delighted to inform you of some exciting and major changes over the Summer months. Masters have now merged and partnered with Performers College. Performers College is a highly recognised training establishment and has been delivering its courses for over 30 years. They offer training in Higher Education and Further Education and are renowned for training their students to be highly employable ‘Triple Threat Students’. Performers College sits within a larger educational Group, BIMM Institute which is Europe’s largest, most connected creative industries Institute with a portfolio of Music, Screen and Film and Performing Arts Colleges. Performers College became part of BIMM in 2019 and is now able to avail of BIMM’s Degree Awarding Powers and to embrace Masters as an educational partner within the wider group.
After 25 successful years of Masters offering a specialist vocational course for talented young performers, through our own Diploma course, of which we are fiercely proud of, alongside all of our personal achievements, it is time for a new chapter. All of our current students continue to train on the Masters course, with the Masters staff but also under this exciting new structure.
We also take a moment to reflect on the challenges of this past academic year – training with a global pandemic. We must acknowledge once again, the resilience and strength of all our students and staff and are also immensely proud of our achievements, during these unprecedented times. With covid still being at the forefront of our everyday lives and in our return to this new term, we remain mindful and observant of this ongoing situation. Our covid risk assessment gives guidance and regular testing remains a request, for a safe and secure training practise here at Masters.
We would like to congratulate and wish all the very best to our recent Graduates, as they embark on their new journey’s and we celebrate each and every one of them. Turning our immediate thoughts and energy now to our current students and the term and year ahead, we are excited and lucky to be nurturing and working with these talented and versatile young adults. With a strong plan in place and every individual at the forefront of our thought process, we continue and strive to deliver an inspiring, rigorous and dynamic training programme for all.
Wishing everyone a safe, kind and rewarding Autumn Term.
As we fast approach the end of our academic year and what a year it has been for everyone, Masters remain proud and grateful of our staff and students. Alongside this, of our own ability to continue to deliver a full training programme, during this global pandemic. With Covid restrictions and class bubbles obviously still in place at the College this term, we are lucky to now have full face-to-face classes, back in play.
Masters are delighted that most recently we were able to work on Inhouse productions with all year groups and bring the joy and adrenaline of performance back into the building, also allowing covid restricted audiences. To see them attend and enjoy these events was such a highlight. Live Theatre happening again – much needed for both invited audience, creatives and cast members. This term we have also welcomed Our Advisory Panel back into HQ, continuing to listen, learn and grow, which is vital for development here at Masters. Alongside this, we offered webinars with Terry Hyde and Rebecca Heald, backing up our Welfare Team already in place here, ensuring the mental & physical health and safety of students remains paramount.
We now look towards the finish line for our Graduates and also ensuring that Yr 1 and 2 are ready for their jump up the college ladder. Focusing heavily our energy on ensuring that the Grads are fully equipped, feeling ready and supported for their next step, out into the Industry.
Proud Principal once again, of individual journeys and achievements this term, next to the resilience of these young adults, which we all continue to witness and be inspired by.
Keep safe and well.
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If you missed out on our recent Virtual Open Days – then you can now stream all our pre-recorded class footage online !
Take a look at some Musical Theatre , Acting or Technical Jazz or whizz around our HQ with our students !
Each film is about 5 minutes long – but they really do give a great insight into what life & class is like at MASTERS !
Start of Term – January 2021
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.
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 remain at the forefront.
We are proud that our training programme along with our resident faculty has 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.
Matt Plummer – Principal
Autumn Term 2021
06 September – 08 December
Half term 18 October – 22 October
Spring Term 2022
10 January – 01 April
Half term 14 February – 18 February
Summer Term 2022
25 April – 01 July*
Half term 30 May – 03 June
*Graduation events will follow on from this date